Week 14 Passing Matchups

by Justin Howe, Devin Knotts, and Keith Roberts, Exclusive to Footballguys.com

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Neutral Matchups: [ATL] [BUF] [DAL] [HOU] [LAC] [NE] [NYG] [OAK] [TB] [WAS]
Tough Matchups: [ARI] [CHI] [CIN] [DET] [JAX] [LAR] [SF]
Bad Matchups: [BAL] [KC] [NO] [SEA]


PLEASE NOTE: This does NOT replace the Cheatsheet ranking. The Cheatsheet rankings are the final say on where we see a player for that week. The Matchup Breakdowns are simply one more tool in the box when it comes to helping choose your lineup.

Also note, just because a player has a "bad" matchup, it does NOT mean he's not a starter in your league. If Tom Brady is playing the toughest pass defense in the league, that just means he's got a tough matchup that week. He's also your starter unless you're loaded at QB. In the same way, if the worst QB on your roster has a "great" matchup that week, it doesn't necessarily mean he's your starter. It means we think he'll fare better than normal that week.

Bottom line is that the cheatsheets are the final say.


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Jacoby Brissett has had a tough time in charge of an injury-plagued Colts passing offense. While he did pass for over 300 yards last week, Brissett made some poor decisions with a couple of interceptions and has not passed for just two touchdowns in his past five games. This receiving group has been decimated from injuries, from the season-ending injuries to both Eric Ebron and Chester Rogers to the continued sidelining of T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell. Neither Hilton nor Campbell are likely to return this week, but do keep an eye on practice reports as having either back (especially Hilton) would lift the tide in this otherwise mediocre passing offense. This leaves Zach Pascal and Jack Doyle as the top targets, both of whom were quite productive last week but have proven to be highly inconsistent on a week-to-week basis.

Tampa Bay has consistently struggled against the pass this season, giving up the second-most passing yards per game (281.1) and passing touchdowns (27) on the year as they have faced more passing attempts per game (41.8) than any other defense. Whether looking at the entire season or the last five games, this defense has also given up the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. The past two weeks, however, have been better for the Buccaneers as this defense has forced three interceptions while allowing only one touchdown per game and even limiting the Jaguars to just 240 passing yards last week. A strong pass rush with 33 sacks has helped and will continue to benefit this defense, but not so much this week as the Colts have one of the better offensive lines in football. The cornerbacks for Tampa Bay have very little name recognition, but they have actually played up to par in direct coverage. It has been the safeties for this defense that have set them apart, especially considering they have allowed 10 passing plays of 40 or more yards. Therin lies what could be an issue for the Colts this week, as Jacoby Brissett has not been particularly adept at throwing deep this season while he may lack any viable deep threats if T.Y. Hilton is not back on the field. The Colts have the edge, but not as much as one might think against what has been an exploitable passing defense.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


New York Jets Passing Offense vs Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

The Jets passing game, always in flux, enters Week 14 arguably fresh of their own rock bottom. In a dream matchup with the Bengals’ bottom-tier defense, Sam Darnold needed 48 erratic attempts to put up 239 yards in an embarrassing, touchdown-less Jets display. It certainly couldn’t all be blamed on Darnold, who received little blocking and had several passes dropped. But it’s concerning that he’s only been effective in three of his eight games back from his bout with mono. It’s important to remember, though, that Darnold is at least a year younger than most franchise quarterbacks in this boat. His arm talent does occasionally shine through, with strong, aggressive throws to Robby Anderson here and there. But there’s not much dynamism elsewhere - Jamison Crowder and Demaryius Thomas have posted just 10.9 yards per catch - and not nearly enough consistency to trust. Even in a plus matchup, it’s hard to find a legitimate fantasy starter from this attack.

Opponents of the 3-9 Dolphins typically don’t have to throw much to win. They’ve faced just 33 dropbacks per game, the league’s ninth-lowest number, and only one opponent (last week’s Panthers) has had to put the ball in the air 40+ times. Even so, the Dolphins still manage to present one of fantasy’s best matchups for efficiency purposes. With top cornerback Xavien Howard out, there’s very little resistance from anywhere in this talent-deprived secondary. They’ve allowed a wideout to record 137+ yards in 3 straight weeks, with speed demons (John Brown) and possession guys (Jarvis Landry, Alshon Jeffery) alike posting huge stat lines. This group badly misses Howard, but more so safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, who was a difference-making force down the field. As it stands, this is one of the game’s weakest units overall, and opposing passers always project to strong efficiency in this matchup - even Sam Darnold. Some of 2019’s most disappointing quarterbacks have managed strong lines against Miami, including the likes of Philip Rivers (310 yards and 2 touchdowns), Baker Mayfield (327 and 3), and Carson Wentz just last week (310 and 3).

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs New York Giants Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Philadelphia's struggling passing attack finally got back on the board last week with just its second 300-yard passing day of the season, and its first since Week 1. Volume-wise, the Eagles' pass offense grades as a middle-of-the-road unit, lacking eye-popping volume, yardage, touchdown, or interception totals. However, they rank 23rd in the NFL in net yards per attempt, which encapsulates the unit's overall struggles to move the ball efficiently through the air. Quarterback Carson Wentz's main issues in 2019 have been due to a lack of chemistry and trust with his backup receivers, as their starters have struggled to remain healthy. With Alshon Jeffery returning to action last weekend, Wentz looked his way early and often, peppering him with 16 targets, connecting 9 times for 137 yards and a score. Elsewhere, Dallas Goedert continues to grow in Philadelphia's passing attack, especially as Zach Ertz battles a hamstring injury. Ertz's passing volume will likely tail off in the coming weeks from the double-digit target numbers he posted in November, as the Eagles' receiving corps returns to near-full-strength. A potentially-lingering hamstring injury could also limit his role in the team's aerial attack, leading to increased action for Goedert. Expect Carson Wentz to rely heavily upon his established pass-catchers, like Jeffery, Goedert, and Ertz, if he is fully-healthy, down the stretch this season, as the team vies for an unwarranted spot in the playoffs.

The New York Giants, considering they frequently are playing from behind, rarely face pass-heavy offensive attacks. Through 12 games, the Giants have defended the 6th fewest pass attempts in the league, yet they have allowed the 8th-most passing yards, 8th most passing touchdowns, and the 2nd most net yards per attempt in the league. In all, there is very little to get excited about on this defense, aside from one shining rookie in the secondary. Along the defensive line, Leonard Williams, whom the Giants acquired from in-town rivals, the New York Jets, is the team's most effective pass-rusher. However, even his pass-rushing numbers have not been too impressive this season, grading as a slightly-above-average pass-rusher during his time with the Giants. The glaring weakness of this unit is in the defensive backfield. New York's secondary is one of the worst in the NFL, and their struggles are the primary reason that the Giants rank amongst the league's worst pass defenses this season. Rookie DeAndre Baker has struggled during his time as a starter for the Giants, and opposite him, Janoris Jenkins has not been much better. These two grade as one of the worst cornerback pairs in the NFL against the pass, as they've allowed 8 100-yard receivers this season. Julian Love, a rookie safety out of Notre Dame, is the lone bright spot on this defense. Love, filling in for the injured Jabrill Peppers, has played just over two full games of NFL action, but he has impressed throughout that time. His emergence could bolster one of the league's weakest pass defenses down the stretch. Overall, expect Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles' passing attack to build some momentum in Week 14 against another porous pass defense as they try to creep up on the Dallas Cowboys atop the NFC East.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense at Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The talented Carolina receivers are truly blossoming before our eyes. D.J. Moore, in particular, has turned heads: over the past 9 weeks, he’s produced the league’s fourth-most catches (54) and yards (719). Speedy Curtis Samuel has been less productive as the clear-out deep threat, but still finds an opening or two a week to exploit. And Christian McCaffrey remains the league’s most dangerous threat out of the backfield, routinely side-stepping and stiff-arming his way into splash plays. Unfortunately, they’re still handcuffed to a degree by the play of quarterback Kyle Allen, who just doesn’t look like an ideal NFL starter. Since his impressive Week 3 debut, Allen has produced just 6.5 yards per attempt and 244 a game despite hefty volume (37.8 attempts). Over that span he’s devolved into a mess of misfires and gaffes, with 10 interceptions and 8 fumbles, and last week he nearly threw a back-breaking interception just one play before coughing up the game-sealing fumble. It’s tantalizing to imagine what Moore, Samuel, McCaffrey, and the peripheral targets could do with stronger quarterbacking. For now, they’re all high-floor guys on talent alone, but rarely do we see more than one erupt at a time. This attack now has big volume on its side, but very little efficiency.

