With no openly gay players in the league, we formed a fantasy team from players who have shown their support for LGBT issues in interviews with Outsports and other media.
Here are our starts and sits for Week 14:
Start: Aaron Rodgers vs. Falcons
Despite the firing of Mike McCarthy, Rodgers is still our starter this week. It’s likely that interim coach Joe Philbin is going to employ a rather basic offense this week as they face the lowly Falcons at home, allowing Rodgers to do what he does best — slinging the football.
Luck and the Indy offense got shut out on Sunday.
Newton threw four picks against a bad Tampa Bay team.
Derek Carr is probably the “backup” this week given that the Steelers’ defense has been Swiss cheese as of late.
The Vikes are not a matchup I trust for Russell Wilson.
Though both Howard and Gore face difficult matchups this week against high-octane offenses that will force these teams to throw, they are our best bets at running back and both can make a situational splash on Sunday.
With A.J. Green out again, expect Bernard’s role in the offense to increase slightly. If all the other backups are being elevated, why not Bernard as well?
I don’t think we’ve gone a week where both Hopkins and Thielen struggle. One of them is bound to succeed tenfold each week and it makes me pretty comfortable knowing these two are the starting receivers.
Look for Davante Adams to improve his workload against a porous Atlanta secondary that has dealt with injury after injury this season.
Travis Kelce found the end zone twice last week in a Chiefs victory and balanced out Gronk’s poor performance on Sunday. However, it’s a mistake to leave one of these guys on the bench.
Start: Los Angeles Chargers vs. Bengals
Casey Heyward and the Chargers get the Cincinnati Bengals starting backup Jeff Driskel at home in December? Sign me up!
Start: Brandon McManus @ 49ers
The Broncos have been looking to do some damage in the second half of the year, and many of their games have come down to a McManus make or miss. Expect him to be prevalent yet again this week as the team heads to San Francisco.
Sit: Matt Prater @ Cardinals
Definitely a decent start with the Lions playing indoors. However, the Lions’ offense has been troublesome lately with an inconsistent run game and banged up receivers. This causes me to deteriorate my faith in him for this week.
Read more on these players’ LGBT views:
- These eight players would support a gay teammate (from 2018)
- These New England Patriots linemen would support a gay teammate (from 2018)
- 14 NFL Pro Bowlers say they would welcome a gay teammate (from 2017)
- NFL players react to Michael Sam coming out (from 2014)
- 62 active NFL players who have made statements in support of gays (from 2013)
- Carson Palmer, 12 Indianapolis Colts would embrace openly gay teammate (from 2013)