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NFL fantasy football: Week 14 rankings

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger should thrive this weekend against the lowly Raiders.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger should thrive this weekend against the lowly Raiders. AP


1 Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh at Oakland ...It's on the road cross-country but keep your Steelers in the lineup against an Oakland defense allowing 30.6 points per game (2nd-most).

2 Drew Brees, New Orleans at Tampa Bay ...Drew Brees is likely itching to rebound from last week's one touchdown game and he should feast against a Tampa defense allowing 29.6 points per game (3rd-most).

3 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay vs. Atlanta ...Rodgers could be in store for an emotional boost (and much-needed fantasy bump) with Mike McCarthy fired as head coach (Joe Philbin will take over as interim head coach) -- Atlanta allows the 2nd-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

4 Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City vs. Baltimore ...It’s a tough draw against a Ravens’ defense allowing a league-low 17.8 points per week and the 2nd-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks but Mahomes is simply too elite to drop too far in the rankings.

5 Philip Rivers, LA Chargers vs. Cincinnati ...Cincinnati allows a league-high 30.9 points per game and the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

6 Cam Newton, Carolina at Cleveland

7 Dak Prescott, Dallas vs. Philadelphia

8 Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay vs. New Orleans ...This game has shoot-out potential and Winston has thrown two touchdowns in three straight games though the New Orleans defense has been tough of late (averaging 12.3 points per week over their past three games, lowest in the NFL).

9 Deshaun Watson, Houston vs. Indianapolis ...Watson passed for 375 yards and totaled three touchdowns in his earlier game against the Colts this season.

10 Andrew Luck, Indianapolis at Houston

11 Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago vs. LA Rams

12 Jared Goff, LA Rams at Chicago

13 Tom Brady, New England at Miami

14 Matt Ryan, Atlanta at Green Bay ...Atlanta has scored more than two touchdowns in just one of their six past games and on the road in cold weather conditions isn’t the best set-up for Ryan.

15 Russell Wilson, Seattle vs. Minnesota ...Minnesota has allowed multiple touchdown passes in just two games this season, the fewest in the league.

16 Lamar Jackson, Baltimore at Kansas City

17 Baker Mayfield, Cleveland vs. Carolina

18 Kirk Cousins, Minnesota at Seattle

19 Carson Wentz, Philadelphia at Dallas ...Dallas allows just 18.6 points per game (2nd-fewest).

20 Josh Allen, Buffalo vs. NY Jets

21 Case Keenum, Denver at San Francisco

22 Ryan Tannehill, Miami vs. New England

23 Nick Mullens, San Francisco vs. Denver

24 Marcus Mariota, Tennessee vs. Jacksonville

25 Matthew Stafford, Detroit at Arizona ...Stafford has been just the 23rd-best fantasy quarterback over the past three weeks while Arizona allows the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

26 Eli Manning, NY Giants at Washington

27 Derek Carr, Oakland vs. Pittsburgh

28 Jeff Driskel, Cincinnati at LA Chargers

29 Josh Rosen, Arizona vs. Detroit

30 Cody Kessler, Jacksonville at Tennessee

31 Sam Darnold, NY Jets at Buffalo ...Darnold (foot) will need to be monitored but he is expected to return as the Jets' starter in Week 14.

32 Mark Sanchez, Washington vs. NY Giants

Running Back

1 Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas vs. Philadelphia ...Elliott trails Todd Gurley by just 25 yards (1,175 to 1,150) for the 2018 NFL rushing crown.

2 Christian McCaffrey, Carolina at Cleveland

3 Saquon Barkley, NY Giants at Washington

4 Todd Gurley, LA Rams at Chicago

5 Alvin Kamara, New Orleans at Tampa Bay

6 Phillip Lindsay, Denver at San Francisco ...Lindsay has been the No. 4 running back over the past three weeks.

7 Aaron Jones, Green Bay vs. Atlanta

8 David Johnson, Arizona vs. Detroit

9 Nick Chubb, Cleveland vs. Carolina ...Chubb comes into Week 14 having scored in four straight games.

10 Dalvin Cook, Minnesota at Seattle ...Cook has been the No. 11 running back over the past two weeks while the Seattle defense has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing running backs over the past three weeks.

11 James White, New England at Miami

12 Lamar Miller, Houston vs. Indianapolis ...Miller leads the NFL in rushing (605 yards) since Week 7.

13 Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville at Tennessee ...Fournette returns from a one-game suspension and had averaged 27 touches per game in his previous three games.

