Fantasy Football: Top Players to Start in N.F.L. Week 14

The Cowboys, despite their recent offensive ineptitude, provide some intriguing possibilities for those in the fantasy football playoffs.


Dak Prescott (DAL at Giants) — He figured out how to throw touchdown passes again last weekend, with two against the Redskins despite injuring his throwing hand. The bruised right hand does not appear to be a problem, after Prescott practiced with no issues on Wednesday. Because of the Cowboys’ offensive struggles in the past month, Prescott has fallen off many fantasy radars heading into the playoffs. But there were encouraging signs last weekend regarding his chemistry with Dez Bryant and the running game, which finally got on track post-Ezekiel Elliott behind Alfred Morris. Don’t be surprised if Prescott puts up a big week against the Giants, who have given up the third most fantasy points per game this season (18.9).

Alex Smith (KC vs. Raiders) — After four consecutive disappointing fantasy performances, Smith roared back with one of the most impressive quarterback outings of the season, totaling 37.6 standard fantasy points (366 yards, four touchdowns). It’s difficult to trust him completely given how the Chiefs have played in the second half, but it’s tough not to like him against the Raiders, a team he scored 25 points against in Week 7. With the division title still a possibility despite four losses in a row, expect the Chiefs, led by Smith and receiver Tyreek Hill, to throw everything they have against the Raiders. These two teams put up a total of 61 points when they faced off in Week 7, and Vegas likes this game as the second highest scoring matchup this weekend (47.5).

Also consider: Marcus Mariota (TEN at Cardinals)

Running Back

LeSean McCoy (BUF vs. Colts) — If you’ve stuck with McCoy through the ups and downs this season, you should be rewarded this weekend with this matchup against the Colts, who have allowed 12 touchdowns to opposing backs in 12 games, and the fifth most F.P.P.G. (20.2). McCoy, who is fifth among all backs in touches this season, has topped 20 fantasy points in three of the last seven games. My money’s on him making it four of eight.

Lamar Miller (HOU vs. 49ers) — His high volume of usage — tied for second among backs in snap count, 53.5 per game, and seventh in total carries — should translate into another solid fantasy performance, with potential for much more against the 49ers. He has averaged nearly 12 fantasy points per game over the…

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