Bobby Sylvester’s 2019 Week 14 Rankings (Start or Sit Answers)
We are now just hours away from the Cowboys’ high-powered offense fighting for a playoff spot against the Bears’ lights out defense so it’s time to help you make your most challenging decisions for the first round of the fantasy playoffs. If you aren’t reading it until Saturday or Sunday, don’t worry, I’ll continue to update it every few hours for you all. As always, if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out on Twitter @bobbyfantasypro. Before we dive into the rankings, let me tell you about four start/sit options that I am especially opinionated about this week.
Josh Allen (QB – BUF): #8 vs ECR #15 vs BAL
It might not always be pretty, but outside of the game against the Patriots, where every non-L-Jax quarterback has struggled, Allen has been a reliable fantasy option week in and week out. His low is just 17 fantasy points and even in tough matchups the past two weeks against Denver and Dallas, he has managed 20 and 24 fantasy points. Although he gets the Ravens this week, he’ll be at home and you can bank on him running for 40+ yards which is the same in fantasy as a free passing touchdown.
LeSean McCoy (RB – KC): #41 vs ECR #30 @ NE
Although this rank won’t solidify until we know whether or not Damien Williams will be active, I am confident in saying that I wouldn’t start McCoy even if Williams was out. McCoy has yet to be trusted as a true #1 for Kansas City this season. First, it was Damien ahead of him. When Damien was banged up twice, it was Darrell who jumped ahead of him. When both were out last week, Darwin Thompson was the lead back. At the very best, we are looking at a timeshare back against one of, if not the toughest, run defense in football. Hard pass.
Mike Williams (WR – LAC): #35 vs ECR #42 @ JAC
Apparently I’m much closer to ECR at this position than I’ve ever been before since this is the ranking that stands out the most. Yes, it was a fluke last year when Williams had 11 touchdowns in under 70 targets, but it’s most certainly a fluke that he has 0 in as many targets this season. Williams is a legitimate red-zone weapon and with 778 yards already on the season, you can bet there will be touchdowns coming soon. What’s more, is that he is consistent, racking up 55+ yards in five straight games and no fewer than 45 since Week 1. That type of reliability is near impossible to find at the low-end WR3 range.
Ryan Griffin (TE – NYJ): #18 vs ECR #10 vs MIA
There is no doubt that Griffin has had a strong six weeks since taking over as the starter for the Jets. In that time, he had a 21 point and 17 point game but besides that, it has been rather ugly. He put up 1 reception for negative 2 yards versus the Giants. In a smash matchup against the Raiders two weeks ago, he caught 3 balls for 13 yards. Even last week against the Bengals, he had 5 for a measly 30 yards. Is there a chance he blows up against Miami this week? Sure. He also has a lousy floor that makes him a similar play to Noah Fant, O.J. Howard and Ian Thomas this week as a middling TE2.