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Week 14 Flex Rankings: Dalton Abbey

Well, we have finally made it to the end of the fantasy football regular season. Hopefully, your 2023 season has gone well enough that have already clinched a playoff berth and do not need to sweat a victory this week. However, if it is a win you need, then hopefully my Week 14 Flex rankings will help you with any tough decisions you might encounter. There are only two teams on bye this week. They are the Arizona Cardinals and Washington Commanders. That means that most of our rosters should be able to withstand the hit. I ranked well over 250 players this week just in case. That should be enough to accommodate virtually all league sizes.

Below are some notes regarding several players who you may be considering for your Flex spot this week. You do not need me to tell you to start some of the more obvious players on your roster. But there are enough injury concerns and other happenings around the league that may cause concern when setting lineups this week. As always, these are based on half-PPR scoring. Feel free to comment below or on Twitter with any specific lineup questions you might have.

Running Back Notes

Rhamondre Stevenson suffered a high-ankle sprain last week, which may or may not be the result of my betting on him. Regardless, Stevenson will miss multiple weeks. With New England seemingly in tank mode, I would not be surprised if they keep him out for the remainder of the 2023 season. As a result, Ezekiel Elliott should get plenty of work in Stevenson’s absence. Among 39 running backs with at least 100 carries this season, Elliott ranks dead last in 15-yard runs (one) and breakaway percentage (4.0 percent). He also ranks 36th among that subset in Pro Football Focus’ elusive metric. The good news for fantasy managers is that Elliott could be a viable fantasy commodity on volume alone.

Elliott did nothing special last week once Stevenson left the ballgame. He averaged 3.1 yards per carry, and his longest rush went for just eight yards. However, he finished as the overall RB17 in half-PPR scoring on the strength of 21 touches. That included four receptions, which boosts his value in PPR formats. Elliott’s Week 14 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers is decidedly average. Pittsburgh ranks 15th in defensive DVOA against the run, and they have allowed the 14th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. I have Elliott as a low-end RB2 in 12-team leagues this week. To be perfectly honest, I do not feel great about that, and I’m thankful I do not have him on any teams. But if you are in a bind, you could certainly do worse. He should at least have a decent floor given the expected volume he should get out of the backfield.

On the other side of the field on Thursday night will be the combination of Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In recent weeks, the team has mentioned that Warren will be the team’s starting running back. But that has not stopped Harris from getting more opportunities than Warren. Over the last three weeks, Harris has 48 opportunities to Warren’s 40. Harris has also scored more fantasy points in each of the last two weeks. I currently have Warren ranked just a smidge higher, in part because he has the highest elusive rating among the 39 running backs with at least 100 carries. But I am fine starting either Steeler running back as a Flex this week. Please note that Harris is dealing with a knee injury. If he is out or limited, Warren would become a solid RB2.

Wide Receiver Notes

There are three wide receivers inside the top 100 overall in my Week 14 Flex rankings that I wanted to touch on, mostly because none of the three are guaranteed to play. I am ranking them as if they are playing, which may admittedly be a bit optimistic given the circumstances. Use your best judgment when setting your lineups.

Just when Christian Watson looked like he was starting to put it together after an up-and-down season, he suffered yet another injury. This time it is a hamstring. Those types of injuries are always tricky for players to overcome in a short time. And this particular injury comes at a terrible time, as Watson and the Green Bay Packers have an excellent matchup against the New York Giants. New York has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. The Giants have four cornerbacks graded among PFF’s 119 qualifiers at the position this year. Three of the four rank in the bottom 17 among those 119 corners in pass coverage. If Watson cannot go, Romeo Doubs and Jayden Reed should get a boost. Both would be considered WR3s or Flex plays in that case.

Amari Cooper is the next receiver whose Week 14 status is in doubt. Cooper suffered a concussion last week and has yet to take the practice field this week. Though he is the team’s leading receiver, the insertion of Joe Flacco as the starting quarterback makes for an interesting narrative. With Flacco under center on Sunday, Elijah Moore posted the largest single-game air yard total (255) of any wide receiver this season. Flacco and Moore exhibited excellent chemistry last season as members of the New York Jets. I currently have Moore just outside the range in which I would feel comfortable starting him as a Flex. However, if Cooper cannot clear the league’s concussion protocol in time for this game, Moore makes for a very interesting (albeit volatile) WR3.

