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DFS Targets for Week 15
Dak Prescott

Dak topped 30 DK points last week and could be inline for another solid outing against the Colts.

Note: Salary amounts are DraftKings pricing


H2H/Cash - Dak Prescott @ Indianapolis - $5,500

Prescott enters Sunday’s game against the Colts on the heels of his best passing performance of the season. With Amari Cooper now providing Prescott and the passing game a viable WR1 on the outside and the Cowboys finally making Zeke Elliott a focal point of both the run and pass game, the offense is now rolling, and Dak is a great play this week against the Colts. Look for Prescott to throw for at least 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns, with the upside of a third passing touchdown and a rushing TD for good measure.

Other options to consider - Russell Wilson @ San Francisco & Derek Carr @ Cincinnati

GPP - Jeff Driskel vs. Oakland - $5,100

Driskel has not done much with his three starts since Andy Dalton was placed on IR with a thumb injury. The former backup quarterback for the Niners has just one touchdown in each of his three games while failing to score more than 17 points. Why would I recommend playing such an underwhelming player if he has yet to do anything special? His $5k price tag makes him an attractive option for owners looking to save money at quarterback, and he gets to play at home against a Raiders defense that ranks second in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. This game has the chance of being a shootout, and Driskel could be in line for the best game of his young career.

Other options to consider - Lamar Jackson vs. Tampa Bay & Mitchell Trubisky vs. Green Bay

Fade - Aaron Rodgers @ Chicago - $5,700

I never thought for the life of me there would come a day in which Aaron Rodgers would be a cheaper play on DK than Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson. But that tells you everything you need to know about this matchup and why you should avoid Rodgers on the road against the Bears defense that limited the Rams to just six points last week. Contrarian players may look at Rodgers as a value with low ownership. I view him as a risky play who cannot put up numbers like in years past because he won’t get enough time to throw the ball.

Running Backs

H2H/Cash - Dalvin Cook vs. Miami - $6,500

Cook continues to see his usage and production increase as the Vikings continue to him more involved in both the rushing and passing game. With the Vikings playing host to a Dolphins team that ranks seventh in points allowed to running backs. Head coach Mike Zimmer moved on from former offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, presumably because he did not like how little the Vikings were running the ball. Look for Minnesota to use a run-heavy approach against a defense that is quite susceptible to the run.

Other options to consider - David Johnson @ Atlanta & Ezekiel Elliott @ Indianapolis

GPP - Joe Mixon vs. Oakland - $6,100

Mixon is a well-priced play this week at home against the Raiders, especially when you consider the success Mixon has enjoyed as of late. The second-year running back posted 138 yards and a score against the Chargers last week for his fourth game of over 20 fantasy points on the season. Inexplicably, his salary fell $300 from last week, and he should get a ton of work this week against a Raiders defense that has allowed six 100-yard rushing games this season and 10 rushing touchdowns in 13 games.

Other options to consider - Leonard Fournette vs. Washington & Chris Carson @ San Francisco

Fade - Jeff Wilson vs. Seattle - $4,600

Wilson posted 20 fantasy points against the Seahawks when the 49ers played their divisional foe two weeks ago. Wilson ended with 134 total yards, including eight catches on nine targets for 73 yards. With Matt Breida possibly in the mix again after getting limited practices in this week, who knows how many snaps Wilson will get from head coach Kyle Shanahan.

Wide Receivers

H2H/Cash - JuJu Smith-Schuster vs. New England - $8,000

Smith-Schuster has been a cash game stud in three of his last four games, with at least eight catches and 100 yards and a floor of 21 fantasy points. The game between the Steelers and Patriots could be a high scoring contest with Ben Roethlisberger leaning on JuJu against a Patriot team that has struggled at times covering slot receivers. I also like Smith-Schuster’s opponent in the slot, Julian Edelman this week.

Other options to consider - Antonio Brown vs. New England & Amari Cooper @ Indianapolis

GPP - Isaiah McKenzie vs. Detroit - $3,900

The slot position in the Buffalo passing attack is a favorite target for rookie quarterback Josh Allen. Zay Jones found success in the slot before moving outside, and now McKenzie has been the benefactor of 11 targets and 12 total touches in his last two games. With Darius Slay lined up against Jones on the outside, look for Buffalo to once again feature McKenzie in the slot. He is an excellent third WR in GPP for owners looking for a cheap volume play with touchdown upside.

Other options to consider - Michael Gallup @ Indianapolis & Sterling Shepard vs. Tennessee

Fade - Julio Jones vs. Arizona - $8,400

Jones posted a two-touchdown game last week against the Packers at Lambeau Field, continuing to prove that he is an elite wide receiver capable of monster fantasy games. While it is possible that he continues his strong play this week, I anticipate that the Falcons will look to run the ball heavily against the Cardinals and attack the pass defense with other options in the passing game, like rookie Calvin Ridley. I love Julio, but I’d rather spend his hefty price tag elsewhere.

Tight End

H2H/Cash - Jared Cook @ Cincinnati - $5,600

Cook has four games of over 100 yards in 2018, including back to back games of at least 20 fantasy points heading into Sunday’s game against the Bengals. He isn’t flashy and drops way too many easy passes, but his usage level and yardage production is precisely what cash game owners want from their tight end.

Other options to consider - Eric Ebron vs. Dallas & Vance McDonald vs. New England

GPP - C.J. Uzomah vs. Oakland— $3,600

I don’t blame readers if they scoff at this recommendation based on how many times the Uzi has burned fantasy owners this season. But you cannot discount the 21 targets he has received in the last three games with Driskel under center, and the Raiders allow by far the most points to opposing tight ends. If there were ever a week for the Uzi to have a big game it would be Week 15 against Oakland.

Other options to consider - Vernon Davis @ Jacksonville & Anthony Firkser @ NY Giants

Fade - George Kittle vs. Seattle — $6,300

Benching Kittle against the Seahawks after he nearly set the NFL record for most yards by a tight end last week may seem like a moronic thing to do, especially when you consider the fact that Kittle is clearly the favorite target of Nick Mullens with 31 targets in the last three games. Kittle is a stud, and rightfully so he is the most expensive TE play on DK this week. I am fading him not because I think he will be bad, but more so based on his high ownership levels and the anticipation that the Seahawks will learn from their past mistake and double team Kittle early and often in the game.

Defense & Special Teams

High Priced Option Worthy of the Cost: Ravens ($3,000) vs. Bucs:

Well Priced with Upside: Lions ($2,500) @ Buffalo: