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Wheeler’s NFL Week 14 Fantasy Football Rankings

Tyreek Hill Week 14 Fantasy Football Rankings

Below you’ll find my Week 14 fantasy football rankings for PPR/Half-PPR leagues. Included are my top-25 QB Rankings, top-50 RB Rankings, top-60 WR Rankings, and top-18 TE Rankings. I actually submit these rankings to two different rankings competitions, one with PPR scoring, and the other with Half-PPR. They are far more accurate for PPR simply because PPR scoring is less influenced by touchdowns.

When I look into weekly matchups, I only use the past five games of data. Anything that happened six weeks ago is just going to cloud our judgment.

We are looking at another bye-pocalypse with six teams not playing in Week 14; Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, and The Washington Football Team (Commanders).

Quarterback

Over the past five games, the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Arizona Cardinals have been allowing the most fantasy points to the QB position. 

Kirk Cousins, Jared Goff, Ryan Tannehill, Trevor Lawrence and Mac Jones appear to be the best match-up-based streaming options. 

Week 14 Fantasy Football injuries:

  • Lamar Jackson (knee) is out 1-3 weeks.
  • Tua Tagovailoa (ankle) is expected to be limited in practice early in the week, but that shouldn’t prevent him from playing in Week 14.
  • Jimmy Garoppolo (foot) is out 4-8 weeks.

With Jackson injured, Tyler Huntley went 27-for-32 for 187 yards passing, with one interception. Huntley also added 41 yards rushing with a rushing TD, becoming a safe streaming option with his rushing floor. 

Rank QB Team Opp
1 Jalen Hurts PHI @ NYG
2 Josh Allen BUF vs NYJ
3 Patrick Mahomes II KC @ DEN
4 Justin Herbert LAC vs MIA
5 Joe Burrow CIN vs CLE
6 Tua Tagovailoa MIA @ LAC
7 Kyler Murray ARI vs NE
8 Geno Smith SEA vs CAR
9 Kirk Cousins MIN @ DET
10 Dak Prescott DAL vs HOU
11 Jared Goff DET vs MIN
12 Derek Carr LV @ LAR
13 Trevor Lawrence JAC @ TEN
14 Deshaun Watson CLE @ CIN
15 Tyler Huntley BAL @ PIT
16 Daniel Jones NYG vs PHI
17 Ryan Tannehill TEN vs JAC
18 Mike White NYJ @ BUF
19 Tom Brady TB @ SF
20 Mac Jones NE @ ARI
21 Russell Wilson DEN vs KC
22 Kenny Pickett PIT vs BAL
23 Sam Darnold CAR @ SEA
24 Brock Purdy SF vs TB

Justin Fields returned from a shoulder injury that kept him out of Week 12 with a 21.26 point (254 Pass YDS, 71 Rush YDS, one Rush TD, two INT) performance. Fields is on bye in Week 14, but he’s a top-six QB for the rest of the season.

Running Back

Most analysts look at fantasy points allowed when judging matchups, but for the RB position, I look at yards per carry (YPC) allowed. YPC is generally a misused metric that tells us less about running back efficiency but does give us a good indication of defensive efficiency.

Running Backs with the best Week 14 matchups are; Cam Akers against the Las Vegas Raiders, D’Onta Foreman against the Seattle Seahawks, Rhamondre Stevenson against the Arizona Cardinals, Samaje Perine or Joe Mixon against the Cleveland Browns, and Nick Chubb against the Cincinnati Bengals. 

Week 14 Fantasy Football injuries:

