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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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Steelers

TrustNajee Harris RB, Diontae Johnson WR, Chase Claypool WR, Pat Freiermuth TE

If You MustBen Roethlisberger QB

Vikings

TrustKirk 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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Ravens

TrustLamar Jackson QB, Mark Andrews TE, Marquise Brown WR, Devonta Freeman RB

If You MustRashod Bateman WR

Bust – Latavius Murray RB, Sammy Watkins WR

Browns

TrustNick Chubb RB,  Jarvis Landry WR, Kareem Hunt RB

If You MustBaker Mayfield QB, Austin Hooper TE

BustD’Ernest Johnson RB, Donovan Peoples-Jones WR, Rashard Higgins WR

 

Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
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Raiders

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

Chiefs

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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Jaguars

If You MustJames Robinson RB, Marvin Jones WR, Laviska Shenault WR

Bust Trevor Lawrence QB

Titans

Trust –   Ryan Tannehill QB, Dontrell Hilliard RB

If You Must –  Julio Jones WR, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine WR

BustJeremy McNichols RB, D’Onta Foreman RB

New Orleans Saints at New York Jets
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Saints

TrustAlvin Kamara RB (if active), Taysom Hill QB

If You Must –  Marquez Callaway WR, TreQuan Smith WR

Jets

TrustElijah Moore WR

If You MustJamison Crowder WR, Tevin Coleman RB, Ty Johnson RB

BustZach Wilson QB

 

Dallas Cowboys at Washington Football Team
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Cowboys

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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Falcons

TrustKyle Pitts TE, Cordarrelle Patterson RB

If You MustMatt Ryan QB, Russell Gage WR

Bust – Mike Davis RB

Panthers

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

If You MustRobby Anderson WR

 

Seattle Seahawks at Houston Texans
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Seahawks

TrustRussell Wilson QB, D.K. Metcalf WR, Tyler Lockett WR

If You MustGerald Everett TE

Bust Alex Collins RB, Adrian Peterson RB

Texans

TrustBrandin Cooks WR

If You MustRex Burkhead RB

BustDavid Johnson RB, Davis Mills QB, Brevin Jordan TE, Nico Collins WR


Sunday Mid Afternoon Slate
Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos
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Lions

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

Broncos

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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Giants

BustSterling 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

Chargers

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

If You MustJared Cook TE, Jalen Guyton WR (if Keenan Allen is inactive)

BustJosh 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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49ers

TrustGeorge Kittle TE, Deebo Samuel WR (if active), Elijah Mitchell RB

If You MustJimmy Garoppolo QB, Brandon Aiyuk WR

Bengals

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

If You MustTyler Boyd WR, C.J. Uzomah TE

 

Buffalo Bills at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Bills

TrustJosh Allen QB, Stefon Diggs WR, Dawson Knox TE

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

BustGabriel Davis WR, Matt Breida RB, Zack Moss RB

Buccaneers

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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Bears

Trust – David Montgomery RB, Darnell Mooney WR

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

Bust – Khalil Herbert RB (high upside bench stash)

Packers

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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Rams

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)

Cardinals

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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