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Erickson: NFL Week 14 fantasy football start 'em or sit 'em

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) reacts in the fourth quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The fantasy football playoffs are finally here. The start/sit decisions made this week will be crucial to whether fantasy managers will be moving onto the next round and can get their chance at eternal glory.

The common mantra tossed around in Week 14 will be to “start your studs” or “play with the horses that got you there,” but it really depends on each individual roster. Remember: this is a weekly game, so don’t fall victim to feeling the need to start any player. Evaluate the situation and make the best call with the information at your disposal.

I'll also provide some guidance through sit/start questions across traditional 10- and 12-team leagues, along with deeper formats. So, without further ado, get ready for the 14th overall edition and first playoff edition of the 2020 PFF fantasy football start ‘em or sit ‘em.

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Dec 2, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) passes against the Baltimore Ravens during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports


Big Ben hasn’t finished as a top-14 quarterback for three straight weeks, despite averaging nearly 50 passing attempts per game. The Steelers’ quarterback shouldn’t shoulder the full blame for his poor fantasy outings because his receivers have been dropping balls at an almost unbelievable rate.

Pittsburgh has accounted for 12 dropped passes over the past three weeks, which is three more than the next closest team, and that’s a big reason why Ben Roethlisberger has underperformed fantasy expectations by the second-highest point total since Week 11.

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