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Week 14 Rankings

Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Updated 12/13. Rob Gronkowski added. Ranked as if he will play, but not a full complement of snaps. Moved Darren Sproles up. Moved Tim Hightower up. Moved C.J. Spiller down. Moved Eddie Lacy up. 

Antonio Brown is the WR1 over the past five weeks. Odell Beckham, the WR3. Sandwiched in between them? Doug Baldwin, who’s caught 24 passes for 433 yards and six touchdowns since Seattle’s Week 9 bye. Baldwin’s stunning surge has him as the WR12 by total points on the season. He’s a more modest WR20 by average points, but Baldwin has vaulted from afterthought to going consideration.

The question is, how seriously should we take him? It’s pretty clear Baldwin isn’t going to be an every-week WR1, let alone a top-five option. He’s produced his post-bye week line on a modest 31 targets. That’s 7.75 game, enough to be a weekly factor, but not enough to crash the top 12. But Baldwin is seeing the ball more. He averaged just four weekly looks in Games 1-8. It stands to reason that the Seahawks came out of their bye week committed to getting Baldwin more involved.  

Then there’s the matter of Jimmy Graham’s season-ending knee injury. Maybe you thought Baldwin’s Weeks 10 and 11 were little more than lucky sequencing, but it’s not as if Graham’s lost targets will vanish. They have to go somewhere, and there’s ample reason to believe it will be to Baldwin, who’s sparked the Seahawks’ offense along with Thomas Rawls and Russell Wilson. Even if you remain dubious on Baldwin’s long-term outlook, you can’t ignore his Week 14 prospects. As hot as any player in football, he gets a Ravens defense allowing the fourth most fantasy points to wideouts. That’s a wave begging to be ridden for the first week of the playoffs.       

Week 14 Quarterbacks

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Ben Roethlisberger at CIN -
2 Cam Newton vs. ATL -
3 Carson Palmer vs. MIN -
4 Russell Wilson at BAL -
5 Andy Dalton vs. PIT -
6 Tom Brady at HOU -
7 Blake Bortles vs. IND -
8 Aaron Rodgers vs. DAL -
9 Jameis Winston vs. NO -
10 Eli Manning at MIA -
11 Tyrod Taylor at PHI -
12 Drew Brees at TB -
13 Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. TEN Probable (thumb)
14 Matthew Stafford at STL -
15 Alex Smith vs. SD -
16 Marcus Mariota at NYJ -
17 Ryan Tannehill vs. NYG -
18 Jay Cutler vs. WAS Probable (illness)
19 Derek Carr at DEN -
20 Johnny Manziel vs. SF -
21 Matt Ryan at CAR -
22 Matt Hasselbeck at JAC Probable (neck)
23 Philip Rivers at KC Questionable (flu)
24 Brock Osweiler vs. OAK -
25 Brian Hoyer vs. NE Probable (concussion)
26 Kirk Cousins at CHI -
27 Blaine Gabbert at CLE -
28 Sam Bradford vs. BUF -
29 Matt Cassel at GB -
30 Teddy Bridgewater at ARZ Probable (shoulder)
31 Case Keenum vs. DET Probable (concussion)
32 Jimmy Clausen vs. SEA -

QB Notes: Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t have the best matchup for Week 14, but matchups haven’t mattered for Big Ben. Even if you include his injury-shortened affairs, Ben is averaging 338 weekly yards. That number skyrockets to 400 since he returned from his foot issue three games ago. That includes a Week 10 game against the Browns where he didn’t expect to play, and a Week 12 visit to Seattle. Roethlisberger’s worst start of the season came against the Bengals in Week 8, but he was returning from a five-week absence. Sunday should be a different story. … Coming off the third most fantasy points by any quarterback this season, Cam Newton get a Falcons pass defense that’s imposing on paper, but one that’s faced only one top-10 fantasy quarterback on the year (Drew Brees). Newton will have all day to throw against a team that doesn’t have a pass rush. … The only player approaching Ben Roethlisberger when it comes to big plays is Carson Palmer. Facing a Vikings defense missing four starters — FS Harrison Smith, SLB Anthony Barr, NT Linval Joseph and SS Andrew Sendejo — on a short week, Palmer’s only concern is that the Cardinals get up too big, too early.    

