Fantasy football Week 14, start 'em sit 'em: Keep riding 'Gus the Bus'
Fantasy football Week 14, start 'em sit 'em: Keep riding 'Gus the Bus'
We're in Week 14 of the NFL season, which means the first round of fantasy playoffs are starting for most leagues. Starting the right players is more important than ever.
We're in Week 14 of the NFL season, which means the first round of fantasy playoffs are starting for most leagues. Starting the right players is more important than ever. Here are our Week 14 fantasy start and sit recommendations, highlighted by Ravens running back Gus Edwards and a rebound game for Baker Mayfield. # Quarterbacks to start in Week 14 ## Baker Mayfield, Browns Mayfield is coming off a game against the Texans where he threw three interceptions. However, he did post 397 yards and a touchdown, so for fantasy purposes, it was a 20-point week in most scoring systems. Things get easier for Mayfield in Week 14. He faces a struggling Panthers defense that entered last week giving up the sixth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Mayfield has thrown multiple touchdown passes in five of eight games this season. He's a QB1 for the first week of fantasy playoffs. __Other starts:__ Dak Prescott (Cowboys), Mitchell Trubisky (Bears) # Quarterbacks to sit in Week 14 ## Matthew Stafford, Lions Stafford has been bad over the last five games with four touchdowns and five interceptions. He has two games during that span with no touchdowns. Things aren't likely to get better this week on the road in Arizona. The Cardinals are allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. Only two quarterbacks all season have thrown for more than 260 yards against Arizona. Keep the struggling Stafford on your bench for fantasy playoffs. __Other sits:__ Matt Ryan (Falcons) # Running backs to start in Week 14 ## Justin Jackson, Chargers Austin Ekeler got the start at running back Sunday night with Melvin Gordon sidelined but he was out-played badly by Jackson. Ekeler was held to 21 yards on 13 carries, while Jackson rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. The same thing happened to Ekeler when he got the start earlier this year against the Titans. He struggled. Ekeler is a change of pace back and he's actually more productive with fewer touches. There are reports Gordon could return this week but that sounds like wishful thinking. Expect Jackson to have a much bigger role on Sunday in a dream matchup versus the Bengals (second-most fantasy points to RBs) if Gordon sits again. ## Gus Edwards, Ravens The Bus keeps rolling along. In his three games as a starter, Edwards has put up 118, 115 and 82 yards on 61 carries. Expect Edwards to keep rolling along in Week 14. The Chiefs allow the most fantasy points to running backs. That's good news for a Ravens' offense that will try to grind it out with Edwards and limit Kansas City's offensive possessions. The Chiefs are giving up 109.4 yards per game to running backs. Edwards is a good bet to top the century mark again on Sunday. He's a strong RB2 for the first round of fantasy playoffs. __Other starts:__ Tarik Cohen (Bears), Jeff Wilson Jr. (49ers) __Also read:__ [Best QB fantasy playoff matchups](https://www.betchicago.com/best-quarterback-fantasy-playoff-matchups) # Running backs to sit in Week 14 ## Spencer Ware, Chiefs Ware was a popular start last week after Kareem Hunt's release. While Ware did manage to score a touchdown, he disappointed overall with just 47 yards on 14 carries against the awful Raiders rush defense. This week Ware faces the Ravens' No. 1 ranked defense. Baltimore is allowing the second-fewest fantasy points. If Ware can't put up big numbers versus the Raiders, he isn't a good bet to do much against the Ravens. Leave him on the bench. ## Chris Carson, Seahawks Carson suffered a dislocated finger last week but he's expected to play Monday night against the Vikings. While the Seahawks are the No. 1 rushing offense, they face a tough test this week versus Minnesota's No. 7 run defense. The Vikings are giving up the fifth-fewest fantasy points to running backs and have yet to allow a 100-yard rusher. Only one back has topped 80 yards against them and that was Todd Gurley (83). Carson has been good this year but don't be afraid to sit him in Week 14. __Other sits:__ Marlon Mack (Colts) # Wide receivers to start in Week 14 ## Adam Humphries, Buccaneers Humphries is still available in half of fantasy leagues for some reason. On Sunday, he caught seven passes for 61 yards and a touchdown. Humphries has now caught a touchdown in three straight games. He has five touchdowns in his last five games. Humphries has topped 50 yards receiving in seven of his last eight games. This week Humphries faces a Saints defense allowing the most fantasy points to receivers. He's a legit WR3 in PPR leagues. ## Courtland Sutton, Broncos Sutton had been quiet since Demaryius Thomas was traded to Houston but he finally broke out on Sunday against the Bengals with four receptions, 85 yards and a touchdown. Granted, it was against the Bengals' Swiss cheese defense but Sutton did out-target Emmanuel Sanders 7-6. Sutton has another favorable matchup this week against a 49ers defense allowing the 12th most fantasy points to receivers. The rookie receiver is worth starting in deeper leagues for fantasy playoffs. __Other starts:__ Josh Gordon (Patriots), Allen Robinson (Bears) __Read more:__ [Week 14 waiver wire wish list](https://www.betchicago.com/waiver-wire-wish-list-week-14-fantasy-football) # Wide receivers to sit in Week 14 ## Doug Baldwin, Seahawks The good news for Baldwin owners is he scored his second touchdown in three games last week. The bad news is Seattle has attempted the fewest passes in the NFL this year and Baldwin has topped 50 yards receiving just three times. He'll struggle to reach that mark this week against a Vikings defense giving up the fifth-fewest fantasy points to receivers. Look elsewhere for a receiver. ## Alshon Jeffery, Eagles Jeffery has reached the point where he can't be trusted outside of deeper leagues. He hasn't reached 50 yards or scored in his last five games. Things aren't likely to improve for Jeffery this week when he faces Dallas. The Cowboys are allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to receivers. When Jeffery played the Cowboys four weeks ago he caught four balls for 48 yards. In fairness to him though, that was Jeffery's best game in the past month. Don't risk starting Jeffery in the first round of fantasy playoffs. __Other sits:__ Corey Davis (Titans), Kenny Golladay (Lions) # Tight ends to start in Week 14 ## Jared Cook, Raiders One of the only bright spots on a fledgling Raiders offense this season has been the play of Cook. Cook has recorded double-digit fantasy points in PPR leagues in four of the last five games. Last week, Cook ripped the Chiefs' defense for seven receptions, 100 yards and a touchdown. Expect Cook to once again be the focal point of Oakland's offense against a Steelers defense giving up the ninth-most fantasy points to tight ends. __Other starts:__ Jonnu Smith (Titans) # Tight ends to sit in Week 14 ## Kyle Rudolph, Vikings Two weeks ago against the Packers, Rudolph had one of his best games of the season with seven catches for 63 yards. Last week Rudolph returned to normal with three receptions for 38 yards. Normal for Rudolph this season is 3.8 catches and 38.5 yards. That's what he averages per game. No thank you. __Other sits:__ Cameron Brate (Buccaneers) __More ways to play:__ [Check out our free contests](https://betchicago.chalkline.com/)2018-12-04T22:34:27.413Z2018-12-04T17:00-05:00