Fantasy Football: Top 10 players to sit for Week 14
When it comes to fantasy football, sit these top 10 players that won’t do much heading into Week 14 NFL action.
Nov 29, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Amari Cooper (89) has a pass broken up by Tennessee Titans defensive back Perrish Cox (29) during the second half at Nissan Stadium. The Raiders won 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Week 14 is either your last week to earn a spot in your leagues playoffs or it marks the first week of them. Congratulations if you’ve made it and not yet, there is still time to make it!
Week after week you strived to create the ultimate fantasy lineup that will keep you afloat all the other competitors. Everything you have worked for comes down to the next few weeks, and you can’t afford to make any mistakes.
Although you probable already have a solid lineup being you’ve come this far, starting or sitting a player becomes a sickening decision sometimes. One wrong move can blow your entire season and starting any of the players on this list could potentially do that.
Don’t blow it now, be sure to sit these 10 players heading into Week 14.
Next: 10. Stay away from this Cardinal
Dec 6, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams strong safety Maurice Alexander (31) sacks Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
10. Carson Palmer
Carson Palmer has offered owners double-digit fantasy points per game the entire season. Not to mention Palmer is coming from a great Week 13 win.
Palmer completed 26-of-40 passes for 356 yards. He also had 2 touchdowns in last week’s victory over the St. Louis Rams. But, don’t let that fool you.
Palmer enters Week 14 with a tough match-up against the solid defense of the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota ranks 9th against quarterbacks and have not allowed more than 15 fantasy points per game to the position. Palmer is a must sit in this Week 14 match-up.
Next: 9. This Texan fooled all of us
Dec 6, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer (7) sits on the field as the Buffalo Bills celebrate after taking over on downs late in the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Texans 30-21. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
9. Brian Hoyer
Brian Hoyer has been surprising owners all season long as sometimes he’ll exceeded 20 points per game. This includes last week, when he earned on average 35 points in point per run leagues.
Hoyer completed 26-of-43 passes for 293 yards. Although he had one interception, he earned 3 touchdowns in last week’s loss the Buffalo Bills.
However, his Week 14 match-up verses the strong defense of the New England Patriots doesn’t offer a promising week for Hoyer. New England has offered the 12th fewest points to quarterbacks this season. After two straight losses, New England looks to bounce back this week, and Hoyer is no contender this week.
Next: 8. One of the only Patriots who doesn't earn points
Dec 6, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) carries the ball as Philadelphia Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans (59) chases during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
8. LeGarrette Blount
LeGarrette Blount has been a bust this season, barely reaching double-digit points this season. After a few injuries this season, owners jumped on the opportunity to pick up Blount, assuming he would progress.
Last week Blount finished his fourth straight game with less than 20 carries this season. Blount had 13 carries for only 54 yards in New England’s Week 13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
New England has too many unknowns to figure out the fate of Blount and this far in the season you can’t afford a player whose not going to be targeted. This week also matches-up New England and the Houston Texans, who in recent weeks has been tough on running backs. Blount is too much of a risk to start in Week 14!
Next: 7. We want to believe in this Colt, but can't
Dec 6, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) runs after a catch against Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Ross Cockrell (31) during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 45-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
7. T.Y. Hilton
T.Y. Hilton is a player that you want to believe in. However, depending on the match-up, he has left owners with less than 10 points per game in multiple weeks this season.
Hilton’s Week 12 performance earned him 27 points, which is shocking compared to his 6 point bust in Week 13. Hilton caught 3-of-5 targets for only 36 yards in last week’s blowout against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Hilton has a decent match-up this week, taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars who rank 14th against wide receivers. But, it’s not Hilton I’m worried about; it’s Matt Hasselbeck!
Hasselbeck was banged up pretty bad last week and although he is expected to play, his quarterback skills are less than perfect which puts Hilton at risk. Sit Hilton just in case this week.