The No. 1 overall player over the past three weeks, Russell Wilson gets a Ravens defense allowing the 11th most fantasy points to quarterbacks. East coast road trips are rarely a picnic for the Seahawks, but you shouldn’t expect an off day from a quarterback whose touchdown rate has finally regressed to the mean. … The QB8 on the year, Andy Dalton has posted multiple scores in 9-of-12 starts, including his past three. He’ll get two touchdowns in his sleep against Pittsburgh’s shaky pass defense. … Tom Brady kept his head above water without Rob Gronkowski in Week 13, but received an assist from the Eagles losing focus late. Brady has completed just 52.5 percent of his throws over his past three starts, and twice posted a QB rating below 75.0. He’ll have his hands full on the road against J.J. Watt, not to mention his ex-play caller Bill O’Brien. … Coming off easily his best game as an NFLer, Blake Bortles gets an increasingly banged up Colts defense that’s allowed the seventh most fantasy points to enemy quarterbacks. He’ll also be getting Allen Hurns (concussion) back opposite Allen Robinson. Arguably no quarterback boasts a more imposing red zone trio than Robinson, Julius Thomas and Hurns.

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Aaron Rodgers’ Week 13 would have been his second straight one-score start if not for a 61-yard Hail Mary. Only the Seahawks and Broncos have allowed fewer passing touchdowns than the Cowboys (12). Rodgers is unlikely to snap his ever-deepening slump. … It’s good enough that Jameis Winston is facing the Saints’ historically-bad defense. It’s even better that he’ll be doing it with New Orleans’ No. 1 CB Delvin Breaux (hamstring) likely on the sideline. Winston has only four multi-score performances, but he won’t be slowed by a defense that’s gotten absolutely torched by the likes of Kirk Cousins and Marcus Mariota over the past month. Winston is an eminently-safe streamer for the first week of the fantasy playoffs. … The Dolphins got a one-game reprieve from Matt Schaub, but got ripped by Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tony Romo the two preceding weeks. The good Eli Manning should show up in South Beach. … Drew Brees’ home/road splits are starker than ever, with only six of his 23 scores coming away from the Superdome. The Bucs are far from a shutdown matchup, but did hold Brees to his worst home start in Week 2. He won’t be going wild on the road.

Tyrod Taylor is hard to figure. He offers one of the highest ceilings in fantasy football, but also one of the lowest floors. For Week 14, he gets his defensive equivalent. The Eagles were playing surprisingly good defense before getting dismantled for 90 combined points in Weeks 11 and 12. Then, out of nowhere, they harassed Tom Brady last Sunday. Who’s going to show up in Buffalo? It’s a question that leaves Taylor on the outer fringes of QB1 status. … The QB4 over the past three weeks, Ryan Fitzpatrick has been playing great ball, but gets the Titans’ decent pass defense. Tennessee just got shredded by Blake Bortles, of course, but on the whole, only eight teams have allowed fewer yards through the air. … Marcus Mariota is coming off one of the best games by any quarterback this season, but has a tough road matchup in the Jets. His outlook will improve significantly if Darrelle Revis (concussion) misses his third straight game. … Matthew Stafford is the QB5 over the past three weeks, but has thrown for more than two touchdowns just twice all year. A red letter day is unlikely in St. Louis.

It’s the opening week of the fantasy playoffs. The question is, do you stream Johnny Manziel? The last time Manziel was on the field, he had arguably his best NFL start, albeit in a 30-9 loss. A 49ers team allowing the sixth most passing yards is not a concerning home matchup, but especially with No. 1 receiver Travis Benjamin looking doubtful with a shoulder injury, there simply aren’t enough compelling reasons to force Manziel into your lineup with everything on the line. It’s a different story in DFS, where Manziel offers rock-bottom cheap upside for tournaments. … The matchup is tough for Derek Carr, but a quarterback who’s posted at least two scores in 9-of-12 starts remains a QB2 for the first week of the fantasy playoffs. … Missing just about every single one of his receivers, Philip Rivers is barely a QB2 for a tough road trip to Kansas City. … Now vote of confidence’d in back-to-back weeks, Matt Ryan has more than one score in only one of his past four starts. There’s little reason to trust him on the road against the Panthers’ elite defense. … Brock Osweiler has a nice matchup, but hasn’t demonstrated enough upside to be fired up as a plug-and-play QB2 or DFS option.

