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Quick Grades Week 14 (Fantasy Football Start or Sit Advice)

by Bobby Sylvester | @bobbyfantasypro | Featured Writer
Dec 6, 2019

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Happy Friday everyone! Mitch Trubisky put on a show on Thursday Night Football against the Cowboys. It is now time to look ahead to the full slate of games and make start/sit decisions. This article is for those of you who would love to sit down and read a detailed start/sit article for 90 minutes but just can’t carve out the time at this stage in your life. Instead, I’ll give you all the information without any of the words. Here is how it works: it’s quick-hitting advice with an overall grade and start/sit recommendation for every fantasy-relevant player based on four simple criteria: Matchup, expected volume, fantasy ability and surrounding talent.

Unsurprisingly, Tyler Higbee had a big game last week because of his matchup against the Cardinals

Expected Volume
Latavius Murray piled up fantasy points when he had the bulk of the Saints workload

Fantasy Ability
Tom Brady is a superior real-life quarterback to Josh Allen, but QBs who can run are a fantasy cheat code

Surrounding Talent
It certainly doesn’t hurt Jameis Winston to have Chris Godwin and Mike Evans to throw to

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The grades listed below range from 1 to 25 with overall grades made to mimic a school grade (1-100 with letter grades). The four grades will not add up to the overall grade since each position weights the four criteria differently. For instance, volume is king for running backs, but matchups are much more important for quarterbacks. The start/sit recommendations are for 12-team half-PPR, 1-QB leagues. Slight adjustments would be made for moderate rules changes. Additionally, I’ll name a start of the week, stream of the week and fade of the week at each position. Obviously the #1 player from each player is the top start so rather, start of the week refers to a player you wouldn’t always start. Stream of the week is a player you can typically pick up off the waivers if you are desperate for a fill-in so don’t be surprised if they are down at the bottom of a table since most useful players are already rostered. Fade of the week is the opposite of start of the week, as it is a player you would typically start, but shouldn’t this week because of matchup or game script. Because the tables are a screenshot of an excel table, I’ve added a quick search/find list at the bottom of the article in case you are looking for one or two immediate answers. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me on Twitter @BobbyFantasyPro.

Quick Link to view the entire spreadsheet and search for players quickly at this link.

Running Backs

    • Please refer to the FantasyPros homepage for updates on game-time decisions Sunday morning
    • Start of the Week: Benny Snell Jr. (remember, this is a player you wouldn’t always feel comfortable starting, not the best player)
    • Stream of the Week: Alexander Mattison (remember, this doesn’t mean he is a great start, it means he is the best of what is available on waivers)
    • Fade of the Week: LeSean McCoy
  • Break in the chart is between RB40/RB41
  • Implied refers to how many points Vegas is projecting their team to score

Wide Receivers

    • Please refer to the FantasyPros homepage for updates on game-time decisions Sunday morning
      • If Adam Thielen (doubtful) is active, he would be a B-, Strong Start
    • Start of the Week: D.K. Metcalf
    • Stream of the Week: Zach Pascal (remember, this doesn’t mean he is a great start, it means he is the best of what is available on waivers)
    • Fade of the Week: Marquise Brown
  • Break in the chart is between WR40/WR41


    • Please refer to the FantasyPros homepage for updates on game-time decisions Sunday morning
    • Start of the Week: Carson Wentz
    • Stream of the Week: Jacoby Brissett
    • Fade of the Week: Tom Brady

