Week 14 Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Smart Matchup Plays, Sleepers and More

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Week 14 Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Smart Matchup Plays, Sleepers and More
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Fantasy Playoffs? You kidding me?

If you're here, reading this article in Week 14, congratulations are probably in order.

Most fantasy leagues begin their playoffs this week so that they can have their championships in Week 16 and avoid the occasional random benching that happens when teams clinch early.

There are actually a lot of teams which will still be contending in Week 17 this year, but I always agree with the sentiment that it's better safe than sorry.

So if you're in your playoffs and don't have a bye, this is a big week and one which you have to be careful with.

Of course, you will be starting your studs. Nobody needs to tell you Calvin Johnson, Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson need to be in your lineup regardless of matchup.

Really, it's the depth players—your No. 4 receiver or No. 3 running back—which will win or lose the championship for you.

Aside from the high-end studs, there is nobody who is a lock to your lineup. Don't just start names for your depth—start proven players with good matchups.

And sometimes you have to bench someone who doesn't fit those criteria even if he has a "name."

Let's take a look at some players who should be great starts this week, as well as those you should avoid or at least minimize their impact on your lineup.

*All statistics are drawn from NFL.com or ESPN.com unless otherwise noted.

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