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Arizona Cardinals Week 14 Fantasy Football: Start/Sit Advice

Last minute playoff advice for which players to start or sit in Week 14

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Well, after the fantasy snoozefest of Thursday Night Football (rinse and repeat every week) most people in most leagues are either entering or already invested in their league's playoffs.

So which players could propel you to that next round towards a fantasy championship, and will any of them be in the Arizona Cardinals vs. the Miami Dolphins game?

Let's take a look (remembering that David "Fantasy God" Johnson is as always an Every Week Start)

Now, let's begin:

Start Of The Week: Jermaine Gresham, Tight End, Cardinals

The Dolphins are sort of a middle of the road defense, giving up the 12th least points to WR's and 16th most to running backs on the season, but they're a top 10 team in giving up points to Tight Ends, ranking 8th worst in the NFL (per Yahoo leagues)

Jermaine Gresham has seen more and more targets as Michael Floyd and J.J. Nelson have struggled, along with an ailing John Brown.

While the two scored last week, look for Gresham to bounce back, with at least one touchdown and at BEST possibly a two-touchdown game in case Arians gets in the range where he can't simply hand it off to David Johnson

Cards Start: Larry Fitzgerald

Fitz caught 10-11 passes last week.  He's getting double digit targets as Arizona, in desperation, looks to try and make a late comeback for a post-season bid.  While this is an early start on the road and Arizona has been blown out in those, it's worth noting that Fitzgerald is still the most consistent target for Carson Palmer.

If Fitzgerald can catch a TD...even better.

Cards Sit: John Brown, WR

If you were holding onto a shred of hope for John Brown, it's probably best to let that shred go, as Arians has promised to put him on a "20 snaps per game" count while the team tries to solve the issue of the sickle-cell symptoms that have plagued him all season long.

You might be able to drop him in non-dynasty leagues heading into your postseason, especially if J.J. Nelson is still available or if Floyd, who is still getting a lot of endzone targets, is there and you need a desperation WR play.

NOTE: I was tempted to go with the Cardinals defense as a "sit" here for a very specific reason.

They don't play well on the East Coast in 2016.

It's possible that this group might have changed and gotten their act together.  But if they lay another egg on Sunday, I wouldn't want your fantasy playoffs to depend on a strong performance from their defense and their still-bad special teams.

Dolphins Start: Jay Ajayi, RB

It's been tough to start Ajayi in recent weeks, and I'm picking him over Davante Parker and Jarvis Landry easily because it's tough to know which one of them will have Patrick Peterson matched up on them.

Most likely, it'll be Parker, with Landry potentially giving Arizona some trouble from the slot, but looking at Arizona's past east coast games against the Bills and Panthers...LeSean McCoy and Jonathan Williams had HUGE fantasy days.  And Arizona's rush defense, while pretty stout, has gaps on the road.

Is this that same Arizona Cardinals defense that Ajayi will be facing?  Might not seem like it after a strong performance against the Redskins at home, but you need to look for trends in fantasy football.

And the Cardinals' -44 point differential on the East Coast is one of those trends.  Ajayi might have a huge day if those struggles resurface.

Dolphins Sit: Ryan Tannehill

Based on how the Dolphins offense has struggled, it's hard to justify Tannehill going up against a team who has given up the least amount of passing touchdowns in the NFL this year.

Even if they find a way for a matchup where Kenny Stills can catch a long pass like DeSean Jackson did against the Cardinals last week, it's unlikely that Tannehill will have time in the pocket.

Now if he uses his legs (as Tyrod Taylor did earlier this season) that might be a whole other story.  But for now, even in a home game with a lot on the line, this Cardinals defense might be too good, and they have their swagger back.

Now, for the Best of the Rest around the NFL:

Start: Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals--Eifert is finally healthy and plays the hapless Browns.  Look at what tight ends have done to them all season and fantasy owners who hoarded him all season long should be licking their chops.

Sit: Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings--While Diggs has high volume and targets, the Jags pass defense has been excellent and Jalen Ramsey will likely shadow him all day.  Find a different option if you must.

Start: DeMarco Murray, RB, Titans--don't let the Broncos defense fool you.  They've ranked 28th in rushing defense after losing some key pieces and despite a potent pass rush and secondary, don't let this matchup scare you in your fantasy playoffs.

Sit: Ty Montgomery, WR/RB, Packers--While Montgomery seems to be getting more of the workload again, the Packers beat up on an easy team and play the Seattle Seahawks this week.  Expect them to shift back to the heavier running backs to respond to their tough defensive line and Montgomery to lose out as a result of it.

Start: Donte Moncrief, WR, Colts--Moncrief is in the middle of a five-week stretch with a touchdown in each game.  This streak should continue this week, and while he hasn't gotten the most looks, he's been a redzone and big play option for Andrew Luck and should have a better statline than most WR1's coming off of the weekend.

Red Flag: Tom Brady vs. the Ravens--I might get roasted for this if he throws for 3 TD's on Sunday.  But a Gronk-less banged-up Brady on the road against the Ravens and their top-ranked defense (who have seemingly had New England's number the last few years) doesn't seem like a matchup I would trust my fantasy playoffs to.  Brady will make do, but if you somehow have a better option or rotate QB's and need a big game, this is the one time I'll say to watch out and play, but play with caution.

That's all for this week, best of luck in the playoffs, everyone!

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