Our Week 14 start ‘em features regular fantasy starters, as well as lesser-known players, who are likely to exceed expectations based on a favorable matchup. For your final lineup decisions, check out our Week 14 player rankings and if you have any fantasy football questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
He’s back and he’s DangerRuss! The defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks looked the part on Thanksgiving against the 49ers and control their own destiny to the NFC West crown, if they can win out. That journey starts against the Eagles in the city of brotherly love on Sunday. While Eagles fans might think otherwise, their defense is still pretty soft to quarterbacks (not named Tony Romo). Wilson has over 50 rushing yards and at least 2 touchdowns in this contest as the Hawks look to close the season strong. Expect 20 plus points from the RussBus.
This Colt’s for you, McCoy! The Redskins finally found themselves a quarterback that is not afraid to throw the ball deep and can improvise and make plays with his feet and arm. Colt’s 3 touchdowns and nearly 400 yards of passing against the Colts on Sunday was solid, for a first string quarterback, let alone 3rd. The Rams come off an impressive performance defensively, but that was aided by the ineptitude of the Raiders offense primarily. My gut says that Colt has another big day at the office and can count on him for 3 more touchdowns. If you are desperate in a deeper league, he’s your guy to upset the big-mouth #1 seed of in your league (that one’s for you, Ryan Halleran).
Ingram has been the workhorse that he was expected to become out of the University of Alabama. He’s taken a back seat to nobody this season and as a result gotten the goal line carries to go along with 20 plus touches on average. Pierre Thomas does not pose much of a threat, aside from a little bit in the passing game. Carolina is a very fragile team defensively and in general. Ingram’s physical running style matches up well in this game, he’s a must start.
Mason was a man on a mission last week in his impressive performance against the Raiders. While I don’t expect gaudy numbers to be replicated at FedEx Field on Sunday, it should be another opportunity for him to stake his claim as a top round running back in next year’s fantasy draft. His transition from college and the Auburn offense to Coach Fisher’s offense has been marvelous. Marvelous Mason, I like the sound of it. Start him!
DeAndre found a pot of gold last week against the Titans. Fitzpatrick’s return under center was magic for Hopkins owners, many of which probably had him on their bench. Well, rest no more Monsieur Hopkins. He is a must start against a Jacksonville Jaguars squad that oozes confidence in opposing fantasy offenses. Try to name one player who can cover receivers from the Jaguars – OK stop. Now go let your Texans offense explode on Sunday in this dream matchup.
Moncrief? Oui, that’s French for Touchdown! Yeah, this touchdown machine (2 last week against Washington) has now overtaken Hakeem Nicks for snaps in the Colts offense. This week T.Y. Hilton should be blanketed by shutdown corner, Joe Haden. That will lead Luck to look Moncrief’s way and get that burner speed of his involved early and often. I love the sound of this guy’s name and the possibility for 15 plus points in Week 14.
When he is not injured, Jordan Reed is a really talented football player. It just so happens that Colt McCoy loves to target him in the passing game too. So we have a matchup that tailors itself to a big performance, plus the Rams are relatively generous to opposing tight ends. If you stashed him on IR or were lucky enough to save a roster spot until playoffs for him, he’ll pay off for owners down the playoff stretch. Start him!
Bennett does not get the notoriety that Marshall, Jeffries or Forte get in Bears pass happy offense. However, he’s been a steady target of Jay Cutler’s and Dallas is very susceptible to giving up big plays to tight ends. The tight-end position has been very up and down in production as a whole this season, due to injuries from: Julius Thomas, Jimmy Graham, Jordan Reed/Cameron. Bennett should be as reliable an option that an owner can find from this position in Week 14, aside from fortunate Gronk owners.
San Francisco 49ers
Do I need to tell you what happened to the Oakland Raiders last Sunday? I hope not, but just in case you’re curious – they lost 52 to 0. That’s zero, nada, zilch, a goose-egg of points that the lowly Raiders put up. The 49ers are very solid defensively and are playing with desperation and a bit of a chip on their shoulder after getting beatup by the Seahawks. If the Rams can do what they did to Oakland, then let’s imagine what San Fran can do. It’s gonna get ugly, but in a good way for the 49ers defense.