Believe it or not folks, but you’re either in the fantasy playoffs, or a week away from it. Thus, every start or sit decision could make or break your season. The best resource to make those tough decisions? Well, I am glad you asked; my Week 14 PPR Rankings! Every week, I’ll be providing you with my personal rankings for every position, excluding defense and kicker, who will be ranked later in the week. Who’s positioned to do some damage this week? Who might not be the ideal player to start this week? We’ll answer all of that in the paragraphs ahead.
Week 14 Positional Notes
- Kyler Murray ran the ball TEN times on Sunday; it’s safe to say he’s fully healed from his ankle injury!
- Lamar Jackson has averaged 26.14 PFF expected fantasy points over his past five games. It’s only a matter of time before he “booms”, and when he does, you’ll be thankful for remaining patient with him. That’s why he’s my #2 quarterback in my Week 14 PPR Rankings.
- The Raiders run a lot of cover-three looks on defense, which is the exact coverage the Chiefs dominate against. Expect a strong performance from Patrick Mahomes.
- Taysom Hill’s ineffectiveness and finger injury are concerning, as is Cam Newton’s lack of supporting cast and struggles. That being said, both offer significant rushing upside and face very soft opponents this week.
- Derek Carr could be provoked into a shootout this week, while Ryan Tannehill has touchdown upside. Both are fringe start-worthy quarterbacks this week.
- Color me a bit worried about Joe Mixon this week. The Bengals running back ran a route on 42% of the team’s pass plays, and wasn’t able to take advantage of a poor Chargers run defense. The 49ers have a knack for controlling the clock with their slow-paced, yet effective offense, which could cause the Bengals to run fewer plays. As such, I see Mixon as more of a low-end RB1 in my Week 14 PPR Rankings.
- Catching check-down passes from a conservative, immobile Jake Fromm in what could be a run-heavy gameplan against an awful Chargers run defense. This has to be the week for Saquon Barkley, who is still dominating the running back snaps in New York. Remain patient for one more week.
- It’s looking like Aaron Jones will be the “1A” back in Green Bay this week, with AJ Dillon serving as a “1B”. Consider Jones a high-end RB2 and Dillon a high-end RB3 this week.
- In Arizona, we could see the return of Chase Edmonds, which would affect the playing time of James Conner. That is certainly worth monitoring.
- The Rams had a lot of success last week with Sony Michel starting in place of the injured Darrel Henderson. There are some rumors Michel could overtake Henderson, but, for now, let’s expect Henderson to still be the lead back as an RB2 if healthy.
- We’ve seen Cordarrelle Patterson’s snaps go down since returning from injury, mainly playing as a prototypical running back. This caps his ceiling significantly.
- Jamaal Williams did not receive the three-down role we expected him to see in Detroit with D’Andre Swift out. Playing for an ineffective offense, tis makes him more of a FLEX/low-end RB2 than the locked-in starter many expected him to be.
- I’m not sure Chuba Hubbard has the same role he had the last time Christian McCaffrey was injured in Carolina. Ameer Abdullah will likely cut into his role significantly, especially on passing downs, and Hubbard wasn’t very effective previously. Remember, Cam Newton likely is the greatest source of rushing yards moving forward, and McCaffrey’s production with him was coming mainly as a receiver.
- If Keenan Allen is out after being placed on the COVID-19 list, Mike Williams becomes a WR1 this week in my Week 14 PPR Rankings.
- The gap between Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins is dwindling. Higgins is actually seeing a greater share of the targets and air-yards, though both will need to be big-play reliant if their overall play volume is limited by playing the 49ers.
- Amari Cooper should be back to full health this week, allowing him to serve as a WR2 and moving Michael Gallup to a WR3.
- With Corey Davis out for the season, there are no further barriers for Elijah Moore, who is a top-20 receiver for the rest of the season. Don’t be shocked if he produces as the top rookie receiver down the stretch.
- Cole Beasley is dominant versus zone coverage, which the Bucs run often; they have struggled against slot receivers. Thus, I see this as a game where he could make a big impact.
- With Adam Thielen likely out due to an ankle injury, KJ Osborn is a potential one-week starter as a low-end WR3.
- Keep an eye on Dawson Knox, who faces a Bucs defense that struggles with tight ends.
- Dalton Schultz’s production should go down with Amari Cooper should back, while the inverse is true for Tyler Conklin with Adam Thielen out.
- With Logan Thomas likely out for the season with a knee injury, we’d expect Ricky Seals-Jones to be back to a full-time role, if healthy.
- With David Njoku on the COVID-19 list, I would expect Harrison Bryant to replace him, rather than Austin Hooper seeing a significantly larger role.
- Gerald Everett is an excellent streaming option this week against a Texans defense that a) has struggled this year and b) hasn’t been able to defend tight ends.
Week 14 PPR Rankings
|20||Melvin Gordon III||DEN||DET|
|36||Mark Ingram II||NO||NYJ|
|32||Odell Beckham Jr.||LAR||ARI|
|36||Marvin Jones Jr.||JAX||TEN|
|45||Amon-Ra St. Brown||DET||DEN|
|47||Laviska Shenault Jr.||JAX||TEN|
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