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DFS GEMS: Week 14

The Philly double-stack was the way to go in Week 13 with a QB-WR1-WR2 stack of Jalen Hurts, A.J. Brown, and Devonta Smith producing 96.5 points. That’s not always going to happen but when you predict the correct spot to go “all-in” like that, it’s really difficult to miss a nice payday. This week has a few opportunities like the one we saw with Philly last week; let’s see if we can find some unique ways to get involved in the key games Week 14 provides. Let’s get to it!


Jalen Hurts ($8,100) – Let’s get this one out of the way. Yes, he’s top dollar this week but the production is impossible to argue with. The Philly offense is too potent to ignore and it all starts with Hurts. This is a big game vs the Giants, expect both teams to show up with Hurts and company smashing once again this week.

Joe Burrow ($7,000) – Fresh off a 30-point week 13, Burrow is sure to be popular. His well-documented perimeter weapons have great matchups vs the Cleveland defensive backs in what projects to be the second-highest-scoring affair of the day (O/U 47, Cincinnati implied total 26.5.) They finished 1 and 2 last week so if you can’t quite get to Hurts, Burrow is a strong second-fiddle.

Jared Goff ($5,600) – Goff didn’t exactly torch the Vikings back in Week 2 when they first met this season (14.9 points) but this Lions team is different. They’re in the hunt, they have swagger, and can hang with just about anybody. Minnesota has been yielding the 6th most points per game to opposing quarterbacks, so he’ll be a popular play. The price makes sense and while it seems like the chalk play of the week, I bet ownership will flatten out more than we project primarily due to this next guy…

Tyler Huntley ($5,500) – With Lamar Jackson out for a few weeks, Huntley steps into his first start of the year with a favorable matchup vs Pittsburgh. The Steelers are in the bottom 3rd of the league vs opposing passers and Huntley brings an added threat with his rushing ability and the Ravens’ numerous designed runs. He’s not Lamar Jackson, but that added boost of getting a rushing touchdown or two is too enticing to pass on at this price point.

Running Backs

Nick Chubb ($7,800) – Chubb’s price has dropped back down below the $8k line making him a great value this week vs Cincinnati. Chubb nearly hung 30 points on this Bengals’ defense during their Week 8 contest and could easily do it again. Expect Chubb to get fed well in this game as the Browns lean on the run while Deshaun Watson shakes off the cobwebs for another week or two.

Joe Mixon ($6,900) – On the flip side, a sub-$7K Joe Mixon looks like a bargain. Having cleared concussion protocol already this week, Mixon has fresh legs and a great matchup vs the 4th friendliest defense for opposing rushers.

Tony Pollard ($6,700) – The Dallas running backs are absolutely smashing opponents right now but if I had to roll with just one, it’s Pollard. Both backs will see high usage vs the league’s softest run defense, but they’ll actually balance one another out a bit. At home, vs a reeling Texans team, this one could get out of hand. If it does, Pollard is more likely to continue to get carries down the stretch given Zeke’s advanced career carry total and health this season. Garbage time is when those “3rd touchdowns” are usually scored.

Miles Sanders ($6,200) – We’re all-in on Philly this week and the oft-forgotten Sanders makes the list this week. He could get you 5 points or he could get you 30, you just never know how it’s going to shake out with this offense. I don’t think I’ll stack him with Hurts this week, but the matchup is sneaky good so I definitely want some exposure. In lineups where I can’t get to Hurts, Miles will be on the short list of running backs to ensure I have some exposure to this side of the PHI/NYG game.

D’Andre Swift ($5,800) – He’s finally starting to show signs of life after posting a 21-point effort in Week 13. Jamaal Williams is very much a thing in Detroit right now, so he won’t just vanish but talent should shine through. If Swift can get 18+ touches like he did last week, he should yield an excellent return for the price.

Isiah Pacheco ($5,700) – The Chiefs are favored by 9.5 points in this contest and Pacheco is their clear early down back at this juncture of the season. He’s had no less than 15 touches since Week 9 and is producing a 3x floor (roughly) every week going back to Week 10. Pacheco is primed to explode and has far too much opportunity in this offense to pass on this price. He was priced similarly last week, with a similar matchup, and his ownership settled around 7.5%. That will be more like 9% this week which is still very palatable in large fields.

About David Olivarez

David has been writing fantasy football content steadily since 2012 on the web and has been a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association since 2014. He focuses on Daily Fantasy Sports and Trade Analysis. Feel free to ask him questions on Twitter!