FanDuel Fantasy Football: Week 15 Value Plays
FanDuel Fantasy Football: Week 15 Value Plays

This article is part of our FanDuel Fantasy Football series.

QUARTERBACK

Derek Carr, OAK at CIN ($6,800): Carr has come alive over the last two weeks, scoring 18.78 and 24.2 fantasy points in the FanDuel format. This week, the matchup is fantastic, as the Bengals give up 21.8 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, the second highest mark in the league. Carr has had this success throwing to a makeshift set of receivers, and if there's anyone to stack with him, it's Jared Cook (at least 10.2 fantasy points in his last four). The 16th highest priced quarterback this week, Carr can be used in either cash games or GPPs.

RUNNING BACK

Jaylen Samuels, PIT vs. NE ($5,500): As of Thursday James Conner hadn't practiced yet, and him suiting up Sunday for the tilt with the Patriots seems unlikely. That will leave Samuels as the main ball carrier Sunday for the game with the biggest over/under on a team with one of the better offenses. Without Conner last week, Samuels parlayed 18 touches into 92 yards from scrimmage totaling 12.7 fantasy points. Had he gotten the touchdown Stevan Ridley vultured away, he would have hit the 20-point mark, a huge value at this price. Look for him to be a cash game fixture this week.

David Johnson, ARI at ATL ($7,400): Johnson is reasonably priced this week, especially considering what he used to go for in years past. This is all about the matchup for him, as the Falcons give up the second most fantasy points to opposing running backs of the teams playing on the main slate. While it didn't lead to much production, Johnson was targeted 10 times last week in the passing game, showing Byron Leftwich is trying to get him involved in the offense. Look for a low ownership here as well, as Johnson has struggled all season, making him a GPP play this week.

WIDE RECEIVER

Corey Davis, TEN at NYG ($5,800): This seems like a good week to turn to Davis, as it's likely the Giants will focus on slowing down Derrick Henry after his big game a couple of Thursday's ago. Davis has touchdowns in three of his last five games and will be able to find space downfield with New York likely stacking the box. Around a bunch of duds this season, Davis has hit 21.5, 22, 26.6 fantasy points, demonstrating a high ceiling. However, with the majority of his games falling in the "dud" category he's best used for GPPs Sunday.

Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. OAK ($6,700): With 10 more receiving yards Boyd will hit the 1,000 yard mark for the season, which would be his first of his career. Without A.J. Green on the field, Boyd should continue to be the most heavily targeted receiver, and the 19 receiving touchdowns allowed by the Raiders is the second highest mark in football. The Bengals are a field goal favorite at home, and their implied score is over three touchdowns. It's likely Boyd will have a hand in at least one of those scores.

TIGHT END

Rob Gronkowski, NE at PIT ($6,900): Gronkowski finally looked healthy last week, and with all the weapons the Patriots have, it'll be unlikely the Steelers will double Gronk, even in the red zone. Gronkowski has a good history against the Steelers, with a stat line of 39-664-8 in only six games against the team. The main slate is void of Zach Ertz and Travis Kelce, while all the midpriced options are shaky at best. Gronkowski under $7,000 seems like a good value given the circumstances.

FLEX

Dalvin Cook, MIN vs. MIA ($6,300): Cook had the most carries (13) and touches (18) since Week 1 last week, suggesting the Vikings could be more aggressive with his usage with the change of offensive coordinators. Miami gives up the eighth most fantasy points to opposing running backs, and the game flow (Minnesota a seven-point favorite at home) suggests Cook and the running game will be relevant all four quarters in this one. Cook has 16.8, 14.6 and 15.1 fantasy points over his last three games, showing a solid floor, especially given his price.

DEFENSE

Minnesota Vikings D/ST vs. MIA, ($3,900): It makes sense this week to pay up for Baltimore ($5,000) or Jacksonville ($4,800) considering they're home and have good matchups. However, Minnesota is home as well, coming off a tough loss in Seattle and has a decent matchup against the Dolphins. At home this season (throwing out the New Orleans game), the Vikings have scored 7, 22, 12, 3 and 18 fantasy points. That shows the type of ceiling they have, and the 44 over/under with Minnesota favored by a touchdown suggests the Vikings defense should have its way with the Miami offense.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Kevin Payne plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: Fanduel: kevinccp, Draft Kings: kevinccp, Yahoo: kevinccp.
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