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Week 14 Flex Rankings for Fantasy Football

Many fantasy managers need a Week 14 win to secure a playoff berth or improve playoff positioning. However, the final week of the fantasy football regular season is off to an inauspicious start. Injuries and Covid cases among many of the game’s top players are cause for concern. And, of course, four teams are on a bye this week. The bye comes at a difficult time for those who have ridden the likes of Jalen Hurts, Jonathan Taylor, Jaylen Waddle, and Michael Pittman thus far. If you have those players, hopefully, you have secured a bye or have suitable replacements in tow. I’m just glad the New England Patriots have a bye this week so Mac Jones can rest his throwing arm after Monday night’s laborious effort. He deserves a break.

Below are my Week 14 Flex rankings. I have ranked the top-250 options for the coming week. I will update these on Sunday once the inactives are announced for the early games. As always, feel free to comment below with any questions you may have concerning your lineups. Best of luck this week, and I’ll see you in the playoffs!

Check out our Week 14 Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | PPR | Flex

Running Back Notes

Saints star running back Alvin Kamara is expected to return in Week 14, and it could not come at a better time. New Orleans will face the New York Jets and their dreadful run defense. I tend to downgrade players who are returning from a lengthy absence, but I would never downgrade Kamara to the point where I would consider benching him. That goes double considering the matchup and the likely absence of Mark Ingram. The Saints placed Ingram on the reserve/Covid list on Wednesday. If Ingram is unable to clear protocols by Sunday, Kamara should enjoy close to his normal workload. That makes him an easy RB1 in 12-team leagues. Ty Montgomery could be a deep PPR option if Ingram indeed misses the game. I will probably move him up in my Week 14 Flex rankings on Sunday morning if New Orleans rules Ingram out.

I had high hopes for Alexander Mattison and Jamaal Williams last week. Mattison posted a top-five finish in half-PPR leagues. Williams fell short based on where I had him ranked, but he did at least post Flex value. Dalvin Cook and D’Andre Swift will likely be on the shelf for another week. That means fantasy managers should continue to start Mattison and Williams. Mattison is a top-five overall play for me this week against a Pittsburgh defense that is a bit overrated when it comes to defending the run. They rank in the bottom half of the NFL in fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. Williams will square off with the Denver Broncos on Sunday. The matchup is not ideal, but Williams should be locked into 15-plus opportunities. Williams is my overall RB20 for Week 14.

San Francisco running back Elijah Mitchell has been one of the breakout players of 2021. However, he is currently in the league’s concussion protocol and is also dealing with a knee injury. JaMycal Hasty was healthy for last week’s game but did not touch the ball on offense. Neither did Jeff Wilson, whose knee flared up during the game. The 49ers signed Brian Hill to their practice squad on Wednesday. In short, it’s anybody’s guess right now as to who will get the majority of touches against the Bengals on Sunday. For the moment, I am operating as if Mitchell will play and resume his role as San Francisco’s bell-cow back. But there are certainly some obstacles for him to overcome between now and game time. We should get some clarity in the coming days. In the meantime, managers relying on Mitchell need to have a backup plan.

Sony Michel filled in admirably for the injured Darrell Henderson last week. He ran for 121 yards and a score against the Jacksonville Jaguars and even chipped in with three receptions. The three catches tied a career-high for the fourth-year back. Head coach Sean McVay had some interesting quotes this week when discussing how the work would be distributed once Henderson is back to full strength. It sounds like Michel has earned a larger role in the offense even though Henderson is expected to return this week. I still have Henderson ranked ahead of Michel, but the margin is slimmer than it has been in most weeks. You could certainly justify playing Michel as a Flex this week in certain situations. The Rams play on Monday night, which adds another layer of uncertainty for fantasy managers to try to navigate.

Wide Receiver Notes

Minnesota’s dynamic duo of Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen will be a dynamic uno in Week 14. Thielen left last week’s game with a high-ankle sprain and is out for Thursday’s matchup with Pittsburgh. K.J. Osborn was one of the week’s most popular adds on the waiver wire, and with good reason. In the five games in which Osborn has had at least five targets this season, he has 25 receptions, 318 receiving yards, and three touchdowns. That is WR2-type production that is still readily available. Osborn is still available in over 60 percent of Fantrax leagues. I can’t quite bring myself to rank Osborn as a WR2 this week, but he should be started in most formats as a WR3 with a decent floor and a ceiling that is higher than you would expect.

