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Sunday of Week 14 of the NFL season is here, which means it is time to look at some start and sit advice for fantasy football. This is the first week of the playoffs for most fantasy leagues, which means we are down to the meat of the season. Hopefully, we can get you the points you need to win your matchup and, ultimately, the championship.
Quarterback - Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals - This game has all the makings of a shoot out, and Dalton should put up big numbers because of it. You could also go with Ben Reothlisberger in this spot as well. The Steelers defense has allowed 300 yards passing in three of their last four games and they are giving away points to quarterbacks this year.
Running back - LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills - Shady gets his shot at embarrassing the team that unceremoniously traded him away this past offseason. He is angry, and he is not hiding it, even if he says he does not dislike Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. Given Bills coach Rex Ryan's affinity for allowing players to go after their former teams, Shady will probably get the ball
Wide receiver - Brian Hartline, Cleveland Browns - Travis Benjamin may be able to play this week, but he is hurt and will likely be a step slow. Hartline, meanwhile, has moved into the starting lineup the past few weeks and seems to have good chemistry with Johnny Manziel, who will be starting for the Browns this week. He has not reached the 100 yards receiving mark yet this year, but has eight receptions in each of the last two games and is averaging 10.5 targets per game over the last month, after averaging 3.5 targets a game for the first seven games. Hartline should be ready for a breakout game, and this week could be it.
Tight End - Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs - I actually like both Kelce and San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, giving two great options in this game. The Chiefs should be able to take advantage of a struggling Chargers team this week, backing up the 33-3 victory over San Diego four weeks ago. There should be plenty of touchdowns in this game for the Chiefs, and Kelce should take advantage of that. Gates, meanwhile, is really the only option for the Chargers, so he should get plenty of targets.
Quarterback - Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints - Brees is boom-or-bust this week, and in your fantasy playoffs, there may be a more stable option for quarterback. The Saints are playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which makes it seem like Brees should be a must start, but take into account that (1) Brees only threw for 255 yards with a touchdown and interception in the first meeting between the two teams this year and (2) that game was in New Orleans. Brees has played well this year at home, but on the road is has not been the same story. Could Brees explode on Sunday? Sure. Is it a risk to play him? Absolutely.
Running back - LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots - The Patriots are starting to see their receiving options come back from injury, including the possibility that Rob Gronkowski plays this week. That does not help Blount's value this week, while last week's 13 carries for 54 yards is not exactly screaming that Blount is a must start. Like Brees., there is always a chance that Blount has a big game, but it is probably not worth the risk.
Wide receiver - Dez Bryan, Dallas Cowboys - Okay, you cannot afford to sit Bryant, especially in the playoffs, but there is nothing that makes it seem like Bryant will a part of the offense this week. Bryant's targets since coming back to the team in Week 8, have been 6, 8, 12, 9, 8, and 7. He ha not caught more than five passes a game this season, and has had 2 and 3 receptions in the last two games. He had an impressive 62 receiving yards on those three receptions last week, but somehow the Cowboys have found a way to take their primary offensive weapon out of their offense.
Tight End - Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills - Clay busted out of his funk last week, picking up 66 yards and a touchdown, his first score since Week 3, on four receptions. Do not fall into the trap that he is ready to be the tight end he was last year, or that put up 111 yards on nine receptions against the New York Giants in Week 4. Clay is not a viable fantasy option in the Bills' offense, and then add in the likelihood that LeSean McCoy has the day that is discussed in the start section, and Clay becomes even more difficult to play.