Believe it or not, the NFL regular season is almost over. Week 15 is already here and teams are starting to clinch playoff spots. Every year without fail, I take the NFL season for granted. As the regular season winds down there will be plenty of opportunities to make some extra cash.
That’s where this article comes in. Myself and Matt Schoolfield are both avid DraftKings players, so we decided to start a weekly article where we both will give our three favorite plays on the Sunday main slate.
Our picks will be players that are less expensive and will help get the high priced “studs” into your lineups.
Let’s get into it.
RB Jordan Howard ($3.9K)
Howard is still the primary ball carrier out of the backfield for the 9-4 Bears but his production is directly tied to his usage in Matt Nagy’s offense. He rattled off 19 carries to the tune of 101 yards against the Rams last Monday night and carried the rock 15 times in the week 1 opener against the Packers. It’s going to be cold again on Sunday and if Mitch Trubisky looks shaky again, look for Howard to be used a lot. He’ll always be the goal-line piece in the thunder and lightning duo with Tarik Cohen and the Packer run defense is trash. Look for Howard to hit at least 75 yards and a score as the Bears clinch the NFC North crown.
RB Joe Mixon ($6.1K)
Mixon will likely be my anchor in nearly all DK lineups this week. I highlighted his matchup in The Loop Sports Roundtable this week. Like all DFS starts, you always are looking for guys with usage and Mixon is one of the few bell-cow backs in the league. The Raider run defense is awful and susceptible to long runs which is Mixon’s forte. He’s got speed and power but is also used in the Cincy aerial attack, Getting the majority of goal line touches makes Mixon one of the best all around fantasy running backs in 2018. At this middle of the road price, you can definitely add other strong pieces with him.
WR John Brown ($4.4K)
Much like Howard, I think Brown makes for a great bargain basement buy especially for tournament play. Brown started off hot in his first year with the Ravens developing a rapport with and giving Joe Flacco a solid deep threat that can take the top off a defense. When Flacco got hurt/benched and speedy Lamar Jackson took the reins, the Ravens aerial attack didn’t get any better. Brown’s numbers leveled off and his DFS price went with it. However this is the week to use him again. Tampa Bay’s secondary is horrible. Jackson is a good enough thrower to take advantage of a horrendous defensive backfield and he showed last week Brown is in his sightlines hitting him with a TD strike against the Chiefs. Facing the 27th ranked defense against WR’s in Draft King’s scoring, Brown has a very high ceiling this week.
QB Kirk Cousins (6.2K)
Man, that $84 million dollars the Vikings are paying Cousins doesn’t look like the best idea right now, but he should be lower owned in a bounce back spot vs. the Dolphins at home. The Dolphins’ defense is far from good, they let Tom Brady throw all over them last week. After the Vikings fired their offensive coordinator, the offense should get a spark. Similar to what happened with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense last week.
WR John Ross (4K)
While RB Joe Mixon will be one of the highest owned players on the slate, a nice pivot will be Bengals’ WR John Ross. Ross is touchdown dependent, but is going up against a vulnerable Raiders’ secondary. The Raiders have allowed a league high 31 passing-touchdowns as a defense. Do I need to say anymore? At his price, Ross will be in a good number of my line ups.
WR Taylor Gabriel (4.2K)
After starting off the year hot, Taylor Gabriel hasn’t gone over 100 yards receiving in the last seven games. However, over his last four games, Gabriel has seen 9-8-7-7 targets respectively. The volume is there, the production not so much. He is risky, but I like him to find the end zone Sunday against a young Packers’ secondary.