The Los Angeles Chargers placed their top two wide receivers, Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, on the reserve/Covid list this week. Allen tested positive for the virus, and Williams was deemed a close contact. However, Allen is reportedly vaccinated, while Williams is not. Time will tell if either or both Chargers can play in Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. I would be lying if I told you I had the answer, so I sort of hedged with where I placed them in this week’s Flex rankings. If they are cleared in time for the game, I am starting both in all leagues. If not, Jalen Guyton and Josh Palmer stand to benefit the most. I should probably save this nugget for the section below, but I also wouldn’t rule out a bump in target share for Donald Parham, who could be a sneaky play in deeper leagues.

The Tennessee Titans designated wide receiver Julio Jones to return from injured reserve this week. Jones has been out since Week 9 due to a hamstring injury. With Jones and A.J. Brown out in Week 12, Tennessee ran the ball 39 times for 270 yards. Of course, they still lost the game by 23 points, but at least they played good old, hard-nosed, physical football, right? It is unclear if Jones will return this week. Even if he does, I would be hesitant to start him right away. He could be at risk for a potential recurrence of the injury, and the Titans do not exactly make emphasizing the passing game a priority. I understand the mentality of wanting to insert Jones back into fantasy lineups right away. However, he is just a low-end WR4 for me even if he is active on Sunday.

Tight End Notes

Raiders tight end Darren Waller missed last week’s game after suffering a knee injury the week prior. Waller is considered day-to-day and has yet to practice this week. As you can see from my current ranking, I am not expecting Waller to go on Sunday. The good news is that Las Vegas plays during the early slate, so we will know early on Sunday whether Waller will be active. Foster Moreau caught just one pass with Waller out a week ago. This is a favorable matchup against a Kansas City Chiefs defense that is in the top-10 in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdown catches allowed to opposing tight ends. Having said that, Moreau is just a TE2 play in 12-team leagues for me this week. I would play Waller if he is active this week, but I would lower expectations a bit with what should be a limited workload.

Washington tight end Logan Thomas’ recent return from a nearly two-month absence was sadly short-lived. He suffered a knee injury which has ended his 2021 season. This week, Washington faces a Dallas defense that has given up its fair share of fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. They rank 22nd overall in fantasy points allowed to the tight end position. However, I would not go out of my way to start any Washington tight end with Thomas out of the picture. Ricky Seals-Jones is dealing with an injury of his own and has not played since Week 10. John Bates has shown flashes when given the chance, but there is not enough there to get me excited about his prospects this week. Hopefully, you will not need to rely on a Washington tight end to help you win your Week 14 matchup.

