Published: Dec. 6, 2017 at 10:27 a.m.
Updated: Dec. 8, 2017 at 10:54 a.m.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 14: Quarterbacks


Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate weekly look at NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. Fantasy superstars such as Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown will not be featured. NFL researcher Careen Falcone and former #2 FF World Player Rank and NFFC Platinum and Ultimate Champion Derek Pierson have contributed to the column. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.

Start 'Em

Start of the Week - Alex Smith vs. Oakland Raiders

Smith returned to the good graces of fantasy owners last week, putting up a monster stat line against the Jets. He should produce another positive total against the Raiders, who have allowed six quarterbacks to finish in the top nine in fantasy points at the position this season. Smith is a good bet to post a top-10 performance at Arrowhead.

Josh McCown vs. Denver Broncos

McCown might not be an elite fantasy quarterback, but he's been effective in the stat sheets with 18-plus points in five of his last seven games. This week's matchup in Denver doesn't seem all that favorable, but keep in mind that their defense has allowed a combined four top-11 quarterbacks at home (including Andy Dalton in Week 11).

Philip Rivers vs. Washington Redskins

Rivers has scored 17-plus fantasy points in three straight games while throwing for six touchdowns in that time. Next on the slate is a date with the Redskins, who have allowed six quarterbacks to rank in the top six in fantasy points this season. What's more, their defense has allowed the second-most fantasy points to the position on the road.

Jameis Winston vs. Detroit Lions

Winston returned to action last week and scored 18.6 fantasy points in a loss to the Packers, marking the fourth time he's hit that total this season. He's now in the streamer conversation against the Lions, who have allowed a top-seven fantasy quarterback in three of their last four contests (including Deshone Kizer and Joe Flacco).

Case Keenum vs. Carolina Panthers

Keenum has become a viable fantasy starter this season, scoring 17 or more fantasy points in each of his last five starts. He's worth a look for those in need of a quarterback against the Panthers, who have allowed 10 touchdown passes and an average of 17 fantasy points per game to opposing signal-callers at home this season.

Start 'Em: Andy Dalton vs. Bears, Derek Carr at Chiefs
Sleepers: Brett Hundley at Browns, Jimmy Garoppolo at Texans

Sit 'Em

Sit of the Week - Dak Prescott vs. New York Giants

I love Prescott, but it's difficult to trust him ahead of a matchup against the Giants. NFC East games are often competitive despite team records, and Prescott has never scored more than 17.1 points in three meetings against New York. Also, keep in mind that he hurt his throwing hand last week. There's still a lot of risk here for me.

Cam Newton vs. Minnesota Vikings

Sit Newton? Well, owners who have a viable alternative might want to think about it. The Vikings have allowed just 13.2 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, and no team has allowed fewer rushing yards to the position. Also, I feel like Newton is due for a stinker after posting 17-plus points in four consecutive games.

Matthew Stafford vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stafford's status for this week is in doubt after he bruised his throwing hand against the Ravens, but he's a sit 'em regardless. The hand could affect his touch and distance on the football, and the Buccaneers have been far tougher on quarterbacks at home this season. In fact, just one has finished higher than 16th against them.

Blake Bortles vs. Seattle Seahawks

Bortles, listed as a sleeper the last two weeks, has been tremendous in the stat sheets with consecutive 20-point performances. But that streak is likely to come to an end against the Seahawks, who have surrendered a mere six total touchdowns to go along with the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing signal-callers on the road.

Marcus Mariota vs. Arizona Cardinals

Mariota's matchup against the Cardinals seems like it's good on paper, but can you trust him in the first week of the fantasy postseason? He's failed to exploit good matchups most of the season, and his numbers on the road have been less than stellar. In fact, he's failed to score 16 points in a single roadie. I'd avoid him if possible.

Sit 'Em: Jay Cutler vs. Patriots (Mon.), Jacoby Brissett at Bills
Busts: Carson Wentz at Rams, Kirk Cousins at Chargers

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Do you want the most up-to-date fantasy football news, updates and analysis? You can follow Michael on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!


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