It's crunch time folks! Moving on from last week's successes, we're going to keep it nice and straightforward as we close in on playoff season in fantasy football. For some of you the playoffs have arrived, so we need to keep focused. So without further ado, let's get your 2023 IDP Football Week 14 Start-Sit advice!
For Week 13's success story please follow the link here: 2023 IDP Football Week 13 Start-Sit
Your 2023 IDP Football Week 14 Start-Sits lie in the paragraphs within this article. Unless the situation requires it, it's likely that the IDP Start-Sits in this series won't contain the most obvious choices and should give plenty of food for thought.
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2023 IDP Football Week 14 Start-Sit
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Linebackers to Start
Ivan Pace, Minnesota Vikings
The undrafted rookie has delivered this season for the Vikings. After ousting Brian Asamoah from his expected starting spot and taking the lead role in the absence of Jordan Hicks through injury, the Cincinnati alum is due another big week against a run-heavy Las Vegas Raiders.
After a BYE in Week 13, Pace and the Vikings will come back refreshed against a team that will likely give the ball to running back Josh Jacobs at least twenty times. There is also a sack upside for Pace against fellow rookie quarterback Aidan O'Connell.
Tremaine Edmunds, Chicago Bears
Tremaine Edmunds missed Week 9 and 10 through injury but is still on course to make it another season with over one hundred tackles. Edmunds will be super hungry to repeat his performance against the Lions in Week 11 after tackling seven times and getting an interception.
The Lions in their Week 11 match-up against the Bears ran the ball twenty-two times and have since increased the load for their running backs meaning Edmunds should see a lot more action. Pairing this with Edmunds target of making sure he doesn't slip below one hundred for tackles for the first time in career, it could definitely produce positive returns in Week 14.
Linebackers to Sit
Isaiah McDuffie, Green Bay Packers
There is only one way to describe McDuffie's fantasy production in 2023 and that is haphazard. After filling in for an injured Quay Walker and De'Vondre Campbell successfully, McDuffie remains firmly behind both on the depth chart and cannot be relied upon this week if he will be used in a rotational role.
The Packers will be up against a New York Giants offense who haven't yet worked out how to protect backup rookie quarterback Tommy DeVito, which means it will likely be a good day for Green Bay's EDGE rushers and defensive linemen.
Defensive Linemen to Start
Samson Ebukam, Indianapolis Colts
If it's not broken don't fix it. With 10 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles in his previous two games against tough offensive lines in the Titans and Buccaneers respectively, Ebukam has produced unbelievably in fantasy terms.
This week against the Cincinnati Bengals, Ebukam (and the heavy blitzing Colts defense) will put a lot of pressure on the rookie quarterback Jake Browning. It should be a free-for-all in terms of who gets their hands on Browning first but, given the form that Ebukam is in, my money is on him. Start your studs.
Derrick Barnes, Detroit Lions
Finally, playing opposite Aidan Hutchinson is starting to benefit someone! After being iced out of last season and usurped by then rookie linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez, Barnes has worked his way back into fantasy relevance. With fifteen tackles in his last two games, Barnes is proving himself to be a trustworthy producer in IDP leagues.
On the road against the Chicago Bears in Week 14, Barnes will hope to replicate and improve on his production in Week 11 when Barnes made eight tackles against the Bears offense. After leading the Lions in tackles last week, things seem to be moving in the right direction for Barnes.
Javon Hargrave, San Francisco 49ers
I've not mentioned Javon Hargrave this year and that's because I believe his fantasy production is match-up dependent. Going up against division rivals Seattle Seahawks this week, Hargrave has proven that he has the know-how to get the better of Geno Smith and the Seahawks offensive line.
After playing the Seahawks in Week 12, Hargrave made seven tackles and 1.5 sacks in what was his best performance of the season so far. The likelihood of a repeat from Hargrave is high, so would be an ideal start in the flex if you have him rostered.
Defensive Backs to Start
Jordan Poyer, Buffalo Bills
In recent years, the fixture between the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs has been fantastic for neutral NFL fans and for fantasy managers on both sides of the ball. Patrick Mahomes has "struggled" in recent weeks and in a game where history tells us there will be a lot of gunslinging, it could mean that a pass or two goes astray and into the hands of someone in the Bills' secondary.
Poyer has produced fairly consistently in the tackling game with the exception of Week 11 meaning Poyer has a good expected base score, with potential upside for passes blocked/ defended and an interception (or two).
Kyle Hamilton, Baltimore Ravens
Kyle Hamilton has had a couple of mediocre weeks by his standards but I'm here to tell you that Hamilton is a strong bounce-back candidate in Week 14 against the Los Angeles Rams. In Week 12, the Rams conceded 30 tackles and an interception to the Arizona Cardinals' starting secondary team of Budda Baker, Kei'Trel Clark, Jalen Thompson, and Garrett Williams.
The Week prior, the Rams allowed 13 tackles by Quandre Diggs, eight tackles and a sack from Devon Witherspoon, and three tackles and an interception to Tariq Woolen. The Rams can't handle blitzing from the secondary and Kyle Hamilton is one of the best in the position so this promises to be a big week for him.
Defensive Backs to Sit
Jayon Kearse, Dallas Cowboys
A relatively straightforward sit with Kearse, his production has regressed year-on-year since joining the Cowboys and this year he has been overshadowed by second-year Fresno State alum DaRon Bland. While Kearse has definitely been useful for the Cowboys, this hasn't always equated to fantasy production, making him hard to trust in an important week for fantasy managers.
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