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FanDuel NFL Lineup Advice: Week 15 (Full Slate)

by Elliott Baas | @ElliottBaasBB | Featured Writer
Dec 11, 2019

If Jordan Howard sits, then Miles Sanders is in line to produce against Washington

Didn’t make it through the first round of season-long playoffs? Don’t worry, the season doesn’t have to be over yet, and I don’t mean duking it out in your consolation bracket. A fresh lineup awaits us on FanDuel and, just like with season-long, we can make sure every player is in action by playing the full Thu-Mon slate. This article covers lineup advice for all 16 games this week, starting with NYJ @ BAL on Thursday.

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Quarterback

Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA): $7,300 @ NYG
Fitzpatrick struggled last week against the Jets, but was on a roll prior to Week 15 with back-to-back games topping 25 points. He’s got a great bounce-back opportunity this week against the Giants, who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks in 2019. They’ve also allowed at least 27 points in seven of their last nine games and just placed starting safety Jabril Peppers on injured reserve over the weekend.

With a mediocre rushing attack led by Patrick Laird, the Dolphins have been relying on Fitzpatrick to carry their offense as of late. He has averaged 40 pass attempts over his last four games. The Dolphins are a +3.5 road underdog in this one and to keep it close they’ll need to get the passing game going. At his price, Fitzpatrick should have no problem exceeding value in a juicy matchup.

Running Back

Saquon Barkley (NYG): $8,300 vs. MIA
Barkley has been considered one of the biggest busts in 2019, but the superstar running back is in an excellent position this week against Miami. The Dolphins have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs along with 4.62 YPC and the most overall rushing yards against. Barkley has been getting a large workload over the last few weeks with at least 20 touches in each of his last three games. While Miami will likely want to throw with this game script, the Eli Manning-led Giants will look to do the opposite, keeping the ball grounded and nursing a lead. We can flip these two narratives against each other and clean up on both sides in this battle of the basement dwellers. Barkley is in line for a huge week with this matchup.

Chris Carson (SEA): $7,400 @ CAR
Carson has two things going for him this week. First, Rashaad Penny is completely out of the picture, setting him up for a monster workload. Second, Seattle faces the league’s lowest-ranked rush defense in Carolina.

The Panthers have allowed the most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season and have given up a whopping 21 rushing touchdowns, seven more than the next-worst team. They’ve also allowed the second-most overall yards and the second-highest YPC. It’s not like they’re getting shredded by the cream of the crop either, as Brian Hill just put up 6.9 yards per carry and a touchdown on them last week. Before that, Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson combined for 228 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries against the Panthers. Carson has been better than any of those running backs this season and should put up RB1 numbers at an RB2 salary this week.

Wide Receiver

Emmanuel Sanders (SF): $6,900 vs. ATL
Sanders has given the Niners’ receiving corps a consistent weapon alongside George Kittle and he’ll be the go-to target for Jimmy Garoppolo against a weak Atlanta secondary. The Falcons have allowed the 10th-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing receivers and are tied for the highest catch rate among wide receivers this year. Their secondary just took a huge hit as well since Atalnta placed ex-Pro Bowl corner Desmond Trufant on IR. Replacement options aren’t great for Atlanta either, as they’re looking at either rookie fourth-rounder Kendall Sheffield or former Titans punching bag Blidi Wreh-Wilson. Regardless of who lines up against Sanders, the veteran receiver should have a significant talent advantage.

DeVante Parker (MIA): $6,900 @ NYG
Obviously, this pick is contingent upon Parker’s health, but he’ll make for a good budget stack with Ryan Fitzpatrick assuming he is active. Parker has been a favorite target of Fitzpatrick’s, with four straight games of double-digit targets prior to Week 14’s truncated outing.

He’ll also take on a Giants team that has given up the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers, including the third-most yards per target and third-most receiving touchdowns this year. If not for the lingering concussion, Parker would be a slam dunk choice, but we’ll have to closely monitor the injury report in his case. In the event Parker can’t play, Allen Hurns ($5,800) would be a tremendous value.

Zach Pascal (IND): $6,400 @ NO
Pascal has stepped up in T.Y. Hilton’s absence with 19 targets and 183 receiving yards over his last two games. Those have both been positive matchups for Pascal, and he’ll get another one this week against the Saints. New Orleans’ defense has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season and are coming off a 48-point evisceration at the hands of San Francisco. The Colts don’t have the same firepower as the Niners, but could certainly put up numbers in what should be a high-scoring matchup. Pascal has the most value if T.Y. Hilton is out, but Pascal is worth consideration given the matchup and his price even if Hilton plays.

Tight End

Ian Thomas (CAR): $5,300 or Greg Olsen (CAR): $4,900 vs. SEA
Thomas was surprisingly productive last week with Greg Olsen inactive, hauling in five catches for 57 yards on 10 targets. Either he or Olsen would make for a solid play at tight end this week against the Seahawks.

Seattle has allowed the third-most points to opposing tight ends this season along with the second-most catches and receiving yards. It’s not like they’re facing elite tight ends every week either. Tyler Higbee just put up seven catches and 116 yards against them last week and Kyle Rudolph had 50 yards and a touchdown the week prior. If Olsen is healthy, he’s the top tight end in Carolina. If not, then Thomas proved he can be a productive replacement. Thomas has incentive to perform as well since Carolina will likely be looking towards the future at tight end with Greg Olsen set to turn 35 next year.

Flex

Miles Sanders (PHI): $6,800 @ WAS
The injury bug has burrowed itself into the skill positions in Philly. They’re without DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery. Plus, the status of both Nelson Agholor and Jordan Howard is in serious doubt. They’ve been forced to rely on the likes of Dallas Goedert, Boston Scott, and Sacramento Jones in the passing game. Okay, I made that last one up, but Philadelphia’s offense is concerningly dependant on geographically named players right now. With so many question marks, the door is wide open for Miles Sanders to produce in a soft matchup this week.

Washington has allowed the 10th-most fantasy points per game and seventh-most rushing yards to opposing runners this season. They’ll be without a key piece of their defense this week since Ryan Kerrigan was already ruled out with a calf injury. He left early last week against the Packers and Aaron Jones went to work for 134 yards on 16 carries. Jones’ success was the result of more than a missing linebacker, but an already weak unit like Washington can ill afford to lose a player of Kerrigan’s caliber. Sanders is a great flex if Jordan Howard can’t play. Conversely, Howard is an easy swap if he’s active since he is only $100 more than Sanders on FanDuel.

Defense

San Francisco 49ers: $4,500 vs. ATL
It may be hard to trust San Fran after they gave up 46 points to New Orleans last week, but this unit has been lights out at home, averaging 14.5 points in six home games this year. The Falcons’ offense, while rich with talent at the skill positions, has been susceptible to both sacks and turnovers this season. They’ve allowed the ninth-most sacks and coughed up the 10th-most turnovers in 2019. Atlanta has one of the league’s worst offensive lines and a San Francisco front seven led by Nick Bosa should have no problem getting to Matt Ryan and bottling up the run game. San Francisco is a relatively safe option, scoring under 10 points at home just once this season, that gives us solid upside in this game. 

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