Early Week 14 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: With playoffs on the line, where do Javonte Williams, Elijah Moore, and Taysom Hill land in start/sit decisions?

With the NFL in full swing and fantasy football lineups being set, who makes the list of the top start 'em and sit 'em options for Week 14?

As we move ever so closer to the end of the fantasy football regular season, start ’em or sit ’em decisions begin to carry even more weight as teams separate themselves from the pack. With not all matchups being equal, here are our top start ’em and sit ’em plays for Week 14.

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NFL Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em for Week 14: Quarterbacks

While the focus in the majority of fantasy leagues falls on skill positions, quarterbacks — in most cases — consistently bring the highest weekly total. Which QBs are must-starts, and who should remain on the bench in Week 14?

Start ‘Em | Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints (@ NYJ)

Imagine throwing 4 interceptions and still being called a starter in fantasy. Well, it’s happening this week for Taysom Hill and me. Yeah, the Cowboys picked him off 4 times, and he completed just 19 passes, but he threw for 264 yards, had 101 yards on the ground, and still came in as the QB4. That’s the single most “Taysom Hill” line imaginable.

In Week 14, he gets the Jets, who are No. 24 against QBs (18.34) and are astonishingly bad at stopping the run, allowing over 1,600 yards on the ground. We saw the floor of Hill as a passer, and his rushing carried him. So long as his finger is not an issue during practice this week, he should come in as a lower-end QB1 in Week 14.

Sit ‘Em | Teddy Bridgewater, Denver Broncos (vs. DET)

When I am streaming a QB or starting one, I want upside. I want a quarterback who has QB1 potential. I don’t see that with Teddy Bridgewater despite the offensive talent he is surrounded by in Denver.

Against the Chiefs, Bridgewater completed 22 of 40 passes for 257 yards, with a touchdown and 2 interceptions while finishing as the QB18 on the week. On the season, he has only three finishes inside the top 12 and just one inside the top 10.

I understand he is playing the Detroit Lions in Week 14, but this is a game they can win on the ground with Javonte Williams and maybe Melvin Gordon if he plays.

I can’t justify starting a QB who has scored 16 or fewer fantasy points in five of his last six games. Not in the final week of the fantasy regular season.

Running Backs

While these RBs found themselves with adjusted roles following injuries to surrounding players and poor play from others, they are on opposite sides of start/sit debates for Week 14. Let’s look at the top start and sit options from RB committees around the league for Week 14.

Start ‘Em | Javonte Williams, Denver Broncos (vs. DET)

Channels inner Maximus Decimus Meridius. Are you not entertained?! Is this not why you are here?! This performance is precisely what all fantasy managers have been clamoring for with Javonte Williams. Give him the ball, get out of his way, and watch. And this week, due to a Melvin Gordon injury, we got just that out of the rookie from UNC.

Williams finished as the RB1 in fantasy, rushing 23 times for 102 yards while adding 6 receptions on 9 targets for 76 additional yards with a score. The Broncos messed around and let Williams get loose, and I don’t see how they can decide to move back to Gordon. Granted, when Gordon is healthy, he will be active, but I believe these roles have flipped, and Williams should be the No. 1 option moving forward.

As the team prepares for the Lions, we will need to monitor Gordon’s practice/injury report this week. If Gordon is inactive, or we know his reps will be capped, Williams is a low-end RB1. If Gordon does play and is able to record a decent number of reps in practice, Williams drops a touch but remains a solid RB2 for fantasy.

Sit ‘Em | Rex Burkhead, Houston Texans (vs. SEA)

For the third week in a row, Rex Burkhead led the Texans backfield. That’s equivalent to saying you managed to get on the podium in a race of three. Here’s your gold star and a pat on the back.

Okay, okay. That might have been a bit harsh, but what do we have to be excited about? He has 38 rushes in his last three games but is averaging just 2.55 yards a clip. Burkhead actually has the most recent TD for a Texans’ RB … all the way back on October 31. Be my guest if you would like to hitch your wagon to this backfield, but I would highly advise against it.

