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Week 14 Flex Rankings for Fantasy Football

Ladies and gentlemen, the time has arrived. It is Week 14. We have reached the regular season finale of the 2022 fantasy football campaign. Legacies are at stake and playoff berths hang in the balance. And with everything potentially on the line, how have the football gods chosen to bless us? By having six teams on a bye, of course! Yes, the sad reality is that many of us will have to fight the good fight without many of our top players this week. But there is no crying in fantasy football, at least not publicly. So we must do the best that we can with the tools with which we are given. With that in mind, I present to you my Week 14 Flex rankings.

As a reminder, these rankings are based on half-PPR scoring. You may need to tweak or tailor them to your league specifications. They are also subject to change, as it is still relatively early in the week. Make sure to keep up with the latest news from around the league regarding the players on your roster. In the meantime, you can always comment below or follow me on Twitter with any specific questions you may have. With all of that being said, let’s get to the rankings and I’ll see you in the fantasy football playoffs!

Running Back Notes

In a rare occurrence, I have two running backs ranked as RB1s in 12-team leagues. If that seems crazy to you, you probably have not been paying attention. Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott have each been top-eight fantasy backs in two of the last three weeks. Over that stretch, they have scored a combined 114.4 fantasy points in six total games. On tap for the dynamic duo in Week 14 is a date with the Houston Texans. Through nearly three-quarters of the season, the Texans have proven to be the best fantasy matchup for running backs. They have given up the most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, and no team has ceded more total yards to the position. Dallas is also a 17-point favorite in this game, so Pollard and Elliott should have plenty of chances to post huge numbers on Sunday.

My early rankings on Joe Mixon and Kenneth Walker are perhaps a bit aggressive. Mixon has missed multiple games with a concussion, while Walker is dealing with an ankle injury. Mixon did reportedly practice in full on Wednesday. That is a great sign that he has cleared the league’s concussion protocol. The timing could not be better, as Cincinnati has a chance to take over the division lead on Sunday. The matchup is solid for Mixon as well against a Cleveland Browns team that has allowed an NFL-high 16 total touchdowns to the running back position. The Bengals may choose not to overwork Mixon, especially with the recent emergence of Samaje Perine as a legitimate weapon. Having said that, I would deem Mixon a must-start in a favorable matchup.

As for Walker, his status is less clear. He did not practice on Wednesday, leaving his status up in the air. If he were to miss this game, it would be a real bummer for fantasy managers. Walker is the overall RB15 on the year and RB6 since Week 6. That was the first game in which he had double-digit touches. Since then, it has been all systems a-go for the talented rookie out of Michigan State. If Walker cannot go, Seattle would most likely go with a combination of DeeJay Dallas, Tony Jones, and Travis Homer. Dallas is dealing with an ankle injury of his own, so he is a question mark this week as well. No Seahawk back other than Walker would be a recommended Week 14 Flex option for me, even in a plus-matchup against the Carolina Panthers.

There are some muddy running back waters throughout the league, and that seems to be especially true in the AFC East. After looking like the Miami Dolphins’ best running back in recent weeks, Jeff Wilson earned one touch in Miami’s loss to San Francisco a week ago. So much for momentum and the revenge game narrative. Fellow Fin and former 49er Raheem Mostert led the backfield, albeit with just seven carries. The uncertainty regarding this backfield split comes at a bad time for fantasy managers. Miami has a pristine Week 14 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers allow the most yards per carry and most yards before contact of any team in the league. I consider both Wilson and Mostert Week 14 Flex plays based on the upside, but it sure would be nice to get some clarity on their respective workloads before Sunday.

The Buffalo Bills clash with the New York Jets on Sunday, and both teams also have some ambiguity in their backfields. Devin Singletary has earned at least 10 touches in 10 of 12 games this season, including seven straight. However, rookie James Cook has become more involved in recent weeks. Cook saw a season-high 20 opportunities last week and has eclipsed 80 total yards in two of his last three contests. But his workload is still a bit inconsistent for my liking. He had only four touches for 18 total yards in Week 12. If I had to choose one for my Flex spot this week, it would still be Singletary. But Cook is trending upward and could be a factor in the fantasy football playoffs. The Jets present a middle-of-the-pack matchup for fantasy running backs.