14 Tarik Cohen, Chicago vs. LA Rams

15 Sony Michel, New England at Miami

16 Mark Ingram, New Orleans at Tampa Bay

17 Jeff Wilson, San Francisco vs. Denver ...Matt Breida (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 14 leaving Wilson in-store for another big workload after a 134-yard game last week along with eight receptions.

18 Jaylen Samuels, Pittsburgh at Oakland ...Samuels should have a busy day with James Conner (leg) ruled out and against an Oakland defense that has allowed 190 yards rushing per game over its past three (NFL high).

19 Joe Mixon, Cincinnati at LA Chargers

20 Austin Ekeler, LA Chargers vs. Cincinnati

21 LeSean McCoy, Buffalo vs. NY Jets

22 Justin Jackson, LA Chargers vs. Cincinnati

23 Kenyan Drake, Miami vs. New England

24 Gus Edwards, Baltimore at Kansas City

25 Adrian Peterson, Washington vs. NY Giants

26 Marlon Mack, Indianapolis at Houston

27 Theo Riddick, Detroit at Arizona

28 Spencer Ware, Kansas City vs. Baltimore ...Ware will be the lead back though the Ravens allow just 87 rushing yards per game (3rd-fewest).

29 Jalen Richard, Oakland vs. Pittsburgh

30 Tevin Coleman, Atlanta at Green Bay

31 Josh Adams, Philadelphia at Dallas

32 Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis at Houston

33 Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay vs. New Orleans ...New Orleans allow a league-low 75.4 rushing yards per game.

34 Chris Carson, Seattle vs. Minnesota ...Carson (finger) will need to be monitored.

35 Dion Lewis, Tennessee vs. Jacksonville

36 LeGarrette Blount, Detroit at Arizona

37 Chris Thompson, Washington vs. NY Giants

38 Corey Clement, Philadelphia at Dallas

39 Jordan Howard, Chicago vs. LA Rams

40 Stevan Ridley, Pittsburgh at Oakland ...Ridley will have a role this week with James Conner (ankle) out.

41 Isaiah Crowell, NY Jets at Buffalo

42 Rex Burkhead, New England at Miami

43 Derrick Henry, Tennessee vs. Jacksonville

44 Duke Johnson, Cleveland vs. Carolina

45 T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville at Tennessee

46 Rashaad Penny, Seattle vs. Minnesota

47 Royce Freeman, Denver at San Francisco

48 Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati at LA Chargers

49 Doug Martin, Oakland vs. Pittsburgh ...Martin (knee) will need to be monitored.

50 Chase Edmonds, Arizona vs. Detroit

Wide Receiver

1 Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh at Oakland ...Brown comes off his best game of the season and he has 13 targets in each of his past three games.

2 Michael Thomas, New Orleans at Tampa Bay ...Thomas had a 16-catch, 180-yard game the last time he faced Tampa in Week 1.

3 Davante Adams, Green Bay vs. Atlanta

4 Odell Beckham, NY Giants at Washington

5 JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh at Oakland

6 Keenan Allen, LA Chargers vs. Cincinnati ...Allen has been the No. 1 wide receiver over the past five weeks and he's scored in four straight.

7 DeAndre Hopkins, Houston vs. Indianapolis

8 Julio Jones, Atlanta at Green Bay

9 Mike Evans, Tampa Bay vs. New Orleans ...New Orleans allows the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

10 Amari Cooper, Dallas vs. Philadelphia ...Philadelphia allows the 2nd-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

11 Adam Thielen, Minnesota at Seattle

12 Stefon Diggs, Minnesota at Seattle

13 Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati at LA Chargers

14 T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis at Houston

15 Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay vs. New Orleans

16 Tyreek Hill, Kansas City vs. Baltimore ...Hill is a little lower in this week's ranking though he's near impossible to bench despite the fact that Baltimore has yet to allow a 100-yard receiver this year.

17 Julian Edelman, New England at Miami

18 Robert Woods, LA Rams at Chicago

19 Josh Gordon, New England at Miami

20 Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay vs. New Orleans

21 Allen Robinson, Chicago vs. LA Rams

22 Jarvis Landry, Cleveland vs. Carolina

23 D.J. Moore, Carolina at Cleveland

24 Curtis Samuel, Carolina at Cleveland

25 Brandin Cooks, LA Rams at Chicago

26 Doug Baldwin, Seattle vs. Minnesota

27 Tyler Lockett, Seattle vs. Minnesota

28 Courtland Sutton, Denver at San Francisco

29 Michael Gallup, Dallas vs. Philadelphia

30 Zay Jones, Buffalo vs. NY Jets ...Jones got shutout in Week 12 against Jacksonville but more broadly he's warmed up of late with three touchdowns in past three games.

