Welcome to the Week 14 Quarterback Rankings!
This is a very tough week because the good matchups are in the wrong places in a lot of cases. My general feel right now is to trust the producers, like Dak, Mahomes and Russ Wilson, despite the matchups.
Here’s the basic takeaway on the quarterbacks. There are a few strong plays at the top but after that, the separation is super thin. If you like Brady over Fitzpatrick because of trust, I have no issue at all with that. The players from 11 through 18 are super close, so trust your gut in that area. I’m very concerned that the Saints/49ers game is going to be a ground war, so that’s why Brees is so low. He could still smash, but I see a slow game, so that’s why he’s low.
There will be a DFS pod this weekend and I’ll do my best to get it done on Saturday.
I’ll be back in a bit with the other positions.
This article will be updated on Saturday as always, so check back. I will be grinding hard on these QBs and may adjust significantly depending on how some of the injury stuff shakles out.
WEEK 14 RANKINGS
All pricing was sourced from DraftKings.
|1||Lamar Jackson||BAL||7.400||BAL@BUF 12/08/2019 01:00PM ET||You run to beat the Bills. The ceiling is always an open question but I believe in the floor. Fire up Jackson as always but if I’m playing him on DK, it’ll probably be naked with no stack.|
|2||Patrick Mahomes||KC||7.000||KC@NE 12/08/2019 04:25PM ET||Not shying away at all. You play Mahomes in any matchup and this game is huge for the Chiefs, who can get back into the bye discussion with a win. The Pats can’t just take away a weapon. He’s got a few of them and look for the Chiefs to get all of their speed on the field this week. I’d be surprised if Mecole Hardman isn’t on the field a little more.|
|3||Deshaun Watson||HOU||6.500||DEN@HOU 12/08/2019 01:00PM ET||He should be fine here with Denver hurting along their DL. Watson should have time and he has enough weapons to throw around Chris Harris Jr.. Von Miller is looking doubtful for Denver.|
|4||Aaron Rodgers||GB||6.800||WAS@GB 12/08/2019 01:00PM ET||Biggest concern is game script, but unless all of the scores are on the ground, Rogers should come through for you here. Not looking to pay up on DK, but very happy to use him in seasonal play.|
|5||Russell Wilson||SEA||6.900||SEA@LAR 12/08/2019 08:20PM ET||Tough as hell road matchup but he has plenty of weapons now and they will be able to run some though the Rams are tough pretty much across the board. Russ will run more in these spots, which can help.|
|6||Jameis Winston||TB||6.400||IND@TB 12/08/2019 01:00PM ET||Im liking Jameis a bit more than I did earlier in the week—mostly because I trust the volume. It’s also tough for the Colts to deal with two alpha receivers at once. Something should give on the back end.|
|7||Kirk Cousins||MIN||6.700||DET@MIN 12/08/2019 01:00PM ET||Solid matchup but no Thielen hurts, obviously, and it looks like it’s going to be no Thielen again. Just brutal for those who need him this week, like me. They should run a lot there but the matchup is good across the board. If Detroit finds a way on offense, a big day from Cousins is possible. If not, you’ll need your stats early, because it’ll be ground-and-pound late.|
|8||Carson Wentz||PHI||6.100||NYG@PHI 12/09/2019 08:15PM ET||Great matchup and the Eagles are very much in the hunt. The Giants are weak enough where the Eagles lack of speed won’t hurt them as much. Jordan Howard should sit again, so that raises the odds of throwing to those big tights ends when they get down close.|
|9||Sam Darnold||NYJ||6.000||MIA@NYJ 12/08/2019 01:00PM ET||He is at home in a very good matchup so feel free to start him if you need him. He’s well priced on DK as well, with some nice ways to stack, plus nice correlation options on the other side in Gisecki and Parker. Bilal Powell or Ty Montgomery will start at RB, so that’s a downgrade and could lead to the Dolphins dropping more defenders into coverage. It’s a small downgrade for Darnold, who I still like quite a bit.|
