5 fantasy matchups to exploit in Week 14

Dan Schneier brings you his Week 14 Matchups Machine to help you pick your starters and optimize your daily fantasy football lineups.

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(Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

(Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

5 fantasy matchups to exploit in Week 14

Welcome to the Matchups Machine, which narrows down ideal matchups from around the league on a weekly basis using the tools we have available at PFF, the Las Vegas odds, and insight from yours truly.

PFF has all the tools to break down each individual matchup. Do you want to know how your wide receiver is going to do? Well, if he lines up as a split end on 90 percent of his snaps, we can pinpoint which cornerback he will be matching up with for those snaps. We can also tell you how that cornerback has performed.

Of course, as was the case in the past, this column will become more accurate as the season goes on and we compile more grades for the players and get a feel for the tendencies and overall strengths/weaknesses of the 32 teams.

The goal of this column is to help you with those tricky decisions in year-long leagues, but also to help you narrow down your best options in daily fantasy leagues. You will see a mix of big-name players and fringe starters. Without further ado, let’s get into it.

Jameis Winston vs. Saints

For the most part, I have tried to avoid advocating the “play any quarterback against the Saints” strategy. This has nothing to do with its success rate — the Saints have allowed 35 passing touchdowns in just 12 games. I have avoided it because if a majority of daily fantasy players are using it, it’s most of the time wise to zag. However, in Week 14, this matchup is unavoidable. Winston has developed into a much better quarterback over the second half of the season, and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter has shown a willingness to open up the offense for him in certain matchups. Winston is in line to join the list of quarterbacks who have victimized the Saints’ pass defense in 2015.

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Dan Schneier is a staff writer at PFF Fantasy and he covers the NFL for FOX Sports. You can find him on Twitter @DanSchneierNFL. You can also add him to your network on Google+ to find all of his past material.

Dan Schneier is a staff writer for PFF Fantasy, a former FOX Sports NFL scribe, and an auction format enthusiast.

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