FanDuel NFL GPP Lineup Advice: Week 14

by Josh Shepardson | @BChad50 | Featured Writer
Dec 7, 2017

Count on the playoff-hungry Chargers to rely heavily on Philip Rivers’ arm against a suspect Redskins defense

One of the perks of FanDuel’s decision to dump the Sunday Night Football game from their main slate is that there are less overlapping players between the Thur/Sun/Mon lineup and the one below than there typically are. There are only three carryovers from the Thur/Sun/Mon lineup and six fresh faces. The backbone of the team is a QB/WR/TE stack that will look familiar from a week ago, and they’re joined by an elite workhorse back and high-end talent at wide receiver.

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Quarterback

Philip Rivers (LAC): $8,100 vs. Redskins
Rivers is rolling. He’s passed for 778 yards and four touchdowns over the last two games combined. Rivers has passed for multiple touchdowns or 300-plus yards passing in four straight games and seven of his last nine.

This year, he ranks fourth in pass attempts (431), tied for seventh in touchdown passes (21), ninth in yards per pass attempt (7.6) and adjusted yards per pass attempt (7.9), fifth in passing yards per game (274.3), and 13th in Quarterback Rating (96.0), according to Pro-Football-Reference. The Chargers have a fantasy-friendly implied team over/under total of 26 points, per Pinnacle.

The matchup is decent, too. Washington has allowed the 13th most FanDuel points per game to quarterbacks this season.

Running Back

Todd Gurley (LAR): $8,500 vs. Eagles
Gurley’s the workhorse back I alluded to in the intro. Gurley is second in touches (271) and yards from scrimmage (1,502), and he’s tied with Alvin Kamara for rushing plus receiving touchdowns with 11. Gurley has eclipsed 100 yards from scrimmage in back-to-back games and in nine of 12 games.

He’s also become a true weapon in the passing attack with per game averages of four receptions and 46.9 yards receiving. Over the last two weeks without Robert Woods active, Gurley’s hauled in 10 of 14 targets for 138 yards receiving. Gurley’s ability to pick up points through the air aids his cause for usage in a terrible matchup.

The Eagles have allowed the fewest rushing yards (539) to running backs this year, and no other team has held backs to under 800 yards rushing. Gurley is the focal point of a Rams offense that has an implied over/under total of 25.25 points at home. The Rams and Eagles are tied for the NFL lead in scoring offense at 30.1 points per game, and there’s serious fireworks potential for this NFC showdown.

Lamar Miller (HOU): $6,600 vs. 49ers
Miller is the first carryover from my Thur/Sun/Mon lineup. My sentiments about him there are still the same for this lineup as well.

Wide Receiver

Josh Gordon (CLE): $6,700 vs. Packers
Gordon is another of my carryovers from the Thur/Sun/Mon lineup. You can read why I love him on that roster here, and my rationale for loving him on that roster extends to loving him on this roster as well.

Keenan Allen (LAC): $8,400 vs. Redskins
Allen is to Rivers what Antonio Brown was to Ben Roethlisberger on the Thur/Sun/Mon lineup. He’s the obvious stack partner of his hot quarterback. The No. 1 receiver on the Chargers has caught 10 or more passes, eclipsed 100 yards receiving, and scored at least one touchdown in three straight games.

Allen’s run of dominance has vaulted him to fourth in targets (121), tied for fourth in receptions (77), and fifth in receiving yards (1,032) this season. Allen is matchup proof and in lockstep with Rivers.

Michael Crabtree (OAK): $7,100 @ Chiefs
Amari Cooper is out of the concussion protocol, but he remains questionable for this week’s game due to an ankle injury. From an ownership perspective for Crabtree, I’d prefer Cooper suits up. However, if Cooper is inactive, it should drive up Crabtree’s targets and ceiling.

Crabtree returns from his one-game suspension for a fantasy-friendly matchup. The Chiefs have surrendered the second most FanDuel points to receivers this year. Kansas City’s already leaky secondary will be even more susceptible to barbecuing as a result of Marcus Peters’ one-game suspension handed down by the Chiefs for his flag throwing temper tantrum last week.

Tight End

Hunter Henry (LAC): $5,600 vs. Redskins
Henry’s the third carryover from the Thur/Sun/Mon lineup, but now he’s a stack partner with Rivers. Doubling up on point scoring by stacking with Rivers further enhances his already strong case for lineup inclusion that I discussed here. Henry was limited in practice earlier in the week, but he’s not on the Chargers’ Week 14 injury report.

Kicker

Patrick Murray (TB): $4,500 vs. Lions
Murray has stabilized Tampa Bay’s kicker troubles. He first played for the Bucs in Week 6 this year, and he’s made 14 of 16 field-goal attempts and nailed all 12 of his point-after attempts. He’s knocked through multiple field goals in three straight games and banged through multiple point-after attempts in each of those contests as well.

He’s also demonstrated plenty of leg strength this year and throughout his career going two for three on 50-plus yard field-goal attempts this year and even of 10 in his career. The Lions are in the middle of the pack tied for the 17th most field-goal attempts (23) against them this year, but they have had the second most point-after attempts (36) against them.

Defense/Special Teams

Cowboys D/ST (DAL): $4,400 @ Giants
Eli Manning has been reinserted as the starting quarterback for the Giants. It would have been better for the Cowboys defense to face Geno Smith, but this remains a plus matchup for them. The Cowboys are four-point favorites on the road, and the Giants have an implied over/under total of only 18.75 points.

Big Blue is tied for the 13th most sacks allowed (29), and the Cowboys have done a solid job of getting after quarterbacks and rank tied for 10th with 32 sacks. Dallas’ D/ST should be worth their small salary based on their sack prowess and the Giants low projected scoring output alone, and any turnovers forced or return touchdowns would allow them to smash value.

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Josh Shepardson is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Josh, check out his archive and follow him @BChad50.

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