Picking the perfect Week 14 fantasy football lineup

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Below are the Perfect Challenge picks for Week 14 from Marcas Grant, Matt Franciscovich, Alex Gelhar and myself, Matt Harmon.

Marcas Grant's Week 14 lineup (on Twitter @MarcasG)

DeAndre Hopkins' perfect challenge ownership is on the decline after a two week stretch with just 124 yards and a single touchdown. The defensive surge in Houston takes away some of the play volume from Houston's offense, leading to less opportunities for Hopkins. However, the Texans should need to open up the offense playing New England on Sunday night. Doug Martin takes on the Saints defense this week, and the Buccaneers as a team have the fifth most rush attempts on the season. Martin offered steady production over the last month, but has a good shot at another blowup week in this spot.

Matt Franciscovich's Week 14 lineup (on Twitter @MattFranchise)

With no clear news afoot for Tyler Eifert and his prospects of playing on Sunday (though he did practice Wednesday), A.J. Green is a top-5 play on Sunday. The Steelers cornerbacks leave plenty to be desired, and their offense should force Cincinnati into a shootout game script. If Eifert sits, Green should see 13 targets rather easily. Cam Newton has two five touchdown passing games to his name in the last three weeks. He comes with one of the highest ceilings in fantasy, and Atlanta will struggle to cover Greg Olsen at tight end. Allen Robinson went for just 80 yards in his first meeting with the Colts and Vontae Davis, but is playing on a whole other level at this point in the season.

Alex Gelhar's Week 14 lineup (on Twitter @AlexGelhar)

It seems like there are plenty of questions on Twitter this week about whether to play Carson Palmer. I don't get it. Palmer's lowest point output this season was a 16 point outing all the way back in Week 4. Palmer averages 22.83 points in his last five games played. His floor is tremendous, and with the Vikings dealing with injuries at every level of their defense, this is a great week for his ceiling. Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a frisky pick at tight end, but another player with a tremendous ceiling. He saw six targets last week, despite being on a "pitch count". If he's a full go against this Saints defense, the only team who already allowed over 1,000 yards to tight ends this year, he could go berserk.

Matt Harmon's Week 14 lineup (on Twitter @MattHarmon_BYB)

Not many quarterbacks are playing better than Russell Wilson right now. Even though he heads on the road, and Baltimore's secondary improved the last few weeks, Wilson makes for an elite Week 14 play. LeSean McCoy was a popular choice among us, and this is his revenge game after all. But seriously, Narrative Street aside, the Eagles rank 31st in fantasy points allowed to running backs the last four weeks. McCoy is playing stellar football the last four games, and has a low mark of 19 carries. In a similar vein, the Seahawks defense should be locked into every lineup. They may not be as fearsome as in years past, but Matt Schaub can't stop throwing pick-sixes. He's a true artist.

Anyway, that's how we're rolling for Week 14. We aren't in this for ourselves though. We are men of the people. We want you to use our picks to make your own perfect lineup and come away with the $1 million prize. So what are you waiting for? Sign up for NFL Perfect Challenge and prove that you're indeed smarter than all of us. We will gladly celebrate with you if and when you take home that grand prize. Please keep us posted.


Matt Harmon is an associate fantasy writer/editor for NFL.com, and the creator of #ReceptionPerception, who you can follow on Twitter @MattHarmon_BYB.

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