Who to start in Week 15 FanDuel and Draftkings leagues!
Matthew Stafford (DET)
Draftkings - $6,100 Fanduel - $7,800
The Lions hit a bit of a speed bump last week against the St. Louis Rams and their stout defense but with a primetime matchup against the Saints on Monday Stafford and his offense should be able to get back on track. While the New Orleans defense did step up against their divisional rival last week I don’t see this being the case against Detroit and all of the weapons at their disposal. At a relatively low cost Stafford has a matchup that could put him in the top 5 performers in week 15. I see 300 plus yards to go along with a couple of touchdown strikes on Monday.
Matt Ryan (ATL)
Draftkings - $5,700 Fanduel - $7,200
My contrarian pick of the week! Matt Ice was humiliated last week against the vaunted Carolina Panthers Defense. Panthers are scary… Jacksonville Jaguars are also a type of wild beast jungle cat but certainly of the much more tame variety. Tame you ask? Tame in that they’ve been the 2nd most generous to opposing passers throughout the 2015 season. Ryan is better than he played last week. His price is right and he has weapons. Get him in a few lineups this week because he might go off and he’s not expected to be widely owned by the unwashed masses.
Running Backs –
Lamar Miller (MIA)
Draftkings - $6,300 Fanduel - $6,700
Last week Miller could have been an absolute monster if the Dolphins would have kept feeding him the rock, but for some reason they shied away from him after a huge first half. Lamar is hands down the best offensive playmaker that Miami has and he stated this week that he wants more touches. With a weak matchup on Sunday against a Chargers defense that doesn’t have a lot to play for look for Miami to feed Miller early and often. Being a dual threat by air and by ground I would not be surprised if Lamar sees 20-25 touches for 125 yards and 2 scores.
Denard Robinson (JAX)
Draftkings - $4,600 Fanduel - $6,300
Shoelace stepped in last week when Yeldon went down with a knee injury and hung 75 yards and touchdown on the reeling Colts defense. He could have had a bigger day had he not been stuffed at the goal-line too! He operated as an every down back and is expected to do the same this week with Yeldon still on the mend. Atlanta is the absolute best matchup for opposing running backs this season having yielded 1,248 yards on the ground and 750 yards receiving by opposing RB’s add in 18 touchdowns scored by opposing backs and you’ve got a cheap RB1 with massive upside. Start Denard Robinson with confidence in week 15.
Wide Receivers –
Doug Baldwin (SEA)
Draftkings - $5,800 Fanduel - $7,400
I know that I wrote about Baldwin last week in this same spot, but I am riding his coattails while he is absolutely scorching the earth. He draws another plus matchup this week against the lowly Cleveland Browns defense and should be able to roam free once again. I doesn’t hurt that Russell Wilson is performing at an extremely high level as well. The Seahawks will probably be up quickly in this one but I feel that Baldwin will do enough damage before the pull the plug on the passing game and just start pounding the rock. 85 yards on 6 receptions with another possible 2 scores will be in store this weekend.
Demaryius Thomas (DEN)
Draftkings - $6,800 Fanduel - $7,700
The Pittsburgh Steelers are the 7th most generous defense when it comes to opposing wide outs. Demaryius Thomas is far too talented to be bottled up forever and this one could prove to be a high scoring tilt as the Broncos visit the ever potent Pittsburgh offense on Sunday. The training wheels will have to come off young Osweiler if the Broncos want to win this one and my bet is Thomas is the benefactor. He is averaging 11 targets over the past 3 weeks and is going overlooked due to his lackluster production to date. This is DT’s week.
Tight Ends –
Eric Ebron (DET)
Draftkings - $3,000 Fanduel - $4,800
It truly is put up or shut up time for the young TE this week in a solid matchup against the New Orleans Saints. As I stated before Stafford will be coming after the Saints defense through the air and with Brandon Pettigrew out there should be no reason that Ebron doesn’t break free for a few big games and a score. With his value so low the potential that you should get in return will probably go unmatched. With the defense focusing on Golden Tate and Megatron I see Ebron reeling in 5 receptions for 75 yards and a score this week in New Orleans.
Ben Watson (NO)
Draftkings - $4,800 Fanduel $5,600
Ben Watson is averaging 9 targets per game over the last 3 weeks and draws a favorable match up at home vs Detroit on Monday night. Drew Brees is vastly superior on home vs. on the road and the matchup is juicy. Only 6 teams are more generous to tight ends than the lions who have also given up 10 touchdowns to the position. I’m thinking Ben gets at least one touchdown as Brees continues to look for the big man in the red-zone.
Patriots Defense –
Draftkings - $3,700 Fanduel $5,000
Back at full strength the New England defense was unstoppable last week. With a matchup against the Tennessee Titans this week they will continue to roll off of the momentum the gained in week 14 making the rookie Mariotta look pedestrian. Granted the Patriots defensive success coincides with their offensive success and with almost all of their weapons back on that side of the ball the Titans will be forced to keep up by airing it out. This will create many opportunities for some aggressive play calling by the Patriots and I see them disturbing the peace in the same way that they did against Houston.
Chiefs Defense –
Draftkings - $3,700 Fanduel - $5,200
12, 14, 19, 20, 5, 17, 14 - those are the last 7 point totals for the Chiefs defense and this week they draw the helpless Ravens. The ravens have scored 19 point the past two weeks and should put up little resistance in this one as they limp to the barn. Expect the Chiefs defense to rocking and rolling in this one. They are currently a 7 point favorite and I can’t imagine Baltimore will come close to covering that spread. The Chiefs will either be facing pick-6 machine Matt Schaub or the illuminating Jimmy Clausen – enjoy!
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