NFL DFS Injury News and Updates for Week 15 DraftKings & FanDuel Lineups

Written By Nate Weitzer on December 12, 2017 - Last Updated on June 27, 2018

Week 15 DFS NFL Injury Report and Updates

Daily fantasy football is going to be interesting this week as this past week was brutal on the injury front. Every week, we’ll bring you our top GPP and Cash Game plays for NFL DFS on FanDuel and DraftKings. We’ll also provide an article to update you on the key injuries across the NFL and discuss how they might affect playing time and production for healthier players going forward.

In daily fantasy NFL, injuries are part of the game, and targeting players with increased opportunity is a great way to get cheaper options into your lineups on daily fantasy sites.


Key NFL DFS Injuries for Week 15 Lineups

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia, Knee
Another highly talented, young QB suffered a very unfortunate injury this past week. Carson Wentz will miss the rest of the season and potentially part of next year with an ACL tear. Nick Foles is an above average backup capable of stepping in and maintaining value for Zach Ertz, Alshon Jeffery, and Nelson Agholor, but the Eagles’ offense takes a huge hit with this news. Depending on his price tag, Foles will be worth a look at the Giants in Week 15. Still, he simply can’t be expected to create in the same fashion as Wentz.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee, Knee
He was simply dreadful on Sunday for the third week in a row. It appears Marcus Mariota has an excuse, as he’s playing through a knee injury in addition to the hamstring woes that bothered him earlier this year. The Titans’ signal caller is far less effective with limited mobility, and his status seriously hurts Tennessee’s skill players ahead of a plus matchup at San Francisco.

Nathan Peterman, QB, Buffalo, Concussion
After taking a hard hit in the blizzard game on Sunday, Nathan Peterman was placed in the concussion protocol and should be considered doubtful for a Week 15 date with Miami. That opens the door for Tyrod Taylor (knee) to retake his starting job and potentially flourish in a plus matchup. Miami ranks 31st in passing DVOA this year.

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Buffalo, Knee
The status of Kelvin Benjamin has a lot to do with Tyrod Taylor’s prospects in Week 15. As it stands, the Dolphins are particularly vulnerable against opposing top receivers. Benjamin hurt his knee for the third time over the past few weeks and is going to be hobbled if he’s even active next Sunday. With Jordan Matthews (knee) done for the year, Zay Jones and Deonte Thompson will see increased targets and will be worth a look.

Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland, Ankle
The Raiders’ offense continued to struggle despite facing a Chiefs team that was previously a doormat defensively. Amari Cooper could do little to help on Sunday; he was forced out of the game with an ankle injury. He’s questionable for a Week 15 date with Dallas. If he sits, more targets should go toward Michael Crabtree and TE Jared Cook. Seth Roberts played on 90 percent of offensive snaps last week with Cooper hobbled and eventually ruled out. Therefore, Roberts could be the biggest beneficiary and a solid value to consider against the Cowboys.

Tom Savage, QB, Houston, Concussion
Tom Savage’s time as the Texans’ starting QB appears to have come to a close. He was replaced by T.J. Yates after suffering a concussion last week. Yates looked far more competent, targeting DeAndre Hopkins consistently and hitting him on a beautifully placed TD pass. Given that chemistry, Hopkins may be worth paying up for despite drawing a brutal matchup at Jacksonville next week.


Josh McCown, QB, New York Jets, Hand
Don’t underestimate the importance of a veteran QB such as Josh McCown in keeping the Jets competitive this year. He’s likely down for the year with a broken hand, which pushes Bryce Petty into a start in New Orleans. Christian Hackenberg could also see time down the stretch for Gang Green, but neither inexperienced QB is a strong option. This damages the potential of Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse on the outside.

Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans, Concussion
Since Alvin Kamara suffered his concussion on a Thursday, he’ll have a few extra days to get cleared ahead of a plus matchup at home against the Jets. The electric rookie has been one of the strongest DFS plays all year and will be worth deploying as long as he’s cleared. He would face a Jets team that’s struggled to contain RBs who can catch the ball.

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay, Shoulder
In a bit of positive news, Aaron Rodgers is eligible to return in Week 15. He would take on an elite Panthers defense, but his presence under center would seriously raise the upside for all Green Bay receivers, especially Jordy Nelson, who became invisible without Rodgers. So much of the Rodgers-Nelson connection depends on their elite chemistry, so keep an eye on Jordy’s plummeting price tag and try to deploy him as a value if Rodgers indeed returns.

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Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player at DraftKings and FanDuel with numerous tournament wins in NBA and NFL contests. He's been writing about DFS for several years, specializing in NBA picks and advice while continuing to build his bankroll across the daily fantasy industry. When he's not playing DFS, Weitzer is often covering high school sports in the greater Boston area for outlets such as The Boston Globe, or playing basketball himself. Follow Nate on Twitter @Nweitzer7.

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