Welcome to the NFL FanDuel Week 15 Top Plays. I will highlight my favorite options with FanDuel’s scoring/salary in mind. These can typically be used on all sites, but use some common sense if another site scores differently or has a different salary. Remember, this is only a guide, and several factors may influence who you should select each day. Please keep in mind that unless noted, weather is not taken into account and with NFL action, it can be a factor.
Nick Foles (PHI): $6,000 @ NYG
Carson Wentz’s season ended last Sunday afternoon after suffering a torn ACL on a play where he dove into the endzone for a touchdown. Nick Foles entered in the fourth quarter and completed six of his 10 passes for 42 yards. Foles has not done much in the NFL over the past couple of years, but he did flash some greatness in 2013 when he represented the Eagles in the Pro-Bowl. Foles is not as good as Wentz, but I think he is an outstanding value option on this slate. He has a great surrounding cast with two premium receivers in Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz. On top of that, he has an outstanding matchup against the Giants who have allowed the most FanDuel points to opposing quarterbacks this season.
Russell Wilson (SEA): $8,400 vs. LAR
Although the Seahawks did not come away with a win last Sunday in Jacksonville, Russell Wilson showed that he is 100% matchup proof right now in fantasy. Wilson threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 50 yards on the ground against arguably the best defensive unit in 2017. In Week 13 on Sunday Night Football, Chris Collinsworth stated a ridiculous stat. At that point, Wilson was responsible for 82% of the Seahawks offensive yards which is the highest percentage in over 50 years.
Other players to consider: Ben Roethlisberger (PIT), Drew Brees (NOS)
Le’Veon Bell (PIT): $9,400 vs. PIT
In 2016 there was a stretch near the end of the season where if you did not play Le’Veon Bell or David Johnson you were just going to lose in DFS. We’re starting to see the same thing again with Bell as we wind down the 2017 regular season. Over his last three games, Bell has scored four touchdowns and gained 490 total yards on 51 rushes, 30 targets and 26 receptions. The bottom line is that his floor is extremely high with the voluming he is receiving and his talent gives him an enormous ceiling every week. Fade him at your own risk.
Kenyan Drake (MIA): $6,500 @ BUF
Kenyan Drake’s streak of two games with a touchdown ended on Monday night against the Patriots. However, Drake still had an excellent game with a total of 193 yards on 25 carries, six targets and five receptions. Drake has proven that he can be the every down back for the Dolphins and this week he has an outstanding matchup against the Bills who have allowed the most FanDuel points to opposing running backs this season.
Todd Gurley (LAR): $8,400 @ SEA
Similar to Russell Wilson, Todd Gurley is another player who is completely matchup proof. Coming into last Sunday, the Eagles had the number one ranked rushing defense in the NFL. You would not that from watching the Rams/Eagles game though considering that Gurley scored two touchdowns and gained a total of 135 yards on 13 rushing attempts and three receptions.
Other players to consider: LeSean McCoy (BUF), Alvin Kamara (NOS), Alex Collins (BAL)
Antonio Brown (PIT): $9,300 vs. NEP
I’m normally pretty hesitant to play elite wide receivers against Bill Belichick’s defense. However, I have noticed that the Patriots have been unable to slow down Brown over the last few years. Brown has faced the Patriots three times in each of the past four seasons. In those four games, Brown has a total of 310 yards and two touchdowns on 31 targets and 21 receptions. This game is projected to be a shootout with the highest projected total in Vegas at 53.5. We’re going to want exposure to this game in our lineups and the best route will be with Brown and Bell since they have such a high usage rate in this offense.
Michael Thomas (NO): $8,100 vs. NYJ
Michael Thomas is finally seeing some positive regression with touchdowns, scoring one in each of his past two games. Prior to those two games, Thomas went seven straight games without a touchdown. I think the positive regression will continue down the stretch in 2017 since he has seen double digit targets almost every single game this season. According to Pro Football Focus, Morris Claiborne is projected to shadow Thomas this week, who is ranked 84th out of 120 cornerbacks graded by Pro Football Focus.
Dede Westbrook (JAC): $5,700 vs. HOU
If you want to go the value route at wide receiver this week, then consider using Dede Westbrook. Westbrook has seen his yardage increase each week since coming off of his injury and playing in his NFL game in Week 11. Last week Westbrook had a touchdown, 81 yards and five receptions on a team high eight targets. This week he has an outstanding matchup against the Texans who have really struggled in their secondary all season.
Other players to consider: Adam Thielen (MIN), Doug Baldwin (SEA), Jordy Nelson (GBP), Josh Gordon (CLE), Alshon Jeffery (PHI)
Jimmy Graham (SEA): $6,700 vs. LAR
Jimmy Graham had a subpar game last week in Jacksonville. I don't think we should be too worried about that performance since the Jaguars do have one of the best defenses in the league. Graham went for 37 yards and a touchdown on six receptions and eight targets in this same matchup against the Rams back in Week 5.
Delanie Walker (TEN): $6,500 @ SF
Marcus Mariota has been struggling since the Titans bye week in Week 8, but Delanie Walker has had a solid floor over that same time. Over that span, Walker has had at least nine FanDuel points in five of his past six games. The 49ers were surprisingly one of the best defenses in the league early on against opposing tight ends. However, they have finally been regressing lately and continue to creep more towards the middle of the pack.
Other players to consider:
- Kai Forbath (MIN): $4,800
- Robbie Gould (SF): $4,500
- Josh Lambo (JAC): $4,700
Saints NOS vs. NYJ $4,600
The Saints are pretty much a lock for me at defense when you consider their ability, their salary and their great matchup against a Bryce Petty led Jets team. My guess is that they will be popular, but they are a chalk lock.
Vikings MIN vs. CIN $4,800
I do not think this is a good week to spend up at defense so my other recommendation is the Minnesota Vikings. The Viking's defense has not done much lately for fantasy purposes due to some pretty difficult matchups. However, they will face a banged up Bengals team who was just blown out by the Bears in their own stadium.
Other players to consider: Eagles (PHI), Bills (BUF)