On the other side of the field, undrafted rookie Zonovan Knight stepped in for an injured Michael Carter in Week 12 and has not looked back. Knight has gone over 100 total scrimmage yards in his first two NFL outings. He has been a top-20 fantasy back in that span despite not yet finding the end zone. The Jets removed Carter from the injury report this week, suggesting he will be available against Buffalo. But head coach Robert Saleh indicated that Knight is not going anywhere and has earned a place in the lineup. As is the case with Miami and Buffalo, I think both Jets’ backs could be in play this week depending on your other options. That is especially true considering how much Mike White likes to target running backs in the receiving game. I have Knight ranked slightly ahead of Carter at the moment.

Wide Receiver Notes

Treylon Burks’ first NFL touchdown was a spectacular 25-yard grab between two defenders in Tennessee’s loss last week. Unfortunately, one of those defenders leveled Burks in the head as he was making the grab. Burks was quickly ruled out for the day with a concussion. I currently have Burks ranked right at the cusp of Flex-worthy status, at WR38. However, he did not practice on Wednesday, which suggests that he may not be ready for Sunday. The timing is tough because the Jacksonville Jaguars have struggled to contain wide receivers this season. Jacksonville has given up 15 receiving scores to the position. Only two teams have allowed more. If Burks cannot go, Robert Woods would be the man most likely to step up. But I consider him a dicey Week 14 Flex option at best. Woods has cleared 40 yards just twice in 12 games this season.

As you could probably surmise based on my ranking of Los Angeles Chargers wide receivers, I am in the camp that believes Mike Williams will play this week. The big-play wideout got in a limited practice on Wednesday, which is a good sign. His potential return would likely be a hit to the fantasy potential of Joshua Palmer and DeAndre Carter, both of whom have stepped up while Williams and Keenan Allen have been dealing with injuries for most of the year. The Chargers do play on Sunday night, so this is a situation that fantasy managers will have to monitor throughout the week. You would hate to assume that Williams is playing, only to be left holding the bag if he is ruled out at the last minute.

I also have Brandin Cooks ranked right at the threshold of the Week 14 Flex conversation. However, I will concede that it is much less likely that Cooks suits up than Williams. While Williams and the Chargers are fighting for a playoff berth, the Texans are well out of contention. Cooks is also reportedly still upset about not being traded by Houston at the deadline. I do not think Cooks will go out of his way to play on Sunday, nor do I think the Texans will force the issue. Instead, Nico Collins is most likely to be Houston’s top wideout on Sunday. The matchup is not ideal, but you likely will not find better backdoor game script potential. Davis Mills is also expected to start this week, so there is at least the potential for Houston to field an NFL-caliber offense on Sunday.

Tight End Notes

Travis Kelce and Mark Andrews combined to score 13 fantasy points last week. Meanwhile, Taysom Hill scored 12.3. Welcome to the tight end position, folks! Perhaps that is a bit unfair, especially to Kelce, who is having one of the greatest seasons ever by a tight end. But it speaks to how random the tight end position can be. Other top-12 fantasy tight ends from last week include Cade Otton, Chigoziem Okonkwo, Connor Heyward, and Mecole Pruitt. Of the four players I just mentioned, only one finished the day with more than 28 yards and two had just a single catch each. We know fantasy football can be random, but tight ends seem to take that theory to a whole new level every week.

