Week 15 Contrarian FanDuel NFL DFS Picks
Jake Ciely of RotoExperts.com deals out his top Week 15 contrarian FanDuel NFL DFS picks.
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Week 15 Blind Spot Players
In case you're new to this, the Fantasy Blind Spot refers to players that you want to target in tournaments, such as the Millionaire Maker, etc… contrarian players if you will. They usually have one of the following characteristics:
1) have been performing well but haven't had a breakout game or big enough numbers to get Fantasy players talking, and/or
2) are in a price range of other more popular option, and/or
3) have frustrated with disappointing performances but have a great matchup to finally break through
FanDuel Week 15 Sleepers
Kirk Cousins $7500 – Blind spot option? Heck no. Given his price though, Cousins is a near must-start, which is rare to say in DFS. I'm assuming his price is lower due to his playing on Monday night, thereby limiting his availability. Nevertheless, the Panthers allow the third most yards after the catch to receivers (see: Jamison Crowder in this week's sleepers). Not surprisingly, that has resulted in allowing the second most passing yards on the year with 24 passing touchdowns (third most). Don't try to get cute; Cousins is a lock.
David Johnson $9800 – Suck it up and pay for this man! Many will be upset after last week, watching Le'Veon Bell go ape nuts and think, "Why pay top price for Johnson after that?" Well, because 1) Johnson is facing the Saints. They're allowing the sixth most FPPG to running backs with 17 total touchdowns, and 2) Johnson has 12 or more points in every game and the same potential to go off, as he has nine games of 20-plus points and four of 30-plus.
LeGarrette Blount $6300 – All he does is score touchdowns! Don't get it Blount's way, as the man will run straight through you. The Broncos defense is a long way removed from being dominant against the run, and in fact, you beat this defense by running it up the middle. In fact, the Broncos rank dead last in runs stuffed on Football Outsiders. Hmm, seems like a perfect matchup for Blount, doesn’t it?
Michael Crabtree $6000 – Much of this has to do with the matchups. Amari Cooper will likely see Casey Hayward more than Crabtree will, and that's one of the tougher matchups going. Conversely, Trevor Williams is a highly favorable matchup, and he has seven games of 14-plus points while Cooper has just four. Cooper may have a slightly higher ceiling, but he hits it less often and it will be tough to reach it this week.
Rishard Matthews $5800 – But the Titans stunk last week, and now they head to Kansas City! That's why Matthews' ownership (and Marcus Mariota's) will be rather low. Yes, Kansas City is a tough place to play, but the Chiefs have allowed the third most receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. But what about Marcus Peters, Jake? Well, Peters lines up on the left 92 percent of the time, and Matthews lines up on the right 51 percent, left 23 and slot 25. He can avoid Peters enough to nab a big play or two, and all Mathews needs to do is score – something he's been incredibly efficient at doing – for him to likely return 3x value. And before you go yelling at me after the fact… this is a blind spot play. There is risk here; I know!
Eric Ebron $5800 – Play your tight ends against the Giants, just as you do against the Browns and Lions. All solid tight ends (or better) have done well against the Giants, and Ebron should do the same. The GMen struggle to cover the middle of the field, and that's where slot receivers and tight ends have thrived against them. The Giants have allowed the fifth most targets, ninth most receptions and seventh most yards to tight ends this year. It's about all they are giving opposing offenses at this point, so exploit it.
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