Week 14 Fantasy Football Start 'Em & Sit 'Em: Quarterbacks

The Eagles have their backs against the wall this week in facing the Giants on Monday night. They need to win if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive in competing with the Cowboys for the NFC East division title. It's kind of like your Fantasy leagues this week – you need a win to advance in the playoffs. And in both scenarios, Carson Wentz should lead the way.

It was a shock to see Philadelphia lose at Miami last week, but it wasn't Wentz's fault. He had 310 passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception, and he scored 30 Fantasy points. It was his first game with more than 16 Fantasy points since Week 6, and I expect him to stay hot this week against the Giants.

The Giants have allowed five quarterbacks in a row to score at least 20 Fantasy points coming into Week 14, with three of those guys (Matthew Stafford, Dak Prescott and Aaron Rodgers) throwing for at least three touchdowns. Wentz will hopefully follow suit.

He has a healthy receiving corps and offensive line again after Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Lane Johnson and Brandon Brooks have missed time in recent weeks. And you can see the upside for Wentz when he's surrounded by talent, including Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert and Miles Sanders.

I like Wentz as a top-three Fantasy quarterback for Week 14, behind only Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson, and he's poised to go off. That should be good for the Eagles, and Fantasy managers will benefit as well. 

I'm starting Wentz over: Patrick Mahomes (at NE), Aaron Rodgers (vs. WAS), Tom Brady (vs. KC), Drew Brees (vs. SF) and Matt Ryan (vs. CAR)    

