• The IDP Guys’ NFL Week 14 Start/Sit List: Offense

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    Find success this weekend with the NFL Week 14 Start/Sit offense list!

    Here we are; last week of the regular season. Well, this is hopefully the last week of the regular season. Since the NFL added an extra game to the season schedule, this added a bit of a wrinkle for the Fantasy Football season and playoff timeline.

    Hopefully, your commissioner didn't drop the ball when reactivating your league over the summer and made sure to have the playoffs begin in week 15. This matters A LOT because there are four teams on Bye in week 14. Week 14 and your lineups will be void of the Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, and New England Patriots.

    Whether this is your first round of the playoffs or the final week of the regular season, it is best to consider the scope of the week 14 slate. Below every matchup will be covered using the "Trust, If You Must, and Bust" system.

    Have some fun, take a deep breath, and review the system for your lineup optimization needs!

    The "Trust, If You Must, and Bust" System:

    Trust” = Strong start, a player who should be started in all formats!

    If You Must” = Weak start, a player who is good enough to be a starter, but faces a tough matchup or holds an unclear opportunity in a good offense. Some caution should be used while the risk is recognized, as this is often league format dependent.

    If you play in a shallow league, I would lean towards benching this player if you have a decent replacement option. In a deep league, I would lean towards starting, since the options may be more scarce. Either way, expectations should be managed.

    Bust” = Keep on your bench, at least for now. These players should be avoided since stronger options at the relative position should be considered first. These are players who fit into one of the following categories:

    1. A player in a tough matchup or currently holds ambiguous weekly opportunities in the offense.
    2. A strong bench stash for season-long purposes but currently in a “wait and see” period. Wait and see if their role expands for starter caliber consideration. For example, this type of player may be a strong backup RB behind a stud in an elite offense or could be in line for a big workload if the starter misses time.
    3. Currently lacking a clear offensive opportunity in either a projected good or bad offense
    4. Is too volatile on a week-to-week basis. There is no need to play boom or bust type players if you can help it.

    Weekly Start/Sit Decision Reminders

    Be sure to always be mindful of weekly injury reports and gameday inactive announcements as this could pivot a weak starter into a strong starter!

    Be sure to always leave the FLEX spot(s) free of Thursday night players!

    Thursday Night Football

    Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings
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    TrustNajee Harris RB, Diontae Johnson WR, Chase Claypool WR, Pat Freiermuth TE

    If You Must - Ben Roethlisberger QB


    Trust - Kirk Cousins QB, Dalvin Cook RB (if active), Justin Jefferson WR

    If You MustAlexander Mattison RB (TRUST - if Dalvin Cook is inactive) Tyler Conklin TE, K. J. Osborn WR


    Sunday Early Afternoon Slate

    Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns
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    TrustLamar Jackson QB, Mark Andrews TE, Marquise Brown WR, Devonta Freeman RB

    If You MustRashod Bateman WR

    BustLatavius Murray RB, Sammy Watkins WR


    TrustNick Chubb RB,  Jarvis Landry WR, Kareem Hunt RB

    If You MustBaker Mayfield QB, Austin Hooper TE

    Bust - D'Ernest Johnson RB, Donovan Peoples-Jones WR, Rashard Higgins WR


    Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
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    TrustDarren Waller TE (if active), Josh Jacobs RB, Hunter Renfrow WR

    If You Must – Derek Carr QB, Foster Moreau TE (only if Waller is inactive)

    Bust - Zay Jones WR, Bryan Edwards WR


    TrustPatrick Mahomes QB, Tyreek Hill WR, Travis Kelce TE, Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB

    If You MustDarrel Williams RB, Mecole Hardman WR


    Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans
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    If You MustJames Robinson RB, Marvin Jones WR, Laviska Shenault WR

    Bust - Trevor Lawrence QB


    Trust –   Ryan Tannehill QB, Dontrell Hilliard RB

    If You MustJulio Jones WR, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine WR

    Bust - Jeremy McNichols RB, D'Onta Foreman RB

    New Orleans Saints at New York Jets
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    TrustAlvin Kamara RB (if active), Taysom Hill QB

    If You Must –  Marquez Callaway WR, TreQuan Smith WR


    Trust - Elijah Moore WR

    If You Must - Jamison Crowder WR, Tevin Coleman RB, Ty Johnson RB

    Bust - Zach Wilson QB


    Dallas Cowboys at Washington Football Team
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    TrustDak Prescott QB, Amari Cooper WR, CeeDee Lamb WR, Dalton Schultz TE