31 Calvin Ridley, Atlanta at Green Bay

32 Kenny Golladay, Detroit at Arizona

33 Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona vs. Detroit

34 Dante Pettis, San Francisco vs. Denver

35 Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia at Dallas ...Jeffery hasn’t scored in five-straight games while the Dallas defense allows the 2nd-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

36 TreQuan Smith, New Orleans at Tampa Bay

37 Golden Tate, Philadelphia at Dallas

38 Corey Davis, Tennessee vs. Jacksonville

39 Kenny Stills, Miami vs. New England

40 Demaryius Thomas, Houston vs. Indianapolis

41 Anthony Miller, Chicago vs. LA Rams

42 Taylor Gabriel, Chicago vs. LA Rams

43 Antonio Callaway, Cleveland vs. Carolina

44 Mike Williams, LA Chargers vs. Cincinnati

45 Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta at Green Bay

46 Bruce Ellington, Detroit at Arizona

47 DeVante Parker, Miami vs. New England

48 Josh Reynolds, LA Rams at Chicago

49 Jordy Nelson, Oakland vs. Pittsburgh

50 Michael Crabtree, Baltimore at Kansas City

51 Sterling Shepard, NY Giants at Washington ...Shepard has totaled less than 40 yards receiving in five straight games.

52 Josh Doctson, Washington vs. NY Giants

53 John Ross, Cincinnati at LA Chargers ...Ross will take over as a permanent starter with A.J. Green out for the remainder of 2018.

54 Devin Funchess, Carolina at Cleveland

55 Tyrell Williams, LA Chargers vs. Cincinnati

56 DaeSean Hamilton, Denver at San Francisco ...Hamilton should have an expanded role with Emmanuel Sanders out for the rest of the season.

57 Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia at Dallas

58 Rashard Higgins, Cleveland vs. Carolina

59 Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville at Tennessee

60 Donte Moncrief, Jacksonville at Tennessee

61 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay vs. Atlanta ...Valdes-Scantling was hot earlier in the season though he’s really cooled off and is tough to trust now with under 20 receiving yards in three straight games.

62 Dontrelle Inman, Indianapolis at Houston

63 Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco vs. Denver

64 Chris Conley, Kansas City vs. Baltimore

65 Ryan Switzer, Pittsburgh at Oakland

66 Cole Beasley, Dallas vs. Philadelphia ...Beasley (foot) will need to be monitored.

67 Chris Hogan, New England at Miami

68 Keke Coutee, Houston vs. Indianapolis ...Coutee (hamstring) will need to be monitored.

69 David Moore, Seattle vs. Minnesota

70 Robby Anderson, NY Jets at Buffalo

71 Cordarrelle Patterson, New England at Miami

72 Randall Cobb, Green Bay vs. Atlanta ...Cobb (hamstring) will need to be monitored.

73 Taywan Taylor, Tennessee vs. Jacksonville

74 Keith Kirkwood, New Orleans at Tampa Bay

75 John Brown, Baltimore at Kansas City

Tight End

1 Zach Ertz, Philadelphia at Dallas ...Ertz is on pace to set the all-time NFL record for most receptions in a season (on pace for 124 receptions), and he had a huge game against Dallas the last time they played (14 receptions, 145 yards and two touchdowns).

2 Travis Kelce, Kansas City vs. Baltimore

3 George Kittle, San Francisco vs. Denver

4 Eric Ebron, Indianapolis at Houston

5 Rob Gronkowski, New England at Miami

6 Jared Cook, Oakland vs. Pittsburgh

7 David Njoku, Cleveland vs. Carolina

8 Austin Hooper, Atlanta at Green Bay ...Green Bay has been tough against the tight end all season, including allowing just one score to a tight end this year.

9 Jordan Reed, Washington vs. NY Giants

10 Jimmy Graham, Green Bay vs. Atlanta

11 Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay vs. New Orleans

12 Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh at Oakland

13 Ian Thomas, Carolina at Cleveland ...Thomas will take over as the Panthers' starting tight end with Greg Olsen out for the remainder of the season.

