ChiCitySports Fantasy Review: Week 14 Fantasy Football Rankings

Nothing says welcome to the fantasy playoffs like injuries and suspensions laying waste to some key fantasy football contributors that have gotten teams this far. Maybe you were lucky enough to secure a first-round bye then consider yourself lucky if you’ve been throwing guys like Rob Gronkowski into your lineup week after week. Meanwhile, it’s possible players like Joe Mixon will miss Week 14’s tilts thanks to the painful hit he took Monday night against Pittsburgh.

Regardless of who you have starting this week, just getting in to your league’s playoff means you have a chance. So let’s break down the rankings heading into the most important stretch of the fantasy football season!


Brady will be without his top option in Gronkowski, but Miami is still susceptible enough to keep the Patriots’ quarterback atop the rankings. The Dolphins have allowed the third most fantasy points to signal callers over the last four weeks. Fade on Cam Newton this week as he goes up against a formidable Minnesota defense that continues to shut down top passers. Jimmy Garoppolo is an intriguing name this week for deep sleepers in DFS as he goes up against a porous Texans secondary in what could turn into a shootout.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Tom Brady NE at MIA
2 Carson Wentz PHI at LAR
3 Drew Brees NO at ATL
4 Matthew Stafford DET at TB
5 Philip Rivers LAC vs. WAS
6 Alex Smith KC vs. OAK
7 Jared Goff LAR vs. PHI
8 Dak Prescott DAL at NYG
9 Russell Wilson SEA at JAC
10 Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs. BAL
11 Cam Newton CAR vs. MIN
12 Matt Ryan ATL vs. NO
13 Derek Carr OAK at KC
14 Kirk Cousins WAS at LAC
15 Josh McCown NYJ at DEN
16 Marcus Mariota TEN at ARI
17 Andy Dalton CIN vs. CHI
18 Jameis Winston TB vs. DET
19 Jimmy Garoppolo SF at HOU
20 Case Keenum MIN at CAR
21 Tyrod Taylor BUF vs. IND
22 Brett Hundley GB at CLE
23 Eli Manning NYG vs. DAL
24 Blaine Gabbert ARI vs. TEN
25 DeShone Kizer CLE vs. GB

Running Back

The Saints’ running game keeps on rolling with Kamara and Ingram with no end in sight. The Falcons have allowed much success against pass-catching backs this season which line up for another big game from Kamara. Marshawn Lynch looks like he’s starting to get his rhythm back (at a much later time than many of his 2017 owners would have liked), but the Chiefs have allowed a running back to score in six of their past seven games.

Into the 20s, it’s worth watching the running back situation in Tennessee where Derrick Henry continues to receive more touches as the weeks continue. By the end of the season, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Demarco Murray taking around just 35% of the snaps.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Le’Veon Bell PIT vs. BAL
2 LeSean McCoy BUF vs. IND
3 Alvin Kamara NO at ATL
4 Mark Ingram NO at ATL
5 Melvin Gordon LAC vs. WAS
6 Todd Gurley LAR vs. PHI
7 Lamar Miller HOU vs. SF
8 Leonard Fournette JAC vs. SEA
9 Samaje Perine WAS at LAC
10 Devonta Freeman ATL vs. NO
11 Kareem Hunt KC vs. OAK
12 Dion Lewis NE at MIA
13 Kenyan Drake MIA vs. NE
14 Marshawn Lynch OAK at KC
15 Rex Burkhead NE at MIA
16 Carlos Hyde SF at HOU
17 Alfred Morris DAL at NYG
18 Jordan Howard CHI at CIN
19 Christian McCaffrey CAR vs. MIN
20 Jamaal Williams GB at CLE
21 Jerick McKinnon MIN at CAR
22 Alex Collins BAL at PIT
23 Latavius Murray MIN at CAR
24 Derrick Henry TEN at ARI
25 DeMarco Murray TEN at ARI
26 Duke Johnson CLE vs. GB
27 Orleans Darkwa NYG vs. DAL
28 Giovani Bernard CIN vs. CHI
29 Mike Davis SEA at JAC
30 Jay Ajayi PHI at LAR
31 Isaiah Crowell CLE vs. GB
32 Peyton Barber TB vs. DET
33 Tevin Coleman ATL vs. NO
34 Matt Forte NYJ at DEN
35 Theo Riddick DET at TB
36 Adrian Peterson ARI vs. TEN
37 Danny Woodhead BAL at PIT
38 C.J. Anderson DEN vs. NYJ
39 Bilal Powell NYJ at DEN
40 Frank Gore IND at BUF
41 Kerwynn Williams ARI vs. TEN
42 LeGarrette Blount PHI at LAR
43 Devontae Booker DEN vs. NYJ
44 Austin Ekeler LAC vs. WAS
45 Tarik Cohen CHI at CIN
46 Joe Mixon CIN vs. CHI
47 Rod Smith DAL at NYG
48 Ameer Abdullah DET at TB
49 Aaron Jones GB at CLE
50 Jonathan Stewart CAR vs. MIN

Wide Receiver

For those that expected Josh Gordon to take time to get acclimated to the NFL (myself included), safe to say that was the wrong take going up against a strong Chargers secondary. Green Bay has allowed the seventh most points to receivers over the last month which should set Gordon up for a great game.