As for Week 14, I will continue to start the players who have been reasonably productive throughout the year. The player I had the most trouble ranking was Tyler Higbee. I currently have him at TE9, and it honestly doesn’t feel right. In two games without Matthew Stafford, Higbee has totaled 14 yards. Even in a good matchup and with a lack of pass-catching options, I just do not know how involved Higbee will be. He also plays on Thursday night, so that may factor into your decision. I was burned by Hunter Henry early and often this season, but he has been targeted at least four times in three of four games. He also has the best matchup known to man for tight ends against the Arizona Cardinals. Henry figures to at least have some upside this week and could be a sneaky Week 14 Flex option.

Week 14 Flex Rankings for Fantasy Football

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1Tyreek Hill (MIA)at LACWR1
2Davante Adams (LV)at LARWR2
3Justin Jefferson (MIN)at DETWR3
4Austin Ekeler (LAC)vs. MIARB1
5Christian McCaffrey (SF)vs. TBRB2
6Josh Jacobs (LV)at LARRB3
7Ja'Marr Chase (CIN)vs. CLEWR4
8Derrick Henry (TEN)vs. JACRB4
9Rhamondre Stevenson (NE)at ARIRB5
10Dalvin Cook (MIN)at DETRB6
11Amon-Ra St. Brown (DET)vs. MINWR5
12Stefon Diggs (BUF)vs. NYJWR6
13Saquon Barkley (NYG)vs. PHIRB7
14CeeDee Lamb (DAL)vs. HOUWR7
15Travis Kelce (KC)at DENTE1
16Joe Mixon (CIN)vs. CLERB8
17A.J. Brown (PHI)at NYGWR8
18Tony Pollard (DAL)vs. HOURB9
19Nick Chubb (CLE)at CINRB10
20DK Metcalf (SEA)vs. CARWR9
21Jaylen Waddle (MIA)at LACWR10
22Tee Higgins (CIN)vs. CLEWR11
23Amari Cooper (CLE)at CINWR12
24Garrett Wilson (NYJ)at BUFWR13
25Tyler Lockett (SEA)vs. CARWR14
26DeAndre Hopkins (ARI)vs. NEWR15
27Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)vs. HOURB11
28Christian Kirk (JAC)at TENWR16
29Latavius Murray (DEN)vs. KCRB12
30Travis Etienne Jr. (JAC)at TENRB13
31Deebo Samuel (SF)vs. TBWR17
32Dameon Pierce (HOU)at DALRB14
33Keenan Allen (LAC)vs. MIAWR18
34James Conner (ARI)vs. NERB15
35Chris Godwin (TB)at SFWR19
36D'Andre Swift (DET)vs. MINRB16
37Mark Andrews (BAL)at PITTE2
38DeVonta Smith (PHI)at NYGWR20
39Mike Evans (TB)at SFWR21
40Miles Sanders (PHI)at NYGRB17
41DJ Moore (CAR)at SEAWR22
42Kenneth Walker III (SEA)vs. CARRB18
43Isiah Pacheco (KC)at DENRB19
44Marquise Brown (ARI)vs. NEWR23
45T.J. Hockenson (MIN)at DETTE3
46Adam Thielen (MIN)at DETWR24
47Jamaal Williams (DET)vs. MINRB20
48Najee Harris (PIT)vs. BALRB21
49JuJu Smith-Schuster (KC)at DENWR25
50Jerry Jeudy (DEN)vs. KCWR26
51Jeff Wilson Jr. (MIA)at LACRB22
