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Key NFL Week 14 matchups to leverage in fantasy football start/sit decisions

Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (25) runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Football is a game of matchups. There is a saying in fantasy football to “start your studs,” but we really want to rely on the players who will score the most fantasy points. Talent plays a big factor in which players score the most, but matchups also heavily contribute.

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Digging deep into the PFF database, here are four cases where the combination of how the two teams play or use their players will lead to bigger games by the offenses involved in Week 14.

Taysom Hill is a must start

The one stat most people remember from Hill’s first start of the season is his four interceptions. But he still racked up over 100 yards on the ground and threw two touchdowns, making him the QB3 for the week. Hill has started five games at quarterback in his career, and he’s finished among the top-12 fantasy quarterbacks every time.

Hill will have an easier path to fantasy points against the New York Jets, who are among the top-10 teams in allowing fantasy points to quarterbacks. Hill has been at his best on intermediate pass plays from 10 to 20 yards down the field, and that’s an area where New York has struggled. They’ve allowed a 122.4 passer rating to quarterbacks throwing in that range. 

The Jets have yet to face a high-volume rushing quarterback this season. Tyrod Taylor has been the most dangerous dual-threat they've seen, and he averaged 15.0 yards per carry against them. Hill should be able to find a bit more success passing the ball along with some good runs and finish as a top-12 fantasy quarterback yet again. 

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