2021 Fantasy Football Week 14 Start-Sit

by Dylan Clemons
2020 Fantasy Football Week 11 Trends

Welcome back, Fantasy nerds, it is that time again to start setting your lineups for the week, and I'm here to help with the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 14 Start-Sit article.

This is the last week for bye weeks. The Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, and Philadelphia Eagles are on bye this week. So make sure to pull your guys from those teams from your lineup.

We are one week away from the start of most leagues playoffs, so this is a must-win for your team.

In the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 14 start-sit article, I will be giving you a start and a sit at each position.

In addition, I'll be here the rest of the way trying to help by giving you a few deeper guys to start, and a few guys who the consensus believes should be in your lineup that week but whom I can't entirely agree with.

2021 Fantasy Football Week 14 Start-Sit

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Start

Taysom Hill, QB, New Orleans Saints (ECR QB9)

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As long as Taysom Hill is the starting quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, he should be your starting quarterback as well.

It's crazy to think that Hill was still QB4 last week finishing with 24.7 Fantasy points, even though he threw four interceptions. Hill was 19-42 for 264 yards and two touchdowns to go along with those four interceptions.

Hill's rushing floor is just so fantastic week in and week out. He rushed for 101 yards on 11 carries last week against the Dallas Cowboys.

Last season when Taysom Hill was the starting quarterback from weeks 11-14 Hill was QB6, so we have a decent sample size of him doing it already. It may not ever be pretty to watch, but he gets the job done for Fantasy purposes.

The Matchup - New York Jets

I feel like every week I am writing about how bad the New York Jets defense is and how you should attack from pretty much every position. The Jets rank ninth-worst in Fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks at 18.4 Fantasy points per game.

Last week Gardner Minshew came in and completely destroyed this defense, and I could see Taysom Hill do it as all. Hill has overall QB1 upside in this matchup.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (ECR RB19)

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Clyde Edwards-Helaire has had a pretty solid workload since he has come back from injury. He has had 14 and 17 touches in those two games and scored 14.6 and just under 10 Fantasy points in half-point PPR formats.

Don't forget either that the two weeks before he got injured he saw 16 and 19 touches as well scoring 15.9 and 17.1 Fantasy points.

It's clear now as well that CEH is the early-down back, and as long as he is getting work in the passing game he is going to have a low-end RB2 floor weekly.

The Matchup - Las Vegas Raiders

The last time these two teams met up to play in Las Vegas the Chiefs killed the Raiders 41-14. Darrell Williams had a big day scoring 24.9 Fantasy points, and CEH can do the same this week.

The Raiders give up the sixth-most Fantasy points to opposing running backs heading into this week. Plug CEH in as your RB2 and don't think twice about it. I would start him over the likes of Saquon Barkley and Ezekial Elliott and Saquon Barkley this week.

Elijah Moore, WR, New York Jets ( ECR WR19)

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There aren't many players on the New York Jets offense that you want to start, but the rookie wide receiver Elijah Moore is an exception. Moore has really balled out over his last six games.

During that time the rookie is the WR2 in all of Fantasy Football averaging 16.1 Fantasy points per game. Moore has also not seen less than six targets in any game as well.

Elijah Moore has also found the end zone in five of those six games, even with subpar quarterback play from Mike White, Joe Flacco, and now Zach Wilson.

We all knew how talented Elijah Moore was coming out of Ole Miss, but we thought it would take some time for him to produce in a bad Jets offense. It turned out it only took six weeks for him to make his Fantasy impact known.

The Matchup - New Orleans Saints

We mentioned this matchup when we talked about Taysom Hill above from a Jets defensive standpoint but now let us get into it looking at the Saints defense.

The Saints have been beaten up by opposing wide receivers this season allowing the fifth-most Fantasy points per game and the fourth-most receiving yards to the position.

Elijah Moore has WR1 upside in this matchup and needs to find his way into your lineup for the rest of the season.

Cole Kmet, TE, Chicago Bears (ECR TE19)

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Cole Kmet was my start tight end last week, and I'm going to the well one more time. Last week wasn't outstanding from Kmet in which he saw seven targets catching three of them for 41 yards for just over five Fantasy points in half PPR formats.

But the encouraging thing was Kmet seeing seven targets. In the last two games, Kmet has seen a whopping 18 targets.

The only unfortunate thing is he still isn't getting a ton of red-zone work. The Bears have gone back to using veteran Jimmy Graham as the red zone threat, and of course, he catches a one-yard touchdown.

If Kmet can somehow get the looks in the red zone this week he could return TE1 upside this week.

The Matchup - Green Bay Packers

The Bears travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers in the best rivalry in all of the professional sports. The Packers should dominate this game, so we should see a positive game script for Kmet.

