4 NFL FanDuel Tournament Pivots for Week 14

If you've played daily fantasy sports for a while, you realize by now the importance of being contrarian, especially in large-field tournaments. Being able to recognize which players are going to be owned by the majority of the field -- and to find players who you think have a similar point projection but will come at much lower ownership -- can help separate you from your opponents.

The purpose of this article will be to identify some players who will be the chalk at each position and how you can pivot off of them with high-upside options that could go overlooked.

Let's take a look at pivot options for Week 14.

Taylor Heinicke, QB, Washington Football Team ($7,100)

Taylor Heinicke is a solid and underrated option at quarterback this week versus the Dallas Cowboys.

Right from the jump, we have a solid 48.0-point over/under and a close 4.5-point spread, which should give us a good back and forth game environment to attack. The Cowboys have been struggling on defense in recent weeks and they are now allowing 19.2 FanDuel points per game to quarterbacks -- seventh-worst in the league.

Heinicke comes in with multiple passing touchdowns in two of his last three games and has only crossed 20 FanDuel points one time in his last five outings. This level of inconsistency generally makes DFS players wary about rostering Heinicke but has plenty of point-per-dollar potential, shouldn't be popular, and has a legitimately great matchup.

If we add in the fact the Cowboys have allowed the second-fewest (17.5) FanDuel points per game to running backs like Antonio Gibson, this is a spot they could lean on Heinicke for production.

Chuba Hubbard, RB, Carolina Panthers ($6,500)

There are a ton of top-tier running backs this week and the mid-tier could be going overlooked.

With Christian McCaffrey out for the season, Chuba Hubbard is in a spot to see a larger offensive role. If we look to Hubbard's stat this season when McCaffrey didn't play, we saw Hubbard's snap percentage jump to 57.2% compared to 23.0% when McCaffrey did play. The same goes for Hubbard's rushing attempts going from 4.7 per game with McCaffrey to 17.8 per game without McCaffrey. This list goes on and on for Hubbard's rushing yards, targets, and receiving yards.

This isn't breaking news or anything, when an elite back such as McCaffrey is out, someone else steps into that role.

Despite this clear increase in his offensive role, Hubbard isn't expected to be popular this week and that means he's a great tournament option. Hubbard will be up against the Atlanta Falcons, who are allowing the eight-most (23.3) FanDuel points per game to running backs.

The Carolina Panthers have a 22.0-point implied team total tonight, and if they are going to hit that or go past it, Hubbard will be involved.

Marvin Jones Jr., WR, Jacksonville Jaguars ($5,400)

The Jacksonville Jaguars are 8.5-point underdogs against the Tennessee Titans and should be forced into a passing game script.

This can put the Jaguars' receivers in a good spot, not that they needed it because the Titans are horrible on defense versus wide receivers. To be specific, the Titans are allowing the second-most (35.7) FanDuel points per game to wide receivers, so yeah, we want to attack them.

Marvin Jones leads the Jaguars in target share (21.82%), red-zone target share (30.30%), and air yards (1,005). He is the go-to option for Trevor Lawrence and should be in for plenty of work in the passing game, all while going overlooked.

The value-tier at wide receiver is actually strong this week with Jalen Guyton ($5,200) and Jamison Crowder ($5,500) both in spots to be solid fantasy options, but Jones is a solid pivot.

Jared Cook, TE, Los Angeles Chargers ($5,100)

With the Los Angeles Chargers' wide receivers still in question this week, Jared Cook is a strong option.

We know that Keenan Allen has been ruled out for this game and Mike Williams' availability is yet to be determined. Allen and Williams are number one and number two on the Chargers in every conceivable recieving stat or category. Austin Ekeler actually holds the third-highest (14.94%) target share on the team, but behind him is Jared Cook (12.03%).

This situation could turn him from a secondary receiving option to more of a focal point in the passing game. The Chargers hold a 26.25 implied team total (fourth-highest on the slate), and certainly they have an offense you want to get some exposure to given their soft matchup against the New York Giants.

Cook should be in line for an expanded role and is very affordable at only $5,100 this week.