NFL Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em for Week 14: Wide Receivers

The WR position is the deepest in fantasy football, with a plethora of quality starting options to choose from every single week. As matchups can be the final deciding factor, here are some of our start ’em or sit ’em recommendations for Week 14.

Start ‘Em | Elijah Moore, New York Jets (vs. NO)

Whew. You know what, I was worried there for a bit. I thought Zach Wilson came in like Miley Cyrus on a wrecking ball and messed this whole thing up. Yet talent prevailed, and Elijah Moore is still startable in fantasy football.

Not only is he startable, but Moore is thriving more than someone who has been in the gym for a couple of months post-breakup.

Moore saw 12 targets Sunday, catching 6 passes for 77 yards with a score. His 20.6 PPR points were enough for the WR9 spot on the week and continue his breakout rookie campaign. Since Week 7, Moore is averaging 18.9 PPR points per game and came into Week 13 the No. 3 wide receiver in fantasy over this stretch.

On Monday, the Jets announced Corey Davis (core muscle) is done for the year, meaning nothing is standing between Moore and continued success. Moore is a must-start and will be a top-16 WR off the board next season.

Sit ‘Em | Kenny Golladay, New York Giants (@ LAC)

Kenny Golladay has been a signing most Giants fans would like to forget, and those struggles continued in Week 13. Golladay caught 3 of 5 targets for 37 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins. He even suffered a rib injury but told reporters everything came back clean.

In the two games since the dismissal of Jason Garrett, Golladay has just 16% of the targets in an offense that is missing both Sterling Shepard and Kadarius Toney. Not to mention right now, the only healthy QB on the roster is Jake Fromm, as Daniel Jones (neck) and Mike Glennon (concussion) are both on the injury report.

Add in a matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers (No. 4 vs. WRs in fantasy), and I am staying far and away from Golladay or basically any Giants player for that matter in Week 14.

Tight Ends

It’s notoriously hard for fantasy managers to find consistent production from the tight end position. In Week 14, start ’em or sit ’em decisions could mean the difference between a win or loss as the margins are razor-thin.

Start ‘Em | Tyler Conklin, Minnesota Vikings (vs. PIT)

Tyler Conklin had his busiest day of the season in Week 13, seeing 9 targets and hauling in 7 receptions for 56 yards. It could have been an even bigger day, but he couldn’t keep his feet inbounds for what could have been a touchdown. So why the sudden increased usage? Adam Thielen … or the lack thereof.

Thielen suffered an ankle injury early in Sunday’s game on just his second target of the Vikings’ 29-27 loss to the Detroit Lions. This is a massive loss.

Thielen entered Week 13 tied for the league lead in receiving touchdowns with 10. And between himself and Justin Jefferson, the duo accounted for over 47% of the targets and 72% of the air yards — 22.8% and 30.09% coming from Thielen.

While K.J. Osborn should step in for Thielen, Conklin should also be a significant player for the Vikings, especially in the red zone, where Thielen’s loss will be felt the most. Conklin has low-end TE1 upside in Week 14 against the Steelers.

Sit ‘Em | James O’Shaughnessy, Jacksonville Jaguars (@ TEN)

Since his trade to the Jaguars, Dan Arnold was a near must-start, and outside of James Robinson (when healthy) was the only Jacksonville player you could say this about. There was a glimmer of optimism James O’Shaughnessy could step in and see similar usage to Arnold after he was ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Unfortunately, fantasy football is not a linear game where you can sub in Player A for Player B and get similar results. While O’Shaughnessy has seen 11 targets in his two games, he has just 42 yards on 5 receptions with finishes as the TE20 and TE30. Unless you are one of the elite tight ends, you have to have touchdown upside in order to crack the top 12. O’Shaughnessy is neither elite nor has the TD upside. Do not risk your fantasy playoff spot by starting O’Shaughnessy in Week 14 against Tennessee.

Tommy Garrett is a Fantasy Analyst for Pro Football Network and is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). You can read all of Tommy’s work here and give him a follow on Twitter: @TommyGarrettPFN.

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