Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney speak out on Granit Xhaka Arsenal captaincy decision

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 2 Oct 2019 7:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link175Shares Granit Xhaka was named as Arsenal captain by Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin have backed Unai Emery’s decision to name Granit Xhaka as Arsenal’s new club captain.The Spaniard delayed naming Laurent Koscielny’s permanent successor until last week following a secret ballot of the first team squad.Xhaka won the backing of his teammates, despite a series of indifferent displays this season, most notably against Aston Villa when he was booed off by his own supporters.While he might be struggling on the pitch, Bellerin, who was named as one of four other players in Emery’s leadership group, insists the former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder is an inspirational figure behind the scenes.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think he’s a great captain for the club,’ said Bellerin. ‘He knows the club as good as anyone he knows what it means to play for the club.‘And also he’s a player who plays almost every game.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Even when he’s got injuries he’s always ready to play so I think that’s a good quality for a captain to have.’Tierney, meanwhile, who joined Arsenal from Celtic in the summer added: ‘Since I came in he’s been up there with you for helping me.‘So to see that and to see what he give on the training pitch every day in 100% and that’s what a leader should be. He is everything a leader is.’After impressing on their comebacks from injury last week against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup, both players were left out of the squad which travelled to Old Trafford on Monday, but the duo are in contention to feature in the Europa League against Standard Liege tomorrow.MORE: Liverpool to face Arsenal as Jurgen Klopp’s side escape Carabao Cup expulsionMORE: Unai Emery provides Hector Bellerin injury update ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Standard Liege Commentcenter_img Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney speak out on Granit Xhaka Arsenal captaincy decision Advertisementlast_img read more

GoM operators re-man platforms after storm

first_imgOffshore oil and gas companies in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico have completed re-boarding offshore platforms and rigs following Tropical Storm Michael.BP’s Na Kika platform in the Gulf of Mexico / Image by BPThe Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said that based on data from offshore operator reports submitted as of 11:30 a.m. CDT Friday, personnel have returned to all of the previously evacuated platforms and rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.At one point last week, workers were evacuated from 89 production platforms, leading to a 40 percent drop in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil production.As per BSEE’s Friday report, some 15.8 percent of oil production and 8.9 percent of the natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico remained shut-in.“Since the hurricane has passed, facilities are being inspected. Once all standard checks have been completed, production from undamaged facilities will be brought back online immediately,” BSEE said on Friday.British oil giant BP had had four platforms evacuated last week – Atlantis, Mad Dog, Na Kika, and Thunder Horse. The company on Thursday said it had started redeploying offshore personnel.last_img read more

Area Basketball Scores (1-14)

first_imgArea Basketball ScoresTuesday  (1-14)Boys ScoresSouth Ripley  55     Oldenburg  42East Central  73     Boone County  52Talawanda  69     Union County  32Greenwood  67     Edinburgh  29Girls ScoresEast Central  43     Cincy Home School  27Lawrenceburg  70     Jac-Cen-Del  45Milan  44     Rising Sun  39Oldenburg  44     Hauser  30North Decatur  48     Morristown  42Trinity Lutheran  52     Waldron  35Richmond  48     Connersville  45Rushville  55     Shelbyville  34Whiteland  59     Jennings County  57Silver Creek  70     Madison  55last_img

