Fantasy owners that have made it to Week 14 and are in the playoffs in their league should pat themselves on their back. This season has been difficult between injuries, postponed games, players not playing at the last minute, and the usual issues that plague fantasy football owners. However, in the playoffs, fantasy owners need to win. Win and you move on, lose and you're done for the year. No one wants to be done, regardless of what is at stake if you win. Drop any dead weight on your bench and make sure you have the best team possible.
START These RBs
David Montgomery, Chicago Bears vs. Houston Texans
The Texans allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Montgomery is coming off his best game of the season with 111 total yards and two touchdowns. He's been much more productive since Chicago's Week 11 bye. With the quarterback position still an issue, Montgomery will probably lead the Bears' offense on Sunday and finds himself in a plus matchup.
James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans
Robinson's impressive rookie campaign continues as he's either scored a touchdown or put up 100 yards from scrimmage in five of the past six games. He's clearly established himself as an RB1 and is one of the best in the entire rookie class. Fantasy owners that drafted him with a late-round pick should be able to take advantage of a great matchup this week. The Titans are giving up the seventh-most fantasy points to RBs and even though Baker Mayfield sliced and diced their defense last week through the air, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt still combined for 113 yards and a touchdown on the ground and added another 50 (on four catches) as receivers. Start Robinson with confidence.
SIT These RBs
Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers vs. Washington Football Team
Throughout the year, the 49ers have struggled to have a healthy running back corps. Now, they have plenty of running backs and they are all eating into each other's value. Mostert should be the No. 1 back, but in Week 13, he split carries with Jeff Wilson. Both backs did ok, but not great. If they were combined into one RB, he would be a great fantasy option. However, the team is likely limiting Mostert's workload to keep him healthy as it's been a rough season. Between that and the fact that the 49ers have a tough matchup against Washington, it's best to treat Mostert and his backfield mates as RB3s.
Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints
It's going to be hard to tell how Sanders will fare with Jalen Hurts instead of Carson Wentz at quarterback, but it is hard to imagine him doing worse. In the past two weeks, Sanders rushed for 15 and 31 yards, respectively. In addition, the Eagles face the Saints, who allow the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. This doesn't bode well for Sanders' fantasy outlook this week.
START These WRs
Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fantasy owners of Jefferson likely already have them in their lineups. However, if there is any doubt, start him this week Jefferson has taken over as the Vikings No. 1 WR and he has a great matchup against the Buccaneers in Week 14. Jefferson has scored four touchdowns in the past three weeks. He is a matchup-proof WR1 and he could put up really nice numbers against this defense.
Jamison Crowder, New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks
Recommending a Jets receiver sounds odd, but in Week 13, Crowder recorded five receptions for 47 yards and two touchdowns. Crowder started the season with 100-yard games in the three he played in. He certainly has done better with Sam Darnold than Joe Flacco, but it is hard to trust this Jets offense. However, in Week 14, New York faces Seattle, which is a great matchup for WRs and will probably find the Jets trailing meaning they will be throwing the ball a lot. Crowder could have another great game. He's a WR2.
SIT These WRs
Keke Coutee, Houston Texans at Chicago Bears
Coutee was a recommended start for Week 13, and he came through with eight receptions for 114 yards. However, he's been limited in practice this week with a knee injury. Coutee has a long history of injuries and he's missed his fair share of games. On top of that, the Texans face the Bears in Week 14. Despite Chicago's struggles, the defense has played pretty solid, especially against wide receivers. It's going to be a difficult game and if Coutee is dealing with an injury, he's nothing more than a low WR3.
DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Parker has fared better with Ryan Fitzpatrick than with Tua Tagovailoa, but he is still the Dolphins' top wideout. Unfortunately for Parker, he has a tough matchup in Week 14. The Chiefs have actually done a decent job against wide receivers, giving up the fourth-fewest fantasy points to the position in the process. Parker has had good games this season and he's struggled. All signs point to Week 14 being a tough one even though this game could feature plenty of points.
— 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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