Fantasy managers heading into Week 14 may have some start/sit decisions to make heading into the last week of the regular season. For many, a win is needed this week in order to make the playoffs (for others, you’re already out of the playoffs and likely not reading this). For those that have already clinched a spot this week, feel free to pass this along to others in your league that may need a win. This week is the most important week of the regular season… but no pressure.
Teams on bye: Indianapolis, Miami, New England, Philadelphia
START These RBs
Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
Kenyan Drake broke his ankle and Jalen Richard is now on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. This will be the Josh Jacobs show against Kansas City in Week 14. In Week 13, Javonte Williams rushed for more than 100 yards and caught six receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown against the Chiefs. Jacobs has struggled a bit at the beginning of the year but has scored in the past two weeks. This should be a great week for him.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys at Washington Football Team
Elliott may have been drafted as an RB1, but he has been inconsistent. Surprisingly, he is still among the top 10 running backs in terms of fantasy points (in PPR formats). It has been touchdowns that have kept him fantasy relevant as he doesn’t have more than 55 rushing yards since Dallas' Week 7 bye. However, in Week 14, the Cowboys face Washington and Tony Pollard (foot) will likely be out. Elliott will get a full workload – if he’s healthy enough to handle it.
SIT These RBs
Ty Johnson, New York Jets vs. New Orleans Saints
With Michael Carter on injured reserve, Tevin Coleman was the next man up. However, Coleman is now dealing with a concussion and Johnson is the next man up. Unfortunately Johnson is in a tough spot. He hasn’t showed signs of success yet, and he faces the Saints, who allow the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. It seems like a tempting start, but resist.
Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team vs. Dallas Cowboys
Gibson has two things working against him for Week 14: the fact that Washington faces one of the toughest run defenses in the league in the Cowboys, and the fact that J.D. McKissic may return. McKissic’s return means the volume won’t be there for Gibson, especially in the passing game. The Cowboys have only allowed three touchdowns and one 100-yard rusher since their Week 7 bye. Gibson is an RB2 but nothing more this week.
START These WRs
Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals vs. San Francisco 49ers
In Week 13, Higgins was the leading receiver for the Bengals with 138 receiving yards and a touchdown. He had nine receptions on 14 targets. It’s possible it was a result of game script, but it is also possible the Bengals are getting him more involved. He has had more than 100 yards in each of the past two games. Fantasy managers should know it is a tough matchup against the 49ers, but Higgins should still be a WR2 (assuming the ankle injury that kept him out of practice on Wednesday is not serious).
Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings (TNF)
Johnson wasn’t a big fantasy name for the beginning of the season, but his yardage totals in the past four weeks are: 83, 101, 95, 105. He has at least seven receptions in each of those games and three touchdowns in that span. While Ben Roethlisberger may be struggling a bit, Johnson is making him look good. The Steelers face the Vikings in Week 14, who allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
SIT These WRs
Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos vs. Detroit Lions
Sutton is still in fantasy lineups because of his name. He did well enough when Jerry Jeudy was out, but now that Jeudy is back, Sutton has been disappointing. He hasn’t had more than five receptions since Week 7. He hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 6. He hasn’t had more than 40 receiving yards since Week 7. None of these numbers – even with a date with the Lions – scream starting wide receiver.
DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons
The Panthers' offense is a mess and whether it’s Cam Newton or P.J. Walker throwing the ball, it’s still a mess. Christian McCaffrey is out so there isn’t really a running game. The only way Moore got the numbers he did in Week 12 (before the bye) was because of garbage time. He hasn’t had 100 yards since Week 4. He’s not scoring touchdowns and the volume isn’t there because of the quarterback play. Once a WR1, Moore now is nothing more than a low WR2.
— 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.