Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Best, Worst Week 14 Matchups

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Week 13 of the NFL officially is in the books! We now turn our attention to Week 14, which features a 13-game DraftKings main slate for fantasy football owners. Let’s jump right into all the info, and as always, you can reach me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.

Game Notes

Highest-Scoring Game

Philadelphia Eagles vs. L.A. Rams — 51 projected points
This game interestingly has been tabbed with the highest projected scoring on the slate, although both teams have done well defensively. The Rams enter allowing 18.5 points per game while the Eagles sit at 17.9. However, the teams have two young, dynamic quarterbacks — Carson Wentz and Jared Goff — and the game could be one of the most exciting of the season. The Rams opened as slight two-point favorites in this one, as Goff and Co. look to continue to roll.

The Eagles have been extremely tough against opposing running backs, but they did just allow the second-highest output of the season (18.2 DKFP) against the Seahawks. While Todd Gurley’s appeal could be lower than usual, opposing backs have found success against Philly in the passing game. The Eagles have allowed 5.7 receptions and 41.6 yards per game and five touchdowns on the season. Nonetheless, this should be a favorite game to target for the week.

Lowest-Scoring Game

Seattle Seahawks vs. Jacksonville Jaguars — 39 projected points
As of Tuesday morning, a number of games didn’t have a scoring total projection. However, it appears Seahawks-Jaguars could remain as the lowest total at 39. The Jags opened as three-point favorites in a game in which it will be difficult to get excited about an offensive player, as both defenses have done their jobs all season. Speaking of defenses, the Jags notably take a $1,000 salary cut this week, dropping to $3,500 and priced as the D/ST4 on the week.

While it’s a bit of a stretch, both teams’ slot receivers arguably could have the “best” matchups in this game. Seattle’s Doug Baldwin would see Aaron Colvin, who has allowed 32 receptions on 43 targets for 234 yards but has yet to yield a touchdown. Jacksonville’s Keelan Cole will see Justin Coleman, who has allowed 27 receptions on 42 targets for 264 yards and one TD with one interception. These aren’t mind-blowing numbers by any means, but it just goes to show how poor the other matchups are in this game.

DvP Matchups

Worst QB Matchups

Team, OPP, DvP Rank
Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars, 1st
Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, 3rd
Washington Redskins, Los Angeles Chargers, 4th

Best QB Matchups

Team, OPP, DvP Rank
Denver Broncos, New York Jets, 32nd
San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, 31st
Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, 30th

Worst RB Matchups

Team, OPP, DvP Rank
Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, 1st
L.A. Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, 2nd
San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, 3rd

Best RB Matchups

Team, OPP, DvP Rank
Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo Bills, 32nd
Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, 31st
Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, 30th

Worst WR Matchups

Team, OPP, DvP Rank
Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars, 1st
Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, 3rd
New York Jets, Denver Broncos, 5th

Best WR Matchups

Team, OPP, DvP Rank
Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 32nd
Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, 31st
New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, 30th

Worst TE Matchups

Team, OPP, DvP Rank
Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, 1st
Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2nd
Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, 4th

Best TE Matchups

Team, OPP, DvP Rank
Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, 32nd
New York Jets, Denver Broncos, 31st
Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, 30th

Target Report

Last Week’s Leaders

Keenan AllenLACCLE14
DeAndre HopkinsHOUSF14
Nelson AgholorPHILAR12
Robby AndersonNYJDEN12
Stephen AndersonHOUSF12
Josh GordonCLELAC11
Larry FitzgeraldARITEN10
Jermaine KearseNYJDEN10
Marqise LeeJAXSEA10
Golden TateDETTB10

Last 3 Weeks Leaders

Keenan AllenLAC4110.1
DeAndre HopkinsHOU3311.6
Mike EvansTB289.3
Larry FitzgeraldARI289.7
Tyreek HillKC277.2
Demaryius ThomasDEN278.8
Dez BryantDAL269.1
Travis KelceKC267.8
Davante AdamsGB258.1
Jamison CrowderWAS257.2

Lineup Quick Hits

QB To Build Around

Derek Carr ($6,400) — It’s a tasty Week 14 matchup for Carr, who’s set to face off against the Chiefs. Even more enticing is that he’ll have Michael Crabtree and potentially Amari Cooper back at receiver. Carr dismantled the Chiefs in Week 7, when he scored 33.18 DKFP by completing 29 of 52 passes for 417 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-30 Raiders win. The Chiefs haven’t exactly improved against opposing QBs since then, allowing 19.3 DKFP per game — sixth highest in the league.

WR To Pair Him With

Michael Crabtree ($6,700) — Yes, it was Cooper who went crazy in the Raiders’ first meeting with the Chiefs, scoring 47 DKFP with 11 catches on 19 targets for 210 yards and two touchdown. Since then, it has been back to the land of disappointment for Cooper, as he has averaged 9.9 DKFP and, as of Tuesday, was in the NFL concussion protocol. Crabtree intrigues me because he should see a good chunk of new Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis, who played on 39 snaps in his NFL return last week and allowed five catches for 36 yards, and missed two tackles. While Revis continues to shake off the rust, Crabtree hopefully can capitalize. Either way, both receivers could be in a great spot against a Chiefs defense that allows 38.7 DKFP to wideouts, second only to the Buccaneers in the NFL.

The Top Running Back Will Be …

LeSean McCoy ($7,200) — As long as McCoy continues to fall in salary, I’ll keep rostering him. I’ll give him a pass for Week 13, as the Bills’ offense was just muddled in disarray against the Patriots with an injury to QB Tyrod Taylor. McCoy draws another favorable matchup against the Colts, who are allowing 23.9 DKFP per game to opposing running backs. Another check for McCoy is that running backs have caught 53 of their 68 targets for 593 yards — the sixth-highest total in the league — against Indy.

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