I also ranked Rashid Shaheed as if he will play on Sunday. This could be an interesting situation on a couple of fronts. Shaheed is one of the best deep threats in the entire NFL. He is one of three receivers with at least 15 deep targets and a perfect PFF grade on said plays. The others? Tyreek Hill and Ja’Marr Chase. I’d say that’s pretty good company for Shaheed to keep. And Derek Carr is currently questionable as he deals with a rib injury and possible concussion. Could the fantasy gods possibly bless us with a healthy Shaheed chasing down deep passes from the king of the YOLO ball, Jameis Winston? Only time will tell. But if such a scenario were to play out on Sunday, I would bump Shaheed up in my Week 14 Flex rankings.

Tight End Notes

Few tight ends have been more productive over the past six weeks than Dalton Kincaid of the Buffalo Bills. The rookie has the eighth-most fantasy points since then and is seventh in points per game. That stretch coincided with the injury to Dawson Knox. Now Knox is on track for a potential Week 14 return. I can understand the cause for concern on the surface, but I do not believe Knox’s presence will hinder Kincaid much at all. Knox was hardly lighting it up even before he was injured. He was the TE29 in fantasy, and only scored more than four points in one of six games. Kincaid is still the Bills tight end you want, and he should benefit from a potential shootout with the Kansas City Chiefs. I have Kincaid as my TE9 this week.

Another situation where we could see a return to action from a tight end is with the Houston Texans. Dalton Schultz returned to practice on Wednesday and could be back in action on Sunday. His potential would be a big help for Houston in their matchup with the New York Jets. The Jets are notoriously tough on opposing wide receivers, which has occasionally opened things up for tight ends. Only the New Orleans Saints have allowed more touchdowns to enemy tight ends than the Jets have. Schultz did find the end zone in his game against the Saints, so he has exploited favorable matchups already this year. I have Schultz just outside my top 12 at the position, but I would have no issue with anyone who starts him provided he has a clean bill of health.