The Atlanta defense has made great strides against the run, but none of that success has spilled over into the pass-game unit. Only four teams have allowed more net yardage per attempt, and only six have given up more touchdowns. On Thanksgiving, Drew Brees would have easily been the eighth opposing passer to throw multiple scores against them, had he not had a pair of easy ones dropped. If nothing else, top cornerback Desmond Trufant has rebounded nicely from an awful start to the year. He’s been in shutdown form over the past few weeks as the dominant force in stifling Michael Thomas (48 yards) and Mike Evans (50). Even so, D.J. Moore pieced together 95 yards on 8 catches when these teams faced off 3 weeks ago. There are still big holes across from Trufant, where Isaiah Oliver and Kendall Sheffield have been beaten frequently, and free safety Ricardo Allen has taken a big step backward here in 2019. This remains one of fantasy’s most targetable matchups, and even Kyle Allen takes on a nice boost against it.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense vs Cincinnati Bengals Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Browns passing offense remains one of the most disappointing units of 2019, as Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham just have not figured out how to work together this year. Beckham was held to just 29 yards last week with just three receptions. Beckham is now questionable with a groin injury, and if he is unable to go, the Browns receiving group is incredibly thin. The Browns have an underlying issue which is that Baker Mayfield has been atrocious cycling through his reads this year, but at the same time the receiving options outside of Landry and Beckham have been horrendous at getting open putting a lot of pressure on Landry and Beckham. This makes the job of the quarterback incredibly tough when he defense knows they only need to take away your first and second read. The offensive line has not helped the situation as Mayfield was sacked five times last week and has now been sacked 32 times this year. The good news is that the Browns will get left tackle Greg Robinson back after he missed last week with a concussion, but he is just average at best and the main issue is the right side of the line with Chris Hubbard and Wyatt Teller at right guard.

The Bengals are a passing defense continue to be one of the worst in the NFL this season. While they have only allowed one 300-yard passer on the year, this is mostly due to the Bengals having faced the fewest passing attempts in the NFL this year as teams have not needed to throw in blowout situations. When teams do throw, they carve through this defense as they have allowed the most yards-per-attempt on the season at 8.5. The problem is that outside of Darqueze Dennard in the slot, the Bengals have some of the worst combinations of corners and safeties as William Jackson and B.W. Webb both are liabilities at corner. Another issue is the overall lack of pass rush generated by the Bengals as they have just 20 sacks on the year which is the third-fewest in the NFL this season which gives opposing quarterbacks more time to pick on the weak corners and safeties of the Bengals.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Denver Broncos Passing Offense at Houston Texans Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Drew Lock’s NFL debut went reasonably well as he led the Broncos to a win with 134 passing yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He made some great plays last week, but he also took few risks with just 4.8 passing yards per attempt while throwing an ugly interception in the fourth quarter. This pedestrian passing performance was nothing new for this Denver offense that ranks 31st in the league with just 187.4 passing yards per game and is tied for last with only 11 passing touchdowns. Courtland Sutton, on the other hand, had a huge day last week as he made up over half the total passing yards for this offense (74 of 134) while catching both touchdowns. Sutton has not consistently found the end zone by any means this season but he has been a consistently targeted option for this passing offense and has posted over 70 receiving yards in 8-of-12 games on the year. Beyond Sutton, it is tough to rely on anyone else for consistent production in this passing offense.

The Texans own one of the worst passing defenses in football, giving up the fifth-most passing yards per game (262.9) and touchdowns (25). Quarterbacks have passed for three or more touchdowns against Houston in six of their last eight games, while the only two outliers with fewer than three touchdowns came against struggling Colts and Raiders passing offenses. They are lacking consistent pressure on quarterbacks with one or fewer sacks in five of the last seven games as this defensive line is indeed struggling without star edge rusher J.J. Watt. Play from their defensive backs has also been quite disappointing, especially as three of their starters continue to play through relatively recent injuries. Courtland Sutton will have a clear advantage in this one as the Texans should give Drew Lock a decent chance to excel in his second career start.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense vs Washington Redskins Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers passing offense statistically have been a unit that has fallen off a cliff over the last four weeks. Over the last four weeks, Rodgers is averaging just 185 yards passing. While last week we can give the offense a pass as they controlled the entire game against the Giants, the other three games seem to have been a little rocky. The Packers are trying to figure out their personnel heading into the playoffs as we have seen Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Jake Kumerow, and Jimmy Graham’s playing time diminish over the last two weeks while Allen Lazard, Robert Tonyan and Jace Sternberger’s playing time increase over the last two weeks. Outside of Davante Adams, the Packers have not had a consistent playmaker all season as they do not have a player who has more than 40 receptions and just one player over 400 yards which is Valdez-Scantling who did so on just 23 receptions. Lazard is the guy that they are hoping develops into the player that could be a consistent option moving forward for this team that is good enough to beat up the bad defenses such as Washington this week but has struggled when facing stiffer competition as they were dominated by San Francisco and the Chargers.

The Redskins passing defense is the opposite of their run defense as while their stats say that they are a fairly solid passing defense as they have allowed the 18th most passing yards per game, the reality is that this defense is a below-average defense as they are allowing the 9th-most yards-per-attempt at 7.6 on the year. The leader of the Redskins defense is Quinton Dunbar who might be the best cornerback in football in 2019, but outside of Dunbar the Redskins are fairly thin as Fabien Moreau has been forced to move to the outside after playing the last two seasons in the slot, and Jimmy Moreland has been forced into playing time with Josh Norman being benched. It remains to be seen if the benching of Norman has any positive impact as in the two games that they have played they have played Jeff Driskel and Kyle Allen, so they will be in for a real test this week against Aaron Rodgers.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense at New York Jets Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

For better or worse, Ryan Fitzpatrick has cemented himself as the 3-9 Dolphins’ starter to close the season. That’s a strong indictment of youngster Josh Rosen, who may have already worn his welcome out in Miami after just six appearances. Fitzpatrick has moved the ball much better than Rosen did, and his output has at least been strong in alternating weeks. Dating back to Week 6, he’s posted 4 days of 280+ yards and 4 multi-touchdown games. Last Sunday represented one of his best starts in several years, going 27 of 39 for 365 yards and 3 touchdowns (with an interception) in an upset win over the Eagles. Fitzpatrick doesn’t throw to much firepower, though he clearly has something going with DeVante Parker. Over 4 games since Preston Williams’ injury, Parker has turned 41 targets into an average of 6 receptions and 114 yards. Last week he hauled in two impressive touchdowns, from 43 and 17 yards out, and also drew a big pass interference call in the end zone. He’s now a weekly fantasy consideration, though it’s always hard to pinpoint who else will produce in this attack. Tight end Mike Gesicki has drawn 6+ targets in 5 straight games, though he’s only cleared 30 yards twice over that span. He’s volatile, but he’s the closest thing this unit has to a second fantasy option.

