Week 13 of the fantasy football season did not go well for many, including myself, especially in daily leagues and contests. Most of the damage was done by quarterbacks, as my top play (Drew Brees) failed miserably in what near-perfect matchup. Not only has we at home, he was playing one of the worst secondaries in the NFL in Detroit. Give credit to the Lions, who have been playing well lately.
That said, most of my Week 13 plays fared pretty well, namely David Johnson and Travis Kelce, although Tyreek Hill struggled too. But that’s the past and we now turn our focus to the present. Week 14 represents the start of the fantasy playoffs for the majority of leagues out there, but it’s also a perfect opportunity to dive into the DFS realm if you haven’t already this season.
What I will be doing in this space is sharing my top plays for the week, a value play, and most importantly a lineup or two. I will likely be focusing on cash games (50/50 and Double Up) and not GPP (tournaments, multi-player) contests. My Week 14 lineups should work in both formats.
So let’s get into my top plays, value play and lineups for Week 14 shall we? As always any questions, arguments, or glowing praise can be sent to me via Twitter @fantsychillpony.
Week 14 Top Plays
These will be my top plays of the week. These are players who I will try to have in as many lineups of mine as possible. If I can, I will use all three in one lineup. A reminder for cash games: going with an elite quarterback is typically recommended. If you opt for a value quarterback he MUST meet value for your loaded lineup to be worth it.
QB: Matthew Stafford, Detroit vs. Chicago ($8,500 FanDuel/$6,800 DraftKings)
Stafford is coming off of a very nice game against the Saints, one of the worst secondaries in the league. This week he faces division rival Chicago, another defense that doesn’t exactly strike fear in the hearts of opponents. Stafford could easily throw the ball 40-plus times, and with weapons such as Golden Tate, Eric Ebron and Theo Riddick out of the backfield, this looks like a great spot. I would feel confident rolling him in GPPs and even cash games this week.
RB: Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas at New York Giants ($8,500 FanDuel/$8,400 DraftKings)
Elliot is averaging 23.4 DraftKings points on the season and has become as safe of a play as you can get at the running back position. Last week he was held to 86 yards against the Vikings, but he found the end zone along with four catches to help keep him in that 20-point range. This week he faces a worse rush defense and should be get plenty of opportunities to get some yards and another touchdown (or two). He didn’t do a lot in his first game against New York, but that was way back in Week 1 and it’s safe to say much has changed since then.
WR: Mike Evans, Tampa Bay vs. New Orleans ($8,900 FanDuel/$8,900 DraftKings)
Evans is the top WR in pricing this week and for good reason. Aside from a few duds last week and in Week 10 against Chicago, he has had 11 or more targets each game, and has 10 touchdowns on the season. We saw the Lions and Golden Tate shred the Saints last week and Evans is an elite WR1. He should be able to destroy this secondary, and even at his high price point meet value.
TE: Jimmy Graham, Seattle at Green Bay ($6,600 FanDuel /$5,500 DraftKings)
Graham has really risen to the occasion over the past three weeks as the Seahawks have found their stride. During that span he has averaged seven targets per week and has two touchdowns. Graham should once again be a key cog in the game plan against Green Bay, as the Packers have had their issues on defense. If Seattle continues its offensive success, look for Graham to be a big part of it, and get excited when the Seahawks approach the red zone.
Value Play of the Week
Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Carolina vs. San Diego ($4,700 FanDuel /$4,000 DraftKings)
Ginn is much cheaper on DraftKings this week, but I would still be willing to roll with him on FanDuel as well at $4,700. Ginn could easily disappoint and put up five points or fewer, but with the Chargers’ top cornerback focusing on Kelvin Benjamin, the opportunities should be here for Ginn. He also has a knack for a big play or two, as we saw last week.
This week I am only posting one lineup for each site. Again these are lineups that should work well, in addition to encompassing my top plays for the week in some fashion. However, I don’t recommend only using this lineup. Find values and mix it up. Making your lineup your own is more fun and challenging.
This week I constructed a lineup I will be playing in both types of games (Cash and GPP) on both sites.
FanDuel Cash/GPP Lineup
DraftKings Cash/GPP Lineup
— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.