  • Kenneth Walker (ankle) – Walker is said to be having tests on Tuesday for what coach Pete Carroll called a “jammed” ankle. Never believe anything Carroll tells us, he’s probably out 4-6 weeks.
  • Aaron Jones (shin)
Rank RB Team Opp
1 Josh Jacobs LV @ LAR
2 Rhamondre Stevenson NE @ ARI
3 Austin Ekeler LAC vs MIA
4 Christian McCaffrey SF vs TB
5 Dalvin Cook MIN @ DET
6 Derrick Henry TEN vs JAC
7 Tony Pollard DAL vs HOU
8 Nick Chubb CLE @ CIN
9 Miles Sanders PHI @ NYG
10 James Conner ARI vs NE
11 Travis Etienne Jr. JAC @ TEN
12 D’Andre Swift DET vs MIN
13 Joe Mixon CIN vs CLE
14 Saquon Barkley NYG vs PHI
15 D’Onta Foreman CAR @ SEA
16 Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs HOU
17 Jamaal Williams DET vs MIN
18 Isiah Pacheco KC @ DEN
19 Dameon Pierce HOU @ DAL
20 Najee Harris PIT vs BAL
21 Raheem Mostert MIA @ LAC
22 Samaje Perine CIN vs CLE
23 Rachaad White TB @ SF
24 Cam Akers LAR vs LV
25 J.K. Dobbins BAL @ PIT
26 Latavius Murray DEN vs KC
27 Jeff Wilson Jr. MIA @ LAC
28 James Cook BUF vs NYJ
29 Travis Homer SEA vs CAR
30 Devin Singletary BUF vs NYJ
31 Zonovan Knight NYJ @ BUF
32 Kyren Williams LAR vs LV
33 Leonard Fournette TB @ SF
34 Jerick McKinnon KC @ DEN
35 Michael Carter NYJ @ BUF
36 Kareem Hunt CLE @ CIN
37 Tony Jones Jr. SEA vs CAR
38 Chuba Hubbard CAR @ SEA
39 Gus Edwards BAL @ PIT
40 Dontrell Hilliard TEN vs JAC
41 Jaylen Warren PIT vs BAL
42 Kenneth Gainwell PHI @ NYG
43 Alexander Mattison MIN @ DET
44 Mike Boone DEN vs KC
45 Joshua Kelley LAC vs MIA
46 Matt Breida NYG vs PHI
47 Ty Johnson NYJ @ BUF
48 Jordan Mason SF vs TB
49 Justin Jackson DET vs MIN
50 Ameer Abdullah LV @ LAR

Christian McCaffrey played 81% of San Francisco’s offensive snaps in Week 13. While Jordan Mason is playing at 19%. McCaffrey’s Week 12 snap share was 63%, his Week 11 share was 66% and his Week 10 was 65%.

Joe Mixon logged limited practices all week but remained in concussion protocol for the Week 13 game. I nearly missed the news Sunday morning, with an earlier start time this week we should know in plenty of time if Mixon is going to play. Zac Taylor says many great things about what Perine has done. Also says, “Mixon is our starting running back, he had five touchdowns the last time he played.”

Aaron Jones hobbled during the Week 13 game, AJ Dillon had 93 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 26 receiving yards, and 3 receptions.

D’Andre Swift played 51.4% of Detroit’s offensive snaps clocking 62 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 49 receiving yards, and 4 receptions. It was his highest snap share since Week 8. As a result, Jamaal Williams had his lowest snap share (31%) of the season.

I’m back on the Akers bandwagon, he had a 73% snap share in Week 13. It’s the first time he’s been over 50% all season long, recording 17 rushes for 60 yards and two touchdowns.

It feels like Brian Robinson Jr. is starting to take over the Washington backfield. Robinson and Antonio Gibson split snaps fairly evenly. However, Robinson out touched Gibson 23-13 in Week 13.

James Cook appears to have the dominant role in the Buffalo backfield with 14 for 64 rushing yards, adding 6 receptions on 6 targets on 41 receiving yards.

Cordarrelle Patterson (11 rush, 60 yards) and Tyler Allgeier (10 rushes for 52 yards) are pretty much splitting snaps evenly at this point. Neither can be relied on for much more than a bye-week fill-in.

Wide Receiver

I examine a few different statistics when trying to find good or bad wide receiver matchups, but yards per game and fantasy points allowed are the primary gages. 

Week 13 Fantasy Football injuries:

Alongside Deshaun Watson returning, Amari Cooper seems like his favorite target with nine of a possible 21 targets for a 43% target share.

Keenan Allen had a 31% target share against the Raiders, which was his highest mark of his season.

D.J. Moore is back, and Garrett Wilson is a must-start for the rest of the season, same with Treylon Burks when healthy. 