START 'EM & SIT 'EM
Quarterbacks
Start 'Em
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CLE Cleveland • #6
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CIN CLE -8.5 O/U 40.5
OPP VS QB
24th
PROJ PTS
20.6
QB RNK
12th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2917
RUYDS
84
TD
17
INT
14
FPTS/G
15.7
Mayfield is expected to be fine despite hurting his throwing hand in Week 13 against Pittsburgh. He played through the injury but he had a rough outing with nine Fantasy points. That snapped a string of three games in a row with at least 21 Fantasy points, but I expect him to rebound this week against the Bengals at home. All four of his 20-point outings this season have been in Cleveland, and he was great against the Bengals in two games last year, scoring a combined 64 Fantasy points. Look for Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry to come up big this week as well, and Mayfield has the chance to be a top-five Fantasy quarterback in Week 14.
TB Tampa Bay • #3
Age: 25 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs IND TB -3 O/U 47
OPP VS QB
12th
PROJ PTS
20.2
QB RNK
10th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
3659
RUYDS
220
TD
22
INT
20
FPTS/G
20.7
Winston let us down last week when he only scored 10 Fantasy points at Jacksonville, but I'm going to stick with him this week against the Colts. He's passed for at least 313 yards in each of his past four home games, and I expect him to stay at a high level again in this matchup with Indianapolis. The Colts have allowed the past three opposing quarterbacks to each throw multiple touchdowns, including Nick Foles, Deshaun Watson and Ryan Tannehill, with Watson and Foles each scoring at least 21 Fantasy points. Winston is a top-10 Fantasy quarterback in all leagues.
NE New England • #12
Age: 42 • Experience: 20 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs KC NE -3 O/U 48.5
OPP VS QB
20th
PROJ PTS
19
QB RNK
13th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
3268
RUYDS
12
TD
21
INT
6
FPTS/G
19.8
The Patriots offense struggled in Week 13 at Houston, but Brady got some much-needed Fantasy production in garbage time, finishing with 30 points. That snapped a three-game stretch where he scored 15 Fantasy points or less, and I expect him to get hot over his next two games, starting with the Chiefs game in Week 14. While Kansas City's defense has played better of late in games against Philip Rivers and Derek Carr, Brady should have a big game at home. He has at least 21 Fantasy points in four of five home games this year, and he had 340 passing yards and two total touchdowns against the Chiefs in New England last season. Brady's not done yet as a quality Fantasy quarterback in Week 14.
MIN Minnesota • #8
Age: 31 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DET MIN -13 O/U 43
OPP VS QB
26th
PROJ PTS
22
QB RNK
8th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
3032
RUYDS
50
TD
24
INT
4
FPTS/G
20.8
Cousins has scored at least 21 Fantasy points in four games in a row, and he should stay hot this week against the Lions. In his first meeting with Detroit in Week 7, Cousins had his best performance of the season with 37 Fantasy points. The Lions have allowed seven of the past eight quarterbacks to score at least 22 Fantasy points, and Dwayne Haskins in Week 12 is the lone quarterback who failed to do well against Detroit in the past two months. I like Cousins a lot in Week 14, and hopefully Adam Thielen (hamstring) will return this week as well to help.
MIA Miami • #14
Age: 37 • Experience: 15 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYJ NYJ -5.5 O/U 45
OPP VS QB
18th
PROJ PTS
15.8
QB RNK
16th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2266
RUYDS
121
TD
16
INT
11
FPTS/G
15.2
Fitzpatrick just had his best Fantasy game of the season with 32 points against Philadelphia, and he's now scored at least 26 points in three of his past five games. One of those positive outings was against the Jets when he scored 29 Fantasy points in Week 9, and he faces his former team again in Week 14. The Jets have allowed four of their past six opposing quarterbacks to score at least 20 Fantasy points and could be without star safety Jamal Adams (ankle) this week. He's a better option in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues, but I like Fitzpatrick as a low-end starter in Week 14.
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NYJ N.Y. Jets • #14
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs MIA NYJ -5.5 O/U 45
OPP VS QB
31st
PROJ PTS
19.4
QB RNK
11th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2154
RUYDS
47
TD
15
INT
10
FPTS/G
17.4
Darnold should hopefully play better against Miami in Week 14 than he did at Cincinnati in Week 14 when he struggled with just nine Fantasy points as the Start of the Week. Against the Dolphins in Week 9, Darnold had 14 Fantasy points, but he lost a touchdown on a bad call for Ryan Griffin in the end zone. The Dolphins allow the second-most Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks at 26.0 points per game, and I would stick with Dalton this week as a low-end starter in all leagues.
TEN Tennessee • #17
Age: 31 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ OAK TEN -2.5 O/U 46.5
OPP VS QB
29th
PROJ PTS
18
QB RNK
14th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1602
RUYDS
128
TD
15
INT
4
FPTS/G
18.6
Tannehill is someone we've been touting for weeks, and he just had his first sub-par Fantasy performance since taking over for Marcus Mariota in Week 7 with 17 points at Indianapolis. Still, he scored multiple touchdowns for the sixth week in a row, and I'm going right back to him as a low-end starter in all leagues in Week 14 at Oakland. The Raiders allow 25.2 Fantasy points a game to opposing quarterbacks, and Tannehill should stay hot in leading the Titans to a potential playoff berth.
NYG N.Y. Giants • #10
Age: 38 • Experience: 16 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ PHI PHI -9.5 O/U 46
OPP VS QB
17th
PROJ PTS
16.2
QB RNK
NR
YTD Stats
PAYDS
556
RUYDS
8
TD
2
INT
2
FPTS/G
14
