Week 14 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Kansas City Chiefs vs New England Patriots
With the arrival of the fantasy football playoffs, every single lineup decision you make can be the difference between victory and the end of your season. And since we're done with bye weeks for the year, there are also a huge number of plays to consider at every position. Some matchups carry more weight than others for fantasy production, and this one is no exception.
With that in mind, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for Sunday's Week 14 matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots.
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Start LeSean McCoy, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: With Darrel Williams on IR and Damien Williams ruled out, LeSean McCoy will serve as the Chiefs' lead back. Darwin Thompson had more touches than Shady after Darrel went down last week, but all 11 of Thompson's carries came on the final drive in garbage time of a blowout. This matchup projects to be a close one, and McCoy should see a significant edge in volume over the rookie Thompson.
Start Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: Tom Brady's fantasy season has been underwhelming, but he just threw for 300 yards for the first time this year in his last game, and this matchup should help him keep rolling. Brady's averaged 21.4 fantasy points per game when the Pats score at least 21, compared to 9.2 per game in his other contests. Of course, his play has a lot to with how much the Pats score, but this game is likely to be a shootout, with the Pats sitting as 3-point favorites and the contests showing a 49.5-point over/under on FanDuel Sportsbook. Brady checks in at QB8 in our Week 14 fantasy football rankings.
Sit Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: After scoring 46.8 PPR fantasy points in Week 1, Watkins has scored just 66.2 from Weeks 2 through 13. He's been banged up some, but his recent volume and this matchup don't position him well for any sort of a Week 14 bounce-back game. He's seen just three targets in each of the last two games, and the Pats have allowed the NFL's fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts.
Sit Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots: A close shootout is not the kind of game flow that allows Sony Michel to thrive. He typically does his damage when the Pats are playing with a lead and trying to bleed the clock. They haven't won a game by more than 10 points since Week 8, and in those last four contests Michel has averaged 5.0 carries plus 2.0 targets per, while failing to play even one-third of the offensive snaps in three of the four. Volume like that keeps him out of play for Week 14.
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