Start/Sit Week 14 December 4, 2014  |  Mike Braude


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START

Quarterback:

 

Tony Romo at CHI

Don’t let last week scare you, Tony Romo is a great option this week. Despite his Thanksgiving mishap, Romo is still averaging 8.4 yards per attempt with a 22:8 TD-to-INT ratio. The Bears have allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Expect Romo to bounce back.

 

Running Back:

 

Eddie Lacy vs. ATL

After a slow start to the season, Eddie Lacy is on fire. In his last six games, he is averaging just under double the fantasy points he was averaging during his first six games. This week Lacy gets a cake matchup against the Falcons defense. They are allowing the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing running backs.

Andre Williams at TEN

With Rashad Jennings iffy, there’s a good chance Andre Williams draws the start against the Titans. While Williams didn’t perform the last time Jennings went down, the Titans are arguably the worst run defense in the league. They have allowed opposing backfields to rush for over 150 yards in six of their 12 games this season. I would feel comfortable starting Williams as a high-end RB2 if Jennings is inactive.

Carlos Hyde at OAK

If you’re in the playoffs and need a flier from the free agent wire, Carlos Hyde could be your guy. The Raiders have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing running backs and let Tre Mason run all over them last week. Hyde’s workload has been growing slowly and this could be the week the 49ers unleash him.

 

Wide Receiver:

 

Mike Wallace vs. BAL

After a hot start to the year, Mike Wallace has been a disappointment. He’s topped 60 yards just once in his last seven games. Luckily touchdowns have buoyed his value. What Wallace does have going for him is his matchup this week. The Ravens are allowing the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Last week Keenan Allen caught 11 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns against them. If there’s a week to play Wallace, it’s this week.

Kelvin Benjamin at NO

While Benjamin didn’t perform the last time he played the Saints, it’s still a favorable matchup. Benjamin had his chances in their last meeting – he simply didn’t capitalize. The Saints have allowed the 4th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. They’ve also allowed a touchdown to an opposing wide receiver in four straight games.

Stedman Bailey at WAS

There is reason for concern with Bailey as no Rams receiver has remained consistent for years, but there are things to like about him. Bailey has 12 catches for 189 yards and a touchdown in his last two games. He was very productive in college and has performed when given the opportunity in the NFL. Bailey also has a favorable matchup against the Redskins this week.

 

Tight End:

 

Jason Witten at CHI

Despite his dud last week, Witten is a solid TE1 this week. With so few reliable tight ends, owners must cling to solid tight ends with favorable matchups. While Witten’s ceiling isn’t the highest, the Bears are allowing the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

 

SIT

Quarterback:

 

Mark Sanchez vs. SEA

While I’m never against starting Chip Kelly’s quarterback, this matchup is brutal. The Seahawks have not allowed a passing touchdown in three straight games. I do believe that Chip and Sanchez will find some success but this is a matchup I would prefer to avoid.

 

Running Back:

 

Doug Martin at DET

While his workload last week was promising, Doug Martin still isn’t worthy of starting. Last week was Martin’s first game over 45 rushing yards. The Lions stout run defense will render the Bucs rushing offense useless.

Lamar Miller vs. BAL

Even though Moreno is out, Miller still isn’t seeing large workloads. He’s averaging 14 touches over his last two games. With a small workload against a stout Baltimore run defense, it will be hard for Miller to generate fantasy points. The Ravens are allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs.

Latavius Murray vs. SF

While I am excited to see what Murray can do as a lead back, I’m not ready to throw him in my lineup against the 49ers. He could end up rewarding owners but I would prefer to use this as a wait-and-see week.

 

Wide Receiver:

 

Jeremy Maclin vs. SEA

While it’s unlikely that many owners have the option to bench Maclin, this would be the week to do it. The Seahawks defend outside receivers well with Richard Sherman and are currently allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Jordan Matthews is a better bet for production, as he’ll be attacking the Seahawks from the slot.

Martavis Bryant at CIN

Over his last two games, Bryant has just three catches for 34 yards. Last week he played fewer snaps than Lance Moore. Fantasy owners simply cannot trust Bryant during the playoffs. It doesn’t help that he’s facing a Bengals defense that is allowing the 2nd fewest points to opposing wide receivers.

Vincent Jackson at DET

While I believe that Jackson can still perform in favorable matchups, I’m not starting him in unfavorable matchups. In fact, I would like to have as little involvement as possible in the Bucs offense this week (with the exception of Mike Evans). The Lions defense is allowing the 3rd fewest points to opposing wide receivers.

 

Tight End:

 

Owen Daniels at MIA

Over his last three games, Daniels has just six catches for 57 yards. At this stage of his career, he cannot be trusted on a consistent basis. Daniels is also facing the Dolphins who are allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

21 Responses

  1. ok says:

    thanks for the awesome tips and rankings! in a full 1ppr, who do you like for 3 spots at RB2, WR3, & FLEX (RB/WR/TE)? Mike Evans @ DET (who’s cooled a bit and has a relatively tough matchup), FJAX @ DEN (finally healthy and getting the work but @DEN is another tough RB start), Torrey Smith @ MIA (has been hot but a little banged up), Boom Herron @ CLE (better matchup than FJAX but sharing work w/ TRICH), or Jordan Reed vs STL (has the talent and is healthy for a few seconds atleast but i dont feel real good about starting somebody week 14 i plucked off waivers ha!). I need a RB2, WR3, & FLEX (RB/WR/TE). thanks so much the site is great! PS in a standard league, would you start rashad jennings @ TEN if hes active but potentially limited over lamar miller vs BAL? the matchups are polar opposites and jennings practiced a bit but admitted himself hed be limited.. thnaks!!

