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Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 14

Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 14

The playoffs have finally arrived.

Let's cut right to the chase and get down to business. 

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START

Jamison Crowder, WR, WSH (@ PHI) - Crowder is a stud: He's scored or tallied at least 88 yds in seven straight games, averaging about 7.5 targets per game in that span. He's Kirk Cousins' most reliable target in a pass-heavy offense going against a Philly D that has really fallen on rough times, especially vs. WRs. Yes, please. (Tony Andracki)

Andy Dalton, QB, CIN (@ CLE) - Most weeks I would stay away from "Big Red", but the Cleveland Browns are the one exception. The winless Browns allow the second-most points to opposing fantasy QBs, and Dalton has been a model of consistency as he's averaging 21.2 points per game this season. Go the safe route and stick with Dalton. (Scott Krinch)

Todd Gurley, RB, LA (vs. ATL) - The Falcons allow the third-most points to opposing RBs, but more than anything, they are getting killed out of the backfield - a whopping 94 catches for 779 yards, 5 TDs and no other team is even close. Gurley has obviously struggled this year, but he's clearly getting targets and touches and regardless of game flow, may be able to attack the Falcons through the passing game. (Andracki)

Brandon Marshall, WR, NYJ (@ SF) - This is a great matchup - the Niners among the worst vs. WRs and a terrible D overall - and yes Bryce Petty throwing is scary, but with no TE in NYJ, I have to imagine the inexperienced QB is gonna lean heavily on the reliable veteran in the passing game and that's Marshall here. (Andracki)

Malcolm Mitchell, WR, NE (vs. BAL) - Mitchell has come out of nowhere to lead the Patriots in snaps at the wide receiver position the last two weeks wth 86 percent (vs. 49ers) and 85 percent (vs. Rams). Mitchell has gained the confidence of Tom Brady as the future Hall of Famer has targeted his rookie wideout a tad under 8 times in three straight games. Look for Mitchell to continue his hot stretch against a leaky Ravens secondary. (Krinch)

Thomas Rawls, RB, SEA (@ GB) - Remember Rawls' late-season rise in 2015? It's happening again. The second-year back rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns in a Week 13 victory. The Seahawks plan to increase Rawls' carries against a Packers defense which has allowed 100-plus rushing yards in three out of its last four contests. Rawls is a firm RB1 this weekend and for the remainder of year. (Krinch)

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SIT 

LeGarrette Blount, RB, NE (vs. BAL) - I'm sitting every run-first RB vs. BAL each week. The Ravens run D is the best in the NFL and they've allowed a stable of RBs to top 20 fantasy points (PPR) just one time since Week 2. Blount has been a stud in 2016, but he's strictly a run-first guy and gameflow probably won't dictate a bunch of carries to run out the clock with a big Pats lead. (Andracki)

Devontae Booker, RB, DEN (@ TEN) - You can close the book on the rookie running back. The Broncos' addition of veteran Justin Forsett to their backfield raises major red-flags for Booker who is only averaging 2.8 yards per carry this season. Expect to see a timeshare going forward in Denver with neither back presenting much upside against a solid Titans run defense. (Krinch)

Blake Bortles, QB, JAX (vs. MIN) - Copy and paste what I wrote last week and the week before and the week before that. Bortles shouldn't be rostered on any fantasy team right now. His numbers in the first three quarters are comically bad, and hoping for garbage time points isn't the route you want to take in a playoff matchup. (Krinch)

Marcus Mariota, QB, TEN (vs. DEN) - The Broncos are such a good pass defense, they actually have two more INTs than TDs allowed (12 to 10). Five times this season, Denver has held an opposing QB without a TD pass and seven times has held a QB under 200 yards. I love Mariota overall, just not this week in must-win games. (Andracki)

Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI (vs. WSH) - Matthews has just one touchdown since Week 3, and has been hampered by injuries as of late. With the possibility of being shadowed by Redskins corner Josh Norman and possibly being slowed down by an ankle injury, I can't find any reason to play Matthews this week. (Krinch)

Dak Prescott, QB, DAL (@ NYG) - A common misconception about Prescott is he adds fantasy value with his legs and yes he has 5 rush TDs, but in the games he doesn't score a rush TD, he averages just 1 extra fantasy point per game on the ground. The Giants, coincidentally, have not allowed a QB to rush for a TD yet and have given up an NFL-low 44 rushing yards to QBs. With two straight games under 200 passing yards and only 1 TD in each outing, this just reeks of a disappointing outing for Prescott. (Andracki)

D Rose is training at the Bulls' practice facility

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D Rose is training at the Bulls' practice facility

Don't get too excited, Bulls fans, but Derrick Rose is playing basketball in Chicago in a Bulls facility.

The former NBA MVP was spotted training at the Advocate Center, the Bulls' practice facility in Chicago.

Rose just finished a partial season with the Minnesota Timberwolves (a.k.a. the TimberBulls), playing under former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, and seemed to regain some of his former glory by averaging 14.2 points per game in five playoff games off the bench. He is now an unrestricted free agent.

Could this mean he is going to return to Chicago for another stint with the Bulls? Probably not.

Rose is, of course, a native Chicagoan and the Advocate Center opened in time for Rose's last two years with the Bulls. Both the city and the facility are familiar to Rose, which makes it an ideal place to train in the offseason. That surely won't stop hardcore Rose fans in Chicago from wishing it into an omen.

All the best moments from the Cubs-Marlins benches clearing incident

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All the best moments from the Cubs-Marlins benches clearing incident

The Cubs and Marlins delivered a benches clearing incident Tuesday night at Wrigley Field but instead of tempers boiling over, a ticklefight ensued a few feet from home plate.

Lewis Brinson lined a hard single to right field off Cubs pitcher Rob Zastryzny in the fourth inning. Ben Zobrist came up firing with an absolute beauty of a throw to home plate to nab Derek Dietrich trying to score:

Some things to focus on:

First off, what a throw from a guy that's about to turn 37 later this month and has played a lot more second base than outfield since joining the Cubs.

Secondly, it was interesting and amusing to see the bullpen doors open and both teams come sprinting out from under the bleachers to join the foray. A couple years ago, a benches clearing incident would've just resulted in each team's bullpen coming from a couple hundred feet down the foul line.

Willson Contreras was MOVING out of the Cubs dugout, looking like he was ready to hand out some serious punishment to protect his fellow catcher.

But instead of an actual fist fight, however, we got some comedy gold, like Bryzzo teaming up to play-fight with former teammate Starlin Castro.

First there was Kris Bryant tickling Castro:

Shortly after that moment, Anthony Rizzo jokingly pushed Castro from behind and the two players laughed it off:

Javy Baez loved it all:

Nobody was ejected and the coaches and umpires were able to quickly gain control of the situation, which couldn't have been that difficult when opposing players are out there tickling each other and laughing.