This is projected to be a high-scoring game that also includes a lot of key fantasy players.
Just like I did last week, I will review every key player in each matchup for the NFL week 14 slate.
Based on feedback, I’m going to make the series more readable by splitting it up by game. I’ll create one master article that links to each game’s preview. This is the first preview in the series for week 14.
Also based on feedback, these articles will cover both DraftKings and FanDuel contests and salaries. And mention will be made when a player’s value in cash games or GPP games is different.
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 tournaments or DraftKings or FanDuel.
New Orleans @ Atlanta Thu. 8:25 PM ET
Vegas implied point totals:
New Orleans: 27.25
QB Drew Brees (DK: $6700, FD: $8000): There’s no reason not to expect more of the same running game focus from this New Orleans offense. Brees still theoretically has high upside, but he hasn’t shown it yet this season. He has only one game with 3 TDs, and only hit the 300+ yard DK bonus 3 times this year. There’s no reason to believe that will change at this point in the year. (Low exposure)
WR Michael Thomas (DK: $7100, FD: $7600): He’s reliable, but his lack of upside is tied to the new run-first offense. His salary is not that bad on either site, so whether it’s cash or GPP, he can definitely add value to your lineup. He’s scored 14 DK points or higher in 9 out of 12 weeks this year. (Cash: High exposure, GPP: Medium exposure)
WR Ted Ginn Jr (DK: $5400, FD: $5600): As long as the pass offense is second-fiddle to the run offense, Ginn’s true upside will be capped. Additionally, his targets continue to be inconsistent. He’s worth a spot in some GPP lineups, but keep him away from cash games. (GPP: Low exposure, Cash: No exposure)
RB Alvin Kamara (DK: $8400, FD: $9200): His salary keeps rising, and he continues to hit or exceed his salary expectations. Atlanta is an average-difficulty matchup for fantasy running backs. One one hand, you might say that his low number of touches can’t justify his high salary. On the other hand, what if his touches double and maintains that same efficiency? Spooky scary stuff. Keep a decent amount of Kamara in both cash and GPP lineups because we may not have seen his ceiling yet. (Medium exposure)
RB Mark Ingram (DK: $7700, FD: $8200): After a fluky week last week, Ingram bounced back with 122 total yards and a rushing touchdown. He’s practically a steal at his salary on both sites. (High exposure)
TE Coby Fleener (DK: $2600, FD: $4900): Out on IR. No real fill-in for him, so avoid the TE situation here. (No exposure)
QB Matt Ryan (DK: $6400, FD: $7900): Wow, what an egg he laid last week against Minnesota with 173 yards and no touchdowns. Ryan isn’t known for his high upside, but he has been considered reliable, until last week. New Orleans is an average-level difficulty matchup for quarterbacks. I don’t see any reason to add him in your lineups on either site. The upside isn’t there for tournaments, and he isn’t reliable for cash games either. (Low exposure)
WR Julio Jones (DK: $8500, FD: $8500): He’s been all over the map with 53 DK points two weeks ago, and 4 DK points last week. Suffice it to say, avoid Julio in cash games, but you have to have some ownership of him in GPPs due to his massive upside. (GPP: Medium exposure, Cash: No exposure)
WR Mohamed Sanu (DK: $5700, FD: $5800): Nothing special about this matchup for Sanu. (Low exposure)
RB Devonta Freeman (DK: $5800, FD: $6700): He looked fine coming back from his concussion. However, this is still a timeshare with Coleman. He’s not priced all that expensive on either site, but he is risky. Include some of him in your GPP lineups. (GPP: Low exposure, Cash: No exposure)
RB Tevin Coleman (DK: $5000, FD: $6700): With Freeman back, Coleman’s floor and ceiling are lower. He’s more interesting on DraftKings than FanDuel due to his cheaper salary. I wouldn’t play him in cash though. (GPP: Low exposure, Cash: No exposure)
TE Austin Hooper (DK: $3400, FD: $5300): Not a relevant part of this offense. (No exposure)
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