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Week 14 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Doug Martin vs. NO -
2 LeSean McCoy at PHI -
3 DeAngelo Williams at CIN -
4 Thomas Rawls at BAL -
5 Devonta Freeman at CAR -
6 David Johnson vs. MIN -
7 Matt Forte vs. WAS -
8 Adrian Peterson at ARZ -
9 Lamar Miller vs. NYG -
10 Jonathan Stewart vs. ATL -
11 Chris Ivory vs. TEN -
12 Todd Gurley vs. DET -
13 Shaun Draughn at CLE -
14 T.J. Yeldon vs. IND Probable (groin)
15 Darren McFadden at GB -
16 Frank Gore at JAC Probable (knee)
17 Buck Allen vs. SEA -
18 Ronnie Hillman vs. OAK Questionable (foot)
19 Eddie Lacy vs. DAL -
20 LeGarrette Blount at HOU -
21 Jeremy Hill vs. PIT -
22 Giovani Bernard vs. PIT -
23 Latavius Murray at DEN -
24 Ryan Mathews vs. BUF Probable (concussion)
25 Spencer Ware vs. SD Probable (hamstring)
26 Charcandrick West vs. SD Probable (hamstring)
27 Tim Hightower at TB -
28 Darren Sproles vs. BUF -
29 Jeremy Langford vs. WAS -
30 Charles Sims vs. NO -
31 Danny Woodhead at KC -
32 James White at HOU -
33 Theo Riddick at STL -
34 Duke Johnson vs. SF -
35 James Starks vs. DAL -
36 Ameer Abdullah at STL -
37 Matt Jones at CHI -
38 Melvin Gordon at KC -
39 Antonio Andrews at NYJ -
40 Isaiah Crowell vs. SF -
41 Chris Polk vs. NE Probable (knee)
42 Rashad Jennings at MIA -
43 Bilal Powell vs. TEN -
44 C.J. Spiller at TB -
45 Juwan Thompson vs. OAK -
46 Dexter McCluster at NYJ Probable (knee)
47 Alfred Morris at CHI -
48 Jonathan Grimes vs. NE -
49 Alfred Blue vs. NE Probable (back)
50 Dan Herron at JAC -
51 Shane Vereen at MIA -
52 DeMarco Murray vs. BUF -
53 Jay Ajayi vs. NYG Probable (elbow)
54 Joique Bell at STL -
55 David Cobb at NYJ -
56 Kerwynn Williams vs. MIN -
57 Mike Tolbert vs. ATL -
58 Kenjon Barner vs. BUF -
59 Mike Gillislee at PHI -
60 Pierre Thomas at CHI -
61 Terrance West vs. SEA -
62 Tevin Coleman at CAR -
63 Robert Turbin at GB -
64 Brandon Bolden at HOU -

RB Notes: Everyone knows the Saints’ defense is historically lax through the air, but it’s also allowed the most fantasy points on the ground. Sean Payton’s unit is allowing a staggering 181 weekly yards from scrimmage to rival runners. Only Adrian Peterson has more yards from scrimmage amongst running backs than Doug Martin. … LeSean McCoy’s Week 14 narrative centers around his #RevengeGame against Eagles coach Chip Kelly, but far more compelling is his play since the Bills’ Week 8 bye. Shady has averaged 5.14 yards per carry in five games since the break, and 123 yards from scrimmage. All the way up to RB5 status amongst healthy backs, McCoy should stay scorching against his former boss. … Averaging 4.96 yards per carry and 144 yards from scrimmage in four games since replacing Le'Veon Bell, DeAngelo Williams has earned every-week top-five status, no matter the opponent. The Bengals have a stout overall defense, but are allowing 4.53 yards per tote, and have coughed up the fifth most receptions to enemy runners. D-Will has a big part to play in a likely shootout. … With Mark Ingram sidelined, the Saints’ backfield is in utter chaos. C.J. Spiller would seem to be the first man up, but the Saints have had so little use for him, it’s hard to believe he’ll suddenly be an RB2. Tim Hightower could prove a gnat-like presence on early downs. Both are best avoided for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.   