The Jets pass defense remains a work in progress. They’ve shown progress of late, holding their last 3 opponents to just 5.7 yards per attempt and 201 a game. But those numbers were built on matchups with Dwayne Haskins, Derek Carr, and Andy Dalton. Prior to that, they’d been worked over by the likes of Daniel Jones (308 and 4 touchdowns), Ryan Fitzpatrick (288 and 3), and Gardner Minshew (279 and 3). Over that span, they gave up huge receiving lines to the likes of Darius Slayton (10 for 121 and 2), Chris Conley (4 for 103 and 1), and Mike Gesicki (6 for 95). The going will be even tougher if Jamal Adams, arguably the NFL’s premier safety, is sidelined by an ankle sprain. Adams is counted on heavily to help a young, shaky cornerback group down the field, and his absence would make the deep ball much more attractive for Ryan Fitzpatrick. This is a favorable fantasy matchup even at full strength, though, making Fitzpatrick’s sneaky Week 14 appeal even brighter.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense vs Detroit Lions Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Although the Minnesota Vikings struggled through the air last Monday night, they remain one of the NFL's most efficient passing attacks in spite of their low volume. Considering the Vikings have one of the league's most run-heavy offenses, Kirk Cousins has been extremely impressive in his little action airing the ball out, especially when his receiving corps is at full-strength. The Vikings have been without Adam Thielen in recent weeks, as he recovers from a hamstring injury that has hampered him for the better part of two months, which has lead to increased volume for Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph through the air. Diggs' increased volume has not directly translated into production in recent weeks, but his underlying metrics are promising, and he should see significant improvement in the near future. Kyle Rudolph, although an afterthought early in the season, is finally making his presence felt, especially around the end zone, with at least five targets and a touchdown in five out of his last six games. Should Thielen return to action in Week 14, the overall efficiency of this unit should spike back up to near-league-high levels; however, the target totals for players like Diggs and Rudolph may decrease slightly to make room for the top-end pass-catcher.

Detroit's pass defense has defended the seventh-most pass attempts this season, allowing stunningly-high efficiency totals through the air. The Lions have allowed the 3rd-most passing yards this season, while also permitting a 25-to-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio, one of the league's worst. They have allowed multiple touchdown passes in 9 out of 12 games this season, including a 338-yard and 3-touchdown performance to Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears' struggling passing-attack last week. The Detroit pass defense is one of the league's worst from top-to-bottom, with only one significant play-maker taking the field regularly. Trey Flowers, the team's marquee offseason signing, has recently found a groove pressuring opposing quarterbacks, with five sacks in his last five games. Unfortunately, Flowers has received little support elsewhere, as many of the team's previously-strong pass-defenders have seen their production tail off in 2019. Darius Slay, a cornerback that was previously hailed as one of the league's best coverage players, has fallen off significantly this season, with his reputation far exceeding his on-field production. Overall, the Lions' pass defense is one of the league's worst, and in a tough matchup against the Vikings' strong passing attack, they should be overmatched in Week 14. Expect Kirk Cousins and company to get back on track after a poor showing on Monday Night Football last week, as they should shred the Lions through the air this weekend.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense at Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

It’s hard to call young Devlin Hodges a polished prospect. He’s being managed very closely and given very little downfield opportunity, with the Steelers running heavily to protect him. Still, his steady-ish play has been a noticeable upgrade on the mistake-prone Mason Rudolph. Hodges has shown the spark of a dynamic connection with wideout James Washington, who’s topped 90 yards in 3 of his last 4 games. The pair hooked up on three fantastic, well-contested deep balls last week, making for the most excitement this attack has seen in over a month. Washington would still hold some fantasy value even if JuJu Smith-Schuster can return - he doesn’t look likely to - but offers week-winning potential as Hodges’ No. 1 target. With the lack of volume at play, though, there’s not much stability or upside to be found anywhere else. No. 2 wideout Diontae Johnson have combined to post just 115 yards over the past 3 weeks.

The Cardinals opened the year struggling against the pass, but this unit has now plummeted to the bottom of the league by just about every measure. Not even the Week 7 return of All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson has helped stop the bleeding. The numbers have been staggering: they’ve allowed 420+ yards in back-to-back games, and 315+ in 6 of their last seven. Over those 7 games they’ve surrendered 19 touchdowns through the air, and 7 different receivers have recorded 100+ yards. Peterson has suffered through his worst season as a pro, and rookie Byron Murphy has been even worse across the field. Of course, the Cardinals have gained the most notoriety here in 2019 for their ineptitude against tight ends. The linebackers and safeties have been historically poor in coverage up the seams. They’ve already allowed 6 different tight ends to top 75 yards - 4 of them cleared 100 - with an astonishing 13 touchdowns along the way. Vance McDonald has largely faded from the Pittsburgh gameplan, but he couldn’t ask for a better time to get more involved.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense at Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Ryan Tannehill continues to lead the red hot Titans to success despite what has been a pretty inconsistent passing offense from a fantasy perspective. While Tannehill has passed for two touchdowns in three straight games and has multiple passing touchdowns in five of his six starts, he has also failed to cross the 200-yard mark in half of his starts while virtually ignoring the wide receiver position at times. Since Tannehill took over in Week 7, no Titans wide receiver has exceeded 30 receiving yards or three receptions in back-to-back weeks. The closest any Titans pass-catcher has come to consistency was when Jonnu Smith put up 64 and 78 yards in Weeks 7 and 8. A.J. Brown has been a favorite target for Tannehill and certainly offers the most upside for this group. Beyond Brown (and even including Brown, to be honest), it should be easy to avoid this Titans passing offense for fantasy purposes.

The Raiders defense may have held Patrick Mahomes to just 175 passing yards and one passing touchdown last week, but that was not necessarily due to particularly strong play from this defense as the Chiefs offense was cruising due to the big lead built up by halftime. Looking at the season as a whole, the Raiders have been one of the worst teams in football against the pass with multiple touchdowns given up in eight of 12 games, including Week 12 against what has been a very poor Jets offense. Big plays have been a problem for this secondary, as they have allowed the second-most pass plays of 20 or more yards (56) and the third-most of 40 or more yards (13). They lack a true playmaking defensive back with mediocre safeties and just one decent coverage cornerback in Daryl Worley. All Titans receivers should have an advantage in their matchups this week, with Adam Humphries, in particular, seeing a bump due to the very poor play from slot cornerback Lamarcus Joyner. Jonnu Smith should also have a decent shot at finding the end zone against this defense that has allowed the second-most touchdowns (8) to opposing tight ends and gave up 90 yards to Travis Kelce last week.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense vs Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Matt Ryan has been productive throughout 2019 on a raw-numbers level. He’s averaged 309 yards per full game, and he’s thrown multiple touchdowns in 7 of those 10 starts. But from an efficiency standpoint, he’s mostly muddled through another lost Falcons season. It’s taken a ton of volume to hit those good-not-great numbers; Ryan is posting his lowest yardage per attempt since 2010. And he’s even trending downward, with much of his recent production coming in pure garbage time. On Thanksgiving, he needed 50 attempts to reach 312 and 2 scores. In the meantime, he absorbed nine sacks and handed over three back-breaking turnovers. Ryan excelled in this matchup back in Week 11, but it’s hard to project another blowout win by this flailing Falcons team. It would be even harder for Ryan to rebound without Julio Jones and Austin Hooper, though both look probable for Sunday. Even so, there are quite a few roadblocks at play here. With so many injuries in the way, a porous line up front, and a nonexistent running game to boot, this attack looks like little more than a volume-based fantasy stab. That high early-season ceiling looks like buried history right now.

