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Week 14 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Washington vs 49ers

Larry Rupp
Brandon Aiyuk's fantasy outlook points to continued success in Week 14.
Brandon Aiyuk's fantasy outlook points to continued success in Week 14. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Washington Football Team (5-7) will look to stay in the race for the NFC East division crown when they go on the road to take on the San Francisco 49ers in Week 14 NFL action. Washington is currently riding a 3-game winning streak, but are 3.5-point underdogs 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 Washington-49ers showdown.

Terry McLaurin Fantasy

Start Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Football Team: Terry McLaurin had his worst game of the season last week, hauling in just 2 of 6 targets for 14 yards. However, that should not deter fantasy football managers from starting him this week. McLaurin has seen at least 6 targets in every game this season and has had over 100 receiving yards in a game three times. He also has a great chance to find the end zone this week as the 49ers have given up 15 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers this season. That is tied for the fourth-highest mark in the league. McLaurin has been a stud at the wide receiver position this season and that should only continue this week. Start him.

Brandon Aiyuk Fantasy

Start Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Rookie Brandon Aiyuk returned to the field last week after spending time on the Reserve/COVID-19 list and immediately slid back into his No. 2 wide receiver role. He caught 5 of 9 targets for 95 yards and scored a touchdown. It is his third straight game with a touchdown and he has now racked up at least 75 receiving yards in each of his last four games played. Washington's pass defense is no joke, but Aiyuk will seemingly get his targets no matter what the matchup is. Ride the hot streak he is currently on and start him in your FLEX spot this week with confidence.

Logan Thomas Fantasy

Sit Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team: Don't get me wrong, Logan Thomas played out of his mind last week. He caught all 9 of his targets for 98 yard and a touchdown. However, this is just a nightmare matchup for him. The 49ers have been shutting down opposing tight ends all season. They have allowed the fewest receiving yards to the tight end position in the NFL (356) as well as just 3 touchdowns, which is tied for the fifth-lowest mark in the league. His recent uptick in production makes him a great player to own in fantasy football, but it would best to avoid starting Thomas this week as long as you have other options.

Jeff Wilson Jr. Fantasy

Sit Jeff Wilson Jr., RB, San Francisco 49ers: Once again, the 49ers' backfield is becoming a hassle to understand. Starter Raheem Mostert was outsnapped an outrushed by Jeff Wilson Jr. last week. Wilson finished with 47 yards on 7 carries, while playing in 28 offensive snaps. Mostert played in 27 offensive snaps and ended up rushing for 42 yards on 9 carries. Head Coach Kyle Shanahan has built a reputation for riding the hot hand when it comes to dealing out running back carries, so it is anyone's guess who will lead the backfield next week. The risk that comes with starting a player like Wilson this week is simply not worth it.

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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.