Syracuse earns No. 2 spot in ACC preseason media poll

first_img Published on October 17, 2013 at 2:21 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The days of grind-it-out, ultra-physical games with scoring in the 40s and 50s are over. The Big East and Atlantic Coast Conferences are two different worlds on the hardwood.The former is first to 60. Ferocious defense and a slow tempo were hallmarks of the old Big East and made it, at times, the best conference in America. The latter is home to track meets. Up and down the floor players run, trying to outscore their opponent with defense falling by the wayside. That made the ACC the best conference in America, too.As Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame move from the Big East to the ACC, things will change for those programs.“The ACC is run-and-gun,” SU center Baye Moussa Keita said. “The Big East is like street play, street games.”The Orange took its first real step into the ACC on Wednesday at the conference’s basketball media day at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. A move to the ACC — which now doubles as the best collection of basketball teams in the country, most players say — means new opponents and new venues, but most of all a new style of play for the Orange, which was ranked No. 2 in the ACC coaches’ preseason poll behind only Duke.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe physicality of the old Big East went hand in hand with its defensive reputation — a status that Syracuse and its vaunted 2-3 zone helped contribute to.“The difference is, I think, the refs,” Pitt forward Talib Zanna said. “Our refs don’t call fouls, but the ACC — I watch a lot of ACC games — they call a lot of fouls.”During the NCAA Tournament, an Orange team that underachieved throughout the regular season rallied with the help of its stalwart defense to make a run to the Final Four. It won ugly, but so did everyone else in its old conference.The ACC, on the other hand, did it pretty. In highlight-reel fashion, with a barrage of fast breaks and 3-point shooting.When SU’s slug-it-out zone makes its ACC debut in January, the contrast will never be greater and Miami (Fla.) — Syracuse’s first conference opponent — will be in for a brand-new test.“That zone—” Notre Dame guard Jerian Grant said before shaking his head to gather himself. “I feel like it’s really going to run through the ACC a little bit. If you’re not used to that, it’s really tough.”But two years ago, the zone was more of an afterthought. It’s always the staple of the Orange’s typically elite defense, but in 2011-12 SU boasted a high-flying offense. Defense — specifically Fab Melo shot blocks — kick-started transition and a potent offense.So the ACC will be a test for SU, too, and a melding of the styles it has found itself able to play.“It’s definitely going to be different a little bit,” Keita said, “so we’ll have to get used to it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

FC Cincinnati 2019 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more

first_img https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/86/92/gfx-fc-cincinnati-projected-xi-2019_1spwk24j9ast8zgl62i3s5k0m.png?t=921811361&w=500&quality=80 Projecting Cincinnati’s lineup is tricky for a variety of reasons. For starters, there are injuries heading into the season, with Greg Garza sidelined and Kendall Waston having battled injury. Then you have late arrivals, such as the looming addition of Kenny Saief. Then you have Alan Koch’s affinity for trying different systems, both 3-4-3 and 4-4-2 are possible options.The position battles to watch for are in defensive midfield and at right back. The Deplagne-Powell battle could be resolved by shifting Deplagne into a centerback role, but if Cincinnati  trots out a four-man defense then one of them must sit. Anyone who watched FC Cincinnati play in USL, where the team drew crowds larger than many MLS teams, knew that the move to MLS would be an exciting one.Getting the team’s quality to catch up to the strength of FC Cincinnati’s support is the real challenge, and it won’t be easy in year one. Central midfield has a wealth of options for Koch, from MLS veterans like Ulloa and Eric