With Marshawn Lynch inactive since Week 11, Thomas Rawls has averaged 5.59 yards on his 70 carries, and posted 459 yards from scrimmage in three games. The Ravens are better against the run than the pass, but Rawls will be highly active in a game where Seattle should be playing with a lead for all four quarters. … Devonta Freeman has found the sledding tougher on the ground in recent weeks, but averaged eight receptions over his past three healthy games. That’s good news against a Panthers defense that’s elite in most areas, but has coughed up the second most receptions to running backs. … Adrian Peterson has been the league’s best running back, but nearly every sign points to disastrous gameflow on Thursday against the Cardinals. The Vikings will be missing four defensive starters on the road, and featuring a bottom-three passing attack against a top-four scoring defense. The proceedings are unlikely to be close, limiting Peterson’s touches. … On the other side of the field will be David Johnson, a rookie back who shredded the Rams in both phases last Sunday, holding his own in pass protection for good measure. With the interior of the Vikings’ defense absolutely gutted by injury, Johnson is a good bet to both surpass 100 yards and find the end zone.

Matt Forte ceded 14 touches to Jeremy Langford last week, but still got the ball a whopping 26 times. He’ll have ample opportunity to get his numbers against a Redskins run defense allowing 4.64 yards per carry and 124 yards per game. … All it took for Lamar Miller to get 20 carries and average over 5.0 yards per tote was firing OC Bill Lazor. A Giants defense allowing the eighth most fantasy points to running backs is an appetizing matchup. … Atlanta is permitting just 3.82 yards per carry, but has been stung for the second most ground scores in football (15). With the Panthers figuring to be in scoring position early and often, workhorse Jonathan Stewart is a good bet to find the painted area. … Swallowed up by the abyss known as #FisherBall, there’s some light at the end of Todd Gurley’s Week 14 tunnel in the form of a Lions defense that’s allowed the most rushing scores in the league. … Shaun Draughn is averaging a Trent Richardson-esque 3.31 yards per carry, but getting the ball 20 times per game. The Browns are allowing 136 weekly yards on the ground, and 4.5 catches to running backs. … James White caught 10 passes as the Pats seemingly ad libbed against the Eagles, but could easily go back to the 2-3 reception doldrums against the Texans. He’s a high-risk RB3/4.   

Coming off his best yardage effort of the season (136), T.J. Yeldon also finally got some red zone work, cashing his second of two goal-line carries in for a touchdown. Allowing the ninth most fantasy points to running backs, the Colts could get stung by Yeldon’s 15-20 weekly touches. … Darren McFadden remains locked into big workloads, but has had the looks of a back running out of gas in recent weeks. On a short week on the road against a decent run defense, a big day seems unlikely. … In the weekly soap opera that is the Broncos’ backfield, Ronnie Hillman once again has the upper hand with C.J. Anderson (ankle) looking doubtful. Juwan Thompson could steal some carries, but Hillman’s workload will almost certainly be that of an RB2. … There haven’t been many “LeGarrette Blount weeks,” but with the Pats’ passing game walking wounded, the time might finally be right in a road matchup with a defense that’s easier to get on the ground than through the air. … Buck Allen took advantage of dream matchups the past two weeks, but now has a nightmare one in the Seahawks. … Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware remain in a timeshare. As was the case last week, West is the best bet for touches, but Ware is the most likely to score. That puts both on the RB2 borderline, with Ware’s scoring odds giving him a slight leg up.   

In true fantasy football fashion, Jeremy Hill has had his best three-game stretch of the season after even the heartiest of owners gave up on him. A potential shootout with the Steelers would seem to suggest “Giovani Bernard” game, but on the other hand, there should be plenty of drives to finish off in the red zone. That’s been Hill time the past few weeks. … Coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday that Eddie Lacy looked “rejuvenated.” In coachspeak, that means last week’s benching is old news, and Lacy will get another opportunity to get his season in gear. Lacy had his two best games of the year before missing curfew and drawing his coach’s ire. McCarthy knew he had to send a message, but also knows Lacy is by far his best back. Lacy should get back on the RB2 horse against the Cowboys’ solid but unspectacular run defense. … One situation that hasn’t been settled is DeMarco Murray’s. Now griping to the owner about his misfit role, Murray might think he’ll be the squeaky wheel, but there’s guessing Chip Kelly goes the opposite route, installing a finally-returned Ryan Mathews as his early-down back. Mathews comes with unpredictability, but is my best guess for RB2 value in the Eagles’ Week 14 backfield.  

