Thursday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Steelers vs Vikings in Week 14

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Minnesota Vikings Week 14 matchup, including KJ Osborn, Diontae Johnson and Tyler Conklin.
Fantasy football picks for the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Minnesota Vikings Week 14 matchup, including KJ Osborn, Diontae Johnson and Tyler Conklin. / Lachlan Cunningham/GettyImages

Two teams looking to stay alive the the NFL playoff race meet head-to-head in Week 14 as the Minnesota Vikings host the Pittsburgh Steelers. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Vikings slated as 3-point home favorites in a game that features some of the biggest names in fantasy football.

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

Diontae Johnson Fantasy

Start Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Of course, fantasy managers rostering wide receiver Diontae Johnson are going to start him. This is rather a recommendation to target him anywhere you can in DFS as he has a chance to ball out on Thursday night. Johnson has been carrying this passing attack on his back for the last four weeks. He has hauled in 31 of his team-high 51 targets for 384 yards and 1 touchdown, which ranks him as the No. 2 WR in PPR scoring during that span. Keep in mind the Vikings are also giving up the second-most PPR fantasy points to opposing WRs. Johnson is a must-start player in Week 14.

KJ Osborn Fantasy

Start KJ Osborn, WR, Minnesota Vikings: The injury suffered by wide receiver Adam Thielen is going to impact second-year pro KJ Osborn more than anyone else. Osborn played in a season-high 92% of the offensive snaps last week with Thielen going down early and saw a healthy 7 targets. He ended the game with 47 yards and 1 touchdown on 4 receptions. The 24-year-old is in line to see a similar workload against a Pittsburgh defense that has posted the eighth-worst pass defense DVOA rating in the NFL. Minnesota should lean on the air game, which makes Osborn a viable FLEX option across all league formats.

Ben Roethlisberger Fantasy

Sit Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Trusting veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as a reliable option this close to the fantasy playoffs is not a good idea. Yes, the Vikings present as a favorable matchup and Big Ben is coming off his second-best fantasy performance of the season in Week 13. However, the 39-year-old comes with little upside. He is averaging just 250.7 passing yards per game and has thrown 16 touchdowns across 12 starts. Overall, Roethlisberger ranks as the No. 22 QB in fantasy scoring and is averaging under 15.0 points per game. That's not going to cut it this late into the year.

Tyler Conklin Fantasy

Sit Tyler Conklin, TE, Minnesota Vikings: Tight end Tyler Conklin has been a welcome surprise this season and is averaging over 9.0 PPR fantasy points per game. The problem that comes with starting Conklin this week is Pittsburgh's ability to defend opposing TEs. The Steelers are giving up the ninth-fewest PPR fantasy points to the position, which includes just 2 receiving touchdowns. Quarterback Kirk Cousins has shown a tendency to only look toward Conklin on short passing plays. The fourth-year pro hasn't topped 60 receiving yards since Week 6 and is simply a touchdown-dependent TE2 right now. It would be best to keep him on the bench on Thursday night.

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. 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.