Tight Ends

Search, Find and Player Cards

Michael Thomas (WR – NO): 110, A+, Must Start
Lamar Jackson (QB – BAL): 100, A+, Must Start
Christian McCaffrey (RB – CAR): 100, A+, Must Start
George Kittle (TE – SF): 100, A+, Must Start
Davante Adams (WR – GB): 99, A+, Must Start
Darren Waller (TE – OAK): 99, A+, Must Start
Russell Wilson (QB – SEA): 98, A+, Must Start
Travis Kelce (TE – KC): 97, A+, Must Start
Zach Ertz (TE – PHI): 97, A+, Must Start
Jack Doyle (TE – IND): 95, A, Must Start
Carson Wentz (QB – PHI): 95, A, Strong Start
Leonard Fournette (RB – JAC): 94, A, Must Start
Aaron Rodgers (QB – GB): 93, A, Strong Start
Derrick Henry (RB – TEN): 93, A, Must Start
Kirk Cousins (QB – MIN): 93, A, Strong Start
DeAndre Hopkins (WR – HOU): 92, A-, Must Start
Patrick Mahomes (QB – KC): 92, A-, Should Start
Nick Chubb (RB – CLE): 92, A-, Must Start
Melvin Gordon (RB – LAC): 90, A-, Must Start
Chris Godwin (WR – TB): 90, A-, Must Start
Josh Jacobs (RB – OAK): 90, A-, Must Start
Jameis Winston (QB – TB): 89, A-, Should Start
Alvin Kamara (RB – NO): 89, A-, Must Start
Le’Veon Bell (RB – NYJ): 89, A-, Must Start
Saquon Barkley (RB – NYG): 89, B+, Strong Start
Aaron Jones (RB – GB): 89, B+, Strong Start
Julio Jones (WR – ATL): 89, B+, Must Start
Mike Evans (WR – TB): 88, B+, Must Start
Hunter Henry (TE – LAC): 88, B+, Strong Start
D.J. Moore (WR – CAR): 88, B+, Must Start
Devonta Freeman (RB – ATL): 88, B+, Strong Start
Tyreek Hill (WR – KC): 88, B+, Must Start
Stefon Diggs (WR – MIN): 87, B+, Must Start
Miles Sanders (RB – PHI): 87, B+, Strong Start
Matt Ryan (QB – ATL): 87, B+, Could Start
Cooper Kupp (WR – LAR): 86, B+, Must Start
Alshon Jeffery (WR – PHI): 86, B+, Must Start
Chris Carson (RB – SEA): 86, B+, Strong Start
Josh Allen (QB – BUF): 86, B+, Could Start
Keenan Allen (WR – LAC): 86, B+, Must Start
Dalvin Cook (RB – MIN): 86, B+, Strong Start
Jacoby Brissett (QB – IND): 86, B+, Could Start
Odell Beckham Jr. (WR – CLE): 85, B, Strong Start
Devante Parker (WR – MIA): 85, B, Strong Start
Deshaun Watson (QB – HOU): 84, B, Could Start
Julian Edelman (WR – NE): 84, B, Strong Start
Sony Michel (RB – NE): 84, B, Strong Start
Kyle Allen (QB – CAR): 83, B, Could Start
Mark Ingram (RB – BAL): 83, B, Strong Start
Joe Mixon (RB – CIN): 83, B, Strong Start
Courtland Sutton (WR – DEN): 83, B, Strong Start
Kyler Murray (QB – ARI): 83, B, Could Start
Ryan Tannehill (QB – TEN): 82, B-, Could Start
Todd Gurley (RB – LAR): 82, B-, Should Start
Jarvis Landry (WR – CLE): 81, B-, Strong Start
Calvin Ridley (WR – ATL): 81, B-, Strong Start
Austin Hooper (TE – ATL): 81, B-, Should Start
Mark Andrews (TE – BAL): 80, B-, Should Start
Tyler Lockett (WR – SEA): 80, B-, Strong Start
Benny Snell Jr. (RB – PIT): 80, B-, Should Start
Phillip Lindsay (RB – DEN): 80, B-, Should Start
Jamaal Williams (RB – GB): 79, B-, Should Start
Tom Brady (QB – NE): 79, B-, Could Start
Marlon Mack (RB – IND): 79, C+, Could Start
Dallas Goedert (TE – PHI): 79, C+, Could Start
Sam Darnold (QB – NYJ): 79, B-, Could Start
Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB – MIA): 79, B-, Could Start
Mike Gesicki (TE – MIA): 79, C+, Could Start
