Week 14 Fantasy Football Rankings

Article by Mitch Lawson

Edited Dec 10, 9:29 AM — Zach Ertz removed due to concussion

The 2017 fantasy playoffs have arrived.

You’ve slogged through 13 weeks of planning, matchup research, player rankings and fantasy analysis, and now you’re battling for a championship.

If you’re reading this article, I have to assume you’re invested in the rest of the fantasy season. So I take it as my duty to help prepare you. Sure, I know you’re going to read plenty of these rankings, but maybe I can point out something that you hadn’t considered.

I’m not going to waste any time, let’s jump right in on the Quarterbacks.


Quarterbacks

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Sleeper QB for Week 14: Josh McCown @ DEN— Josh McCown has quietly been a Top 5 QB in back to back weeks. This isn’t a fluke. He did so against the Panthers and the struggling Kansas City Chiefs, so not a tough test but not a walk in the park either. He now gets to face a Denver defense that has fallen from a Top 10 defense in Week 4 to an average defense. And while the Broncos are freefalling, the Jets are building a pretty solid offense. Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse have been better than I ever expected and the run game is doing enough to move the chains while staying out of the endzone for McCown. He is worth a start if you’ve got one of the many QBs who have a rough matchup this week.

Bust QB for Week 14: Jared Goff @ PHI — Yeah, I know that the Jared Goff owners are not necessarily in a position to bench him, but the writing is on the wall for a down week this week. Goff has averaged close to 15 fantasy points in standard over the last 3 weeks. These were tough defenses, sure, but so are the Philadelphia Eagles. Russell Wilson did have success against these Eagles in week 13, but he did so because the run game was never a threat to score one of their 3 TDs. The Rams don’t have that luxury. They would be fortunate to get 3 TDs, and I’d be willing to bet that Gurley gets at least one, if not two of those TDs. If you have another option, it’s best to leave Goff out of your lineup this week.


  1. Tom Brady @ MIA
  2. Carson Wentz @ LAR
  3. Russell Wilson @ JAX
  4. Drew Brees @ ATL
  5. Phillip Rivers vs WAS
  6. Alex Smith vs OAK
  7. Jared Goff vs PHI
  8. Cam Newton vs MIN
  9. Josh McCown @ DEN
  10. Kirk Cousins @ LAC
  11. Dak Prescott vs NYG — Questionable — Hand
  12. Matt Ryan vs. NO
  13. Matt Stafford @ TB — Questionable — Hand
  14. Case Keenum @ CAR
  15. Ben Roethlisberger vs BAL
  16. Jameis Winston vs DET
  17. Marcus Mariota @ ARI
  18. Derek Carr @ KC
  19. Andy Dalton vs CHI
  20. DeShone Kizer vs GB
  21. Trevor Siemian vs NYJ
  22. Brett Hundley @ CLE
  23. Blake Bortles vs SEA
  24. Jay Cutler vs NE
Carson Wentz and Russell Wilson account for my #2 and #3 picks this week.

Tom Brady is my overall #1 this week. He’s the only one of the Top 5 QBs who has a decent matchup. Carson Wentz slides into the QB2 spot as he tries to bounce back against a relatively sturdy Rams defense. Russell Wilson is getting zero respect right now, some experts have him ranked behind the potentially injured Matt Stafford, Jacksonville has never faced better than the 8th best QB in football, and their stats are inflated. Wilson can be trusted.

Drew Brees is in a divisional matchup against the Falcons and should be trustworthy on Thursday Night Football, he did struggle last week but got 3 TDs vultured by running backs. Kirk Cousins will have a tougher test against the Chargers, but he’s been able to overcome tough defenses multiple times this year. Philip Rivers and Alex Smith will look to build on fantastic Week 13 games as both teams battle for a playoff spot.

Josh McCown is defying father time and logic by leading the Jets offense to great numbers.

My bust of the week Jared Goff has hovered right around 20 points per game over the last 3 weeks and now gets an angry Eagles Defense on Sunday. Whereas my Sleeper of the Week Josh McCown will match his red-hot offense against Denver’s freefalling defense. Cam Newton, Dak Prescott and Matt Ryan are back end QB1 options for me this week. Matt Stafford is ranked 12th for me as of Dec. 5th, but he may jump up if he gets an absolutely clean, full practice in over the next few days.

