How is that NFL Week 14 DFS lineup construction coming along? With six teams on a bye this week, we are limited to just 10 games on the Sunday main slate and that presents some interesting hurdles we need to overcome. First off, we are desperately searching for DFS value picks. The bargain plays aren't as abundant or obvious and if you've been tracking everything from the NFL DFS Playbook to the DFS Dart Board to all the position coaches, you know that a lot of our value is coming from some potential NFL injury situations. We've looking to see if Travis Homer will, in fact, lead this Seattle backfield. We are also looking to see if Saquon Barkley is going to play. Not that Matt Breida is someone in whom we want to invest, but if he is legitimately going to get the touches, maybe we do explore him further. As for wide receiver value, that's an even tougher hurdle as there really aren't that many low-cost options we can trust, especially for cash games.
My recommendation is to test out all aspects – start with a cash game build, explore where you find it best to pay up and pay down and then reverse that thought and see what that lineup does for you. Try building a lineup using just the Playbook players and see what happens. Try playing around with the NFL DFS Lineup Generator and see what that creates. And finally, one thing I always do is build a lineup with the Playbook player pool but use the guys who I don't immediately gravitate to. What I mean by that is that sometimes we get stuck on a build and it's very difficult to come off it and build something completely new. I'm not saying you roll with that new lineup. Just see what about it works for you and if it's nothing, then go back to your original build. You just have to take a look and see before dismissing. Once you've got your cash game build done, then you use that as a base for your GPP tournament lineups. Figure out which way the chalk is going in your lineup and go the other way for your tournaments.
And most of all, once you've got a lineup you like, walk away. You're done. The worst thing you can do to yourself is start listening to all the noise around you during that hour before lineup lock. All it does is create doubt and you start changing things around. Build your lineup, see how it compares to our examples and if you feel good about your lineup, stick with it. But the more you start listening to people naming random dart-throws, the more you start tinkering and that never ends well. How many times have you taken a guy out of your lineup at the last minute only to see him go off during the games? I'd be lying if I said it didn't happen to me a few hundred times over the years, so be careful.
Just a few notes here about the lineups below...
The cash lineups were built solely off the players I put in the Playbook. These are the guys who, unless I have indicated otherwise, offer up the higher floor and will help you cash in your Double-Ups and 50/50s. For GPP tournaments, particularly the large-field ones, you need to find alternative routes to the cash line. I will utilize players from the Playbook and the DFS Dart Board to fill in the gaps, but what I am looking for are some lower-owned stacks that make sense based on expected game flow and other news. You may also see in the GPP lineups, there may be some names I haven't discussed this week on the site, but have talked about during the week on the Fantasy Alarm Show or even on the Fantasy Alarm Sunday Gameday Show on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. You will also notice, though, that others on the site have mentioned some of these players in places such as the position coaches, so it's not like we're trying to hide anything from you. The only time, and I mean the only time you will see a player in a GPP lineup who hasn't been discussed is if we are using a stack and need a player from the other team coming back. But it's rare when that happens.
Again, these lineups are meant to serve as examples for you; a sounding board, as I said. They are not meant for you to plug in as your own. That's the lazy way and we don't condone it. We are trying to teach you how to be a better DFS player; we aren't lineup-sellers. You should be creating your own lineups using all the information we provide you throughout the week and then coming here to see if there is anything you may have missed or simply for an alternative perspective.
Best of luck to you this week and let's make some money!
SUNDAY MORNING NOTES:
According to Adam Schefter:
Jaguars’ QB Trevor Lawrence, who missed most of practice last week and is listed as questionable for Sunday due to a toe injury, is expected to play vs. the Titans
Buccaneers’ RB Leonard Fournette, who didn’t practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday due to a foot injury, is expected to play vs. the 49ers
Seahawks’ WR DK Metcalf, listed as questionable for today due to a hip injury, will play vs. the Panthers
Browns’ WR Amari Cooper, listed as questionable for Sunday due to a hip injury, is expected to play vs. the Bengals barring any pre-game setbacks
Chiefs' WR Kadarius Toney, listed as questionable due to a hamstring injury, will not play vs. the Broncos
49ers’ DE Nick Bosa, listed as questionable for Sunday due to a hamstring injury that prevented him from practicing last week, will play vs. the Buccaneers
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports Saquon Barkley (neck) will play in Week 14 against the Eagles
Ravens activated RB J.K. Dobbins (knee) from injured reserve.
Seahawks elevated RB Godwin Igwebuike for Week 14 against the Panthers.
Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (hip) will play in Week 14 vs the Ravens.
Titans signed WR Chris Conley to the active roster ahead of Week 14 against the Jaguars.
Bills elevated WR John Brown for Week 14 against the Jets.
Seahawks WR Marquise Goodwin (hand) was removed from the Week 14 injury report.
POTENTIAL WEATHER CONCERNS:
NYJ/BUF – Expecting some rain and snow but winds are only 10-12 mph
BAL/PIT – Chance of showers
PHI/NYG – rain expected but late in the afternoon
TB/SF – rain showers expected
As a reminder, when you're stacking in GPP, you always want to run someone back from the opposing team. One-sided games often turn to a running back seeing higher-than-usual volume or the back-ups start to play. For a stack to really pop, the other team needs to keep things competitive.
Chalk Stacks (Expect High Ownership):
Possible Lower-Owned Stacks:
Dart Throw Stacks: