Last week’s bargain plays didn’t play out as I had hoped.
Sony Michel continued to play as he has all season as this Patriots’ offense is struggling outside of Julian Edelman.
Even with the Tennessee Titans missing their defensive starters, Tyrell Williams was not able to produce anything of value, and for that I apologize – he won’t make a bargain play for the rest of the season.
Jack Doyle saw six targets and turned that into two receptions for 27 yards….barf.
Finally, the Houston Texans’ defense put together a horrible game and let Drew Lock and the Denver Broncos’ offense walk all over them, so my bad on that.
However, there were some positives last week.
Ryan Tannehill put up a top-three finish with 31.54 points and I wouldn’t be afraid to play him again this week against the Texans.
Devonta Freeman finally put up a game that was worth playing him in as it was his first time scoring this high since Week 8.
D.J. Moore saw his least amount of targets since Week 4, but was still able to turn it into four receptions and 81 yards.
Finally, if it wasn’t for Mike Williams getting that 44-yard touchdown reception he would have been a bust, however, congratulations on your first touchdown of the season.
But, as usual, we get to start with a fresh slate of players this week; so if you lost in the 1st round of your redraft league’s playoffs, you came to the right place.
So sit back and crack a beer with me as we get set for some bargain plays in Week 15.
Kyler Murray, Quarterback, Arizona Cardinals ($5,600)
Kyler Murray hasn’t throw for over 200 yards since Week 10. Most of us had an idea that it would be a struggle for Murray between weeks 11-14, but now is the time to put him back into lineups. This week he gets another home game against the Cleveland Browns who rank in the bottom 10 of rushing yards and touchdowns allowed to quarterbacks. If Murray can run the ball at least 10 times in this game, the sky is the limit.
David Montgomery, Running Back, Chicago Bears ($5,500)
17, 14, 13, 16 and 20. These aren’t his fantasy numbers over the last five weeks, but rather the amount of carries he’s received. Combining carries and targets, he hasn’t seen anything less than 15 opportunities over this stretch of games. This week he’ll be heading up to Green Bay where I can see the Bears trying to control the ball and the clock. With Mitch Trubisky starting to run the ball again, look for Montgomery to get some goal-line work, hopefully leading to 1-2 touchdowns this week.
DeAndre Washington, Running Back, Oakland Raiders($4,700)
We’re starting to hear that Josh Jacobs might be playing this week, but that doesn’t scare me. Remember when James Conner came back from an AC joint injury, only to return for a handful of plays before returning right back to the sideline? Yeah, that could be Jacobs too. The Raiders have nothing to play for, so why take the chance on injuring your star rookie? You already know what he can do. Enter in DeAndre Washington who filled in well last week as the dual threat for Derek Carr to rely on. This is the last game in Oakland and I’m anticipating that it’ll be high scoring. Washington will put up RB1 numbers against this Jacksonville defense who has already called it a season.
Odell Beckham Jr, Wide Receiver, Cleveland Browns ($6,400)
DraftKings finally did something right here and made Jarvis Landry ($6,700) the WR1 for the Cleveland Browns. Beckham hasn’t been the same player that he was in New York as he’s only seen double-digit targets in five games all season. He also hasn’t had a 100+ yard receiving game since Week 6. Alright enough with the negativity of this no longer “must-start” type of player, but this week against the Arizona Cardinals is definitely a week to start him. It’s a high-risk, high-reward play with HUGE bust potential – like we’ve seen from him for the majority of the season. I just have a gut feeling that this will be his week and give us some solid points against a bottom-three pass defense. Come on Odell, don’t let me down this week.
Keenan Allen, Wide Receiver, Los Angeles Chargers ($6,300)
The Minnesota Vikings’ secondary has been easy to throw on as last week was the first time they held a team under 200 passing yards since Week 8. Mind you it was the Detroit Lions who are starting their third-string quarterback. Philip Rivers looks to be coming to the end of his career with the Chargers, but he’s proven that he can still can sling it and he should be able to find Allen early and often as Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes haven’t been good on defense at all this season. Those guys will be chasing Mike Williams and Hunter Henry leaving the speedster in Allen to be open throughout the game. He should easily see double-digit targets and receive double-digit receptions in a solid outing at home – like he usually does around the end of the season.
Chris Conley, Wide Receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars ($3,600)
Three targets, one reception and seven, yes that’s right s-e-v-e-n receiving yards last week for Conley in a blowout loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. However, Minshew mania will be back in full swing against the Oakland Raiders this week, as I said above, as this should be a shootout in Oakland’s last hurrah. D.J. Chark has been out of practice all week with an ankle injury, and if he is able to put in some sort of limited practice by Friday, I still see him being limited if he does play – but why put him out there? Dede Westbrook has put in limited practices this week with a shoulder injury, so that leaves Conley as the healthiest receiver on the Jaguars. Like I said, this should be a back-and-forth outing with both defenses playing like they don’t care because, well, they don’t. Get a cheap wide receiver like Conley in your lineup as he could be the top option for Minshew this week.
Tyler Higbee, Tight End, Los Angeles Rams ($3,900)
Over the last two weeks Tyler Higbee has put up 48.3 DK points and there is no sign of slowing down as Gerald Everett is still day-to-day and could be limited, if not out for Week 15. So why not let Everett heal as Higbee continues to dominate as he has been the top tight end since Week 13, and at this price, you might as well will keep riding the hot hand as he hasn’t seen less than six targets over the last three weeks. Tight ends have been a black hole type of play, but if Higbee keeps on doing what he’s doing against Dallas, he will be DK gold.
Kansas City Chiefs DST ($3,500)
This defense just held the New England Patriots to 16 points and won in Foxboro – something that hasn’t happened in a long time. This defense is getting hot at the right time while the offense is struggling a little bit. Back at home now and bringing rookie Drew Lock and the Broncos into one of the loudest stadiums in the league should prove to be difficult for the rookie as it’s always hard to win in Kansas city, especially when they are looking to win for playoff seeding.
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