Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 14: Nick Chubb and Other RB/WR Fantasy Advice

Chubb leads the NFL in rushing yards and carries despite the presence of Kareem Hunt in Cleveland's backfield

Welcome to the fantasy playoffs! It's Week 14 and for most people, it is the first week of the playoffs. If you've made it this far, congrats and I hope you have continued success! Most likely you have a solid squad of starters that have led you to the fantasy playoffs and you're just wondering about a flex. However, you may be blessed with a team that ended up with multiple RB1s or WR1s for example and you're not sure who to start. Always trust your gut and good luck.

 

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

 

START These Running Backs

 

Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Chubb has lost some work to Kareem Hunt, but he is still the starting running back for the Browns. The Browns face the Bengals in Week 14, which is a great matchup. The Browns should rely on Chubb, who has had five 100-yard rushing games this year. The Bengals have allowed three 100-yard rushers and Chubb should be No. 4. Start him as a solid RB1 and don't worry about Hunt's role.

 

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions

Fantasy owners of Dalvin Cook watched as he went down on Monday night and was then seen sitting on the bench without his helmet. He had been battling a shoulder/chest injury prior to Week 13 and aggravated the injury on the play that caused him to miss the rest of the game. Mattison filled in for Cook nicely, running for 22 yards on four carries and adding four receptions for 51 yards. Cook insists he will play in Week 14, but odds are Mattison will have a role. He's a solid flex play if Cook is active and an even more appealing option if Cook sits this one out.

 

SIT These Running Backs

 

Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Indianapolis Colts

The Bucs' backfield is a mess. Jones looked good after the Arizona game (Week 10) and he scored three touchdowns within four weeks. Then he was benched in Week 13 after he missed a blitz pick-up, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Peyton Barber took over and scored two touchdowns. Arians said this week that Jones is still the starter, but that's hard to believe. Both running backs should be desperation plays only against a tough Colts defense.

 

LeSean McCoy, Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots

It's so tempting to want to play McCoy this week. Damien Williams is dealing with a rib injury that has caused him to sit since Week 11. Darrell Williams has a hamstring injury and he is looking very doubtful for Week 14, one of the reasons why the Chiefs brought back Spencer Ware. The next man up is Darwin Thompson, who had 44 yards and a touchdown in Week 13. McCoy is still in the picture, especially in PPR formats, but the Chiefs are reluctant to use him. Especially with a tough matchup against the Patriots this week, leave McCoy on the bench.

 

START These Wide Receivers

 

Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pascal himself isn't a great player, but he is able to take advantage when the opportunity presents itself. T.Y. Hilton (calf) will likely miss another game, but Parris Campbell could return. This knocks Pascal down a bit, but not enough. He's still a WR3 with upside in a great matchup against the Bucs. They are allowing the most fantasy points to wide receivers, and Pascal is coming off of a seven-catch, 190-yard performance.

 

James Washington, Pittsburgh Steelers at Arizona Cardinals

There is a connection between Devlin Hodges and Washington, as proven over the past two weeks. As soon as Hodges came in during Week 12, he threw a touchdown to Washington. If it was a fluke, it continued in Week 13 as Washington had the most targets on the team. He also had the most receiving yards by far with 111. The next closest pass catcher had 28. Washington also had a touchdown in Week 13. The matchup is good in Week 14 and Washington could have WR3 value, assuming JuJu Smith-Schuster remains out.

 

SIT These Wide Receivers

 

Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins at Green Bay Packers

McLaurin struggled in Week 13, catching two passes for eight yards on four targets. His matchup in Week 14 doesn't get much easier, as the Packers have a tough secondary. Their run defense is weak, which means this may be another game where Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice lead the way. McLaurin is the top receiver in Washington, but Dwayne Haskins brings the entire passing game down.

 

Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots

It's been hard to trust Watkins all season, even with Tyreek Hill missing time. Whether he just doesn't have a connection with Patrick Mahomes or he's not part of the game plan isn't clear, but Watkins is no longer a fantasy option. Throwing out his Week 1 performance, he has no touchdowns and just two games with more than 60 receiving yards. He didn't catch any of his three targets in Week 13 and should be on fantasy benches.

 

— 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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