DeVonta Smith Week 14 Start/Sit: Fantasy Outlook for Eagles WR vs. the Cowboys

Eagles WR DeVonta Smith seems to be peaking at the right time for fantasy football managers -- is he a trustworthy start in Week 14?

DeVonta Smith was drafted by fantasy football managers this summer as a weekly difference-maker, and he is starting to pay off that promise.

Should you count on him as a lineup lock this week as the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Dallas Cowboys?

Should You Start DeVonta Smith in Week 14?

He was held scoreless for five straight games early in the year, but he has found the end zone in four of his past five, including in the Week 9 win against the Cowboys. The recent production is one thing, but the volume is what I’m comfortable betting on. He’s seen 27 targets in his past three games, which is up from 15 in his three games prior according to the Week 14 Cheat Sheet.

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Smith has caught 86.5% of targets over his past five games — a level of efficiency that serves as a nice floor elevator. The touchdowns or efficiency may regress, but as long as both don’t, he’s a strong WR2 player in all formats.

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Should You Start Smith or Courtland Sutton?

I prefer Smith to Courtland Sutton this week, but it is tight. Smith gets the benefit of attention being drawn off of him by A.J. Brown — not to mention the likely return of Dallas Goedert — while Sutton will be the primary focus of the Los Angeles Chargers defense this week.

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Sutton relies on touchdowns, and that’s great, but it does leave him susceptible to a low floor should the big play in the end zone not occur. Both are starters for fantasy football this week, but Smith carries the more appealing floor/ceiling case in my opinion.

Should You Start Smith or Brandon Aiyuk?

Give me Brandon Aiyuk here, but you’ve built a super team if you’re benching either. Aiyuk is the clear top option in a stable offense in a good matchup, while Smith is the No. 2 option in an offense that scores on the ground in a tough matchup.

If you flip these matchups, my rankings for these two players probably switch, but as it stands for Week 14 the elevated floor of Aiyuk is the direction I’m going in this specific spot.

PFN Consensus’ Week 14 WR Rankings

1) Tyreek Hill | MIA (vs. TEN)
2) CeeDee Lamb | DAL (vs. PHI)
3) Keenan Allen | LAC (vs. DEN)
4) Amon-Ra St. Brown | DET (at CHI)
5) Justin Jefferson | MIN (at LV)
6) A.J. Brown | PHI (at DAL)
7) Stefon Diggs | BUF (at KC)
8) Michael Pittman Jr. | IND (at CIN)
9) Mike Evans | TB (at ATL)
10) Brandon Aiyuk | SF (vs. SEA)
11) Jaylen Waddle | MIA (vs. TEN)
12) Deebo Samuel | SF (vs. SEA)
13) DJ Moore | CHI (vs. DET)
14) Chris Olave | NO (vs. CAR)
15) Nico Collins | HOU (at NYJ)
16) Ja’Marr Chase | CIN (vs. IND)
17) DeVonta Smith | PHI (at DAL)
18) Davante Adams | LV (vs. MIN)
19) Rashee Rice | KC (vs. BUF)
20) DK Metcalf | SEA (at SF)
21) Courtland Sutton | DEN (at LAC)
22) Puka Nacua | LAR (vs. BAL)
23) Calvin Ridley | JAX (at CLE)
24) DeAndre Hopkins | TEN (at MIA)
25) Cooper Kupp | LAR (vs. BAL)

26) Garrett Wilson | NYJ (vs. HOU)
27) Brandin Cooks | DAL (vs. PHI)
28) Zay Flowers | BAL (vs. LAR)
29) Jayden Reed | GB (at NYG)
30) Diontae Johnson | PIT (vs. NE)
31) Adam Thielen | CAR (at NO)
32) Demario Douglas | NE (at PIT)
33) Jakobi Meyers | LV (vs. MIN)
34) Josh Downs | IND (at CIN)
35) Drake London | ATL (vs. TB)
36) Gabe Davis | BUF (at KC)
37) Tyler Lockett | SEA (at SF)
38) George Pickens | PIT (vs. NE)
39) Tee Higgins | CIN (vs. IND)
40) Odell Beckham Jr. | BAL (vs. LAR)
41) Jaxon Smith-Njigba | SEA (at SF)
42) Noah Brown | HOU (at NYJ)
43) Chris Godwin | TB (at ATL)
44) Elijah Moore | CLE (vs. JAX)
45) Jordan Addison | MIN (at LV)
46) Jerry Jeudy | DEN (at LAC)
47) Romeo Doubs | GB (at NYG)
48) Zay Jones | JAX (at CLE)
49) Khalil Shakir | BUF (at KC)
50) Jalin Hyatt | NYG (vs. GB)

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