DFS NFL FanDuel Top Weekly Plays: (Week 14)

Welcome to the NFL FanDuel Week 14 Top Plays. I will highlight my favorite options with FanDuel’s scoring/salary in mind. These can typically be used on all sites, but use some common sense if another site scores differently or has a different salary. Remember, this is only a guide, and several factors may influence who you should select each day. Please keep in mind that unless noted, weather is not taken into account and with NFL action, it can be a factor.

Quarterback

Derek Carr (OAK): $7,700 @ KC
Derek Carr is having somewhat of a down season from one year ago, but he has been great in a couple of spots this season. One of those times was against this same Chiefs team back in Week 7 when Carr threw for 417 yards and two touchdowns. Carr will once again be without Amari Cooper, who was a big reason for that huge game for Carr back in Week 7. However, he will have Michael Crabtree back after being suspended for one game. Even without Cooper, this is an outstanding spot for Carr. The Chiefs have been pretty terrible in their secondary this year and on top of that, they will be without Marcus Peters who has been suspended for one game. 

Blaine Gabbert (ARI): $6,600 vs. TEN
Call me crazy, but I do not think this is a bad week to go the value route at quarterback so that we can spend up almost everywhere else. Gabbert did not have good game against the Rams last week throwing for only 221 yards and one touchdown. However, he did look serviceable the two previous weeks throwing for a total of 498 yards and five touchdowns. He should be able to return value this week against the Titans, who are only mediocre against the pass this season.

Other players to consider: Philip Rivers (LAC), Alex Smith (KC), Russell Wilson (SEA), Dak Prescott (DAL).

Running Back

Todd Gurley (LAR): $8,500 vs. PHI
Both Bell and Gurley have been two of the best players at their respective positions this season and generally there is a lot less variance at the running back position from week to week. The matchup for Gurley is not great, but the volume between rushing and receiving is going to be there for Gurley so he still should be a safe option for cash games.

Giovani Bernard (CIN): $5,100 vs. CHI
Joe Mixon suffered a concussion on Monday night against the Steelers and he has been ruled out for Week 14 since he was not able to clear the league protocol. It is not every week that you can find a starting running back this cheap and in such a great spot. If you decide to roster Bernard, you can really spend up everywhere else without having to be too concerned about salary.

Lamar Miller (HOU): $6,600 vs. SF
With D'Onta Foreman out of the picture for the rest of the season and Alfred Blue out with a concussion, Lamar Miller should see upwards of 20 touches this week against a terrible 49ers defense. The Texans did add Andre Ellington to the roster recently, but he lined up more as a receiver in his first game with the Texans last week against the Titans.

Other players to consider: LeSean McCoy (BUF), Samaje Perine (WAS), Marshawn Lynch (OAK), Alfred Morris (DAL)

Wide Receiver

DeAndre Hopkins (HOU): $8,600 vs. SF
DeAndre Hopkins continues to be an incredibly consistent option every week with plenty of upside. Over his last six games, Hopkins has had at least nine targets, six receptions and 76 yards in five of those games. This week he has a great matchup against the 49ers, who have no one in their secondary capable of slowing him down.

Josh Gordon (CLE): $6,700 vs. GB
Last week Josh Gordon played in his first game since 2014 and it didn’t take long for him to show that he still is a great receiver. Gordon ran almost all of his routes against two of the top eight cornerbacks according to Pro Football Focus and he still had 85 yards on four receptions and 11 targets. This week he has a much easier matchup against an awful Packer’s secondary and the Browns will once again likely have to be throwing a lot late in the game while they are playing from behind.

Michael Crabtree (OAK): $7,100 @ KC
I already mentioned that Crabtree will be returning and Cooper is going to sit out at least another week with his injury. This means that Crabtree should see a high number of targets against a pretty poor secondary who will be missing their best cornerback.

Other players to consider: A.J. Green (CIN), Adam Thielen (MIN), Larry Fitzgerald (ARI), Marvin Jones(DET)/Golden Tate(DET).

Tight End

Travis Kelce (KC): $8,000 vs. OAK
The Chief's offense broke out last week against the Jets after being dormant most of the past two months. Travis Kelce had a big part in that, going for 94 yards and two touchdowns on eight targets and four receptions. He is a little pricey this week, but if you can afford him I think it will be worth it. The Raiders have been one of the worst defenses against opposing tight ends over the past few seasons.

Hunter Henry (LAC): $5,600 vs. WAS
The Charger's offense has really been clicking lately and Hunter Henry has benefited greatly. Over his past two games, Henry has 14 targets, 12 receptions, 157 receiving yards and a touchdown. This week he has a great matchup against the Redskins who have allowed the third-most FanDuel points to opposing tight ends this season.

Other players to consider: Cameron Brate (TB), Evan Engram (NYG).

Kicker

Possible options

  • Harrison Butker (KC): $4,800
  • Travis Coons (SD): $4,500
  • Matt Prater (DET): $5,000

Defense

Bengals CIN  vs. CHI $4,600
As a Bears fan, I was not expecting Mitch Trubsiky to light up the world in his rookie season, but the development by their coaching staff has been downright embarrassing. Since Mitch Trubisky has taken over as the Bear's starter, the Bear's offense has only made nine trips to the red zone in nine games. On top of that, the Bear's offense are only averaging 11 points per game if you throw out the defense/special teams touchdowns and the passing touchdown by Tarik Cohen back in Week 6. The Bengals will be without two key defensive backs in Vontaze Burfict and Adam "Pacman" Jones, but I still do not feel confident that this Bear's offense will be able to move the football.

Chargers LAC vs. WAS $5,100
The Redskins have really had a hard time on their offensive line this season and they have really looked atrocious the past couple of weeks. Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram should be able to have a field day against the Redskins and I think this game could become pretty ugly.

Other players to consider: Jaguars (JAC), Bills (BUF).

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