Week 14 Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Odell Beckham at MIA -
2 Antonio Brown at CIN -
3 DeAndre Hopkins vs. NE Probable (hamstring)
4 Alshon Jeffery vs. WAS -
5 Brandon Marshall vs. TEN Probable (ankle)
6 Allen Robinson vs. IND -
7 A.J. Green vs. PIT -
8 Mike Evans vs. NO -
9 Julio Jones at CAR Probable (knee)
10 Calvin Johnson at STL Questionable (ankle)
11 Eric Decker vs. TEN Probable (knee)
12 Martavis Bryant at CIN Probable (hip)
13 Larry Fitzgerald vs. MIN Probable (ankle)
14 Sammy Watkins at PHI -
15 Demaryius Thomas vs. OAK Probable (neck)
16 Jarvis Landry vs. NYG Probable (knee)
17 Brandin Cooks at TB Probable (concussion)
18 Danny Amendola at HOU Questionable (knee)
19 Doug Baldwin at BAL -
20 Jeremy Maclin vs. SD -
21 Dez Bryant at GB Probable (knee)
22 Emmanuel Sanders vs. OAK Probable (ankle)
23 T.Y. Hilton at JAC -
24 Vincent Jackson vs. NO Probable (knee)
25 John Brown vs. MIN Probable (hamstring)
26 Randall Cobb vs. DAL -
27 Amari Cooper at DEN Probable (foot)
28 Allen Hurns vs. IND Probable (thigh)
29 DeSean Jackson at CHI Probable (illness)
30 Brandon LaFell at HOU -
31 Anquan Boldin at CLE Probable (hamstring)
32 Golden Tate at STL -
33 DeVante Parker vs. NYG -
34 Michael Floyd vs. MIN Probable (hamstring)
35 Travis Benjamin vs. SF -
36 Michael Crabtree at DEN -
37 Jordan Matthews vs. BUF Questionable (back)
38 Marvin Jones vs. PIT -
39 Donte Moncrief at JAC -
40 Ted Ginn vs. ATL Probable (knee)
41 Cecil Shorts vs. NE Probable (hamstring)
42 Brian Hartline vs. SF -
43 Willie Snead at TB Probable (calf)
44 Dorial Green-Beckham at NYJ -
45 Kamar Aiken vs. SEA -
46 Stefon Diggs at ARZ -
47 Tavon Austin vs. DET -
48 Markus Wheaton at CIN -
49 Pierre Garcon at CHI -
50 Tyler Lockett at BAL -
51 Davante Adams vs. DAL -
52 Nate Washington vs. NE Probable (hip)
53 Malcom Floyd at KC Probable (shoulder)
54 James Jones vs. DAL -
55 Rueben Randle at MIA -
56 Jermaine Kearse at BAL -
57 Torrey Smith at CLE -
58 Terrance Williams at GB -
59 Dwayne Harris at MIA -
60 Eddie Royal vs. WAS Questionable (knee)
61 Robert Woods at PHI -
62 Kenny Stills vs. NYG Probable (ankle)
63 Keshawn Martin at HOU -
64 Roddy White at CAR -
65 Javontee Herndon at KC -
66 Chris Givens vs. SEA -
67 Devin Funchess vs. ATL -
68 Jerricho Cotchery vs. ATL Probable (ankle)
69 Jamison Crowder at CHI -
70 Marques Colston at TB Probable (shoulder)
71 Nelson Agholor vs. BUF Probable (hip)
72 Kenny Britt vs. DET -

