Even if you feel like your lineup is solid, I still recommend streaming defenses, kickers and flex options go week-to-week. It’s really hard to win in fantasy these days if you don’t tinker with your lineup every week to some extent.
Here is our Fantasy Football Sit/Start for Week 14 of the 2017 NFL season…and enjoy our weird MS Paint masterpiece of New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson.
I want to explain what I mean by “sit” and “start.” Of course you are going to start some of the guys i say to bench this week, because you probably used high draft picks or a lot of money in an auction for them. My ‘sit’ players are guys I am just not completely sold that they will have good weeks. If you have a guy that you are on the fence about, maybe this will help you pick between the players.
- QB Jimmy Garoppolo (San Francisco 49ers) – Garoppolo led the Niners to a 15-14 win over the Chicago Bears. He passed for 293 yards and for a touchdown in his first start of the season. He relied on wide receivers Marquise Goodwin and Trent Taylor. The Niners also ran the ball over thirty times with Carlos Hyde and Matt Breida nearly sharing the carries. Garoppolo faces the Texans this week, who despite being pretty solid the last two weeks, is still the 31st ranked defense against quarterbacks in fantasy.
- WR Robby Anderson (New York Jets) – The Jets have underrated receivers (and tight end), but are often overlooked cause, ummm, they are the Jets. Anderson may not have scored a touchdown this past week, but he had over 100 receiving yards…and his teammate WR Jermaine Kearse did as well. Anderson and Kearse are decent plays against Denver this week, especially if you’re in a 12-team league where both of these guys ‘could’ be available…but with the way Anderson has been playing, he should be rostered by someone in your league.
- RB Kenyan Drake (Miami Dolphins) – I picked Drake here last week and he paid off. It was the first time he didn’t split carries and he rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown. He faces the Patriots this week, but if you’re in a position where you need a starting RB, he could still pay off for you.
- QB Josh McCown (New York Jets) – As I mentioned earlier, the Jets have an underrated passing game. McCown isn’t flashy, but the dude has had two-straight 300+ passing games and six total passing touchdowns in those two games. The Broncos have been allowing more passing yards as each week passes. McCown could have a very solid fantasy week for the Jets.
- RB Peyton Barber (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Bucs RB Doug Martin missed last game with a concussion and most assumed Jacquizz Rodgers would get his carries, but Peyton Barber was the guy who started for Tampa Bay. He had 27 touches for 143 total yards. He was the first Bucs player to rush for 100+ yards in a game this season. The Packers have a good run defense, but the Bucs need to relieve some pressure off QB Jameis Winston. They can’t abandon the run, so eve if Martin is healthy and plays, Barber’s performance earned him plenty of carries this week.
- Dallas Cowboys Defense & Special Teams – Most fantasy players bailed from the Cowboys bandwagon weeks ago, so their defense is most likely out there to be claimed on the waiver wire. They face the Giants, who is in all sorts of trouble after firing head coach Ben McAdoo on Monday. Giants are going with Eli Manning this week after trying out QB Geno Smith with limited success. The Cowboys should make things tough for the struggling Giants offense.
- WR Josh Gordon (Cleveland Browns) – A lot of people picked up Gordon the last two weeks in anticipation of him playing again. In his first game back last week, he was on the field for most of the game and lead the team in targets with 11. He caught four of them for 85 yards. The Browns face the Packers, who are having trouble stopping big plays by wide receivers. Gordon got his beak wet last week and I expect him to possibly go off this week.
- RB Rex Burkhead (New England Patriots) – As soon as I declare that I’m on ‘team Dion Lewis’, Burkhead becomes a consistent fantasy player. He actually scored two touchdowns against the Bills last week. They play Miami this week and given the past history against the Patriots, they could be up by a big margin by halftime, so the Patriots running backs will get plenty of action. Burkhead and Lewis are both automatic starts this week.
- TE David Njoku (Cleveland Browns) – Am I really picking two Browns in this section? There aren’t many sneaky tight end options on the waiver wire, but Njoku has had back-to-back four reception games and he had his best fantasy game last week against the Chargers with 74 receiving yards and finding the endzone.
