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We have Jalen Hurts, Carson Wentz, Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones on byes for Week 14, and that shouldn't impact many Fantasy playoff races with plenty of options for teams that need to stream the position or a one-week replacement.

Jamey Eisenberg has his Start and Sit calls for QB below. His Waiver Wire column also can direct you to the best options who may be available in your leagues. And don't forget to check out Heath Cummings' quarterback preview for more help with matchup notes, Week 14 numbers to know and more.

START 'EM & SIT 'EM
Quarterbacks
Start 'Em
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LAR L.A. Rams • #9
Age: 33 • Experience: 12 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ARI ARI -2.5 O/U 51.5
OPP VS QB
3rd
PROJ PTS
18.9
QB RNK
9th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
3611
RUYDS
39
TD
30
INT
9
FPTS/G
26.1
Fantasy managers are just fine if Stafford is playing hurt over the past two games since he's averaging 28.5 Fantasy points over that span, and hopefully he stays hot against the Cardinals. Stafford scored 23 Fantasy points against Arizona in Week 4, and he should be in that range again in the rematch. It's a tough matchup since the Cardinals allow just 15.0 Fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, and Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 9 is the only quarterback since Stafford to score more than 19 points against Arizona. But I'll take my chances with Stafford as a top-10 Fantasy passer this week.
SEA Seattle • #3
Age: 33 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ HOU SEA -7.5 O/U 41.5
OPP VS QB
10th
PROJ PTS
21.5
QB RNK
12th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2042
RUYDS
133
TD
15
INT
4
FPTS/G
19.6
Wilson is only averaging 21.5 Fantasy points per game in his past two outings, but he appears to be getting comfortable with his injured finger. He played well in Week 13 against San Francisco, completing 30-of-37 passes for 231 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, which was the result of Gerald Everett bobbling the ball in the end zone, negating a third score. The Texans haven't allowed a quarterback to score more than 12 Fantasy points since Week 8 because teams mostly run on them. But given Seattle's inconsistent ground attack, Wilson is worth trusting as a low-end starter in all leagues.
CAR Carolina • #1
Age: 32 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ATL CAR -2.5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS QB
31st
PROJ PTS
21.1
QB RNK
13th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
289
RUYDS
65
TD
6
INT
2
FPTS/G
16.6
Newton has made two starts for the Panthers. He scored 29 Fantasy points against Washington in Week 11 and five Fantasy points at Miami in Week 12, which resulted in him getting benched for P.J. Walker. Since then, Carolina had a bye in Week 13, lost Christian McCaffrey (ankle) for the season and fired offensive coordinator Joe Brady. Hopefully, new play caller Jeff Nixon will lean on Newton, and he has a favorable matchup against the Falcons, who allow an average of 24.2 Fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. It should help Newton that Atlanta is No. 4 in rushing yards allowed to opposing quarterbacks, with five guys running for at least 39 yards, including Sam Darnold in Week 8 when he had eight carries for 66 yards.
Sleepers
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PIT Pittsburgh • #7
Age: 39 • Experience: 18 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIN MIN -3 O/U 43.5
OPP VS QB
25th
PROJ PTS
15.8
QB RNK
14th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2758
RUYDS
5
TD
16
INT
6
FPTS/G
17.2
Roethlisberger has scored at least 20 Fantasy points in three of his past four games, and The Athletic suggests the Steelers offense should run through their quarterback. We'll see if that works, but Roethlisberger is worth consideration as a streamer for Week 14 at Minnesota. The Vikings allow an average of 21.2 Fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks for the year, and two of the past three quarterbacks against Minnesota have scored at least 25 Fantasy points, including Jared Goff last week.
TEN Tennessee • #17
Age: 33 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs JAC TEN -9 O/U 44
OPP VS QB
14th
PROJ PTS
23.5
QB RNK
17th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2774
RUYDS
196
TD
19
INT
13
FPTS/G
17.8