The Packers have are middle of the pack against tight ends this season allowing about seven points a game to position. The last time these two teams met up Kmet caught four of five targets for 49 yards. Kmet should see enough targets to return a solid Fantasy day for your team.

Sit

Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (ECR QB13)

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The last two weeks Joe Burrow has been decent, he is QB9 during that span averaging 18 Fantasy points per game. But if you expand it out to his last four games, he is QB23 and only averaging 13 Fantasy points per game.

There is another thing that sticks out to me and is the main reason why I'm staying away from Burrow this week. Burrow dislocated his pinky finger on his throwing hand during the loss against the Los Angelos Chargers.

I know it's two totally different injuries but we have seen what Russell Wilson's finger injury has done to his Fantasy production, and it hasn't been good.

Burrow hasn't tried to throw the football since Sunday as of Tuesday but plans to try Wednesday, so make sure to keep your eye on that.

The Matchup - San Fransisco 49ers

The Cincinnati Bengals take on the San Fransico 49ers who arent especially good against opposing quarterbacks allowing just over 18 Fantasy points to the position this season which is 12th worst in the NFL.

However, the 49ers have allowed the fourth-fewest passing touchdowns in the NFL. This isn't a matchup I love for Burrow, and the fact that his throwing hand is injured makes me want to stay far away from him this week.

I would start Ryan Tannehill and Derek Carr over Burrow this week.

Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Dallas Cowboys (ECR RB16)

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Let's just stick with the injury bug concern theme here, and let's add Ezekiel Elliot to the sit list. Zeke has been battling a knee injury and you can tell by the way he is running, and the lack of explosion he has. He was limping around after a few runs last week, and that is never good to see.

In the last three games, Elliot has ranked as the RB22 averaging just under 10 Fantasy points per game. Elliott has seen under double-digit carries in two of those three games as well.

The thing that has somewhat saved Elliot's Fantasy production is his work in the passing game. He has seen 17 targets over his last three games. But with the lack of rushing attempts, he needs to find his way into the endzone to return RB1 production.

The Matchup - Washington Football Team

Dallas is traveling to Washington DC to take on the Washington Football Team. The Washington Football Team's defense struggled the first part of the season but is starting to come around and is a big reason why they are on a four-game win streak.

I mentioned above that I feel that Zeke needs to find his way into the endzone to have a good Fantasy day.

However, Washington has allowed the third-fewest touchdowns to the running back position. I know it is hard to put Ezekial Elliot on your bench, but it is something to think about this week.

I am more comfortable starting Clyde Edwards-Helaire over Elliot this week.

Brandin Cooks, WR, Houston Texans (ECR WR24)

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Brandin Cooks started out the season hot. Through the first six weeks of the season, Cooks was WR22 averaging 12.4 Fantasy points in half-point PPR formats.

In the six games he has played since then he has cooled down, Cooks is WR33 averaging 8.7 Fantasy points during that span.

I definitely wouldn't say Cooks is the problem, it is the play of his quarterbacks Davis Mills and Tyrod Taylor.

In the six starts that Davis Mills has been the starting quarterback Cooks saw just over eight targets per game. In the five-game Tyrod Taylor has been the quarterback he averages seven targets.

So it doesn't matter which quarterback is throwing him the ball, Cooks is going to be hit or miss just because of how bad the offense is. This week Davis Mills is starting for the Texans.

The Matchup - Seattle Seahawks

When you think of the Seattle Seahawks you don't tend to think their defense is very good any longer. However, the Seahawks' defense has been playing better especially against opposing wide receivers.

They are allowing the six fewest Fantasy points to the position this season and have allowed the third-fewest touchdowns to wide receivers as well. If you can afford to sit Cooks on your bench this week, I would.

Tyler Higbee, TE, Los Angeles Rams (ECR TE13)

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There was a thought that Tyler Higbee would start to produce a little bit more after Robert Woods went down with a season-ending ACL injury. That just hasn't been the case for Higbee owners.

He has seen 16 targets over the last three games in which Woods has been out,  which is a sizeable amount for a tight end. Unfortunately, he just hasn't been able to produce.

Higbee only has 71 yards combined in those three games and one touchdown and is TE25 during that time span.

The Matchup - Arizona Cardinals

I'm not really sure why Tyler Higbee is ranked as a borderline TE1 this week when he has been putting up those numbers.

The Arizona Cardinals is an extremely tough matchup as well, the Cardinals are allowing the second-fewest Fantasy points to the tight end position in the NFL.

The last time these two teams met Higbee finished with just over five and a half Fantasy points. I would start Cole Kmet over the likes of Higbee this weekend strictly because of the matchup.


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1 comment

Mohammed Najar December 12, 2021 - 9:10 am

Would u start sony Micheal over clyde edwards helaire week 14?

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