Week 14 for fantasy owners means one thing: you need to win. Whether it's the playoffs or the last week of the regular season, fantasy owners need to put their best lineup out there.
Along those lines, if the starters that have gotten you this far are injured, they aren't part of your best lineup. Be sure to check the inactive report to make sure those you are planning on using are playing if there’s any question about their status.
As it relates to quarterbacks and tight ends, Julius Thomas went on IR on Saturday, so his season is done. Be sure to read the latest on the others below, and don’t forget about the running backs and wide receivers (part 1, part 2) before setting your lineup.
Note: All times are ET and games are on Sunday, Dec. 11 unless otherwise noted.
Trevor Siemian (foot), QB, Denver Broncos at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.
Even though he practiced this week, Siemian remains questionable to play. The Broncos, after seeing what Paxton Lynch did in Week 13 (12 completions for 104 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions), are looking to get Siemian back on the field if he can go. In the last three games he has played, Siemian has seven touchdown passes and three interceptions with at least 250 passing yards in each. Siemian is a QB2 if active, and his presence also boosts the fantasy value of his wide receivers.
Jordan Reed (shoulder), TE, Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.
Reed hurt his shoulder in Week 12 and then came back in the game, running on adrenaline, and put up a 10-95-2 stat line on Thanksgiving Day against Dallas. But he missed last week because of the injury, which at one point was believed to be serious. He was able to practice some, but is reportedly still in pain and will be a game-time decision for today’s game. The good news is his owners will know early if he’s active. If he plays, he’s a TE1 even with a tough matchup. While the Eagles don’t allow a ton of yards to opposing tight ends, they have allowed four touchdowns since their Week 4 bye.
Eric Ebron (knee), TE, Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
After putting in limited practices all week, Ebron is on track to play on Sunday. He came back from his zero-target Week 12 game with four receptions for 38 yards last week. The last time Ebron faced the Bears (Week 3) he had four receptions for 42 yards. Chicago has allowed a touchdown to an opposing tight end three times over the past four games. Ebron is a low TE1 for Week 14.
Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder), TE, New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens, 8:30 p.m. (Mon.)
The injuries have been hampering Bennett, as he hasn't truly stepped up since Rob Gronkowski was lost for the season. In the past three games, Bennett hasn't had more than three receptions or 22 yards. Each week it seems like this could be the week for his production to increase, but it just hasn’t happened. The Ravens have only allowed two opposing tight ends to score a touchdown. Tyler Eifert has fared the best against Baltimore thus far, when he caught five passes for 68 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets in Week 12. Bennett is a TE2.
Charles Clay (knee), TE, Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
Clay missed Week 13, although that was because of the birth of his child, rather than the knee injury. He put in limited practices all week, and he is on track to return today. In the past five weeks, he hasn't had more than five receptions or 29 yards. Despite playing in games where other primary pass catchers were out, Clay was never able to take advantage. He's a low TE2 with Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods back this week.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.
(Jordan Reed photo courtesy of www.redskins.com)