Case Keenum and Ben Roethlisberger are better left on fantasy benches this week unless you have no other option. For deeper leagues, or 2 QB leagues, I’d also be willing to make a dart throw for Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and even a prayer play on DeShone Kizer.


Wide Receivers

Sleeper WR for Week 14 — Michael Crabtree (OAK) @ KC: Crabtree has been floating on the outside of the fantasy radar for a little bit. He sat out last week with a suspension and 51 and 40 yards in the weeks before that. But he’s in a great position this week. Amari Cooper is almost certainly going to sit out, which makes Crabtree an awesome start against a Chiefs team that absolutely bleeds points to opposing WRs.

Bust WR for Week 14 — Mike Evans (TB) vs DET: Mike Evans was my bust in week 11, but he went for 92 yards that game. What I should have done was call him a bust in each week since then, as he went for 78 yards and then 33 in the following weeks. He’s been hurting fantasy owners left and right with 5 straight games under 10 fantasy points and also got himself suspended in week 10. He could be at risk to put up a second straight sub-50 yard performance against the Lions defense.


  1. DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) vs. SF
  2. Antonio Brown (PIT) vs. BAL
  3. AJ Green (CIN) vs CHI
  4. Keenan Allen (LAC) vs WAS
  5. Julio Jones (ATL) vs NO
  6. Adam Thielen (MIN) @ CAR
  7. Tyreek Hill (KC) vs OAK
  8. Brandin Cooks (NE) @ MIA
  9. Michael Crabtree (OAK) @ KC
  10. Michael Thomas (NO) @ ATL
  11. Marvin Jones Jr (DET) @ TB
  12. Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) vs TEN
  13. Alshon Jeffery (PHI) @ LAR
  14. Dez Bryant (DAL) @ NYG
  15. Robby Anderson (NYJ) @ DEN
  16. Mike Evans (TB) vs DET
  17. Jarvis Landry (MIA) vs NE
  18. Doug Baldwin (SEA) @ JAX
  19. Josh Gordon (CLE) vs GB
  20. Stefon Diggs (MIN) @ CAR
  21. Devin Funchess (CAR) vs MIN
  22. Marquise Goodwin (CHI) @ HOU
  23. Davante Adams (GB) @ CLE
  24. Golden Tate (DET) @ TB
  25. Chris Hogan (NE) @ MIA
  26. Sterling Shepard (NYG) vs DAL
  27. Jamison Crowder (WAS) @ LAC
  28. Cooper Kupp (LAR) vs PHI
  29. T.Y. Hilton (IND) @ BUF
  30. Demaryius Thomas (DEN) @ BUF
  31. Marquise Lee (JAX) vs SEA
  32. Martavis Bryant (PIT) vs BAL
  33. Sammy Watkins (LAR) vs PHI
  34. Nelson Agholor (PHI) @ LAR
  35. DeSean Jackson (TB) vs DET
  36. Mohamed Sanu (ATL) vs NO
  37. Corey Coleman (CLE) vs GB
  38. Dede Westbrook (JAX) vs SEA
  39. Jermaine Kearse (NYJ) @ DEN
  40. Ted Ginn Jr. (NO) @ ATL
  41. Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) vs NYJ
Hopkins is my #1 receiver this week even with Savage at the helm. Can he pull off another big point total?

For the first time in 4 weeks, someone other than Antonio Brown is my #1 WR. This time around I’m giving that to DeAndre Hopkins, who has a much better matchup against the lowly 49ers. Brown, however has to face the Ravens defense, so even without JuJu Smith-Schuster his ceiling isn’t quite as high as Hopkins’. A.J. Green slots into #3 this week as he is coming off his best game of the year and gets to face the Bears, whose defense is starting to falter.

Keenan Allen is finally producing big totals for those who trusted him to return to form, while Brandin Cooks fantasy owners are hoping the return of Chirs Hogan doesn’t eat into his value. Julio Jones was absolutely abysmal last week, totalling 26 yards. He faces another tough defense in the Vikings but he’ll be much better. Adam Thielen is also trying to bounce back from a bad game, while Tyreek Hill owners are hoping that he can replicate that amazing performance last week.

