When it comes to running backs and wide receivers, fantasy managers often have a good idea who to start and who to sit (until it comes time to find someone for the flex position on the roster). However, with bye weeks still in play (aren't they over yet?) fantasy managers may be looking for a replacement quarterback, tight end or defense/special teams (DST). These positions are often ones that managers look to stream. So check out the waiver wire and see if a streaming player might be your best option for this week.
Teams on bye: Indianapolis, Miami, New England, Philadelphia
START This QB
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys at Washington Football Team
The Cowboys face Washington, the team that allows the most points to opposing quarterbacks. Prescott has thrown the ball more than 40 times in each of the past three games. He’s been without his top receivers at various points over those games as well. All should be back and healthy, which will only help Prescott. He’s a solid QB1 this week.
SIT This QB
Justin Fields, QB, Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (SNF)
The Bears play the Packers on Sunday night. It seems like this should be a good game, but with Fields playing, it may just be tough for the Bears. Fields hasn’t played since suffering a ribs injury in Week 11. Andy Dalton is dealing with a hand injury, which may have prompted the team to get Fields back on the field (despite what reports say). Fields is a mobile quarterback who hasn’t been able to run. He takes too many sacks and hasn’t thrown for more than one touchdown in a game yet. He’s a QB2 with upside, but fantasy managers haven’t seen it yet.
START This TE
Tyler Conklin, Minnesota Vikings vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (TNF)
After Adam Thielen went down in Week 13, Conklin stepped up as another pass catcher. Thielen wasn’t catching long balls and he was used in the red zone, and now that role is Conklin's to fill. The Vikings face the Steelers on Thursday night, and Conklin has the potential to finish as a TE1 this week. He had 56 yards on seven receptions in Week 13. He also saw nine targets. Assuming that target share continues, he’s a nice fill-in at a tough position.
SIT This TE
C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals vs. San Francisco 49ers
Uzomah started the season as a possible tight end sleeper. He failed to live up to those expectations and was dropped by fantasy managers by Week 3. All of a sudden, he became relevant, scoring five touchdowns between Weeks 4 and 7. He’s now fallen off the radar again. Fantasy managers are still clinging to that mid-season success, but in Week 14 he faces the San Francisco 49ers, who allow the second-fewest fantasy point to opposing tight ends. Leave Uzomah on the bench.
START This Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Seattle Seahawks at Houston Texans
The Seahawks face the Texans, who aren’t a very good football team. They are starting Davis Mills at quarterback. It’s not clear if David Johnson will play, so it may be Rex Burkhead as the starting running back. Brandin Cooks could be good, but not with this offense. He hasn’t had more than three receptions or 50 yards since the bye week. Houston is turnover-prone and isn’t going to put up points. Grab Seattle as a streaming DST this week.
SIT This Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Buffalo Bills at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bills have been a hard team to figure out. They lost to the Jaguars but beat the Chiefs. They have been up and down all year and it’s hard to trust their DST at this point, especially against the Buccaneers. The Bucs are the worst matchup for an opposing DST and when the team has played as inconsistently as the Bills, don’t trust them.
— 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.