Daily Fantasy Football: Some Week 15 Values in FanDuel Leagues
If you play daily fantasy football (and who doesn't these days?), you realize the key to your success is uncovering salary-cap values.
Here are some values in FanDuel leagues for Week 15 (sorted by position and then salary from lowest to highest):
QB - Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (at ATL), $5,100 salary: At nearly the contest-minimum salary for quarterbacks, which is $5,000, Cousins gets a favorable matchup at a deep discount price to allow you to load up elsewhere. While the Redskins seem to have quit and are loaded with dysfunction, Cousins is still my 18th-ranked quarterback of signal-callers yet to play and 44 other quarterbacks have a lower salary this week.
QB - Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (at CLE), $7,100: In a semi-controversial decision albeit one that the Bears have maintained all along, Cutler will be back under center in the team's QB-friendly offense loaded with offensive weapons. A relative bargain with the 22nd-highest salary among QBs, Cutler faces a Browns team that has allowed multiple passing scores in eight consecutive games.
RB - Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland Browns (vs. CHI), $4,500: At the running back minimum salary, Ogbonnaya appears positioned to come up big for fantasy owners despite the small salary. With Willis McGahee dealing with a concussion and already ruled out, Silent G should get a large workload against a defense that has allowed six consecutive 100-yard rushers.
RB - Jordan Todman, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. BUF), $4,600: Although Maurice Jones-Drew considers himself "50-50" to play on Sunday, he is listed as "doubtful" on the team's injury report and is unlikely to play. That means that Todman should get a significant workload against the league's 26th-ranked rush defense.
RB - Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona Cardinals (at TEN), $5,000: Not only should Mendy get 15-18 carries in a favorable matchup, but he has scored in three of his past four games. Tennessee has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season and multiple rushing touchdowns in six of their last eight games.
RB - Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons (vs. WAS), $6,300: Averaging close to 20 touches per game over the past three weeks, Jackson appears to be at his best since missing several games due to injury. Fortunately for SJax and his fantasy owners, he faces the team that has given up the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs and appears to have thrown in the towel this season. Oh, and over their past five games, they have surrendered nine TDs to backs.
RB - Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams (vs. NO), $6,700: Like with Jackson, Stacy is priced like an RB2 but I have him ranked as an RB1 this week. Stacy has the 16th-highest salary among running backs this week. Over his past eight games, Stacy has 742 yards from scrimmage, 20 receptions and six touchdowns.
RB - Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers (at DAL), $7,200: Not necessarily cheap in absolute terms at $7,200, Lacy is my fourth-ranked running back this week yet he carries the ninth-highest price tag. Many of my FanDuel leagues this week will feature a Fat Eddie and Silent G combo at RB. No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs this season and the Cowboys will be missing inside linebacker Sean Lee.
WR - T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (vs. HOU), $5,300: It's hard to trust Hilton after several disappointing performances including last week's seven-yard dud. In fact, he's on the sit'em side of my Start'em, Sit'em column this week for leagues that are not salary-cap based. With the 40th-highest remaining salary among receivers, however, he's worth a gamble here as he went off the first time he faced the Texans to the tune of 7/121/3, which was good for 33.6 points based on FanDuel scoring (half-point per reception).
WR - Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs (at OAK), $5,400: While his yardage totals over the past five weeks are relatively modest (from 51 to a season-high 70) but at least consistent, Bowe has scored a touchdown in three of his past four games. The Raiders have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season.
WR - Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans (vs. ARI), $5,400: Slowed by a couple of injuries last week, Wright had just two catches for 17 yards. Except for the opener and last week, Wright has more than 50 receiving yards in every game this season and I expect a bounce-back performance from him this week. The biggest drawback with Wright, however, is that he has scored only twice all year.
WR - Julian Edelman, New England Patriots (at MIA), $5,500: Over the past three weeks, Edelman has a total of 24 catches for 275 yards and three scores. Miami's pass defense is much better than its run defense, but they placed one of their starting corners on injured reserve earlier in the week.
WR - Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints (at STL), $5,700: We've seen inconsistent production from Colston this year, but he is coming off his best performance of the season. Last week, he had nine catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns. As the 29th-most expensive wide receiver left to play this week, Colston is my 17th-ranked receiver out of that group.
TE - Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans (vs. ARI), $4,800: Looking for a bargain at tight end that could conceivably finish as a top-three scorer this week? Of course you are and Walker is your guy. Despite having the 16th-highest TE salary, Walker is my fourth-ranked tight end yet to play this week. No team has allowed more fantasy points or touchdowns (14) to opposing tight ends than the Cardinals this season.
For a sortable grid of FanDuel values, check out our salary-cap analysis for all players.
Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings:
- Week 15 Fantasy Football QB Rankings
- Week 15 Fantasy Football RB Rankings
- Week 15 Fantasy Football WR Rankings
- Week 15 Fantasy Football TE Rankings