It’s been an amazing NFL season, and Week 15 is likely the last ‘good’ DFS slate of year with Week 16 having three games on Saturday and Week 17 being, well, Week 17. There are 13 games on the slate, and we have five games in the late 4 p.m. time slot, so there will be some massive point swings coming down the stretch. There is only one game with a total of 50-points or more, and I wouldn’t have believed you four months ago if you told me that it would be with the Titans-Texans AFC South matchup. With that being said, there are still a lot of great stacking spots with the Bucs-Lions, Rams-Cowboys, Seahawks-Panthers, Dolphins-Giants and Falcons-49ers all standing out.
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Week 15 NFL DFS Picks: Top DraftKings stacks for cash games
QB Deshaun Watson and WR Deandre Hopkins, Houston Texans @ Titans
There is plenty of value at wide receiver this week to allow you to pay up for a high priced QB-WR stack. My favorite high-end stack is a Texans’ stack of Watson and Hopkins. While I like the idea of fading Hopkins in tournaments due to his likely high ownership, in favor of some cheaper options with upside such as Julio Jones, Julian Edelman, and Chris Godwin, he makes for a no-brainer cash game play. Hopkins faces a matchup with the Titans, who have been shredded by opposing wide receivers this season.
As for Watson, he has one of the best floor/ceiling combinations on a slate that doesn’t include Lamar Jackson. Watson unleashed his rushing ability last week after the Texans fell behind big to the Broncos, finishing the day with 44 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground to go along with 292 and a score through the air. The Texans-Titans matchup is the only game that has a total of 50-points or higher and has clear shootout potential with how explosive both offenses have been during the second half of the season.
QB Kyle Allen and RB Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers vs. Seahawks
I don’t think it’s necessary to spend down at quarterback this week, but if you want to jam Christian McCaffrey in your cash game lineup (never a bad idea), then you can look to stack CMC with Allen. From a real-life perspective, Allen has been pretty awful and has struggled with turnovers, but he has been more than serviceable from a DFS angle after posting three straight 20-plus point fantasy outings. The Panthers’ defense gotten torched over the last two months, which has led to Allen attempting an average of 43.2 passes over his last five games. That type of volume is hard to ignore at his price point, and you can correlate Allen with McCaffrey, who has 12 or more targets in three of the last four games. McCaffrey’s price is also back down to $10,000 on DraftKings, and the matchup is fairly soft against an average Seattle defense.
Week 15 DraftKings Picks: Best stacks for daily fantasy football GPPs/tournaments
QB Jameis Winston, WR Chris Godwin, and TE O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Lions
I love the Bucs’ stack of Winston and Godwin in all formats, and I’m hoping that question marks about Winston’s hand injury hold his ownership down in tournaments. Winston is having one of the wildest seasons that you will ever see, and he has a real shot at leading the league in passing yards, touchdowns and interceptions. He has shown a great floor and ceiling this season and has easily been my favorite quarterback to roster in DFS.
Godwin will be the clear cut top pass-catching option for Tampa with Mike Evans out, and he could push for 15-plus targets. While he faces a tough individual matchup against Darius Slay, the Bucs will move Godwin around the formation to get him more favorable matchups on occasions. I’m projecting double-digit targets for Godwin in this game, which could lead to a ceiling-type fantasy performance. In games in which Godwin saw 10 or more targets, he’s posted lines of 12/172/2, 10/151/0, and 5/74/0.
RB Todd Gurley and TE Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams @ Cowboys
I really like the Rams-Cowboys game as a game to stack in the 4 p.m. slate. The total is fairly high at 48.5-points, and both offenses are set up for success. The Rams have looked better on offense lately after committing to the run to take pressure off of QB Jared Goff, and I expect them to use a similar game plan to what they implemented last week in their win against the Seahawks to help negate Dallas’ pass rush that ranks ninth in adjusted sack rate. Gurley has seen 20 or more touches in three of the last four games, and I would be shocked if he didn’t see that again this week with the Dallas defense struggling to stop the run all season. Gurley is an incredible value on DraftKings at $6,000, and I don’t think he’ll be highly owned with so much attention going to Chris Carson, Derrick Henry, and Christian McCaffrey.
This is a weird spot where you can use an unconventional stack of Gurley and the tight end Higbee. While these players are not correlated plays, they are both underpriced given their roles in the offense over the last few weeks. Higbee has provided a huge boost to Rams’ offense since becoming the starter with both his blocking and pass-catching, and I expect him to maintain his role even if Gerald Everett returns from injury. Higbee is underpriced across the industry, and up the seams is where opposing offenses can exploit a Cowboys defense that is allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season.
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