The Panthers pass defense has been decidedly up-and-down throughout 2019. Five of their 12 opponents have topped 300 yards, and 9 different receivers have recorded 95 or more. Against these Falcons in Week 11, Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones combined to turn 16 targets into 232 yards and a touchdown). Still, it’s worth noting that the Panthers have faced one of the league’s toughest pass-game schedules. And while they’ve allowed quite a few big games, they’ve also shown well in matchups with Aaron Rodgers (233 scoreless yards), Deshaun Watson (160), and Jameis Winston (208 and 1 touchdown). Outside cornerbacks James Bradberry and Donte Jackson have both been Pro Bowl-caliber in coverage, while free safety Tre Boston has bounced back into great form on his own. With a strong pass rush up front (a league-high 46 sacks), this is not an easy unit to beat down the field. Matt Ryan and company may find raw-numbers success Sunday, but it’s hard to project much efficiency as things stand.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Baltimore Ravens Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Buffalo's passing attack grades as an average-to-slightly-below-average unit across the board this season. The Bills lean towards a run-heavy approach, ranking 24th in total pass attempts this season, producing medial yardage, touchdown, and interception numbers to go along with their 6.3 net yards per attempt, ranking 17th in the NFL. Josh Allen has proven to be a competent quarterback here in year two, with definitive strengths and weaknesses to his game. Allen's athletic ability enables him to run frequently and successfully, yet remains behind the expected learning curve processing opposing defenses and making the proper reads. When Allen does air it out, he funnels the ball to John Brown and Cole Beasley the majority of the time. Brown leads the team in targets, receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and air yards, making him the most valuable fantasy asset on the team. However, Beasley has emerged in recent weeks as a viable fantasy receiver, tallying back-to-back 6-catch, 75+ yard, 1-touchdown performances. Moving forward, these two should continue to dominate the production through the air, even in an unimpressive passing attack as a whole.

Baltimore's pass defense grades as an almost perfectly-average unit this season, defending almost exactly the league-average number of pass attempts and allowing the 15th-best net yards per attempt mark in the NFL. The Ravens have, however, excelled in preventing touchdowns through the air and forcing turnovers, with a 10-to-11 touchdown-to-interception ratio allowed, that ranks 3rd-best and 7th-best in the league, respectively. On the season, the Ravens rank fourth in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, which makes it exceptionally difficult for wide receivers to flourish as well. A more nuanced feature of a pass-defense, tight end coverage, is another place that the Ravens accel, also posting the fourth-best fantasy defense in that regard. Along the defensive line, Matthew Judon stands out as the team's most feared pass-rusher. Judon leads the team in sacks, with seven on the season, and he has more than twice as many pressures on opposing quarterbacks as any other Baltimore defender. Then, in the secondary, Marcus Peters and Earl Thomas top the charts as the team's best defensive backs. Peters, a mid-season acquisition, leads the way with five interceptions on the season, tied for the most in the NFL, with three coming in a Ravens' uniform. Thomas, an offseason free agency acquisition, grades as one of the NFL's best pass-defending safeties once again this season, rounding out one of the NFL's best secondaries. In all, this is a unit that should give Josh Allen fits in Week 14, making Buffalo's quest to lock up a wild card spot exceptionally difficult down the stretch.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Dak Prescott and this passing offense continue to put up big numbers. Dak and the offense struggled mightily against Buffalo as they scored just 15 points, but were able to throw for 355 yards which has been the case in most of Dallas’ losses as they continue to throw the ball and move the ball throughout the entire game. Even if you were to strip out the losses and garbage time production, this is still an offense that averages over 300 yards passing per game in their wins. This is an offense that does a great job spreading the ball around to different receivers even when Amari Cooper or Michael Gallup has a bad day it seems that Randall Cobb, Tony Pollard, or Jason Witten chip in enough that the offense is productive and continues to move the ball. This is one of the best passing offenses in football particularly between the 20 yard-lines as if there is one drawback it is that they don’t finish enough drives for all of the yardage that they gain.

The Bears passing defense is a good one, but not elite like they were in 2018 as the departures of Bryce Callahan and Adrian Amos have hurt this defense considerably. The Bears lost a key player this week in Prince Amukamara with a hamstring injury as he is doubtful. The Bears also lost their backup corner in Sherrick McManis who was placed on IR leaving Kevin Toliver as the second cornerback for the Bears this week. Toliver has seen just three snaps this year, and while he did play sparingly last year, he struggled and will likely be a liability this week against both Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. With Amukamara or even McManis, this likely would have been a tough matchup, instead, it is upgraded to a neutral matchup with the liability in Toliver.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Houston Texans Passing Offense vs Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Deshaun Watson has shown the ability to carry this Texans team on multiple occasions this season, including last week in what was a stellar performance despite only putting up 234 passing yards. Watson was accurate all over the field, throwing for three touchdowns while actually completing four of his six pass attempts when targeting receivers 10 or more yards downfield. Deandre Hopkins finished with a nice game last week, but he actually saw a dip in playing time with just 84 percent of the snaps compared to playing at least 93 percent of offensive snaps in all previous weeks. This is nothing to be concerned about at this point though, as Hopkins continues to lead this team in targets while offering a strong fantasy scoring floor and ceiling alike. Both Will Fuller and Kenny Stills remain more boom or bust options, while Darren Fells simply continues to amaze with his seventh touchdown of the season last week. Fells has seen three or fewer targets in all but three games this season and has exceeded 50 yards in just two games, but his size makes him an impeccable red zone target who will continue to be in sight for Watson.

Denver’s passing defense has played fairly well this season, ranking fifth in passing yards allowed (210.6) while giving up the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game (PPR scoring) to both quarterbacks and wide receivers. The past three weeks have been a slight regression though, as opposing quarterbacks have passed for multiple touchdowns in all three games while two wide receivers have exceeded 115 receiving yards--the only two to exceed that mark all season against Denver. Chris Harris is their lock-down cornerback and should see most snaps shadowing DeAndre Hopkins, but these other two cornerbacks are very beatable in coverage, leading to plus matchups for Will Fuller and Kenny Stills. Play from the Denver safeties has been stellar though, which has led to a limitation of big plays by opposing passing offenses. The Broncos pass rush has been inconsistent all season, especially after their dreadful start. While they have improved as the season progressed, this team still has generated two or fewer sacks in three of their last six games with a below-average 10 percent pressure rate. Von Miller is banged up and at risk of missing this week after he was sidelined for last week’s game. In addition, the team’s sack leader Derek Wolfe was placed on injured reserve this week and will miss the remainder of the season. Limited pressure on Deshaun Watson plus a healthy Will Fuller could lead to more big plays in this game than the Defense has been accustomed to dealing with.

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Los Angeles Chargers Passing Offense at Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

If not for a stellar second half last week, Philip Rivers may not have been in line to start in Week 14 against the Jaguars. Play from Rivers has certainly dropped off this season, as he is on pace for near a career-high in interceptions and his fewest passing touchdowns in 12 years. While the yards are there with the Chargers often playing catch-up or in tight games, Rivers has simply been off in many cases this year. Still, he is supporting reasonable fantasy performances from the likes of Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry, and Austin Ekeler. Allen has slightly picked things up over the past few weeks, hauling in 22 receptions from 29 targets for 207 yards and two touchdowns over his last three games. Ekeler has also continued to contribute through the air with either a touchdown or over 100 receiving yards in five of his last six games. Hunter Henry did have a clunker last week with just two receptions for 10 yards, but he had been steadily producing in all preceding games and sees a plus matchup this week.

