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NFL DFS Must Plays: Week 14

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: December 8, 2019, 5:19 am ET

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 your DFS Table of Contents.

NFL DFS Bargains by Renee Miller

DFS Building Blocks (VIDEO) with John Daigle & Ian Hartitz

NFL DFS Stacks by Renee Miller

Fantasy Football Forecast by Hayden Winks 

NFL DFS Starting Points by Renee Miller

NFL DFS Fades by Renee Miller 

NFL GPP Pivots by Spencer Limbach (coming soon) 

NFL DFS Single Game Breakdown (check back for Sunday & Monday Night Football) 

Now onto the NFL DFS Must Plays for Week 14!

Just a reminder, this column includes only Sunday afternoon games (not SNF), as that’s considered the main slate on DFS sites.

PLATINUM: Build your lineup around these guys

Lamar Jackson - QB - Baltimore (at Buffalo) 

I was debating Deshaun Watson for this spot, as he’s considerably cheaper than Jackson this week. Keep that in mind if salary constraints force your hand. However, Jackson makes for a “platinum choice” once again, and there should be enough value to comfortably roster him. The Baltimore QB has conquered some of the toughest matchups in the NFL, hitting 29 and 22 fantasy points respective against the Patriots and 49ers. A date with the Bills doesn’t look great on paper, but Buffalo has relaxed a little bit defensive through the second half of the season. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Dak Prescott were able to post solid fantasy outings against them in recent weeks. I believe Jackson will continue to roll, and his 25-35 FP range should be on full display. 

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GOLD: Next wave to consider in terms of priority

Melvin Gordon - RB - LA Chargers (at Jacksonville) 

I briefly considered Dalvin Cook as a featured write-up with a great matchup, but he’s less than 100% healthy. Derrick Henry is another strong DFS streamer, but his salary has ballooned while the matchup is just okay. Ultimately, I decided to take the path of least resistance with Melvin Gordon. The Chargers will face a Jacksonville defense that has seemingly fallen apart. They have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to running backs this season, as Peyton Barber (17-44-2), Derrick Henry (19-159-2), Jonathan Williams (13-119), Marlon Mack (14-109-1), and Carlos Hyde (19-160) post big performances over their last five games. That’s quite the list, and Gordon should be able to add his name to it while seeing 20+ carries in this mouthwatering draw. 

D.J. Moore - WR - Carolina (at Atlanta)

I really like Moore, as he’s putting up top tier numbers for a wide receiver without sharing the same cumbersome salary as guys like Michael Thomas, Davante Adams, and DeAndre Hopkins. The matchup looks good against a Falcons team that has allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to wide receivers. Moore has seen nine or more targets in seven straight games, and that has paid off handsomely with 95+ yards in four of his last five and three scores over his past two games. This is a great spot for Moore to keep the heater alive. 

SILVER: Good options that narrowly rank ahead of similar players

Calvin Ridley - WR - Atlanta (vs. Carolina) 

Ridley has finally stepped into a prominent role in the Falcons’ offense. It took a few weeks to get him going, but the Atlanta receiver has filled in admirably after Mohamed Sanu was traded away. TE Austin Hooper will be playing his first game since November 10, but I’m not terribly concerned about that. Ridley should still see a healthy target share, and Hooper’s presence would likely cut into WR Russell Gage more than anyone. All in all, I like Ridley as a strong mid-range WR2 lift. 

Devonta Freeman - RB - Atlanta (vs. Carolina)

Picking from the same game, Devonta Freeman has himself some matchup potential. The Panthers rank dead last in DVOA to the run, getting toasted by Derrius Guice (10-129-2) and Adrian Peterson (13-99-1) last week. Freeman returned from injury last week to absorb 21 total touches. The results were mediocre against the Saints, but that volume would translate to strong fantasy production against a generous Carolina defense. 

Jack Doyle - TE - Indianapolis (at Tampa Bay)

T.Y. Hilton and Eric Ebron are out, leaving Jack Doyle as one of the top receiving options for Indianapolis. Doyle has proven himself as a top-tier fantasy tight end whenever he sees a featured role, and that should be the case this weekend. It just so happens that the increased opportunity coincides with a beautiful matchup as well. His opponent, Tampa Bay, has allowed the second-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. 

BRONZE: Not 100% necessities, but they mix well into a quality lineup

Benny Snell Jr. - RB - Pittsburgh (at Arizona)

James Conner has been ruled out once again, and Benny Snell has taken over as Pittsburgh’s lead running back in recent weeks. The former Kentucky Wildcat has seen 18 and 22 touches respectively over his last two games, and the matchup looks good against an Arizona team that ranks 24th in DVOA to the run. I’m expecting Pittsburgh to come out with a run-heavy approach to settle Devlin Hodges in at quarterback, and Snell will handle early-down work in that regard. Something in the neighborhood of 18 carries, 78 yards, and a touchdown seems likely. 

Jamison Crowder - WR - NY Jets (vs. Miami)

Miami has allowed the third-most fantasy points to receivers this season, and it seems like they are getting worse in that regard as the season winds down. Pass catchers from the Eagles, Browns, and Bills were able to torch them en route to rewarding fantasy lines in recent weeks. Jamison Crowder has been very lackluster in his last two games, combining for a 4-26-0 line. However, this is an absolute breakout situation, and Crowder owned the Dolphins for 8-83-1 last month. I wouldn’t be surprised if he replicated that performance. 

PARTICIPATION RIBBONS: Fell just short of a featured spot

Deshaun Watson - QB - Houston (vs. Denver)

Christian McCaffrey - RB - Carolina (vs. Washington) 

Derrick Henry - RB - Tennessee (at Oakland) 

Melvin Gordon - RB - LA Chargers (at Jacksonville)

DeAndre Hopkins - WR - Houston (vs. Denver) 

James Washington - WR - Pittsburgh (at Arizona)

DeVante Parker - WR - Miami (at NY Jets) 

Hunter Henry - TE - LA Chargers (at Jacksonville) 

Jets Defense (vs. Miami)

Colts Defense (at Tampa Bay) 

Spencer Limbach
Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for Rotoworld. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.