Kyle Rudolph (TE – MIN): 79, C+, Could Start
Robert Woods (WR – LAR): 78, C+, Should Start
Jacob Hollister (TE – SEA): 78, C+, Could Start
Baker Mayfield (QB – CLE): 78, C+, Shouldn’t Start
D.J. Chark (WR – JAC): 78, C+, Should Start
Philip Rivers (QB – LAC): 77, C+, Shouldn’t Start
D.K. Metcalf (WR – SEA): 77, C+, Should Start
Jimmy Garoppolo (QB – SF): 77, C+, Shouldn’t Start
Devin Singletary (RB – BUF): 77, C+, Could Start
Kareem Hunt (RB – CLE): 76, C+, Could Start
Kenny Golladay (WR – DET): 76, C+, Should Start
Jared Goff (QB – LAR): 76, C+, Shouldn’t Start
Drew Brees (QB – NO): 76, C+, Shouldn’t Start
Deebo Samuel (WR – SF): 76, C+, Should Start
John Brown (WR – BUF): 76, C+, Should Start
Austin Ekeler (RB – LAC): 76, C+, Could Start
Jared Cook (TE – NO): 75, C, Could Start
Zach Pascal (WR – IND): 75, C, Could Start
A.J. Brown (WR – TEN): 75, C, Could Start
Carlos Hyde (RB – HOU): 75, C, Could Start
Vance McDonald (TE – PIT): 75, C, Could Start
Curtis Samuel (WR – CAR): 75, C, Could Start
Tyler Boyd (WR – CIN): 74, C, Could Start
Jamison Crowder (WR – NYJ): 74, C, Could Start
Alexander Mattison (RB – MIN): 74, C, Could Start
Noah Fant (TE – DEN): 74, C, Could Start
Ryan Griffin (TE – NYJ): 74, C, Could Start
Christian Kirk (WR – ARI): 74, C, Could Start
James White (RB – NE): 74, C, Could Start
Sterling Shepard (WR – NYG): 74, C, Could Start
Marvin Jones (WR – DET): 73, C, Could Start
Rashaad Penny (RB – SEA): 73, C, Could Start
Cole Beasley (WR – BUF): 73, C, Could Start
O.J. Howard (TE – TB): 73, C, Could Start
Gardner Minshew (QB – JAC): 73, C, Shouldn’t Start
Mike Williams (WR – LAC): 73, C, Could Start
Golden Tate (WR – NYG): 73, C, Could Start
Eli Manning (QB – NYG): 73, C-, Crazy Start
Emmanuel Sanders (WR – SF): 72, C-, Could Start
Jonnu Smith (TE – TEN): 72, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Tyler Higbee (TE – LAR): 72, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Derrius Guice (RB – WAS): 72, C-, Could Start
Bo Scarbrough (RB – DET): 72, C-, Could Start
Irv Smith Jr. (TE – MIN): 72, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Kenyan Drake (RB – ARI): 71, C-, Could Start
Adrian Peterson (RB – WAS): 71, C-, Could Start
Robby Anderson (WR – NYJ): 71, C-, Could Start
Terry McLaurin (WR – WAS): 70, C-, Could Start
Parris Campbell (WR – IND): 70, C-, Could Start
James Washington (WR – PIT): 70, C-, Could Start
Brandin Cooks (WR – LAR): 70, C-, Could Start
Will Fuller (WR – HOU): 70, C-, Could Start
Dede Westbrook (WR – JAC): 70, C-, Could Start
Raheem Mostert (RB – SF): 70, C-, Could Start
Marquise Brown (WR – BAL): 70, C-, Could Start
Tyrell Williams (WR – OAK): 69, C-, Could Start
LeSean McCoy (RB – KC): 69, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Corey Davis (WR – TEN): 69, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Darius Slayton (WR – NYG): 69, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Tevin Coleman (RB – SF): 68, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Ronald Jones II (RB – TB): 68, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Drew Lock (QB – DEN): 68, D+, Crazy Start
Devlin Hodges (QB – PIT): 68, D+, Crazy Start
