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Cash Game Option:
Pittsburgh Steelers Ben Roethlisberger ($12,700) – There’s a lot of different ways to go at the quarterback position in Week 14, but Roethlisberger may be one of the safest options. The Steelers have lost two games in a row, but are in a get right spot as they face the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders rank 31st in defensive DVOA and dead last in pass defensive DVOA according to Football Outsiders. The Steelers have the second highest implied team on the slate with 31.25 and should be able to score with ease. The knock on Roethlisberger has been playing on the road, but even in defeat against the Denver Broncos in Week 12, Roethlisberger threw for 462 yards. Roethlisberger has more pass attempts than any other quarterback this season by almost 30 and I expect the Steelers to let the veteran air it out this week. The loss of James Conner only enhances the need for the Steelers to rely more on the right arm of Roethlisberger.
Buffalo Bills Josh Allen ($11,600) – Don’t look now, but the rookie quarterback has rushed for 234 yards in the last two games and has scored at least 26 FantasyDraft pointed in both contests. There has been a lot of talk about Baltimore Ravens rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson and his ability to run, but it has been Allen that is running wild. We can’t expect him to rush for that many yards every week, but we can’t ignore his ability to put up fantasy points by using his legs. The floor will be low if he doesn’t rush for over 50 yards which is why he is a tournament only option. There isn’t an easy passing option to stack with Allen either so the rookie is being used because of the rushing upside. We’re always trying to roster players that have a huge ceiling in tournaments and Allen has proven that he does.
Cash Game Option:
Kansas City Chiefs Travis Kelce ($12,600) – Kelce is coming off a monster performance in Week 13 that saw him catch 12 balls for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Kelce also caught 10 balls the prior week so the Chiefs offense is built around the physical tight end. The Ravens defense has been solid all season long and they are coming off a dominating showing against the Atlanta Falcons. However, they struggle against the tight end position as they rank 25th in DVOA. Kelce’s price isn’t too high this week as he is only the second highest at the position. We know Kelce has the insane ceiling which makes him a great tournament option, but it’s the safety he brings at a terrible position that makes him extremely appealing in cash games.
Oakland Raiders Jared Cook ($9,700) – If looking to stack the Steelers in a game that they should score a lot of points, it wouldn’t be the worse idea to run it back with Cook. The Raiders are 11 point underdogs so they should be throwing a lot. The Steelers rank 28th against the position in DVOA and Cook has scored double digit FantasyDraft points in three straight games. Cook makes a nice option as well in cash games if looking to pay down at the position, but not completely punting.
Arizona Cardinals ($5,100) – It’s a wasteland out there this week in terms of defense and if you aren’t paying up for the Chargers or the Broncos, the other options don’t bring much comfort. If paying down, the Cardinals could be an option as they lead in sack projection with 3.1 and the Lions have an implied team total of 21.5.