Last week’s Yahoo daily fantasy football cash lineup hit on almost every player, though we had a big whiff on Terry McLaurin (if only we had stuck with D.J. Moore) and also paid top dollar for disappointing performances from Patrick Mahomes and Christian McCaffrey. Neither were total flops, but they definitely were not worth their prices. Still, Miles Sanders, Alshon Jeffery, Julian Edelman, DeVante Parker, Tyler Higbee, and the Redskins D/ST more than worked out, so we were ultimately in the money. We’ll look to keep it going with our Week 14 NFL DFS lineup picks.
Matchups and injuries will have a bigger-than-usual effect on cash-game lineups this week. Several top offensive teams, including the Ravens (@ Bills), Saints (vs. 49ers), Chiefs (@ Patriots), and Texans (vs. Broncos) face tough opponents, making their players at least slightly less appealing in cash games. Throw in big-time injuries to the likes of Julio Jones (shoulder), T.Y. Hilton (calf), James Conner (shoulder), and many more, and you’re left with some tough choices.
We’ve managed to find some nice values, particularly at WR, as well as an obvious matchup-play at TE. Our QB and RBs will have to carry us, as we’re once again paying top dollar at two of those three spots, so let’s hope things go better than last week with those players, as the rest of our lineup surely won’t hit at the same rate.
Week 14 Yahoo NFL DFS Lineup: Picks, Advice for cash games
QB: Russell Wilson, Seahawks @ Rams ($35). Wilson dominated against the Rams earlier this year (268 passing yards, four TDs, 32 rushing yards), and he posted six touchdowns in two games against them last year. In a week where a lot of the top QBs have tough matchups and unreliable QBs have the best matchups, we’re happy to split the difference and pay up for Wilson despite some recent down games.
RB: Dalvin Cook, Vikings vs. Lions ($37). Cook is almost as automatic as Christian McCaffrey, and he checks in this week at $7 cheaper and with a better matchup. You’re not losing anything “paying down” for Cook against the team allowing the third-most fantasy points to RBs this year, which includes a 142-yard, two-TD effort by Cook back in Week 7.
RB: Devonta Freeman, Falcons vs. Panthers ($20). The Panthers allow the most fantasy points to RBs, and they were just gashed for over 200 yards on the ground by Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice despite the duo receiving just 23 carries. Freeman hasn’t been great this year, but he dominates carries and is averaging over four receptions per game. He should be chalky at RB15 pricing, but that’s fine. He’s perfect for a cash game, as he allows you to afford studs like Wilson and Cook.
WR: Davante Adams, Packers vs. Redskins ($27). Adams’ price is only this low because of the games he missed due to a toe injury. In the four games since returning, he’s caught 27-of-43 targets (at least 10 in every game) for 266 yards and three scores. The yards have been disappointing, but with tough matchups against the Chargers and 49ers in that span — plus a snow game last week — he’s still performing like a WR1. He’s only priced as the No. 10 WR, and given the matchup against a porous Redskins secondary, we’ll gladly join the masses and add him to our lineup.
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WR: Courtland Sutton, Broncos @ Texans ($21). Sutton’s price seems like a typo. He eased all concerns about jelling with new QB Drew Lock last week, catching four-of-five targets for 74 yards and two scores. This almost feels like a trap, as Houston’s secondary has been playing better and we don’t have a ton of confidence in Lock in his first road start, but Sutton has been solid in virtually every game this year (save for a matchup against Tre’Davious White a few weeks ago). Even if it’s in garbage time, Sutton should be able to pay off his WR23 price.
WR: Deebo Samuel, 49ers @ Saints ($16). Samuel’s salary has barely risen despite the fact he’s had double-digit points in five of his past six games. That includes a pair of 100-yard games and a pair of touchdowns over the past four. We’re hoping we’re not cashing in too late, but New Orleans has struggled against WRs all year, allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to the position. Samuel can score in a variety of ways, so even if he sees a lot of Marshon Lattimore in coverage, the 49ers will find creative ways to get him involved. At $16, he doesn’t need to do a ton to at least meet value.
TE: Vance McDonald, Steelers @ Cardinals ($16). McDonald has done very little this year outside of a few random TDs, so it’s a bit disappointing his salary isn’t closer to $13 than $16, but everyone knows how bad the Cardinals defense is against TEs. The only worry here is that Nick Vannett catches the inevitable touchdown instead of McDonald, so in GPPs you can make an argument for paying the minimum for Vannett, but McDonald plays more and should have more opportunities. Originally, we were planning on paying $4 more for Jack Doyle against the second-worst team vs. TEs (Tampa), but the extra $4 helped us fit in Wilson, Cook, Adams, and Sutton.
FLEX: Kareem Hunt, Browns vs. Bengals ($17). Hunt has seen at least six carries in each of the past three games, which could yield 40 yards against a Bengals defense allowing 4.7 yars per carry to RBs. But where he really earns his salary is in the receiving game, where he’s had at least five catches in three of four games. Hunt’s ceiling isn’t particularly high, but with at least 8.8 Yahoo points in all four games this season (average of 11.6), he’s a fine cash play at an affordable price.
D/ST: Falcons vs. Panthers ($11). We picked on Kyle Allen last week with the Redskins defense, and we’re picking on him again with a defense that recorded five sacks and four INTs against him in Week 11. We originally wanted the Texans (vs. Broncos) here, but they were $1 too expensive, and it didn’t seem worth it to start picking at our lineup just to fit them in.