DraftKings NY Giants Fantasy Spotlight – Week 16
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With only two weeks of regular season action remaining, we're going to start seeing some teams making moves to either try and transition into next year or protect their players from injuries as they get ready for the postseason. We've already seen Jimmy Claussen get the starting nod this week, and next week we're likely to see even more chaos ensue. We also have a trio of Saturday games, meaning there are even more opportunities to play daily fantasy football than ever. We're also offering our $3.1M Fantasy Football World Championship Main Event on Sunday, so the goal of this week's piece will be to find some high-upside plays who are likely to have low ownership in that big tournament.
Fred Jackson vs. OAK ($5500) - Jackson is a nice 'against-the-grain' play this weekend for a number of reasons. First, the matchup is obviously enticing against a Raiders defense allowing the 3rd most FPPG to opposing backs on the season and the 4th most over the last three weeks. Oakland is also allowing 45+ receiving yards per game to opposing backs and Jackson is a terrific threat in the passing game. But you should also consider Jackson because of where he's at on the running back salary scale. Jeremy Hill is $5600 coming off a big game, but with a challenging matchup vs. Denver. Most players will shade towards a recency bias on Hill, which opens up the doors for Fred Jackson to have low ownership this weekend despite a better overall matchup.
Peyton Manning vs. CIN ($8400) - Most people are off the Peyton Manning train after a combined 31 fantasy points over his last three games (he had 28.8 in the last game before this slump). That's the perfect time to take a chance on Manning in a big tournament. Peyton is the cheapest he's been all season and the Bengals defense is far from a juggernaut, despite their impressive performance against Johnny Football last weekend. Before that, they allowed Ben Roethlisberger to throw for 350 yards and 3 TDs and while the Broncos have been able to win games by running the ball more of late, I don't think that is going to be enough to beat an above average Bengals team in Cincinnati. Look for Peyton to drop back a ton this week and feed Demaryius Thomas on the outside.
Martellus Bennett vs. DET ($5700) - It's a pretty steep price tag to pay for a guy who will see his targets come by way of Jimmy Claussen, but there are a few good reasons to consider Bennett this week. First, he saw 26 targets over a two-week span before getting just 6 last week against the Saints. That was a little surprising considering the injury to Brandon Marshall, and I wouldn't expect that downward trend to continue. Second, Claussen is a below average QB and those guys tend to rely more on their check down options (RBs and TEs) than their outside receivers. Last, the Lions are sneaky struggling against opposing TE's in recent weeks. They rank dead last in FPPG allowed to the TE position over the last 5 games, including allowing 8 catches for 109 yards to Bennett back on Thanksgiving.
Brandon LaFell vs. NYJ ($5300) - There's no hiding how bad the Jets secondary has been this season but what compounds the issue is typically how good their front seven is against the rush. The Patriots haven't been able to run the ball effectively in recent weeks and I don't know if they'll be able to start this week, even if they build a decent lead over the Jets. Enter LaFell who has seen no fewer than 7 targets over his last four games. He's also proven to have terrific upside, posting four games with 20 or more fantasy points on the season. I expect Brady to have a huge game in Week 16 and while Gronkowski and Edelman should be the two most popular receiving weapons in DraftKings tournaments, LaFell could fly under the radar at a very reasonable price point.
So there are four guys, one at each position, who could potentially help you win the $1 million top prize this weekend in the DraftKings FFWC Main Event. All four have proven they have enough upside to help you take down a big tournament this season and hopefully all four are relatively low owned in the Main Event!