52Gabe Davis (BUF)vs. NYJWR27
53Leonard Fournette (TB)at SFRB23
54Courtland Sutton (DEN)vs. KCWR28
55Diontae Johnson (PIT)vs. BALWR29
56D'Onta Foreman (CAR)at SEARB24
57Darius Slayton (NYG)vs. PHIWR30
58Pat Freiermuth (PIT)vs. BALTE4
59Devin Singletary (BUF)vs. NYJRB25
60Zay Jones (JAC)at TENWR31
61Jakobi Meyers (NE)at ARIWR32
62Raheem Mostert (MIA)at LACRB26
63Tyler Boyd (CIN)vs. CLEWR33
64Joshua Palmer (LAC)vs. MIAWR34
65Michael Gallup (DAL)vs. HOUWR35
66Mike Williams (LAC)vs. MIAWR36
67George Pickens (PIT)vs. BALWR37
68Treylon Burks (TEN)vs. JACWR38
69Donovan Peoples-Jones (CLE)at CINWR39
70Brandin Cooks (HOU)at DALWR40
71Dalton Schultz (DAL)vs. HOUTE5
72Brandon Aiyuk (SF)vs. TBWR41
73Marquez Valdes-Scantling (KC)at DENWR42
74Nico Collins (HOU)at DALWR43
75Cam Akers (LAR)vs. LVRB27
76George Kittle (SF)vs. TBTE6
77Samaje Perine (CIN)vs. CLERB28
78Mack Hollins (LV)at LARWR44
79Corey Davis (NYJ)at BUFWR45
80Rondale Moore (ARI)vs. NEWR46
81Van Jefferson (LAR)vs. LVWR47
82James Cook (BUF)vs. NYJRB29
83Greg Dulcich (DEN)vs. KCTE7
84Isaiah McKenzie (BUF)vs. NYJWR48
85Terrace Marshall Jr. (CAR)at SEAWR49
86Zonovan Knight (NYJ)at BUFRB30
87Gerald Everett (LAC)vs. MIATE8
88Robert Woods (TEN)vs. JACWR50
89Tyler Higbee (LAR)vs. LVTE9
90D.J. Chark Jr. (DET)vs. MINWR51
91David Njoku (CLE)at CINTE10
92Rachaad White (TB)at SFRB31
93Kareem Hunt (CLE)at CINRB32
94Kyren Williams (LAR)vs. LVRB33
95Michael Carter (NYJ)at BUFRB34
96Marvin Jones Jr. (JAC)at TENWR52
97Julio Jones (TB)at SFWR53
98Devin Duvernay (BAL)at PITWR54
99Jerick McKinnon (KC)at DENRB35
100Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (TEN)vs. JACWR55
101Foster Moreau (LV)at LARTE11
102Elijah Moore (NYJ)at BUFWR56
103Quez Watkins (PHI)at NYGWR57
104Demarcus Robinson (BAL)at PITWR58
105Dawson Knox (BUF)vs. NYJTE12
106Evan Engram (JAC)at TENTE13
107Hunter Henry (NE)at ARITE14
108Gus Edwards (BAL)at PITRB36
109Noah Fant (SEA)vs. CARTE15
110Austin Hooper (TEN)vs. JACTE16
111DeVante Parker (NE)at ARIWR59
112Damien Harris (NE)at ARIRB37
113Ben Skowronek (LAR)vs. LVWR60
114Daniel Bellinger (NYG)vs. PHITE17
115Tyler Conklin (NYJ)at BUFTE18
116Brandon Powell (LAR)vs. LVWR61
117Trent Sherfield (MIA)at LACWR62
118Mike Boone (DEN)vs. KCRB38
119Nelson Agholor (NE)at ARIWR63
120K.J. Osborn (MIN)at DETWR64
121Isaiah Hodgins (NYG)vs. PHIWR65
122Chigoziem Okonkwo (TEN)vs. JACTE19
123Laviska Shenault Jr. (CAR)at SEAWR66
124Chuba Hubbard (CAR)at SEARB39
125Chris Moore (HOU)at DALWR67
126Tutu Atwell (LAR)vs. LVWR68
127Richie James Jr. (NYG)vs. PHIWR69
128Noah Brown (DAL)vs. HOUWR70
