You did it! The Fantasy Playoffs are here. As the season winds down, the Fantasy stakes are higher than ever. If you made the playoffs, congratulations. For those of you who missed out, the good news is there is always next year to look forward to.
But don’t stop paying attention this year because many things can happen this year to better prepare you for next year. Plus, you don’t want to be your leagues’ “sacko”, do you? So, for playoff teams and non-playoff teams, those start and sit decisions are now more important than ever.
To help out here is some start and sit advice for Week 14.
2018 Fantasy Football Week 14 Start-Sit
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Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers vs Cincinnati Bengals
Rivers has quietly posted three straight 20 plus point Fantasy weeks. Firmly placing himself in the MVP discussion, Rivers has been excellent this year, as he has thrown more multiple touchdowns in every game.
Rivers is a top-5 guy this week in a match-up against the Bengals, who allow the most Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.
Jaylen Samuels, RB/TE, Pittsburgh Steelers vs Oakland Raiders
Jaylen Samuels is set to be the Steelers’ lead back, but is priced near the minimum for running backs.
— FanDuel (@FanDuel) December 6, 2018
First, Samuels is a must-start, top tight end option for those who play in Yahoo leagues.
With that out of the way, Samuels is also a running back worthy starter this week as they play a soft Raiders’ run defense. Tomlin has talked up a committee but history shows the Steelers leaning more on one guy and that guy always being Fantasy relevant.
Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints
With Desean Jackson out last week, Godwin benefited as the number two guy, posting over 100 yards and a touchdown. Jackson is now being shut down for the rest of the season and Godwin will look to increase his role in a pass heavy offense. A potential shootout against the Saints puts Godwin into strong start territory.
David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns vs Carolina Panthers
Njoku has been a ghost in four of the last five games. But, if you are not in a Yahoo league where Samuels is an option, owners should consider putting Njoku back in there lineup as he goes up against a Panthers’ defense that allows over 10 points per game to opposing tight ends.
Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams vs Chicago Bears
The numbers prove Jared Goff hasn’t been nearly as good on the road this year as he is at home.
His worst game was vs. the Broncos on the road when it was 25 degrees. It’s set to be 26 degrees at Soldier Field on Sunday night.
— Matt Eurich (@MattEurich) December 6, 2018
Goff disappeared last week with an 8-point dud performance.
If Goff is your only quarterback, owners should go with who got them this far. However, many Goff owners may have other options and this might be the week to use another option as Goff will be a back-end QB1 against a Bears defense that allows the second-fewest Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.
Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints
A touchdown in three straight games has kept Barber on the Fantasy radar. However, he now has back-to-back games with less than 48 rushing yards. Now against a Saints defense that has been very good recently and that allows the fourth fewest Fantasy points to opposing running backs, Barber can be sat.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys
Jeffery now has 48 yards or fewer in five straight games. He has completely disappeared, and the Eagles offense runs primarily through Ertz as they look to get Golden Tate more involved.
Jeffery only posted 48 yards in his first game against the Cowboys. Also, he should see a lot of Byron Jones coverage and owners should sit him in a match-up against a Cowboys’ defense that allows the third fewest Fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings vs Seattle Seahawks
Rudolph has not scored a touchdown since Week 3. He also has less than 42 yards in all but four games.
Diggs and Thielan are the primary options in the Vikings’ attack. Don’t expect this to change as they go up against the Seahawks who only allow about five Fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends.
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