The king is dead. Long live the king.
After weeks atop this article the New England Patriots don't crack the top five in projected points for Week 14. That's mostly due to the absence of Rob Gronkowski, but I'm not sure I completely agree with the idea the Texans are going to hold the Patriots under 30. Regardless, let's get to the top projected offenses.
Kansas City Chiefs (27.5) vs. San Diego Chargers: I have to think the Chiefs defense is being factored into this. I can't get excited about the passing game because Alex Smith ($6,800) and Jeremy Maclin ($6,900) are generally pretty game-script dependent. If you're playing these two you need to find someone from the Chargers offense to include.
Charcandrick West ($5,800) and Spencer Ware ($5,800) both hold huge upside at their prices. I'd lean towards West, but he'll be more highly owned because he's more likely to have more volume. Ware is the ultimate dart throw with 3-4x value upside.
Travis Kelce ($6,000) fits in this category as well, he's just not cheap and his volume is anything but guaranteed.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (27.25) vs. New Orleans Saints: At least one thing from this week makes sense. Stack against the Saints! I'm sure everyone else will. Jameis Winston ($7,800) and Mike Evans ($8,000) are the obvious plays, so we'll look a different direction.
Vincent Jackson ($6,800) could very well lead the Bucs in receiving this week, and he's more affordable than Evans. Also, Austin Seferian-Jenkins ($5,500) is finally healthy. ASJ only saw 21 snaps in his first game back, but he was targeted six times. He doesn't need any more action than that to perform well against the Saints.
Carolina Panthers (26.75) vs. Atlanta Falcons: I can't imagine the Panthers won't once again dominate most-owned lists. I'm just not sure they should. The Falcons have been dreadful on offense and I whiffed on them last week, but they've been pretty solid on defense all year.
Cam Newton ($9,200) will face the fourth worst matchup in terms of Fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks, and the Falcons have been even better against WR. The one place the Falcons have been exploited is against running backs. But the "how" doesn't make you very confident in Jonathan Stewart ($7,200).
The Falcons have given up the most receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns to opposing running backs. Stewart has exactly one game this season with more than 30 receiving yards and reaches the end zone about once every 50 touches.
Cincinnati Bengals (26.25) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: The last time these two teams met it was a 10-6 slugfest. There is a very real concern about Andy Dalton ($8,200) vs. common opponents but it doesn't seem to translate to A.J. Green ($8,500). In Green's last four games against Pittsburgh he has 39 catches for 517 yards and three touchdowns.
I can't use either Bengals running back in this game. The Steelers have been good against the run and I expect them to score plenty in this game, making it an excellent double stack opportunity.
Green Bay Packers (25.5) vs. Dallas Cowboys: Coach Mike McCarthy had positive things to say about Eddie Lacy ($6,200) this week, which is a step in the right direction. I can't fathom trusting Lacy in cash, but the weakness of this Cowboys team is against the run in theory.
I didn't mention Doug Martin ($8,000) in the Buccaneers section because he deserves a section of his own as the best cash game option at running back. Martin has been outstanding over the past three weeks and is still due some touchdown regression. As a home favorite against a bad defense, he'll be in all of my cash lineups.