Week 14 Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Doug Baldwin is listed below as a "start" for Week 14. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 14 with him as one of my starting receivers.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both DeAndre Hopkins, Allen Robinson and Baldwin and started only two receivers, you should start Hopkins and Robinson -- and in turn, bench Baldwin.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my fantasy football rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 14:

WR - Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (at BAL)

It's been a remarkable four-game stretch for Baldwin. During that span, he has finished as a top-five fantasy receiver in three of those weeks and has racked up a total of 24/433/6. While he's averaging just 7.75 targets per game over this stretch, he has at least five catches and 60 yards in all four of those games.

Before this hot streak, Baldwin had 36 yards or less in six of eight games. A top-five outing may not be in the cards for Baldwin, but he has a top-five matchup against the Ravens in terms of fantasy points allowed to the position.

WR - Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills (at PHI)

Generally inconsistent, Watkins has had a pair of huge games in a row. Targeted only four times last week, Watkins finished with three catches for 109 yards and a touchdown against the Texans. In Week 12, Watkins had six catches for 158 yards and two scores.

With 100-plus yards and at least one score in three of five games, Watkins gets the league's most favorable matchup for wide receivers in Week 14. In their past five games, the Eagles have surrendered a total of 12 touchdowns to wide receivers.

WR - Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers (at CIN)

One of the league's most dangerous big-play receivers, Bryant is averaging more than 20 yards per reception (20.1 Y/A) on the season. (And he averaged 21.1 Y/A last season.) With 655 yards from scrimmage -- 623 receiving and 32 rushing -- and seven touchdowns, Bryant is averaging 93.6 yards and a touchdown per game in his seven games played this season. On paper, the matchup against the Bengals isn't normally a great one, but their secondary is dealing with multiple key injuries.

WR - Eric Decker, New York Jets (vs. TEN)

With the 12th-most fantasy points on the season, Decker has had few big weeks, but he has been remarkably consistent. In fact, he has a minimum of 80 yards and/or a touchdown in every game this season. Therefore, he has yet to score less than 8.1 fantasy points (standard scoring) in any game this season.

Meanwhile, the Titans have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season, which sets up for Decker to have another productive outing.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 14:

WR - Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots (at HOU)

The good news is that LaFell has nine targets in each of his past two games. The bad news is that he has turned those targets into a total of eight catches for 63 yards in those two games. Yet to score a touchdown this season, LaFell has averaged 48.0 yards per game and finished outside of the top-30 weekly fantasy receivers in all but one game (Week 9, WR23). Despite the injuries at the position, LaFell deserves to remain on your bench.

WR - Kamar Aiken, Baltimore Ravens (vs. SEA)

Aiken has at least five receptions in each of his past five games with double-digit targets in three of his past four. During that five-game span, Aiken is averaging a respectable 62.6 yards per game as the team's No. 1 receiver and he has finished as a top-35 receiver in four of those games. Given this week's matchup and the talent (or lack thereof) around him, Aiken isn't anything more than a flex, if that, this week.

WR - Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders (at DEN)

Cooper has had an excellent rookie campaign -- 62/920/4 on 105 targets -- with a quarter of the season to go. Both teammate Michael Crabtree (WR14) and Cooper (WR19) currently rank inside the top-20 fantasy receivers on the year. That said, the Raiders face the league's stingiest pass defense to fantasy wide receivers and Cooper himself had just four catches for 49 yards (although he did score a touchdown) in his first matchup against Denver. For this week, Cooper is ranked just outside of my top-24 fantasy receivers.

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