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Despite how poorly both teams have played this year, this contest may actually be one of the games to watch for fantasy purposes in Week 14. Both the San Francisco 49ers and the Cleveland Browns are struggling on defense and each offense should have their opportunities to get in scoring position. Here is a quick look at the relevant FanDuel options for Sunday.
Blaine Gabbert $6400 (Up $100)
I made a mistake last week stating the game at Chicago was Gabbert's road debut. It was actually his second road game and until the fourth quarter he did absolutely nothing. Then, like a Blaine out of hell, he showed his sweet feet on a 44 yard TD scamper then reminded the world Torrey Smith existed with a bomb to win the game. He gets a better matchup this week and a quality cheap QB option. Just don't let get carried away by the two big plays.
Anquan Boldin: $5900 (Down $100)
His targets have increased over the last three weeks (7, 11 and 13) and definitely the WR in San Francisco you want to start. The Browns secondary is beatable and there is no reason he shouldn't see another 8-10 targets. If you must have a talented wide out attached to a suspect quarterback DeVante Parker is the same price with a higher upside.
Torrey Smith: $6100 (Up $700)
It's a trap! Smith made the most of his two receptions last week, but hasn't caught more than two balls since the Baltimore game. While he might torch the Browns for a few big gains, he's hard to trust with such low usage and shaky QB play. I'll take Markus Wheaton for the same price or Davante Adams for $6300.
Shaun Draughn $6500 (Up $600)
He delivered his first TD last week and now FanDuel wants to raise the price of admission. I love his matchup, but the price makes me hesitant. Lamar Miller is just $100 more or you can save $100 and go with T.J. Yeldon or Jeremy Hill. All four RBs should reach 80 combined yards you just need to pick the guy with the highest TD upside. For me, it's Miller going up against the Giants Monday night.
Blake Bell $4500
Vance McDonald looked okay until football happened and he left the game with a concussion. Blake Bell should receive extra looks and is priced as low as you can get at the tight end position. If you aren't investing in Gronk, Olsen or Eifert then you might as well play the position as cheap as possible.
San Francisco Defense $4300
They played well on the road last week and even came through with a pick six. Manziel, while dynamic, is flawed and prone to bad decisions. I like the chances for a few sacks and maybe a turnover or two.
Jonathan Paul Manziel $6400
He's not a bad play at the price. 250 yards and 2 TDs aren't out of the question. However, you have to toss 2 interceptions and a fumble into the mix. The Browns should try to run on the 49ers and I think they'll find enough success to put a cap on Manziel's pass attempts. Sam Bradford ($6300) taking on the Bills in Philadelphia is a stronger play.
Isaiah Crowell $5200
He ran well last week and is a very sneaky option at RB. He rarely tops 11 carries, but that is because the Browns have to play catchup most games and then Duke Johnson takes over. I don't see the 49er offense running away with this one so this is a great opportunity for "Crow" to find a groove. The real bargain at RB may be Charles Sims ($4900) taking on the Saints in Tampa.
Duke Johnson $5600
The Niners do give up some production to pass catching backs. Shane Vereen and Devonta Freeman tormented the 49ers earlier in the season, but they've only given up one running back receiving touchdown since. I prefer Crowell over Johnson, but there are other solid options in the same price range.
Gary "Mashed Potato Mountain" Barnidge $6200
This year's surprise tight end has been useful with Manziel under center, but the 49ers are surprisingly good at covering tight ends this year. Barnidge probably delivers another solid performance, but Julius Thomas ($5900) is in a position to do terrible things to the Colts this week.
Travis Benjamin $5700
If he plays, he's likely the best bet at WR for the Browns. Taylor Gabriel returns, but he's not as consistent as Benjamin. You are better off investing in the resurrection of Willie Snead ($5700) against the Buccaneers or Tyler Lockett ($5600) who gets his turn to give the Ravens fits.
Browns Defense $4300
Picking the Browns means you expect a bad game from Blaine Gabbert. Yes, San Francisco's offense isn't great, but the Browns rank 30th in sacks and 23rd in interceptions. Probably not the defense you want to roll with even at their low price. The Colts looked bad last week and the Jaguars ($4300) should be able to generate some turnovers.
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