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.
Start Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Aside from the obvious weekly locks in Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas, you also shouldn't let the 49ers' defense scare you away from Drew Brees this week. Brees has thrown three TDs in three of five games since returning from injury in Week 8, and his average of 18.7 fantasy points per game in full outings would be good for QB11 on the year. Even with the tough matchup, the Saints' offense typically gets a boost playing at home, and New Orleans comes into this one as 3-point favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook. Brees is QB12 in our Week 14 rankings.
Start Emmanuel Sanders, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Sanders looks like he's back to full health, having played 98 percent of the offensive snaps in Week 13. The three games in which he's played at least 80 percent of the 49ers' snaps have seen him average 6.7 targets and 14.9 PPR fantasy points per game. Injuries have held his production back recently, but that average is more than enough to make him a solid WR2 option this week.
Sit Tevin Coleman, RB, San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers' backfield is a mess right now, and with Matt Breida potentially returning things could get even uglier this week. Coleman is still our top-ranked player in the group, but with high-water marks of just 12 carries and four targets in a single game since Week 7 and snap shares below 50 percent in three of the last six games, he's no longer someone you can count on as an every-week starter. He also gets a downgrade from this matchup, as the Saints have held opposing RBs to bottom-five fantasy production.
Sit Jared Cook, TE, New Orleans Saints: While Brees may still be worth playing in this matchup, not all of his pass-catchers generate as much optimism. The 49ers check in at second in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings on the year, and no team has allowed fewer PPR fantasy points per game to the tight end position. Jared Cook has also seen his volume drop some in recent games, playing 58 percent of the Saints' snaps in the last two games after hitting 70 percent in the two before that.
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