That collective groan heard across the nation was season-long fantasy owners bemoaning the carnage that was Week 14 of the NFL season. Or what a lot of folks call the first week of the fantasy playoffs.
Big name player after big name player put up pitiful numbers sending countless of owners to the mall as their teams are now eliminated and Christmas shopping looms.
Whereas the beauty of Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) allows us to dust ourselves off and get right back at it this week.
First, we will take a moment to bask in what was actually a very good Week 14 for our bargain basement selections. Three of our selections managed to reach double digit scoring and we are rolling into Week 15 with an air of renewed confidence.
Let’s keep the good times going with these cheap defenses/special teams (D/ST) selections for Week 15.
TAMPA BAY at Dallas- cost $2500. The Buccaneers have quietly been the most productive fantasy D/ST over the last five games racking up 13 sacks along with 14 turnovers and two defensive touchdowns. These are the type of numbers that we love to see from one of our bargain selections. We also like to see that the Dallas offense hasn’t quite been the juggernaut it was earlier in the season and rookie quarterback Dak Prescott is human after all. Over the last three games, Prescott has produced four total touchdowns while turning the ball over three times and been sacked seven times. I like the chances of the aggressive Bucs defense forcing the rookie into a mistake…or three.
NEW ORLEANS at Arizona- cost $2400. No. The Saints are not a D/ST that comes to mind when thinking of dominating units. On the season, they have produced at a fantasy level that lands them outside the top-20 for fantasy purposes. It’s not the production (or lack thereof) that has me liking the Saints this week, it’s the matchup against a struggling Cardinals offense. More to the point, I like the rate at which Arizona gives up sacks and all sorts of other big plays to opposing defenses. In the last five games, they have allowed 13 sacks and turned the ball over 11 times. The Cardinals have also allowed both a defensive as well as special teams touchdown in that time. While running back David Johnson will have a nice game, the Cardinals will be forced to throw the ball at some point and that’s where New Orleans will exploit a turnover-prone Carson Palmer.