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Week 15 DFS Lineup: Flacking Flacco
Creating my Week 15 DFS Lineup was the equivalent of using Google with the Safe Search feature turned on. Instead of finding something mind blowing you can send to your friends, you’re instead left with something that serves it’s purpose but barely moves the needle. As is often the case late in the NFL season, bad weather, bad teams, playoff runs and injuries creep into our decision making. Because it wasn’t difficult enough already.
I would love to roster Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams against the Chicago Bears, but not if the high temperature for the game is zero degrees. Rodgers had admitted to having trouble with his legs in cold weather so I’m avoiding him and instead turning to Ty Montgomery. I know, at first glance it makes no sense. Consider the Packers coaching staff made mention of a hypothetical involving Montgomery seeing twenty touches, and weather which makes throwing the ball extremely difficult and suddenly you have value.
Value is at an all time premium for your Week 15 lineup because of two players, David Johnson and LeVeon Bell. A number of folks are going to roster both, especially this week because of the QB and WR options being limited due to difficult matchups.
- Matt Ryan is without Julio Jones
- Ben Roethlisberger is on the road
- Tom Brady is at Denver and without Rob Grownkowski
- Drew Brees is on the road
- Philip Rivers may play in heavy rain
- Marcus Mariota is playing against Kansas City
- Matthew Stafford has a finger issue
- Derek Carr has a finger issue and was flat out terrible last weekend
- Dak Prescott has turned into Dak Prescott
- Andrew Luck is up against the Vikings
I feel physical pain typing this but Joe Flacco and Alex Smith seem like strong DFS options in Week 15. For those of you who just threw up in your mouth, I understand. I know it hurts but trust me.
Week 15 DFS Lineup Suggestions
Before we jump into Fantasy Football shenanigans, I’d like to either share with you or give a friendly reminder of Craig Sager’s ESPY speech (below) about what it’s like to fight cancer, but more importantly, what it’s like to live. Craig Sager passed away this week and the sports industry lost one of the few people who seemed to remember how important it is to not let anyone or anything steal your joy. True inspirations are hard to find but listening to Sager is moving to say the least.
Week 15 DFS Lineup Nuggets Inside My Brain
- I’m going to play LeVeon Bell and David Johnson in a number of lineups but it’s much easier to do on FanDuel than it is on DraftKings
- The only reason I’m taking one of these guys out of my lineup is to play Antonio Brown or Odell Beckham. This week my preference is Brown but both could have monster games.
- Before removing Tom Brady from your lineup options, consider the fact he’s torched the Broncos the last two meetings, throwing for over 600 yards and adding seven TDs. But, no Gronk this week.
- Antonio Gates needs two TDs to tie the touchdown record for tight ends. Yes, this seems like a narrative but, it also seems realistic.
- Michael Floyd is no longer an Arizona Cardinal. J.J. Nelson against New Orleans anyone?
- Tyrod Taylor, Andy Dalton, Eli Manning and Trevor Siemein: All viable tournament options this week.
- Adrian Peterson is back. I guess that’s worth mentioning since it could open up play action for Kyle Rudolph and Stefon Diggs.
- If you want to pivot off David Johnson and Le’Veon, consider the following RB options:
- Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman vs. the putrid 49ers run defense
- LeSean McCoy vs the Cleveland Browns
- Kenneth Farrow now that the entire backfield for the Chargers is missing
- Ryan Mathews becomes an actual option with Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood both out
Week 15 DFS Lineup: FanDuel – Cash Games
The Tennessee Titans are giving up the third most Fantasy points to QBs on the season and are giving up the fifth least to RBs. Statically, this projects to be a plus matchup for Travis Kelce, Jeremy Maclin and Tyreek Hill. I’ll take the value in Alex Smith instead.
The Colts secondary is injured and even when healthy, they are mediocre at best. Minnesota is at home and has proven incapable of running the ball with any success; Adrian Peterson returning won’t immediately fix that. Stefon Diggs could have a huge week, especially in PPR formats.
Sammy Watkins has looked healthy enough to this point and this week faces the Cleveland Browns, or at least what’s left of them.
No Donte Moncrief means extra targets for someone on the Colts. The secondary for Minnesota is good enough to force Luck to look for matchups that don’t involve T.Y. Hilton. I’ll take a shot on Doyle scoring a TD or wracking up yards over the middle.
Week 15 DFS Lineup: DraftKings – Cash Games
Joe Flacco seems like he would be just terrible to get a beer with. He’d probably constantly remind you about the time he won the Super Bowl. He’d ask you what you thought of his hair or how cool his stubble looks. He’s the real life version of Uncle Rico, had he made it to the NFL. All that being said, the Eagles defense has been getting roasted recently and Flacco is underpriced. This is business instead of pleasure, I’ll take a shot on the most overrated QB in the history of the NFL.
I’m stacking Mike Wallace with Flacco. The Eagles secondary doesn’t seem to have the speed necessary to keep up with big play threats such as Wallace and this could be the biggest mismatch of the weekend.
The Cincinnati Bengals defense has given up the third most Fantasy points to tight ends in standard scoring leagues this season and thus, Ladarius Green becomes not only a yardage threat but a TD one as well.
Marqise Lee is apparently the best Fantasy option on the Jaguars. If you haven’t been paying attention to the Jags box score, I can’t blame you but Lee has exceeded 80 yards receiving or scored a TD in four of the last six games.