- WR Sammy Watkins (Los Angeles Rams) – With Robert Woods still out, the Rams have been looking for Watkins when it counts. WR Cooper Kupp is the possession receiver and will get more targets, but Watkins has scored four touchdowns the last five games. The Eagles secondary didn’t play very well last week against Seattle, so Watkins has a shot at another touchdown or big play this week.
- QB Case Keenum (Minnesota Vikings) – The Vikings face the Panthers this week and Keenum is lined up to have a pretty good game. Carolina has limited some quarterbacks through the air, but has allowed 300+ passing games three times this season. Keenum has found success with WR Adam Thielen (even though he failed to catch a touchdown pass last week), and expect Keenum to keep hitting open guys and for his defense to keep the offense in good field position.
- RB Byron Marshall (Washington Redskins) DEEP LEAGUE ALERT – I mentioned Marshall as a deep team sleeper when RB Chris Thompson was lost for the season. Marshall flourished as a pass-catching running back at Oregon and was a clear-cut favorite to get Thompson’s targets. He didn’t have much success his first week in the role, but was able to catch five passes last week and was on the field for nearly half of the offensive snaps. Marshall could be a nice flex option in a deep PPR league.
- RB Doug Martin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Martin didn’t play last week since he suffered a concussion the game before. Peyton Barber stepped in and had the best game any member of the Bucs backfield has had all season. Martin could play this week, but Barber played well enough last week that he will either earn the start or get most of the carries this week.
- WR DeSean Jackson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – He has been a fantasy bust this season. He has only scored three touchdowns and only one game with 100+ receiving yards. It hasn’t helped him that both quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick haven’t been very successful this season. I’d dump him right now for a guy like Jets WR Jermaine Kearse.
- RB Ty Montgomery (Green Bay Packers) – Now that Jamaal Williams is having success at running back and Aaron Jones is healthy, Montgomery has been shoved to RB3 in Green Bay. It could be time for him to go back to his old role as a wide receiver, but they are loaded there as well. He’s not worth starting in fantasy. (edit: He is having wrist surgery, so dump him for sure)
- Oakland Raiders Defense & Special Teams – Avoid the Raiders like the plague this week. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce should have a monster game against the poor Raiders secondary and linebackers. The Chiefs appeared to right some mistakes last week, so expect the offense to have a good game against the Raiders defense.
- RB Duke Johnson (Cleveland Browns) – Johnson is another guy that has disappointed a lot of people. He was once a slot receiving option, which got people drooling. That didn’t really work out and it looks like RB Isaiah Crowell has entrenched himself as the starting running back. Johnson is a man without a clear role. Now that WR Josh Gordon is back, there’s even less touches to go around.
- TE Vernon Davis (Washington Redskins) – The Redskins have appeared to abandon the tight end the last couple weeks. Davis did have two solid games filling in for the injured TE Jordan Reed, but QB Kirk Cousins is now looking past him to wide receivers Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson. They’ve had success, so there hasn’t been a need to go back to Davis. Reed’s hamstring is improving slowly and it’s unknown which tight end will start this week against the Chargers.
- QB Kirk Cousins (Washington Redskins) – Speaking of Cousins, he could have a rough game against the Chargers. They have studs in their front-seven and have gotten to the quarterback with a lot of success this season. Cousins is a top-seven fantasy quarterback this season, but you might have more success this week if you stream a quarterback like Rams QB Jared Goff.
- WR Nelson Agholor (Philadelphia Eagles) – Agholor came out of nowhere last week and had seven catches for 141 yards and a touchdown. It was his seventh touchdown this season, but he disappeared in the previous four games before last week. The Rams secondary has had his fair share of issues, but I don’t see him having anywhere near the last week’s level of success. I wouldn’t start him over a guy who has been consistent all season.
- RB Javorius Allen (Baltimore Ravens) – It looks like Allen has lost a lot of playing time with the return of RB Danny Woodhead. He has only played 38 offensive snaps over the last three weeks combined…and he’s still owned in over 40% of leagues, why?
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.