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Week 14 DFS fades and players to avoid

By Tyler Loechner
Dec 8, 2017

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 15: Kyle Rudolph #82 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball against the Green Bay Packers during the game on October 15, 2017 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Your DFS choices are limited to begin with — unless you’re mass-entering large GPPs — but it’s always helpful to know who not to put in your lineup right from the get-go.

Here are a handful of players I’ll be fading in Week 14.

Note: There’s always a case to be made for playing any player in tournaments. This list of “fades” is cash game focused, but most of these players can be avoided in tournaments as well. Keep in mind, however, that they might be good contrarian GPP plays because of their tough matchups and/or other issues making them “fade” candidates.

Quarterbacks

Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins

Cousins draws the Chargers, who haven’t given up multiple passing touchdowns to a quarterback since Week 5. Los Angeles has also held every quarterback not named Tom Brady to fewer than 275 passing yards this year.

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

Roethlisberger will be at home (hooray), but it’s against a divisional rival in the Ravens. Baltimore has given up the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year, yielding just three passing scores against in their past six contests. Roethlisberger threw for just 216 yards and one score against them back in Week 4.

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