Week 14 NFL DFS Contrarian FanDuel Picks
Jake Ciely @allinkid of RotoExperts.com deals out his six best Week 14 NFL DFS contrarian picks on FanDuel.
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Week 14 Blind Spot Players
In case you're new to this, the Fantasy Blind Spot refers to players that you want to target in tournaments, such as the Millionaire Maker, etc… contrarian players if you will. They usually have one of the following characteristics:
1) have been performing well but haven't had a breakout game or big enough numbers to get Fantasy players talking, and/or
2) are in a price range of other more popular option, and/or
3) have frustrated with disappointing performances but have a great matchup to finally break through
FanDuel Week 14 Sleepers
Carson Palmer $7400 – Palmer is far from the quarterback we saw last year, but so are his receivers. They can't stay healthy, they're not inconsistent… heck, they're nonexistent sometimes. Palmer does have three games with at least 300 yards and three touchdowns, giving him scores of 24.16, 23.52 and 23.9. The Dolphins pass defense has fallen apart the last four weeks with three touchdowns given up to Philip Rivers, three to Colin Kaepernick and four to Joe Flacco with an average yardage of 336. This is an intriguing play.
Lamar Miller $7200 – I'm not intentionally trying to pick 2016 letdowns, that's just what the pricing (appropriately) reflects and allows for some interesting values. Miller's last two games were terrible, but he does have a 31.3 effort on the season and six other double-digit games that would near 2x value. The Colts have seven games of allowing at least 100 rushing yards, all of which came with a touchdown via a running back rush or reception. As a matter of fact, Miller's 31.3 game was against the Colts.
Jonathan Stewart $6500 – Stewart is as boom or bust as they come. He has three games over 20 points and five under seven. You know the risk you run with Stewart, but if he checks in with one of his two-touchdown games (all three of his 20-plus point performances), you have a big leg up on the competition because no one ever uses him. The Chargers are not only weak against the run; they also have the third most rushing touchdowns allowed (13). The matchup is right for Stewart.
Demaryius Thomas $6900 – Given the quarterback play and situation in Denver, Thomas won't have a high ownership. Even if Paxton Lynch is at quarterback, Thomas has plenty of upside this week. The Titans not only allow the fourth most FPPG to receivers, they lead the league over their last three games (league's last four weeks) by nearly seven points more than second place. In their last three games, the Titans have given up video game numbers with 58 catches, 772 yards and six touchdowns to receivers.
Jordan Matthews $5900 – With receivers such as Matthews, Fantasy players often need to be told (or reminded) that they play the role of slot flanker. Most of the time, that keeps them away from top-end corners such as Josh Norman. On paper, Matthews will match up with Kendall Fuller, and even if Matthews sees Norman half of the game and Fuller the other half, it's an exploitable situation. Fuller has been roasted this year, and the Eagles need Matthews on the field after the disaster of Dorial Green-Beckham and Nelson Agholor last week… check that, this year.
Cameron Brate $5900 – Brate has four touchdowns in the last six games and is second on the team in red zone targets (14) behind Mike Evans (17). Brate actually has more receptions than Evans in the red zone and the same amount of touchdowns. He's been more efficient with his targets, and don't forget that Brate didn't see the field much in the first two weeks. The Buccaneers host the Saints this week, and while the Saints defend tight ends somewhat well, it will be hard to stop Brate from scoring in a matchup where the Buccaneers need to keep up.
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