Week 15 is shaping up as an interesting one in NFL DFS circles. Some studs won’t be around on the main daily fantasy football slate at FanDuel due to a Thursday game, Monday game and (count it) two Saturday games.
It’s weird, but it’s kind of awesome, as it cuts things down a bit. Despite that, there are still a slew of expensive studs that everyone is going to want. Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell and Rob Gronkowski understandably lead the way, while the return of Aaron Rodgers will throw a wrench in things a bit, as well.
Add in a hopefully no longer concussed Alvin Kamara, and it will be very interesting to see how DFS gamers spend their money. Regardless, you’re going to need a few bargain plays if you plan at paying up at the spots that demand it. I’ve got four sleepers to consider, one for each main offensive position at FanDuel:
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers ($7.3k)
A-Rod and Tom Brady should garner a good amount of ownership, while Jimmy G probably will be owned at 10% or possibly much lower. That’s interesting, considering he’s looked really good in his first two starts with the Niners.
Garoppolo isn’t working with awesome weapons, but he’s dazzling in Kyle Shanahan’s system, putting up 293+ passing yards in each of his last two games. The touchdowns are coming and I wouldn’t be shocked if they arrived in a solid matchup with the Tennessee Titans.
The Titans are a pretty under-whelming defense as a whole and this week’s game goes down in the Bay Area. Don’t be shocked if Jimmy G slays en route to a 3-0 start as the 49ers’ starting quarterback.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers ($5.8k)
I find it very odd that Stewart didn’t receive a big salary boost at FD, even after showing he still has some juice last week. He was up against a very tough Vikings front line, yet he scored three times and piled on over 100 rushing yards.
That was last week, I know, but in week 15 he’s at home against the Green Bay Packers. It’s possible the green and gold rally behind the return of Rodgers, but their defense still isn’t any good. Considering they’ve allowed the likes of Peyton Barber and Isaiah Crowell to drop 100+ rushing yards on them recently, I find it hard to believe Stewart is going to be a bad play.
Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars ($5.7k)
There should be a lot of value at the wide receiver position this week, but my favorite cheap receiver is still going to be the speedy Westbrook. Westbrook was a big play monster at Oklahoma and again showed off his down-field prowess during this year’s preseason.
We really haven’t seen him go nuts yet – partially due to having Blake Bortles as his quarterback – but those big plays are coming. Despite not really crushing it yet, Westbrook has still remained fantasy relevant due to a big role (6+ targets in every game this year). His role, speed and matchup (Texans rank 25th against WRs) have me salivating this week.
Vernon Davis – Washington Redskins ($5.8k)
Davis isn’t as cheap as I’d like, but his price is comparable to my other bargain picks on this list. With Jordan Reed officially done for the year, he’s now the top guy at tight end for the Redskins and is looking at a beatable matchup in week 15.
Davis faces an Arizona Cardinals defense that has performed below expectations all year and specifically stinks (30th!) against tight ends. He’s a scoring threat every time he touches the field due to his size and he could be a safety net for Kirk Cousins this week, as well. Tight end is pretty weak on the main slate, so he may be a great value play to use to open up salary elsewhere.