WR Notes: Averaging 15 targets over his past four games, Odell Beckham has cleared 100 yards in five straight contests. Living up to his lofty hype and then some, Beckham could rip apart a Dolphins secondary being held together by super glue. … If there’s a “concern” for Antonio Brown, it’s that fellow Steelers starter Martavis Bryant is almost as good. We’ll forego the worry with a player who is fantasy’s No. 1 receiver over the past five weeks. … DeAndre Hopkins is having his first little cold snap of the season, but still has five touchdowns over his past five games. Bill Belichick will game plan for ‘Nuk, yes, but so has every other defensive coordinator who’s faced him. … Back to drawing a dozen weekly targets, Alshon Jeffery has a plus matchup in the Redskins. … Brandon Marshall is in the middle of one of the better stretches of his entire career, and has already notched his fourth 10-score season. The WR7 on the year gets a Titans secondary that’s softened considerably in recent weeks.   

Coming off the best game of his career, Allen Robinson has to cope with the return of Allen Hurns, but Hurns figures to be limited as he plays through a variety of ailments. Hurns’ return should be more help than hindrance, as he’ll draw defensive attention away from his alpha WR1 teammate. Only the Chiefs and Eagles are allowing more fantasy points to receivers than the Colts. … As for Hurns, playing at significantly less than 100 percent, he’s reduced to WR3 status after missing Week 13 with a concussion. He comes with higher upside than you’ll typically find in the 28-30 region, of course. … Always a thorn in Pittsburgh’s side, A.J. Green is playing his best football of the year. Green has quietly risen to WR11 status. … Mike Evans has been much more of a WR2 than WR1 since Vincent Jackson’s return, but that goes out the window against the Saints’ gobsmackingly bad defense. New Orleans has allowed seven more passing touchdowns than any other team, and is in grave danger of missing No. 1 CB Delvin Breaux (hamstring). This is a matchup Evans can’t possibly botch. … Averaging 73 yards since returning three weeks ago, V-Jax is a legitimate WR2 against New Orleans’ impression of a defense.     

Is too much being made of Julio JonesJosh Norman shadow? Probably. Expectations should be tempered, but Jones still spends enough time in the slot to avoid Norman on every snap. Matt Ryan’s struggles are another concern, but Julio is the kind of talent who can get you the requisite fantasy points on just 3-4 catches. … Calvin Johnson could have a field day if Janoris Jenkins (concussion) misses Week 14. … Eric Decker has been such a consistent WR2 that he’s now a WR1. Amongst healthy receivers, only nine players have more total fantasy points at receiver. … Martavis Bryant is the No. 1 overall receiver by average points. He remains on the WR1 borderline because his targets can be volatile — just ask last week’s brief Markus Wheaton/Darrius Heyward-Bey uprising — but as Bryant once again proved, he only needs 2-3 catches to win you a week. … The healthy returns of John Brown and Michael Floyd have chiseled into Larry Fitzgerald’s upside, but not his floor. Fitz has caught at least eight passes in five straight games. The only reason making it six could be a challenge against the Vikings’ injury-ravaged defense is that things could get out of hand early.  

Sammy Watkins is as volatile as any player in football, but coming off back-to-back 100-yard games, the matchup is right in an Eagles defense that’s been pasted for 28 passing scores. No team has allowed more fantasy points to rival receivers. … Only the Eagles have allowed more wideout receptions than the Giants. Jarvis Landry will shake off his limp Week 13 on Monday Night Football. … The WR11 by total points, Brandin Cooks has cleared 70 yards in 5-of-6 games. … Jeremy Maclin is coming off his second best stretch of the season, but gets a Chargers defense that’s generally contained opposing No. 1s. Maclin’s recent target share gives him a nice floor, but his ceiling takes a hit from its Week 12-13 heights. … Cloning Julian Edelman, as expected, Danny Amendola is a WR2 for a team that will again be without Rob Gronkowski. … Dez Bryant has cleared 50 yards just once all season. His ceiling remains prodigious, but he simply isn’t hitting it with Matt Cassel. Even WR21 might be generous at this stage of the game. … T.Y. Hilton’s vertical ceiling has been eliminated by Matt Hasselbeck’s noodle arm, but he’s still getting enough targets and scoring opportunities to be a WR2.

