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Week 14 – Starts & Sits – Playoff Edition

Did someone say playoffs? Hell yeah we did. For those of you that were fortunate to make the playoffs, congrats! But for those that did not…it doesn’t matter your probably not reading this article anyway, right? Shenanigans aside, playoffs are do or die time. It is a period where no one is crazy enough to start or not, as long as you have a reasonable reason. With that said, it is easy to overthink starts and sleepers during this time. That’s why we have another week of our starts and sits to help everyone take home the W.

STARTS

Quarterbacks

Ryan Fitzpatrick – MIA vs. NYJ

The magic man is back, baby! Is he the most consistent and could he absolutely burn you by having only 12 points? No and yes. But, Fitzmagic has a great match up this week. If you’re a lower tiered team that snuck in without good quarterback play, then Fitzpatrick could be your savior. The next three weeks are, dare I say, magic for him as he faces the Jets, Giants, and Bengals. This is a risky take, but if you’re a daredevil then ride the Fitzmagic train all the way to trophy town.

Kirk Cousins – MIN vs. DET

Last week aside, Captain “you like that” Kirk has delivered at least 21.1 fantasy points per game since week 5. Look for Cousins to play well above that average this week against a team that is top 8 in points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. Not to mention the last time these teams faced each other Cousins had his best game of the season.

Running Backs

Devontae Freeman – ATL vs. CAR

Hear me out. Freeman laid an egg last week, posting only 10 points. But in his first game back from injury, he had 65% share of the carries and was on the field for 67% of the snaps. Look for Freeman to get his first rushing touchdown of the year against the Panthers who have allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing running backs all year.

Phillip Lindsay – DEN vs. HOU

Lindsay has had a disappointing season with mixed high potential games. This week is another one of those games. The Texans are 4th in total points allowed to opposing running backs this year and you should expect the trend to continue. Drew Lock, the rookie quarterback, will make his second start and a rookie QB’s best friend is an established running game.

Wide Receivers

Zach Pascal – IND vs. TB

Pascal has been mentioned on these incredible starts and sits before. This week, he goes up against the Buccaneers who have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wide-outs. The Bucs have a pretty decent run defense and, with the return of Devin White, Brissett will have to throw if they want any hope of keeping the playoff hopes alive. Pascal had 7 receptions for over 100 yards last week and with T.Y. Hilton out, expect him to keep the pace.

Devante Parker – MIA vs. NYJ

Parker has been a monster as of late and is truly blossoming into the player he was expected to be. Expect Parker to keep it up against a weak Jets defense.

James Washington – PIT vs. ARI (Sleeper)

Washington is one of my sleepers of the week against the Cardinals, who have allowed the third most fantasy points to wideouts on the year. Although he has had 4 or less receptions the last couple weeks, “Duck” Hodges loves throwing the deep ball to Washington and I expect that to be the case.

D.K. Metcalf – SEA vs. LAR

As a Tyler Lockett owner, this hurts. But, I expect Jalen Ramsey to shadow Tyler Lockett this week, leaving Metcalf open for the deep ball. Wilson will have to find a way to win this game to stay atop of the NFC West and I expect him to use Metcalf, who he has favored with Lockett injured.

SITS

Quarterbacks

Drew Brees – NO vs SF

Since returning from injury, Brees has had inconsistent play and has had 20 or more points against bottom five defenses. He is a must sit this week going up against arguably, the best defense in the NFL.

Jacoby Brissett – IND vs. TB

As I said early, Jacoby will need to toss the rock in order to win this game. With the lack of secondary help on the Bucs side, this should be easy. But don’t forget about the Bucs above average pass rush and their play has significantly improved with the return of rookie linebacker Devon White.

Running Backs

Tevin Coleman – SF vs NO

The Saints have allowed bottom five fantasy points to opposing running-backs this year. Coleman also didn’t seem to be the feature back last week, even though he was listed as the starter. With Matt Brieda back and Mostert having a pretty decent game via the air last week, Coleman needs to be benched.

Josh Jacobs – OAK vs. TEN

The rookie sensation has been doing well this entire season. However, he has failed to make it in the endzone in his last three games and has been underutilized in the passing game. The Titans have pretty decent run defense and I expect Jacobs to have one of his worst games of the season.

Wide Receivers

John Brown – BUF vs BAL

Since returning from their bye week, the Ravens have been stout in their secondary. They have allowed the 7th fewest fantasy points to opposing wide-outs over the last 4 games. Reconsider starting Brown when evaluating your lineup.


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