For those out there that play the season long format of NFL fantasy, the season is now at a crossroad. Either you have done enough to make the playoffs or your season is now over completely. Whatever the case may be, DFS will always be here to keep you entertained while we enjoy each and every NFL Sunday. With that all said and done, here are a couple of plays I like this week.
Week 14 seems like another week where we will be forced to avoid the budget guys and spend our budget some of the games bigger names. There isn’t a whole lot below the $8,000 mark but from that point onwards there are a couple of guys that I really like.
Andrew Luck ($8,900) was completely dominant on Monday night, throwing for 4 touchdowns in a blowout win against the Jets. Luck will look to take the momentum into week 14 when he faces the Texans. Since joining the league Luck has owned his division and given the chemistry he has with his receivers right now, the Colts should go into this game with a lot of confidence. The Texans secondary could also be quite banged up for this game which will only aid Luck’s production. Look for him to have another big game.
Kirk Cousins ($8,300) put up a decent stat line against the Cardinals last week, however a matchup with the Eagles is what tempts me this week. While the Eagles defence started of the season like a house on fire, they have completely dropped the ball in recent weeks, allowing 22 or more fantasy points to apposing QB’s in each of their last three games. That’s a very safe floor. Couple that with the upside that Cousin’s carries, he’s an elite option this week.
Pay up: It’s the same old story here, pick one of David Johnson, LeVeon Bell, or Ezekiel Elliot and then move on. They are all priced at ($9,500) and you can’t really go wrong with any of them, but if I’m splitting hairs, I like Johnson and his matchup with the Dolphins the most. He is pretty much the whole Arizona offence right now.
Value play: Jeremy Hill ($6,600) has scored three touchdowns over the past month and since the injury to Gio Bernard, Hill has showed some signs of consistency. While this is not a word we often attribute with Hill, having a greater share of the backfield will only ever lead to greater numbers. This week he faces the winless Browns who are allowing the second most points to apposing running backs. For those with a good memory, Hill scored 26 fantasy points in his first encounter with this Browns this season. If that’s anything to go by, I’m all in.
Pay up: Mike Evans ($9,300) should have every chance to find the end-zone again this week as Tampa Bay welcome the Saints to town. This game has shootout written all over it and given the fact that Drew Brees will be moving the ball up and down the field all game, expect Winston to have to do the same. Evans currently leads the league in targets and is second in receiving touchdowns, I’m backing him to find the end-zone once at the very least here.
Value play: Golden Tate ($6,700) is now putting up the numbers that we all expected him to pre season and after a slow start has emerged as the clear number one in the Lions passing game. We saw him take advantage of a mediocre at best Saints secondary last week and with the Bears on deck, he should have the same opportunity this week. There is no doubt Tate possesses a great deal of big play potential and given that, he is the perfect pivot at the receiver position.
Tyler Eifert ($6,500) has scored touchdowns in back to back games and quite honestly, scores touchdowns for fun. While the targets between the 20s are at times inconsistent, there is no doubt that he is Andy Dalton’s go to guy in the red zone. So long as the Bengals can move the ball enough against the Browns, Eifert will have every opportunity to score multiple touchdowns in this one. He’s not the cheapest option out there, but the upside is worth the coin.
As I touched on before, the Bucs/Saints game has all the makings of a shootout. With that I’m happy to roll the dice a little here and plug in Roberto Aguayo ($4,000) this week. If Vegas is right, he should see the field enough to near double digit points. Lets just hope he comes with his kicking boots this week. On the other side of the equation, Will Lutz ($4,500) should also be afforded the same opportunities, however comes with a higher price tag.
If you’re a fan of the super obvious then you really don’t have to look much further than the basement priced, Bengals ($4,000) as the take on the Browns. Picking on the Browns is usually foolproof. With that being said, if you have the extra funds, the Vikings ($6,200) should have a field day against Blake Bortles and the Jags. Pick your poison really.
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