The Biggest Start/Sit Decisions for Week 14 (Fantasy Football)

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Welcome to Week 14 of the Start/Sit series, where we’ll discuss your most commonly asked “Who should I start?” questions for the week.

The projections between any two players on your roster may appear similar, but this “simple” choice could be the difference between your team’s victory or defeat. Luckily, the Fantasy Footballers have created an amazing Start/Sit tool to easily compare any two (or more) players with insight from the Ballers themselves, and trust me — it’s a precious asset that will help you make these crucial lineup decisions that could ultimately lead you to your #FootClanTitle.

In this article, you’ll find your most popular Start/Sit questions of the week, along with the Ballers’ projections and my personal opinions on the matter. Please note that the Footballers’ rankings are constantly being updated as news breaks, so make sure you check out the tool for yourself to catch any last-second changes.

So, without further ado, let’s kick things off with the biggest Start/Sit questions for Week 14:

QB:
Justin Fields (CHI) or C.J. Stroud (HOU)?

Justin Fields/CJ Stroud Start/sit chart

C.J. Stroud has been nothing short of a revelation, but even he can’t surpass horrible weather against an elite defense while missing one of his top weapons in Tank Dell (leg). Although judging by how his phenomenal rookie season’s gone, I’m sure he’ll end up doing better than anyone can reasonably expect.

Still, Justin Fields is the right choice. He gets to face a Lions’ defense that he’s historically feasted on, averaging 27.8 fantasy points per game against them in 2022. He reached these lofty heights by running like a madman, rushing for 147 and 132 yards in each game — not to mention scoring twice on the ground as well. But to be fair, this is a new year, new teams, and new circumstances, so we can’t expect Fields to replicate these numbers…oh wait a minute yes we can because he just ran for 104 yards against them a few weeks ago in enemy territory. Not to mention, his budding rapport with DJ Moore is blossoming beautifully.

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His fantasy numbers haven’t been stellar, but regression is coming. He’s also Mike’s QB Start of the Week. If you held onto him during his midseason injury, then get ready to reap your rewards with a week-winning performance.

The Verdict
Justin Fields

RB:
De’Von Achane (MIA) or Kyren Williams (LAR)?

De'Von Achane/Kyren Williams Start/sit chart

This season has been straight-up awful for RBs, so if you have to leave one of these studs on your bench, then congratulations on your embarrassment of riches (and hopefully your other positions are equally stacked). It’s a crime to not start either guy, but if push comes to shove, then I’d have to stay in the incinerating flames of De’Von Achane. In games where he’s seen at least 10% of offensive snaps, he’s averaging over 155 yards and two TDs from scrimmage. That’s insane. Sure, he has to play second-fiddle to starter Raheem Mostert, but the rookie actually out-snapped the veteran last week, 61% to 38%.

Meanwhile, Kyren Williams is going to enjoy a bell cow workload (averages 81% snaps and 21.1 opportunities per game), so I don’t blame anyone for going with the “safer” volume play. He also has a slightly better schedule-adjusted matchup, though the Rams aren’t projected to score much with a paltry 16-point implied team total. But Achane’s upside is too tantalizing to ignore, making him the unanimous winner. If you need another reason to plug him in, he’s Andy’s RB Start of the Week.

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The Verdict
De’Von Achane

Jerome Ford (CLE) or Keaton Mitchell (BAL)?

Jerome Ford/Keaton Mitchell Start/sit chart

I like the hype for Keaton Mitchell as the diet-Achane, and I like his game-breaking efficiency and increasing workload (Week 12: 46% snaps, 41% RB rushing share, 50% RB target share). And I’d like to think that he’ll continue seeing more usage since the team realized his outstanding playmaking abilities after their bye.

But so long as Gus Edwards and Justice Hill exist, particularly in the red zone, then we can’t trust Mitchell in our lineups just yet. Stash him in your bench and start the reliable, albeit lackluster, Jerome Ford (seven games as an RB2 in the last eight weeks) for now until we see more out of the undrafted rookie.

The Verdict
Jerome Ford

WR:
Puka Nacua (LAR) or Drake London (ATL)?

WR Start/sit chart

The matchups make this more difficult than it should be, but you gotta keep plugging in Puka Nacua, regardless of who he lines up against. I’ll admit that it’s no sure thing. In fact, the rookie’s been more inconsistent than the Ballers’ My Guys picks (heyyo!), having five games under 10 fantasy points while the rest were 16+. But Drake London has only one game this season with over 16 fantasy points, which was also the only time he finished as a top-20 WR. You can’t trust him in your lineups, although if there was a week for him to bounce back, it would be this week against the Buccaneers’ porous secondary.

The Verdict
Puka Nacua

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TE:
Isaiah Likely (BAL) or Dallas Goedert (PHI)?

TE Start/sit chart

Dallas Goedert has been a bust this season, likely losing you more weeks than he’s won. There’s always a chance for a late-season resurgence, but it would be ill-advised to start him against a tough divisional opponent in his first game back from injury (forearm).

On the other hand, Isaiah Likely has now had a game and a bye week to further acclimate as his team’s TE1 with Mark Andrews out for the season (ankle). The last time Likely saw more than 80% snaps, he passed the century mark in yardage and finished as the week’s TE3. It also helps that he’ll be gift-wrapped one of the easiest matchups for opposing TEs. Likely expected involvement with the offense against an exposable defense makes him a great DFS FanDuel and DraftKings Cash pick, the Hitman’s TE Start of the Week, and the Ballers’ clear favorite.

The Verdict
Isaiah Likely

D/ST:
Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, or Green Bay Packers?

DST Start/sit chart

Talk about great matchups! All three options are middling D/STs facing laughably disastrous offenses that can’t wait to give the ball away. They’re basically neck-and-neck(-and-neck) in defensive DVOA (HOU: #15, NO: #17, GB: #18), though Houston is technically the winner in that aspect. However, the Saints’ defense has a lower percentage of drives ending in an offensive score (NO: 33.6%, HOU: 36.4%, GB: 37.6%) and has more drives ending in an offensive turnover (NO: 13.6%, HOU: 12.1%, GB: 10.4%).

But the Jets are one of the best matchups for opposing D/STs, regardless of who’s under center. The Texans’ D-Line currently ranks ninth in QB pressures and will completely obliterate a reluctant Zach Wilson — who, by the way, is averaging more sacks taken in games started than Carolina’s Bryce Young. This match has the lowest projected over/under of the three and should be a bad-weather, low-scoring affair.

The Verdict
Houston Texans

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Good luck Footclan! If you have any questions, hit me up on Twitter. And don’t forget to tune in to the Sunday Live broadcast where Mike will answer your last-second Start/Sit questions!

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