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Week 14 Flex Rankings

1Christian McCaffreySFRB1SEA
2Tyreek HillMIAWR1TEN
4Josh JacobsLVRB2MIN
5Keenan AllenLACWR3DEN
6Alvin KamaraNORB3CAR
7Austin EkelerLACRB4DEN
8Tony PollardDALRB5PHI
9Bijan RobinsonATLRB6TB
10Saquon BarkleyNYGRB7GB
11Kyren WilliamsLARRB8@BAL
12A.J. BrownPHIWR4@DAL
13Joe MixonCINRB9IND
14Mike EvansTBWR5@ATL
15Ja'Marr ChaseCINWR6IND
16Breece HallNYJRB10HOU
17Rachaad WhiteTBRB11@ATL
18Isiah PachecoKCRB12BUF
19Stefon DiggsBUFWR7@KC
20Zack MossINDRB13@CIN
21Davante AdamsLVWR8MIN
22Amon-Ra St. BrownDETWR9@CHI
23Justin JeffersonMINWR10@LV
24De'Von AchaneMIARB14TEN
25Travis KelceKCTE1BUF
26Michael Pittman Jr.INDWR11@CIN
27Deebo SamuelSFWR12SEA
28Travis Etienne Jr.JAXRB15@CLV
29Ezekiel ElliottNERB16@PIT
30Jaylen WaddleMIAWR13TEN
31Javonte WilliamsDENRB17@LAC
32David MontgomeryDETRB18@CHI
33Brandon AiyukSFWR14SEA
35Derrick HenryTENRB19@MIA
36Chris OlaveNOWR16CAR
37Nico CollinsHOUWR17@NYJ
38James CookBUFRB20@KC
39D'Andre SwiftPHIRB21@DAL
40DeVonta SmithPHIWR18@DAL
41D.K. MetcalfSEAWR19@SF
42Chuba HubbardCARRB22@NO
43Jahmyr GibbsDETRB23@CHI
44Raheem MostertMIARB24TEN
45Puka NacuaLARWR20@BAL
46Garrett WilsonNYJWR21HOU
47George KittleSFTE2SEA
48Cooper KuppLARWR22@BAL
49Alexander MattisonMINRB25@LV
50Najee HarrisPITRB26NE
51Jerome FordCLVRB27JAX
52DeAndre HopkinsTENWR23@MIA
53Zay FlowersBALWR24LAR
54Jaylen WarrenPITRB28NE
55AJ DillonGBRB29@NYG
56T.J. HockensonMINTE3@LV
57Adam ThielenCARWR25@NO
58Aaron JonesGBRB30@NYG
59Courtland SuttonDENWR26@LAC
60Rashee RiceKCWR27BUF
61Tyler LockettSEAWR28@SF
62Sam LaPortaDETTE4@CHI
63Calvin RidleyJAXWR29@CLV
64Brandin CooksDALWR30PHI
65Drake LondonATLWR31TB
66Chris GodwinTBWR32@ATL
67Christian WatsonGBWR33@NYG
68Tee HigginsCINWR34IND
69Jayden ReedGBWR35@NYG
70Jordan AddisonMINWR36@LV
71Devin SingletaryHOURB31@NYJ
72Jakobi MeyersLVWR37MIN
73Amari CooperCLVWR38JAX
74George PickensPITWR39NE
75Josh DownsINDWR40@CIN
76Gabe DavisBUFWR41@KC
77Diontae JohnsonPITWR42NE
78Gus EdwardsBALRB32LAR
79Elijah MooreCLVWR43JAX
80Taysom HillNOTE5CAR
81Jake FergusonDALTE6PHI
82Jerry JeudyDENWR44@LAC
83David NjokuCLVTE7JAX
84Rashid ShaheedNOWR45CAR
85Keaton MitchellBALRB33LAR
86Cole KmetCHITE8DET
87Dalton KincaidBUFTE9@KC
88Khalil HerbertCHIRB34DET
89Evan EngramJAXTE10@CLV
90Noah BrownHOUWR46@NYJ
91Kareem HuntCLVRB35JAX
92Kenneth Walker IIISEARB36@SF
93Romeo DoubsGBWR47@NYG
94Zach CharbonnetSEARB37@SF
95Jaxon Smith-NjigbaSEAWR48@SF
96Tyjae SpearsTENRB38@MIA
97Dameon PierceHOURB39@NYJ
98Kyle PittsATLTE11TB
99Jonathan MingoCARWR49@NO
100DeVante ParkerNEWR50@PIT
101Dallas GoedertPHITE12@DAL
102Odell Beckham Jr.BALWR51LAR
103Roschon JohnsonCHIRB40DET
104Quentin JohnstonLACWR52DEN
105Tyler BoydCINWR53IND
106Isaiah LikelyBALTE13LAR
107Tyler AllgeierATLRB41TB
108Wan'Dale RobinsonNYGWR54GB
109Zay JonesJAXWR55@CLV
110Pat FreiermuthPITTE14NE
111Miles SandersCARRB42@NO
112Latavius MurrayBUFRB43@KC
113Darius SlaytonNYGWR56GB
114Dalton SchultzHOUTE15@NYJ
115Jalin HyattNYGWR57GB
116Ty ChandlerMINRB44@LV
117Alec PierceINDWR58@CIN
118Chigoziem OkonkwoTENTE16@MIA
119Khalil ShakirBUFWR59@KC
120Justin WatsonKCWR60BUF
121Rashod BatemanBALWR61LAR
122Samaje PerineDENRB45@LAC
123Tyler ConklinNYJTE17HOU
124Kenneth GainwellPHIRB46@DAL
125JuJu Smith-SchusterNEWR62@PIT
126Hunter HenryNETE18@PIT
127Gerald EverettLACTE19DEN
128Cade OttonTBTE20@ATL
129K.J. OsbornMINWR63@LV
130Dalvin CookNYJRB47HOU
131Tutu AtwellLARWR64@BAL
132Trey PalmerTBWR65@ATL
133Parker WashingtonJAXWR66@CLV
134Darnell MooneyCHIWR67DET
135Dontayvion WicksGBWR68@NYG
136Tyler HigbeeLARTE21@BAL
137DJ Chark Jr.CARWR69@NO
138Tucker KraftGBTE22@NYG
139Michael MayerLVTE23MIN
