NFL DFS

Week 14 of NFL DFS is here, and we’re looking to cash in on the big daily fantasy football money at FanDuel. Now through the playoffs, we’ll bring you our top NFL DFS GPP picks for each position and recommend some cash plays as well.

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As with any daily fantasy sport, the advice below is relevant for fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, game flow, and several more factors. This viewpoint is important to remember when constructing a roster on any of the daily fantasy sites.

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FanDuel DFS Quarterback Picks

Jameis Winston vs. NO $7.7K 

Jameis Winston checks in at under $8K, and he’s playing in the highest total of the week (54.5). Winston has a 6:1 TD:INT ratio since taking back the starting quarterback role three weeks ago. He’s hit the 22-point mark in FPs for each of his last two games due to his 72 rushing yards over that span. In fact, he’s reached the 22-point mark in four of his six starts. Tampa Bay put up 48 points in Week 1 against the Saints and have won two straight games against them at home. They’ll hang around in this one, and the Saints will have their way on offense. Get a piece of this shootout.

Andrew Luck @ HOU $7.9K

Andrew Luck remains affordable after a bad showing last week, which could keep his ownership low. The Houston Texans have been a solid defense this season, especially against the run. It’s part of the reason Luck threw the ball 62 times against them earlier this season. Luck completed 40 passes for 464 yards and four passing touchdowns. This is an underrated fantasy game to attack as the total keeps climbing;  it’s now at 50. Deshaun Watson is a strong play on the other side of the ball.

*If T.Y. Hilton sits, take a look at another QB. Ben Roethlisberger is listed below as a cash game option, but he’s a strong tournament play as well. The Steelers may throw the ball 50 plus times with the loss of James Conner.

Cash game QBs to consider: Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, Deshaun Watson, Aaron Rodgers

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FanDuel DFS Running Back Picks

Aaron Jones vs. ATL $7.5K

I’m not sold that Aaron Rodgers will be able to turn things around now that Mike McCarthy is out of the picture. Rodgers hasn’t thrown more than two passing touchdowns since Week 5, and he’s been held to under 200 yards passing in two of his past four games. What I am sold on is that the Packers will finally lean on Aaron Jones. After a season-high 17 carries two weeks ago, Jones managed only 11 last week and hardly touched the football field in the second half. I’d imagine most DFS players are done rolling out Jones and are feeling that Rodgers breakout game. But the Atlanta Falcons rank 31st in rush DVOA, according to Football Outsiders, and they’ve allowed the sixth-most rushing yards. They’ve also surrendered the fourth-most fantasy points and most catches to RBs. Don’t go with the crowd here.

Jeffrey Wilson Jr. vs. DEN $5.6K

Jeff Wilson Jr. is basically a free square this week. You won’t sneak up on anybody when it comes to ownership as he’s been pretty trendy this week in the fantasy industry. Having said that, it’s OK to take that “free square” even if it’s chalk. The price is too nice to pass up, and Matt Breida has been ruled out since Monday, so Wilson has had some time practicing with the first-team offense. The rookie back netted 134 total yards last week on 24 opportunities, and he’ll get the bulk of them this week. Wilson had 61 yards on 15 carries and caught eight of his nine targets for 73 yards. The Broncos have allowed the 10th-most rushing yards this season, so the matchup isn’t awful.

Justin Jackson vs. CIN $4.5K

If you’re looking for value and upside, Justin Jackson is your guy. Of course, there is a bit risk playing him, but he’s in a very good spot. Jackson is the cheapest possible play this week, playing for the biggest home favorites. The Chargers are 14-point favorites and have the second-highest team implied total in Week 14 (31.5). Austin Ekeler only mustered 21 yards on 13 carries last week and didn’t do a whole lot filling in for Melvin Gordon earlier in the year. Ekeler is more suited for the role he was in when Gordon was healthy, that of a third-down, pass-catching back. Jackson took over in the second half last week with 63 yards on eight carries, including an 18-yard TD run. He’ll get some play in this game, and the Chargers may just lean on him when things get out of hand for the Bengals. Cincinnati has allowed 16 rushing touchdowns (second-most), the most rushing yards and points, as well as the most fantasy points to running backs.

Cash game RBs to consider: Ezekiel Elliott, Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, Phillip Lindsay, Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Gus Edwards, David Johnson, Saquon Barkley

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FanDuel DFS Wide Receiver Picks

Amari Cooper vs. PHI $6.9K

A lot of people will be on Ezekiel Elliott in tournaments, which I can’t argue, but you should have some exposure to Amari Cooper. He has 15 catches for 256 yards in his last two games and had six receptions for 75 yards four weeks ago against the Eagles. Philly is in worse shape defensively now when it comes to injuries in their secondary. They have allowed the second-most catches and yards to wideouts, as well as the third-most fantasy points to the position. Cooper’s 32 targets in the last four weeks rank 11th among wideouts.

Chris Godwin vs. NO $5.6K

Pick your poison when it comes to Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries. Both Tampa Bay wide receivers are affordable and playing in a very high total this week. Nobody has more touchdowns than Humphries’ five since Week 9. Godwin is a bit cheaper and has really taken advantage of games missed by DeSean Jackson, who is likely out again this week. Godwin had 101 yards and a touchdown on five catches last week. He’s averaging 98 yards in the three games Jackson has missed over the past two years, with a TD in two of those contests.

Courtland Sutton @ SF $5.6K

Emmanuel Sanders is done for the season, which should mean more work for Courtland Sutton. It doesn’t necessarily mean better production, but more volume is expected. Sutton caught four of his seven targets for 85 yards last week, plus a touchdown. He has at least three catches in four of his past five games and had at least 78 yards in three of his past five. His floor and ceiling have increased over the past couple weeks with the loss of Demaryius Thomas and now Sanders.

Cash game WRs to consider: Antonio Brown, Michael Thomas, Davante Adams, DeAndre Hopkins, Keenan Allen, Julio Jones, JuJu Smith-Schuster, D.J. Moore, Jarvis Landry

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FanDuel DFS Tight End Picks

Ian Thomas @ CLE $4.9K 

Ian Thomas will save you some cash, and this CAR/CLE game has some sneaky fantasy potential. Thomas caught all five of his targets last week after Greg Olsen left with a foot injury. Olsen is ruled out, and Thomas had games with six and five targets when Olsen missed time earlier this season.

Cash game TEs to consider: Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, Eric Ebron, George Kittle, Jared Cook

FanDuel Defense DFS Picks

Los Angeles Chargers vs. CIN $4.6K

Not a lot of value here with the Chargers, but they are a strong play. This Bengals team is a joke defensively and has very little to offer on offense with Jeff Driskel under center. Not to mention A.J. Green is ruled out for the season. The Chargers should be able to dial up as much pressure as they want and create a few turnovers.

Cash game DSTs to consider: Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers

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