The Jaguars secondary had another impressive outing last week as they held both Chris Godwin and Mike Evans in check, holding each to just four receptions and a combined 103 receiving yards with no touchdowns. Play from both A.J. Bouye and D.J. Hayden has been relatively solid. However, Tre Herndon has been a liability and is battling through an injury that further weakens his ability to perform. In addition, the Jaguars safeties have been very inconsistent while starter Ronnie Harrison has been sidelined since early in Week 12 and could miss this week as well. This should all help add upside to boom or bust receiver Mike Williams, who relies upon deep ball production for his fantasy viability. Keenan Allen, on the other hand, should be in for a decent challenge primarily against Hayden. Hunter Henry looks to have a ton of upside, especially if linebacker Myles Jack is unable to suit up again after missing Week 13 with a knee injury. The Jaguars defense has not given up a ton of fantasy points to tight ends, but reasonably strong coverage from these cornerbacks along with clear weaknesses and injuries at safety and linebacker should afford a solid opportunity for Henry to be productive--especially considering this defense gave up five receptions for 61 yards to the struggling O.J. Howard last week.

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New England Patriots Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Patriots passing offense over the last four games has been struggling mightily. While Tom Brady threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns last week, that was mostly in garbage time when the game was already out of hand as this was a unit that struggled for most of the game completing just 51% of their passes. Brady has completed 55% or fewer in three consecutive games and while the first two of those three were mostly written off as weather games, the lack of production is starting to become a concern for the Patriots who are desperately trying to find a second receiving option outside of Julien Edelman. While Mohamed Sanu was active, he played just 22% of the plays for the Patriots and caught just three passes for 14 yards as the Patriots are still trying to find a way to get a return on their trade for a second-round pick earlier this year. Philip Dorsett, Jacobi Meyers, and N’Keal Harry all struggled as well as they had a total of just five receptions amongst the three of them on 14 targets. The Patriots turned heavily to James White in the second half while trying to mount a comeback, and if the receiving troubles continue one would have to question whether the Patriots just have to keep White on the field at a rate much higher than the 40% that he is seeing now.

The Chiefs pass defense has been one of the bright spots on the season. While it is not a shut-down unit, it is a unit that has been much improved compared to 2018 where it was one of the worst units in football. The Chiefs have allowed the 17th most yards to quarterbacks per game at 253, and the 17th most touchdowns with 1.5 per game. This is a unit that has allowed just three teams to throw for 300 yards on the year two of which were in garbage time performances in Jacksonville and the Chargers. At the cornerback position, they are by no means an elite unit, but one that has been consistent with very little weaknesses, but the real story has been the play of their safeties as Juan Thornhill and Tyrann Mathieu both have been strong in coverage this season. If there is a weakness in this passing game it is the linebackers covering running backs. On the year, no team has allowed more receiving yards to running backs than the Chiefs as Anthony Hitchens and the linebacking group has struggled for most of the season.

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New York Giants Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The New York Giants turned over the keys to their offense to Daniel Jones early in the season with one eye on the future. Now, as Daniel Jones deals with an ankle injury, Eli Manning is expected to take back over the starting role under center for the Giants. In limited action earlier this season, Manning's metaphoric gas tank appeared to be running dry. Now, in Week 14 a high-volume passing-attack will look to salvage respectable passing totals for Eli Manning; however, with a depleted receiving corps, the outlook is bleak. Last weekend, the Giants fielded a receiving corps consisting of just a single Week 1 starter, Sterling Shepard, at their disposal. All of the previously-injured personnel remain on the injury report ahead of Week 14, with their status in jeopardy. Without Evan Engram and Golden Tate, unheralded pass-catchers like Darius Slayton and Kaden Smith have risen to prominence through the air for New York; however, the lack of chemistry and talent in this unit makes them one of the weakest in the NFL. With Eli Manning under center, even if the Giants' receiving corps nears full-strength in Week 14, it is exceedingly unlikely that they will be able to capitalize on Philadelphia's weakness at the back-end of their defense.

Although Philadelphia's pass-defense saw a momentary improvement against the pass when Jalen Mills returned to action in a form unlike anything he had previously shown in his career, the unit came crashing back down to earth in last week's loss to the Miami Dolphins. On the whole, the unit grades as a slightly-below average group, allowing a sub-par 22-to-10 touchdown-to-interception ratio to go alongside a 6.4 net yards per attempt total that ranks 19th in the league. The strength of this defense is along the defensive line, where Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox produce the bulk of the team's pass-rushing production. Elsewhere, however, they get little support, as the team's linebackers offer little support and their secondary grades as one of the league's worst. Ronald Darby was exposed play after play last weekend when DeVante Parker erupted for nearly 160 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jalen Mills has also struggled in recent weeks after playing at an incredible level early in his 2019 campaign. Mills has been one of the league's most-criticized and exploited cornerbacks throughout his young career and, unfortunately for the Eagles, after a brief stint of strong play, it is looking like he is returning to his old ways. Philadelphia's pass defending talent, or lack thereof, resembles that of a bottom-rung unit in the NFL, and it would not come as a surprise to see their numbers trend back in that direction down the stretch. However, it may have little implication on their Week 14 clash with the Giants' struggling passing attack.

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Oakland Raiders Passing Offense vs Tennessee Titans Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Derek Carr has thrown at least one interception in three straight games and has only three passing touchdowns in his last four outings. He had been playing decent football earlier in the season, but Carr is certainly beginning to falter when it matters most for this offense competing for a playoff spot. Tight end Darren Waller had a bounceback game last week as he led the team in targets (9) while hauling in seven of those for 100 yards--his third 100-yard game of the season. Waller has been the most reliable and consistent receiving option for the Raiders, especially considering the back-to-back sub-20 yard outings from top wide receiver Tyrell Williams. Williams had quite the touchdown streak going to start the season, but he has been held out of the end zone in five straight games while clearing 50 receiving yards just once since Week 9.

The Titans defense continues to get hit with injuries, as it looks as if they will be without starting cornerback Adoree Jackson this week. Coming just a few weeks after losing their other outside cornerback, Malcolm Butler, this will be a tough loss for the Titans to absorb. They signed cornerback Tramaine Brock to add depth, but he had not played particularly well for a bottom-ranked Cardinals passing defense while the Titans’ other outside cornerbacks LeShaun Sims and Tye Smith have not been particularly effective. Slot man Logan Ryan has been playing well though, and safety Kevin Byard is continuing to have another Pro Bowl-caliber season--which should certainly help in coverage against Darren Waller when he is not looked after by Ryan. The Titans defensive line has found some recent consistency rushing the passer with at least three sacks in four of their last five games, but this Raiders offensive line is allowing pressure at one of the lowest rates in football while giving up the second-fewest sacks (18) this season. Even with that recent production on the defensive line, this Titans secondary looks depleted enough for the Raiders passing offense to have a decent shot at bouncing back from what has been a rough past few weeks.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense vs Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Buccaneers passing offense has been a risk-reward group all season due to the gun-slinger play from quarterback Jameis Winston. Last week marked the first time Winston has failed to throw a touchdown in a game, but it also marked the fourth time he has thrown no interceptions--and the first time in his past four games as he had thrown eight interceptions in the previous three outings alone. It was a clear example of when doing less was more to help Tampa Bay win the game, but it certainly did not help his elite wide receivers as neither Chris Godwin nor Mike Evans managed to exceed 55 yards for the first time since Week 1. Evans leads the team in targets this season and did have some top-notch opportunities last week. However, both Evans and Godwin have seemingly traded weeks as the target and yardage leaders for this offense and will continue to serve as the top options for this Tampa Bay passing offense.

