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McFarland: Week 14 Fantasy Football Rankings & Tiers

Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) is defended by Washington Football Team outside linebacker Cole Holcomb (55) on a 1-yard touchdown run in the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It's time to set our Week 14 fantasy football lineups and identify our favorite DFS plays and fades.

Below, you'll find tiers and rankings for every position, including analysis, implied point totals, betting spreads and more.

For adjustments after the timestamp below, check out PFF's weekly rankings and projections.

Last updated: 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11


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KEY:

  • SOS: PFF's Fantasy Strength of Schedule (SoS) metric provides a league-wide, season-long view of opponent matchups for each fantasy position.
  • OL Pass-Block Advantage (OL PBA): offensive-line pass blocking matchup; derived from the OL/DL Matchup tool (pass blocking advantage — the higher the number, the better the matchup for the offensive line, and vice versa).
  • OL Run-Block Advantage (OL RBA): offensive-line pass blocking matchup; derived from the OL/DL Matchup tool (run-blocking advantage — the higher the number, the better the matchup for the offensive line, and vice versa).
  • WR/CB Matchup Advantage (WR/CB MU): wide receiver versus cornerback matchup; derived from the WR/CB Matchup tool (matchup advantage grade — the higher the grade, the better the matchup for the receiver, and vice versa).
  • TE Matchup Advantage (TE MU): tight end versus linebackers and safeties; derived from the TE Matchup tool (matchup advantage — the higher the number, the better the matchup for the tight end, and vice versa.
  • Projections: from PFF projections tool.
  • Injuries: Q = Questionable; D = Doubtful (typically removed from ranks on Saturday); GTD = game-time decision

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QUARTERBACKS

Tier Rank Player Opponent Total Spread Implied Points QB SOS OL PBA PPR Injury Status
1 QB1 Kyler Murray LA 51.0 -2.5 26.75 2.4 -56 20.8
1 QB2 Josh Allen @TB 54.0 3.5 25.25 2.2 20 20.9
1 QB3 Patrick Mahomes LV 48.0 -10.0 29.00 5.3 -24 21.4
2 QB4 Lamar Jackson @CLV 42.5 3.0 19.75 0.0 -13 20.5
2 QB5 Tom Brady BUF 54.0 -3.5 28.75 2.4 26 20.1
2 QB6 Dak Prescott @WAS 48.0 -4.5 26.25 5.5 19 18.6
2 QB7 Matthew Stafford @ARZ 51.0 2.5 24.25 3.9 -5 18.1
2 QB8 Justin Herbert NYG 43.0 -9.5 26.25 5.4 16 22.0
2 QB9 Aaron Rodgers CHI 43.0 -12.5 27.75 6.9 -4 20.4
3 QB10 Kirk Cousins PIT 43.5 -3.0 23.25 7.0 -45 18.1
3 QB11 Joe Burrow SF 48.5 1.5 23.50 3.1 -11 18.4
3 QB12 Russell Wilson @HST 40.5 -8.5 24.50 6.9 -19 20.8
4 QB13 Taysom Hill @NYJ 43.0 -5.5 24.25 8.1 -6 16.1
4 QB14 Cam Newton ATL 41.0 2.5 19.25 7.3 11 17.7
4 QB15 Derek Carr @KC 48.0 10.0 19.00 3.4 -26 14.9
4 QB16 Taylor Heinicke DAL 48.0 4.5 21.75 4.8 7 15.9
4 QB17 Justin Fields @GB 43.0 12.5 15.25 4.5 -17 14.3
5 QB18 Ryan Tannehill JAX 43.5 -8.5 26.00 10.0 -9 19.9
5 QB19 Jimmy Garoppolo @CIN 48.5 -1.5 25.00 6.0 -7 15.7
5 QB20 Ben Roethlisberger @MIN 43.5 3.0 20.25 2.9 5 15.6
5 QB21 Teddy Bridgewater DET 42.0 -10.5 26.25 7.9 6 18.4
5 QB22 Matt Ryan @CAR 41.0 -2.5 21.75 3.3 -32 15.3
5 QB23 Zach Wilson NO 43.0 5.5 18.75 1.1 -1 12.0
6 QB24 Davis Mills SEA 40.5 8.5 16.00 6.6 5 16.1
6 QB25 Baker Mayfield BLT 42.5 -3.0 22.75 6.5 -18 14.4
6 QB26 Trevor Lawrence @TEN 43.5 8.5 17.50 5.2 22 14.6
6 QB27 Jared Goff @DEN 42.0 10.5 15.75 5.4 13 13.7
6 QB28 Mike Glennon @LAC 43.0 9.5 16.75 3.7 -22 15.1

Removed from ranks: N/A

Tier 1 – Kyler Murray looked like his old self in Week 13, handling 17% of the Cardinals' designed rushing attempts and scrambling on 24% of dropbacks. The Rams present a tough QB SOS, but Arizona carries the fourth-highest implied points and the second-highest game total on the slate.

Tier 2 – Dak Prescott has been a boom-bust option over the past four games with QB2, QB28, QB4 and QB23 finishes. This week represents an opportunity to boom against Washington — the worst fantasy defense against opposing quarterbacks, coughing up 26.0 points per game. Prescott should have all three receivers healthy, and the Cowboys are hurting at running back with Tony Pollard questionable (foot) and Ezekiel Elliott nursing a knee injury.

Tier 2 – Justin Herbert originally was at No. 7 in my quarterback ranks but drops to QB8 with Keenan Allen out (COVID-19).

Tier 3 – Kirk Cousins has five consecutive top-12 finishes, including four in the top seven. However, he won't have Adam Thielen on Thursday night against the Steelers. He still has Justin Jefferson but gets a slight downgrade in Week 14.

Tier 3 – Joe Burrow injured his finger on the opening drive last week and went on to throw the ball 38 times and complete 22 passes for 283 yards with a 10.5-yard average depth of target after the injury. He may not be 100%, but last week's game paints a positive outlook.

Tier 4 – Taysom Hill will play after practicing fully this week. His finger is an issue, but he isn't an accurate quarterback anyway. The Jets allow the fourth-most regulation rushing attempts per game (28.3), and Hill is likely in line for 30-40% of the designed rushing attempts. He has capped upside in the passing attack, and his range of outcomes include a dud should the Jets fully commit to stopping the run early in the game. Consider Hill a borderline QB1 in for Week 14.

Tier 4 – Cam Newton will start for the Panthers this weekend and should handle all of the work as long as he doesn't perform poorly. The Falcons offer a much softer matchup than the Dolphins, allowing the second-most points per game to quarterbacks on the slate (23.7). Unlike Hill, Newton has an alpha target in the passing game and has a healthy throwing hand.

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