Week 14 Start/Sit/Grab/Drop

Welcome to Start/Sit/Grab/Drop for Week 14, where I not only take a look at which players you should start or sit, but identify players to grab from waivers and disappointing players you can safely drop.


START


Ryan Tannehill (QB - TEN) @ JAX


The Cleveland Browns had a huge statement win last week against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans were behind by 17 points early in the 2nd quarter, which led to a pass-heavy offense the rest of the way that allowed Ryan Tannehill to throw for 389 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT. While I don’t expect Tannehill to put up those kinds of numbers against the Jacksonville Jaguars this week in what should be a less competitive matchup, the Jags defense is awful against QBs, giving up 21.9 FPPG. Tannehill is in a great spot this week against a team lacking any sort of pass defense, so start him with confidence as a top five QB.


Other QBs to start:


Ben Roethlisberger - PIT (@ BUF)

Matt Ryan - ATL (@ LAC)


Wayne Gallman (RB - NYG) vs ARI


Wayne Gallman has been great for fantasy since taking control of the starting RB role for the New York Giants after Devonta Freeman’s injury. He’s been averaging 17.5 touches, 79.8 total yards and 1 TD per game over the last six weeks, making him an every-week high-end RB2. He’s owned in most leagues, but if Gallman is somehow still on your waiver wire, you can pick him up and start him ROS. His matchup this week is against the Arizona Cardinals, who just got run over by the Los Angeles Rams’ combo of Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson. The Cards D gives up 18.9 FPPG to RBs, so Gallman is in a great spot to do some damage this week.


Other RBs to start:


Jonathan Taylor - IND (@ LV)

Melvin Gordon III - DEN (@ CAR)

Ronald Jones II - TB (vs MIN)



Jamison Crowder (WR - NYJ) @ SEA


While the New York Jets are a complete disaster in every aspect, Crowder has been the lone bright spot for fantasy. He’s coming off of a 2 TD game and next up is a matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. While the Seahawks defense has been much better over the last few weeks, they still give up 29.2 FPPG to WRs, so Crowder, Perriman and Mims are all on the fantasy radar in this matchup. Crowder is Sam Darnold’s favorite target and the Jets should be in a negative game script against a good Seattle team, so expect Crowder to get the bulk of the targets and produce a solid stat line.


Other WRs to start:


Antonio Brown - TB (vs MIN)

Mike Williams - LAC (vs ATL)

TY Hilton - IND (@ LV)



Eric Ebron (TE - PIT) @ BUF


Ebron has established himself as a top 10 option at TE for fantasy. His volume is hard to come by in the current TE landscape, which makes him startable every week. Ebron’s seen five or more targets in all but two games this season and is one of Ben Roethlisberger’s favorite redzone targets. He also has a juicy matchup against the Buffalo Bills this week, who give up 9.4 FPPG to TEs. If you’re streaming TEs, you could do much worse than Ebron this week, who has a good chance of hitting paydirt.


Other TEs to start:


Dalton Schultz - DAL (@ CIN)

Jordan Akins - HOU (@ CHI)



SIT


Josh Allen (QB - BUF) vs PIT


If you’re a Josh Allen owner, you’ve been very happy with him through 13 weeks, but you’ve known all along that you would have to look elsewhere come playoff time due to his brutal schedule (vs PIT, @ DEN, @ NE). If you have the guts to start Allen this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers after his incredible performance against the 49ers, I respect it, but I don’t think I would do the same. The Steelers’ defense has been on another level all season long and they give up just 13.6 FPPG to the QB position, which is the lowest in fantasy. If you have a good pivot option, like Ryan Tannehill or Tom Brady, I would go with them instead.


Other QBs to sit:


Baker Mayfield - CLE (vs BAL)

Kirk Cousins - MIN (@ TB)


Miles Sanders (RB - PHI) vs NO


As talented as Miles Sanders is, it seems like he’s been in his own head as of late. He’s forcing runs outside when he should be going inside and vice versa. On top of all that, his snap count is going down each and every week, along with his touches, and the Eagles can’t stop losing. Nothing has been going Sanders’ way as of late and I don’t expect things to change this week against a New Orleans Saints defense that gives up just 11.8 FPPG to RBs, the lowest in all of fantasy. They say to always start your studs, but we’re at the point where I don’t even consider Miles Sanders a stud anymore. You may have no choice but to start Sanders this week, but I would look elsewhere, if possible.


