As we head into the weekend, be sure to check out all the content rolling onto the Rotoworld Daily page. Here’s a list of articles looking at the NFL DFS Week 14 slate. I will be updating as new columns are added, so consider this section as the DFS Table of Contents.
NFL DFS Bargains by Renee Miller
DraftKings NFL 6-Pack by Chris Prince
WR/TE Grind Down by David Kaplen
QB/RB Grind Down by Stevie Young
NFL DFS Single Games by Spencer Limbach
RotoGrinders Primer by Stephen Keech
DFS Tiers by Hayden Winks
DRAFT NFL Strategy by Spencer Limbach
NFL GPP Plays by Spencer Limbach (coming soon)
NFL DFS Fades by Renee Miller (coming soon)
Rotoworld Ranks vs DFS Pricing by Rich Hribar (coming soon)
Now onto the NFL DFS Must Plays for Week 14!
Just a reminder, this column includes only Sunday afternoon games, as that’s considered the main slate on DFS sites. Games on Monday and Sunday night do not factor into this analysis.
PLATINUM: Build your lineup around these guys
Christian McCaffrey – RB – Carolina (at Cleveland)
It’s another week with another opponent, but the same name with the same rationale resides in this Platinum section. Christian McCaffrey is a DFS building block yet again, this time facing a Cleveland team that has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. In case you have been living under a rock, McCaffrey has been dominant with 27+ fantasy points in four of his past five games. He’s a threat for 100+ yards rushing and/or receiving every week, making him immune to game flow due to the pass catching upside. This is another fantastic matchup for “CMC”, and there’s enough value to comfortably roster him on Sunday.
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GOLD: Next wave to consider in terms of priority
Philip Rivers – QB – LA Chargers (vs Cincinnati)
Rivers has thrown for at least two touchdowns in every game this season, and I don’t believe that streak will be snapped on Sunday. This is probably Rivers’ best matchup of the year against a Cincinnati defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks so far. On top of that, Melvin Gordon is looking very questionable to make a return, which could place more emphasis on the passing game. That has me less concerned with Rivers being phased out by game flow as LAC checks in as 14 point home favorites. His routine 20-25+ fantasy points seems likely.
Keenan Allen – WR – LA Chargers (vs Cincinnati)
The Rivers-Allen connection paid off last week, and I believe that is a strong combination yet again. Allen has a surprisingly modest salary ($7900 on FanDuel) despite coming off an amazing 14-148-1 mark at Pittsburgh. The game flow should be much different in this home draw vs Cincinnati, but Allen has a mouthwatering matchup to exploit against a flat Cincinnati defense and the struggling-likes of Bengals’ CB Darqueze Dennard.
Michael Thomas – WR – New Orleans (at Tampa Bay)
Thomas has been very modest over his past two games, but Sunday marks an excellent opportunity to get back to his 20+ fantasy point ways. He already posted an amazing 16-180-1 line against this same Tampa Bay team in the opener. I’m not expecting a shootout of that caliber this time around, but Thomas has the ability to come up big against a Tampa defense that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing receivers. The Buccaneers could be down a few starting cornerbacks this week, but Thomas is primed to take advantage regardless who lines up on the other side.
SILVER: Good options that narrowly rank ahead of similar players
Jaylen Samuels – RB – Pittsburgh (at Oakland)
This is probably the easiest pick on the board. Jaylen Samuels is dirt-cheap while filling in for the injured James Conner. Sure, RB Stevan Ridley will be in the mix as well, but Samuels figures to be the main guy in an amazing matchup at Oakland. The Raiders have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, and Samuels has game flow on his side with Pittsburgh checking in as 11.5 point favorites. Don’t overthink it in cash games!
Jeff Wilson Jr. – RB – San Francisco (vs Denver)
Here’s another injury replacement worth a look through all formats. Jeff Wilson Jr is filling in for the injured likes of Matt Breida, a role he carried to the tune of 134 total yards and 15.4 fantasy points last week. Wilson doesn’t have the same luxury in terms of matchup and game flow as Samuels, but he’ll see plenty of volume through the air and ground. Wilson was particularly impressive in the receiving game last week, hauling in eight of nine targets for 73 yards. Look for him to step up with another solid performance in this home meeting vs Denver.
BRONZE: Not 100% necessities, but they mix well into a quality lineup
Eric Ebron – Indianapolis (at Houston)
Ebron has been battling an illness this week, but he practiced on Friday – signifying that he’s on track to play Sunday. It’s crazy to say, but Ebron has been one of the better fantasy tight ends this season. That especially holds true with Jack Doyle out for the rest of the season, and Ebron will look to benefit against a Houston team that has allowed the sixth most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.
Courtland Sutton – Denver (at San Francisco)
Demaryius Thomas was traded away earlier this season, and now Emmanuel Sanders is out with a season-ending injury. Courtland Sutton is the last man standing for the Denver receiving corps, and he’ll be primed into a larger role immediately. That comes one week after having his best game of the season (4-84-1) in a “sweet spot” matchup at Cincinnati. He has another draw to take advantage of against a San Francisco team that has allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing WRs.
PARTICIPATION RIBBONS: Fell just short of a featured spot
Davante Adams – WR – Green Bay
Drew Brees – QB – New Orleans
Phillip Lindsay – RB – Denver
Aaron Jones – RB – Green Bay
Amari Cooper – WR – Dallas
Chris Godwin – WR – Tampa Bay
David Njoku – TE – Cleveland
Buffalo Bills – DEF (vs NY Jets)