A disgustingly bad week fantasy-wise once again at the quarterback position was what went down in on the DFS front in Week 14. Le’Veon Bell dominated and carried many lineups to cash even with poor performances from nearly every quarterback not named Aaron Rodgers.
The Week 15 slate doesn’t look nearly as appealing from a matchups standpoint, but maybe that is what is needed for QBs and WRs to get right. This week’s main slate is only 13 games because of the horrible Thursday night game of Los Angeles at Seattle and Saturday’s equally unappealing Miami-New York Jets pairing.
The good news is there are still plenty of fantasy stars on the main slate that we can employ this week. I am having a very difficult time not playing Bell or David Johnson at RB. In fact, playing both may make the most sense.
What I will be doing in this space is sharing my top plays for the week, a value play, and most importantly a lineup or two. I will likely be focusing on cash games (50/50 and Double Up) and not GPP (tournaments, multi-player) contests. My Week 15 lineups should work in both formats.
So let’s get into my top plays, value play and lineups for Week 15 shall we? As always any questions, arguments, or glowing praise can be sent to me via Twitter @fantsychillpony.
Week 15 Top Plays
These will be my top plays of the week. These are players who I will try to have in as many lineups of mine as possible. If I can, I will use all three in one lineup. A reminder for cash games: going with an elite quarterback is typically recommended. If you opt for a value quarterback he MUST meet value for your loaded lineup to be worth it.
QB: Matt Ryan, Atlanta vs. San Francisco ($8,500 FanDuel/$7,300 DraftKings)
So this is a literal coin flip for me between Ryan and Aaron Rodgers, who is actually cheaper on DraftKings than his Falcons counterpart. Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn said on Friday that Julio Jones will not play for a second straight game, so that may be enough to sway you away from Ryan, although he will still be in indoors and has weapons that can exploit the worst secondary in the league. Don't trust him without Jones? Then simply change gears and go with Rodgers.
RB: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh at Cincinnati ($9,400 FanDuel/$9,800 DraftKings)
As I mentioned earlier either Bell or David Johnson will be in my lineups this week, especially with the amount of injuries to the RB position. I will actually be rolling with both and finding mid-tier or value WRs to round out my lineups. Bell’s mammoth Week 14 (298 total yards, 3 TDs) may not be repeatable, but he is still averaging 28.7 DraftKings points per game on the season and should be a key cog in the Steelers’ revenge game against the Bengals. Cincinnati may be ranked 12th against the run, but it doesn’t matter when it comes to Bell.
WR: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh at Cincinnati ($8,500 FanDuel/$8,400 DraftKings)
Brown may have even more reason to put up big numbers considering what happened in the wild card game last season between him and the Bengals, particularly the vicious hit he took from Vontaze Burfict. Brown said earlier this week that Burfict recently reached out and apologized, but that probably doesn’t affect his motivation for this game. Ben Roethlisberger likely still has a bad taste in his mouth from last Sunday’s showing at Buffalo (220-0-3), and could come out of the locker room throwing against Cincinnati. A mediocre Week 14 from Brown was still 12.8 points on DraftKings. In the first game vs. the Bengals in Week 2 Brown managed just 7.9 points, but I wouldn’t hesitate to see what Brown can do for you. I may not be rolling with him in every lineup, especially the ones with a Bell-Johnson RB stack.
TE: Travis Kelce, Kansas City vs. Tennessee ($6,900 FanDuel /$5,900 DraftKings)
Kelce is looking to be the first tight end to have five 100-yard games in a row. He has seen at least eight targets in each of the last four weeks, and the yardage has certainly been there. Volume alone has gotten Kelce 18 or more DraftKings points over his last four games. And just maybe he can find the end zone against the 19th-ranked defense vs. TEs? I am going to take the plunge once again.
Value Play of the Week
Marquise Lee, WR, Jacksonville at Houston ($5,700 FanDuel /$4,000 DraftKings)
Lee has out-targeted Allen Robinson over the past few weeks and has had eight or more over his last five games along with two touchdowns. The Jaguars have been awful this season, but the Texans’ defense should be more vulnerable than the Vikings were last week, against which Lee posted five catches for 113 yards. Houston is fifth against WRs this season, so as most value plays come he is a risk, but if you want Johnson and Bell, or Brown in your lineups you will need value receivers. Lee costs significantly more on FanDuel so you may need to look elsewhere there.
This week I am only posting one lineup for each site. Again these are lineups that should work well, in addition to encompassing my top plays for the week in some fashion. However, I don’t recommend only using this lineup. Find values and mix it up. Making your lineup your own is more fun and challenging.
This week I constructed a lineup I will be playing in both types of games (Cash and GPP) on both sites.
FanDuel Cash/GPP Lineup
DraftKings Cash/GPP Lineup
— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.