|10||Josh Allen||BUF||6.200||BAL@BUF 12/08/2019 01:00PM ET||Tough matchup but he’s the fulcrum and most of what they do goes through Allen. Expect a lot of everything here. Picks, fumbles, and TDs too. Not an ideal play but a viable one.|
|11||Kyler Murray||ARI||5.800||PIT@ARI 12/08/2019 04:25PM ET||Tough as heck matchup but he’s healthy now and the feet make him viable, especially at home.|
|12||Tom Brady||NE||6.100||KC@NE 12/08/2019 04:25PM ET||Hard to trust because the weapons are shaky right now. The Pats should try to run early in this game but they’ll need to open things up eventually.|
|13||Matt Ryan||ATL||6.600||CAR@ATL 12/08/2019 01:00PM ET||It’s a running matchup and Carolina gets to the passer well. Not in love with this at 6,600 on DK, but he’s a solid seasonal option.|
|14||Ryan Tannehill||TEN||5.800||TEN@OAK 12/08/2019 04:25PM ET||A very solid option but the ceiling is just ok.|
|15||Baker Mayfield||CLE||6.300||CIN@CLE 12/08/2019 01:00PM ET||He’s viable here for sure as he’s been very matchup-sensitive and this is a decent matchup.|
|16||Jared Goff||LAR||6.000||SEA@LAR 12/08/2019 08:20PM ET||He showed he can do it last week but this is a far tougher matchup.|
|17||Jacoby Brissett||IND||6.100||IND@TB 12/08/2019 01:00PM ET||They are going to need to throw here, but they have scant weapons|
|18||Drew Brees||NO||5.900||SF@NO 12/08/2019 01:00PM ET||Very tough matchup and they have some OL concerns with the injuries. The 49ers front is explosive. Brees feels risky.|
|19||Ryan Fitzpatrick||MIA||6.000||MIA@NYJ 12/08/2019 01:00PM ET||The matchup is excellent and he’s throwing without any sense of consciousness or good taste. Just kidding. He’s in that Fitz zone, so he’s viable against the sad face Jets.|
|20||Jimmy Garoppolo||SF||5.600||SF@NO 12/08/2019 01:00PM ET||Tough road matchup but viable if you need him.|
|21||Eli Manning||NYG||4.700||NYG@PHI 12/09/2019 08:15PM ET||Great matchup but Jones had more fantasy upside due to the foot-points and aggressive downfield style.|
|22||Philip Rivers||LAC||5.600||LAC@JAX 12/08/2019 04:05PM ET||I expect them to run more here but Rivers is viable if you need him. Hopefully not.|
|23||Andy Dalton||CIN||5.200||CIN@CLE 12/08/2019 01:00PM ET||Tougher matchup this week.|
|24||Kyle Allen||CAR||5.700||CAR@ATL 12/08/2019 01:00PM ET||Nope. No way.|
|25||Gardner Minshew II||JAX||5.400||LAC@JAX 12/08/2019 04:05PM ET||Tough matchup as their corners are just good and Derwin James is back.|
|26||Devlin Hodges||PIT||5.900||PIT@ARI 12/08/2019 04:25PM ET||Great matchup but he needs healthy weapons.|
|27||Derek Carr||OAK||5.000||TEN@OAK 12/08/2019 04:25PM ET||Decent matchup but I’d aim for better. ***UPDATE*** With LT Trent Brown out, I’m downgrading Carr a bit.|
|28||Drew Lock||DEN||5.100||DEN@HOU 12/08/2019 01:00PM ET||Very raw, so be careful.|
|29||David Blough||DET||5.200||DET@MIN 12/08/2019 01:00PM ET||Brutal matchup. Avoid.|
|30||Dwayne Haskins Jr.||WAS||4.600||WAS@GB 12/08/2019 01:00PM ET||Struggling but getting valuable reps. No way should you play him.|
|31||Matthew Stafford||DET||5.700||DET@MIN 12/08/2019 01:00PM ET||Very unlikely to play. (OUT)|
|32||Daniel Jones||NYG||5.700||NYG@PHI 12/09/2019 08:15PM ET||OUT (ankle)|
|33||Dak Prescott||DAL||6.100||DAL@CHI 12/05/2019 08:20PM ET||(ALREADY PLAYED) Dak’s had big games against better defenses than this one. Sit him if you want but I’m playing him in two leagues and I’m fine with it. He’s had over 350 yards passing in three of his last four games.|
|34||Mitchell Trubisky||CHI||5.400||DAL@CHI 12/05/2019 08:20PM ET||(ALREADY PLAYED) Has some ceiling but obviously risky.|