Week 15 Daily Fantasy Football: Best Picks at Each Position
Some weeks are wacky due to injuries and bad matchups. Andy Dalton, Thomas Rawls, Tyler Eifert and Greg Olsen all going down with an injury contributed to that line of thinking, while guys like Julio Jones and DeAndre Hopkins weren’t quite as good as we hoped for them to be – but we should have expected it due to tough matchups.
Week 15 doesn’t look like that kind of week. Instead, a lot of the guys atop the pricing list at DraftKings look rather tempting to pay up for. With the right value plays and the right studs mixed together, the perfect lineup could come to fruition in daily fantasy football in week 15. Let’s first set the stage for the week with the top picks to consider at each position:
QB: Tom Brady – Patriots ($7.8k) and Cam Newton – Panthers ($7.6k)
Quarterback is interesting this week, as the top studs have such sweet matchups that you can’t help but pay up at the position. You could still go cheaper with guys like Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson or Carson Palmer, but Brady and Newton are probably fighting for that top spot.
Brady has Gronk back and could even get Julian Edelman back in week 15. He was fine against the Texans last week and with a way better matchup against the Titans, he’s a strong bet for elite production. The same goes for Newton, who has been on fire for weeks now and is leading a still undefeated Panthers team. They seem unstoppable and a bad Giants defense isn’t very likely to get in their way.
RB: Devonta Freeman – Falcons ($7.5k) and Adrian Peterson – Vikings ($7.1k)
If I don’t have to, I’m not trying to get cute at running back. That’s why Freeman and Peterson head the week 15 list, as both guys have strong matchups and are generally either rock solid or as elite as it gets. Freeman is so close to being matchup proof that he still got you 8 fantasy points last week in a game where his Falcons got shutout. Peterson is the better play this week, as the Vikes badly need to win and his matchup against the Bears appears favorable.
WR: Julio Jones – Falcons ($8.5k) and Larry Fitzgerald – Cardinals ($7.3k)
Jones was another Atlanta player that still salvaged some value last week despite the Falcons playing about as horribly as a team can play. He should rebound in a big way this week, as he gets a beatable Jaguars defense. The best part is the value he represents, as he’s just $8.5k and has been way more than $9k in past weeks. For a guy who is fully capable of 40+ fantasy point outbursts, he’s one of the best bargains of the week.
Jones might be tough to trust after a few down weeks, but some of the other top studs have brutal matchups and are even tougher to trust. If you don’t like any of them, try dropping down to Larry Fitzgerald, who is still an elite fantasy receiver but has merely cooled off a bit. That will happen in an Arizona offense that tries to be balanced and spread the wealth, but it feels like Fitz is due for a big game. Going up against a shaky Eagles pass defense shouldn’t hurt his chances in week 15.
TE: Rob Gronkowski – Patriots ($7.7k) and Jordan Reed – Redskins ($5.9k)
Gronkowski returned last week and didn’t show much rust en route to 18 fantasy points. His matchup with the Titans isn’t one to be feared, so there’s little reason to be fearful of paying up for The Gronk this week. If you want to save a bit, Reed might be the next best play. He’s not priced like a stud, but few tight ends have been as consistent and also offer solid upside on a weekly basis. Greg Olsen and Tyler Eifert could both be out with injuries, so you may have to get creative at tight end. Using Reed against a burnable Bills pass defense could do the job.
DEF: Seahawks ($4.2k) and Chiefs ($3.7k)
Seattle has been a super safe defense lately, as they’ve produced 9+ fantasy points in three straight contests and very much seem like they’re back on track. They get Johnny Manziel and the Browns at home this week, and while Johnny Football looks much improved, this is a matchup that plays into their hands.
KC is cheaper and their matchup makes the mouth water almost just as much, as they get a really bad Ravens offense. Seattle just dispatched them fairly easily and the Chiefs have been mostly a monstrous unit for the past month. Riding a sick seven-game winning streak, it’s tough to imagine this aggressive Kansas City defense tanking in such a plus matchup.
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