The weeks are dwindling for us to play NFL DFS and that just brings nothing but sadness to my life. But the holiday season is rolling around, so this is the time of year where everyone should be festive and thankful for what they have. Tom Brady was feeling generous last week, as stacking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a fruitful endeavor on whatever site you play NFL DFS.
In this article, I like to pinpoint my favorite stacks and bring-back options on DraftKings every week. We don’t have the Green Bay Packers, the Arizona Cardinals, or the Los Angeles Rams on the main slate, leaving us with fewer high-salary players to choose from. At the running back position, we won’t have Jonathan Taylor available due to the Indianapolis Colts having a bye week (which sucks for those that made their playoffs in fantasy football). With all of that information now bouncing around in your head, let’s look at my favorite plays for Week 14.
DAL: Dak Prescott ($6,700), CeeDee Lamb ($7,200), Amari Cooper ($5,900), Michael Gallup ($5,500), Dalton Schultz ($5,400)
The best matchup of the week at the quarterback position likely comes in the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Football Team. Dak Prescott squares off with a Washington team that allows the most points per game (22.77) to quarterbacks on DraftKings. Also, the Cowboys have two running backs in Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard who are dealing with injuries. That means we could get a busy week from the passing game that features CeeDee Lamb, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Dalton Schultz. Lamb is likely going to be the most popular of the bunch, but Cooper might be the best value if he sees an increase in snaps this week. Cooper saw only 34% of the snaps for Dallas in Week 13 as he returned from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Schultz continues to be an easy way to differentiate your Dak stacks from those that don’t want to include a tight end.
Bring-back options: Terry McLaurin ($7,000), Antonio Gibson ($6,000), Ricky Seals-Jones ($3,600), John Bates ($3,000)
Outside of Terry McLaurin, there isn’t a wide receiver on Washington that I’m interested in inserting into my lineups. In tournaments, we are looking for low-owned plays, but I don’t see any reason to use guys like Adam Humphries or Curtis Samuel in this spot. Antonio Gibson has seen his workload increase recently as he’s touched the ball 21+ times in each of his last four games. Logan Thomas is headed to injured reserve again, which means that either Ricky Seals-Jones or John Bates will get the nod at tight end. If Seals-Jones returns to the lineup, then use Seals-Jones. But if Seals-Jones is inactive, then feel free to use Bates. That is your hard-hitting analysis for the week.
LAC: Justin Herbert ($7,100), Austin Ekeler ($8,300), Keenan Allen ($7,600), Jalen Guyton ($3,400), Jared Cook ($3,200), Josh Palmer ($3,000)
This Justin Herbert guy is pretty good, huh? Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers routed the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 13, with the second-year quarterback scoring 29.3 points on DraftKings. He’s now thrown multiple touchdowns in eight of his 12 games and he’s eclipsed 300+ yards in seven of his 12 games. Austin Ekeler is fine to stack with Herbert as he’s seen 5+ targets in all but two games this season. The Chargers have a few players on the COVID-19 list, including Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. While there is optimism that Allen can return by Sunday’s game, Williams has already been ruled out. Allen would become a smash play if he’s able to play while Jalen Guyton, Jared Cook, and Josh Palmer all become viable salary-saving options.
Bring-back options: Saquon Barkley ($6,000), Sterling Shepard ($4,600), Darius Slayton ($4,400), Evan Engram ($3,500)
I know, it’s tough to trust Saquon Barkley or anyone that puts on a uniform for the New York Giants right now. That being said, THIS is the week that Barkley could explode — if there is ever going to be a week he does this season. The Chargers surrender the second-most rushing yards (118.75) to running backs per game and the second-most rushing touchdowns (15) this season. There’s also the fact that Mike Glennon or Jake Fromm is expected to start at quarterback for the Giants, meaning that Barkley will get plenty of dump-offs. The wide receiver position is a mess for New York right now as Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, and Sterling Shepard are all dealing with injuries. Golladay and Shepard have at least practiced in a limited fashion this week while Toney is trending in the wrong direction. Evan Engram isn’t a reliable pass-catcher, but the Chargers do give up the sixth-most points (15.83) per game to tight ends on the green site.
TB: Tom Brady ($7,600), Leonard Fournette ($7,400), Chris Godwin ($7,100), Mike Evans ($6,600), Rob Gronkowski ($6,000)
If you happened to read my article last week and you stacked BOTH Brady and Leonard Fournette — with Chris Godwin as well — then you were likely in the green in Week 13. Some people may be concerned with rolling out the same strategy in Week 14 with the Buccaneers facing a stingier defense in the Buffalo Bills, but this is the highest projected total of the week at 53.5 while Tampa Bay boasts the highest projected team total at 28.5. With Antonio Brown still out, it makes life easier on us because we should keep our stacks with Brady limited to Fournette, Godwin, Mike Evans, and Rob Gronkowski. For those that are hesitant to stack Brady and Fournette (still), Fournette leads all running backs with 58 receptions and has seen fewer than five targets just twice this season.
