Predicting the fantasy football sleepers and breakouts for NFL Week 14

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Following another major week of NFL action , here are some under-the-radar fantasy football sleepers and some players poised for big breakouts to target for Week 14. We also look at some players to stash throughout the season.

Here is a look at each major position on offense and where to find the best value for your ultimate fantasy football team.

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Fantasy Football Breakouts: Week 14

Patrick Mahomes, quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs
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Coming from an absolute trash fantasy performance , we can hopefully expect Mahomes to break out in Week 14 when the Raiders head to Arrowhead Stadium. When Mahomes played the Raiders in Week 10, he threw for 406 yards and five touchdowns. The Raiders currently rank within the top-10 in giving up QB fantasy points.

Melvin Gordon, running back, Denver Broncos

If Gordon ( hip ) plays in Week 14, he is due for big fantasy points facing the Detroit Lions. On the season, the Lions have ceded the fourth-most RB fantasy points and last got destroyed by Vikings backup running back, Alexander Mattison, who tallied 124 yards and one touchdown. Should Gordon sit this one out, look for Javonte Williams to break out for another RB1 fantasy performance.
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Leonard Fournette, running back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Fournette is slated to have himself a fantasy day in Week 14 when the Bucs host the Buffalo Bills. The Bills have been sloppy against opposing running backs as of late yielding 477 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns over their previous three games. If the Bucs literally gain a home-field advantage lead, Fournette is going to feast.

Terry McLaurin, wide receiver, Washington Football Team

Washington hosts Dallas when McLaurin should rack up plenty of fantasy points. Dallas ranks third-worst in defending wide receivers, setting McLaurin up for a big outing, especially if Washington winds up playing from behind. Also Read:

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Stefon Diggs, wide receiver, Buffalo Bills
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The Bills are going to have to kick their passing game into high gear in Tampa Bay in Week 14. Look for Diggs as well as Josh Allen to break out and generate an array of fantasy points in a game that should force the Bills to throw the ball tons, rather than relying on their hodge-podge trio of running backs that are driving fantasy managers bonkers as of late.

Fantasy Football Sleepers: Week 14

Davis Mills, quarterback, Houston Texans
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A sleeper quarterback for Week 14 is Mills squaring off against the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks have been an unpredictable mess and if the Texans’ defense can slow down Russell Wilson and Co., Mills could rack up plenty of garbage time fantasy points facing the most generous passing defense in the NFL.

Dontrell Hilliard, running back, Tennessee Titans

With the Titans ailing at wide receiver, Hilliard comes with plenty of PPR fantasy sleeper appeal heading into a home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. We are hoping a bye week has refreshed Ryan Tannehill and that through the air he, Hilliard, and the rest of the Titans’ offense can disrupt a Jags defense that last got dismantled by the Los Angeles Rams (37-10). Also Read:
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JaMycal Hasty, running back, San Francisco 49ers
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Hasty is a sleeper running back for Week 14 to keep tabs on. If Elijah Mitchell does not clear concussion protocol, Hasty will see an increase in touches when the 49ers head to play the Cincinnati Bengals. Cincinnati has allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to its opposing running backs.

Jaylen Guyton, wide receiver, Los Angeles Chargers

With Keenan Allen currently out on COVID IR , look for Guyton to gather more targets when the Chargers host the New York Giants. Guyton last turned four catches into 90 yards and one touchdown. More big plays await him, especially if Allen doesn’t play in Week 14. Also Read:
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Jarvis Landry, wide receiver, Cleveland Browns
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Landry has been sleeping at the wheel most of the season, it seems. However, he could be fantasy-relevant again when the Browns square off with the Baltimore Ravens in Week 14. In Landry’s Week 12 clash against Baltimore, he was targeted 10 times which resulted in six catches for 111 yards. Perhaps more of the same continues if the Browns can get their passing game together .

Fantasy football sleepers for 2021 NFL season: Quarterbacks

Taylor Heinicke, Washington Football Team
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Heinicke is learning the ropes in Washington and will remain the franchise starter for the foreseeable future. As a deep sleeper or handcuff to Heinicke, QB Kyle Allen should be rostered.

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
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Burrow is back and breaking out with some fantastic fantasy performances thus far in 2021. Look for his chemistry with rookie Ja’Marr Chase to continue while Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd assist in keeping Burrow atop the fantasy QB rankings.

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Fantasy football sleepers for 2021 NFL season: Wide receivers

Laviska Shenault, Jacksonville Jaguars
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The hope would be Shenault and Trevor Lawrence finally get more chemistry going as the season plays out. Right now, Shenault is a fantasy sleeper poised for a big performance in any given week.

Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions

St. Brown is a sleeper playing on an offense that features Jared Goff . So, don’t let that sway you from rostering him though. The Lions typically have to air it out and St. Brown could see a bigger role as he develops in his first NFL year.

Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers

Slow to the fantasy game, Aiyuk is finally starting to get more looks from QB Jimmy Garoppolo. The ceiling for fantasy production for Aiyuk is high and he is due a major breakout performance any week.

Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears
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Mooney has been looking quite sharp as of late and is looking more like the Bears’ No. 1 wide receiver with Allen Robinson taking a backseat. Ride Mooney while he is hot!

Emmanuel Sanders, Buffalo Bills

With Josh Allen developing into a legit threat as a passer, he will be forced to spread the ball around while defenses are focused on Stefon Diggs . And if veteran Cole Beasley were to miss any time on the field, Sanders’ fantasy stock will surge.

Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles
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Jalen to Jalen has been the hot fantasy breakout ticket of the season at times. With defenses focusing on rookie DeVonta Smith, Reagor will serve as a fall-back guy for Hurts to target.

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Fantasy football sleepers for 2021 NFL season: Running backs

Ty’Son Williams, Baltimore Ravens

For now, Williams sits behind recycled veterans Latavius Murray, Le’Veon Bell, and Devonta Freeman. He’s a fantasy sleeper to monitor should the Ravens decide to abandon their experiment with the aforementioned older RBs and give Williams another shot.

D’Andre Swift, Detroit Lions
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Swift has been a major staple in the passing game, making him a PPR fantasy stud as his stats currently stand. This is even playing alongside RB Jamaal Williams.

DeeJay Dallas, Seattle Seahawks
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Dallas is settling into his role as the Seahawks passing downs back playing in conjunction with Alex Collins. This is all due to the fact that Chris Carson has been placed on a season-ending IR .

James Conner, Arizona Cardinals

Conner has paid off well as a handcuff to Chase Edmonds who is on IR with an ankle sprain. Playing extremely well, Conner may just retain the lead back duties once Edmonds returns.

Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
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Barkley finally broke out and he has more high-level fantasy performances to come. We hope. But, don’t be surprised if the Giants use him sparingly depending on how their season plays out for the remainder of 2021.

If so, Barkley could be considered one of the top fantasy football running backs heading into 2022, provided he stays healthy.

AJ Dillon, Green Bay Packers
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Backing up to Aaron Jones, Dillon has definitely gotten his fair share of goal-line work and touches. And in any given game when the Packers have gained a sizable lead, Dillon has been a fantasy stud.

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Fantasy football sleepers for 2021 NFL season: Tight ends

Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears
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Given the landscape at tight end isn’t great in fantasy football, Kmet is worth a stash, especially in dynasty formats.

Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams
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QB Matthew Stafford has always kept his tight ends involved and the large-bodied 6-foot-6 Higbee should continue to be a sweet red zone option for the veteran quarterback.

Kyle Pitts, Atlanta Falcons
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Kyle Pitts has been off and on so far as a rookie. We would like to hope that a change in a quarterback for the Falcons in 2022 would give Pitts more opportunity to thrive as an elite fantasy tight end. Stay tuned. Also Read:
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