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Open-Ended DFS: Hustle & Bustle

by IBT Media Staff

Every dawn, even on our weariest of days, we wipe the sleep from our eyes and rise from our cocoon of blankets to take on the day.

Half wondering — would the world keep spinning, even just for a day — we sheltered from it?  But alas, we rise and we conquer another day amongst the hustle and bustle that is life.

Week 14 Water Tower DFS Picks

RB: Austin Ekeler (Atlanta at Los Angeles Chargers) — $7,000

Austin Ekeler is the PPR RB8 since returning from IR in Week 12.

Last week against New England, the Los Angeles Chargers were dismantled, as Bill Belichick tends to do against rookie quarterbacks like Justin Herbert

Two weeks ago, Austin Ekeler had a stellar performance in his return from the Injured Reserve List (IR) where he put up 23.9 Points Per Reception (PPR) fantasy points, mostly being featured in the passing game. But, he, like Herbert, was shut down by New England, only managing 10.8  PPR points. 

Fortunately, Los Angeles doesn’t have to play Belichek defenses every week. Heading into this weekend against Atlanta, Ekeler looks to again be involved in the passing game against an atrocious pass defense that ranks 31st in the league in passing yards allowed. Look for him to explode again in Week 14 and be well worth the $7,000 price tag as your high-end roster anchor. – Nate Polvogt

RB: James Robinson (Tennessee at Jacksonville) — $7,500 

James Robinson came out of nowhere this year and lit up the fantasy world. He’s currently averaging just under 20 PPR points per game and so far has turned 212 carries into 968 yards, giving Robinson a respectable 4.56 yards per carry. 

He’s been the focal point of the Jaguars offense from start-to-finish and with scores of 29.9 and 22.8 the last two weeks, Robinson seems to be rounding into playoff form nicely. This week he gets to run down a Titans defense that he put up 102 yards and a touchdown against in week 2. I love everything about this matchup and I’m confident the points will follow. – Thomas Cuda

WR: Terry McLaurin (Washington at San Francisco) — $6,700

This matchup looks like a strong week for the top Washington wideout. Terry McLaurin will be looking to bounce back after being held in check by the Pittsburgh defense, and the Football Team and Alex Smith are hot after knocking off the unbeaten Steelers. Factor in how the 49ers secondary was shredded by Josh Allen last week and McLaurin should be a big part of keeping Washington in the playoff race after they looked out of it just a short time ago. – Elliot Hicks

WR: D.K. Metcalf (New York Jets at Seattle) — $8,400

If there’s a week I’m comfortable paying up for D.K. Metcalf at his new, hefty price, it’s here in Week 14 after the Seahawks are coming off an embarrassing 17-12 loss to the New York Giants and now set to bounce back against the Jets.

Metcalf leads the league in receiving yards (1,119) and is fifth-best in receiving touchdowns with nine. Gregg Williams is now gone from the Jets as defensive coordinator after an all-out blitz call last week in the closing seconds of their loss to Las Vegas. And it’ll leave Metcalf drawing coverage from either rookie cornerback Bryce Hall or Lamar Jackson, both of whom have struggled mightily this season. – Seth Woolcock

Week 14 Typewriter DFS Picks

WR: Cam Sims (Washington at San Francisco) — $3,100

I like Cam Sims this week as a pay-down option. He tied for the lead in targets last week for Washington and just missed hitting the 100-yard bonus. He was second to only Logan Thomas in production. 

As we have seen this year, Thomas is consistent but nowhere near what he did last week. I expect Sims to continue to trend up this week and to put more distance between himself and Steven Sims as the No. 2 option in Washington. At $3,100 this week it opens up so many great options for the rest of your lineup. – Conor Coughlin

TE: Mike Gesicki (Kansas City at Miami) — $4,500

If you’re like me, Mike Gesicki was high on your list of breakout candidates coming into the season. Unfortunately, it didn’t seem to be coming to fruition, at least until Tua Tagovailoa took the reins and started to build rapport with Gesicki. 

Each week since Tagovailoa was named the starter, Gesicki has posted a higher score, culminating in last week’s spectacular nine catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. Even though some of that opportunity was a result of DeVante Parker being ejected in the second half, it still showed the dolphins could call his number when needed. And this week, in a shootout with the chiefs, his offensive contributions will be needed. I’m targeting Gesicki in all Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) formats. – Thomas Cuda

RB: Nyheim Hines (Indianapolis at Las Vegas) — $5,200

Nyheim Hines has been one of the most boom or bust players in fantasy this season but has consistently shown promise and every time I doubt him, he has a great game. Since I’m not optimistic about him this week, that’s exactly why he should be an under-the-radar pick. Las Vegas is 27th against the run in DFS this season and the game could be close enough throughout that Hines should make a big impact. – Hicks

WR: Corey Davis (Tennessee at Jacksonville) — $5,700

Who saw Corey Davis going off last week against Cleveland and scoring 38.2 fantasy points? I would be a liar if I said I did.

This week Tennessee travels to Jacksonville to face one of the league’s worst pass defenses, and Davis should benefit. Jacksonville is giving up an average of 43 fantasy points to wide receivers this season, making Corey Davis an almost must-roster this week, especially at the low, low price of $5,700. – Polvogt

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