Kevin Hanson joins SI for the 2019 season. His fantasy rankings have placed him in the Top 20 in each of the past two seasons among all the industry experts tracked by FantasyPros.com, and he has been in the Top 25 in six of the past eight years.
QB Start of the Week: Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (vs. DET)
Despite a slow start this season, Kirk Cousins has been nearly flawless since Week 5. Cousins has thrown multiple touchdowns in four consecutive games and in seven of his past eight. During that eight-game stretch, Cousins has thrown a league-high 20 touchdowns to only two interceptions and has the league’s best passer rating (120.7).
The Lions have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, and Cousins had one of his best games of the season in his first matchup against Detroit. In that Week 7 matchup, he completed 24-of-34 for 338 yards and four touchdowns to finish the week as fantasy’s QB3.
No team has a higher Week 14 implied total than the Vikings, who are nearly two-touchdown favorites this week. If there’s a concern, it’s that they win this game going away and take their foot off the gas early on.
QB Sit of the Week: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (vs. SF)
The San Francisco 49ers have allowed the fewest passing yards per game (134.3) and per attempt (5.6) this season. In addition, they have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in 2019.
Over his past four games since the Saints’ Week 9 bye, Brees has just one 300-yard game. During that four-game span, he has thrown three touchdowns in two games and has zero or one in the other two.
Given the difficult matchup through the air and Brees’ non-existent rushing production (minus one rushing yard in 2019), there are potentially better options on your league’s waiver wire than the future Hall-of-Famer.
Week 14 fantasy football quarterback rankings:
QB1: Lamar Jackson, BAL @ BUF
QB2: Deshaun Watson, HOU vs DEN
QB3: Aaron Rodgers, GB vs WAS
QB4: Russell Wilson, SEA @ LAR
QB5: Patrick Mahomes, KC @ NE
QB6: Carson Wentz, PHI vs NYG
QB7: Kirk Cousins, MIN vs DET
QB8: Jameis Winston, TB vs IND
QB9: Dak Prescott, DAL @ CHI
QB10: Matt Ryan, ATL vs CAR
QB11: Sam Darnold, NYJ vs MIA
QB12: Tom Brady, NE vs KC
QB13: Kyler Murray, ARI vs PIT
QB14: Josh Allen, BUF vs BAL
QB15: Ryan Tannehill, TEN @ OAK
QB16: Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA @ NYJ
QB17: Jared Goff, LAR vs SEA
QB18: Baker Mayfield, CLE vs CIN
QB19: Jacoby Brissett, IND @ TB
QB20: Drew Brees, NO vs SF
QB21: Kyle Allen, CAR @ ATL
QB22: Jimmy Garoppolo, SF @ NO
QB23: Philip Rivers, LAC @ JAC
QB24: Andy Dalton, CIN @ CLE
QB25: Devlin Hodges, PIT @ ARI
More Advice From SI Fantasy
—Jamie Eisner’s Waiver Wire highlights the players you should be picking up
—Dr. Roto’s Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em can help with your tougher lineup decisions
—Frankie Taddeo’s Week 14 Injury Report on the players who got hurt in Week 13
—Frankie Taddeo’s Streaming Options could make or break your playoff run.
—Jamie Eisner’s Stock Watch on players trending up and down
—Mark Deming’s Target and Snap Report pulls fantasy nuggets out of the Week 13 data