NFL DFS Playbook: Week 14
Howard Bender pores over the data and match-ups to bring you his favorite plays for Week 14 NFL DFS main slate contests.
Welcome to the DFS Playbook for NFL Week 14!
Amazing how quickly time has passed, right? Suddenly our seasonal brethren is fighting for their fantasy lives in the playoffs and we have only about four weeks (five if you consider Week 17 worthwhile) of legitimate DFS play before we start falling into the GPP-only world of short-slates only. The good news is that during these final few weeks of the regular season we get a few extra games from which to pull players. With no more bye weeks we get 13 games to use which, hopefully, opens up a few more bargain plays to help us fit the players we want.
While the focus is always on the skill-position players, this week has a lot of offensive and defensive line news you need to know. We've discussed a number of times where these injuries impact the fantasy game, i.e. 49ers run defense has suddenly allowed 143.3 rushing yards per game since LB Kwon Alexander went down or how the Chargers run defense has stiffened with the improved health of its defensive lineman like Melvin Ingram and Brandon Mebane . Well, we've got some more of those little tidbits to help you out.
The Falcons are getting back 2019 first-round pick RG Chris Lindstrom who has been out since Week 1 with a foot injury. Not only is that going to help the pass-blocking and protection for Matt Ryan , but it should also help open up some inside running lanes for Devonta Freeman . The Saints could be trending in the opposite direction as they already lost LG Andrus Peat to a broken arm two weeks ago and could now be without LT Terron Armstead who is dealing with a high-ankle sprain. They've been working through it over the last couple of weeks, but that's a rough look on the left for a suddenly makeshift line. The 49ers are hoping to get LT Joe Staley back, the Broncos will be without RG Ron Leary and the Vikings are still waiting for Riley Reiff to get cleared by the league's concussion protocol. We'll exploit more of these situations as best we can as few people really dive in this deep on a weekly basis.
Now let's get to who we're looking at this week...