Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 14: Drew Brees and Other QB/TE/DST Fantasy Advice

Brees is back in the Superdome but draws a tough matchup vs. the 49ers

Fantasy owners playing in Week 14 are likely in the fantasy playoffs. They are looking to put forward their best lineup and that's not always easy. When looking at quarterbacks, fantasy owners usually only have one that they have been using, but they often have another on their bench. Deciding between the two (or more) is sometimes tough, but look at the matchups before making start/sit decisions.

 

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START These Quarterbacks

 

Tom Brady, New England Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs

The Pats face the Chiefs in Foxboro for Week 14. Brady usually performs better at home, although his 326 yards and three touchdowns were in Houston in Week 13. For most of that game, however, the Patriots were playing from behind, which forced Brady into throwing the ball more than he has almost all season (47 pass attempts were tied for his season high). This game may also be one where the Pats are trailing and Brady should keep throwing, which is good for fantasy owners.

 

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals

The matchup against the Bengals is a good one, and Mayfield has proven that he can do well against suspect defenses. Against Miami in Week 12, he threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns. Since the bye, Mayfield has thrown for 10 touchdowns in six games. He only has three interceptions in that span as well. He should be a solid QB2 for Week 14.

 

START This Tight End

 

Evan Engram, New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (Mon.)

The practice reports give the hint that Engram will play in Week 14. The Giants play on Monday night, so keep monitoring what Engram does in practice. However, it does seem that he will play. It seems that Eli Manning will be back under center as Daniel Jones deals with a high ankle sprain. Manning is known for short passes to get the ball out of his hands quickly, and one of his favorite pass catchers is Engram. Start him as a TE1 if active.

 

START This Defense/Special Teams (DST)

 

Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants (Mon.)

The Eagles face the Giants on Monday night. While Daniel Jones has been turning the ball over, it seems that the Eagles will end up facing Eli Manning. It's possible Manning comes in and finds success, but the more likely scenario is that Manning finds himself getting sacked and turning the ball over. The Giants also are not likely to put up a ton of points, all of which bodes well for the Eagles.

 

SIT These Quarterbacks

 

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints vs. San Francisco 49ers

The Saints face the 49ers, which is a tough matchup. They haven't allowed a quarterback to throw for more than two touchdowns. Most quarterbacks that have had success have done so on the ground, and Brees isn't exactly mobile. This game is in New Orleans, which is a positive, but instead of being a QB1, Brees is a QB2 for Week 14.

 

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills vs. Baltimore Ravens

Allen is in the midst of some tough matchups, and that continues this week against Baltimore. Allen's yardage totals have been down, but his rushing numbers have been up. The rushing is what will save his fantasy day, but it's going to be tough to trust Allen this week. In good matchups he has QB1 potential; this week he's a low QB2.

 

SIT This Tight End

 

Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants (Mon.)

Zach Ertz has been banged up and Goedert has taken advantage. However, Ertz is going to play in Week 14 and the Eagles face the Giants, who actually defend the tight end position well. Only two tight ends have had more than 50 receiving yards and none have had more than 70. After allowing two touchdowns to Dallas tight ends in Week 1, they have only allowed two more touchdowns to the position. Sit Goedert this week.

 

SIT This Defense/Special Teams (DST)

 

Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks

The Rams face the Seahawks this week, and Russell Wilson has been playing well. This game has the potential to be high-scoring, which does not bode well for either DST. Wilson is hard to bring to the ground, so the sacks may not be as high as they would vs. another quarterback. The Rams DST has had some good performances, but try to stay away in Week 14.

 

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.

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