FanDuel DFS NFL picks and advice for Week 15 of the 2021 NFL season to help you build the perfect DFS fantasy football lineup.
Welcome back to another week of FanDuel DFS advice, this time for Week 15 of the NFL season. Week 14 was quite a strong week for me, with Josh Allen carrying plenty of my lineups into the green in the second half of the late games.
Week 15 is shaping up to be one of the weirdest slates of the year, with nearly every team dealing with some COVID-related problems, with some teams like the Cleveland Browns and Washington Football Team being barely able to field a team. While this does make playing DFS a bit more challenging, it also opens up opportunities for you to get a leg up on the opposition simply by staying up to date with the news.
While there are no teams on bye this week, players from the Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, and Minnesota Vikings will all be unavailable on the main slate.
This leaves plenty of high-scoring offenses off of the slate, something that is immediately noticeable when you scroll through the list of players for the week.
When talking about players I will reference the salaries and salary cap of a typical FanDuel tournament. I will also show a complete sample lineup, which consists of nine positions: QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, FLEX, and DEF.
Note that your individual strategy should change based on the type of contests you enter, though I will reference different strategies for both cash and tournament formats.
Without further ado, here are picks and FanDuel DFS advice for every position for Week 15 of the NFL season!
FanDuel DFS NFL Week 15 picks and lineup advice: Quarterback
With some of the most common quarterback plays like Brady, Mahomes, and Herbert off the slate, I am a little more hesitant to spend up at the quarterback position this week.
Kyler Murray ($8800) is the most expensive quarterback on the slate and gets a great matchup with the Detroit Lions, though he will likely be without his two best offensive weapons in DeAndre Hopkins and James Conner. While his passing ability has looked a little questionable since returning from his injury, this is a great spot for Murray to get right as a passer and do plenty of damage with his legs.
Compared to some of the other expensive quarterbacks like Josh Allen ($8700) and Jalen Hurts ($7800), I would much rather go with Murray who carries fewer injury question marks and gets the better defensive matchup.
Among the more mid-ranged quarterbacks, Dak Prescott ($7500) is a standout candidate at that price point against a Giants defense that has been extremely vulnerable to the pass in these past couple weeks. Even though Prescott has not been a particularly good quarterback so far this year, I think he is a very safe play and could be due for his first monster game of the year as Dallas looks to put away the division.
Aaron Rodgers ($7600) also gets a great matchup against a decimated Ravens team that the Packers should be able to easily handle. Even though Rodgers has been dealing with a turf toe injury these past couple of weeks, he has also put up his three best fantasy performances of the year in those games. While I would certainly keep an eye on the injury report, I like Rodgers a lot in this spot.
If you want to save up and punt the position, Jimmy Garoppolo ($6700) has been playing very solid football and gets a great matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. While Garoppolo is never going to light up the stat sheet, he could certainly provide solid value in cash formats at this low price point and could be a slate-breaking play if he throws for three-plus touchdowns.
Finally, the combo of Tyler Huntley ($6400) and Gardner Minshew II ($6200) become very interesting if their respective starters are to miss the week. Of the two, I prefer Huntley in tournaments, who we know can get it done on the ground, and Minshew in cash formats, as we know he is a much more consistent passer and less likely to put up a horrendous week.