Week 15 of NFL DFS is here, and we’re looking to cash in on the big daily fantasy football money at FanDuel. Now through the playoffs, we’ll bring you our top NFL DFS GPP picks for each position and recommend some cash plays as well.
As with any daily fantasy sport, the advice below is relevant for fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, game flow and several more factors. This viewpoint is important to remember when constructing a roster on any of the daily fantasy sites.
FanDuel DFS Week 15 Tournaments
FanDuel DFS Quarterback Picks
Kirk Cousins vs. MIA $7.8K
Kirk Cousins has 10 FanDuel points or fewer in three of his past five starts and only 20 total in the last two weeks. I expect a decline in ownership especially after seeing Cousins and the Vikings offense put up a stinker Monday night in Seattle, which resulted in the firing of Offensive Coordinator John DeFilippo the next day. A move like that could provide a spark in the offense, but at the same time, a matchup at home against a much softer opponent usually does the trick. Miami has allowed the fourth-most yards, eighth-most passing yards, and 10th-most fantasy points to opposing QBs. Minnesota’s 27.5 team implied total is tied for the highest of the week.
Dak Prescott @ IND $7.3K
If you’re looking for a quarterback near the bottom of the $7K range who has the upside to win you a tournament, enter Dak Prescott. The Dallas Cowboys’ QB has put up at least 14 FanDuel points in eight straight games and is averaging 20 points per game over his six games with Amari Cooper, compared to 18.2 on the season. Prescott has a sneaky rushing ability that gives him a solid floor. Cooper, along with the play of Ezekiel Elliott (career-high 81 targets and 65 catches), provides a solid ceiling. If you decide to fade Elliott in a tournament lineup, pair Prescott with Cooper. The latter is averaging 8.8 targets, 6.6 catches, and 107 yards in his six games with the Cowboys. You could even rock Elliott with Prescott to be contrarian, as we’ve seen the Sunday Million be won with a QB/RB duo before. The 47-point total between the Cowboys and Colts is the second highest on the main slate. Andrew Luck may force Prescott to throw more than usual; plus, the Dallas run defense has been solid.
Cash game QBs to consider: Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, Andrew Luck, Josh Allen
FanDuel DFS Running Back Picks
Joe Mixon vs. OAK $7.8K
Joe Mixon is coming off a career-high 26 carries and 31 touches. He’s going to be a popular choice this week due to his price and matchup, but you should feel good about rostering him. Oakland has allowed the second-most rushing yards and points this season. They rank dead last against the pass and sixth worst against the run, according to Football Outsiders.
Derrick Henry @ NYG $6.1K
Derrick Henry isn’t going to pop off for 238 yards this week, and you won’t get him with low ownership, but the price and matchup are solid here. The Giants have allowed six RBs to top 76 yards in the last six games, and four have hit the 100-yard mark, all due to the trade of Damon Harrison. The Titans leaned on Henry last week. They are 3-0 when Henry gets at least 17 carries, and they’ve won three straight games in which he’s had at least 10 carries. Keep in mind Henry came on strong last season as well.
Dalvin Cook vs. MIA $6.2K
As mentioned above, I’m in on the Vikings turning things around at home against Miami. Dalvin Cook makes for a good tournament play if you’re not feeling Cousins. Cook’s 13 carries last week were his most since Week 1. He’s put together three solid fantasy games in a row in which he’s scored at least 14.6 points. He finally looks healthy, and in the last two weeks, Cook has had 22 carries, 139 rushing yards, 17 targets, and 13 catches. Look for Minnesota to establish the run, which should open things up in the passing game. The Dolphins have allowed the third-most rushing yards and fourth-most yards overall.
Cash game RBs to consider: Ezekiel Elliott, Saquon Barkley, Leonard Fournette, David Johnson, Tarik Cohen, Chris Carson, Jaylen Samuels, Doug Martin
FanDuel DFS Wide Receiver Picks
JuJu Smith-Schuster vs. NE $7.8K
The contrarian play at this point may be to roster Antonio Brown, who has to deal with Bill Belichick and Stephon Gilmore this week. Smith-Schuster has more catches and yards than Brown though. Plus, he’s easier on the wallet. Smith-Schuster has seven 100-yard games this season, and at least 90 were in four of his past five games. Just because Smith-Schuster is one of only two PIT/NE suggestion in this article doesn’t mean fade this game. There will be points scored (highest total at 52) in this contest, and Smith-Schuster along with Julian Edelman are strong plays.
Jordy Nelson @ CIN $5.0K
Jordy Nelson has 18 targets, 16 catches, and 145 yards in the last two weeks. The Cincinnati Bengals have allowed the most yards, rushing yards, points, and fantasy points to the QB/RB positions. They’ve given up the fourth-most passing yards and 27 passing touchdowns. Oakland is just as bad though, so don’t be surprised if this game goes over the 46-point total.
Robert Foster vs. DET $5.4K
Detroit ranks 31st in pass DVOA and has allowed the fourth-most yards to wide receivers over the last four weeks. Robert Foster has at least 94 yards in three of his past four games. Buffalo cut Kelvin Benjamin and Andre Holmes, which resulted in a season-high eight targets, seven catches and 104 yards last week for Foster. It’s a small sample size, but Foster has a 26.8 aDOT.
Cash game WRs to consider: Adam Thielen, T.Y. Hilton, Amari Cooper, Davante Adams, Julian Edelman, Tyler Lockett, Antonio Brown, Corey Davis, Tyler Boyd, Stefon Diggs, Dante Pettis
FanDuel DFS Tight End Picks
Vance McDonald vs. NE $5.5K
Vance McDonald has four catches in each of his last two games and at least three in eight straight games. In fact, he only has one game with fewer than three grabs. He’ll be involved in this potential shootout game with New England. James Conner is doubtful, which will result in a few more passes for Ben Watson. Paying up for TE is the way to go this week, but McDonald and Vernon Davis have some appeal in this $5K range. Jordan Reed and Josh Doctson are both doubtful for Washington, which should result in about 5-7 targets for Davis.
Cash game TEs to consider: George Kittle, Rob Gronkowski, Eric Ebron, Jared Cook
FanDuel Defense DFS Picks
Chicago Bears vs. GB $3.7K
There’s no way there should be 10 more expensive options at D/STs than the Bears. They made Jared Goff and one of the best offenses in the game look silly last week. The opposing Aaron Rodgers hasn’t thrown more than two passing touchdowns since Week 5, and he’s been held to under 200 yards passing in three of his past five. On top of that, the Bears are the No. 1 coverage team, according to Pro Football Focus. They rank first against the pass and run while leading the league in points allowed and interceptions.
Cash game DSTs to consider: Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans
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