Rank WR Team Opp
1 Justin Jefferson MIN @ DET
2 Tyreek Hill MIA @ LAC
3 Davante Adams LV @ LAR
4 Amon-Ra St. Brown DET vs MIN
5 Ja’Marr Chase CIN vs CLE
6 A.J. Brown PHI @ NYG
7 Stefon Diggs BUF vs NYJ
8 CeeDee Lamb DAL vs HOU
9 DK Metcalf SEA vs CAR
10 DeAndre Hopkins ARI vs NE
11 Keenan Allen LAC vs MIA
12 Jaylen Waddle MIA @ LAC
13 Tee Higgins CIN vs CLE
14 Tyler Lockett SEA vs CAR
15 Christian Kirk JAC @ TEN
16 Garrett Wilson NYJ @ BUF
17 Amari Cooper CLE @ CIN
18 Chris Godwin TB @ SF
19 DeVonta Smith PHI @ NYG
20 DJ Moore CAR @ SEA
21 Deebo Samuel SF vs TB
22 Mike Evans TB @ SF
23 Marquise Brown ARI vs NE
24 Brandon Aiyuk SF vs TB
25 Gabe Davis BUF vs NYJ
26 JuJu Smith-Schuster KC @ DEN
27 Jerry Jeudy DEN vs KC
28 Adam Thielen MIN @ DET
29 Mike Williams LAC vs MIA
30 Zay Jones JAC @ TEN
31 Diontae Johnson PIT vs BAL
32 Darius Slayton NYG vs PHI
33 George Pickens PIT vs BAL
34 Joshua Palmer LAC vs MIA
35 D.J. Chark Jr. DET vs MIN
36 Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE @ CIN
37 Mack Hollins LV @ LAR
38 Michael Gallup DAL vs HOU
39 Corey Davis NYJ @ BUF
40 Tyler Boyd CIN vs CLE
41 Marquez Valdes-Scantling KC @ DEN
42 Van Jefferson LAR vs LV
43 Elijah Moore NYJ @ BUF
44 Isaiah McKenzie BUF vs NYJ
45 DeVante Parker NE @ ARI
46 Chris Moore HOU @ DAL
47 Nick Westbrook-Ikhine TEN vs JAC
48 K.J. Osborn MIN @ DET
49 Robert Woods TEN vs JAC
50 Devin Duvernay BAL @ PIT
51 Demarcus Robinson BAL @ PIT
52 Marvin Jones Jr. JAC @ TEN
53 Quez Watkins PHI @ NYG
54 Phillip Dorsett II HOU @ DAL
55 Nelson Agholor NE @ ARI
56 Kendall Hinton DEN vs KC
57 Terrace Marshall Jr. CAR @ SEA
58 Julio Jones TB @ SF
59 Trent Sherfield MIA @ LAC
60 DeAndre Carter LAC vs MIA

Elijah Moore ran just one fewer route than Corey Davis, and he played 69% of New York’s offensive snaps (Davis at 81 %). Moore’s highest snap share since Week 4 (75% from the slot, per Next Gen Stats).

Christian Watson had a 21% target share in Week 13. That’s a target share above 20% in three of his last four games. Watson’s also been a top-10 wide receiver in each of his last four. He’s not just a TD machine. 

Drake London saw 12 of 24 team targets (6 receptions, 95 receiving yards) in Week 13 for a 50% target share. He hasn’t been over 20% in each of his previous two games heading into the week.

Darius Slayton has six straight 58-plus yard games.

Even though Diontae Johnson saw a season-high 46% target share in Week 13. Johnson finished with five catches for 60 yards. He hasn’t scored a touchdown this year on 105 targets.

Tight End 

During the past six weeks, you looked smart starting a TE against the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, LA Rams, and Jacksonville Jaguars. Tight Ends with the best matchups appear to be Foster Moreau, Hunter Henry, Gerald Everett and Chigoziem Okonkwo

Week 13 Fantasy Football injuries:

In Week 13, Greg Dulcich tied for the Broncos team lead in routes-run and saw a season-high 38% target share (8 targets, 6 receptions, 85 yards).

Rank TE Team Opp
1 Travis Kelce KC @ DEN
2 Mark Andrews BAL @ PIT
3 T.J. Hockenson MIN @ DET
4 Pat Freiermuth PIT vs BAL
5 Dalton Schultz DAL vs HOU
6 George Kittle SF vs TB
7 Gerald Everett LAC vs MIA
8 Foster Moreau LV @ LAR
9 Greg Dulcich DEN vs KC
10 David Njoku CLE @ CIN
11 Hunter Henry NE @ ARI
12 Tyler Higbee LAR vs LV
13 Daniel Bellinger NYG vs PHI
14 Evan Engram JAC @ TEN
15 Dawson Knox BUF vs NYJ
16 Chigoziem Okonkwo TEN vs JAC
17 Tyler Conklin NYJ @ BUF
18 Noah Fant SEA vs CAR
19 Cade Otton TB @ SF
20 Jordan Akins HOU @ DAL
21 Austin Hooper TEN vs JAC
22 Trey McBride ARI vs NE
23 Brevin Jordan HOU @ DAL
24 Mike Gesicki MIA @ LAC
25 Isaiah Likely BAL @ PIT

Cole Kmet led the Bears in routes run and targets in Week 13. He averaged 2.5 targets per game from Weeks 1 through eight, but is averaging six per game since then (Darnell Mooney out).

Daniel Bellinger is back, and he ran 29 routes for the Giants, third-highest on the team in Week 13. His five targets were good enough for an 18% target share.

Okonkwo has seen a 20% or higher target share in three of his last six games.

When examining these rankings, consider that I am really only looking at positional ranks, not flex or overall rankings. When it comes to who you start in the flex, a lot will depend on your specific league rules and roster construction. If players are ranked within three spots of each other, the difference between them is negligible.

Good Luck this week!

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