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Jennifer Piacenti

NFL DFS Week 14: Building a Bears Stack

It’s time to set Week 14’s DFS lineups!

The highest game totals of the slate are Seahawks-49ersBills-Chiefs, and Broncos-Chargers. Consider players from all of those matchups, even if they aren’t listed below.

Despite having one of the lowest totals of the week, we will be using a couple players from the Panthers-Saints game due to what should be a lopsided matchup.

All of the players listed are expected to return value regardless of salary. Check back Friday for our bargains article, which will feature players with low salaries to help you stay under the salary cap.

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Justin Fields, Bears

Fresh off a bye, we are betting on the fact that Fields will continue his DFS success vs. Detroit. Going back to 2022, Fields has rushed for 100-plus yards in each of three matchups with the Lions. Meanwhile, the Lions have really struggled of late, allowing nine passing touchdowns across their last four games. Add to that the fact that the Lions are also allowing the fourth-most DFS points to opposing quarterbacks this year and Fields is a strong start for your build.

Josh Allen, Bills

The Bills-Chiefs game has the highest total on this slate, and though I like both quarterbacks in this matchup, I’m leaning toward Allen due to his mobility and the fact that he has more able pass-catchers. Allen faced the Chiefs twice in 2022, and he threw for exactly 329 yards in each game, with a total of seven touchdowns passes and another 100 rushing yards in those two contests. There is a high probability this turns into another shootout, and I’m happy to spend up for Allen fresh off a bye.

Russell Wilson, Broncos

The Chargers have struggled vs. passers all season, allowing the sixth-most DFS points to quarterbacks this year, and Wilson has finished with double-digit fantasy points in all but one game this season. Wilson has one more passing touchdown than Justin Herbert, a better passer rating and nearly 100 more rushing yards this season. He isn’t a high-volume passer but he’s efficient, and his salary makes him a solid starter this weekend.

Running Backs

Joe Mixon, Bengals

Mixon had a monster game Monday vs. the Jaguars, who have been a top 10 defense vs. the run all season. With Jake Browning at quarterback, we should expect to see more of the same this weekend as Mixon faces the Colts, who have allowed the fourth-most DFS points to runners this season. Expect Mixon not only to be heavily involved in the run game but to also be a solid check-down option for Browning, who will be making just his third NFL start this weekend.

Austin Ekeler, Chargers

I know, I know. Ekeler has been a bit of a disappointment this season, but this matchup couldn’t be much better, so we are betting even Kellen Moore can figure out that Ekeler should be front and center. No team has allowed more rushing yards per game than the Broncos (128), who have also allowed 10 rushing touchdowns and four receiving touchdowns, for a total of 14 touchdowns to opposing runners this year.

Alvin Kamara, Saints

No team has allowed more touchdowns to runners this season than the Panthers, who have allowed 17 on the ground and another three through the air for a total of 20 in just 12 games played. With questions at quarterback for the Saints, the two players we know they can lean on will be Kamara and Taysom Hill, who will likely take turns vulturing each other’s touchdowns. Only the Broncos have allowed more DFS points to the position this season.

Wide Receivers

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Mike Evans, Buccaneers

Mike Evans is as reliable as they come; he has already logged his 10th consecutive season with 1,000-plus yards, crossing that threshold in Week 13. Even Baker Mayfield can’t limit his ceiling. The Bucs will be looking to move into a tie with the first-place Falcons in the NFC South.

DJ Moore, Bears

In the last four games Moore has played with Justin Fields, he has seen 39 targets for 491 yards and four scores. Moore is on pace for the best season of his career despite uneven quarterback play, and the veteran should be trusted this weekend vs. a Detroit defense that has allowed an average of 26 DFS points per game to wide receivers across the last four contests.

Courtland Sutton, Broncos

He doesn’t have a lot of receiving yards, but he is clearly Wilson’s favorite red-zone target. Sutton has nine receiving touchdowns this season, which is third only to Tyreek Hill and Mike Evans. The Chargers have allowed an average of more than one touchdown per game this year to opposing wideouts, and it’s almost guaranteed one goes to Sutton on Sunday.

Tight Ends

Cole Kmet, Bears

Why not complete our Bears stack with a tight end? Kmet is the number two target for the Bears and his five touchdowns this season are second only to DJ Moore, who has six. The Lions have allowed six receiving touchdowns to tight ends this season (tied for second-most).

Taysom Hill, Saints

Hill will likely be involved in numerous ways for the Saints as they try to grab a share of first place in the NFC South on Sunday vs. the Panthers. No team has allowed more rushing touchdowns than the Panthers and with questions at QB for the Saints, you can bet Hill will be more than just a goal-line threat, too.

Gerald Everett, Chargers

No tight end has a better matchup than Everett this weekend, as the Broncos have allowed the most DFS points per game to the position. His salary is nice, too. 

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