Larry Fitzgerald (WR – ARI): 68, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Jaylen Samuels (RB – PIT): 67, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Duke Johnson (RB – HOU): 67, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Sammy Watkins (WR – KC): 67, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Nelson Agholor (WR – PHI): 67, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Ian Thomas (TE – CAR): 66, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Latavius Murray (RB – NO): 66, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Patrick Laird (RB – MIA): 66, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Darwin Thompson (RB – KC): 66, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Royce Freeman (RB – DEN): 66, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Gus Edwards (RB – BAL): 65, D, Crazy Start
Adam Humphries (WR – TEN): 65, D, Shouldn’t Start
Andy Dalton (QB – CIN): 65, D, Crazy Start
Peyton Barber (RB – TB): 65, D, Crazy Start
Kelvin Harmon (WR – WAS): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
Rex Burkhead (RB – NE): 64, D, Crazy Start
Demaryius Thomas (WR – NYJ): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
Jakobi Meyers (WR – NE): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
Mohamed Sanu (WR – NE): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
Frank Gore (RB – BUF): 63, D, Crazy Start
Auden Tate (WR – CIN): 63, D, Shouldn’t Start
Jimmy Graham (TE – GB): 63, D, Crazy Start
Diontae Johnson (WR – PIT): 63, D, Shouldn’t Start
Jordan Howard (RB – PHI): 63, D, Crazy Start
Adam Thielen (WR – MIN): 63, D, Shouldn’t Start
Brian Hill (RB – ATL): 62, D-, Crazy Start
Marcus Johnson (WR – IND): 62, D-, Crazy Start
Allen Lazard (WR – GB): 62, D-, Crazy Start
Danny Amendola (WR – DET): 62, D-, Crazy Start
Derek Carr (QB – OAK): 62, D-, Crazy Start
Darren Fells (TE – HOU): 61, D-, Crazy Start
Kenny Stills (WR – HOU): 61, D-, Crazy Start
Allen Hurns (WR – MIA): 61, D-, Crazy Start
John Ross (WR – CIN): 61, D-, Crazy Start
Russell Gage (WR – ATL): 60, D-, Crazy Start
Albert Wilson (WR – MIA): 60, D-, Crazy Start
Josh Gordon (WR – SEA): 59, D-, Crazy Start
Jonathan Williams (RB – IND): 59, D-, Crazy Start
Nyheim Hines (RB – IND): 59, D-, Crazy Start
Chris Conley (WR – JAC): 58, F, Crazy Start
Dawson Knox (TE – BUF): 58, F, Crazy Start
Olabisi Johnson (WR – MIN): 57, F, Crazy Start
Zay Jones (WR – BUF): 57, F, Crazy Start
Tyler Eifert (TE – CIN): 57, F, Crazy Start
Phillip Dorsett (WR – NE): 57, F, Crazy Start
Matt Breida (RB – SF): 57, F, Crazy Start
David Johnson (RB – ARI): 57, F, Crazy Start
Chris Thompson (RB – WAS): 56, F, Crazy Start
Mecole Hardman (WR – KC): 55, F, Crazy Start
David Blough (QB – DET): 54, F, Crazy Start
Myles Gaskin (RB – MIA): 53, F, Crazy Start
Tim Patrick (WR – DEN): 53, F, Crazy Start
Jordan Wilkins (RB – IND): 53, F, Crazy Start
Breshad Perriman (WR – TB): 51, F, Crazy Start
Ted Ginn (WR – NO): 50, F, Crazy Start
J.D. McKissic (RB – DET): 50, F, Crazy Start
Demarcus Robinson (WR – KC): 50, F, Crazy Start
Dwayne Haskins (QB – WAS): 50, F, Crazy Start

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