Week 14 Fantasy Busts: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Jalen Hurts amongst ‘dangerous begins’ in robust matchups

Week 14 Fantasy Busts: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Jalen Hurts among 'risky starts' in tough matchups

Clyde Edwards-Helaire frustrated fantasy football owners last week when he was declared active and not losing for the Chiefs' game against the Broncos. While he should see the field this week, he might be ready to disappoint again against a tough Dolphins defense. New Eagles starting QB Jalen Hurts could be in a similar boat. While many are excited to see him in action, he has to face one of the best defenses in the NFL. That'll land Edwards-Helaire and Hurts among our 14th week fantasy bust candidates along with Damien Harris, Jared Goff, Marvin Jones, Brandon Aiyuk, Zach Ertz and Robert Tonyan among other frequent starters.

Usually, our bust picks are just recommendations from gamers and should be avoided due to a variety of factors. Whether it's bad matchups, workload issues, or prolonged slumps, our bust picks are usually best avoided, but you can trust any of these guys if you have a gut feeling or don't have a comparable option on yours Bank. Just note that these players may have lower floors or ceilings than some of the alternatives available.

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Last week our bust picks were decent overall. It proved wise to stay away from Giovani Bernard and the crowded Falcons field in tough matchups. Carson Wentz, Matt Ryan and Ben Roethlisberger at QB were also avoided. Players like Wayne Gallman and Logan Thomas had breakout performances despite tough matchups, but other than those two anomalies, the rest of the picks were pretty accurate.

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Week 14 Fantasy Busts: Running Backs

Damien Harris, Patriots @ Rams (Jacob Camenker). Harris has received carrying games and some mileage this season, but has only managed to score two goals thanks to Cam Newton and James White's vulture opportunities in the red zone. While Harris should continue to get close to the 15.8 touches per game he has averaged since Week 6, he may have a hard time dealing with those transfers. The Rams have allowed the third smallest rushing yards this season, leaving Harris a lower floor than usual to keep up with his already low ceiling.

Miles Sanders, Eagles v Saints (Vinnie Iyer). His touch continues to recede and the Eagles could mess things up more with Jalen Hurts. Plus, the matchup is terrible.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Chiefs @ Dolphins (Matt Lutovsky). Edwards-Helaire was supposed to play this week but it wouldn't be a shock if he got less than 10 touches. In the six games leading up to last week's no-show, CEH averaged just 10.6 touches and 48.8 total yards, while a total of four touchdowns were scored. If he does not get into the end zone, Edwards-Helaire is a great risk against any opponent.


Week 14 Fantasy Football Busts: Quarterbacks

Jalen Hurts, Eagles vs. Saints (Camenker). Hurts has replaced Carson Wentz as the starter for the Eagles, but trusting him in the imagination doesn't seem like a huge move. The first start of Hurts is against a Saints Defense who is the NFL's best for allowable mileage (288.8 per game) and fourth best for allowable points (20.1). Hurts has a solid rushing floor, but his only production can come in garbage time, especially if the Saints can put pressure on him early behind his weak offensive line.

Deshaun Watson, Texan with Bears (Iyer). The bears' defense won't be all that bad for a second straight week. Chicago can contain Watson with the pass rush and stop its limited reception weapons.

Jared Goff, Rams versus Patriots (Lutovsky). Goff has played four games with over 300 passes in the last five games, but his touchdowns fluctuated widely (1, 0, 3, 0, 2) and he also had 10 turnovers during that time. Goff is capable of large numbers against anyone, but given the Patriots' growing defenses (379 yards total, no TDs, three INTs that Kyler Murray and Justin Herbert have allowed in the past two weeks) it is difficult to Entrust your season to Goff.

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Week 14 Fantasy Football Busts: Broad Recipients

Marvin Jones, Lions vs. Packers (Camenker). Jones got a shipload of targets out of the way with Kenny Golladay (hip) and was a solid WR2 / WR3 depending on the matchup. This one isn't great for Jones, however. Due to the lack of Lions receiving talent, Jones has had to grapple with Jaire Alexander. Jones did the same thing in Week 2 when Golladay failed, catching four passes for just 23 yards. He saved his day with a TD but it doesn't seem like a good idea that it will happen again against a cornerback as good as Alexander.

DeVante Parker, Dolphins Against Chiefs (Iyer). It may be your best WR3 option, but there is no question that its value to garbage production will be compromised here with Tua Tagovailoa instead of Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers v Washington (Lutovsky). Aiyuk has been dominant in his last four games, so it's unlikely any of his owners would want to put him in the fantasy playoffs, but Washington remains a top 3 pass defense and Nick Mullens may not be good enough to do it like Ben Roethlisberger got to overcome last week against Washington. Aiyuk is talented enough to make decent stats with just a handful of catches, but he's riskier than usual this week.

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Week 14 Fantasy Football Busts: Tight Ends

Zach Ertz, Eagles versus Saints (Camenker). Ertz returned to action after a long stint in the IR with an ankle injury, hitting two of four targets for 31 yards. He was surpassed and surpassed by Dallas Goedert that day and it seems that Goedert will be the preferred TE option going forward. Maybe that will change with the start of Hurts, but considering that Ertz has averaged 2.8 catches and 19.8 yards in his last four games, it's hard to recommend trusting him, especially against a good defense .

Evan Engram, Giants versus Cardinals (Iyer). The Cardinals have reversed course in tight-end defense this year and this is going to be more of a long-range game for the Giants.

Robert Tonyan, Lions vs. Packers (Lutovsky). Tonyan is in another hot phase. He has scored 14 out of 15 goals and scored three TDs in the last three games. However, the Lions have allowed the fewest reception areas for TEs this year, so Tonyan is even more TD-or-Bust than usual. You can find a safer option.

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Week 14 Fantasy Busts: Defense

Houston Texans versus Bears (Camenker). The Bears ranked the bottom five in both yards gained and total points this season, but they only lost 30 points to the Lions last week and did a lot of damage with their running game. The Texans allowed a league high of 1,677 yards to RBs, so the Bears should be able to re-trigger their offense and make the Texan defense a mediocre streamer at best.

Tennessee Titans at Jaguars (Iyer). They just aren't a good defense at the moment and seem like a trap as Jacksonville has done quite a bit lately with balance and explosiveness.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Bills (Lutovsky). The bills have limited D / STs practically year-round, and they've gotten a real rift lately, averaging 33.8 points of attack over the last four games. Pittsburgh will get a couple of sacks and maybe a takeaway, but it has a low ceiling this week.