  2. Flo says:

    .5 PPR playing the 2x defending champ this week in the playoffs . Need some advice at RB: Shady, Crowell or J. Hill. TE: Kelce, Rudolph or Fleener. Flex: Benjamin, Stills, J. Matthews, G. Tate or either RB.
    Leaning towards Shady, Rudolph and Benjamin.
    Thanks

  3. ok says:

    thanks for the awesome tips and rankings! in a full 1ppr, who do you like for 3 spots at RB2, WR3, & FLEX (RB/WR/TE)? Mike Evans @ DET (who’s cooled a bit and has a relatively tough matchup), FJAX @ DEN (finally healthy and getting the work but @DEN is another tough RB start), Torrey Smith @ MIA (has been hot but a little banged up), Boom Herron @ CLE (better matchup than FJAX but sharing work w/ TRICH), or Jordan Reed vs STL (has the talent and is healthy for a few seconds atleast but i dont feel real good about starting somebody week 14 i plucked off waivers ha!). I need a RB2, WR3, & FLEX (RB/WR/TE). thanks so much the site is great!

    PS in a standard league, would you start rashad jennings @ TEN if hes active but potentially limited over lamar miller vs BAL? the matchups are polar opposites and jennings practiced a bit but admitted himself hed be limited..

    thnaks!!

  4. Brian says:

    I’m up 17 after Thursday Night Football.

    Starters:
    QB: Cutler
    RB: Forte, C.J. Anderson
    RB/WR/TE Flex: Jeremy Hill
    WR: Mike Wallace, Stedman Bailey
    TE: Gronk

    Bench:
    Jordan Matthews, Roddy White, Jordan Cameron

    I’m starting to consider Matthews over Stedman with the lead I have now. Swing for a HR with Bailey still or get Matthews in my lineup with safer floor?

    Thanks!

  5. Adam says:

    Hey Mike thanks in advance for the help.

    .5 point PPR and need to one of the 4 between G.Tate, M.Evans, K.Stills or Crowell?

    1 point PPR – Keenan Allen or Jarvis Landry?

    Standard League: Ryan Mathews, Jeremy Hill, or Stedman Bailey.

  6. Playoffs?! You talking PLAYOFFS?! says:

    .5 for RB 1pt for WR/TE PPR Bonus(yds/big plays/big TDplays) league

    Current Starters
    QB – Cutler
    RB – Forte
    RB – Hill
    WR – Gordon
    WR – Hilton
    TE – Donnell
    Flex – Jeffery
    K- Parkey
    DEF – Det

    Bench
    Bernard, J-Stew, Crabtree, Clay, Bailey,STL Def

    I think my lineup is pretty much set the only question mark I have is my #2 RB do I go with Hill, Bernard or take a flier on J-Stew if D-Will is out? and I have DET DEF in there bcuz they are the home team and I think thats a big factor but STL DEF just got me 49PTS!! last week…who would you roll with DET or STL?

  7. Norman says:

    Flex Wayne over R Mathews? If Roddy is out, start Wayne, who would you flex in that scenario?

  8. Norman says:

    12 Team PPR, in 7th, if I beat 6th place by more then 12 points I make the playoffs. How would you roster my team this week, we start 1 QB, 2 WR, 2 RB, 2 Flex, 1 TE. R Wilson, Dez, Roddy, Shady, T Mason, Donnell, J Hill, R Mathews, Wayne, R Randle, H Douglas, Sankey, J Cameron, S Bailey, Crosby, Ind D.
    Thanks!

  9. carl says:

    still can’t get week # 14 football cheat sheet when I log on it keeps saying sign up I’ve been paying by having it take out of my account $6.99 amonth . was told yesterday it would be fixed that was 24 hrs ago i already signed up & been receiving it since sept. your editors note said to e-mail if I still didn’t receive my wkly. notice that the football cheat sheet was ready & when I put my password in it says invalid !!!

  10. Chad says:

    Need a win this week to make the playoffs and can’t decide between Rivers or Tannehill, any thoughts? Also I’ve read on several sites that last week was a fluke for Miami and not to expect much from Forsett, do you feel the same and if so would the Crow be a viable start instead? Thanks.

    • Mike Braude says:

      Super close between Rivers and Tannehill, I prefer Tannehill by a smidge but Rivers has a higher floor. I love Crowell but I would start Forsett. Forsett has proven he’s matchup-proof, he’s too good to bench right now

  11. Marc says:

    What up Mike! Thanks for all your work. Its that time of year. Start 1 wr, 1 flex: Julio, Gordon, B Marsh, D Hop, Tre, Crowell. Thanks!

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