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Fantasy Football: Week 14 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em, Picks And Busts

December 5, 2017
Some Notes:

• New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been suspended one game for his late hit on defenseless Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White. Gronkowski is expected to appeal. 

• Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson has a neck injury and his status for Week 14 is uncertain.

• Oakland Raiders wide receivers Michael Crabtree (suspension) and Amari Cooper (concussion) should both return this week.

• Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (knee), Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (concussion), Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (foot) and Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (concussion) are all injuries to watch this week.

• You can drop: Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker, Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook and Baltimore Ravens running back Danny Woodhead (man that hurts to type)

• "Thursday Night Football:" New Orleans at Atlanta

• "Monday Night Football:" New England at Miami

For most leagues, Week 14 is the start of fantasy football playoffs or the final regular-season week, so let's look at which teams have the better matchups:

Teams that have given up the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks during the last three weeks: New York Jets, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals

Teams that have given up the most fantasy points to opposing running backs during the last three weeks: Los Angeles Rams, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos

Teams that have given up the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers during the last three weeks: Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders and New York Giants

Teams that have given up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends during the last three weeks: Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans, San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears

Hot Pickups of The Week: Giovani Bernard, Dwayne Allen, Kerwynn Williams, Aaron Jones, Jimmy Garoppolo, Mike Davis

Last Week: Cordarrelle Patterson, Johnny Holton, O.J. Howard, Kenyan Drake, Rod Smith, Aaron Rodgers (just in case), Josh Gordon (if he is still out there)

Two Weeks Ago: Blaine Gabbert, Ricky Seals-Jones, Adam Shaheen, J.D. McKissic 

Trade Bait: Trade season is over. 

Studs Of The Last Week: Alex Smith, Alvin Kamara, Le'Veon Bell, Tyreek Hill, A.J. Green, Travis Kelce, Cameron Brate

Duds Of The Last Week: Matt Ryan, Devontae Booker, Jordan Howard, Julio Jones, Mike Evans, Jack Doyle, Jared Cook

Fantasy Football Start 'Ems For Week 14: 

Quarterback Must Starts: Russell Wilson, Tom Brady, Carson Wentz, Kirk Cousins, Cam Newton, Matthew Stafford, Jared Goff, Drew Brees, Case Keenum, Philip Rivers

Running Back Must Starts: Todd Gurley, Le'Veon Bell, Leonard Fournette, Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram, Melvin Gordon, LeSean McCoy, Lamar Miller, Rex Burkhead, Jamaal Williams, Jordan Howard, Christian McCaffrey, Samaje Perine, Latavius Murray, Carlos Hyde

Wide Receiver/Tight End Must Starts: Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, Julio Jones, Marvin Jones, Adam Thielen, Brandin Cooks, Keenan Allen, A.J. Green, Robby Anderson, Davante Adams, Stefon Diggs, Rob Gronkowski (if not suspended), Zach Ertz (if healthy), Travis Kelce, Jimmy Graham, Evan Engram, Jamison Crowder, Hunter Henry

Click here for full weekly rankings, including individual defensive players (IDP). 

Sleepers Of The Week:
Quarterback: Blaine Gabbert
Running Back: Rod Smith
Wide Receiver/Tight End: Richard Rodgers
Kicker and/or Defense: New York Jets

Busts Of The Week:
Quarterback: Joe Flacco
Running Back: Carlos Hyde/Jamaal Williams
Wide Receiver/Tight End: Alshon Jeffery/Doug Baldwin
Defense: Atlanta

Locks Of The Week: 
Last week: 3-0 
Season long: 28-11
1. New England over Miami
2. Los Angeles Chargers over Washington
3. Cincinnati over Chicago

Picks With Points
Last week: 9-7
Season long: 97-93

NFL Lines For Week 14
Picks are in bold.

Favorite Line Underdog Total
New Orleans -1 At Atlanta 53.5
Detroit -1 At Tampa Bay  
At Cincinnati -6.5 Chicago 39.5
At Buffalo -4 Indianapolis  
At Jacksonville -3 Seattle 39.5
At Kansas City -4 Oakland 47.5
Minnesota -3 At Carolina 41
Green Bay -3.5 At Cleveland 40.5
At Houston -3 San Francisco 42.5
At L.A. Chargers -6 Washington 46
New York Jets -1 At Denver 41
Tennessee -3 At Arizona 44
At L.A. Rams -2 Philadelphia  
Dallas -5 At New York Giants 42
At Pittsburgh -7 Baltimore 41
New England -11 At Miami 47