    If You MustEzekiel Elliott RB, Tony Pollard RB, Michael Gallup WR

    Bust - Cedrick Wilson WR

    Football Team

    TrustAntonio Gibson RB, Terry McLaurin WR

    If You MustTaylor Heinicke QB, Ricky Seals-Jones TE


    Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers
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    TrustKyle Pitts TE, Cordarrelle Patterson RB

    If You Must - Matt Ryan QB, Russell Gage WR

    Bust - Mike Davis RB


    Trust –  D.J. Moore WR, Chuba Hubbard RB, Cam Newton QB

    If You Must - Robby Anderson WR


    Seattle Seahawks at Houston Texans
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    TrustRussell Wilson QB, D.K. Metcalf WR, Tyler Lockett WR

    If You Must - Gerald Everett TE

    Bust - Alex Collins RB, Adrian Peterson RB


    TrustBrandin Cooks WR

    If You Must - Rex Burkhead RB

    Bust - David Johnson RB, Davis Mills QB, Brevin Jordan TE, Nico Collins WR

    Sunday Mid Afternoon Slate
    Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos
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    TrustD'Andre Swift RB (if active), Jamaal Williams RB (if Swift is inactive, IF YOU MUST if Swift is active) T.J. Hockenson TE

    If You MustAmon-Ra St. Brown WR, Jared Goff QB


    Trust –  Javonte Williams RB, Jerry Jeudy WR, Noah Fant TE

    If You MustMelvin Gordon RB (if active), Courtland Sutton WR,Tim Patrick WR, Teddy Bridgewater QB

    New York Giants at Los Angeles Chargers
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    Bust - Sterling Shepard WR (if active), Saquon Barkley RB, Daniel Jones QB (if active, unlikely), Evan Engram TE, Kenny Golladay WR, Kadarius Toney WR (if active), Darius Slayton WR


    TrustJustin Herbert QB, Austin Ekeler RB, Keenan Allen WR (if active), Mike Williams WR (if active)

    If You Must - Jared Cook TE, Jalen Guyton WR (if Keenan Allen is inactive)

    Bust - Josh Palmer WR (worth an add where necesarry, but should only be considered a desperation deep flex play if both Allen and Williams are inactive)


    San Francisco 49ers at Cincinnati Bengals
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    TrustGeorge Kittle TE, Deebo Samuel WR (if active), Elijah Mitchell RB

    If You MustJimmy Garoppolo QB, Brandon Aiyuk WR


    TrustJoe Burrow QB,  Ja'Marr Chase WR, Tee Higgins WR, Joe Mixon RB

    If You Must - Tyler Boyd WR, C.J. Uzomah TE


    Buffalo Bills at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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    TrustJosh Allen QB, Stefon Diggs WR, Dawson Knox TE

    If You MustDevin Singletary RB, Cole Beasley WR, Emmanuel Sanders WR

    Bust - Gabriel Davis WR, Matt Breida RB, Zack Moss RB


    Trust – Tom Brady QB, Mike Evans WR, Chris Godwin WR, Leonard Fournette RB, Rob Gronkowski TE

    Bust - Ronald Jones RB

    Sunday Night Football

    Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
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    Trust - David Montgomery RB, Darnell Mooney WR

    If You Must – Justin Fields QB (if active), Cole Kmet TE, Allen Robinson WR (if active)

    BustKhalil Herbert RB (high upside bench stash)


    TrustAaron Rodgers QB, Davante Adams WR, Aaron Jones RB, AJ Dillon RB

    If You Must Allen Lazard WR, Marquez Valdes-Scantling WR

    Monday Night Football

    Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals
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    Trust –  Matthew Stafford QB, Cooper Kupp, WR, Darrell Henderson RB (if active), Odell Beckham Jr. WR,  Van Jefferson WR

    If You MustTyler Higbee TE, Sony Michel RB (Trust if Henderson is inactive)


    TrustKyler Murray QB, DeAndre Hopkins WR, James Conner RBZach Ertz TE

    If You MustChristian Kirk WR, Rondale Moore WR, A.J. Green WR, Chase Edmonds RB (if active)


    Good luck with your Week 14 start/sit offense selections and enjoy the games!

    Thank you for reading my NFL Week 14 Start/Sit list for offensive players! You can find more of my work on my IDP Guys Author Page. Feel free to reach out anytime on Twitter at @FantasyLadder for any fantasy football-related advice, questions, or discussion so you can climb the ladder of fantasy football success with me
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