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Week 14 Flex Rankings

1Austin Ekeler (LAC)vs. NYGRB1
2Cooper Kupp (LAR)at ARIWR1
3Justin Jefferson (MIN)vs. PITWR2
4Alexander Mattison (MIN)vs. PITRB2
5Davante Adams (GB)vs. CHIWR3
6Najee Harris (PIT)at MINRB3
7Tyreek Hill (KC)vs. LVWR4
8Leonard Fournette (TB)vs. BUFRB4
9Alvin Kamara (NO)at NYJRB5
10Joe Mixon (CIN)vs. SFRB6
11Antonio Gibson (WAS)vs. DALRB7
12Cordarrelle Patterson (ATL)at CARRB8
13Josh Jacobs (LV)at KCRB9
14Diontae Johnson (PIT)at MINWR5
15Stefon Diggs (BUF)at TBWR6
16Nick Chubb (CLE)vs. BALRB10
17Elijah Mitchell (SF)at CINRB11
18Javonte Williams (DEN)vs. DETRB12
19D.J. Moore (CAR)vs. ATLWR7
20Saquon Barkley (NYG)at LACRB13
21Chris Godwin (TB)vs. BUFWR8
22James Conner (ARI)vs. LARRB14
23Ja'Marr Chase (CIN)vs. SFWR9
24D.K. Metcalf (SEA)at HOUWR10
25David Montgomery (CHI)at GBRB15
26Aaron Jones (GB)vs. CHIRB16
27CeeDee Lamb (DAL)at WASWR11
28Travis Kelce (KC)vs. LVTE1
29George Kittle (SF)at CINTE2
30Tyler Lockett (SEA)at HOUWR12
31Mike Evans (TB)vs. BUFWR13
32James Robinson (JAC)at TENRB17
33Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)at WASRB18
34Terry McLaurin (WAS)vs. DALWR14
35Tee Higgins (CIN)vs. SFWR15
36Devonta Freeman (BAL)at CLERB19
37Jamaal Williams (DET)at DENRB20
38Hunter Renfrow (LV)at KCWR16
39Brandin Cooks (HOU)vs. SEAWR17
40Chuba Hubbard (CAR)vs. ATLRB21
41DeAndre Hopkins (ARI)vs. LARWR18
42AJ Dillon (GB)vs. CHIRB22
43Marquise Brown (BAL)at CLEWR19
44Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC)vs. LVRB23
45Elijah Moore (NYJ)vs. NOWR20
46Amari Cooper (DAL)at WASWR21
47Chase Claypool (PIT)at MINWR22
48Mark Andrews (BAL)at CLETE3
49Van Jefferson (LAR)at ARIWR23
50Rob Gronkowski (TB)vs. BUFTE4
51Melvin Gordon III (DEN)vs. DETRB24
52Jarvis Landry (CLE)vs. BALWR24
53Kyle Pitts (ATL)at CARTE5
54Darnell Mooney (CHI)at GBWR25
55Kareem Hunt (CLE)vs. BALRB25
56Jerry Jeudy (DEN)vs. DETWR26
57Darrell Henderson Jr. (LAR)at ARIRB26
58D'Onta Foreman (TEN)vs. JACRB27
59Brandon Aiyuk (SF)at CINWR27
60Odell Beckham Jr. (LAR)at ARIWR28
61Michael Gallup (DAL)at WASWR29
62Tony Pollard (DAL)at WASRB28
63Dontrell Hilliard (TEN)vs. JACRB29
64T.J. Hockenson (DET)at DENTE6
65Marvin Jones Jr. (JAC)at TENWR30
66Christian Kirk (ARI)vs. LARWR31
67Rex Burkhead (HOU)vs. SEARB30
68Courtland Sutton (DEN)vs. DETWR32
69Tevin Coleman (NYJ)vs. NORB31
70Russell Gage (ATL)at CARWR33
71Tyler Boyd (CIN)vs. SFWR34
72Dalton Schultz (DAL)at WASTE7
73Sony Michel (LAR)at ARIRB32
74K.J. Osborn (MIN)vs. PITWR35
75Marquez Valdes-Scantling (GB)vs. CHIWR36
76Dawson Knox (BUF)at TBTE8
77Cole Beasley (BUF)at TBWR37
78Darrel Williams (KC)vs. LVRB33
79Tim Patrick (DEN)vs. DETWR38
80Emmanuel Sanders (BUF)at TBWR39
81Tyler Conklin (MIN)vs. PITTE9
82Amon-Ra St. Brown (DET)at DENWR40
83Laviska Shenault Jr. (JAC)at TENWR41
84Pat Freiermuth (PIT)at MINTE10
