Week 14 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Vikings vs Buccaneers

Tom Brady's fantasy outlook point to QB1 production in Week 14.
Tom Brady's fantasy outlook point to QB1 production in Week 14. / Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5) are coming off their bye week rested and ready to go as they host the Minnesota Vikings (6-6) in Week 14 NFL action. The Buccaneers are looking to snap a 2-game losing streak and are currently 6.5-point favorites in this game, 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 Vikings-Buccaneers showdown.

Justin Jefferson Fantasy

Start Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Talk about a hot streak. Rookie Justin Jefferson continues to play well in this Vikings' offense as he has 70 or more receiving yards and a touchdown in each of the last three weeks. He is averaging 10.0 targets per game in his past four games played and now has five 100-yard games on the season. While Tampa Bay has been stout against the run, they have given up the ninth-most yards to opposing wide receivers in the NFL (2,161) as well as 14 touchdowns (T-No. 23 in the NFL). Jefferson will be an important player in the fantasy football playoffs and should be started across all formats.

Tom Brady Fantasy

Start Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tom Brady has quietly put together some solid fantasy performances recently as he has thrown for 300-plus yards and 3 touchdowns in two of his last three games. Tampa Bay seems to be committed to passing the ball since Brady has had over 40 passing attempts in each of the last two games. He draws a decent matchup in Week 14 as the Vikings' defense is giving up 261.7 passing yards per game this season (T-No. 26 in the NFL). Slide Brady into your starting QB slot and look for him to have a productive day as the Buccaneer's fight to stay alive in the playoff race.

Kirk Cousins Fantasy

Sit Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings: Kirk Cousins has definitely improved over the course of this season, but draws a tough matchup in Week 14. Cousins has had 3 touchdown passes in each of his last three games, but they all came against defenses ranked in the bottom half of the NFL. The Buccaneers will force the Vikings to throw the ball a ton given their ability to stop the run, but that doesn't automatically mean Cousins is in for a big day. Tampa Bay has 33 sacks on the season (T-No. 6 in the NFL) and has made a habit of making opposing quarterbacks uncomfortable in the pocket. Cousins is due for a bad performance and this game has all the components for that to happen.

Leonard Fournette Fantasy

Sit Leonard Fournette, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Many people were excited to see what Leonard Fournette could do in this Buccaneers' offense, but he has simply taken a backup role to starter Ronald Jones. While he did score a touchdown in Week 11, Fournette has totaled just 117 yards on 31 touches over his last four games played. That is nowhere near the type of production needed to be fantasy relevant. While he will be an important handcuff to have in the fantasy football playoffs, his numbers have proven he is nothing more than that right now. He should not be started moving forward unless something changes in the Buccaneer's backfield.

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