Congratulations to fantasy owners that have made the fantasy playoffs. They are here and that means one thing: my readership goes down. Oh, and also it's time to really look at your lineups. A loss in Week 4 wasn't a big deal. A loss in Week 14 means that your season is over (unless you have a two-week playoff or your league's playoffs don't start until Week 15). Either way, it's time to really make sure you have the best team. If that means dropping players for others off the waiver wire, now is the time to go for it.
START These QBs
Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Atlanta Falcons
Herbert was brutal in Week 13 against the Patriots, but he gets a great matchup in Week 14. The Falcons are giving up the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, and to put it quite simply, they aren't coached by Bill Belichick either. This is the perfect opportunity for Herbert to bounce back. Sunday was the first game all year where he didn't throw a touchdown. Fantasy owners may have lost in Week 13 because of him, but keep him as a QB1 for Week 14.
Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars
The Titans face the Jaguars in Week 14, a defense that is giving up the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. When Tannehill faced the Jags in Week 2, he threw for 239 yards and four touchdowns. Tannehill has shown up when the team needed him, and this is a week where the team needs him. A.J. Brown is banged up, but this is shaping up to be a week where Tannehill is a solid QB1.
SIT These QBs
Cam Newton, New England Patriots at Los Angeles Rams (Thurs.)
The Patriots face the Rams on Thursday night, and while Newton had plenty of fantasy points against the Chargers in Week 13, his numbers weren't actually very good. He threw for a whopping 69 yards in that game with one touchdown pass but he had two touchdown runs, hence the fantasy points. The Rams have given up the fewest points to opposing quarterbacks. Sit Newton if you can.
Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders vs. Indianapolis Colts
Carr was tempting to start against the Jets, and he actually did come through for fantasy owners. He ended with a season-high 381 passing yards, thanks to some questionable defensive strategy on the part of the Jets. He also had three touchdowns, again the last one coming via an assist from now-former Jets DC Gregg Williams, who sent an all-out blitz against Carr who had just enough time to find Henry Ruggs downfield for a game-winning 46-yard touchdown. In Week 14, Carr faces the Colts, who are a much better defense than the Jets. Treat Carr as a low QB2.
START These TEs
Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys at Cincinnati Bengals
In a year where tight ends are struggling, fantasy owners are typically glad to get double-digit points. In PPR leagues, that's about what Schultz will get you each week. He's had at least four receptions the past four weeks and one touchdown in that span. The Cowboys face the Bengals in Week 14, the fifth-most generous team for opposing tight ends. While it's not likely that Schultz will get in the end zone, he's a fine low-end TE1 for Week 14.
Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns (Mon.)
Andrews has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, so he should be good to go after missing the past two games. His production was on the uptick before going on the COVID-19 list. In Week 10, Andrews had seven receptions for 61 and followed that up with five catches for 96 yards and a touchdown in Week 11. He hadn't scored a touchdown since Week 5 prior to that. Hopefully, he can pick up where he left off, but he gets a great matchup on Monday night against the Browns.
SIT These TEs
Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team at San Francisco 49ers
Thomas had his best game of the season in Week 13, catching nine passes for 98 yards and a touchdown. Prior to that week, he had two games with more than 45 yards. While he is now catching passes from Alex Smith, who loves to utilize his tight ends, he also has a tougher matchup in Week 14. The 49ers have done a solid job against opposing tight ends, allowing just one to score a touchdown this season. Thomas is still a TE2, but lower expectations.
Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams vs. New England Patriots (Thurs.)
The Rams face the Patriots on "Thursday Night Football" and it should be a good game. However, maybe not so much for Rams tight ends. The Patriots allow the fifth-fewest fantasy points to the position. Higbee did catch a touchdown pass Week 13, but it was his first since Week 2. With Gerald Everett still in the picture, neither he nor Higbee has much fantasy value. If possible, sit both this week.
START This Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Carolina Panthers vs. Denver Broncos
For those streaming DSTs, the Panthers are likely available in your league. They face the Broncos in Week 14. Drew Lock has thrown at least one interception in every game he's played since Week 2. While the Panthers aren't the best DST, they have a great matchup and can certainly get points. The Broncos typically don't put up a lot of points or yards, so Carolina should be a solid streaming DST.
SIT This Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills
Pittsburgh has been a solid DST this season but faces a potent Bills offense on Sunday night. The Steelers are coming off their first loss (to Washington on Monday) and in that game, the defense managed three sacks but that was about it. Josh Allen and company are a more talented offense than Washington, and between the schedule uncertainty, injuries, and a few COVID-19 issues, Pittsburgh's defense has been struggling lately. Fantasy owners who have been relying on the Steelers DST will want to hold on to them but maybe look for another starting option for 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.
(Top photo by Ty Nowell/Los Angeles Chargers, courtesy of chargers.com)