NFL Plays: Vegas Odds (Week 14)
December 10, 2016 | Justin Bales
Games to Attack
New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Bucs
The Saints and Bucs have two of the highest scoring offenses in the NFL. It’s no coincidence that this game is set at a 51 point total, which is the highest total of the slate. Each of these offenses have a ton of scoring potential, which means everyone can be used. Drew Brees, Mark Ingram, Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Coby Fleener, and Michael Thomas—if he is active—can all be used for New Orleans. Jameis Winston, Mike Evans, and Cameron Brate are the top options for the Bucs, but their running backs could also have some potential depending on who is starting and playing big snaps this week.
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San Diego Chargers vs Carolina Panthers
The Chargers and Panthers have been two surprises this season. Before the season, no one would have assumed this game would essentially end at even. It didn’t open that way, though, as the Panthers opened at 3 point favorites in a game set at 49 points. Philip Rivers, Melvin Gordon, Tyrell Williams, Dontrelle Inman, and Antonio Gates are all high-upside options for San Diego with Gordon being the top option. Ted Ginn, Kelvin Benjamin, and Greg Olsen are the top stacking options with Cam Newton, but Jonathan Stewart can also be used if you want a QB/RB/WR stack.
Washington Redskins vs Philadelphia Eagles
The Redskins always seem to find their way into this article, even when they’re facing struggling offenses like the Eagles. Washington is a 2.5 point favorite in a game set at 46.5 points. Kirk Cousins can be stacked with Jamison Crowder, DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, or Jordan Reed. If Reed is out, Vernon Davis will take his place. The Redskins love throwing the ball, which is why there are so many good options to be stacked. The Eagles’ offense isn’t as cut and dry, and they come with much more risk. If you’re looking to stack, Carson Wentz can be stacked with Darren Sproles, Jordan Matthews, or Zach Ertz. I wouldn’t stray too far away from that group, though.
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Games to Avoid
Minnesota Vikings vs Jacksonville Jaguars
The Vikings’ defense and special teams makes for an elite option this week, but their offense isn’t nearly as strong. They are 3.5 point favorites in a game set at only 39.5 points, and they play a turnover-prone Jacksonville offense. Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph have the upside to be used in tournaments, while Jerick McKinnon has upside as a contrarian option, but likely should be avoided. Blake Bortles, Allen Robinson, and Marqise Lee all have garbage time upside, but they should be avoided this week, as well.
Denver Broncos vs Tennessee Titans
Surprisingly, the Broncos are underdogs in this game, as the Titans opened as 1.5 point favorites in a game set at only 43.5 points. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders have enough upside to be used, but they are far from great options for their prices this week. Marcus Mariota, DeMarco Murray, Rishard Matthews, and Delanie Walker can all be used in tournaments, but their scoring opportunities will be limited this week.
Cincinnati Bengals vs Cleveland Browns
This is more of a game to avoid for the Browns than the Bengals. Cincinnati is a 5.5 point favorite in a game set at only 40.5 points. Terrelle Pryor and Isaiah Crowell are volume players, who carry upside for Cleveland this week. Andy Dalton, Jeremy Hill, Brandon LaFell, Tyler Boyd, and Tyler Eifert can all be used this week, as the Browns have struggled defensively, and the Bengals should be able to score quite a bit this week.