Week 14 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top Players at Every Position

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIDecember 6, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 02: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints looks downfield to pass against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Fantasy football playoffs are either starting or about to start heading into Week 14, which means that every move counts for your team.

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans have already played this week, and a few had some nice fantasy performances.  Six players had at least 10 points, with Andre Johnson and Chad Henne each putting up 15 as the Jaguars went on to win 27-20.

With that first game out of the way, let's take a look at the rankings for the rest of Week 14 for each position, including kickers and defenses, followed by a breakdown of the most interesting player to watch for at each position.

Note: All information regarding points scored is based off of ESPN's standard scoring leagues.

 

Quarterbacks

Week 14 Quarterback Rankings
RankPlayerTeamOpponent
1Peyton ManningDENTEN
2Matthew StaffordDET@PHI
3Cam NewtonCAR@NO
4Tom BradyNECLE
5Nick FolesPHIDET
6Drew BreesNOCAR
7Russell WilsonSEA@SF
8Josh McCownCHIDAL
9Alex SmithKC@WSH
10Tony RomoDAL@CHI

Player to Watch: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

It's been a terrific season for Drew Brees, at least up until last week against the Seattle Seahawks.  Brees scored just seven points, making it the only time he's scored less than 12 points in a game this season.

While the New Orleans Saints and Brees will be looking for a bounce-back game this week, it will be very hard going against the Carolina Panthers, who are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now.  They're allowing just 9.1 fantasy points per game to opposing QBs this season, which is the best mark in the league.

I think that Brees will still put up some respectable numbers, but they won't be nearly as impressive as they usually are, which could hurt some teams' chances this week.

 

Running Backs

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 28:  DeMarco Murray #29 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against the Oakland Raiders at AT&T Stadium on November 28, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Week 14 Running Back Rankings
RankPlayerTeamOpponent
1Jamaal CharlesKC@WSH
2Adrian PetersonMIN@BAL
3Knowshon MorenoDENTEN
4Matt ForteCHIDAL
5Eddie LacyGBATL
6Reggie BushDET@PHI
7DeMarco MurrayDAL@CHI
8Marshawn LynchSEA@SF
9Andre BrownNYG@SD
10LeSean McCoyPHIDET

Player to Watch: DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

After putting up his biggest game of the season, fantasy owners are hoping that DeMarco Murray can carry that success into this week's game against the Chicago Bears.

Murray went off on Thanksgiving, running for 63 yards and three touchdowns while scoring 27 fantasy points.  He missed a couple of weeks in the middle of the season, but he's come back strong, scoring a total of 53 points over the last three games.

This could be another big game for Murray, as the Bears seriously struggle against the run.  They're allowing 153.6 rushing yards per game, which is the most in the league, while also giving up 20.6 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.

It's hard to not like Murray this week.  If the Dallas Cowboys can grab an early lead, they can lean on Murray, and he should be able to put up at least 100 rushing yards.

 

Wide Receivers

Week 14 Wide Receiver Rankings
RankPlayerTeamOpponent
1Calvin JohnsonDET@PHI
2A.J. GreenCININD
3Brandon MarshallCHIDAL
4Dez BryantDAL@CHI
5Josh GordonCLE@NE
6DeSean JacksonPHIDET
7Demaryius ThomasDENTEN
8Alshon JefferyCHIDAL
9Larry FitzgeraldARISTL
10Vincent JacksonTBBUF

Player to Watch: Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears

If you haven't watched Alshon Jeffery play lately, you really need to.  He put up 36 fantasy points last week, catching 12 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns, making it his third game this season with at least 20 points.

Unfortunately, he's also struggled with consistency.  In six other games, he's scored in just single digits, including the two games before this past week.

However, a game against the Cowboys, who give up 294.9 passing yards per game, should help him put up yet another big performance.

 

Tight Ends

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 01:  Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons celebrates his touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Rogers Centre on December 1, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario.Atlanta won 34-31 in overtime.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/G
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Week 14 Tight End Rankings
RankPlayerTeamOpponent
1Rob GronkowskiNECLE
2Jimmy GrahamNOCAR
3Vernon DavisSFSEA
4Jason WittenDAL@CHI
5Julius ThomasDENTEN
6Greg OlsenCAR@NO
7Antonio GatesSDNYG
8Tony GonzalezATL@GB
9Martellus BennettCHIDAL
10Jordan ReedWSHKC

Player to Watch: Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons

It hasn't been the best season for Tony Gonzalez, but it certainly hasn't been a bad one.  The 37-year-old tight end has caught 62 passes for 653 yards and five touchdowns this year, and he has a chance to have a good game against the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers are seriously struggling without Aaron Rodgers, and the defense continues to be exposed.  The secondary has continued to get gashed this season, allowing 250.5 passing yards per game while the defense as a whole has given up at least 26 points in every game since the injury to Rodgers.

While Gonzalez is listed as questionable, he did practice on a limited basis all week, which is a good sign he'll be good to go and have a respectable game.

 

Kickers

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 01:  Adam Vinatieri #4  of the Indianapolis Colts kicks a field goal during the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Week 14 Kicker Rankings
RankPlayerTeamOpponent
1Stephen GostowskiNECLE
2Justin TuckerBALMIN
3Matt PraterDENTEN
4Adam VinatieriIND@CIN
5Steven HauschkaSEA@SF
6Robbie GouldCHIDAL
7Blair WalshMIN@BAL
8Nick NovakSDNYG
9Shaun SuishamPITMIA
10Mason CrosbyGBATL

Player to Watch: Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts

After blowing up for 20 points on five field goals and an extra point last season, it's safe to say that Adam Vinatieri is still a valuable fantasy option, even at 40 years old.

The Indianapolis Colts have been able to drive down the field, but recently they've struggled getting into the end zone.  That's not necessarily a bad thing for Vinatieri, as he's gotten a lot of opportunities these past few weeks.

The Cincinnati Bengals have a strong defense, so the Colts might struggle to put up big points, but look for Vinatieri to get some field goal opportunities.

 

Defense/Special Teams

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 05:  (L-R) Vontaze Burfict #55, Leon Hall #29, Reggie Nelson #20 and Carlos Dunlap #96 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrate after Hall returned an interception 21-yards for a touchdown in the first half against the tt during their AFC
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Week 14 D/ST Rankings
RankTeamOpponent
1Cincinnati BengalsIND
2Seattle Seahawks@SF
3Arizona CardinalsSTL
4New England PatriotsCLE
5Baltimore RavnesMIN
6Carolina Panthers@NO
7Kansas City Chiefs@WSH
8St. Louis Rams@ARI
9San Francisco 49ersSEA
10Oakland Raiders@NYJ

Team to Watch: Cincinnati Bengals

I really thought that the Bengals would struggle without Leon Hall and Geno Atkins, but they've proven otherwise, stepping up in a big way over their past three games.

After putting up negative points in Week 7, the Bengals have turned things around, scoring at least 11 points in four of their last five games.  With how much the Colts are struggling on offense, I think the Bengals won't have much trouble putting up another respectable performance.