85Josh Reynolds (DET)at DENWR42
86Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (TEN)vs. JACWR43
87Jamison Crowder (NYJ)vs. NOWR44
88Keenan Allen (LAC)vs. NYGWR45
89Tyler Higbee (LAR)at ARITE11
90Robby Anderson (CAR)vs. ATLWR46
91Noah Fant (DEN)vs. DETTE12
92A.J. Green (ARI)vs. LARWR47
93Jared Cook (LAC)vs. NYGTE13
94Kenny Golladay (NYG)at LACWR48
95Devin Singletary (BUF)at TBRB34
96Zach Ertz (ARI)vs. LARTE14
97Julio Jones (TEN)vs. JACWR49
98Mike Davis (ATL)at CARRB35
99Ameer Abdullah (CAR)vs. ATLRB36
100Tre'Quan Smith (NO)at NYJWR50
101Jalen Guyton (LAC)vs. NYGWR51
102Ty Johnson (NYJ)vs. NORB37
103Austin Hooper (CLE)vs. BALTE15
104Mike Williams (LAC)vs. NYGWR52
105J.D. McKissic (WAS)vs. DALRB38
106Laquon Treadwell (JAC)at TENWR53
107Rondale Moore (ARI)vs. LARWR54
108Marquez Callaway (NO)at NYJWR55
109Kalif Raymond (DET)at DENWR56
110Alex Collins (SEA)at HOURB39
111Donovan Peoples-Jones (CLE)vs. BALWR57
112Gerald Everett (SEA)at HOUTE16
113Sterling Shepard (NYG)at LACWR58
114David Johnson (HOU)vs. SEARB40
115Cole Kmet (CHI)at GBTE17
116Bryan Edwards (LV)at KCWR59
117Joshua Palmer (LAC)vs. NYGWR60
118Evan Engram (NYG)at LACTE18
119C.J. Uzomah (CIN)vs. SFTE19
120Deebo Samuel (SF)at CINWR61
121Cody Hollister (TEN)vs. JACWR62
122DeSean Jackson (LV)at KCWR63
123Matt Breida (BUF)at TBRB41
124Olamide Zaccheaus (ATL)at CARWR64
125Allen Lazard (GB)vs. CHIWR65
126Rashod Bateman (BAL)at CLEWR66
127Darius Slayton (NYG)at LACWR67
128Nico Collins (HOU)vs. SEAWR68
129Zay Jones (LV)at KCWR69
130Foster Moreau (LV)at KCTE20
131James O'Shaughnessy (JAC)at TENTE21
132Sammy Watkins (BAL)at CLEWR70
133Devontae Booker (NYG)at LACRB42
134Curtis Samuel (WAS)vs. DALWR71
135Lil'Jordan Humphrey (NO)at NYJWR72
136Chris Conley (HOU)vs. SEAWR73
137Kadarius Toney (NYG)at LACWR74
138Mecole Hardman (KC)vs. LVWR75
139Chester Rogers (TEN)vs. JACWR76
140Samaje Perine (CIN)vs. SFRB43
141Jeremy McNichols (TEN)vs. JACRB44
142Ricky Seals-Jones (WAS)vs. DALTE22
143Chase Edmonds (ARI)vs. LARRB45
144Randall Cobb (GB)vs. CHIWR77
145Dede Westbrook (MIN)vs. PITWR78
146Tajae Sharpe (ATL)at CARWR79
147Adam Humphries (WAS)vs. DALWR80
148Byron Pringle (KC)vs. LVWR81
149Albert Okwuegbunam (DEN)vs. DETTE23
150Carlos Hyde (JAC)at TENRB46
151Ty Montgomery (NO)at NYJRB47
152Freddie Swain (SEA)at HOUWR82
153Donald Parham Jr. (LAC)vs. NYGTE24
154Trent Sherfield (SF)at CINWR83
155Damiere Byrd (CHI)at GBWR84
156Kene Nwangwu (MIN)vs. PITRB48
157Keelan Cole Sr. (NYJ)vs. NOWR85
158Justin Jackson (LAC)vs. NYGRB49
159Pharaoh Brown (HOU)vs. SEATE25
160Jeff Wilson Jr. (SF)at CINRB50
161Harrison Bryant (CLE)vs. BALTE26
162Ryan Griffin (NYJ)vs. NOTE27
163Adrian Peterson (SEA)at HOURB51
164Geoff Swaim (TEN)vs. JACTE28
165Gabriel Davis (BUF)at TBWR86
166DeAndre Carter (WAS)vs. DALWR87
167Latavius Murray (BAL)at CLERB52
168Travis Homer (SEA)at HOURB53
