DraftKings NFL Bargain Plays – Week 15
Quarterback – below $6,500
Philip Rivers- OAK at SD – $6,200
While the Oakland Raiders have improved on pass defense as this season has rolled on, they are still sixth most pass yards per game and a middle the pack passing touchdown total. Philip Rivers may have a heavier workload thrust upon him this week if Melvin Gordon does, in fact, sit out. Rivers has shown the ability to put up huge totals and this week, if given the chance, shouldn’t be too much different.
Colin Kaepernick – SF at ATL – $5,800
Colin Kaepernick’s last two weeks have been less than inspiring. A week after getting benched for Blaine Gabbert in Chicago, Kapernick posted just 11.63 DK points against the Jets. From a very high view this would look like a reason to fade Kaepernick. The positives remain though for the mobile quarterback. His running continues to boost his floor immensely and this week he gets a matchup with the Atlanta Falcons defense. Last week, the Falcons defense won someone the Millionaire Maker on DK. This week, I think Kaepernick will have an easier time and provide a decent fantasy output at a discounted price.
Eli Manning – NYG vs DET – $5,600
Eli Manning has shrugged off concerns about his uneven season. This week, he looks to get back on track with a matchup against Detroit. The Lions sit 30th in pass DVOA according to Football Outsiders. The game currently only holds a low 40s over/under, but Detroit has yielded the 8th most passing touchdowns on the year and should have a tough time containing Odell Beckham, Jr. Manning isn’t the best option on the day, but at his price tag should yield enough upside to make him viable.
Running Back – below $5,000
Kenneth Farrow – SD vs OAK – $4,400
As of the publishing of this article, Melvin Gordon is unlikely to play on Sunday. This news gives undrafted rookie Kenneth Farrow a major opportunity for playing time. On 15 carries last Sunday, Farrow didn’t show any immense upside, but he did haul in all six of his targets. In facing Oakland, Farrow will see the 26th ranked defense in rush DVOA. The opportunity Farrow will see greatly exceeds his price tag and he should be part of your research heading into the weekend.
Isaiah Crowell – CLE at BUF – $4,100
Guess who’s back? In the first two weeks of the season, Isaiah Crowell was mentioned a few too many times here in the DraftKings value plays. Poor performance and matchups pushed him off of our agenda, but coming off a stellar game last week, Crowell has made his way back into our good graces. We can’t expect the Browns running back to average over 10 yards per carry, but Buffalo was just gashed by (an obviously more talented) Le’Veon Bell last week. Crowell should be a key part of the Browns offense this week and could be in line for a big game.
Kenneth Dixon – BAL vs PHI – $3,800
We’ve been waiting for a split in carries and targets like we saw last week from the Baltimore Ravens. While their offense sputter last week, Dixon saw 11 carries and 11 targets. He hauled in eight of those targets and finished one off with a score. His price is unchanged coming off of last week’s game and should see enough volume to make paying it off easy.
Wide Receiver – below $5,000
Mohamed Sanu – ATL vs SF – $4,900
We still await word on whether or not Mohamed Sanu will be back from his groin injury this week. With Julio Jones still suffering from turf toe, Sanu would join Taylor Gabriel at the top of the Falcons depth chart. Atlanta has a great matchup with San Francisco, who ranks last or next to last in almost all defensive categories. Sanu doesn’t have the highest of ceilings, but this matchup and the number of target he should see make him a great option if healthy.
Jeremy Maclin – KC vs TEN – $4,800
While it would be easy to point to Tyreke Hill and Travis Kelce as one and two in the probable targets for Alex Smith this week, Jeremy Maclin should ease his way back into the fold as well. Hill and Kelce have both been great with Macline sidelined, but the Chiefs wideout should see his fair share of action against a Titans secondary that ranks 25th in pass DVOA. Last week Tennessee gave up 330 pass yards and could be in line for a similar fate this week.
Tight End – below $4,000
Cameron Brate – TB at DAL – $3,800
Cameron Brate remains an integral part of the Tampa Bay offense. Even on an off week for Jameis Winston, Brate had four receptions on five targets. While that isn’t going to win you gigantic sums of money, you know he has a consistent floor. This week he has a plus matchup with the Dallas Cowboys who sit at 31st overall in passing DVOA against tight ends on the season.
Ladarius Green – PIT at CIN – $3,700
While Ladarius Green may not see the majority of the snaps for Pittsburgh tight ends, he has clearly leap frogged Jesse James in the routes run and targets department. Green has seen 17 targets over the past two weeks with a total of eight receptions to show for them. This week, Green and the Steelers have a great matchup against the Bengals. Road games haven’t been the best for the Pittsburgh passing game, but Green should see enough targets to make him worth a consideration.
Defense/Special Teams – Below $3,400
Bears – CHI vs GB – $2,400
The Bears are facing the Green Bay packers in what is forecasted to be sub-zero weather. Chicago has nine sacks over the past two weeks. Green Bay doesn’t have much of a ground game and the Bears should be able to key on trying to get to Aaron Rodgers who is suffering from a calf injury. While we have targeted Chicago plenty of times this season, it may be a time to pivot away and take advantage of a cheap price tag in bad weather.