Published: Dec. 3, 2014 at 10:55 a.m.
Updated: Dec. 5, 2014 at 05:43 p.m.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 14: Quarterbacks

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Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. All starts and sits are based on standard scoring leagues. Obvious fantasy starters like Aaron Rodgers and Marshawn Lynch will not be featured. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.

Start 'Em

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Start of the Week - Russell Wilson vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Wilson has been nothing if not consistent, scoring at least 16.94 fantasy points in each of his last four games. He should continue that streak of successful starts in Philadelphia, where the Eagles have struggled to stop quarterbacks. In fact, road signal-callers have recorded an average of over 21 fantasy points against them.

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Cam Newton vs. New Orleans Saints

Newton hasn't been a statistical Superman this season, but he is worth a roll of the dice this weekend against the Saints. Their defense has been inconsistent at best when facing road quarterbacks, allowing an average of almost 17 fantasy points per game. So despite his disappointing 2014 campaign, Newton has starting value this week.

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Ryan Tannehill vs. Baltimore Ravens

Tannehill has been one of the more underrated quarterbacks in fantasy land, and he's someone owners should be able to trust when the matchup is favorable. That's the case this weekend, as the Ravens have given up an average of more than 22 fantasy points per game to home signal-callers. Tannehill should post a good line.

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Matthew Stafford vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stafford has had a bit of an up-and-down season, but he's been up more often than not when he plays at home. That's the case this week when he battles the Buccaneers. He and Calvin Johnson were in sync on Thanksgiving, and with the Lions still battling for the playoffs, Stafford is a relatively safe play on his home field.

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Colin Kaepernick vs. Oakland Raiders

It has become close to impossible to trust Kaepernick, but he does have a good matchup this weekend in Oakland. The Raiders defense is a mess, allowing an average of more than 20 fantasy points per game to opposing road quarterbacks this season. So while he's a roll of the dice, Kaepernick is in a good position to find success.

Good matchups: Andy Dalton vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Zach Mettenberger vs. New York Giants, Teddy Bridgewater vs. New York Jets

Sit 'Em

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Sit of the Week - Mark Sanchez vs. Seattle Seahawks

I touted Sanchez as a start 'em last week, and he produced better than 20 fantasy points in a win over the Cowboys. Don't overrate him though, as the USC product is still no more than a matchup-based starter in fantasy leagues. And with a contest against the red-hot Seahawks up next, you'll want nothing to do with Sanchez.

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Matt Ryan vs. Green Bay Packers

The Packers allowed Tom Brady to score close to 18 fantasy points against them at Lambeau Field last week, but that's forgivable against a future Hall of Famer. Before that game, opposing quarterbacks had averaged fewer than 15 fantasy points in the frozen tundra. That's bad news for Ryan, who should struggle on Monday.

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Ben Roethlisberger vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Roethlisberger was listed as a start 'em last week, and he rewarded owners with a ton of garbage points. I'm not sold on him posting good totals in Cincinnati, though, as Roethlisberger has failed to toss multiple touchdown passes there in five straight games. The Bengals have also been tough on quarterbacks in 2014.

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Philip Rivers vs. New England Patriots

Rivers had a huge stat line last week in what turned into a shootout in Baltimore, but it was his first solid fantasy total since Week 8. Next up is a date with the Patriots, who have been tough on home quarterbacks (at least those not named Aaron Rodgers). If you still decide on Rivers, start him with extreme caution.

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Joe Flacco vs. Miami Dolphins

A member of the start 'em list last week, Flacco produced one of his best stat lines of the season. But here's the issue I have with him in Week 14 ... Flacco isn't as productive on the road as he is at home, and the Dolphins are formidable against opposing quarterbacks (12.3 fantasy PPG allowed) playing in South Florida.

Bad matchups: Eli Manning at Tennessee Titans, Alex Smith at Arizona Cardinals, Josh McCown at Detroit Lions

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!

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