129Kenneth Gainwell (PHI)at NYGRB40
130Dontrell Hilliard (TEN)vs. JACRB41
131Mike Gesicki (MIA)at LACTE20
132Hayden Hurst (CIN)vs. CLETE21
133DeAndre Carter (LAC)vs. MIAWR71
134Marquise Goodwin (SEA)vs. CARWR72
135J.K. Dobbins (BAL)at PITRB42
136Kalif Raymond (DET)vs. MINWR73
137Alexander Mattison (MIN)at DETRB43
138Keelan Cole Sr. (LV)at LARWR74
139Tyquan Thornton (NE)at ARIWR75
140Jauan Jennings (SF)vs. TBWR76
141Will Dissly (SEA)vs. CARTE22
142Kendall Hinton (DEN)vs. KCWR77
143Jordan Akins (HOU)at DALTE23
144Hunter Renfrow (LV)at LARWR78
145Jaylen Warren (PIT)vs. BALRB44
146Isaiah Likely (BAL)at PITTE24
147Jordan Mason (SF)vs. TBRB45
148David Bell (CLE)at CINWR79
149Josh Reynolds (DET)vs. MINWR80
150Justin Watson (KC)at DENWR81
151Ty Johnson (NYJ)at BUFRB46
152Cade Otton (TB)at SFTE25
153Russell Gage (TB)at SFWR82
154Kenyan Drake (BAL)at PITRB47
155Justin Jackson (DET)vs. MINRB48
156Greg Dortch (ARI)vs. NEWR83
157Trey McBride (ARI)vs. NETE26
158Steven Sims Jr. (PIT)vs. BALWR84
159Cameron Brate (TB)at SFTE27
160Joshua Kelley (LAC)vs. MIARB49
161Jameson Williams (DET)vs. MINWR85
162Robbie Anderson (ARI)vs. NEWR86
163Harrison Bryant (CLE)at CINTE28
164Brock Wright (DET)vs. MINTE29
165James Robinson (NYJ)at BUFRB50
166James Washington (DAL)vs. HOUWR87
167Jamal Agnew (JAC)at TENWR88
168Ameer Abdullah (LV)at LARRB51
169Skyy Moore (KC)at DENWR89
170Kadarius Toney (KC)at DENWR90
171Jonnu Smith (NE)at ARITE30
172DeeJay Dallas (SEA)vs. CARRB52
173Boston Scott (PHI)at NYGRB53
174Kendrick Bourne (NE)at ARIWR91
175DeSean Jackson (BAL)at PITWR92
176Shi Smith (CAR)at SEAWR93
177Melvin Gordon III (KC)at DENRB54
178Darrell Henderson Jr. (JAC)at TENRB55
179Lance McCutcheon (LAR)vs. LVWR94
180JaMycal Hasty (JAC)at TENRB56
181Matt Breida (NYG)vs. PHIRB57
182Nyheim Hines (BUF)vs. NYJRB58
183Travis Homer (SEA)vs. CARRB59
184Jack Stoll (PHI)at NYGTE31
185Denzel Mims (NYJ)at BUFWR95
186C.J. Uzomah (NYJ)at BUFTE32
187Tommy Tremble (CAR)at SEATE33
188Kenny Golladay (NYG)vs. PHIWR96
189Myles Gaskin (MIA)at LACRB60
190Gary Brightwell (NYG)vs. PHIRB61
191O.J. Howard (HOU)at DALTE34
192Jake Ferguson (DAL)vs. HOUTE35
193Darren Waller (LV)at LARTE36
194Kyle Philips (TEN)vs. JACWR97
195Braxton Berrios (NYJ)at BUFWR98
196Phillip Dorsett II (HOU)at DALWR99
197Noah Gray (KC)at DENTE37
198Ian Thomas (CAR)at SEATE38
199Eno Benjamin (HOU)at DALRB62
200Brevin Jordan (HOU)at DALTE39
201A.J. Green (ARI)vs. NEWR100
202Ross Dwelley (SF)vs. TBTE40
203Keaontay Ingram (ARI)vs. NERB63
204Gunner Olszewski (PIT)vs. BALWR101
205Zach Pascal (PHI)at NYGWR102
