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NFL DFS: DraftKings and FanDuel Best Buys For Week 15

James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars

It's been a frustrating season for James Robinson and his fantasy managers, but better times may be ahead, starting on Sunday

Wow has it been an exhausting 10 days or so. We are definitely going to mix up the format a little bit for the Week 15 daily fantasy (DFS) football picks. And we'll get into that. But earlier in the week I promised you a venomous diatribe against New York and dangit if I don't keep my promises!

Around this time last week I was making a 20-hour round trip to pick up my eldest who had just finished up her first semester at college. That by itself can be exhausting but sandwiched around that has been exhaustive time spent talking with individuals at the NY State Tax Department.

A little background first. A few years ago, I sold an apartment in New York that had been left to me by a deceased family member. At settlement, I paid all necessary property taxes. I also then paid all capital gain income taxes that I owed NY when I filed my income taxes, even though I never had worked in the state. I got a tax bill about a year or so later saying I owed taxes to NY, which of course I ignored because I knew I had paid my taxes on the sale of the apartment. Well... it turns out that despite having never worked or had any kind of permanent residence in NY, the state believes I should have been making quarterly estimated payments between the time I sold the apartment and when I paid the taxes. Therefore, I had not only accumulated some serious penalties but a heavy amount of interest as well.

We will ignore the idiocy of such policies and fast-forward to last week. I not only had a levy placed on all of my accounts, but my children's accounts as well. I spent way more time than anyone should ping-ponging back and forth between my bank and the NY Tax Department. And I will say that easily 80 percent of the people I dealt with at the latter were pleasant. Perhaps they were too pleasant. Because one of the first things I did was set up a payment plan with them. However, what I should have been told from the moment I called was "The levy will remain on your account until the balance is paid in full regardless of any correspondence from your bank." I was not.  

You are probably bored with this story already. I will simply tell you that as of this writing, the levy has been lifted. But I was completely drained and did not give the appropriate attention to DFS last week I should have and made some really poor suggestions in this space. My apologies. Naturally, I come back a week later and due to COVID-19 chaos, the entire DFS slate has been turned upside down.

Week 15 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Therefore for both time reasons and who knows who is going to play when, I will simply give you my top 10 favorite value plays for Week 15 and maybe a thought or two about each.

I hope by now you know the differences between cash games and GPPs, but if not feel free to hit me up on Twitter (@MarkStrausberg) with that question or any others you might have about this week's games.

Onto my "Top 10 Favorite Week 15 DFS Picks"...

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers vs. Atlanta Falcons (DK $5800, FD $6700)

Garoppolo is absolutely a serviceable QB. He has two touchdown passes each of the last two games and is five yards short of 600 passing yards combined during those contests. He is also completing more than two-thirds of his passes. That kind of dependability against the Falcons who are giving up the second-most fantasy points to all quarterbacks is a steal at these salary levels.

Related: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 15 QB/TE/DST Fantasy Advice

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Tyler Huntley, QB, Baltimore Ravens vs. Green Bay Packers (DK $5400, FD $6400) 

I don't like Huntley as much on FanDuel as I do on DraftKings. However, if Lamar Jackson is ruled out, I do like Huntley this week as a potential GPP play. Last week, he completed 27 of 38 passes for 270 yards and a score. He also ran six times for 45 yards. For some quarterbacks, that's a day. Huntley did it in just two and half quarters of work. This game is much more interesting if Lamar plays, but if Lamar is out, "Snoop" is one of my favorite tournament plays.

James Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans (DK $5400, FD $6300) 

I already discussed Robinson in my start/sit RB/WR fantasy advice for this week. Go read that. But here's a reminder of just how explosive Robinson can be:

Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts (DK $4900, FD: N/A for multiple-game slate)

Damien Harris has been ruled out. Stevenson should start. The last time Stevenson started, he saw 24 touches and ripped off 114 total yards with two touchdowns.

Related: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 15 RB/WR Fantasy Advice

K.J. Osborn, WR, Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears (MNF) (DK $4500, FD $5900) 

Adam Thielen hasn't practiced since he left the Detroit game back in Week 13 due to a high-ankle sprain. Osborn meanwhile has 16 targets the last two weeks and a score in each game. Chicago is allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to wide receivers.

DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets (DK $4300, FD $5800)

I discussed him in my start/sit as well. I'll summarize it: target monster playing a team that has given up a ton of points.

Related: Fantasy Football 5 Up, 5 Down for Week 15

Jakeem Grant Sr., WR, Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings (MNF) (DK $4100, FD $5200)

Allen Robinson is in COVID-19 protocols, automatically elevating Grant to WR2 at worst. No one is allowing more fantasy points to WRs this year than Minnesota. And it might seem like a while ago, but we know Grant can turn on the jets.

Adam Humphries, WR, Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles (Tues.) (DK $3900, FD $5200)

With the game being postponed until Tuesday, things could get interesting. But right now Cam Sims is in COVID-19 protocols; and both Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel are questionable for non-COVID reasons. One of the few "healthy" WRs is Humphries, who is always good for one or two big games every year. He hasn't scored yet this year. Perhaps this is the week?

Brevin Jordan, TE, Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars (DK $2800, FD $4900)

He did not practice on Friday, so he remains questionable. But Jordan has scored in two of the last three games. If he's healthy and I'm the Texans, I let the rookie TE show me what he can do.

Kendall Blanton, TE, Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks (Tues.) (DK $2500, FD $4000)

And we conclude with one of the cheapest options there is. Blanton had his best game last week. But two catches for 29 yards doesn't exactly jump off the page, does it? But Arizona is allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to tight ends. Seattle on the other hand is allowing the fifth-most. Blanton is literally the only healthy-bodied TE available that the Rams currently have. I think he can improve on last week's production and he won't have to do much more to make a profit at this rock-bottom price.

— Written by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.