Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Rams vs Cardinals in Week 14

Max Staley
Monday night football fantasy picks: start 'em, sit 'em advice for the Rams vs Cardinals Week 14 game.
Monday night football fantasy picks: start 'em, sit 'em advice for the Rams vs Cardinals Week 14 game. / Harry How/GettyImages

Two of the NFC West's best face off in the Week 14 edition of Monday Night Football. The Arizona Cardinals are slim 2.5-point favorites at home against the Los Angeles Rams, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineup, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 14 showdown.

Sony Michel Fantasy

Start Sony Michel, RB, Los Angeles Rams: Darrell Henderson has been placed on the COVID list, leaving Sony Michel as the Rams lead back. We got a taste of what he can do in that role last week, when he turned 28 opportunities (24 carries plus 4 targets) into 129 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. The Cardinals are not nearly as easy a matchup as the Jacksonville Jaguars, but you can't leave a 30-touch back on the bench. Michel should be a rock-solid RB2 on Monday night.

James Conner Fantasy

Start James Conner, RB, Arizona Cardinals: James Conner has been on an absolute tear since Chase Edmonds went down, turning 22.3 opportunities into 111.8 yards from scrimmage per game. He has also scored 6 touchdowns across those four games, ranking as fantasy's RB4 in that time. Edmonds will reportedly be a game-time decision for this one, but Conner should be a strong play regardless of whether or not Edmonds suits up. If Edmonds is out, treat Conner as a legit RB1 this week. But Conner should be a high-end RB2 if Edmonds does play, even in a tough matchup with the Rams' run defense.

Odell Beckham Jr. Fantasy

Sit Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Los Angeles Rams: Odell Beckham has been pretty effective since joining the Rams, turning 6.0 targets into 3.0 receptions for 42.3 yards per game with 2 touchdowns. But he's clearly been LA's third option behind Cooper Kupp and Van Jefferson. Jefferson has seen at least 7 targets in each of his last three games – something Beckham has done just once in that span. Jefferson also out-targeted Beckham 8 to 5 last week. Right now, Jefferson is a better fantasy play than Beckham.

DeAndre Hopkins Fantasy

Sit DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Arizona Cardinals: If you have DeAndre Hopkins, you probably can't afford to bench him. But this is not a good spot for the five-time Pro Bowler. Jalen Ramsey has typically been able to shutdown Hopkins whenever they've faced off. Since joining the Cardinals, Ramsey and Hopkins have met three times – Hopkins has been held under 70 yards each time. And the rest of this Rams' defense is no walk in the park, either. LA has a top-12 pass defense by DVOA while limiting opposing passes to the sixth-best adjusted yards per attempt mark in the league (AY/A; 6.4). And don't forget Hopkins has only played one game since Week 8 (2 catches, 32 yards & a TD).

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.