With JuJu Smith-Schuster slated to miss Sunday night’s game against Baltimore, 2017 problem child Martavis Bryant should get a strong boost in value this week despite playing a good Baltimore defense who is now without Jimmy Smith.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Antonio Brown PIT vs. BAL
2 DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs. SF
3 A.J. Green CIN vs. CHI
4 Keenan Allen LAC vs. WAS
5 Julio Jones ATL vs. NO
6 Adam Thielen MIN at CAR
7 Michael Thomas NO at ATL
8 Larry Fitzgerald ARI vs. TEN
9 Mike Evans TB vs. DET
10 Brandin Cooks NE at MIA
11 Marvin Jones DET at TB
12 Tyreek Hill KC vs. OAK
13 Alshon Jeffery PHI at LAR
14 Golden Tate DET at TB
15 Dez Bryant DAL at NYG
16 Josh Gordon CLE vs. GB
17 Davante Adams GB at CLE
18 Jarvis Landry MIA vs. NE
19 Robby Anderson NYJ at DEN
20 Michael Crabtree OAK at KC
21 Sterling Shepard NYG vs. DAL
22 Stefon Diggs MIN at CAR
23 Jamison Crowder WAS at LAC
24 Cooper Kupp LAR vs. PHI
25 Doug Baldwin SEA at JAC
26 Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. NYJ
27 T.Y. Hilton IND at BUF
28 Devin Funchess CAR vs. MIN
29 Amari Cooper OAK at KC
30 Marqise Lee JAC vs. SEA
31 Marquise Goodwin SF at HOU
32 Emmanuel Sanders DEN vs. NYJ
33 Sammy Watkins LAR vs. PHI
34 Mohamed Sanu ATL vs. NO
35 Martavis Bryant PIT vs. BAL
36 Ted Ginn Jr. NO at ATL
37 Dede Westbrook JAC vs. SEA
38 Nelson Agholor PHI at LAR
39 DeSean Jackson TB vs. DET
40 Jermaine Kearse NYJ at DEN
41 Corey Coleman CLE vs. GB
42 Jeremy Maclin BAL at PIT
43 Devante Parker MIA vs. NE
44 Kenny Stills MIA vs. NE
45 Rishard Matthews TEN at ARI
46 Josh Doctson WAS at LAC
47 Corey Davis TEN at ARI
48 Mike Wallace BAL at PIT
49 Danny Amendola NE at MIA
50 Paul Richardson SEA at JAC

Tight End

No Gronk this week thanks to his one week suspension being upheld — and let’s be honest, he could have gotten more games. Jacksonville has looked susceptible to tight ends in recent weeks despite their overall numbers so Jimmy Graham should still be a solid play.

Cameron Brate meanwhile looks to have his value back with Jameis Winston under center again, he could easily end up as the top scorer of the week facing a Lions defense ranked 23rd against the position.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Travis Kelce KC vs. OAK
2 Jimmy Graham SEA at JAC
3 Evan Engram NYG vs. DAL
4 Delanie Walker TEN at ARI
5 Hunter Henry LAC vs. WAS
6 Zach Ertz PHI at LAR
7 Jason Witten DAL at NYG
8 Jack Doyle IND at BUF
9 Kyle Rudolph MIN at CAR
10 Cameron Brate TB vs. DET
11 Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ at DEN
12 Ricky Seals-Jones ARI vs. TEN
13 Jared Cook OAK at KC
14 Charles Clay BUF vs. IND
15 Vernon Davis WAS at LAC
16 Greg Olsen CAR vs. MIN
17 Tyler Kroft CIN vs. CHI
18 Julius Thomas MIA vs. NE
19 Austin Hooper ATL vs. NO
20 David Njoku CLE vs. GB
21 Benjamin Watson BAL at PIT
22 Eric Ebron DET at TB
23 Stephen Anderson HOU vs. SF
24 O.J. Howard TB vs. DET
25 Marcedes Lewis JAC vs. SEA

Defense/Special Teams

Weak matchups highlight a lot of the top 10 defenses in week 14 as the Patriots, Bengals and Chargers highlight some of the best options available.

Coming off a huge Thursday night victory, Dallas’ defense offers an intriguing option with their “re-tooled” secondary going up against the Giants.

Rank Name Opp
1 Seattle Seahawks at JAC
2 New England Patriots at MIA
3 Jacksonville Jaguars vs. SEA
4 Cincinnati Bengals vs. CHI
5 Los Angeles Chargers vs. WAS
6 Minnesota Vikings at CAR
7 Buffalo Bills vs. IND
8 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. BAL
9 Denver Broncos vs. NYJ
10 Philadelphia Eagles at LAR
11 Tennessee Titans at ARI
12 Dallas Cowboys at NYG
13 Arizona Cardinals vs. TEN
14 Green Bay Packers at CLE
15 Detroit Lions at TB
16 Baltimore Ravens at PIT
17 New York Jets at DEN
18 Carolina Panthers vs. MIN
19 Los Angeles Rams vs. PHI
20 New Orleans Saints at ATL
21 Oakland Raiders at KC
22 Chicago Bears at CIN
23 Houston Texans vs. SF
24 Kansas City Chiefs vs. OAK
25 San Francisco 49ers at HOU

(Rankings based on .5 PPR scoring)

Stephen Johnson

Host of ChiCitySports’ The Bear Front podcast, Stephen previously spent 8 years with ESPN Radio and as a TV reporter. He is an avid fantasy sports player and is a former Fantasy Football Expert for Chicago’s 670am The Score.

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