This game features a mix of smash spots and underwhelming players that should be avoided.
In this preview, I will review every key player in the Detroit @ Tampa Bay game in Week 14 of 2017. Reviews of all of the games can be found on the main page for the Mega Preview Week 14 edition.
The label in parenthesis is the amount of exposure I propose you have of that player in your lineups this week: None, low, medium, or high exposure. I’ll include notes in the description if you should alter that based on cash or GPP contests or if you’re playing on DraftKings or FanDuel. Fantasy points allowed data referenced from FantasyData.
Detroit @ Tampa Bay Sun. 1:00 PM ET
Vegas implied point totals:
Tampa Bay: 24.5
QB Matthew Stafford (DK: $6300, FD: $8000): He’s showing high reliability so far this year, but not much upside. Consider him as a cheaper option in cash games, but fade him in tournaments. (Cash: Medium exposure, GPP: Low exposure)
WR Marvin Jones (DK: $6800, FD: $7000): He went 4/90 last week in really tough matchup against Baltimore. Tampa Bay is a very soft matchup that is allowing the 2nd-most fantasy points to wide receivers this year. Tampa Bay did shut down the Green Bay passing offense last week, but that’s likely more a reflection on Hundley than on Tampa Bay. He’s been a low-end WR1 in many of his games in the past two months, and there’s no reason to think he won’t smash against the Bucanneers. (High exposure)
WR Golden Tate (DK: $6400, FD: $6800): He’s been cold for the past 3 weeks after going on a hot streak the previous 4 weeks. This is a great matchup and he and Jones could both have solid games this week. (Medium exposure)
RB Theo Riddick (DK: $4500, FD: $5600): He had a decent fantasy day last week with Abdullah out, but with 62 total yards and one touchdown, he didn’t set the world on fire. He’s an easy fade if Abdullah plays and he could be a cost-saver in some lineups if Abdullah is out. Keep an eye on Abdullah’s status though. (Low exposure)
RB Ameer Abdullah (DK: $3800, FD: $5700): He was out last week and his status is up in the air as of Saturday afternoon. (Low exposure if he plays and seems healthy)
TE Eric Ebron (DK: $3000, FD: $5200): Tampa Bay is good at one thing on defense: defending tight ends. They’re 2nd in the league in fantasy points allowed this year. (No exposure)
QB Jameis Winston (DK: $5900, FD: $7200): He was in a smash spot last week in his return from injury and didn’t take advantage of the situation with only 270 yards and 2 touchdowns. Detroit is an average difficulty matchup for quarterbacks. He’s worth some exposure due to his known high upside, but I can’t go all-in on him until he proves can perform at his pre-injury levels. (Low exposure)
WR Mike Evans (DK: $6900, FD: $7300): He bombed last week with 3 catches for 33 yards in what should have been a great spot for him. His salary is a lot cheaper, but I’m tired of trying to get ahead of his break out and getting burned. (Low exposure)
WR DeSean Jackson (DK: $4400, FD: $6500): He has big-play ability, but hasn’t shown it so far this year. Even at this dirt-cheap salary it’s hard to get excited about him. His highest target games this year came with Fitzpatrick at the helm and Jackson only saw 3 targets last week in Winston’s return. (Cash: No exposure, GPP: Low exposure)
RB Peyton Barber (DK: $4500, FD: $5500): Peyton Barber blew up last week with 23 carries for 102 yards and 4 catches for 41 yards. His high usage primarily came due to Doug Martin being out of the lineup. Martin is cleared from the concussion protocol now, but you can’t put the genie back in the bottle. Barber should continue to have a large role in the offense this week. With his low salary, Barber should be owned in many of your lineups. The downside is he’ll likely have high ownership this week. (Medium exposure)
RB Doug Martin (DK: $4000, FD: $6100): He’s cleared to play this week, but it would be a shock if he saw the same touches he did before Barber’s break-out last week. He’s not worth owning this week. (No exposure)
TE Cameron Brate (DK: $4100, FD: $5400): Brate definitely has a connection with Winston. He is his go-to target in the red zone as evidenced by his two touchdowns last week. While the targets might not be there to justify him in cash games, he’s worth owning a bit in tournaments due to his upside. (Cash: No exposure, GPP: Medium exposure)
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