The Colts passing defense has been solid overall, but highly variable for most of the season. While they rank above average as a defense in passing yards allowed per game (12th fewest with 226.9), they have given up over 295 passing yards in half of their games and fewer than 195 passing yards in the other half. In most cases, those good games against the pass came against pedestrian passing offenses (Titans x2, Broncos, Dolphins). This week’s challenge is far from a pedestrian passing offense as the Buccaneers have piled on the yards against opposing secondaries. Mike Evans moves all over the field, but he should have no problem with either outside cornerback the Colts line up to cover him. Godwin should see a slightly more difficult matchup with Kenny Moore out of the slot, but Godwin still has the edge as he is very tough to cover. Turnovers have been a strong point for this defense though, as the Colts have forced at least one interception in four of their last five games--however, they will still need to keep these elite Tampa Bay receivers in check to have a chance at success in this one.

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Washington Redskins Passing Offense at Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Redskins passing offense continues to be a work in progress as rookie Dwayne Haskins is still learning as he had limited experience in college with just one season as the starter at Ohio State. Haskins has completed just 54% of his passes and has thrown six interceptions compared to just two touchdowns in his six games as a starting quarterback, and has been sacked 22 times in just six games. The reality is that Haskins has been put in a tough spot, as the team has limited options at wide receiver with fellow rookie Terry McLaurin the only receiver to have more than 300 yards or 30 catches this season as Paul Richardson, Kelvin Harmon, and Trey Quinn have all been non-existent this season. If there is good news on the horizon, it is that Chris Thompson was able to return last week which should provide a check-down option that neither Adrian Peterson nor Derrius Guice possess as both are limited as receivers.

The Packers are a team that is designed to stop the pass and so far this season, yet have not been a shut-down defense. While on the surface they have allowed the 8th-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, they have allowed 271 yards passing per game which is the 9th most in the NFL this season as they are propped up by allowing just 1.3 passing touchdowns per game. This is a unit that is still very young at the corner position as they are led by Jaire Alexander who continues to develop into one of the better cornerbacks in football. Opposite of Alexander, Kevin King has had his ups and downs this year and has struggled with consistency. However, the real problem for the Packers has been stopping tight ends. Over their last six games, the Packers have allowed an average of 103 yards per game to the position which is 40 yards more than the next closest team. Blake Martinez and Ibraheim Campbell have both struggled mightily in stopping the position and while the competition that they have faced has been some of the better tight ends in football, they were also exposed by Kaden Smith for 70 yards last week.

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Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense vs Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Kyler Murray has had a few dazzling rookie moments, but he’s coming fresh off a horrendous two-game stretch of play. He’s produced just 150 and 163 yards in those two, good for an anemic 4.7 yards per attempt. To be fair, though, both came in tough matchups, and Murray clearly wasn’t operating at 100% (hamstring) last Sunday. His throws were off-balance and errant for most of the day, and he couldn’t get anything going beyond quick-hitters to Larry Fitzgerald. It also doesn’t help that his receiving corps, as currently constituted, lacks real downfield ability. Target leaders Fitzgerald (10.6 yards per catch), Christian Kirk (10.8), and Pharoh Cooper (9.2) provide little beyond short routes under the defense. As a result, Murray simply doesn’t boast much pass-game upside. Dating back to Week 3, he’s averaged just 6.6 yards per attempt (221 per game), and he’s gone touchdown-less 5 times. Luckily for the fantasy world, his volume is at least strong enough to carry his rushing production into QB1 relevance. It’s just not wise to chase his receivers, who enter every matchup with low floors and ceilings.

On paper, the Pittsburgh pass defense has been in top form here in 2019. They’ve allowed just 6.9 yards per attempt and 234 per game, and they haven’t let an opponent reach 250 since Week 6. Still, it has to be noted that they’ve faced a dismal slate of opposing quarterbacks over that span. In fact, only a single one of the seven (Ryan Fitzpatrick) currently sits top-15 in QBR. Of course, the Steelers hold their own in those matchups, which can’t be taken away. Outside cornerbacks Steven Nelson and Joe Haden have quietly made up one of 2019’s most underrated pairs. And new free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick has been an All Pro-caliber playmaker. Their jobs are made even easier by a swarming pass rush that ranks second in pressure rate and third in sacks. It’s fair to speculate on how this group would fare against a great passer, and they were indeed shredded early in the season by Tom Brady and Russell Wilson. But it’s certainly a disruptive enough unit to harass a rookie into a bad day, locked into the slots and unable to open up down the field.

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Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Mitchell Trubisky over the last two weeks has looked like the quarterback we thought he would be in early 2018. While it is too early to get too excited as the last two matchups he has had could not have been much easier in the Giants and Lions, there is some optimism that some of his early-season struggles could have been related to his left shoulder injury he suffered early in the season. Trubisky does his best work throwing on the run as his accuracy while standing in the pocket often suffers especially on deep passes, but on the run, he seems to throw with more confidence. At the receiving position, it appears the Bears will once again be without Taylor Gabriel who is suffering from a concussion which will force Anthony Miller and Javon Wims to step up to replace Gabriel as consistent options alongside Allen Robinson. Miller has stepped up over the last three weeks as he has seen an average of 11 targets per game in those contests and torched the Lions with 140 yards last week.

The Cowboys pass defense is one that has been an above-average unit this season. On the year, they have held opponents to just 233 yards per game which is the sixth-fewest in the NFL, and have held opponents to 6.9 yards-per-attempt. On the season, the Cowboys have allowed just two quarterbacks to throw for more than 250 yards which were to Eli Manning and Sam Darnold both in games that Byron Jones did not play the entire game. This is a defense that is solid across the board as it is led by second-team All-Pro Byron Jones who is having another great year. If there is a weakness for the Cowboys it will be that the team is without safety Jeff Heath as Darian Thompson will once again fill in. Thompson has struggled in his four games as a starter, but fortunately for the Cowboys, the Bears don’t have a tight end to take advantage of the matchup. This will be a stiff test for Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears.

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Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense at Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Andy Dalton sparked some life into the Bengals last week as he came off the bench and led the team to their first win of the season. This was a typical Dalton game, nothing fancy, but efficient completing just 6.6 yards-per-attempt but was able to move the ball through Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate enough to beat the Jets. While there was some speculation that A.J. Green would return this week, he is once again declared out early in the week on Wednesday which has to bring fuel to whether he returns at all at this point as the receiver heads into his free agency year. The Bengals at this point of the year with Dalton back are more dangerous than the Ryan Finley led team simply because of having a veteran quarterback essentially having a last chance audition to land somewhere next season.

The Browns passing defense continues to be an above-average unit this season as they have held opponents to the seventh-fewest passing yards per game. The Browns got even better news this week as Damarious Randall who was suspended for the last game will return at free safety as he is one of the better coverage safeties in football. This is a defense that has not allowed a 300-yard passer and has allowed just four wide receivers to top 100 yards for the year. Overall it is a talented unit, but if there is a question mark surrounding it, it would be that the schedule has been favorable as they have faced just three offenses in the top half of the league in passing yards and they allowed over 250 yards to all three quarterbacks and two touchdowns to all three. The good news for the Browns is that the easy schedule against the pass continues as they face off against Andy Dalton and company.

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Detroit Lions Passing Offense at Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The Detroit Lions, now on their third starting quarterback of the season, enter week 14 with a long week of rest to build an offense around David Blough following a close Thanksgiving Day loss to the Chicago Bears. Detroit's impressive passing numbers this season are a product of Matthew Stafford's strong 2019 campaign, but without him, they mean very little moving forward. The Lions' passing attack should continue to be a high-volume unit, as they project to play from behind once again this weekend, which bodes well for the offense's raw totals, and Blough's overperformance (relative to expectation) in his debut could foster a surprisingly-strong fantasy environment for a select few Detroit pass-catchers. Blough, as many backup quarterbacks do, relied heavily upon his proverbial safety blankets through the air, peppering tight end T.J. Hockenson and slot receiver Danny Amendola with 11 and 8 targets, respectively. Both players run primarily short and intermediate routes. While Hockenson is out for the season, Danny Amendola may continue to see increased usage with the rookie under center. Logan Thomas should slot into the lineup for T.J. Hockenson, although he projects for very little usage through the air in this offense. Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, Jr. are the team's two most talented receivers, and while Golladay continued to command his high-value deep targets, Jones, Jr. saw little action with Blough at the helm. Exercise caution with this unit, as there is very little data about the receivers' usage with rookie David Blough at quarterback thus far.