206Kyle Juszczyk (SF)vs. TBRB64
207Durham Smythe (MIA)at LACTE41
208Isaiah Spiller (LAC)vs. MIARB65
209James Proche II (BAL)at PITWR103
210Ronald Jones II (KC)at DENRB66
211Dare Ogunbowale (HOU)at DALRB67
212Marlon Mack (DEN)vs. KCRB68
213Colby Parkinson (SEA)vs. CARTE42
214Raheem Blackshear (CAR)at SEARB69
215Craig Reynolds (DET)vs. MINRB70
216Teagan Quitoriano (HOU)at DALTE43
217James Mitchell (DET)vs. MINTE44
218Mitchell Wilcox (CIN)vs. CLETE45
219Benny Snell Jr. (PIT)vs. BALRB71
220Cedrick Wilson Jr. (MIA)at LACWR104
221Darrel Williams (ARI)vs. NERB72
222Alec Ingold (MIA)at LACRB73
223Rex Burkhead (HOU)at DALRB74
224Jody Fortson (KC)at DENTE46
225Zach Gentry (PIT)vs. BALTE47
226Donald Parham Jr. (LAC)vs. MIATE48
227Stephen Anderson (ARI)vs. NETE49
228Chris Myarick (NYG)vs. PHITE50
229Grant Calcaterra (PHI)at NYGTE51
230Malik Davis (DAL)vs. HOURB75
231Anthony Schwartz (CLE)at CINWR105
232Pierre Strong Jr. (NE)at ARIRB76
233Lawrence Cager (NYG)vs. PHIWR106
234Jalen Tolbert (DAL)vs. HOUWR107
235Jacob Hollister (LV)at LARTE52
236Montrell Washington (DEN)vs. KCWR108
237Geoff Swaim (TEN)vs. JACTE53
238Justice Hill (BAL)at PITRB77
239Josh Oliver (BAL)at PITTE54
240Eric Saubert (DEN)vs. KCTE55
241Shane Zylstra (DET)vs. MINTE56
242Peyton Hendershot (DAL)vs. HOUTE57
243Johnny Mundt (MIN)at DETTE58
244Erik Ezukanma (MIA)at LACWR109
245River Cracraft (MIA)at LACWR110
246Tyrion Davis-Price (SF)vs. TBRB78
247Khalil Shakir (BUF)vs. NYJWR111
248Ray-Ray McCloud (SF)vs. TBWR112
249Jalen Nailor (MIN)at DETWR113
250Richard Rodgers (LAC)vs. MIATE59
251Chris Evans (CIN)vs. CLERB79
252Devin Asiasi (CIN)vs. CLETE60
253Sony Michel (LAC)vs. MIARB80
254Brycen Hopkins (LAR)vs. LVTE61
255Blake Bell (KC)at DENTE62
256Reggie Gilliam (BUF)vs. NYJRB81
257Rico Dowdle (DAL)vs. HOURB82
258Tre' McKitty (LAC)vs. MIATE63
259Quintin Morris (BUF)vs. NYJTE64
260Stone Smartt (LAC)vs. MIATE65
261Austin Trammell (LAR)vs. LVWR114
262D'Ernest Johnson (CLE)at CINRB83
263Jesper Horsted (LV)at LARTE66
264Scotty Miller (TB)at SFWR115
265Tony Jones Jr. (SEA)vs. CARRB84
266Ty Chandler (MIN)at DETRB85
267Tommy Sweeney (BUF)vs. NYJTE67
268Connor Heyward (PIT)vs. BALTE68
269Brittain Brown (LV)at LARRB86
270Jalen Virgil (DEN)vs. KCWR116
271Demetric Felton Jr. (CLE)at CINRB87
272Kevin Harris (NE)at ARIRB88
273Ko Kieft (TB)at SFTE69
274Giovanni Ricci (CAR)at SEATE70
275Zander Horvath (LAC)vs. MIARB89
276Marcus Johnson (NYG)vs. PHIWR117
277Hunter Long (MIA)at LACTE71
278Jesse James (CLE)at CINTE72
279Nick Boyle (BAL)at PITTE73
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