140Robert WoodsHOUWR70@NYJ
141A.T. PerryNOWR71CAR
142Jameson WilliamsDETWR72@CHI
143Joshua KelleyLACRB48DEN
144Treylon BurksTENWR73@MIA
145Xavier GipsonNYJWR74HOU
146Josh ReynoldsDETWR75@CHI
147JaMycal HastyNERB49@PIT
148Jalen GuytonLACWR76DEN
149Juwan JohnsonNOTE24CAR
150Tyquan ThorntonNEWR77@PIT
151Marvin Mims Jr.DENWR78@LAC
152Jonnu SmithATLTE25TB
153Jamaal WilliamsNORB50CAR
154Michael GallupDALWR79PHI
155Rico DowdleDALRB51PHI
156Jaleel McLaughlinDENRB52@LAC
157D'Onta ForemanCHIRB53DET
158Skyy MooreKCWR80BUF
159Nick Westbrook-IkhineTENWR81@MIA
160Daniel BellingerNYGTE26GB
161Dawson KnoxBUFTE27@KC
162Cedric TillmanCLVWR82JAX
163Justice HillBALRB54LAR
164Noah FantSEATE28@SF
165Jauan JenningsSFWR83SEA
166Hunter RenfrowLVWR84MIN
167Jerick McKinnonKCRB55BUF
168D'Ernest JohnsonJAXRB56@CLV
169Donald Parham Jr.LACTE29DEN
170Tanner HudsonCINTE30IND
171Jalen TolbertDALWR85PHI
172Marquez Valdes-ScantlingKCWR86BUF
173Cordarrelle PattersonATLRB57TB
174Allen Robinson IIPITWR87NE
175Elijah MitchellSFRB58SEA
176Chase BrownCINRB59IND
177Kalif RaymondDETWR88@CHI
178Royce FreemanLARRB60@BAL
179Brevin JordanHOUTE31@NYJ
180Kylen GransonINDTE32@CIN
181Adam TrautmanDENTE33@LAC
182Chris MooreTENWR89@MIA
183Isaiah HodginsNYGWR90GB
184Chase EdmondsTBRB61@ATL
185John Metchie IIIHOUWR91@NYJ
186Allen LazardNYJWR92HOU
187Deven ThompkinsTBWR93@ATL
188Noah GrayKCTE34BUF
189Mike StrachanCARWR94@NO
190Matt BreidaNYGRB62GB
191Kadarius ToneyKCWR95BUF
192Clyde Edwards-HelaireKCRB63BUF
193KaVontae TurpinDALWR96PHI
194Durham SmytheMIATE35TEN
195Nelson AgholorBALWR97LAR
196Mike GesickiNETE36@PIT
197Tre TuckerLVWR98MIN
198Van JeffersonATLWR99TB
199Jeff Wilson Jr.MIARB64TEN
200Jeremy RuckertNYJTE37HOU
201Lawrence CagerNYGTE38GB
202Cedrick Wilson Jr.MIAWR100TEN
203Harrison BryantCLVTE39JAX
204Braxton BerriosMIAWR101TEN
205Demarcus RobinsonLARWR102@BAL
206Calvin Austin IIIPITWR103NE
207Trey SermonINDRB65@CIN
208Jason BrownleeNYJWR104HOU
209Quez WatkinsPHIWR105@DAL
210Malik HeathGBWR106@NYG
211Irv Smith Jr.CINTE40IND
212Austin HooperLVTE41MIN
213Equanimeous St. BrownCHIWR107DET
214Andrew OgletreeINDTE42@CIN
215Ihmir Smith-MarsetteCARWR108@NO
216Sterling ShepardNYGWR109GB
217Will MalloryINDTE43@CIN
218Zamir WhiteLVRB66MIN
219Tyler ScottCHIWR110DET
220Ameer AbdullahLVRB67MIN
221Tommy TrembleCARTE44@NO
222Will DisslySEATE45@SF
223Foster MoreauNOTE46CAR
224Trayveon WilliamsCINRB68IND
225Joshua PalmerLACWR111DEN
226Hayden HurstCARTE47@NO
227Connor HeywardPITTE48NE
228Richie JamesKCWR112BUF
229Jonathan TaylorINDRB69@CIN
230KhaDarel HodgeATLWR113TB
231Trenton IrwinCINWR114IND
232Donovan Peoples-JonesDETWR115@CHI
233Julio JonesPHIWR116@DAL
234Colby ParkinsonSEATE49@SF
235David BellCLVWR117JAX
236Josh OliverMINTE50@LV
237Drew SampleCINTE51IND
238Jalen ReagorNEWR118@PIT
239Kyle JuszczykSFRB70SEA
240Jake BoboSEAWR119@SF
241Ty MontgomeryNERB71@PIT
242Josh WhyleTENTE52@MIA
243Stephen SullivanCARTE53@NO
244Luke FarrellJAXTE54@CLV
245River CracraftMIAWR120TEN
246Mack HollinsATLWR121TB
247Pierre Strong Jr.CLVRB72JAX
248Luke SchoonmakerDALTE55PHI
249Trent SherfieldBUFWR122@KC
250Parris CampbellNYGWR123GB
251Jordan AkinsCLVTE56JAX
252Charlie KolarBALTE57LAR
253Jordan MasonSFRB73SEA
254Tank BigsbyJAXRB74@CLV
255Brock WrightDETTE58@CHI
256Mo Alie-CoxINDTE59@CIN
257Lucas KrullDENTE60@LAC
258Brandon JohnsonDENWR124@LAC
259Ty JohnsonBUFRB75@KC
260Lynn BowdenNOWR125CAR
261Isaiah McKenzieINDWR126@CIN
262DeeJay DallasSEARB76@SF
263Tyler GoodsonINDRB77@CIN
264Stone SmarttLACTE61DEN
265Israel AbanikandaNYJRB78HOU
266Olamide ZaccheausPHIWR127@DAL
267Boston ScottPHIRB79@DAL
268Brandon PowellMINWR128@LV
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