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5 must starts for fantasy football in Week 14

Who to put in your line up to secure a Week 14 victory.

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A C-average performance from my must starts last week. There were solid days from Cooper Kupp (18.5 points) and Jamaal Williams (10.7 points), but tough days for Sam Darnold (10.5 points), AJ Brown (7.5 points) and especially Noah Fant (1.5 points!). Drew Lock obviously didn’t get the memo that Fant is the number 2 receiver in Denver as he only got 3 targets in the Broncos’ narrow victory over the Chargers.

On we go and now with the fantasy playoffs upon us, here are my must starts for Week 14 to keep you in line for that fantasy championship.

RB Alexander Mattison, Vikings vs Lions – 35.0% owned

Despite sitting behind on of the top backs of the 2019 season, Alex Mattison has had a pretty productive rookie season, and when he’s had opportunities, he’s flourished. Dalvin Cook has come out and said he’ll be fine this week after the shoulder injury he picked up against the Seahawks, but odds are the Vikings will limit his workload and Mattison will see an increased role this week, especially against when they face who I have rated as the worst defense in the NFL. If you had the foresight to stash Mattison this season, now is the time to slide him into your flex spot.

WR James Washington, Steelers @ Cardinals – 31.0% owned

This is a little bit of a lay up of a selection this week, but Washington is the hot receiver in Pittsburgh in recent weeks and faces the league’s worst pass defense in the Cardinals in Week 14. Washington has 90+ yards and a touchdown in 3 of his last games from an average of 6 targets and should see similar numbers in this week’s match up. At just 31% owned in ESPN leagues, Incredibly Washington could still be out there for you snap and start this week.

QB Ryan Tannehill, Titans @ Raiders – 35.0% owned

Even after a slightly down week last week, Tannehill is still averaging over 20 points per game over his time as the Titans’ starter and this week travels to Oakland to face a Raiders defense that has allowed an average of 21 points per game this season. The Titans are surging with Tannehill under center, and with 5 wins in their last 6 games should continue their push for the playoffs this week.

RB Phillip Lindsay, Broncos @ Texans – 94.8% owned

Lindsay continue to be a solid flex option each week, with at least 9 PPR points in 6 of his last 8 games, with 4 games with at least 12 PPR points. The Texans are coming off a statement win against the Patriots last week but overall have been a league average run defense in 2019. Lindsay has not scored a touchdown in 3 weeks and I expect that to change along with 100 yards from scrimmage.

WR Alshon Jeffery, Eagles vs Giants – 89.2% owned

Finally healthy, Jeffery looked the part last week as he caught 9 balls for 137 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles loss to the Dolphins. Facing a similarly poor pass defense in the Giants this week, Jeffery should easily earn you double digit fantasy points as the Eagles look to push the Cowboys for top spot in the NFC East.