Alexander, to a sturdy newcomer in Caleb Stanko, and the dynamic Allan Cruz, who can play in a deeper role or box-to-box role.The pressure will be on Adi to produce, because if he doesn’t then Mattocks could give Koch a decision to make. Koch can also play Adi and Mattocks together in a 4-4-2 or 3-5-2.FC Cincinnati national TV coverage https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/b6/8d/frankie-amaya-fc-cincinnati-01112019_1ohgvfjpgt2xd1hg788ev23qpx.jpg?t=1079014720&w=500&quality=80 FC Cincinnati has already reached the 20,000 season ticket mark, ensuring the kinds of passionate crowds that supported the team during its USL days. That fan base will need to be patient, because their team won’t be ready-made to compete right away like 2017 Atlanta United, but Cincinnati has added enough quality to potentially avoid a rough debut season like 2017 Minnesota United.The emphasis on building a strong defense was clear early on and the result is a potential back-line that can keep Cincinnati in matches. Landing Kendall Waston and Greg Garza, as well as a defensive midfield options like Allan Cruz,  Victor Ulloa and Caleb Stanko should help give head coach Alan Koch the pieces to put together  either a four-man defense, or five-man unit.The attack is where there are questions, and the lack of a true playmaker is a lingering question. Cincinnati is closing on U.S. national team midfielder Kenny Saief, who would help address that need for a playmaker.If Saief is signed and delivers, and if Fanendo Adi, Roland Lamah and Kekuta Manneh can give Cincinnati the kind of attacking threat to give Saief good passing options, then Cincinnati could wind up being much more competitive than first thought. The pressure will be on Koch to get the formula right, both defensive and in midfield, and even though expectations shouldn’t be overly high in Cincinnati, a terrible first half of the season could pile the pressure on.FC Cincinnati’s key offseason additions https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/62/45/nick-hagglund-mls-fc-cincinnati_kbuhvvfwdw4x15lgx0arotj5w.jpg?t=495083489&w=500&quality=80 https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/61/e3/kendall-waston-mls-fc-cincinnati_1czesm3y0bky218v0rwa4ott8h.jpg?t=926150505&w=500&quality=80 Goalkeepers: Jimmy Hague, Ben Lundt, Spencer Richey, Przemysław TytońDefenders: Mathieu Deplagne, Greg Garza, Logan Gdula, Nick Hagglund, Justin Hoyte, Forrest Lasso, Hassan Ndam, Alvas Powell, Blake Smith, Kendall WastonMidfielders: Fatai Alashe, Nazmi, Albadawi, Eric Alexander, Frankie Amaya, Leonardo Bertone, Corben Bone, Allan Cruz, Roland Lamah, Tommy McCabe, Jimmy McLaughlin, Caleb Stanko, Victor Ulloa, Forwards: Fanendo Adi, Rashawn Dally, Kekuta Manneh, Darren Mattocks, Emery WelshmanFC Cincinnati projected starting lineup Seattle Sounders vs. FC Cincinnati, March 2, at 10 p.m. ET on FS1Atlanta United vs. FC Cincinnati, March 10, at 5 p.m. ET on ESPNFC Cincinnati vs. Portland Timbers, March 17, at 5 p.m. ET on FS1FC Cincinnati vs. Sporting Kansas City, April 7, at 3 p.m. ET on ESPNMinnesota United vs. FC Cincinnati, June 29, at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNFC Cincinnati vs. D.C. United, July 18, at 8 p.m. E.T. on ESPNFC Cincinnati vs. Columbus Crew, August 25, at 8 p.m. ET on FS1 Securing the services of Kendall Waston was a big step, with the towering Costa Rican defender giving Cincinnati the perfect anchor to build around. Cincinnati paid a hefty price to bring in hometown product Nick Hagglund, who will be expected to start. He had a rough 2018 in Toronto, but could be motivated to regain his top form by playing at home.Costa Rican midfielder Allan Cruz was added as a designated player and brings quality to the Cincinnati midfield, though he is more a box-to-box presence. If Cincinnati adds Kenny Saief, the USMNT midfielder will be a good fit in the attacking midfield role, and can also work on the wings.Cincinnati added some considerable speed with the trio of Roland Lamah, Kekuta Manneh and Darren Mattocks, which along with USL holdover Emmanuel Ledesma, should allow FCC to play with wide forwards in a 3-4-3, or traditional wingers in a 4-4-2.Another player to watch is MLS number one overall draft pick Frankie Amaya. The USMNT Under-20 midfielder should see some minutes as a rookie, but Cincinnati won’t rush him, not with all the veteran midfield options on the roster.Atlanta’s fullback options are also solid, with Greg Garza and Alvas Powell bringing MLS Cup-winning experience, and French veteran Mathieu Deplagne pushing Powell for the right back spot, if he isn’t deployed as a central defender.Full FC Cincinnati roster entering 2019 seasonlast_img read more