Other RBs to sit:


David Johnson - HOU (@ CHI)

Damien Harris - NE (@ LAR)

Devin Singletary/Zack Moss - BUF (vs PIT)



Jarvis Landry (WR - CLE) vs BAL


You’re probably shocked to see Jarvis Landry here as one of my sits of the week considering he’s gone nuclear over his last two weeks with a 21/16/205/2 stat line, but a matchup with the Baltimore Ravens is on tap for the Cleveland Browns. This is a defense that gives up just 20.1 FPPG to WRs due to their two stud CBs, Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters, who can shut down the best WRs in this game. I expect Baker Mayfield to have a down game and, by extension, that also means Jarvis Landry. I understand that you’re probably not going to sit Landry this week, but just tamper your expectation.


Other WRs to sit:


DeVante Parker - MIA (vs KC)

Tyler Boyd - CIN (vs DAL)

Jalen Raegor - PHI (vs NO)



Logan Thomas (TE - WAS) @ SF


Logan Thomas is coming off his best game as a pro, where he put up a 9/9/98/1 statline against a stout Pittsburgh Steelers defense. While Thomas has found the endzone in two consecutive games and has been on the fantasy radar all season, he’s still an inconsistent TE who hasn’t taken advantage of favorable matchups. Sure, the Steelers are one of the toughest matchups for TEs and he had himself a game, but next up is another difficult one against the San Francisco 49ers, who give up an incredibly low 4.7 FPPG to TEs. I doubt Thomas overcomes two less than ideal matchups in a row, so expect him to have a down game.


Other TEs to sit:


Tyler Higbee - LAR (vs NE )

Austin Hooper - CLE (vs BAL)



GRAB


Keke Coutee (WR - HOU) @ CHI


Keke Coutee went off on the Indianapolis Colts this past week, putting up an impressive 9/8/141/0 stat line. It was a career high in yards for the Houston Texans’ receiver, who played very well in the team’s first game of the season without Will Fuller. Brandin Cooks was knocked out of the game for a bit after taking a hard hit, which may have had an impact Coutee’s stats, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that Keke should be the priority add on waivers this week. Sure, his matchup against the Chicago Bears isn’t great, but I’ve seen enough from the Texas Tech alum to warrant FLEX usage ROS.


Other players to grab from waivers:


Quarterbacks (QB)


Jalen Hurts - PHI (vs NO)

Mitchell Trubisky - CHI (vs HOU)

Philip Rivers - IND (@ LV)


Running Backs (RB)


JD McKissic - WAS (@ SF)

Ty Johnson - NYJ (@ SEA)

Adrian Peterson - DET (vs GB)


Wide Receivers (WR)


TY Hilton - IND (@ LV)

Tim Patrick - DEN (@ CAR)

Rashard Higgins - CLE (vs BAL)


Tight Ends (TE)


Dalton Schultz - DAL (@ CIN)

Jordan Reed - SF (vs WAS)

Anthony Firkser - TEN (@ JAX)


Defense/Special Teams (DST)


Tennessee Titans - @ JAX

Carolina Panthers - vs DEN

San Francisco 49ers - vs WAS



DROP


Taysom Hill (QB - NO)


I’m going to make things clear right off the bat. I’m not saying to drop Taysom Hill right now, but there are rumors that Drew Brees will be activated this week after recovering from 11 fractured ribs and a collapsed lung. If Brees can go, Hill would no longer have any fantasy value and could be safely dropped. Of course, if Brees is held out until Week 15 - as was reported a few weeks ago - then Hill is a must start in a great matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. If you’re streaming Taysom Hill, I would look for another QB option this week, just in case Brees returns.


Other players to drop:


Carlos Hyde (RB - SEA)

Will Fuller V (WR - HOU)

Jimmy Graham (TE - CHI)



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