I put together an NFL Week 14 DraftKings Classic team and an NFL Week 14 DraftKings Pick'em Team for Sunday, Dec. 9. My goal this week was to choose the players that I believed most DraftKings players might not choose. Check it out!
NFL Week 14 Classic Team
QB – Derek Carr, $6,400, Oakland at Kansas City
Kansas City's defense has been reeling since the Chiefs started out the season going 5 and 0. KC's pass defense is ranked 29th in the NFL. The Chiefs allow a ridiculous 252.8 passing yards per game.
Derek Carr was sensational the first time he faced KC. Carr threw for 417 yards and 3 TD passes. Yes, top wide receiver Amari Cooper isn't likely to play on Sunday. No worries. The Chiefs will be without their top cornerback, Marcus Peters.
RB – LeSean McCoy, $7,200, Buffalo vs Indianapolis
Indianapolis ranks 19th versus opposing running backs. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor is listed as questionable. Whether he plays or not, it might not matter. McCoy should be ultra-effective this Sunday versus an Indianapolis defense that yields 27.5 points per game. If Taylor does play, McCoy could have a better day catching the ball than rushing the football. If Taylor doesn't play, McCoy should still score plenty of fantasy points in Week 14.
RB – Lamar Miller, $5,800, Houston vs San Francisco
The Houston Texans are an okay team without QB DeShaun Watson. They're not going to make the playoffs. But, they should beat a team like the San Francisco 49'ers.
I love Lamar Miller's matchup on Sunday. San Francisco has the worst defense in the NFL versus opposing rushers. Miller didn't even start in Week 13. No problem. He received 15 carries to Andre Ellington's 4. Not only that, but Miller racked up 56 rushing yards while Ellington racked up 2 rushing yards. San Francisco's defense yields 123.9 rushing yards per game on average.
WR – Michael Crabtree, $6,700, Oakland at Kansas City
Kansas City's secondary ranks 32nd out of 32 teams in the NFL versus Michael Crabtree's position. Because Amari Cooper is out, Carr should go to Crabtree all day long. KC has been horrible in recent weeks. It's difficult to see the Chiefs suddenly learning how to play pass defense in time to stop Carr to Crabtree on Dec. 10.
WR – Josh Gordon, $5,500, Cleveland vs Green Bay
Gordon offers great value at $5,500. Browns QB DeShone Kizer targeted Gordon 11 times in the 10 to 19 loss to the L.A. Chargers last Sunday. Cleveland is desperate for a win. Green Bay's defense isn't very good. The Browns actually match up well with Green Bay. I believe Cleveland beats Green Bay on Sunday. That's why I'm not worried about adding Gordon to my Classic Team.
WR – Marquise Goodwin, $5,100, San Francisco at Houston
Houston has one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL. The Texans allow 235.8 passing yards per game. Goodwin should have a decent outing versus such a bad pass defense. In Jimmy Garoppolo's first game under center, the former New England Patriots backup targeted Goodwin 8 times. Goodwin caught all 8 passes for 99 yards.
TE – Delanie Walker, $5,700, Tennessee at Arizona
Delanie Walker is listed as questionable. He's listed as questionable every week, isn't he? Arizona ranks 16th versus opposing tight-ends. Walker remains QB Marcus Mariota's favorite target. If Zona decides to stop Tennessee's rush, something they must do, Walker should get plenty of looks.
FLEX – Doug Martin, RB, $4,000, Tampa Bay vs Detroit
Martin suffered a concussion in Week 13 that kept him on the bench. Although Peyton Barber rushed the ball well in Week 13, it's difficult to see the Buccaneers not handing the ball off to Martin. One game does not make a starting running back in the NFL.
Martin should finally break out with a great fantasy stat game in Week 14. The Detroit Lions have allowed 6 touchdowns from running backs in the last 4 games. Opponents are also rushing for close to 147 yards per game versus the Detroit Lions.
DEF – Jacksonville Jaguars, $3,500, Jacksonville vs Seattle
I'm adding the Jaguars for $3,500 over the L.A. Chargers for $3,600 because I feel the Jags have a great shot of shutting down Seattle's offense. Seattle can run the football. That's Jacksonville's Achilles Heel. The Jags are fast enough to contain Seattle QB Russell Wilson. I believe the Jags D steps it up big time in what should be a low-scoring game.
NFL Week 14 Pick'em Team
T1 – LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills
McCoy's averaging 4.1 yards per carry. That average could go up big time in a home game versus one of the worst defenses in the NFL, Indianapolis'. If Buffalo sticks to the run, which they should, McCoy could have one of those 100-yard, 3 TD performances.
T2 – Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders
With Amari Cooper on the bench, QB Derek Carr is going to throw all day to WR Michael Crabtree. Kansas City finally scored some points in Week 13. I'll be hoping for a shootout on Sunday. If I get it, Crabtree could have a monster game.
T3 – Josh Gordon, WR Cleveland Browns
I'm taking a huge risk by going with Josh Gordon at T3. Based on the available T3 players, maybe it's not as big of a risk as it seems. Kareem Hunt hasn't been a fantasy force in the past 6 weeks. Davante Adams' QB is Brett Hundley. Hundley threw for 84 yards in Week 13. Golden Tate is a nice possibility. The problem is that there's a good chance QB Matthew Stafford doesn't play this week.
Rolling the dice with Josh makes sense.
T4 – Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders
Like I wrote when discussing my Week 14 Classic team, I love Carr's match up versus a reeling KC defense. It helps that the Chiefs will be without cornerback Marcus Peters.
T5 – Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
There's a good possibility Dallas QB Dak Prescott makes me look silly for choosing Jameis Winston over he at Tier 5. If that happens, it happens. I believe the Bucs' QB has a chance to throw 2 to 3 TD passes versus a terrible Detroit defense. How bad is the Lions defense? Baltimore's Joe Flacco threw for 2 TDs and for 269 yards against it in Week 13. The Ravens have the worst pass offense in the NFL.
T6 – Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans
Miller should have no trouble punishing one of the worst rush defenses in the NFL, the San Francisco 49'ers. Lamar Miller is easily the best running back Houston's got. I expect him to have a big game on Sunday.
T7 – Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers
Carolina QB Cam Newton loves to throw the football to Devin Funchess. If the Panthers hope to beat the Philadelphia Eagles as a home dog this Sunday, they must find a way to get Funchess loose. The Eagles have a great rushing defense.
T8 – Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants
Dallas' defense ranks 30th versus opposing wide receivers. That's horrendous. What's encouraging about adding Shepard is that Eli Manning starts at quarterback. Manning and Shepard have a great rapport. I'll be hoping that Shepard has one of those 10 catch, 120 yards, 1 TD outings on Dec. 10.