The time has arrived for another week of fantasy football action as week 14 gets underway tonight on Thursday Night Football. Tonight’s contest features the Minnesota Vikings traveling to take on the Arizona Cardinals in one of the best Thursday Night Football game of the season.
That contest features a few big time fantasy players including running back Adrian Peterson, quarterback Carson Palmer and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. On the back end each of these teams have been solid on the defensive front for most of the season outside of the Vikings performance last weekend against the Seattle Seahawks.
Now looking a little deeper into a few of the top fantasy matchups landed us with a few great options. One of those options is quarterback Jameis Winston for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the New Orleans Saints. A Saints team that has allowed a league high 35 touchdown passes and the only team in the NFL that has allowed over 30 touchdown passes this season.
Another top fantasy option is Shane Vereen who lands on our list of sleepers this weekend as he gets a shot with the Miami Dolphins. Last weekend the Dolphins struggled to slow down rookie running back Javorius Allen allowing 63 yards on the ground to go with 12 catches for 107 yards and one touchdown reception. Vereen, has shown in his career he has the ability to be a dual threat running back.
Then at the receiver position you have a bunch of solid options including Allen Robinson for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Doug Baldwin for the Seattle Seahawks and Sammy Watkins for the Buffalo Bills.
Here is our NFL FanDuel lineup for week 14 including the Thursday Night contest.
QB – Jameis Winston ($7,800): Winston has one of the top fantasy options of the weekend going up against a very bad Saints team. In their first meeting Winston threw for 207 yards and one touchdown as well as 23 on the ground and one rushing touchdown.
Other top fantasy quarterback options include Matt Hasselback, Tyrod Taylor and Russell Wilson.
RB – David Johnson ($6,500): Johnson is now the starter in Arizona after Chris Johnson went down with a season ending injury. Last week Johnson was able to rush for 99 yards to go along with 21 receiving yards and a touchdown reception against a solid St. Louis Rams team.
RB – LeSean McCoy ($7,900): Not only does McCoy have a legit fantasy matchup on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles but he has a chip on his shoulder. One that was credited when head coach Chip Kelly elected to trade the All-Pro running back to the Buffalo Bills.
Other top fantasy running back options include Duke Johnson, Charcandrick West and Jonathan Stewart.
WR – Larry Fitzgerald ($7,200): Fitzgerald had been on a hot run recording at least double digit fantasy numbers in four straight games before coming up just a half point short last weekend. We expect his numbers to bounce back on Thursday Night Football against a Vikings team that was shredded last weekend by Doug Baldwin.
WR – Mike Evans ($8,000): As we looked towards Winston at quarterback we needed to go with one of his go to receivers. Evans has posted at least 14 fantasy points in four of his last five games.
WR – Sammy Watkins ($7,2000: As we stated above Watkins has a great shot at a big time game on Sunday. The Eagles have allowed a league high 20 touchdowns a number that is sure to go up during week 14.
Other top fantasy wide receiver options include Malcolm Floyd, Allen Robinson, Torrey Smith, Odell Beckham Jr, Ted Ginn Jr and Jordan Matthews.
TE – Austin Seferian-Jenkins ($5,500): The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end should see his snaps continue to increase over the next few seasons. That makes Seferian-Jenkins a solid fantasy option this weekend against a Saints defense that has allowed a league high 1,016 yards over the first 13 weeks of the NFL season.
Other top fantasy tight end options include Vigil Green (Deep Fantasy Sleeper), Delanie Walker and Scott Chandler.
Kicker – Stephen Gostkowski ($5,000): After turning in three straight single digit fantasy performances Gostkowski has a solid option at turning in a big time performance this weekend against the Houston Texans. After a disappointing offensive performance last week the Patriots will rebound giving
Other top fantasy kicker options include Steven Hauschka, Chandler Catanzaro and Brandon McManus.
Defense – New York Jets ($4,800): We debated using the Arizona Cardinals tonight before leaning towards the Jets. Entering this game the Titans have allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing defenses in the NFL according to ESPN’s Fantasy Football Points Against numbers.
Other top fantasy defensive options include the San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions and the Jacksonville Jaguars.