If you’re in a season-long fantasy football league and didn’t make your playoffs, we’re sorry. Perhaps this will help. We also have good news: Daily fantasy still is alive and well, and Week 14 offers another opportunity for you to get in the game.
Here are our DraftKings picks for Week 14.
Quarterback: Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins ($6,300)
The NFL’s third-leading passer faces a Philadelphia Eagles defense that has given up 645 passing yards over the last two weeks and has allowed 20-plus fantasy points (standard scoring) to opposing quarterbacks in five of its last six games. We like that.
Running Backs: DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans ($7,000); Matt Forte, New York Jets ($6,800)
The Denver Broncos are a nightmare for quarterbacks but a dream for running backs, giving up 122.8 yards per game on the ground. That bodes well for Murray, who is fresh off a bye and could have plenty of touches in potentially rainy conditions.
The only explanation needed for Forte: He’s playing the San Francisco 49ers, who have allowed nine 100-yard rushers in 12 games. With the inexperienced Bryce Petty starting at QB for New York, Forte should shoulder a monster workload.
Wide Receivers: Golden Tate, Detroit Lions ($6,600), Jamison Crowder, Redskins ($5,600); Taylor Gabriel, Atlanta Falcons ($4,300)
Tate has seen, ahem, a lion’s share of Detroit’s targets lately, as Marvin Jones’ production has tapered off. A home matchup against the Chicago Bears, who have allowed three touchdowns to receivers in the last four weeks, indicates another big game for Tate.
Crowder also is a volume machine, with 18 targets in his last two games. He has found the end zone in four of his last five contests, as well, making him a solid stack play with Cousins against Philly.
Julio Jones is battling turf toe, and even if he can play Sunday, he might be limited. That means more targets for the Falcons’ new weapon, Gabriel, against a Los Angeles Rams defense that has allowed nearly 600 passing yards in the last two weeks.
Tight End: Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($4,100)
Brate has established a significant role in Tampa Bay’s offense, and a home date with the New Orleans Saints’ 31st-ranked passing defense is too good to pass up.
Flex: Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals ($5,800)
Hill’s best game of the season, a 168-yard outburst in Week 7, came against the Cleveland Browns. That’s whom he’ll face Sunday with snow in the forecast, which could create more opportunities in the run game.
Defense: Bengals ($3,500)
At this point, your best bet every week is to start whatever defense is playing the Browns.
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