Bring-back options: Stefon Diggs ($8,100), Cole Beasley ($5,000), Dawson Knox ($5,000), Emmanuel Sanders ($4,900)
The way to attack the defense of the Buccaneers is through the air. That’s good news for a team like the Bills that lacks a reliable rushing attack. Matt Breida and Devin Singletary have seen the bulk of the work in recent weeks, but don’t know if either of them gets enough volume to make them worth using. Stefon Diggs is the priciest player in this game at $8,100 and it’s hard to argue as he still caught four passes for 51 yards in last week’s windy game against the New England Patriots. Cole Beasley and Emmanuel Sanders could get more work this week, though, both of them have been inconsistent since earlier in the season. Following a disappointing outing in Week 13, Dawson Knox gets to face a Buccaneers team that gives up the third-most receptions per game to tight ends. And whenever the Bills get in the red zone, Allen tends to target Knox.
KC: Patrick Mahomes ($8,000), Tyreek Hill ($8,500), Travis Kelce ($7,400), Byron Pringle ($3,200)
Patrick Mahomes could have thrown 10 interceptions (maybe a slight exaggeration) or not completed a single pass in the previous week, but whenever he faces the Las Vegas Raiders, he tends to go nuclear. Mahomes and the offense of the Kansas City Chiefs have been not nearly as dominant as previous seasons thus far. While that may be true, in his last three games versus the Raiders, Mahomes has combined for 1,094 passing yards, nine passing touchdowns, and two interceptions. That includes a 406-yard, five-touchdown performance against Kansas City’s AFC West foes back in Week 10. Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce remain the top two choices to stack with Mahomes by a wide margin. If you are looking to use someone else besides Hill and Kelce, if last week’s snap counts were a sign of what to expect moving forward, Byron Pringle got 72% of the offensive snaps for the Chiefs. Pringle saw 41 snaps compared to Mecole Hardman’s nine, which could indicate that Pringle is taking over as the No. 2 wide receiver on the depth chart.
Bring-back options: Josh Jacobs ($6,200), Hunter Renfrow ($6,100), Foster Moreau ($4,000), Zay Jones ($3,400), Bryan Edwards ($3,300)
We’ve been waiting patiently for Josh Jacobs to get more involved in the passing game for the Raiders, and we are being rewarded for our patience right now. Jacobs has recorded 4+ targets in each of his past five games. In Week 13 against Washington, Jacobs caught a season-high nine passes for 38 yards. While we shouldn’t expect nine receptions from Jacobs, if we can get 3-4 every week moving forward, he could be an excellent play every week. Hunter Renfrow continues to be Derek Carr’s favorite target in the passing game with limited options at the position. Darren Waller has yet to practice this week, which means Foster Moreau could draw a second straight start at tight end. Zay Jones and Byron Edwards are both low-salary dart throws on DraftKings.
NYJ: Zach Wilson ($5,300), Elijah Moore ($5,900), Jamison Crowder ($4,700), Keelan Cole ($3,100)
This last stack isn’t for the faint of heart so look away if you’re squeamish at the sight of using the New York Jets in NFL DFS. I’m not a big fan of Zach Wilson myself, but the matchup is ripe for the rookie signal-caller. Wilson is coming off of a 22-point outing in Week 13 versus the Philadelphia Eagles and the Jets are typically going to be playing from behind. The defense of the New Orleans Saints has been generous to quarterbacks, giving up the fifth-most points (19.31) per game to the position on DraftKings. With Corey Davis sidelined for the rest of the season, Elijah Moore can continue operating as the go-to guy in New York’s offense. Jamison Crowder is a decent play at $4,700 sans Davis and Keelan Cole could see more snaps moving forward. Be wary of going overboard with Cole as the Jets have shown a tendency of using a mixture of Cole, Braxton Berrios, and Denzel Mims alongside Moore and Crowder.
Bring-back options: Alvin Kamara ($7,900), Tre’Quan Smith ($4,800), Marquez Callaway ($4,300), Nick Vannett ($3,100)
It looks as if we’ll have Alvin Kamara in a smash spot in his first game back since Week 9. Mark Ingram is on the reserve/COVID-19 list, putting his status in jeopardy for Sunday’s game. If Kamara is the lead back versus the Jets, he could get a massive workload against a putrid New York defense that gives up the most points per game (35.88) to running backs on DraftKings. The next closest team is the Seattle Seahawks with 30.82 points per game allowed. With Taysom Hill under center, it feels reckless trusting any of the wide receivers on the Saints. Tre’Quan Smith and Marquez Callaway are the top two choices with Deonte Harris suspended for the next three games. Nick Vannett could be a low-owned punt at tight end as he’s accumulated five receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown in the past two weeks with Adam Trautman on injured reserve.