Minnesota's pass defense grades as a solid unit, ranking in the top third of the NFL in almost every meaningful category this season. As they have played with a lead for most of their 8-4 start to the year, the Vikings have defended the 9th-most pass attempts of any team in the league, allowing just 6.1 net yards per attempt, the 12th-best mark in the NFL. The Vikings field a deep unit of capable pass defenders, aside from one glaring weakness at cornerback. On the defensive line, Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter make up one of the strongest edge-rushing pairs in the league. Then, at the back-end of the defense, Anthony Harris and Harrison Smith, two of the league's best pass-defending safeties, do their best to mask the team's weakness at cornerback. Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes have been horrific in coverage this season, allowing 4 100-yard receivers over the team's last 4 games, and there is no reason to believe they'll right the ship anytime soon. This weekend, taking on one of the league's best wide receiver duos in Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, Jr., the Vikings' weak cornerbacks will be put to the test. With a backup quarterback at the helm, expectations for Detroit's passing attack should be tempered in Week 14, as they take on a generally-strong pass defense with the one glaring weakness.

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Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense vs Los Angeles Chargers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

It was terrible timing for Nick Foles to have a bad outing last week as questions were already swirling about his capability to start over Gardner Minshew in this offense. After completing only half of his 14 pass attempts for 93 yards, throwing one interception, and losing two fumbles, Foles was benched at halftime in favor of Minshew to finish out the game. The Minshew era has now been revived as he will start this week against the Chargers. Minshew’s mobility adds another dimension to this passing offense, but he did struggle to throw a consistent deep ball for most of his tenure as the starter earlier this season. D.J. Chark should continue to head up this passing offense, and he will be looking to get back on track after failing to exceed 50 receiving yards in three of his last four games. It has actually been Leonard Fournette to lead the team in targets in each of the last two games as he is on pace to nearly double his career-best level of production as a receiver. Minshew didn’t quite feed Fournette double-digit targets on a weekly basis, but he did keep Fournette regularly involved and will likely continue supporting very fantasy-friendly stat lines for his star running back.

The Chargers passing defense has been a top-tier unit for most of the season, especially in recent weeks as they have given up just the second-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks since Week 8. Since Week 4, only two quarterbacks have exceeded 220 yards and two have exceeded one passing touchdown when facing the Chargers. Over that span, this team has also forced one interception per game in all but two outings. On top of their success, things are only looking up as All-Pro safety Derwin James returned to the field last week. Having James along with shut-down cornerback Casey Hayward will make it tough on any receiver lining up against the Chargers. While Hayward did uncharacteristically cough up two touchdowns to Courtland Sutton last week, his shadow coverage will still represent a very difficult matchup for D.J. Chark this week. The Los Angeles defensive line has only managed one sack in their last two games, but this group--led by Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa--has the ability to wreak havoc on these weaker Jaguars offensive tackles. Overall, Gardner Minshew should have his work cut out for him as he tries to right the ship for this Jaguars passing offense.

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Los Angeles Rams Passing Offense vs Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The Los Angeles Rams' struggling passing attack got back on track last weekend in a soft matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. Jared Goff shredded the Cardinals for over 400 yards and 2 scores, well above his 2019 averages. On the season, the Rams rank 6th in total passing volume, while posting just 13 passing touchdowns to 13 interceptions. The team's poor offensive line is at the root of most of the offensive struggles, but given the team's high-volume passing attack, there is no shortage of opportunity for Rams' pass-catchers. Robert Woods has posted at least 9 targets and 95 receiving yards in 3 straight, including a monstrous 19-target, 13-catch, 172-yard performance last weekend. He has yet to find the end zone, which is unbelievable given his volume this season, making him well overdue for some positive regression in this area. Elsewhere, Cooper Kupp's receiving numbers have tailed off recently, posting just 1 100-yard receiving day in his last 7 outings to go along with reduced volume over that stretch of games. Expect the Rams to continue to air it out, primarily to these two receivers, down the stretch as they push for a wild card berth in the playoffs this season.

The Seahawks have had to defend the second-most pass attempts in the league this season, leading to a plethora of high-yardage games from opposing quarterbacks and wide receivers this season. On a per-play basis, the Seahawks have struggled as well, allowing 6.5 net yards per attempt, ranking 23rd in the NFL this season. In the trenches, Jadeveon Clowney shoulders the load as the team's only impactful pass-rusher. The Seahawks will need a big game out of the likes of Quinton Jefferson and other average pass-rushers this weekend to capitalize on Los Angeles' weakness along the offensive line. Then, at the second-level, the Seahawks field one of the league's weakest groups of coverage-linebackers. Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright both struggle against the pass, allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. In the secondary, Shaquill Griffin is one of the league's best young corners, locking down his half of the field with 13 pass breakups this season. Elsewhere, however, the Seahawks' secondary struggles against the pass, fostering a fantasy-friendly environment for opposing offenses. This weekend, against one of the league's most pass-happy offenses, the Seattle Seahawks will be put to the test, as their numbers throughout the first 12 games of the season have been uninspiring.

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San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense at New Orleans Saints Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

As expected, the 49ers’ run-dominant approach severely handcuffs the upside of its passing game. Jimmy Garoppolo has been passable as a Super Bowl-contending quarterback, completing 69% of his throws in full-on game manager mode. He’s only topped 300 yards twice, though, with both coming against the Cardinals’ awful pass defense. Through 12 games, those 2 matchups have accounted for 26% of his yardage and 38% of his touchdowns. There’s some truly explosive talent mixed into this attack, particularly on the inside of the formation. Tight end George Kittle remains a matchup-proof fantasy star, and rookie slot man Deebo Samuel continues to make at least two or three splash plays a week. He put up 112 and 134 yards in Weeks 10 and 11, then caught long touchdowns in each of the last two. Emmanuel Sanders looms, as well, even though Samuel has cut deeply into his role. But without consistent volume in a conservative attack, their expectations need to be held in check. Game flow and gameplan will tell the tale; it’s rare to see two or more erupt in the same week.

The New Orleans pass defense is generally a strong one, boasting a true shutdown cornerback and a handful of rising stars around him. Last week, they recorded 9 sacks and allowed Matt Ryan just 6.2 yards per attempt. The Saints have allowed big raw yardage in a handful of games, but much of it has been boosted by garbage time. And with top cornerback Marshon Lattimore back in the lineup, this is again a daunting matchup for opponents’ No. 1 wideouts. Lattimore has done fantastic recent work against the likes of Amari Cooper (48 yards), D.J. Chark (43), and Mike Evans (69 over 2 games). On the other side, Eli Apple is fresh off one of his worst games as a pro, losing repeatedly to the Falcons’ Calvin Ridley. It’s unclear just how much impact they’ll have Sunday, though, as the 49ers work the slots much more often than the boundaries. The burden will be on safeties Marcus Williams and Vonn Bell to control the seams and keep Jimmy Garoppolo’s slot targets from producing after the catch.

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Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Lamar Jackson's development as a passer has been one of the biggest storylines of the 2019 season. Jackson's improved ability to lead a successful offense from the confines of the pocket has fostered a highly-efficient (6th best net yards per attempt) passing attack that has accounted for 26 scores through the air, tied for the most in the league. Although the Ravens rarely throw the ball, ranking 31st in total pass attempts this season, offensive coordinator Greg Roman has designed one of the league's most impressive passing attacks when called upon. Marquise "Hollywood" Brown and Mark Andrews dominate the production through the air, ranking first and second on the team in targets, receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns this season. Although Andrews only plays about half of the snaps each game, due to Baltimore's highly-specialized group of tight ends, he makes the most of his limited action. Andrews' target-rate when he is on the field is one of the highest in the NFL, and he should continue to post impressive receiving totals when he's on the field.