It's been a bad year for Tannehill, who has just four games with at least 20 Fantasy points, but hopefully he can finish the season strong. Julio Jones (hamstring) is expected to return this week, and Tannehill has the chance for a quality outing against the Jaguars at home. He only scored 15 Fantasy points at Jacksonville in Week 5, but Derrick Henry (foot) was healthy then. We'll see if D'Onta Foreman and Dontrell Hilliard can run over the Jaguars, but Tannehill might have to do more heavy lifting. And Jacksonville has allowed two of its past three opposing quarterbacks to score at least 20 Fantasy points. Tannehill is worth using as a streaming option in deeper leagues.
WAS Washington • #4
Age: 28 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DAL DAL -3.5 O/U 48
OPP VS QB
13th
PROJ PTS
18.6
QB RNK
16th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2809
RUYDS
289
TD
19
INT
11
FPTS/G
19.3
Heinicke has scored more than 18 Fantasy points just once since Week 7, but I'm going to give him the chance as a streamer in Week 14 against Dallas in what hopefully turns into a shootout. Heinicke did just have two touchdowns in Week 13 at Las Vegas, and the Cowboys have allowed three of their past five opposing quarterbacks to score at least 24 Fantasy points, including Teddy Bridgewater in Week 9, Derek Carr in Week 12 and Taysom Hill in Week 13.
Sit 'Em
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CIN Cincinnati • #9
Age: 25 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SF CIN -1 O/U 48.5
OPP VS QB
18th
PROJ PTS
17.5
QB RNK
15th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
3135
RUYDS
69
TD
25
INT
14
FPTS/G
21
Burrow is struggling as a Fantasy quarterback, and now he's dealing with a dislocated pinkie on his throwing hand. He comes into Week 14 having scored 18 Fantasy points or less in four games in a row, mostly because the Bengals have been leaning on Joe Mixon. We'll see if things change for Burrow this week against the 49ers, but it's hard to trust him right now, especially since he's not at 100 percent. And San Francisco has held five quarterbacks in a row to 20 Fantasy points or less.
LV Las Vegas • #4
Age: 30 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ KC KC -9.5 O/U 48
OPP VS QB
27th
PROJ PTS
19.5
QB RNK
19th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
3663
RUYDS
97
TD
17
INT
9
FPTS/G
19.7
Carr scored 21 Fantasy points against the Chiefs in Week 10, and he's certainly capable of matching that total or even exceeding it this week in the rematch. But Arrowhead Stadium has been a house of horrors for Carr in his career. Now, he did pass for 347 yards, three touchdowns and one interception at Kansas City last year. But prior to that, he had four games in a row with 222 passing yards or less, two touchdowns and six interceptions. This Chiefs defense is playing great right now, allowing just Carr to score more than 19 Fantasy points against them in their past five games. I'm expecting Carr to struggle, especially if Darren Waller (knee) remains out, and Carr is only worth using in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues.
ATL Atlanta • #2
Age: 36 • Experience: 14 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CAR CAR -2.5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS QB
5th
PROJ PTS
16.2
QB RNK
21st
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2914
RUYDS
45
TD
17
INT
11
FPTS/G
16.6
The first meeting with the Panthers in Week 8 was the first game for Ryan after Calvin Ridley (personal) left the team. Ryan scored seven Fantasy points against Carolina, and since then he's scored more than 11 Fantasy points just once. The Panthers defense has also been a tough opponent, allowing just Heinicke in Week 11 to score more than 15 Fantasy points in their past five games. Without Ridley, Ryan is just an option in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues.
Bust Alert
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MIN Minnesota • #8
Age: 33 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PIT MIN -3 O/U 43.5
OPP VS QB
15th
PROJ PTS
19.6
QB RNK
11th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
3353
RUYDS
75
TD
26
INT
3
FPTS/G
24
Cousins is still worth starting in most leagues, but don't be surprised if he struggles in this matchup. He's likely without starting receiver Adam Thielen (ankle) and starting left tackle Christian Darrisaw (ankle), and that's bad news against the Steelers. Pittsburgh has allowed one quarterback to score more than 19 Fantasy points since Week 5, which was Justin Herbert in Week 11. T.J. Watt missed that game due to injury, and he's the driving force behind this defense. Cousins should be considered a low-end starter in most leagues on Thursday night.

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