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NFL DFS Showdown value plays for Rams vs. Ravens in Week 14

Teddy Ricketson takes you through his value picks and approach for DraftKings Showdown contest for Rams vs. Ravens in Week 14 of the 2023 NFL season.

Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens hands the ball off to teammate Keaton Mitchell #34 during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium on November 26, 2023 in Inglewood, California. Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Rams will fly across the country to take on the Baltimore Ravens in Week 14. This game highlights the 1 p.m. ET window, with the AFC’s No. 1 team hosting Los Angeles who has won three straight games.

Today, we’ll take a look at some of the value plays available to you in the DraftKings Showdown between the Rams and Ravens in Week 14.

Value flex options

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Baltimore Ravens ($5,800)

Beckham Jr. will be playing a revenge game against his former team. When tight end Mark Andrews went down with an injury, OBJ saw his targets increase and finished with his first 100-yard receiving game in two years. Baltimore is coming off its bye week and has now had another week to gameplan not having Andrews. Beckham Jr. will likely be second in targets to rookie Zay Flowers, but even if you have to pay a little more to roster him, he should be worth starting.

Royce Freeman, RB, Los Angeles Rams ($2,800)

Kyren Williams is obviously going to be the starter and get most of the carries, but I think Freeman will get more work this week than he did last. Including him could free up the salary needed to roster Cooper Kupp or Lamar Jackson. Freeman could end up punching in a touchdown or breaking off a run making him a worthy add a this price point.

Punt Plays

Brycen Hopkins, TE, Los Angeles Rams ($200)

Hopkins should be the next man up, with Tyler Higbee missing the game. Higbee has forced Hopkins to a blocking/backup role. Hopkins should get targets this game; despite Baltimore’s defense allowing the fifth-fewest DFS points to tight ends, they will have their hands full trying to contain Kupp and Puka Nacua.

Ben Skowronek, WR, Los Angeles Rams ($800)

If Hopkins isn’t going to be relevant, this feels like one of those games where Skowronek shines. No matter the talent level of defense, it is tough for them to keep tabs on Kupp, Nacua and Williams out of the backfield. Even without Higbee being another threat, Skowronek’s price point could have him turn in value with just a few receptions.

D/ST and Kickers

Lucas Havrisik, K, Los Angeles Rams ($4,800)

Baltimore has one of the better defensive units in the league. They typically limit touchdowns with a bend, don’t break approach. While this could have an effect on position players, kickers have a chance for big games. The Ravens’ allow the 10th most DFS points to opposing kickers.

Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens ($5,200)

Tucker remains arguably the best kicker in the league. Los Angeles also boasts a good defense despite being more susceptible to giving up points than Baltimore. Still, if they can keep the Ravens out of the endzone, Tucker will get plenty of chances to show that he is still automatic from range against a defense that allows the fourth-most DFS points to opposing kickers.

Overall Showdown strategy

Williams is the ideal choice for your captain. He doesn’t have a great matchup, but whether it is on the ground or through the air, he is going to be involved in the offensive gameplan. He is the second-most expensive option but scores 22.3 DFS points per game. With the five flex options, I like both kickers, Flowers ($7,400) and Beckham Jr. ($5,800) as the first four. This conveniently leaves you just enough money to roster Jackson.