For the Buffalo Bills' defense, an incredibly easy schedule has fostered top-flight defensive metrics against the pass this season. The Bills have faced medial volume; however, they've allowed the 3rd fewest passing yards, to go along with an insane 9-to-8 touchdown to interception ratio through 12 games. Efficiency-wise, the Bills rank near the top of the NFL, allowing just 5.1 net yards per attempt thus far. However, last weekend, their defense was gashed through the air for over 350 yards and multiple scores by the Dallas Cowboys' top-ranked passing attack. In the front-seven, the Bills field a slightly-above-average pass-defending unit, with Jordan Phillips and Jerry Hughes leading the way in the trenches. Phillips has converted his pressures into sacks at an outrageous rate this season, with 7.5 sacks on 18 total pressures, making him look like a much more impressive pass-rusher than he truly has been. On the other hand, Hughes' pressure totals have been impressive, while he has struggled to convert them into sacks, with only 3.5 on the season. Tre'Davious White stands out as the team's best pass-defender, with four interceptions so far this season, tied for the third-most in the NFL. At cornerback, White regularly locks down his side of the field, making life difficult for seemingly every wide receiver he has shadowed this season. Expect him to follow Marquise "Hollywood" Brown around the field this weekend, leading to a long day at the office for Baltimore's impressive rookie. Although they have impressed this season against an easy schedule, expect the Baltimore Ravens to push the Bills' defense to the limits in Week 14, as great offense frequently trumps great defense in the modern NFL.

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Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at New England Patriots Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

If you look at the score last week you might think Patrick Mahomes had one of his quintessential days of throwing for 400 yards in a dominating performance as the Chiefs won 40-7. However, it was the exact opposite for the Chiefs this past week as Mahomes completed just 52% of his passes and threw for just 175 yards. What is interesting is that Mahomes in non-injury games has thrown for less than 240 yards just twice in his career and both of those games were in the past two weeks as he threw for 175 yards last week and 182 yards in Week 11. While both performances were wins, the problem in Kansas City has been their receiving group outside of Tyreek Hill. Last week not a single receiver caught a pass besides Hill, and in the game against the Chargers in which he left early due to injury, Sammy Watkins led the receiving group with just two receptions for 26 yards. With both Damien Williams and Darrell Williams out in the running game, the Chiefs are going to desperately need another player to step up whether it is Watkins, Mecole Hardman, or another player such as Byron Pringle.

For the first time all season, the Patriots secondary looked a step slow compared to the Texans. While statistically, they held the Texans to just 235 yards passing, they did allow four touchdowns including a 35-yard passing touchdown to Kenny Stills. The Patriots had a rough week as Jason McCourty was out, and the team had the flu circling through their locker room keeping several players out of practice this week, and they did look much better in the second half of the game after half-time adjustments. This was just a game in which they did not come out and perform to their standard, but the overall story is that this is still the best passing defense in football as they have allowed just one quarterback to throw for over 250 yards which was to Ben Roethlisberger in Week 1. It is a very disciplined team that all know their role led by Stephon Gilmore and the safeties Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon. If they get Jason McCourty back this week, it will minimize their one weakness which has been J.C. Jackson and allow him back to his normal slot position.

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New Orleans Saints Passing Offense vs San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Drew Brees continues to play at an upper-tier level here in Year 19, completing a league-best 74% of his throws - nothing new for the ultra-precise Brees. That said, he hasn’t shown much dynamism of late, with the Saints’ downfield attack hardly in play over the past month or so. Brees has produced just 6.8 yards per attempt since the Week 10 bye, falling below 230 in 2 of those 4 games. In other words, he’s performing on a mortal level but still among the league’s most efficient passers. Throwing to Michael Thomas, who’s on pace to best Marvin Harrison’s receptions record, Brees always boasts a stable fantasy floor, if only through volume. Last week’s 30 attempts were his lowest of the season by far. Beyond Thomas, there’s every-week potential but not much consistency among Brees’ weapons. Tight end Jared Cook has posted 74+ yards in 3 of his last 4 games, but is occasionally shut far out of the gameplan. Running back Alvin Kamara is a true threat to score on every touch, but has surprisingly put up just 5.6 per catch during his 7-game touchdown drought.

Back in Week 2, the 49ers allowed Andy Dalton to throw for 311 yards in a game fueled by garbage time. And to date, he’s been the only opponent to reach even 250 against the league’s most smothering unit. They lead the way comfortably in yardage allowed per attempt and per game, and only three teams have allowed more touchdowns. In their past 2 games against Aaron Rodgers and Lamar Jackson, they gave up a total of 224 yards to the pair. The pass rush is top-notch, pressuring quarterbacks at the NFL’s highest rate despite blitzing very rarely. And Richard Sherman continues to lead a shutdown secondary that’s thoroughly shut down an impressive batch of receivers, including Davante Adams (43 yards), D.J. Moore (38), and Tyler Lockett (26). Sherman’s Week 14 availability, however, is up in the air after spraining his knee last Sunday. This is a deep group, but he’s obviously a huge piece of the 49ers’ puzzle in containing Michael Thomas.

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Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense at Los Angeles Rams Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Although Seattle's offense ranks in the bottom quarter of the NFL in passing volume, Russell Wilson's incredible 2019 season has the team ranked firmly in the top-10 of almost every relevant passing statistic. The Seahawks rank 10th in the NFL in passing yards, tied for 1st in passing touchdowns, and 5th in net yards per attempt so far this season. Through the air, Wilson has favored Tyler Lockett as his number-one target. However, in recent weeks, a leg injury along with the flu have limited Lockett's impact on the game, as he averages just three targets per game over the last month. D.K. Metcalf has picked up some of the slack, as the rookie receiver has led the team's receiving corps in targets in every game since Lockett was initially hampered by the leg injury against the San Francisco 49ers. Josh Gordon has yet to make much of an impact in the team's offense, aside from two timely catches, and there is no sign of that changing anytime soon.

The Los Angeles Rams field one of the NFL's most talented pass defenses at all three levels this season. The Rams have defended above-average volume through the air, and aside from two outlier performances, they have done a great job at limiting opposing passing attacks. On a per-play basis, the Rams rank 6th in the NFL, allowing just 5.7 net yards per attempt this season, thanks to their supremely talented unit of pass defenders. Along the defensive line, Aaron Donald headlines one of the league's most-feared pass-rushes. Aaron Donald, Clay Matthews, and Dante Fowler, Jr. have combined for 25 sacks this season, in large part thanks to Donald's uncanny ability to command and beat double teams. At linebacker, Cory Littleton is one of the best pass-defending linebackers in the NFL. Littleton is tied for the team-lead in interceptions this season, with two to his name, and his athleticism at the second-level is nearly-unmatched by any other linebacker in the league. In the secondary, an in-season move to acquire Jalen Ramsey bolstered an already impressive defensive backfield. Ramsey's performance in a Rams' jersey has been just slightly-above-average through six games, but he should return to his All-Pro levels in the near future. Ramsey is supported by established veterans in Nickell Robey-Coleman and Eric Weddle in the secondary, helping to compensate for Ramsey's comparatively disappointing production. Lastly, Taylor Rapp, a wildly impressive rookie that recorded his first career interception last weekend, rounds out one of the league's best pass defenses at the safety position. In all, Los Angeles' pass defense is one of the league's strongest, and they should give Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks' passing attack as much trouble as any defense has this season.

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