Tommy Garrett’s Fantasy Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 14: Where do Chuba Hubbard, Elijah Moore, and Rashod Bateman land in start/sit decisions?

With the fantasy football playoffs right around the corner, 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.

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 | Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (@ HOU)

Please don’t give me that look and feel like this is a no-brainer. Yeah, it’s Russell Wilson. But he’s been shaky as this offense seems to lack an identity. Granted, he’s been dealing with a finger issue, but he hasn’t scored over 20 fantasy points since Week 4 or thrown for over 250 yards since Week 3.

With that said, it seems Wilson is not only healthy again but is getting his mojo back. He’s thrown for 2 touchdowns in back-to-back games, and so long as DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are on the field, Wilson always has a chance to have a good outing. Add the Houston Texans into the mix, who are allowing the third-most points to NFL teams on the season, and we could see the Seahawks hang 30 on them. If they do, it’s going to all come off Wilson’s right arm. He’s my QB12 on the week in current rankings.

Sit ‘Em | Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (@ CAR)

It’s getting to that time of year where divisional rematches are taking place. We get that in Week 14 as these two teams played in Week 8. It was also the first game for Matt Ryan after Calvin Ridley (personal) stepped away. The Falcons scored 13 points in that game, and Ryan had 146 passing yards and 6.1 fantasy points.

Since that game, Ryan has scored over 12 points just once (Week 9), with two of his last four games with less than 2.5 fantasy points, which is laughable. Carolina has allowed just one QB to score over 17 fantasy points since Week 6, and I don’t see Ryan breaking that trend. Aside from 2QB leagues, Ryan should not be started in Week 14.

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 | Chuba Hubbard, Carolina Panthers (vs. ATL)

With Christian McCaffrey (ankle) on the injured reserve, Chuba Hubbard resumes his role as the Panthers’ primary back. In the five games with McCaffrey inactive, Hubbard averaged 18 rush attempts, 65.8 yards, 0.4 TDs, 2.6 receptions, 17.6 receiving yards, and 13.3 PPR points per game. Those are fringe RB2 numbers.

There is the question of what this Panthers offense will look like following the removal of former OC Joe Brady. When these teams last met, Hubbard had 24 carries for 82 yards and a touchdown against Atlanta, along with a catch for 9 yards. The Falcons have allowed an RB to score at least 14 PPR points in three of their past four games and are No. 28 in points allowed on the season (26.57). This week, Hubbard can be viewed as an RB2 who can be relatively safely started.

Sit ‘Em | Tevin Coleman, New York Jets (vs. NO)

Believe it or not, Tevin Coleman has been a rather high-usage back. Over the last two games, Coleman has 27 rushes for 125 yards while adding 22 more via the air on 5 receptions. The downside is all of this equaled 19.7 PPR points against the Eagles and Texans.

Here’s the problem. After we thought he took over the RB1 job heading into last week, Ty Johnson was actually a major player, out-snapping Coleman (28 to 23) and running more routes (21 to 8). Coleman just so happened to get the carries while they both saw 4 targets.

This is just one long-winded way of saying don’t trust them. The Jets are who we thought they were and get the No. 1 defense against RBs in Week 14 with the Saints (18.9 per game).

With fantasy playoffs possibly on the line, I would not risk it by starting Coleman or any Jet not named Elijah Moore. Speaking of …

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)

Update 11/12/21: The New York Jets are placing Elijah Moore on the injured reserve and will miss Week 14, per Conner Hughes of The Athletic.

There was concern that Zach Wilson ruined a good thing we had going with Elijah Moore. Heck, I was one of the people believing it. I’ve never been happier to be wrong.

After posting 9.3 points in Week 12 (which still is not shabby at all), Moore bounced back with 20.6 PPR points last week against a stingy Eagles defense.

Since Week 9, Moore is the WR2 in fantasy, averaging 20.1 points per game, and is responsible for 39.8% of the Jets’ air yards and 25.4% of the targets. That places Moore behind only DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Brown, and Terry McLaurin for the highest team percentage of air yards over this time.

The dude is a stud and is turning into everything we hoped he could be coming out of Ole Miss when he was getting Antonio Brown comps (just the on-field stuff). The Jets are without Corey Davis for the remainder of the season (core muscle surgery), and the Saints are No. 28 vs. WRs (38.37) as teams opt to pass rather than test their run defense. Moore cracks the top 20 in rankings in Week 14 and is a must-start until further notice. See you in 2032 for that memo.

Sit ‘Em | Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens (@ CLE)

I take no pleasure in this. We go from one rookie I loved to another one. Yet, in the case of Rashod Bateman, he is trending in a drastically opposite direction.

After posting 6 or more targets in five straight games, Bateman watched his targets drop to 4 in Week 12 and just 1 in Week 13. All this while his snap percentage fell as well, from a season-high 70.4% in Week 11 to just 44% in the last two.

Last week, Devin Duvernay and Sammy Watkins saw more targets and snaps than the Ravens’ first-round pick. Right now, there is enough consistent passing volume to sustain Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews reliably. Beyond that, all bets are off. I’m still waiting on Bateman to have his first TD (he had 1 overturned due to penalty).

I can make a case where he is the last man on your roster, but that’s about as far as it goes, meaning he should be nowhere close to a starting Week 14 lineup in your standard 10-12 person league. Now watch him blow up after I finally waiver in my commitment. Eh, it wouldn’t be the first time someone called me out on commitment issues in my life.

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 a loss as the margins are razor-thin.

Start ‘Em | Noah Fant, Denver Broncos (@ DET)

We have a bunch of weekly starters and then a bunch of guys who might do something. Noah Fant is as good as it gets in terms of talent and athleticism. The problem is there has been no consistency recently. He’s scored double-digit points once since Week 6 and is a clear third in the pecking order behind Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick.

I’m playing the matchup and banking on his athleticism. The Lions are No. 26 against tight ends, allowing 15.33 points per game, and let three different TEs (Cole Kmet, Jimmy Graham, and Tyler Conklin) finish as TE1s against them in the last two weeks. Fant is the TE12 in rankings for Week 14. If he’s not a starter this week, he might not be again until something changes with Denver’s offense in the offseason.

Sit ‘Em | Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams (@ ARI)

Tyler Higbee was a favorite of many heading into the season as he no longer would be splitting reps with Gerald Everett, who went up north to Seattle in the offseason. Unfortunately, that has not turned into much. Higbee has not scored a touchdown since Week 5 and has just one game over 50 yards since Week 1.

The last time Higbee faced the Cardinals, he caught 4 passes for 36 yards, which have been a pattern for most tight ends who encounter them. Arizona allows the fourth-fewest fantasy points to the position at 8.25 PPR. The only TE to score double-digit fantasy points against them was George Kittle in Week 9. Meanwhile, eight tight ends have scored 5 points or less. I would avoid Higbee in Week 14 for fantasy.

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