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Fantasy Football Week 14 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Quarterbacks

The NFL season continues to gradually dwindle down as Week 13 has come to a close. Before we look ahead to Week 14, there were some quarterbacks who performed well in fantasy football in Week 13.

While many people were wary of starting Deshaun Watson against the New England Patriots, those who trusted him were rewarded. The Houston Texans’ franchise quarterback scored 28.9 fantasy points as he threw for three touchdowns and even caught one on Sunday.

Along with Watson, Aaron Rodgers also rebounded in a huge way as he torched the New York Giants for four touchdowns passes. The veteran quarterback tallied 28.1 points as Green Bay easily secured the win over the Giants.

What quarterbacks are viable options for your fantasy football lineups this week? All of the picks in this article are based on PPR (points per reception) scoring and can be used in season-long or DFS (daily fantasy sports) leagues.

Given that information, here are the quarterbacks to start and sit in fantasy football in Week 14.

QBs to Start in Week 14

Titans’ Ryan Tannehill (vs. Raiders): The revival of Ryan Tannehill’s career with the Tennessee Titans has been quite the spectacle to watch. The veteran signal-caller has averaged 21.1 points since being named the starter in Week 7.

There’s a good chance that Tannehill continues his success under center as he takes on the Oakland Raiders in Week 14. The Raiders’ defense has surrendered 27 passing touchdowns (tied for third-most in the NFL) and an average of 21.2 points per game to QBs (fourth-most in the NFL).

Browns’ Baker Mayfield (vs. Bengals): The Cleveland Browns’ playoff hopes were crushed on Sunday in their loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite that, Baker Mayfield will want to end the season on a high note after a disappointing campaign.

The second-year quarterback should see plenty of success through the air against the Cincinnati Bengals. Cincinnati’s defense has given up an average of 20.7 points per game to opposing QBs (seventh-most in the NFL).

Jets’ Sam Darnold (vs. Dolphins): There was the expectation that Sam Darnold would thrive in Week 13 versus the Bengals. Contrary to belief, he ended up posting a mere 10.5 points (his lowest total since Week 7).

Luckily for the young quarterback, he draws a decimated Miami Dolphins defense in a perfect bounce-back spot. Miami’s defense has allowed QBs to complete 29 touchdowns this season (second-most in the NFL).

Other QBs to Start: Vikings’ Kirk Cousins (vs. Lions), Eagles’ Carson Wentz (vs. Giants), Colts’ Jacoby Brissett (vs. Buccaneers)

QBs to Sit in Week 14

Cardinals’ Kyler Murray (vs. Steelers): Kyler Murray has been a reliable option at quarterback for the majority of the season but wasn’t true on Sunday. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner struggled against the Los Angeles Rams as he finished with just 13.3 points.

Next up on the schedule for the rookie quarterback is the much-improved Pittsburgh Steelers defense. Pittsburgh’s defense has held opposing QBs to only 13.55 points per game (sixth-fewest in the NFL).

Jaguars’ Gardner Minshew (vs. Chargers): The Jacksonville Jaguars have decided to go back to Gardner Minshew at quarterback after Nick Foles had another disastrous start in Week 13. When Minshew was the starter earlier in the season, he had four games where he had 18 or more points.

If you’re someone who has Minshew, this isn’t the week to insert him back into your lineup as he faces the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers’ defense has allowed an average of 13.59 points per game to QBs (seventh-fewest in the NFL) and Derwin James has returned from injury.

Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky (vs. Cowboys): There were plenty of people who were bold enough to start Mitchell Trubisky on Thanksgiving against the Detroit Lions. The Chicago Bears’ quarterback ended up contributing a season-high 23.9 points as Chicago won the game.

Following his most productive outing in 2019, don’t expect him to repeat that performance in Week 14 versus the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys’ defense has been able to surrender only 13 passing touchdowns thus far (fifth-fewest in the NFL).

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