169Dez Fitzpatrick (TEN)vs. JACWR88
170Brandon Zylstra (CAR)vs. ATLWR89
171Allen Robinson II (CHI)at GBWR90
172D'Wayne Eskridge (SEA)at HOUWR91
173JaMycal Hasty (SF)at CINRB54
174Tyler Johnson (TB)vs. BUFWR92
175Darren Waller (LV)at KCTE29
176Josiah Deguara (GB)vs. CHITE30
177Zack Moss (BUF)at TBRB55
178Jakeem Grant Sr. (CHI)at GBWR93
179Ronald Jones II (TB)vs. BUFRB56
180Brevin Jordan (HOU)vs. SEATE31
181Jauan Jennings (SF)at CINWR94
182Braxton Berrios (NYJ)vs. NOWR95
183Demarcus Robinson (KC)vs. LVWR96
184Kyle Juszczyk (SF)at CINRB57
185Nick Vannett (NO)at NYJTE32
186Mark Ingram II (NO)at NYJRB58
187Denzel Mims (NYJ)vs. NOWR97
188Tommy Tremble (CAR)vs. ATLTE33
189Anthony Firkser (TEN)vs. JACTE34
190DeeJay Dallas (SEA)at HOURB59
191James Washington (PIT)at MINWR98
192Austin Walter (NYJ)vs. NORB60
193Juwan Johnson (NO)at NYJTE35
194D'Andre Swift (DET)at DENRB61
195Devin Duvernay (BAL)at CLEWR99
196Peyton Barber (LV)at KCRB62
197Cameron Brate (TB)vs. BUFTE36
198Ray-Ray McCloud (PIT)at MINWR100
199Giovani Bernard (TB)vs. BUFRB63
200Rashaad Penny (SEA)at HOURB64
201Khalil Herbert (CHI)at GBRB65
202Tavon Austin (JAC)at TENWR101
203Godwin Igwebuike (DET)at DENRB66
204MyCole Pruitt (TEN)vs. JACTE37
205Kyle Rudolph (NYG)at LACTE38
206Tony Jones Jr. (NO)at NYJRB67
207Will Dissly (SEA)at HOUTE39
208Jimmy Graham (CHI)at GBTE40
209Jermar Jefferson (DET)at DENRB68
210Ian Thomas (CAR)vs. ATLTE41
211Marquise Goodwin (CHI)at GBWR102
212Marcedes Lewis (GB)vs. CHITE42
213David Njoku (CLE)vs. BALTE43
214John Ross (NYG)at LACWR103
215Davion Davis (HOU)vs. SEAWR104
216Rashard Higgins (CLE)vs. BALWR105
217Shi Smith (CAR)vs. ATLWR106
218O.J. Howard (TB)vs. BUFTE44
219John Bates (WAS)vs. DALTE45
220Qadree Ollison (ATL)at CARRB69
221Terrace Marshall Jr. (CAR)vs. ATLWR107
222Royce Freeman (HOU)vs. SEARB70
223Chris Moore (HOU)vs. SEAWR108
224Cedrick Wilson Jr. (DAL)at WASWR109
225Breshad Perriman (TB)vs. BUFWR110
226Jaylen Samuels (HOU)vs. SEARB71
227Stephen Anderson (LAC)vs. NYGTE46
228Ja'Marcus Bradley (CLE)vs. BALWR111
229Josh Gordon (KC)vs. LVWR112
230Hayden Hurst (ATL)at CARTE47
231Anthony Schwartz (CLE)vs. BALWR113
232C.J. Ham (MIN)vs. PITRB72
233Chris Manhertz (JAC)at TENTE48
234Eno Benjamin (ARI)vs. LARRB73
235Daniel Helm (LV)at KCTE49
236Zach Gentry (PIT)at MINTE50
237Anthony McFarland Jr. (PIT)at MINRB74
238Scotty Miller (TB)vs. BUFWR114
239Ben Skowronek (LAR)at ARIWR115
240Dyami Brown (WAS)vs. DALWR116
241Brock Wright (DET)at DENTE51
242Jaret Patterson (WAS)vs. DALRB75
243Jordan Akins (HOU)vs. SEATE52
244Cam Sims (WAS)vs. DALWR117
245Noah Brown (DAL)at WASWR118
246Jaydon Mickens (JAC)at TENWR119
247Andre Roberts (LAC)vs. NYGWR120
248KhaDarel Hodge (DET)at DENWR121
249Equanimeous St. Brown (GB)vs. CHIWR122
250Pharoh Cooper (NYG)at LACWR123

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