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Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 14: Debating Difficult Fantasy Football Lineup Decisions

Jake RillSenior Analyst IDecember 7, 2019

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) looks to pass, during the first half at an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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One wrong move could spell the end of your fantasy football season. Here, we'll try to help you avoid that by highlighting some close lineup decisions.

               

Quarterback

Start: Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz vs. New York Giants

The motivation is there for the Eagles to pull out a Monday night win over the Giants. If they do, they'll improve to 6-7, the same record as the NFC East-leading Cowboys.

Wentz is coming off a strong showing against the Dolphins, in which he had his first three-touchdown game since Week 4 and his first 300-yard passing performance since Week 6. Further, the Giants rank 25th in passing defense (258.6 yards allowed per game).

               

Sit: Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan vs. Carolina Panthers

At the beginning of the season, Ryan was one of the more consistent fantasy options at quarterback. That has changed over the past few weeks, as he hasn't passed for more than two touchdowns since Week 6. In five games since, he has only five total touchdowns, including two games with none.

Ryan is too risky to play, even against the Panthers' middle-of-the-pack passing defense.

                   

Running Back

Start: Los Angeles RB Austin Ekeler at Jacksonville Jaguars

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Even with Melvin Gordon around, Ekeler remains a solid fantasy option, and both have the potential to have big games this week. The Jaguars rank 28th in rushing defense (136.6 yards allowed per game), and Ekeler will also get involved in the passing game.

He should build on his solid performance from last week, when he had 67 total yards and a touchdown against the Broncos. Expect even more this week.

                  

Sit: San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman at New Orleans Saints

The 49ers backfield is a mystery. Matt Breida is getting close to returning from an ankle injury, while Raheem Mostert took the bulk of the carries instead of Coleman last week against the Ravens.

Coleman had his worst fantasy day of the season at Baltimore, recording only six rushing yards on five carries in addition to a nine-yard reception. Up next, the Saints rank third in rushing defense, allowing only 88.6 yards per game.

                

Wide Receiver

Start: Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker at New York Jets

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Parker is coming off a huge game with seven receptions for a season-high 159 yards and two touchdownshis first multi-touchdown contest of the yearlast week against the Eagles. He has also been targeted at least 10 times in each of the Dolphins' past four games.

The Jets lead the NFL in rushing defense, so expect Ryan Fitzpatrick to air it out.

               

Sit: Washington Redskins WR Terry McLaurin at Green Bay Packers

Since Dwayne Haskins took over as the Redskins' starting quarterback, McLaurin hasn't been as involved in their offense, despite the two having history from playing together at Ohio State.

Over Washington's past six games, McLaurin has been held under 40 yards four times. He also hasn't scored a touchdown during that stretch; his last score came in Week 6. Against a Packers team that should dominate time of possession, there are better options out there.