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Fantasy Football Rankings, Week 14, 2021: Proven model says start Cam Newton, sit James Conner

Success in season-long Fantasy football is about adaptability and finding the top Fantasy football rankings each week. Even the savviest owner might find themselves staring down difficult Fantasy football start-sit decisions, particularly once they’ve built a deep roster, and making the wrong decision can be costly. Life could be especially difficult in Week 14 with the status of Alvin Kamara (knee), Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and D’Andre Swift (shoulder) all up in the air.

The Titans were on bye last week, but Dontrell Hilliard had 133 scrimmage yards and a score against the Patriots in Week 12 and could help ease your running back pain in Week 14. Who should be near the top of your Week 14 Fantasy football picks, and which players have Fantasy football matchups you can take advantage of? Before you lock in your Week 14 Fantasy football picks, be sure to check out the Week 14 Fantasy football predictions from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

When it comes to ranking players, SportsLine’s model beat human experts in Fantasy football for the past several seasons especially when there were big differences in ranking. Over the course of a season, that could literally be the difference between winning your league or going home emptyhanded.

Last week, the model was extremely high on Vikings running back Alexander Mattison, ranking him as top-15 running back for Week 13. The result: Mattison had 124 scrimmage yards and a score to finish fourth in Fantasy points at the position last week. Anybody who had him in their lineup was well on their way to a huge week.

Now, the model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, has revealed its Fantasy football rankings for Week 14 of the 2021 NFL season. Head to SportsLine now to see them.

Top Week 14 Fantasy football picks 

One player the model is high on this week: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who has a sensational matchup against the Falcons. After throwing and passing for scores in relief the week after he signed with the Panthers and then producing 235 total yards of offense and three total touchdowns in his first start, Newton struggled in Week 12 against the Dolphins. However, he’s had a bye week to familiarize himself with the offense.

Newton has a rushing touchdown in all three games he’s played this season and should have more passing upside this week against a Falcons defense averaging nearly 260 passing yards and over two passing touchdowns allowed per game this season. That’s why the model ranks him as a top-10 option at quarterback despite only being owned in 48 percent of CBS Sports Fantasy football leagues.

And a massive shocker: Cardinals running back James Conner, who was started in 89 percent of CBS Sports Fantasy football leagues last week, stumbles big-time and doesn’t even crack the top 25 at his position in Week 14. Conner and the Cardinals surprised many by looking relatively comfortable on a sloppy day in Soldier Field last week, with Conner putting up 111 scrimmage yards and a score.

He’s now scored in nine of his last 10 games and gotten into the end zone a total of 14 times during that span, but now he’ll have to take on a Rams defense that doesn’t yield much on the ground. Los Angeles ranks second in the NFL in yards allowed per carry (3.8) and seventh in run defense while only giving up one rushing touchdown in the last three weeks.

How to set Week 14 Fantasy football rankings

The model is also calling for an under-the-radar quarterback to finish in the top seven of its Fantasy football rankings, ahead of players like Kyler Murray and Dak Prescott. This pick could be the difference between winning big and going home with nothing. You can only see who it is here.

So who should you start and sit this week? And which surprising quarterback could lead you to victory? Visit SportsLine now to get Week 14 Fantasy football rankings for every position, plus see which QB is going to come out of nowhere to crack the top seven, all from the model that has out-performed experts big-time.

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