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Scott Barrett’s daily fantasy focus: Top plays, strategy, and advice for Week 14

Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) celebrates after throwing a touchdown against the New England Patriots in the second half at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

This article is long, so I’ll spare you a lengthy intro. Here’s everything need to know for fantasy football in order to dominate your Week 14 DFS tournaments and cash games

Note: This article is published Friday mornings, so it can fall behind some of the more important late-week updates regarding injuries. Be sure to keep an eye on news throughout the weekend, and to apply some of your own intuition on who to play.


Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens (@ BUF)

(DK: QB1, FD: QB1, DK: $7,400, FD: $9,000)

Lamar Jackson every week? Lamar Jackson every week!

Jackson is still priced as the No. 1 quarterback on the slate and not like the greatest fantasy quarterback of all-time, which is exactly how he’s playing. He’s on pace for 441.3 fantasy points, which would not only be the most by any quarterback in any season all-time, it’d be the most by 24.2.

Even more impressive, Jackson averages 31.0 DK fantasy points over his last seven with a low of 26.3, and this is in spite of the fact that he’s also played the league’s two toughest defenses (New England and San Francisco) over this stretch. You could try to scour the position for extra value, or you could just play Jackson and lock in 25 to 35 fantasy points.

Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans (vs. DEN)

(DK: QB6, FD: QB7, DK: $6,500, FD: $7,700)

Through the first 12 weeks of the season, opposing offenses averaged just 5.1 passing fantasy points per game against New England, with a high of just 12.6. Their 50.5 opposing passer rating wasn’t just best in the league, but it’d the best mark of the past two decades (at least). In Week 13, Watson scored 21.4 passing fantasy points, with a 140.7 passer rating.

If Watson could get it done against New England, why should we be so intimidated by Denver, which has given up 20.2 fantasy points per game over the last three weeks? Watson ranks third in fantasy points per game this year, and second over the past three years, but his FanDuel salary is borderline insulting — if he were $200 cheaper he’d be just the 15th-highest-priced quarterback on the site.

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