My sleeper of the week Michael Crabtree is getting the receiving yards all to himself against a weaker pass defense and divisional rival Chiefs team. Michael Thomas will look to keep rolling on Thursday Night. Marvin Jones Jr. gets a great matchup against the Buccaneers this week, and Larry Fitzgerald will account for over half of the Cardinals catches more than likely.

Dez Bryant and Robby Anderson will both look to build on big games. My Bust of the week Mike Evans will draw heavy coverage from the Lions, and he has been largely disappointing as of late. Doug Baldwin is getting no credit, I think his matchup against the Jaguars isn’t nearly as bad as it looks on paper.

Josh Gordon had a respectable first game, but he needs to get on the same page with Kizer before he’s a Top 15 WR. Look for Stefon Diggs to potentially step into a bigger game with Thielen struggling, I also like Sterling Shepard to produce in a game where Eli Manning is going to be playing ANGRY.

For deeper players, I really like Martavis Bryant with Smith Schuster sitting, I could also consider playing both Marquise Lee and Dede Westbrook, I feel like one of them should find the endzone against the Seahawks. I don’t expect Jermaine Kearse to keep up his hot pace, but if he does you’ve got to consider starting him from here on out.


Running Backs

Sleeper RB for Week 14 — Mike Davis (SEA) @ JAX — Mike Davis looks like the best option the Seahawks have at this point. I can understand the hesitance to start a Seahawk in 2017, but he managed 101 scrimmage yards against a stout Eagles defense last week. Now the clear-cut starting RB, he is going to provide a decent floor with some serious upside if he can find the endzone.

Bust RB for Week 14 — Jordan Howard (CHI) @ CIN — Jordan Howard has been up and down all season, but this could be his rock bottom. He got absolutely stunted by the 49ers’ weak defense as he struggles to find any sort of room in the Bears frail offense. Howard has been the #63 and #57 RB over the past two weeks, and he’s hard to start in a road game against the Bengals.


  1. Alvin Kamara (NO) @ ATL
  2. LeVeon Bell (PIT) vs BAL
  3. LeSean McCoy (BUF) vs IND
  4. Melvin Gordon (LAC) vs WAS
  5. Todd Gurley (LAR) vs PHI
  6. Leonard Fournette (JAX) vs SEA
  7. Mark Ingram (NO) @ ATL
  8. Devonta Freeman (ATL) vs NO
  9. Samaje Perine (WAS) @ LAC
  10. Kenyan Drake (MIA) vs NE
  11. Dion Lewis (NE) @ MIA
  12. Marshawn Lynch (OAK) @ KC
  13. Rex Burkhead (NE) @ MIA
  14. Lamar Miller (HOU) vs SF
  15. Kareem Hunt (KC) vs. OAK
  16. Jamaal Williams (GB) @ CLE
  17. Alex Collins (BAL) @ PIT
  18. Alfred Morris (DAL) @ NYG
  19. Carlos Hyde (SF) @ HOU
  20. Latavius Murray (MIN) @ CAR
  21. Mike Davis (SEA) @ JAX
  22. Christian McCaffrey (CAR) vs MIN
  23. Kerwynn Williams (ARI) vs TEN
  24. Jordan Howard (CHI) @ CIN
  25. Peyton Barber (TB) vs DET
  26. Jay Ajayi (PHI) @ LAR
  27. DeMarco Murray (TEN) @ ARI
  28. Jerrick McKinnon (MIN) @ CAR
  29. Orleans Darkwa (NYG) vs DAL
  30. Giovanni Bernard (CIN) vs CHI

Alvin Kamara has been almost transcendent as of late, whether he can keep up his blistering pace of TDs is the only question. He ends up as my #1 RB for week 14, something he has achieved in 3 of the last 5 weeks. LeVeon Bell falls to number 2 for the first time in a long time, he has a tough matchup but should see around 10 targets with Smith-Schuster suspended. LeSean McCoy is probably the most volatile RB in all of fantasy. He regularly jumps between games of 100+ yards to under 50 yards. This week though he gets the Colts, which spells out a potential monster game for Shady.

Melvin Gordon has only finished in the Top 10 RBs once over the last 4 weeks, but I think he has a great chance to jump up this week. Todd Gurley has been seeing some borderline RB1/RB2 weeks as well recently, but he’s got such prowess in both running and receiving that he’s a perennial Top 10 RB from here on out. Devonta Freeman is my sleeper of the week, he’s gonna see plenty of work against the Saints in a game that Atlanta has to win to keep pace. Freeman has failed to crack the Top 15 RBs since Week 4, but that’s also because he hasn’t found the endzone since then, I like his chances to bounce back.

