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DFS: DraftKings & FanDuel – Week 15 Value Plays

Happy Holidays! It is already Week 14 and it has been a wild week-to-week of football. This week we have several injuries along with multiple Ravens added to the COVID list. It seems as if the Ravens have had the toughest time out of anyone to keep players off the list. Ronald Jones is another player added to the list that will make us think about trusting Leonard Fournette this week.

Another surprise we had mid-week was the announcement of Drew Brees starting over Taysom Hill. Brees should be healthy enough if they are deciding to start him but be cautious when using him as the team could still run Hill when they get close to the goal line. This is a boost for Alvin Kamara; he enters this week at $7,400 on DraftKings and looks to be in a great spot.

Quarterbacks

Aaron Rodger and Justin Herbert led the position in ownership with 15%. Rodgers scored 30.9 DraftKings points while Herbert had 16.72 DraftKings points. Big difference if you choose one over the other. Door number 3 was Patrick Mahomes who had about 9% ownership and scored 24.62. They were all outscored by the rookie Tua Tagovailoa in his best start of the season with 31.04 DraftKings points. He was the best value at $5,400. The biggest bust was Daniel Jones scoring just 4.08 DraftKings points.

Cam Newton – New England Patriots (DK: $5,500/$367 DPP — FD: $7,700/$513 DPP)

It’s going to be tough for people to click on Newton this week. Coming off last week’s Showdown slate disaster where he was 67% owned and scored just 5.36 DraftKings points. Now this week, the Dolphins are favored by 1 at home and Tua Tagovailoa will gain some ownership after his big Week 14 performance. That leaves Newton in almost no lineups this week given the other plays on the slate. Last time these teams played, Newton put up 25.7 DraftKings points. Miami has been tough on defense over the last month but Newton is still worth a stack in larger tournaments.

Chase Daniel – Detroit Lions (DK: $5,000/$392 DPP — FD: $6,500/$593 DPP)

If Matthew Stafford is out, Daniel will start in his place. This is a game where people will be heavy on Derrick Henry and the other Titans players. If the Lions fall behind early, they will need to throw often. The Titans are a good quarterback matchup as they rank 4th over the past month in fantasy points allowed with 23.4 DraftKings points per game.

Running Backs

Derrick Henry was the top owned player at the position at 26% and was the top scorer with 39.2 DraftKings points. The top value play was Jonathan Taylor with 33.5 DraftKings points. The biggest bust was Aaron Jones with the second highest ownership at 24% but scored only 9.5 DraftKings points.

Kenyan Drake – Arizona Cardinals (DK: $5,500/$367 DPP — FD: $6,500/$464 DPP)

Drake has played well over the last few weeks getting 20+ carries in 2 of the last 3 games. The big news is that Chase Edmonds is questionable with an ankle injury and if he’s limited or out, then Drake will get almost all the work in the backfield. Add in the fact that Kyler Murray hasn’t been running as much as he has before the shoulder injury and Drake becomes a very good play this week. The Eagles have allowed 23.2 DraftKings points per game over the last month to the position.

Leonard Fournette – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (DK: $4,500/$375 DPP — FD: $5,500/$555 DPP)

Fournette was out last week but this week he returns to the lineup as Ronald Jones is out due to COVID. In the first game against the Falcons he saw 15 carries for 71 yards and he was targeted a season high 6 times. The Falcons are middle-of-the-pack in fantasy points allowed to the position with 20.52 DraftKings points per game. The concern for me is that Fournette was inactive last week for non-injury reasons so the team may still not trust him.

About Walter Collazo

Writer for Fantasy Sharks since 2006. Member of FSTA. Winner of the 2014 Fantasy Football Article of the Year Online award, awarded by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.