Fantasy Football Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Week 14 lineup advice, matchups, DFS picks

first_imgWEEK 14 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerFantasy Football Week 14 Start ‘Em: QuarterbacksRegular startsPatrick Mahomes, Chiefs (at NE), Lamar Jackson, Ravens (at BUF), Aaron Rodgers, Packers (vs. WAS), Deshaun Watson, Texans (vs. DEN), Russell Wilson, Seahawks (at LAR), Dak Prescott, Cowboys (at CHI)Stronger startsCarson Wentz, Eagles (vs. NYG). Philadelphia’s offense returned to effective pass-happy ways against the Dolphins, and it can continue against the Giants at home on Monday night.Tom Brady, Patriots (vs. KC). They will try to run on the Chiefs at home, but with Patrick Mahomes on the other side, Brady will need to chuck more and can easily get to 300 yards and two TDs with his short-to-intermediate passing volume.Kirk Cousins, Vikings (vs. DET). They can run well on the Lions, but that should open him up for an efficient, semi-prolific day with multiple red-zone scoring throws.Jameis Winston, Buccaneers (vs. IND). The TD-less, INT-less, 268-yard day against the Jaguars was an anomaly based on goal-line punch-ins and a rare big lead. He’ll go back to tossing it around well against the Colts with more receivers involved.Baker Mayfield, Browns (vs. CIN). He’s done well in these favorable matchups, especially at home, so he’ll rebound nicely with about 250 yards and two touchdowns.Jacoby Brissett, Colts (vs. TB). The Buccaneers have looked like a good matchup for Matt Ryan and Nick Foles, but neither took advantage. Brissett will be helped by a strong offensive line and needing to throw to diverse weapons who can get open everywhere.Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers (at NO). You can’t run well on the Saints, so expect the 49ers to need to throw more to win a big game for their playoff implications. They will scheme to get Garoppolo to take advantage of the best matchups.Sam Darnold, Jets (vs. MIA). Here we go again. The Dolphins were bad enough to end a much longer slump for Wentz, and the Jets do play much better at home.DFS bargainsRyan Tannehill, Titans (at OAK, $5,800 on DraftKings, $7,300 on FanDuel). He keeps on doing the multiple-TD thing, and he should have no problems making big pass plays here playing off the run and also doing some good running himself on the road.Devlin Hodges, Steelers (at ARI, $5,900 on DraftKings, $7,000 on FanDuel). When Duck meets the Cardinals, he will be aggressive and throw downfield against a terrible pass defense off play-action, giving you about 250 yards and two touchdowns and allowing you to stack your lineup elsewhere.Deep streamersRyan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins (at NYJ), Andy Dalton, Bengals (at CLE), Kyle Allen, Panthers (at ATL)WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endFantasy Football Week 14 Sit ‘Em: QuarterbacksWeaker startsDrew Brees, Saints (vs. SF). He can struggle here after not putting up pleasing-enough digits against the Falcons on the road against a much better pass defense at home.Josh Allen, Bills (vs. BAL). He needs to rely on a lot on his legs to produce anything of note here, as the Ravens’ secondary can make this an ugly offensive game for the Bills.Kyler Murray, Cardinals (vs. PIT). The Steelers’ defense is on fire, and he went cold at home after the bye.Jared Goff, Rams (vs. SEA). That was a nice get-well game against the Cardinals, but the Seahawks’ pass defense can be trickier than you think on Sunday night.Matt Ryan, Falcons (vs. CAR). He’s got a limited ceiling with or without Julio Jones, and the Falcons might be more about trying to exploit the Panthers’ run defense.Gardner Minshew, Jaguars (vs. LAC). Minshew Magic might help them get a real win, but it’s been hard to get anything done through the air on the Chargers all season.Philip Rivers, Chargers (at JAX). You can’t go here to trust him on a long road trip, as this should be more about the running backs and defense.Deep trapsDerek Carr, Raiders (vs. TEN), Daniel Jones, Giants (at PHI)WEEK 14 DFS LINEUPS:DK Cash | DK GPP | FD Cash | FD GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPFantasy Football Week 14 Start ‘Em: Running backsRegular startsChristian McCaffrey, Panthers (at ATL), Dalvin Cook, Vikings (if he plays, or Alexander Mattison, vs. DET), Saquon Barkley, Giants (at PHI), Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys (vs. BUF), Aaron Jones, Packers (vs. WAS), Derrick Henry, Titans (at OAK), Leonard Fournette, Jaguars (vs. LAC), Alvin Kamara, Saints (vs. SF), Nick Chubb, Browns (vs. CIN), Mark Ingram, Ravens (at BUF), Josh Jacobs, Raiders (vs. TEN), Todd Gurley, Rams (vs. SEA), Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler, Chargers (at JAX), Chris Carson, Seahawks (at LAR), Joe Mixon, Bengals (at CLE), Devin Singletary, Bills (vs. BAL)Stronger startsMiles Sanders, Eagles (vs. NYG). We’ll see about Jordan Howard (shoulder) returning finally, but Sanders should still get plenty of key touches regardless in a very favorable home prime-time spot.Phillip Lindsay, Broncos (at HOU). They should run a lot on a Texans’ run defense that has been exposed of late.Sony Michel and James White, Patriots (at KC). Michel looked good against the Texans until game script let him down, but New England should feed him more at home. White was revved up as a vital receiver in the offense last week and we should see more of the same against a Kansas City defense that’s very giving to running and receiving backs.Benny Snell Jr., Steelers (at ARI). He’s looked awesome as their power back and James Conner (shoulder) is once again out. With 20 more carries, Snell can eat up the Cardinals’ defense.Kareem Hunt, Browns (vs. CIN). He got more snaps than Chubb because of game script last week, and he should see plenty of work here against a bad run defense as the Browns simplify their offense to get a home win.Rashaad Penny, Seahawks (at LAR). This is looking like the best-case rotation with him and Carson, and the Rams are nothing special vs. the run.Patrick Laird, Dolphins (at NYJ). The Jets are good against the run, but he’s Miami’s best healhty option and New York does give up a ton of receiving production to the position.DFS bargainsDerrius Guice, Redskins (at GB, $4,900 on DraftKings, $6,300 on FanDuel). He’s become game-script proof with his explosive running and receiving, not needing many touches or snaps to produce, and he should be busy here in some form against the weak Packers front seven.Devonta Freeman, Falcons (vs. CAR, $5,400 on DraftKings, $6,000 on FanDuel). Start your backs against the Panthers. Freeman looked good in his return on Thanksgiving and should be full speed ahead with featured volume in a great matchup at home.MORE WEEK 14 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderFantasy Football Week 14 Sit ‘Em: Running backsWeaker startsTevin Coleman, Raheem Mostert and Matt Breida (if he plays), 49ers (at NO). Coleman has done almost nothing since the Panthers explosion. Mostert has looked the best, but Breida could come back from his ankle injury this week. All that said, this is an unpredictable committee, and the Saints’ run defense is very tough.Kenyan Drake and David Johnson, Cardinals (vs. PIT). They have been Kliff Kingsburied in terms of fantasy value, and the Steelers’ run defense won’t help one lick.LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson, Chiefs (at NE). Darrel Williams (hamstring) is joining Damien Williams (ribs) on the shelf, leaving the veteran-rookie committee to work against a tough Patriots defense with Spencer Ware back, too. We’ll pass on all three as KC will go pass-happy with its QB here.Bo Scarbrough, Lions (at MIN). The Vikings’ run defense that showed up in Seattle won’t be the one they field again back home.Jamaal Williams, Packers (vs. WAS). The Redskins did a number on Christian McCaffrey, and it’s tough to trust either Packers’ back in any given week, especially Williams because of  limited TD opportunities.Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson Jr. Texans (vs. DEN). The usage here is weird from week to week, making both backs unusable in a tough spot against the Broncos front.All Colts (at TB) and all Buccaneers (vs. IND). Your guess is as bad as ours in where Frank Reich and Bruce Arians will go with their backfield committees with the dreaded “cold-hand” approach, even witih Marlon Mack back for Indy from his, well, hand inury.Latavius Murray, Saints (vs. SF). It seems to be suddenly Taysom Hill SZN, and that kills his value of red-zone pop behind Alvin Kamara, especially in a bad matchup.Fantasy Football Week 14 Start ‘Em: Wide receiversRegular startsDeAndre Hopkins, Texans (vs. DEN), Michael Thomas, Saints (vs. SF), Tyreek Hill, Chiefs (at NE), Davante Adams, Packers (vs. WAS), Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, Buccaneers (vs. IND), Julio Jones (if he plays) and Calvin Ridley, Falcons (vs. CAR), Keenan Allen, Chargers (at JAX), Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, Vikings (if he plays), Vikings (vs. DET), Tyler Lockett, Seahawks (at LAR), Kenny Golladay, Lions (at MIN), Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, Cowboys (at CHI), Jarvis Landry, Browns (vs. CIN), Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, Rams (vs. SEA), Allen Robinson, Bears (vs. DAL), D.J. Moore, Panthers (at ATL), Julian Edelman, Patriots (vs. KC), D.J. Chark, Jaguars (vs. LAC), DeVante Parker, Dolphins (at NYJ), Courtland Sutton, Broncos (vs. LAC), T.Y. Hilton, Colts (if he plays, at TB), John Brown, Bills (at DAL), Alshon Jeffery, Eagles (vs. NYG)Stronger startsMarvin Jones Jr., Lions (at MIN). The Vikings are still giving up plenty to wide receivers, and there’s a good chance he scores again in garbage time.Curtis Samuel, Panthers (at ATL). He got hot with Kyle Allen in a favorable spot and should keep it going here on the fast track of Atlanta in very favorable downfield coverage.Tyler Boyd, Bengals (at CLE). Boyd is back in business the past two weeks, and Andy Dalton’s return helps him against an underachieving secondary.DK Metcalf, Seahawks (at LAR). He has been solid when not fumbling, and he should avoid the Jalen Ramsey shadow away from Lockett.Mike Williams, Chargers (vs. JAX). He’s been relying on big plays, but he came through against the Broncos and Jacksonville’s secondary isn’t scary anymore.Zach Pascal, Colts (at TB). He’s the best option in a great matchup should T.Y. Hilton (calf) need to miss another game.Robby Anderson, Jets (vs. MIA). He’s suddenly red hot with Sam Darnold like it was late 2018, and the Dolphins cannot contain him anywhere.Allen Lazard, Packers (vs. WAS). He’s emerged as Rodgers’ top No. 2 receiver after Davante Adams.Sterling Shepard, Giants (vs. PHI). He’s the best bet to do damage on them outside back with Eli Manning.DFS BargainsOdell Beckham Jr., Browns (vs. CIN, $6,300 on DraftKings, $6,800 on FanDuel). This is where we’re at with him. You are forced to start him in seasonal, but he’s optional in DFS. His value has gone way down, but the Bengals give up a ton of big plays to speedy, outside No. 1s.James Washington, Steelers (at ARI, $6,000 on DraftKings, $6,700 on FanDuel). Washington has a great connection with Devlin Hodges and is a sneaky tournament stack with his rookie QB after two big games. The Cardinals can’t keep up with him, regardless of JuJu Smith-Schuster’s iffy status.Deebo Samuel, 49ers (at NO, $5,600 on DraftKings, $6,00 on FanDuel). They do a great job to scheme the rookie open all over the field, and he should avoid a Marshon Lattimore shadow. He’s been very good, and the passing volume says he will be produce.Deep sleepersAnthony Miller, Bears (vs. DAL), A.J. Brown, Titans (at OAK)MORE WEEK 14:Waiver pickups | FAAB planning | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSFantasy Football Week 14 Sit ‘Em: Wide receiversWeaker startsEmmanuel Sanders, 49ers (at NO). He doesn’t look to be at full speed, and he may get the Lattimore treatment.Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals (vs. PIT). This defense is very good, from the pass rush to the coverage. Brandin Cooks, Rams (vs. SEA). He’s likely to be bottled up downfield like Stefon Diggs was.Dede Westbrook, Jaguars (vs. LAC). They have the secondary to slow him down in the slot.Will Fuller, Texans (vs. DEN). The Broncos gave up a deep shot to Mike Williams, but they will contain Fuller here.Jamison Crowder, Jets (vs. MIA). He’s suddenly fallen out of target favor with so many weapons being used around Sam Darnold.Tyrell Williams, Raiders (vs. OAK). We think Derek Carr forgot about him, and this matchup isn’t great.Terry McLaurin, Redskins (at GB). He’ll probably get Jaire Alexander in coverage, and the chemistry isn’t there with Dwayne Haskins, shockingly.Cole Beasley, Bills (vs. BAL). He’ll be erased by Marlon Humphrey the way Cooper Kupp was.Fantasy Football Week 14 Start ‘Em: Tight endsRegular startsGeorge Kittle, 49ers (at NO), Travis Kelce, Chiefs (at NE), Darren Waller, Raiders (vs. TEN), Zach Ertz, Eagles (vs. NYG), Jared Cook, Saints (vs. SF), Hunter Henry, Chargers (at JAX), Austin Hooper, Falcons (if he returns, vs. CAR)Stronger startsJack Doyle, Colts (at TB). Doyle is living large again with no Eric Ebron (ankle) and T.Y. Hilton (calf). The matchup is smashable, too.Kyle Rudolph, Vikings (vs. DET). Adam Thielen (hamstring) is out, and Rudolph has been a red-zone machine again for Kirk Cousins. The Lions can’t cover him near the goal line.Tyler Higbee, Rams (vs. SEA). Gerald Everett (knee) is, and with Higbee flying solo again here he will remain third in the pecking order behind Robert Woods and Coopeor Kupp in a very beatable matchup.Ian Thomas, Panthers (at ATL). Thomas is a sneaky plug-and-play with Greg Olsen (concussoin) out.Mike Gesicki, Dolphins (at NYJ). This matchup on paper is bad, but there’s a good chance the Jets won’t have Jamal Adams (foot), creating a huge coverage hole in the middle of the field.DFS BargainVance McDonald, Steelers (at ARI, $4,300 on DraftKings, $5,800 on FanDuel). Higbee proved that any tight end of note can burn the Cardinals for fantasy production, even when they haven’t done much before. McDonald should be the latest visitor to the end zone against a historical bad defense vs. the position.Fantasy Football Week 14 Sit ‘Em: Tight endsWeaker startsMark Andrews, Ravens (at BUF).  He got his TD against the 49ers in a tough spot, but the Bills might be tougher here on the road.Dallas Goedert, Eagles (vs. NYG). The Giants are better than you think against the tight end, and Zach Ertz should be healthier to do more here.Jacob Hollister, Seahawks (at LAR). The Rams’ linebackers and safeties are decent in coverage, so they can contain him.O.J. Howard, Buccaneers (vs. IND). He did something of note against the Jaguars, but you absolutely cannot trust him here.Fantasy Football Week 14 Start ‘Em: DefensesStronger startsVikings (vs. DET), Packers (vs. WAS), Steelers (at ARI), Ravens (at BUF), Texans (vs. DEN), Eagles (vs. NYG), Browns (vs. CIN), Panthers (at ATL), Falcons (vs. CAR)DFS Bargain Titans (at OAK, $2,600 on DraftKings, $4,400 on FanDuel)Fantasy Football Week 14 Sit ‘Em: DefensesWeaker starts49ers (at NO), Saints (vs. SF), Patriots (vs. KC), Bills (vs. BAL), Cowboys (at CHI), Bears (vs. DAL), Chiefs (vs. NE), Rams (vs. SEA), Chargers (at JAX), Colts (at TB), Jets (vs. MIA), Dolphins (at NYJ) The fantasy football playoffs are here in virtually every league, and start ’em, sit ’em decisions are getting more agonizing than ever. SN NFL writer Vinnie Iyer is here to help with lineup advice on who to start ahead of Week 14’s slate of must-win matchups. He also offers up DFS picks and potential busts to avoid. As always injuries are a big worry this time of year, and heading into Week 14, here are the key players to keep tabs on: Dalvin Cook (chest/shoulder), Adam Thielen (hamstring), T.Y. Hilton (calf), Marlon Mack (hand), Matt Breida (ankle), James Conner (shoulder), JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee), Damien Williams (ribs), Darrel Williams (hamstring), Jordan Howard (shoulder), Julio Jones (shoulder), Austin Hooper (knee), Evan Engram (foot), Golden Tate (concussion), Gerald Everett (knee), David Njoku (wrist), Greg Olsen (concussion), and Kalen Ballage (leg). last_img read more