14 Trey Burton, Chicago vs. LA Rams

15 Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota at Seattle

16 Dan Arnold, New Orleans at Tampa Bay

17 C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati at LA Chargers

18 Chris Herndon, NY Jets at Buffalo

19 Jonnu Smith, Tennessee vs. Jacksonville

20 Jordan Thomas, Houston vs. Indianapolis

21 Evan Engram, NY Giants at Washington ...Engram (hamstring) will need to be monitored.

22 Mark Andrews, Baltimore at Kansas City

23 Gerald Everett, LA Rams at Chicago

24 Tyler Higbee, LA Rams at Chicago

25 Vernon Davis, Washington vs. NY Giants

26 Matt LaCosse, Denver at San Francisco

27 Ben Watson, New Orleans at Tampa Bay

28 Jesse James, Pittsburgh at Oakland

29 Blake Jarwin, Dallas vs. Philadelphia

30 Michael Roberts, Detroit at Arizona


1 Ka'imi Fairbairn, Houston vs. Indianapolis

2 Justin Tucker, Baltimore at Kansas City

3 Stephen Gostkowski, New England at Miami

4 Wil Lutz, New Orleans at Tampa Bay

5 Greg Zuerlein, LA Rams at Chicago

6 Mike Badgley, LA Chargers vs. Cincinnati

7 Harrison Butker, Kansas City vs. Baltimore

8 Aldrick Rosas, NY Giants at Washington

9 Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh at Oakland

10 Brandon McManus, Denver at San Francisco

11 Brett Maher, Dallas vs. Philadelphia

12 Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis at Houston

13 Cody Parkey, Chicago vs. LA Rams

14 Graham Gano, Carolina at Cleveland

15 Jason Myers, NY Jets at Buffalo

16 Jake Elliott, Philadelphia at Dallas

17 Mason Crosby, Green Bay vs. Atlanta

18 Ryan Succop, Tennessee vs. Jacksonville

19 Matt Bryant, Atlanta at Green Bay

20 Sebastian Janikowski, Seattle vs. Minnesota

21 Matt Prater, Detroit at Arizona

22 Stephen Hauschka, Buffalo vs. NY Jets

23 Greg Joseph, Cleveland vs. Carolina

24 Cairo Santos, Tampa Bay vs. New Orleans

25 Robbie Gould, San Francisco vs. Denver

26 Daniel Carlson, Oakland vs. Pittsburgh

27 Jason Sanders, Miami vs. New England

28 Dustin Hopkins, Washington vs. NY Giants

29 Zane Gonzalez, Arizona vs. Detroit

30 Josh Lambo, Jacksonville at Tennessee

31 Dan Bailey, Minnesota at Seattle

32 Randy Bullock, Cincinnati at LA Chargers


1 Denver DT, Denver at San Francisco

2 Pittsburgh DT, Pittsburgh at Oakland

3 LA Chargers DT, LA Chargers vs. Cincinnati

4 Buffalo DT, Buffalo vs. NY Jets

5 Jacksonville DT, Jacksonville at Tennessee

6 Arizona DT, Arizona vs. Detroit

7 LA Rams DT, LA Rams at Chicago

8 NY Giants DT, NY Giants at Washington

9 New England DT, New England at Miami

10 Tennessee DT, Tennessee vs. Jacksonville

11 New Orleans DT, New Orleans at Tampa Bay

12 Kansas City DT, Kansas City vs. Baltimore

13 Carolina DT, Carolina at Cleveland

14 Green Bay DT, Green Bay vs. Atlanta

15 NY Jets DT, NY Jets at Buffalo

16 Dallas DT, Dallas vs. Philadelphia

17 Washington DT, Washington vs. NY Giants

18 Seattle DT, Seattle vs. Minnesota

19 Detroit DT, Detroit at Arizona

20 Chicago DT, Chicago vs. LA Rams

21 Houston DT, Houston vs. Indianapolis

22 Philadelphia DT, Philadelphia at Dallas

23 Cleveland DT, Cleveland vs. Carolina

24 Indianapolis DT, Indianapolis at Houston

25 Baltimore DT, Baltimore at Kansas City

26 Minnesota DT, Minnesota at Seattle

27 Miami DT, Miami vs. New England

28 Atlanta DT, Atlanta at Green Bay

29 San Francisco DT, San Francisco vs. Denver

30 Tampa Bay DT, Tampa Bay vs. New Orleans

31 Cincinnati DT, Cincinnati at LA Chargers

32 Oakland DT, Oakland vs. Pittsburgh

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Alan Satterlee is in his fifth year of writing about fantasy football for The Charlotte Observer. Find him on Twitter at @Speedkills_DFW.