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Fantasy Football Picks: Top DraftKings NFL DFS Value Plays for Week 15

Steve Buchanan gives his top value plays at each position for Sunday’s main DraftKings NFL slate.

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We can all figure out who the studs are on a football slate. No one has to go out of their way to tell you to play Patrick Mahomes or Josh Allen on a particular slate. What really takes the effort is combing through the player pool and figuring out who are some of the best values on the board ahead of the Sunday slate. That’s what we’ll do in this piece each and every week. I’ll help you save some salary while hopefully not skimping on the fantasy production.

Let’s get into some of the best value plays at each position for the Week 15 main slate on DraftKings.

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Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans at Los Angeles Chargers, $5,300 — Across the industry, you’ll see plenty of people clamoring to play Derrick Henry ($8,000) this week. It’s by far the best matchup he’s seen in quite a while. That also means the ownership on Tannehill will also be next to nothing, despite being in a good matchup himself. When you’re in this price range, it’s hard to click the majority of the names you’d have to consider, like Andy Dalton ($5,200), Mac Jones ($5,000) or Davis Mills ($5,000). I’d be comfortable using Tannehill, especially in a large field tournament where his ownership will likely be 5% or below. Opposing quarterbacks have averaged 17.6 DKFP and 226 passing yards against the Chargers. Tannehill has thrown for two touchdowns in three of his last five games and has rarely turned over the ball. At this price point, this is a great way to zag on the field when everyone else will be looking to load up on Henry. With only a three-point spread on DraftKings Sportsbook, we could see plenty of back-and-forth between these two teams.

Other Option – Tom Brady ($5,500) vs. CIN

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Running Back

Zonovan Knight New York Jets vs. Detroit Lions, $5,300 — Michael Carter ($4,900) is back in the fold in the Jets backfield but he did himself no favors in Week 14. Sure, the matchup against the Bills run defense is a tough one but you need to do more than gain five yards on five carries to give yourself a chance to remain atop the depth chart. Knight, against that same group of defenders, carried the ball 17 times for 71 yards, a touchdown, and 15.7 DKFP. This is Knight’s backfield now. He continues to crush when he takes the ball, averaging 5.0 YPC on 46 attempts. Over the last three games, he’s handled all of the touches in the red zone, giving him nine. I don’t usually get such a massive discount on a starting running back, so take this while you can. If the Jets defense shows up, as it has almost every single week, the Lions could struggle to move the ball in this game. That would continue a positive game script for Knight. To his credit, he has drawn 10 targets in three games, so at least to this point, he’s on the field regardless of the score.

Other Options – Jerick McKinnon ($5,200) at HOU

Wide Receiver

Zay Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Dallas Cowboys, $4,900 — It’s really odd to see Jones remain under $5K despite putting up some huge performance lately. For someone that’s averaged 18.6 DKFP over his last three games, this is quite a cheap salary. Jones continues to draw a huge target share on the Jaguars, averaging 8.1 per game through 12 games. That represents 21.2% of the team, which is only 1.8% less than Christian Kirk, who is $1,700 more. Trevor Lawrence ($6,000) continues to play excellent football and has posted at least 17.7 DKFP in five straight games. Getting the ball to Jones has been a priority and will likely be the case against the Cowboys, who are four-point favorites as of Friday afternoon.

Other Options – DJ Chark ($4,300) vs. MIN

Tight End

Cade Otton, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Cincinnati Bengals, $2,900 – Even with Cameron Brate ($2,900) active, Otton is still very much part of this offense. He’s running a route 57% of the time and has seen a total of 15 targets over the last two games. Despite all that, he only went up $100 in salary and is still under $3K. The Bengals are very generous to the tight end position and allow an average of 12.3 DKFP, 54 receiving yards, and three touchdowns. While the Bucs wide receivers dominate the targets in the red zone, Otton does have nine of his own on the season. It won’t take much for him to return value on this salary.

Other Options – Greg Dulcich ($3,600) vs. ARI

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