Some D/STs are coming into Week 14 with ideal matchups while others seem likely to underperform. We’ve identified two D/STs that are viable quality starting options in fantasy football and two who could bust ahead of the action. Let’s go over what the best options are to target and fade.
Jalen Hurts is set to make his first NFL start against one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. The Saints have one of the NFL’s best run defenses and have given up the fifth-fewest passing yards in the NFL. Hurts has completed just eight of the 15 NFL passes he’s thrown so his legs could have to carry Philadelphia through this game. New Orleans has 19 takeaways and will surely make life challenging for Hurts.
Sam Darnold didn’t throw a touchdown pass for five games before tallying two in Week 13 and will be on the road against Seattle in Week 14. While the Seahawks haven’t had a reliable secondary all year I like their odds against the lowest-scoring team in the NFL. Seattle is perfectly capable of limiting New York’s rushing attack and forcing the Jets to rely on Darnold’s arm. He has just five touchdowns passes and nine interceptions on the year so there’s a good chance Seattle can turn the visitors over a few times en route to a victory.
The Chargers gave up two scores during their 45-0 loss to the New England Patriots and will be up against a Falcons offense with much more firepower. The oft-injured Julio Jones is still a major threat playing opposite Calvin Ridley. Todd Gurley is working back from his knee injury and could see his snap count rise from the 22 he logged on Sunday. There’s not much value in either defense in a game that’s shaping up to be a shootout.
Jacksonville has lost by a total of five points over the last two weeks. Mike Glennon hasn’t been horrible as a starter and James Robinson has looked like a reliable workhorse capable of moving the chains consistently. Tennessee has held the opposing team under 20 points just three times this season. The Titans are below average against the run and pass so I expect the Jaguars to have strong offensive production for a third straight week.