Fantasy Football 2014: Week 14 Start/Sit
Who to Start and Who to Sit in Fantasy Football Week 14
December 4, 2014
It’s Thursday in NFL Week 14, and that means it’s time for the official beginning of the playoffs in many fantasy football leagues out there. With all that added pressure on the line, many owners are agonizing over lineup decisions this week. That said, let’s take a look at our Start/Sit recommendations this week and see if we can help you with any of those tough calls.
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Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: If you’ve been waiting on an opportunity to utilize Cutler, this may be your opportunity. He gets Dallas tonight, and that defense has been vulnerable to the pass in recent weeks.
The Bears are simply playing out the schedule these days, and Cutler isn’t exactly a slam dunk in fantasy, but another national stage and a good matchup could do him good.
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns: Crowell was pretty underwhelming last week against the Bills, but most of that was due to the fact that the Buffalo defense is pretty good up front. He’ll get a better matchup in Week 14 against the Colts and should be able to put up some good numbers. Crowell is a flex here.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers: A bit of the shine has come off of Benjamin, what with his 5.6 points in last week’s game against the Vikings. Still, he’s about the only good thing going on a talent-hungry receiving corps, and the matchup this week is good. He’ll face the Saints, who have been very permissive to opposing wide receivers.
Mark Sanchez, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Sanchez is riding high off a solid Thanksgiving Day showing, when the Eagles pummeled their division rival Cowboys. He’s rapidly extinguishing the painful memory of the Butt-Fumble, but Sanchez is still that quarterback.
A stout matchup against the Seahawks doesn’t bode well here, which makes us nervous about recommending him.
Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins: Miller was able to come through with a touchdown in Week 13, doing it against a pretty good Jets run defense. Things won’t go so smoothly this time, when he faces off against the Ravens.
Baltimore is pretty steady against opposing running backs, and the Miami O didn’t do much to inspire confidence last week.
Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers: Let’s look at Allen’s recent stats. He’s posted a pair of scores and a ton of yardage in his last two appearances, which should have owners amped to give him a shot. That said, the matchup here is pretty awful, as he’ll go against a star-crushing Patriots secondary. Don’t expect much unless he’s somehow able to get into the end zone.
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