Top 9 Fantasy Football Week 15 DraftKings Contrarian Picks, FanDuel Sleepers
Week 15 Blind Spot Players
In case you're new to this, the Fantasy Blind Spot refers to players that 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. These are the players you want to target in tournaments, such as Millionaire Makers. You want a contrarian lineup, and there are few better ways to build one than by grabbing some Fantasy Blind Spot players.
DraftKings Week 15 Lineup Sleepers: QB
Tyrod Taylor, BUF $5,600 – I find it hard not to pay up at quarterback this week, but if you're going to save money, the obvious pick will be Matthew Stafford at $6,100. Don't forget about TyGod. Jay Cutler just threw for 315 yards and two TDs against the Skins last week, Eli Manning had 321/2, Cam Newton 246/5, and the list goes on. Tyrod Taylor can easily notch multiple touchdowns, even if one has to come via the ground.
DraftKings Week 15 Lineup Sleepers: RB
Charcandrick West, KC $4,800 – I actually like both running backs in this matchup, as even though both teams are strong against running backs, both teams should also have a run-focused approach. West and Allen both see plenty of targets to boot, and with West, Spencer Ware sounds doubtful. In the three games before West got hurt and Ware became a thing, he had 23.9, 22.2 and 31.1 points.
DraftKings Week 15 Lineup Sleepers: WR
Damaryius Thomas, DEN $6,800 – The Steelers have not only given up 23 double-digit performances to receivers, they also have allowed nine scores of 20-plus. In fact, there have been eight teams that had two receivers hit double digits and two teams with three receivers! That's a pretty picture ain't it? Thomas' price has never been this low.
Jeremy Maclin, KC $5,500 – Sure, Maclin's price increased for the third straight week, but it's still too low. Maclin has 34.0, 29.5 and 12.6 the last three games, and that last one is a pretty nice floor considering gameflow and drawing the Jason Verrett matchup. The Ravens secondary has no one matching Verrett's skill and allow more FPPG to receivers than anyone else.
DraftKings Week 15 Lineup Sleepers: TE
Zach Miller, CHI $3,600 – Miller has done quite well when Martellus Bennett has been out. Bennett suffered an injury in Week 11, missed Week 12, returned Week 13 and then hit the I.R. Miller has 7.7, 9.0 and 19.5 in those Week 11, 12 and 14 games. The Vikings have a strong defense, but they are just middle of the pack against tight ends, and Miller's price is so attractive.
FanDuel Week 15 Lineup Sleepers: QB
Philip Rivers, SD $7,400 – I know, I know. Banged up offensive line and no one left at receiver… no, really, shambles of a receiving crew. However, Stevie Johnson could return from injury and Rivers threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns before the two brutal matchups (DEN, KC). But it was the Jaguars! Yes, I know, but it's the Dolphins this week. They are terrible against the pass. Just look at what Eli Manning (and Odell Beckham) did to them. The Dolphins have allowed six quarterbacks to top 20 points on FanDuel and another four to notch about 15 points, which includes 14.3 to Matt Schaub of all people. If Stevie Johnson is out, I like this contrarian play a bit less, but there will be very few on Rivers this week.
FanDuel Week 15 Lineup Sleepers: RB
Lamar Miller, MIA $6,700 – I wasn't planning on including Miller in the blind spot section, but when I see the number of seasonal players worried about using him, I figure it might be worse for DFS. Look, I get it, the Dolphins are idiots. No other way to put it. Miller gashes the Giants and then goes M.I.A. in the second half. Even with limited touches, Miller still had 20.9 points and now gets the supremely vulnerable Chargers run defense. The only reason Miller isn't 7k-plus is because the Dolphins are evil.
FanDuel Week 15 Lineup Sleepers: WR
Randall Cobb, GB $7,200 – Who would have thought Aaron Rodgers and Cobb would be risks this year? The offense just isn't the same without Jordy Nelson, but this is one of the weeks where Cobb has the matchup to go off. The Raiders benched D.J. Hayden, and that looked to help, but then Maclin torched them (9/95/2) and Demaryius Thomas had 10/95 last week.
FanDuel Week 15 Lineup Sleepers: TE
Gary Barnidge, CLE $6,400 – At this price, I would be surprised if anyone owns Barnidge. He's only behind Rob Gronkowski, Greg Olsen in a great matchup and Tyler Eifert who could be out. There are big names behind him, and people will focus on the matchup (SEA). However, the Seahawks are actually quite forgiving to tight ends, and they could easily be up 21-0 at the end of the first quarter with how Russell Wilson is playing. The Browns will have to pass plenty, Johnny Manziel found Barnidge for a touchdown last week, and Barnidge has just two single-digit games since Week 3.
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