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Start & Sit: Week 14

Each week the DFF Army analyzes upcoming games, researches team injury reports, and checks-in on any depth chart movement – all in an effort to offer you weekly start/sit recommendations. Our starts feature some under-owned, off-the-radar, sleeper-types week-in and week-out – and our sits feature more popular players that we think will underperform. While this is useful when setting your weekly lineups in your season long leagues, this can also be a valuable tool if you’re playing daily fantasy sports (DFS). Follow along as Eric Iannaccone, Kyle August, Shaun Crandall, Josh Brickner, and myself bring you all the best start/sits so you don’t have to stress over lineup decisions.

Featured Starts

Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans

If you’re looking for a QB to stream this week, Mariota may just be your guy. After a game against the Texans in which Mariota threw for a touchdown and ran for one, your only complaint could be his yardage total. With Rishard Matthews in line to play this week, Mariota should be able to find more yards through the air against a Cardinals’ defense in the top-half of the league in both passing yards and passing TDs allowed. Mariota offers good rushing potential also, as Arizona has given up the most rushing TDs to QBs (5) and the 12th most rushing yards (192).

– Eric Iannaccone

Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts

The ageless wonder Frank will get another shot to lead fantasy owners to a playoff victory. Gore is handed a Week 14 matchup against a Buffalo defense that has given up a league-high 18 rushing TDs on the season, including 12 over the last six weeks. While Gore usually doesn’t put up monster games, I’ll take almost any RB averaging 16 carries over the past five weeks. Plug in the old man!

-Kyle August

Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants

The return of Eli Manning to the starting lineup should push the production of Shepard, as the G-Men face a Dallas defense that gives up yardage totals to wide receivers. The Giants don’t have much to play for and should be behind for most of the game, shifting focus to the pass. Shepard had 7 receptions and 44 yards against the Cowboys in week one of the season, but look for him to eclipse both numbers this week.

-Shaun Crandall

Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cameron Brate returned to fantasy relevance in Week 13 as he not only found the endzone (twice!) for the first time since Week 6, but his 39 receiving yards bested his yardage output (37) of his previous four games combined. What was the difference? Enter Jameis Winston. In games where Jameis is inactive or has left games with an injury, Brate is averaging four targets, 2.5 receptions, 28.3 yards and 0.2 TDs per game. In games where Jameis is active and plays the entire game, the Harvard product is averaging six targets, 3.9 receptions, 52.6 yards, and 1.4 TDs per game. Plain and simple, if Jameis Winston is starting at QB for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cameron Brate must be in your fantasy lineup. Look for Brate to have a productive day and hit pay dirt against a Lions D that has been generous (8th most fantasy points allowed) to opposing TEs.

-Josh Brickner

Defense/Special Teams

New York Jets. The Jets go on the road to face the Denver Broncos who have allowed opposing fantasy defenses almost 13 points per week. Denver has been prone to turnovers and underwhelm with one of the most dysfunctional offenses in recent weeks. Additionally, the Broncos replaced their offensive coordinators last week and are still getting on the same page. The Jets have been sneaky good and should be able to pop for a few big plays this week.

-John Di Bari

Staff Starts

Eric Iannaccone

Running Back: Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Wide Receiver: Golden Tate, Detroit Lions

Tight End: Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

D/ST: New England Patriots

Kyle August

Quarterback: Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders

Wide Receiver: Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers

Tight End: Stephen Anderson, Houston Texans

D/ST: Buffalo Bills

Shaun Crandall

Quarterback: DeShone Kizer, Cleveland Browns

Running Back: Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts

Tight End: Stephen Anderson, Houston Texans

D/ST: New York Jets

Josh Brickner

Quarterback:  Kirk Cousins Washington Redskins

Running Back: Alfred Morris Dallas Cowboys

Wide Receiver: Marquise Goodwin San Francisco 49ers

D/ST: Green Bay Packers

John Di Bari

Quarterback: Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers

Running Back: Samaje Perine, Washington Redskins

Wide Receiver: Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions

Tight End: Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

Featured Sits

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

After shutting down the Atlanta offense in Week 13, the Vikings will continue their stout defense against Carolina this week. They’ve only given up 11 passing TDs this season, and have only allowed three opponents to score 2 TDs. Minnesota has allowed 0 passing TDs in four of their games. On top of that, they’ve given up the least rushing yards to QBs (only 56!). Low floor and low ceiling for Cam this week.

– Eric Iannaccone

Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears

In a must-win week for everyone, there is no reason to start Jordan Howard. The Bears RB has been limited to just 52 total yards over his last two contests and has exceeded 6 fantasy points just once in his last 4 games. Couple that with Kyle Long being placed on season-ending IR in addition to Howard’s non-existence in the passing game, and the odds are against Howard turning it around this week.

-Kyle August

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

Thomas is a difficult start this week with a potential playoff advancement on the line. Thomas has had a lackluster year, and with Trevor Siemian back at the helm, I wouldn’t expect any uptick in Thomas’ statistics this week against the Jets. Thomas will continue to be second fiddle to Emmanuel Sanders if Siemian is behind center.

-Shaun Crandall

Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins

“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” There are no better (safe for work) words in the English language to explain the fantasy community’s (or my own complicated) relationship with Vernon Davis the last two weeks (3 Targets, 2 Rec/15 yards). I can say with a clear conscience that I practiced what I preached. Davis’ 3 PPR points combined (!) in two plus-matchups ALMOST cost me in my most important league. NO MAS! The fantasy playoffs are Win or Go Home and when teammate and fantasy back-bencher Niles Paul (8 Targets, 6 Rec/28 Yds.) has nearly doubled both Davis’ targets and production the last two games, it’s time to cut bait. Need another reason to sit/drop the former Maryland Terrapin? He’s got a brutal matchup against a Chargers’ D that has allowed the 5th least fantasy points to enemy TEs on the season.

-Josh Brickner

Defense/Special Teams

Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons are at home hosting the division rival Saints, and the Saints offense is as dangerous as any in the league. The Falcons had a big game a few weeks ago with Adrian Clayborn and his 6-sack game, but should be cooled off this week facing Drew Brees and the lethal RB duo of Kamara and Ingram.

-John Di Bari

Staff Sits

Eric Iannaccone

Running Back: Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers

Wide Receiver: Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks

Tight End: David Njoku, Cleveland Browns

D/ST: Philadelphia Eagles

Kyle August

Quarterback: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Wide Receiver: Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks

Tight End: Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders

D/ST: Seattle Seahawks

Shaun Crandall

Quarterback: Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers

Running Back: Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs

Tight End: Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

D/ST: Los Angeles Rams

Josh Brickner

Quarterback: Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers

Running Back: DeMarco Murray Tennessee Titans

Wide Receiver: Doug Baldwin Seattle Seahawks

D/ST: Philadelphia Eagles

John Di Bari

Quarterback: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Running Back: Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams

Wide Receiver: Jeremy Maclin, Baltimore Ravens

Tight End: Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings

We hope you find this useful and we are always happy to interact on Twitter if you have any questions or concerns. Be sure to check out the rest of our weekly in-season content right here as we give you the tools and content to win every week of the season. Good luck this weekend!

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jdibari

Chicagoan living in Las Vegas. Fantasy Football writer & Director of In-Season Analysis for Dynasty Football Factory, blogger for USFantasy and contributor to TheFakeHockey. Member FSWA.

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