Daily Fantasy: Week 14 NFL picks
It's Week 14, and bye weeks and the Thanksgiving holiday is now behind us. That means it is time for the first full week of National Football League action since Week 4, with all but four teams playing Sunday. There are plenty of favorable matchups, and you likely will want to employ a high-low strategy this week. That is, spend big on a few positions you really, really like, while taking advantage of several injury replacements who come in with ultra-low salaries.
(FanWars.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Houston ($12900 at JAC): Fitzpatrick re-claimed his starting job after an injury to QB Ryan Mallett, and all he did was throw for a franchise record six touchdowns in his first start back under center last weekend. What will he do for an encore? Well, the Jaguars rank 24th in the NFL against the pass, allowing 253.8 yards per game with 20 passing touchdowns, so Fitzpatrick should enjoy life again this weekend.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami ($13500 vs BAL): These are not the Ravens of old. Baltimore ranks 31st against the pass this season, giving up 273.9 yards per game with 44 pass plays of 20 or more yards, and nine plays of 40 or more yards. Tannehill has been strong lately, and he has really benefited from the emergence of WR Jarvis Landry in the offense. Daily Fantasy owners love it, as he has three multiple touchdown games in three of the past five outings, and six of the past nine.
Jonathan Stewart, Carolina ($7350 at NO): Stewart will make the start in Week 14 at New Orleans with DeAngelo Williams (hand) ruled OUT. Stewart rumbled for 85 yards in last weekend's game at Minnesota, and he is a decent low-end RB2 or 'flex' Fantasy option. He'll save you plenty of salary to spread across other positions without losing too much production.
Stepfan Taylor, Arizona ($7850 vs KC): The Chiefs rank first in the NFL, allowing just two rushing touchdowns through 12 games. However, they have also given up 136.4 yards per game on the ground, including seven runs of 20 or more yards. Taylor should be able to roll up plenty of rushing yards in place of the injured Andre Ellington (hip), and he has good hands out of the backfield, too.
Andre Williams, N.Y. Giants ($7950 at TEN): Williams' outlook was looking a little better earlier in the week when RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) missed practice Wednesday and Thursday. Jennings was limited, and reportedly looked hobbled, in practice Friday. He flew to Nashville, and vowed to play if he made the trip, but Williams still has the most upside against a terrible Tennessee Titans rush defense.
Keenan Allen, San Diego ($10700 vs NE): Allen has been targeted nine or more times in six straight games, as QB Philip Rivers tries to get it to Allen as much as possible. Over the past two games, Allen has put up elite-type numbers, snagging 17 receptions for 225 yards and three scores. He'll face a Patriots pass defense which has allowed 47 pass plays of 20 or more yards, worst in the AFC. Plus, Allen will have great weather to work in.
Jarvis Landry, Miami ($9050 vs BAL): Landry and the Dolphins will square off against the Ravens at home in optimal weather conditions. Baltimore also happens to be dead-last in the AFC against the pass, allowing 273.9 yards per game with 20 touchdowns and 44 pass plays of 20 or more yards. Landry has worked his way into an important role in the Miami offense, garnering 10 or more targets in three of the past four games, while snagging five or more receptions in five consecutive games. He has four touchdowns during the span.
Coby Fleener, Indianapolis ($9950 at CLE): Fleener has been right up there in the Gronk/Graham elite level among tight ends over the past month, going for 17 catches for 376 yards and three touchdowns over the past four games. That run includes a pair of 100-yard receiving games. However, unlike Gronk or Graham, he comes with a much nicer price for DailyFantasy owners.
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