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Week 14 was one of our best weeks yet for finding values in your daily fantasy lineups.
Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 334 yards, good for third in the NFL on the week, though since he threw only one touchdown he was kept from the upper echelons of stud quarterbacks for the moment. Giovani Bernard was a top-15 play thanks to a balance of both rushing and receiving yards, and both Cooper Kupp and Marquise Goodwin went off for 100 yards receiving.
This week, we’re back at it, trying to identify the best, affordable players for your DraftKings lineup. Below we’ve picked some of our best value plays for daily fantasy. Consider them when trying to find a few extra dollars to upgrade elsewhere in your lineup.
QB: Nick Foles, $5,500
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The loss of starting quarterback and MVP candidate Carson Wentz certainly sets the Eagles’ offense back a few steps. But Foles is one of the best backups in the league, and he looked fine enough in his limited action helping Philadelphia come back against the Rams last week. Las Vegas still likes the Birds to have a bit of offensive spark, making them a -7.5 road favorite against a division rival despite being on their second QB. Foles is 2-0 in his career against the Giants, and he has the trust of the Eagles’ coaching staff to get the job done again. At only $5,500, he is cheaper than a lot of quarterbacks on the daily-fantasy market.
RB: Jay Ajayi, $5,000
All that said about Nick Foles, it’s not hard to imagine Philadelphia focusing a bit more on establishing its running game in the absence of Wentz, and Ajayi stands to benefit. I’m betting that the Eagles’ offense is able to stay pretty active this week, especially against the Giants’ middling defense.
RB: Jonathan Stewart, $4,100
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Stewart had a monster day last Sunday, rushing for 103 yards and three touchdowns against the Vikings’ normally stout defense. While it’s never the best idea to take a guy coming off of his best fantasy game of the season, at just $4,100, Stewart is too good a deal to pass up.
WR: Jordy Nelson, $6,300
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Aaron Rodgers is back under center for the Packers, and no one stands to benefit more than his favorite target, Nelson. While it’s always a risk to take players relying on someone else’s first game back, Nelson has hit 100 yards in 25 of his 134 career games, and he is about as consistent as you can get when it comes to targets as long as Rodgers is on the field.
WR: JuJu Smith-Schuster, $5,600
Smith-Schuster is returning from a one-game suspension and sounds rearing and ready to go. Last week, Ben Roethlisberger threw for a whopping 503 yards, and chances are he’ll have to have a similarly prolific performance to keep pace with the Patriots in this week’s battle for AFC supremacy. Smith-Schuster will be on the receiving end on a lot of those throws.
WR: Sammy Watkins, $4,800
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Watkins has now found the end zone in five of his past six games, an impressive bit of consistency after a slow start to his season. The Seahawks’ secondary is still pretty beat up, and Jared Goff and the Rams’ offense should be able to find plenty of places to exploit it.
TE: Brent Celek, $2,600
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Not to harp on the Eagles, but if you like the Foles play and are looking for a stacking option on a budget, or simply need a tight end on the cheap because you spent too much of your DraftKings dollars elsewhere, Celek is a fun sleeper pick this week. He was one of Foles’ favorite targets during his first stint in Philadelphia, and he found the end zone for the first time of the season last week.
DEF: Browns, $2,600
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While the Ravens’ offense has shown it can go off for huge point totals, it’s the Browns’ final chance for a home win this season, and for the few who have watched the team all year, its defense is hardly the reason the team has lost all of its games. I have faith – stupid, stupid faith.
Now check out our best bets for Week 15
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