Manning is back for the Giants with Daniel Jones (ankle) banged up, and it appears like Evan Engram (foot) and Golden Tate (concussion) will be healthy as well. That gives the Giants their full complement of weapons with Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton against an Eagles defense that just struggled against Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins. I would only consider Manning in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues, but he could be making his final start in the NFL. It would be fun to see him go out with a bang in a potential shootout with Wentz.
Sit 'Em
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SF San Francisco • #10
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NO NO -2.5 O/U 44
OPP VS QB
22nd
PROJ PTS
14.4
QB RNK
24th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2896
RUYDS
46
TD
22
INT
10
FPTS/G
18.2
Garoppolo has at least 22 Fantasy points in three of his past five games, but two of those were against the Cardinals and just one on the road. He only had 10 Fantasy points at Baltimore in Week 13, and this is consecutive games on the road against two top-tier defenses. While the Saints have allowed Kyle Allen and Matt Ryan to score at least 20 Fantasy points in consecutive games, I'm not sure Garoppolo will have the same success since he's averaging just 18.2 Fantasy points per game for the season. He's only worth starting in two-quarterback leagues this week.
ARI Arizona • #1
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PIT PIT -2.5 O/U 43.5
OPP VS QB
9th
PROJ PTS
15.6
QB RNK
20th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2866
RUYDS
446
TD
18
INT
6
FPTS/G
20.7
Murray was a disaster in Week 13 against the Rams, finishing with 12 Fantasy points, and he should struggle for the second week in a row against the Steelers. Murray has now gone consecutive games with fewer than 165 passing yards, and the Rams kept him to under 30 rushing yards, although he scored on the ground. The Steelers have allowed two quarterbacks to score more than 18 Fantasy points since Week 2, including Brian Hoyer in Week 9 and Mayfield in Week 11. They got revenge on Mayfield last week in holding him to nine Fantasy points, and this defense also kept Lamar Jackson to 13 Fantasy points in Week 5. Murray is a risky option in two-quarterback leagues this week, even at home.
JAC Jacksonville • #15
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAC LAC -3 O/U 43
OPP VS QB
7th
PROJ PTS
14.4
QB RNK
19th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2432
RUYDS
243
TD
14
INT
5
FPTS/G
17.6
It's fun to have Minshew Mania back in Week 14 now that the Jaguars have benched Nick Foles. I'll consider starting him in Week 15 at Oakland and Week 16 at Atlanta, but I don't like this matchup against the Chargers. Even though the Chargers are playing consecutive road games this week, they have only allowed two quarterbacks to score more than 19 Fantasy points this season, which was Deshaun Watson in Week 3 and Tannehill in Week 7. That includes matchups with Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes. Minshew had seven Fantasy points in his last start in Week 9 against Houston in London, and I expect him to struggle again this week.
IND Indianapolis • #7
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ TB TB -3 O/U 47
OPP VS QB
28th
PROJ PTS
18.4
QB RNK
21st
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2245
RUYDS
141
TD
19
INT
6
FPTS/G
17.3
The narrative of Brissett not throwing enough was thrown out the window last week against Tennessee when he attempted 40 passes and scored just 14 Fantasy points. He had 319 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, and he's now scored more than 16 Fantasy points just once since Week 4. He's down two key weapons in T.Y. Hilton (calf) and Eric Ebron (ankle), and while I like Zach Pascal and Jack Doyle this week, those two aren't enough to make Brissett a starter in most leagues. Tampa Bay also has played better defensively the past two games against Matt Ryan and the Jaguars quarterback combination, allowing a combined 25 Fantasy points, and Brissett is only worth a look in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues.
OAK Oakland • #4
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TEN TEN -2.5 O/U 46.5
OPP VS QB
13th
PROJ PTS
15
QB RNK
NR
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2843
RUYDS
50
TD
17
INT
8
FPTS/G
15.8
Only one quarterback has scored more than 19 Fantasy points against the Titans in the past four games, and it was Mahomes in Week 10. I doubt Carr gets there given his recent level of play. He only has one game with more than 14 Fantasy points in his past four outings, and he scored a combined 14 points in his past two outings against the Jets and Chiefs. Now, both of those were on the road, and he's back home this week, but there's no way I'm trusting Carr at this point in the season given his recent level of play.
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BUF Buffalo • #17
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BAL BAL -5.5 O/U 43.5
OPP VS QB
4th
PROJ PTS
17
QB RNK
17th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2591
RUYDS
430
TD
24
INT
8
FPTS/G
21.8
Allen has been fantastic as a Fantasy quarterback all season, especially of late. He comes into Week 14 with at least 22 Fantasy points in four games in a row, but I expect him to struggle this week against the Ravens, even at home. Baltimore has only allowed one quarterback all season to score more than 17 Fantasy points, which was Mahomes in Week 3. The Ravens have held Watson, Jared Goff and Garoppolo to a combined 17 Fantasy points in the past three games. Allen is still worth a look in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues, especially with his ability to run, but this should be a down game for him given his recent level of play.

So who should you sit and start this week? And which surprising quarterback could lead you to victory? Visit SportsLine now to get Week 14 rankings for every position, plus see which QB is going to come out of nowhere to crack the top 10, all from the model that out-performed experts big time last season.

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Jamey Eisenberg has been a Senior Fantasy Writer for CBS Sports since 2006 with a focus on Fantasy Football. A University of Florida grad (class of '98), Jamey got his start in the newspaper business and... Full Bio

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