DraftKings NFL Cash Lineup Advice: Week 14 (2019)
Thanksgiving and bye weeks are done which means we have a big 13-game NFL main slate on Sunday in Week 14. The big slate brings us an opportunity to use the most consistent, high-producing options we have seen this season with the trio of Lamar Jackson, Christian McCaffrey, and Michael Thomas. Yet, somehow, I do not have any of those players in my current cash game lineup. One or two of them could still find their way in depending on injury news leading up to kickoff, but at least for now, I have opted to go another route. Find out who made this list in this week’s DraftKings cash game lineup advice.
Deshaun Watson (HOU): $6,500 vs. DEN
This is a close call between Watson and Jackson. The $900 price difference is the only thing holding me back from using Jackson. Watson has played great, especially at home recently. In his last four home starts this year, Watson has averaged 309 passing yards and 3.25 touchdown passes per game. He will be at home this week with the fourth-highest Vegas implied total on the slate while facing the Broncos. The Broncos pass defense has been on a slide recently allowing 261 passing yards (21st) and 2.0 touchdown passes (24th) per game over the last five weeks while giving up 7.95 yards per attempt (27th) during that stretch.
- Lamar Jackson (BAL): $7,400 @ BUF
Melvin Gordon (LAC): $6,400 @ JAX
Following the early season holdout, Gordon is finally getting the volume that he saw last season. He has reached 20 or more carries in three of his last four games to go along with a few looks in the passing game each week. That volume should translate to production this week with a dream matchup against the Jaguars swiss cheese run defense that ranks 31st Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA) according to FootballOutsiders. They have surrendered an average of 160 rushing yards (32nd) and 1.75 touchdowns (31st) per game on the ground to running backs over the last five weeks on 6.16 YPC (32nd). Gordon should be on his way to a 100-yard effort with at least one score this week.
Devonta Freeman (ATL): $5,400 vs. CAR
Speaking of defenses that can’t stop the run, the only team ranked lower in DVOA than the Jaguars is the Panthers. The Panthers have coughed up 132 rushing yards (31st) and 1.8 touchdowns (32nd) per game to running backs over the last five weeks on 6.04 YPC (31st). This should put Freeman in a great spot to make good on a disappointing season. Freeman saw 21 touches in his return to the Falcons lineup last week and should be the ball hog this week playing at home as a small favorite in a great matchup. After plugging in these two backs then look to fill the flex spot with one of the higher-priced options from the list below.
- Christian McCaffrey (CAR): $10,300 @ ATL
- Derrick Henry (TEN): $8,200 @ OAK
- Leonard Fournette (JAX): $7,800 vs. LAC
- Aaron Jones (GB): $6,700 vs. WAS
D.J. Moore (CAR): $7,000 @ ATL
Moore has been a target monster for the Panthers with at least nine looks in seven straight games including at least 12 targets in two of his last three games. He has scored at least 17 DraftKings points in five straight games and should continue to get peppered with targets this week in a favorable matchup against the Falcons. Over the last five weeks, the Falcons have allowed three 100-yard receiving games. Look for Moore to make it four.
Zach Pascal (IND): $5,500 @ TB
The Colts receiving options are very depleted right now with T.Y. Hilton and Eric Ebron out. This should open up more targets and production for Pascal who took advantage of the opportunity last week with seven grabs on 10 targets for 109 yards. This week the Pascal and the Colts get a plus matchup for the passing game against a Buccaneers defense that stops the run and funnels almost everything to the air. The Buccaneers have allowed an average of 16.8 receptions (31st) for 233 yards (31st), and 2.0 touchdowns (32nd) per game to wide receivers over the last five weeks. Without many options for Jacoby Brissett to find, Pascal should be a busy man on Sunday.
- Julian Edelman (NE): $7,100 vs. KC
- Odell Beckham (CLE): $6,300 vs. CIN
- Tyler Boyd (CIN): $5,900 @ CLE
- Jamison Crowder (NYJ): $5,300 vs. MIA
- Mike Williams (LAC): $4,500 @ JAX
Ian Thomas (CAR): $2,500 @ ATL
Part of the reason that I don’t have McCaffrey in my current lineup is that I already have two Panthers in my build with Moore and Thomas. Thomas should see a huge increase in snaps and targets this week with Greg Olson likely out. Thomas got four targets for 24 yards in the last game with Olson getting knocked out of the game. Last season in a similar situation with Olson out, Thomas averaged 5.0 receptions for 49 yards with two touchdowns over the last five weeks of the season. Thomas has a decent matchup against the Falcons who have allowed 4.0 receptions (10th) for 57 yards (23rd) per game to tight ends over the last five weeks. Five grabs for 50 yards is plenty for the min-priced tight end.
Bengals (CIN): $2,100 @ CLE
The Bengals are the cheapest defense that I’m willing to use in cash games this week at $2,100. They have played better over the last three weeks with at least three sacks in each game while holding opponents to 17 points or less. They should be up for a divisional rivalry game against the cross-state Browns. My top two options are the Steelers ($3,500) and Chargers ($2,800) if you can find the funds to get there.
- Steelers (PIT): $3,500 @ ARI
- Ravens (BAL): $2,900 @ BUF
- Chargers (LAC): $2,800 @ JAX
- Buccaneers (TB): $2,300 vs. IND