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Week 14 fantasy football start ’em or sit ’em for IDP leagues

Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots saftey Adrian Phillips (21) reacts after intercepting a pass against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

If you’re reading this, then congratulations on making the fantasy football playoffs! A fantasy football championship is in our sights, but first, we need to set our lineups and make the right decisions along the way.

Let us help you navigate some of those brain-wracking decisions that we’ll be faced with ahead of Week 14.


START — EDGE Khalil Mack, Chicago Bears (vs. HST)

If you were making a playoff push with Khalil Mack on your roster and managed to secure a postseason berth, it was almost certainly without his help. One of the best pass rushers in the NFL has been very quiet over his past four games. Despite snagging an interception in Week 10, Mack has just eight total tackles and zero sacks in those four weeks. Expectations are higher for a player of his caliber, and this should be the week where he rights the ship with fantasy owners.

Mack has a really juicy matchup with the Texans and Deshaun Watson, who has taken the third-most sacks in the NFL to this point in the season. This is partly due to right tackle Tytus Howard, who is fourth among tackles in pressures allowed (36). Howard will be Mack’s primary matchup Sunday, making for one of the best mismatches of the week — Mack’s 91.0 pass-rush grade goes up against Howard’s 67.0 pass-blocking grade.

SIT — DE Clelin Ferrell, Las Vegas Raiders (vs. IND)

The fourth overall pick in the  2019 NFL Draft, Clelin Ferrell had what was by far his best pass-rushing day as a pro in Week 13, posting a 90.7 pass-rush grade and two sacks leading to fumbles on six pressures. While his pass-rush grade is impressive, as is his stat line, we need to consider the context here.

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