Welcome to the Industry Expert Consensus picks for Week 14 of the NFL season. As always, if you want to see how the experts performed last week check out my Week 13 Industry Expert Grading column and the Industry Expert Standings for all experts. The Consensus picks remain near the middle of the pack in the overall standings.

The latest trend in daily fantasy football lineup construction these days is to play any offensive player that faces the Saints, and this week is no different as there are four Buccaneers’ players among the most touted selections of the week. Also, as you can see from my brief blurb for each player there are a lot of players on this week’s list that have been hot recently which will likely drive up their ownership percentages. Don’t be afraid to go against some of these players on a hot streak in larger tournaments to get an advantage if their streak comes to an end this week.

As a reminder, the number in the parenthesis is the number of experts that chose that player so you have more context regarding the gaps between players and the tiers.

Here are the consensus plays for Week 14…

Quarterbacks

Highly Touted

  • Jameis Winston (12) – Facing Saints defense that has given up an average of 4 TD passes per game over their last 5 games
  • Russell Wilson (12) – Has 8 TD passes over his last 2 games and has favorable matchup against the Ravens

Recommended

  • Tyrod Taylor (10) – Has thrown 3 TD passes in each of his last 2 games
  • Ben Roethlisberger (9) – Averaging 383 yards and 2.5 TD passes per game over last 4 games
  • Cam Newton (8) – Has two 5 TD games over the last 3 weeks
  • Blake Bortles (8) – Coming off a career-high 5 TD game
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick (7) – Has 5 straight games with at least 2 total TDs
  • Andy Dalton (7) – Has 3 straight games with multiple TD passes

Suggested

  • Drew Brees (3) – Will need to pass with Ingram hurt and a bad defense

Running Backs

Highly Touted

  • Doug Martin (17) – At least 95 yards rushing in 3 straight games and faces the weak Saints defense this week
  • LeSean McCoy (17) – Going back Philly to face his old team the Eagles
  • Shaun Draughn (11) – Has at least 18 touches in 4 straight weeks

Recommended

  • DeAngelo Williams (9) – Has over 100 total yards in 4 out of his last 5 games
  • Thomas Rawls (9) – Has at least 21 touches in each of his last 3 games
  • Devonta Freeman (7) – He will get touches regardless of if they are winning or losing (10 receptions last week)
  • Jonathan Stewart (7) – Has had between 20-24 carries for 8 straight weeks

Suggested

  • Matt Forte (5) – Returned to the lead RB role last week with 26 touches
  • Lamar Miller (5) – Had a season-high 20 carries last week with a new Offensive Coordinator
  • Todd Gurley (3) – Only 9 carries each of the last 2 weeks
  • James White (3) – Had 10 catches for 115 receiving yards and 1 TD last week 

Wide Receivers

Highly Touted

  • Antonio Brown (14) – Has at least 11 targets in every game Roethlisberger has played this season
  • Odell Beckham Jr. (14) – Has 5 straight games over 100 yards and has favorable matchup against the Dolphins
  • Brandon Marshall (12) – Has scored in 5 straight games
  • AJ Green (11) – Has scored 3 TDs over last 2 weeks
  • Allen Robinson (11) – Monster game last week, but Allen Hurns should be back this week

Recommended

  • Alshon Jeffery (9) – Only 4 catches last week, but he still had 12 targets
  • Mike Evans (8) – Faces the weak Saints defense, enough said
  • Sammy Watkins (8) – Back-to-back games with 100+ yards and at least 1 TD
  • DeAndre Hopkins (8) – Has exactly 5 catches in each of his last 4 games
  • Danny Amendola (7) – Averaging 12 targets per game in his last 3 games
  • Doug Baldwin (6) – Has been crazy hot the last 2 weeks with 5 TD receptions, still reasonably priced

Suggested

  • Jarvis Landry (5) – Only had 2 catches for 5 yards last week, but gets a favorable matchup with Giants this week on Monday night
  • Allen Hurns (5) – Could be a nice lower-owned pivot play from his teammate Robinson for a lower price tag
  • Julio Jones (4) – Tough matchup, but he will still get his targets
  • Eric Decker (4) – Didn’t score last week, but did put up over 100 receiving yards
  • Marvin Jones (3) – Cheaper option to get a piece of a potential shootout between Bengals and Steelers
  • Brandin Cooks (3) – Watch the injury report, but it sounds like he will play
  • TY Hilton (3) – Put up a dud last week, could bounce-back at lower ownership this week against Jaguars

Tight Ends

Highly Touted

  • Greg Olsen (12) – Consistent producer at TE, but highest priced TE also
  • Tyler Eifert (10) – Expected back this week, leads the NFL in TD receptions
  • Delanie Walker (9) – Has at least 91 receiving yards in each of his last 3 games 

Recommended

  • Austin Seferian-Jenkins (8) – Returned last week and is a good upside play against the Saints
  • Jordan Reed (7) – Has at least 8 targets in each of the last 3 games
  • Scott Chandler (6) – Filled in well for Gronk last week, has scored in 2 straight games
  • Julius Thomas (6) – Has a TD in 3 straight games

Suggested

  • Travis Kelce (4) – Coming off a season-low 2 catches last week
  • Gary Barnidge (3) – Has been targeted at least 6 times in every game since Week 2
  • Coby Fleener (3) – Has at least 3 catches in 7 straight games, but hasn’t scored since Week 8

Hope you find the right combinations to cash in Week 14!

 

 

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