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Week 14 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Falcons vs Chargers

Larry Rupp
Hayden Hurst's fantasy outlook points to high upside in Week 14.
Hayden Hurst's fantasy outlook points to high upside in Week 14. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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Two teams struggling to win games this NFL season meet head-to-head in Week 14 as the Atlanta Falcons (4-8) head west to take on the Los Angeles Chargers (3-9). It is expected to be a close game as the Falcons are just 2.5-point favorites in this one, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL betting odds.

If you need help with your fantasy football lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for the Week 14 Falcons-Chargers showdown.

Hayden Hurst Fantasy

Start Hayden Hurst, TE, Atlanta Falcons: Other than the starting duo of Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, Hayden Hurst is the only other viable starting option on this Falcons' offense this week. He has seen 12 targets over the past two weeks, but has only hauled in 5 of them for a disappointing 57 yards. However, this matchup is perfect for Hurst as the Chargers have given up 9 touchdowns to opposing tight ends so far this season. That amount is tied for the second-highest mark in the NFL. If you have Hurst on your roster, this is the week to slide him into your starting lineup. He has a lot of upside heading into this game.

Hunter Henry Fantasy

Start Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers: Here we have another tight end with a great matchup this week. Hunter Henry had at least 7 receptions or a touchdown in each of his previous three games before posting just 5 yards on 1 catch last week. However, the entire Chargers' offense struggled last week as they were shut out 45-0. Henry now faces a Falcons defense that has allowed opposing tight ends to rack up 682 yards (No. 25 in the NFL) and 9 touchdowns on the season (T-No. 31 in the NFL). Look for him to have a productive game this week as the Chargers look to secure their fourth win of the season. Henry's worth a start across all fantasy football formats.

Todd Gurley Fantasy

Sit All Atlanta Falcons' Running Backs: The Falcons' backfield has become a very difficult situation to predict recently. Snaps are being split between Todd Gurley, Ito Smith, and Brian Hill. However, no one is having any type of success as the Falcons rushed for 70 yards on 21 carries as a team last week (3.3 yards per carry). Gurley does lead the team with 9 rushing touchdowns this season, but his workload is seemingly decreasing as the season rolls on. Right now, none of these players have given fantasy football managers any kind of reason to trust them. It would be best to avoid this backfield all together until a clear starter emerges.

Kalen Ballage Fantasy

Sit Kalen Ballage, RB, Los Angeles Chargers: Kalen Ballage was able to return from an ankle injury last week, but took on a clear backup role behind starter Austin Ekeler. He posted 39 total yards on 10 touches, while playing in just 38% of the offensive snaps. That was Ballage's lowest percentage of snaps played since first joining the Chargers in Week 9. Atlanta has been solid defending the run this season as they are allowing 109.2 rushing yards per game (No. 12 in the NFL). For now, it is clearly Ekeler's backfield to lose. Ballage is nothing more than a valuable handcuff to have on your bench heading into the fantasy football playoffs.


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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.

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