With Week 14 NFL daily fantasy contests starting to fill up, our experts have scouted out the players they’re locking into their DFS lineups first. From the star performers to the top values, here are our a few expert picks to help you build your own lineup for this week’s DFS football contests.
Eric Karabell ranks the top 100-plus for PPR flex purposes, with several big-name wide receivers sliding due to inconsistent production.
Which players have optimal matchups for DFS upside this week? Football Outsiders provides statistics and analysis to pinpoint the players to pick and fade in daily fantasy NFL in Week 14.
Fantasy football rankings from Matthew Berry, Field Yates, Mike Clay, Eric Karabell and Tristan Cockcroft for Week 14 of the NFL season.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
He has been heavily targeted of late, averaging 10.5 in his past four games since the bye, and that’s resulted in a 20.1 DraftKings points per game average during that same time span; remember, he had a terrible Jacksonville Jaguars matchup wedged in there. Fitzgerald now faces one of the weakest defenses against opposing wide receivers in the Tennessee Titans, who have been especially poor against slot receivers — affording the fifth-most fantasy points to them among all teams for the season. — Tristan H. Cockcroft
Marvin Jones Jr., WR, Detroit Lions
The awful Buccaneers secondary wasn’t shredded by the Packers in Week 13, but it’s still bad. Matthew Stafford and the Lions will throw the ball downfield and Jones, who has passed teammate Golden Tate in full-season PPR value thanks to the touchdowns, is still worth his highest salary of the season. Jones has three touchdowns in three weeks and no fewer than 85 receiving yards in that span, against some strong cornerbacks. His Week 14 should be even better. –– Eric Karabell
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs brought back the vertical passing game under new playcaller Matt Nagy in Week 13 and Smith went to work on the New York Jets with deep-ball shots to Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. In that game, Smith completed five of nine passes for 217 yards and four touchdowns on throws of at least 20 yards down the field. I expect that aggressive call sheet to roll into Sunday’s matchup versus the Raiders. Going back to their first meeting of the season, Smith racked up 342 yards with three touchdowns out in Oakland. And the way I see it, the Chiefs can continue to script vertical opportunities in the game plan with Smith in a position to challenge the Raiders’ secondary. — Matt Bowen
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
Kelce has been nearly unstoppable over the past month, as he has racked up 20 or more points in four of his past five games. The Raiders have been a coverage sieve against tight ends, allowing that positional group to catch six or more passes in seven contests this season, including five of the past seven. This has the look of an unstoppable force versus a very movable object and should more than justify Kelce’s high salary. — KC Joyner
Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders
When the Raiders hosted the Chiefs in Week 7 of the season, Carr shredded the Kansas City secondary for 414 passing yards and three scores. It’s far-fetched to presume identical production this Sunday, but it’s a matchup that remains unimposing. Michael Crabtree returns from suspension and even if Amari Cooper (ankle/concussion) is unable to play, we saw enough from Cordarrelle Patterson and Seth Roberts in Week 13 to believe this passing offense can stay efficient. Since a 5-0 start, the Chiefs have allowed 256.1 passing yards per game, the third most in the NFL during that stretch. — Field Yates
Yes, I’m actually going to stack Arizona Cardinals, an unusual strategy since I typically like to stick to the higher-tier quarterbacks. That’s how much I like Fitzgerald and the Cardinals’ passing game this week. It’s a tournament-angled pick, but I think Gabbert provides top-10 scoring potential and he’s awfully cheap, priced in the same range as Tom Savage, Eli Manning and Trevor Siemian. — Tristan H. Cockcroft
Gio Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
Even if Joe Mixon is deemed to be over his concussion before Sunday, it seems like Bernard earned himself some degree of touches based on Monday’s performance. And Bernard’s price tag really couldn’t be much better, since it’s barely over the minimum. Bernard obviously hasn’t done much this season, but he also hasn’t been given much of a chance. If Mixon can’t face the Bears, Bernard could be a great DFS value and a smart flex option for standard fantasy formats. — Eric Karabell
Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers
After catching seven passes for 81 yards in the Chargers’ Week 13 win over Cleveland, Henry has now put together a productive two-game stretch with 12 receptions (on 14 targets) for 157 yards and a touchdown. And we are seeing the route running, athletic ability and route combinations that create positive matchups for the tight end. With quarterback Philip Rivers dialed in, Henry is a smart value play versus a Redskins defense that has given up a touchdown pass to opposing tight ends in four of the past five games. — Matt Bowen
Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay had superb run blocking against the Packers in Week 13, as its 56.7 percent mark in my good blocking rate (GBR) metric that measures run blocking efficiency was the highest GBR the Buccaneers have posted this season. Barber was given bell cow duties last week due to Doug Martin being out with a concussion, but given how well Barber performed in this contest, Tampa Bay will likely keep giving him a solid workload level. Add that to a matchup against a Detroit rush defense that has given up 31 or more points to opponents’ running backs in three of the past four weeks — and it makes Barber a good upside play for a low-salary price. — KC Joyner
Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets
Amongst the beauties of daily fantasy is that it allows you to avoid the consternation of a player in your lineup facing a difficult matchup. And while the Denver secondary is still full of talent, Kearse and the Jets’ passing offense have been awesome of late and the Broncos’ defense has not been nearly as dominant in 2017 as it was in seasons past, allowing a league-high 26 passing touchdowns through 12 games. Over the past two games, Kearse has a total of 16 catches and has gone north of 100 yards in each game. He has snagged 29 targets over the past three games and seems like a steady option for at least seven targets this Sunday versus the Broncos. He doesn’t need the monster game he’s posted over the past two weeks (27.1 average) to return value on his modest $4,800 salary this week. — Field Yates