Fantasy Football Week 14: Starters

These two face off in a must-watch game, which should result in a shootout that satisfies fantasy owners with players from both offenses.

These rankings are for 10-12 team leagues that start one quarterback. This is based on a combination of things, simply put they are: star players, clutch factor, production, matchup, and reliability. For example, the bye week is the only time (barring serious injury of course) you bench guys like Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson, and Calvin Johnson.

Quarterback Plays

1. Matthew Stafford (Lions at Eagles)

2. Tom Brady (Patriots vs Browns)

3. Peyton Manning (Broncos vs Titans)

4. Cam Newton (Panthers at Saints)

5. Josh McCown (Bears vs Cowboys)

6. Nick Foles (Eagles vs Lions)

7. Philip Rivers (Chargers vs Giants)

8. Ryan Fitzpatrick (Titans at Broncos)

9. Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers vs Dolphins)

10. Drew Brees (Saints vs Panthers)

11. Matt Ryan (Falcons at Packers)

12. Alex Smith (Chiefs at Redskins)

Jamaal Charles and Matt Forte are elite running backs in terms of fantasy football, and they head into week 14 with highly favorable matchups to exploit.

These rankings are for 10-12 team leagues that start two running backs.

Running Backs

1. Jamaal Charles (Chiefs at Redskins)

2. Matt Forte (Bears vs Cowboys)

3. DeMarco Murray (Cowboys at Bears)

4. LeSean McCoy (Eagles vs Lions)

5. Adrian Peterson (Vikings at Ravens)

6. Marshawn Lynch (Seahawks at 49ers)

7. Knowshon Moreno (Broncos vs Titans)

8. Eddie Lacy (Packers vs Falcons)

9. Bobby Rainey (Buccaneers vs Bills)

10. Ray Rice (Ravens vs Vikings)

11. Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars vs Texans)

12. Alfred Morris (Redskins vs Chiefs)

13. Ben Tate (Texans at Jaguars)

14. Andre Brown (Giants at Chargers)

15. Lamar Miller (Dolphins at Steelers)

16. Shane Vereen (Patriots vs Browns)

17. C.J. Spiller (Bills at Buccaneers)

18. Chris Johnson (Titans at Broncos)

19. Ryan Mathews (Chargers vs Giants)

20. Joique Bell (Lions at Eagles)

21. Zac Stacy (Rams at Cardinals)

22. Le’Veon Bell (Steelers vs Dolphins)

23. Frank Gore (49ers vs Seahawks)

24. Rashard Mendenhall (Cardinals vs Rams)

Everyone knows about Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham, slowly but surely the Chargers have two good tight ends in Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green.

These rankings are for 10-12 team leagues that start one tight end.

Tight Ends

1. Rob Gronkowski (Patriots vs Browns)

2. Jimmy Graham (Saints vs Panthers)

3. Jason Witten (Cowboys at Bears)

4. Tony Gonzalez (Falcons at Packers)

5. Martellus Bennett (Bears vs Cowboys)

6. Jordan Cameron (Browns at Patriots)

7. Antonio Gates (Chargers vs Giants)

8. Julius Thomas (Broncos vs Titans)

9. Jared Cook (Rams at Cardinals)

10. Heath Miller (Steelers vs Dolphins)

11. Charles Clay (Dolphins at Steelers)

12. Ladarius Green (Chargers vs Giants)

Patriots leaned on the leg of kicker Stephen Gostowski for a pair of 53-yard field goals to beat the Texans.

These rankings are for 10-12 team leagues that start one kicker.


1. Stephen Gostowski (Patriots vs Browns)

2. Matt Prater (Broncos vs Titans)

3. Justin Tucker (Ravens vs Vikings)

4. Alex Henery (Eagles vs Lions)

5. Dan Bailey (Cowboys at Bears)

6. Ryan Succop (Chiefs at Redskins)

7. Steven Hauschka (Seahawks at 49ers)

8. David Akers (Lions at Eagles)

9. Rian Lindell (Buccaneers vs Bills)

10. Caleb Sturgis (Dolphins at Steelers)

11. Randy Bullock (Texans at Jaguars)

12. Josh Scobee (Jaguars vs Texans)

After the toughest portion of the schedule, Kansas City should rebound defensively in Washington.

These rankings are for 10-12 team leagues that start one defense.


1. Chiefs (at Redskins)

2. Patriots (vs Browns)

3. Cardinals (vs Rams)

4. Ravens (vs Vikings)

5. Seahawks (at 49ers)

6. Panthers (at Saints)

7. Raiders (at Jets)

8. 49ers (vs Seahawks)

9. Texans (at Jaguars)

10. Broncos (vs Titans)

11. Jaguars (vs Texans)

12. Jets (vs Raiders)

Raiders Receiver Andre Holmes impressed on Thanksgiving Day, add him and start him at the Jets.

Wide Receiver Plug-ins (less than 50% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

1. Andre Holmes (Raiders at Jets)

2. Dexter McCluster (Chiefs at Redskins)

3. Jacoby Jones (Ravens vs Vikings)

4. Marvin Jones (Bengals vs Colts)

5. Nate Washington (Titans at Broncos)

6. Rishard Matthews (Dolphins at Steelers)

7. Doug Baldwin (Seahawks at 49ers)

8. Cordarrelle Patterson (Vikings at Ravens)

9. Ace Sanders (Jaguars vs Texans)

10. Nate Burleson (Lions at Eagles)

11. Kenbrell Thompkins (Patriots vs Browns)

12. Jerricho Cotchery (Steelers vs Dolphins)