Week 14 Fantasy Football: Quarterbacks 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, Jameis Winston is listed below as a "start" for Week 14. And I'd feel very comfortable going into Week 14 with him as my starting quarterback.

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

In other words, if you owned both Ben Roethlisberger and Winston, you should start Big Ben -- and in turn, bench Winston.

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:

QB - Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. NO)

Still available in more than half of Yahoo! leagues (as of Friday morning), Winston, a recommended pickup in my waiver-wire post, is certainly a viable starter in Week 14. With only one game this season with less than 200 passing yards, Winston has averaged 17.26 fantasy points per game and scored at least 12 fantasy points in all 12 games this season.

Based on this weekend's matchup against the Saints, it's possible that Winston has a monster game like he had a few weeks ago against the Eagles (five passing TDs). While not necessarily a very mobile quarterback, Winston has five rushing scores this season including four in his past six games.

Allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season, the Saints have allowed 317.75 passing yards and 3.5 touchdowns per game over their past eight games. With four of the past five quarterbacks finishing as the weekly QB1 or QB2 in their matchup against the Saints, Winston has legitimate top-three overall upside against the league's worst defense.

QB - Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (at BAL)

In his first nine games this season, Wilson finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback only twice: QB9 (Week 2) and QB11 (Week 10). During that nine-game span, Wilson averaged a very mediocre 15.8 fantasy points per game and threw multiple touchdowns only once.

Since then, however, Wilson has scored a minimum of 25 fantasy points in each game and has finished as the QB3, QB1 and QB3, respectively. During that three-game span, Wilson has an 11:0 TD-to-INT ratio with more touchdowns than than he had in the first nine games combined. With 450 rushing yards this season, Wilson finally scored his first rushing touchdown last Sunday.

Wilson may not extend his streak of top-three weekly finishes, but he's set up for success in Week 14 with a fantasy-friendly matchup. The Ravens have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

QB - Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. IND)

Vastly exceeding preseason expectations, Bortles has scored the seventh-most fantasy points this season and he's coming off his best performance of the season. On Sunday, Bortles threw for 322 yards and five touchdowns and scored 32.78 fantasy points. It was his seventh top-10 weekly finish this season and he gets a top-10 matchup this weekend against the Colts, against whom Bortles threw for 298 yards in Week 4.

[Related: No QB has a more favorable fantasy playoffs strength of schedule.]

QB - Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (at PHI)

Taylor completed only 11 pass attempts on Sunday, but he threw for 211 yards and three touchdowns and added 28 rushing yards and a fourth touchdown against the Texans. With three passing touchdowns in back-to-back games, Taylor has scored at least 26.24 fantasy points in each of those games. Due to his dual-threat abilities, Taylor has a solid floor and plenty of upside. On the season, he has 63 rush attempts for 318 yards and three touchdowns.

Perhaps he won't score 26-plus fantasy points for a third consecutive game, but Taylor is set up for the success to continue in Week 14. Only Winston has a more favorable matchup as the Eagles have allowed the second-most fantasy points this season. In fact, the Eagles pass defense has surrendered a total of 18 passing touchdowns in their past five games alone.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 14:

QB - Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (at CAR)

Despite missing no games this season, Ryan has scored only the 20th-most fantasy points this season. The yardage has been there as he ranks fifth in the NFL in passing yards (3,481), but he is tied with Kirk Cousins with the fewest passing touchdowns (17) among 3,000-yard passers so far this season. In addition, he's tied with Bortles for the most interceptions thrown (13) within that same group.

Making matters worse, Ryan has to face the Panthers this week (and in Week 16 as well). The Panthers have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

QB - Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (at KC)

Earlier in the season, Rivers finished as a top-10 weekly quarterback in five consecutive games. Since then, however, he has finished as the QB19, QB27, QB4 and QB29, respectively. And in two of his past three games, he has scored 6.08 fantasy points or less. In fact, the QB27 game was against the Chiefs, this week's opponent. With plenty of favorable matchups for guys like Winston, Taylor, etc., it's certainly possible, if not likely, that Rivers once again finishes outside of the top-12 weekly performers.

QB - Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (at STL)

After a slow five-game start to the season, Stafford has been much better. During that seven-game span, he has finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback four times and a top-six fantasy quarterback three times. Over that stretch, Stafford has averaged 279.86 yards per game with 16 passing touchdowns to only four interceptions.

The matchup for Stafford isn't great this weekend, however. The Rams have allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks on the year. With the exception of Jay Cutler (Week 10, QB3), they haven't allowed any other top-12 weekly producers this season. That said, they have been more vulnerable lately with their three worst games all happening over the past four weeks: Cutler (24.72 fantasy points), Andy Dalton (19.72 in Week 12) and Carson Palmer (22.24 last week).

QB - Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (at DEN)

Carr has thrown multiple touchdowns in six of his past seven games, but he has been less consistent with two duds in his past three games. Against the Lions in Week 11, Carr threw for 169 yards and no touchdowns. Last week, he threw three interceptions against the Chiefs.

Facing the league's stingiest defense to opposing signal-callers doesn't bode well for Carr's fantasy success. In his first matchup with the Broncos (Week 5), Carr threw for 249 yards and a score but committed two turnovers and finished with only 9.86 fantasy points.

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