Week 14 DraftKings Plays: Austin Ekeler, Taysom Hill, and More

Week 14 DraftKings Plays
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Week 13 is in the books and it’s on to the next one. One of my favorite parts of the season is fantasy football. One of my favorite aspects of fantasy football has become playing on DraftKings. Every week is like a new puzzle to figure out. Whether you are more of a cash game player or a tournament player, each presents a unique challenge. Let’s take a look at the best Week 14 DraftKings plays.

Fantasy Football Week 14 DraftKings Plays

Week 13 Recap

It’s always good to be completely transparent and demonstrate accountability. That’s what I like to do with everything I do and that goes for fantasy football as well. Whether it’s bold takes or DraftKings recommendations, I always like to keep track of wins and losses. It’s not only good for the readers to know, but also helps me learn from mistakes moving forward.

Looking back at Week 13, it was the best of the year so far. This week 80% of the recommendations hit the 2.5x value we look for in cash game lineups. This time the wide receiver group led the way with an 87.5% success rate. Meanwhile, the tight end group brought up the rear this week with a 60% success rate. It was a profitable week. The cash build won four of the seven double-ups and went 13-5 in H2H’s. We’ll look to do even better with the picks and keep profiting in the Week 14 DraftKings plays.

  • Week 12 – $372 → $397 ($25 PROFIT)
  • Year Total – $4,418 → $4,763 ($345 PROFIT)

Week 14 DraftKings Plays

Quarterbacks

Josh Allen (BUF) – $7,800 @ TB

Josh Allen has been on a bit of a rough stretch lately. He’s scored less than 19 DraftKings points in three of the last five weeks. Last week can be written off as a bit of an anomaly as the weather was so horrible that opposing quarterback Mac Jones only threw three passes the entire game. Allen still threw 30 passes himself but completed only 15 for 145 yards and a score. This week should be much different when the Buffalo Bills take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers have been getting healthier in the secondary but they are still far more susceptible in the passing game than against the run. The Bills are also one of the most pass-heavy teams in a neutral game script as-is. The Buccaneers are also one of the pass-heaviest and fastest-paced offenses in the NFL as well. This game has the highest combined total at 53.5 points. This game has shootout written all over it and it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see Allen with another 40+ pass attempts and be one of the highest-scoring quarterbacks on the slate.

Taysom Hill (NO) – $5,600 @ NYJ

Last week Taysom Hill only completed 19 of 41 passes and threw four interceptions. Last week Hill also scored 27.7 DraftKings points. That’s the beauty of rostering a quarterback that can run as much as he does. While Hill struggled as a passer, he was able to rush for 101 yards on 11 carries. That made him the third quarterback this season to top the century mark on the ground. There is a bit of concern this week as Hill has a mallet finger injury that could hamper his abilities as a passer even further. The game environment also is not anything great with a 43-point combined total but a matchup with the New York Jets is about as juicy as it gets. The Jets are one of the worst defenses in the NFL. Although they’ve only allowed the 12th-most DraftKings points to quarterbacks, that’s because they’ve been getting run all over. They have allowed the most rushing yards in the NFL which plays especially well with Hill’s strengths. At this price, with this matchup, and his ability to run, Hill should have no issue returning value in this one.

Others to Consider: Russell Wilson (SEA) – $6,600 @ HOU, Taylor Heinicke (WFT) – $5,500 v DAL, Cam Newton (CAR) – $5,400 v ATL

Running Backs

Austin Ekeler (LAC) – $8,300 v NYG

Austin Ekeler is in the midst of a monster season. He’s currently averaging 22.2 DraftKings points per game this year which is third-most in the NFL among all running backs. He trails only Jonathan Taylor in total DraftKings points among running backs. Ekeler has also scored double-digit DraftKings points in every game but one this year. Simply put, he’s an absolute stud in full PPR scoring formats. This week he may have to be even more involved than usual, especially in the passing game. Keenan Allen was placed on the COVID reserve list and will miss this game. It’s likely that Ekeler would see a boost in target share considering he runs most of his routes in a similar area of the field to Allen. The matchup is also a great one against the New York Giants. The Giants are allowing the ninth-most DraftKings points to running backs so far this year. Ekeler should be in a great spot as the Los Angeles Chargers are 10-point home favorites.

Saquon Barkley (NYG) – $6,000 @ LAC

It’s been another lost season for Saquon Barkley due to injury. He started off the season slow and was starting to come one before suffering an ankle injury that cost him the next four games. Even after coming back, Barkley hasn’t quite looked the same, which is common after a bad ankle injury. Last week, however, was the best he’s looked since returning. Barkley turned 11 carries into 55 rushing yards but more encouraging was the fact he saw nine targets. He turned those into six receptions for just 19 yards but that was still good for 13.4 DraftKings points. This week’s matchup against the Chargers is a good one. The Chargers are a run-funnel defense that has been daring teams to run against them. They’ve allowed the seventh-most DraftKings points to running backs this year. With the Giants still extremely banged up at wide receiver, Barkley should be in for another big workload, especially in the passing game.

Jeff Wilson Jr. (SF) – $4,400 @ CIN

Eli Mitchell is going to sit this game out due to multiple injuries. That leaves Jeff Wilson Jr. and JaMycal Hasty as the healthy options left in this San Francisco 49ers backfield. Assuming Wilson is good to go as well, he seems likely to see the majority of the work in this one. This matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals is a good one. The Bengals aren’t terrible against the run but they have allowed the 10th-most DraftKings points to running backs so far this year. The game environment is the more intriguing part of this matchup. Currently, the 49ers are 1.5-point road favorites in a game with a 48.5-point combined total. That’s the second-highest combined total on the main slate. Sure, Hasty might siphon some passing work but Wilson should still see at least 15 touches. Anytime there’s a starting running back this cheap on one of the best rushing offenses in the league seeing that many touches in a good game environment, that guy is likely to return nice value.

Others to Consider: Leonard Fournette (TB) – $7,400 v BUF, Josh Jacobs (LV) – 6,200 @ KC, Alvin Kamara (NO) – $7,900 @ NYJ, Antonio Gibson (WFT) – $6,000 v DAL

Wide Receivers

Chris Godwin (TB) – $7,100 v BUF

Chris Godwin is quietly having an incredible season. He currently has the seventh-most DraftKings points on the year among all wide receivers. Godwin is currently on pace to put up 116 receptions, 1,344 receiving yards, and eight touchdowns on 148 targets over 17 games this season. He’s scored double-digit DraftKings points in all but three games this year and five of his last six games. Godwin has been enjoying life without Antonio Brown, whose future with the Buccaneers is up in the air right now. As previously mentioned, the Buccaneers are one of the fastest-paced and pass-heaviest offenses in the NFL which has allowed Godwin to thrive. This game environment is also perfect for offense as both of these teams are high-powered, fast-paced, and pass-heavy. The Bills will also be without superstar cornerback Tre’Davious White who tore his ACL. It wouldn’t be surprising at all to see Godwin have another big game this weekend.

DJ Moore (CAR) – $6,200 v ATL

This season has been a bit of a mixed bag for DJ Moore. After the first four weeks of the year, it looked like the full breakout to superstardom was fully underway. He had caught at least six balls and scored at least 15.40 DraftKings points in every game. Moore has only caught six passes once since and has only scored more than 15.40 DraftKings points twice since. He’s been dealing with a ton of bad quarterback play and his numbers have suffered due to that. The Carolina Panthers have gone from Sam Darnold to P.J. Walker to Cam Newton and none of them have been the answer so far. This week’s matchup against the Atlanta Falcons could be a nice band-aid though. The Falcons secondary is bad, outside of A.J. Terrell, and have allowed the sixth-most DraftKings points to wide receivers so far. Moore is moved around enough in the formation that he should have no problem in this one.

Laquon Treadwell (JAX) – $3,400 @ TEN

Now here’s a name that nobody expected to be mentioned, let alone featured in any fantasy football article this year. Laquon Treadwell is a former college superstar and former first-round pick who has mostly been a bust so far in his NFL career. He’s now on his third team and has seemed to find a bit of a groove lately. Treadwell has seen 13 targets over the last two weeks catching eight of them for 115 yards. He’s scored 10.20 and 9.30 DraftKings points the last two weeks and seems to be a big part of this Jacksonville Jaguars offense. This week’s matchup against the Tennessee Titans is about as good as it gets. The Titans defense has been horrible this year. They’ve allowed more DraftKings points to wide receivers than any other team this year. The Jaguars are 8.5-point underdogs right now as well which should bode well for the potential game script being in Treadwell’s favor. Treadwell is simply too cheap for the target volume that he’s currently seeing.

Others to Consider: Tyreek Hill (KC) – $8,500 v LV, Mike Williams (LAC) –  $6,000 v NYG, DK Metcalf (SEA) – $6,500 @ HOU, Brandin Cooks (HOU) – $5,700 v SEA, Joshua Palmer (LAC) – $3,000 v NYG

Tight Ends

Travis Kelce (KC) – $7,400 v LV

Travis Kelce is coming off an uncharacteristically bad week last week. It was the first time this season he had caught less than four balls in a game. That’s insane to think about when considering this guy is a tight end and how bad tight end mostly is. This week Kelce will be looking to bounce back in a big way. Despite having a rough week, he still saw eight targets and has seen at least six targets in every game this season. A date against the Las Vegas Raiders should be a great spot to get back on track. The last time the Kansas City Chiefs faced the Raiders, Kelce saw 10 targets and caught eight of them for 119 yards. This time around, the Chiefs are 10-point home favorites in a game with a 48-point combined total which gives them the highest implied total on the slate at 29 points. Everything is set up nicely for Kelce to be the top-scoring tight end again, something he’s gotten very accustomed to over the years.

Jared Cook (LAC) – $3,200 v NYG

Every week there tends to be a fairly popular punt-play at tight end and this week it looks like Jared Cook will likely be that guy. As previously mentioned, Keenan Allen will miss this game as he’s on the COVID reserve list. Allen has a 27% target share that will need to be dispersed among the rest of the pass-catchers. That could lead to a few extra targets going Cook’s way. He’s currently averaging about five targets per game so if he sees a few extra, that would be huge for a tight end that is this cheap. As previously mentioned, the matchup against the Giants is a nice one. They are mid-pack against tight ends but the Chargers are 9.5-point home favorites with a 26.5-point implied total. This game will also be played in a dome which is another nice boost to the passing games. All of this should give Cook a great shot at returning nice value this weekend.

Others to Consider: George Kittle (SF) – $6,900 @ CIN, Austin Hooper (CLE) – $3,400 v BAL, James O’Shaughnessy (JAX) – $2,900 @ TEN

Defense/Special Teams

In terms of choosing a defense/special teams, it’s the last spot I fill in every week. It’s pretty random but there are a few areas to gain an advantage. I look to target the heavily favored teams as they usually are playing with a lead. This forces their opponent to throw it more often which can help lead to extra sacks and turnovers and hopefully a touchdown. Another aspect to target is turnover and sack-prone quarterbacks. My advice is to fill out the rest of your lineup first and then pick your favorite D/ST out of the remaining money.

My Tentative Cash Game Lineup

  • QB – Taysom Hill
  • RB – Austin Ekeler
  • RB – Saquon Barkley
  • WR – DJ Moore
  • WR – Mike Williams
  • WR – Brandin Cooks
  • TE – Jared Cook
  • Flex – DK Metcalf
  • DST – Houston Texans

Make sure to tune in next week to see the results from my Week 14 DraftKings plays and to see the best picks for Week 15. Best of luck to everyone and let’s all enjoy some football and win some money!

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