Next: 6. This Raider can't seem to score big
Dec 6, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) is unable to catch the ball before it is intercepted by Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Tyvon Branch (27) during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-20. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
6. Amari Cooper
Amari Cooper won’t get you through the playoffs. Cooper has been beneficial to fantasy line-ups week after week, but still is not starting worthy during the playoffs.
Last week he completed 4-of-8 targets for 69 yards, and no touchdowns in Week 13’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Cooper barely reached double-digit points in point per run leagues.
This week’s match-up is not going to be easy for Cooper. He faces cornerback Aqib Talib of the Denver Broncos who rank 1st against opposing wide receivers. The last time these teams met in Week 4, Cooper earned less than five fantasy points. He is not reliable starter this week.
Next: 5. This Titan is a season long fantasy bust
Dec 6, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (17) dives into the end zone to score a touchdown after a reception during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium. The Titans won 42-39. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
5. Dorial Green-Beckham
Dorial Green-Beckham (DGB) has been a season long fantasy bust. Although, if you held on to DGB, don’t let last week’s 25 or more points persuade you this week.
Last week, DGB had his first 100-yard game. He caught 5-of-6 targets for 119 yards and a touchdown in the Titans’ victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Let me repeat myself; don’t let this fool you, it won’t be repeated.
DGB meets the NY Jets, who are coming off back-to-back victories and enter the week ranked 6th for defense/special teams. DGB is projected less than 10 fantasy points this week and deserves a spot on the bench.
Next: 4. What happened to this Packer?
Nov 26, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) rushes with the football behind guard T.J. Lang (70) during the first quarter of a NFL game against the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
4. Eddie Lacy
Eddie Lacy has been one of the most inconsistent players this season. One week he earns negative points and in Week 12 he earned over 30 points, which made Lacy look like a stronger Week 13 contender.
Womp! Lacy earned ONE fantasy point last week. His game time was limited after missing a team-wide curfew and fantasy owners got stuck with the punishment as well.
It’s unfortunate you can’t trust Lacy in Week 14 because his Dallas Cowboys match-up seems to be in his favor as Dallas ranks 25th against running backs. The Green Bay Packers have even started John Crockett from the practice squad in an effort to limit Lacy.
Next: 3. Stay away from this Raven
Dec 6, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Javorius Allen moves against the Miami Dolphins in the first half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Innerarity-USA TODAY Sports
3. Javorius Allen
Javorius Allen is coming out of an amazing Week 13. He earned owners 35 or more points in last week’s match-up against the Miami Dolphins.
Allen rushed 17 times for 63 yards. He also completed 12-of-13 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately, this charisma won’t continue in Week 14.
Allen plays against the Seattle Seahawks who rank 1st against running backs and who have allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to the position. Sit Allen this week as he won’t do much.
Next: 2. It's too late for this Bengal
Dec 6, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) is tackled by Cleveland Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson (39) after a gain of 17 yards during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Browns 37-3. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
2. Jeremy Hill
Jeremy Hill has had a few decent weeks recently in fantasy leagues. But his overall performance leaves it difficult to take a chance on him this late in the season.
Hill rushed 22 times for 98 yards and a touchdown in last week’s victory over the Cleveland Browns. He earned 15 points in most leagues, which leaves owners wondering.
Week 14 doesn’t look as practical for Hill. The Pittsburgh Steelers rank 3rd against wide receivers and a difficult run defense to handle as well. Hill’s match-up won’t leave him double-digit points this week.
Next: 1. Hopefully you've already dropped this Eagle
Nov 22, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) drops a pass while being defended by Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Danny Lansanah (51) during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
1. Zach Ertz
Say good-bye to Zach Ertz. If you don’t agree with any of my other picks on the list please, just trust me on this one.
Ertz scored his first touchdown of the entire season in Week 13. He completed 2-of-4 targets for only 9 yards in the Eagles’ win over the New England Patriots. Still, he managed to earn less than 8 fantasy points.
Next: Top 10 fantasy football players to start for Week 14
Ertz has only earned double-digit points twice this season and his Week 14 match-up against a tough defense in the Buffalo Bills isn’t going to change that. Drop him or bench him; just don’t start him.