For Week 14 of the 2015 fantasy football season, there are a handful of NFL players that stand out in the must-start category. If you want to dominate in Yahoo DFS, here are the players you should get on your fantasy squad.
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Russell Wilson (SEA) – Matchup: SEA@BAL (Salary: $20.3 & FPPG: 36.0)
It doesn’t even do Russell Wilson any justice right now to say he’s been on fire of late. That’s an understatement. Wilson has been playing like a man determined right now to prove to his haters that he is in no way finished as an elite option at the quarterback position after a poor start to the season made him look like a less than capable starting quarterback. When you average 31.6 fantasy points, 321 yards (passing+rushing) and 4 touchdowns (passing+rushing) in your past four matchups when you only managed to score at least 20 fantasy points in one matchup earlier in the season, one can see how a sudden fire might have been lit from under a player. His continual brush of excellence should continue this week against a Ravens defense that is ranked below the league average in Opp. Pass Yds/G (243.9).
Shaun Draughn (SF) – Matchup: SF@CLE (Salary: $19 & FPPG: 6.0)
Now that injured 49ers running back (and usual starting running back) Carlos Hyde (Questionable) has all but been put on the season ending IR list (49ers coach Jim Tomsula admitted earlier this week that Hyde may not return this season), it’s safe to plug Shaun Draughn’s into your starting lineup this week with confidence. Draughn’s has been better than San Fran could have expected in his past four contests filling in for Hyde, averaging 12.9 fantasy points per game in that stretch. He has also averaged 86 yards (rushing+receiving) per game in that span and now gets to face a Browns defense next that struggles mightily against both the pass and the run. He’s a bargain buy at this spot.
Thomas Rawls (SEA) – Matchup: SEA@BAL (Salary: $26 & FPPG: 10.8)
Thomas Rawls has averaged a solid 23.6 fantasy points, 130.3 rushing yards and 1.3 touchdowns in his past three matchups. He goes up against a Ravens defense next that ranks as the 10th best team in the league when factoring in their Opp. Rush Yds/G (97.5). Now, that would usually be a somewhat worrisome statistic to focus heavily on when deciding on what running backs to start each week in DFS, but the Seahawks offense has been on such a roll of late that you can pretty much scrap that stat from your memory banks and give Rawls the start here without much debate.
Mike Evans (TB) – Matchup: NO@TB (Salary: $26 & FPPG: 11.7)
This was an easy pick for me this week. Mike Evans comes in at a price tag under $30 ($26) and should come out of this week performing more like a wide receiver in the $30+ range. He has averaged well into the double-digit figures in fantasy points in four out of his past five contests with an average of 15.7 fantasy points. He’s a must-start receiver when he has an ideal matchup and this week proves to be just that since he faces a Saints defense (while at home in his own turf at Tampa Bay) that ranks as the second worst defense in the league in Opp. Pass Yds/G (287.3). Without question, give this man a start in Week 14.
Doug Baldwin (SEA) – Matchup: IND@ATL (Salary: $33 & FPPG: 20.3)
Doug Baldwin has been one of the hottest players in all of DFS NFL of late. In three out of his past four matchups, Baldwin has averaged 27.4 fantasy points and finished with 134 yards receiving in Week 10 and 145 yards receiving in Week 12. He’s also managed to catch five touchdowns in his past two contests. It’s safe to say Baldwin and the man throwing the ball in his immediate direction much of the time each and every week (Russell Wilson) are on fire right now. Just do the right thing and select Baldwin as your second receiver this week.
Danny Amendola (NE) – NE@HOU (Salary: $9.7 & FPPG: 24.0)
Danny Amendola continues to take advantage of his new-found opportunities on the receiving end for the Patriots thanks to a suddenly depleted core of New England’s top receivers (namely Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski) due to injuries. He has averaged 15.4 fantasy points in his past three contests and has really been the only receiver on the Patriots who has stood out of late. That trend probably won’t end any time soon as long as Amendola can stay healthy himself. He faces a Texans defense next that has done a solid job containing the pass so far this season, but Amendola should still see plenty of passes thrown his way since Tom Brady really doesn’t have too many other options to throw to at the moment.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TB) – Matchup: NO@TB (Salary: $12 & FPPG: 11.3)
It’s clear that Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ playing time was limited last week, but this week could be a different story now that he should be fully recovered from his shoulder injury that he suffered earlier in the season in Week 2. This is my super-sleeper cheap buy selection of the week. Seferian-Jenkins is a supremely talented tight end who opened up the season in Week 1 with five catches, 110 receiving yards and two touchdowns. I expect a similar type of performance from him this week against the league’s second worst defense (New Orleans) when factoring in Opp. Pass Yds/G averages. When taking that very statistic into consideration, the Saints defense gives up an average of 287.3 yards per game since the start of the season. Give this steal of a tight end at a measly 12 bucks a shot this week.
Jeremy Maclin – Matchup: SD@KC (Salary: $13.4 & FPPG: 22.0)
Jeremy Maclin has averaged an impressive 25.3 fantasy points, nine catches, 127.5 receiving yards and 1.5 touchdowns in his past two matchups and faces a Chargers defense next that gives up an average of 246 passing yards per game so far this season. While that particular Pass Yds/G average doesn’t rank them as one of the top 10 worst defenses in the league in that category, it still does, in fact, rank them in the bottom half of the league in it. Maclin’s price tag is also a very doable $22 this week. With all of that said here, it’s easy to see why I made this selection.
Miami Dolphins – Matchup: NYG@MIA (Salary: $10 & FPPG: 6.8)
This was my least favorite pick of the week, but it was a necessary one in order to be able to squeeze out the best possible roster at all other positions. With that said, this selection doesn’t come in as a waste of a pick by any stretch of the imagination though, because Miami defense is actually coming off of a game in where they scored a notable 17 fantasy points against the Ravens. Baltimore’s offense only managed to score 13 points against the Dolphins and were sacked three times by them, intercepted twice as well and even fell victim to a Dolphins defensive touchdown. That’s a pretty nice bounce-back performance from a Miami defense that has only managed to score at least double-digit points once since just before Halloween time (October 25th, Week 6). They face a Giants offense next that shouldn’t be too difficult to handle in Week 14. True, Miami’s defense struggles to stop the run, but the Giants really don’t have much of a running game to speak of anyway and Giants’ starting quarterback Eli Manning hasn’t exactly been clicking on all cylinders in his passing game either of late. His 51.5% completion percentage average in his past two games definitely reflects that.