Soaking up targets, it’s more likely than not Emmanuel Sanders produces WR2 value against the Raiders. … Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree are two of 2015’s biggest success stories, but success is hard to come by against a Broncos defense that’s allowed one touchdown to opposing receivers all year. … Randall Cobb has surpassed 53 once in his past nine games. Both his ceiling and floor are scary low against the Cowboys’ underrated pass defense. … Finally a factor in the Dolphins’ offense, DeVante Parker is a legitimate WR3 against a Giants defense allowing 15 weekly receptions to wideouts. … Brian Hartline has done his best Golden Tate impression the past three weeks, averaging 7/78. With Travis Benjamin in danger of missing Week 14, Hartline is suddenly a passable WR3. … Kamar Aiken’s targets aren’t going to matter much against Seattle. The Legion of Boom has sprung leaks, but only against elite receivers. Aiken is, uhh, not an elite receiver. … You’re chasing last week’s points with Dorial Green-Beckham, though his outlook is improved by the expected absence of Kendall Wright (ribs) and Jets CB Darrelle Revis (concussion). … If Stevie Johnson (groin) sits as expected, there won’t be a Chargers receiver worth starting.           

Week 14 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Greg Olsen vs. ATL -
2 Delanie Walker at NYJ -
3 Tyler Eifert vs. PIT Probable (neck)
4 Travis Kelce vs. SD Probable (groin)
5 Gary Barnidge vs. SF -
6 Jordan Reed at CHI -
7 Rob Gronkowski at HOU Questionable (knee)
8 Julius Thomas vs. IND Probable (abdomen)
9 Antonio Gates at KC Probable (hip)
10 Ben Watson at TB -
11 Jacob Tamme at CAR Probable (shoulder)
12 Austin Seferian-Jenkins vs. NO -
13 Richard Rodgers vs. DAL -
14 Zach Miller vs. WAS Probable (ribs)
15 Scott Chandler at HOU Questionable (knee)
16 Jason Witten at GB -
17 Charles Clay at PHI Probable (knee)
18 Will Tye at MIA -
19 Heath Miller at CIN Probable (ribs)
20 Owen Daniels vs. OAK Probable (knee)
21 Kyle Rudolph at ARZ -
22 Zach Ertz vs. BUF Probable (hip)
23 Coby Fleener at JAC -
24 Ryan Griffin vs. NE -
25 Jared Cook vs. DET -
26 Luke Willson at BAL Questionable (ankle)
27 Eric Ebron at STL -
28 Jordan Cameron vs. NYG -
29 Maxx Williams vs. SEA Probable (concussion)
30 Blake Bell at CLE -
31 Brent Celek vs. BUF -
32 Ladarius Green at KC Probable (ankle)

TE Notes: With four games to go, Greg Olsen is on pace for 1,223 yards, which would be a new personal best by 215. His 917 yards are already the second most of his career. … The TE5 by average points, Delanie Walker is in the midst of the best stretch of his career. He’s the TE1 over the past five weeks, as well as the past three weeks. He’s cleared 90 yards in 4-of-5 contests. … Tyler Eifert is still the TE2 by average points, but slowed by a neck stinger, he could miss his second straight game. Owners need to have a backup plan in place for the first week of the fantasy playoffs. Allowing the eighth most fantasy points to seam stretchers, Pittsburgh will be a juicy matchup if Eifert can suit up. … You might think Travis Kelce is overrated, but he remains the TE8. He has the right matchup for Week 14, as only five teams are allowing more fantasy points to rival tight ends than the Chargers.

Gary Barnidge’s quarterbacks continue to change, but Johnny Manziel wasn’t a problem in Week 10 against the Steelers, finding his tight end for 6/65/1 on eight targets. Barnidge’s track is too long and consistent to ignore. … Jordan Reed has cooled in recent weeks, but remains one of the league’s most targeted tight ends, drawing 25 looks over his past three games. … Scott Chandler was the rare fantasy plug-and-play to go exactly as planned in Week 13, finishing as the TE5 on the back of 4/61/1. He’ll remain heavily targeted for a team that has no alternatives. … Julius Thomas has cleared 30 yards only once since October, but scored in three straight games. Being utilized as the red zone weapon he is, he’s a legitimate TE1. … Ben Watson and Jacob Tamme come without cavernous ceilings, but have mopped and dusted floors.

It might feel like point chasing with Richard Rodgers, but he’s the TE10 by average points. The Cowboys aren’t a great matchup, but Rodgers’ red zone presence makes him a higher-floor option than the players behind him. … I’ve long been an Austin Seferian-Jenkins truther, but coming off a six-target game, he’s impossible to ignore against the Saints’ league-worst defense. ASJ is an excellent plug-and-play option for the fantasy quarterfinals. … Zach Miller has been shockingly productive when given the opportunity this season, and now he’ll have four games worth of it with Martellus Bennett on injured reserve. Miller should be owned in 12-14 team leagues. … Will Tye has cleared 56 yards in three straight games. He’ll be a big-play threat against the Dolphins’ soft defense. … If Vernon Davis (concussion) can’t get cleared, Owen Daniels will be a top-15 option against the Raiders’ bottom-three tight end defense. … If you’re out of options, Ryan Griffin might get 40 yards, and possibly a score, against the Patriots.      

Week 14 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Stephen Gostkowski at HOU -
2 Josh Brown at MIA -
3 Steven Hauschka at BAL -
4 Graham Gano vs. ATL -
5 Brandon McManus vs. OAK -
6 Mason Crosby vs. DAL -
7 Mike Nugent vs. PIT -
8 Chandler Catanzaro vs. MIN -
9 Andrew Franks vs. NYG -
10 Adam Vinatieri at JAC -
11 Justin Tucker vs. SEA -
12 Caleb Sturgis vs. BUF -
13 Cairo Santos vs. SD -
14 Dan Carpenter at PHI -
15 Chris Boswell at CIN -
16 Dustin Hopkins at CHI -
17 Blair Walsh at ARZ -
18 Robbie Gould vs. WAS -
19 Matt Prater at STL -
20 Kai Forbath at TB -
21 Josh Lambo at KC -
22 Dan Bailey at GB -
23 Ryan Succop at NYJ -
24 Shayne Graham at CAR -
25 Phil Dawson at CLE -
26 Travis Coons vs. SF -
27 Sebastian Janikowski at DEN -
28 Jason Myers vs. IND -
29 Greg Zuerlein vs. DET Probable (-)
30 Connor Barth vs. NO -
31 Nick Novak vs. NE -
32 Randy Bullock vs. TEN -

Week 14 Defense/Special Teams

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Seahawks Def/Spec Team at BAL -
2 Panthers Def/Spec Team vs. ATL -
3 Cardinals Def/Spec Team vs. MIN -
4 Chiefs Def/Spec Team vs. SD -
5 Patriots Def/Spec Team at HOU -
6 Broncos Def/Spec Team vs. OAK -
7 Packers Def/Spec Team vs. DAL -
8 Lions Def/Spec Team at STL -
9 Jets Def/Spec Team vs. TEN -
10 Rams Def/Spec Team vs. DET -
11 Bills Def/Spec Team at PHI -
12 Bears Def/Spec Team vs. WAS -
13 Bengals Def/Spec Team vs. PIT -
14 Dolphins Def/Spec Team vs. NYG -
15 Vikings Def/Spec Team at ARZ -
16 Buccaneers Def/Spec Team vs. NO -
17 Jaguars Def/Spec Team vs. IND -
18 Texans Def/Spec Team vs. NE -
19 Fortyniners Def/Spec Team at CLE -
20 Titans Def/Spec Team at NYJ -
21 Browns Def/Spec Team vs. SF -
22 Colts Def/Spec Team at JAC -
23 Eagles Def/Spec Team vs. BUF -
24 Redskins Def/Spec Team at CHI -
25 Steelers Def/Spec Team at CIN -
26 Giants Def/Spec Team at MIA -
27 Cowboys Def/Spec Team at GB -
28 Raiders Def/Spec Team at DEN -
29 Ravens Def/Spec Team vs. SEA -
30 Chargers Def/Spec Team at KC -
31 Saints Def/Spec Team at TB -
32 Falcons Def/Spec Team at CAR -

Source URL: https://www.nbcsports.com/edge/article/goal-line-stand/week-14-rankings-0