Kenyan Drake made me look like I actually know what I’m doing, as he finished as the RB5 after I made him my sleeper pick. Now he gets the Patriots leaky rush defense. Speaking of the Patriots, both Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead should be inserted into fantasy lineups as they get to attack a Miami team that is very weak against the run.

Kareem Hunt might be ranked too high on my list but he’s always a candidate for a bounce back, he’s been no higher than the RB27 in the last five weeks. Lamar Miller is lower on my list than most experts, I just don’t trust his volume even against the 9ers. My Bust of the Week is Jordan Howard, who I am recommending as a sit after the Bears seem to have all but abandoned him.

For some lower sleepers, I like the upside of Alfred Morris, Mike Davis, and Peyton Barber. Avoid the likes of Jay Ajayi, DeMarco Murray and Adrian Peterson.


Tight Ends

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  1. Travis Kelce (KC) vs OAK
  2. Jimmy Graham (SEA) @ JAX
  3. Evan Engram (NYG) vs DAL
  4. Delanie Walker (TEN) @ ARI
  5. Hunter Henry (LAC) vs WAS — Probable — Knee
  6. Kyle Rudolph (MIN) @ CAR
  7. Cameron Brate (TB) vs DET
  8. Jason Witten (DAL) @ NYG
  9. Stephen Anderson (HOU) vs. SF
  10. Ricky Seals-Jones (ARI) vs TEN
  11. Austin Seferian-Jenkins (NYJ) @ DEN
  12. Jared Cook (OAK) @ KC
  13. Jack Doyle (IND) @ BUF
  14. Trey Burton (PHI) @ LA

With Gronkowski out, Travis Kelce slides in as the number one TE in a great matchup against the Raiders. Jimmy Graham will look to catch a TD in a fifth consecutive game, he’s always a great play but if he fails to find the endzone he will provide serious disappointment as his yards per game is way lower than most high end Tight Ends. Evan Engram was finally able to shake that unconfident shell he was in to explode for 99 yards and a TD, he should be a great play in a divisional game where Eli Manning is back under center and probably pretty motivated to succeed.

Delanie Walker and Hunter Henry both represent decent TE plays as they have been very solid over the last few weeks. Kyle Rudolph is riding two straight games with a TD and looks to keep his pace against the Panthers. Cameron Brate was efficient last Sunday, but he’ll need to secure more than 2 passes a game to be relevant. He’s a sleeper this week, but a shaky one.

For deeper plays, I like Ricky Seals-Jones, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Stephen Anderson. Avoid Charles Clay and Jared Cook.


Defense/Special Teams

  1. New England Patriots @ MIA
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers vs BAL
  3. Cincinatti Bengals vs CHI
  4. Seattle Seahawks @ JAX
  5. Los Angeles Chargers vs WAS
  6. Jacksonville Jaguars vs SEA
  7. Minnesota Vikings @ CAR
  8. Green Bay Packers @ CLE
  9. Buffalo Bills vs IND
  10. Denver Broncos vs NYJ
  11. Tennessee Titans @ ARI
  12. New York Jets @ DEN
  13. Dallas Cowboys @ NYG
  14. Houston Texans vs SF
  15. Arizona Cardinals vs TEN

Kickers

  1. Stephen Gostkowski (NE) @ MIA
  2. Greg Zuerlein (LAR) vs PHI
  3. Wil Lutz (NO) @ ATL
  4. Harrison Butker (KC) vs OAK
  5. Matt Bryant (ATL) vs NO
  6. Dan Bailey (DAL) @ NYG
  7. Matt Prater (DET) @ TB
  8. Justin Tucker (BAL) @ PIT
  9. Jake Elliott (PHI) @ LAR
  10. Chris Boswell (PIT) vs BAL

Those are my rankings for Week 14! Good luck to everyone who kicks off the playoffs this week. Be sure to check back every week for more solid fantasy football advice.

Take care, football fans!

Mitch Lawson is a Canadian based Fantasy Football enthusiast and lifelong Seahawks fan. If you have questions or comments, send him an email at mitchlawsonff@gmail.com. You can also find him on:

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