The battles continue heading into the NFL Week 15 main slate. There are several intriguing matchups that have even more meaning behind them. As we dissect these games, which players will make big impacts this week? Who will break the slate? 2020 has been a wild ride so far and it isn’t over yet. Good luck to everyone playing DFS this weekend.
Lock: Kyler Murray (FD:$8.0K/DK:$7.0K) – With the playoffs closing in fast, both the Cardinals and Eagles are looking for major wins. Arizona controls their own fate, however, and they are looking to get back to their level of play from earlier this season. That started last week with Murray seeing more rushing attempts, which helped open up the Cardinals’ offense again. Now they will face an Eagles team that struggles against the rushing attack and will surely look to control the game on the ground. What does that mean for Murray? Expect 260 yards passing, 90 yards rushing, and three total touchdowns.
Value: Tua Tagovailoa (FD:$6.8K/DK:$5.7K) – This might be more of a high-risk play due to Tua having to face the Patriots. They are normally very good against rookie quarterbacks and have been consistent all season. But this year’s Dolphins team is different, just like the Patriots. Last week marked Tua’s best game of the season and he will continue that level of performance this weekend.
Lock: Cam Akers (FD:$6.7K/DK:$6.6K) – We are finally seeing a real workhorse running back for the Rams! This week they square off against the lonely Jets, who are not a bad team against the run. The issue will be more so about the Rams going up big and focusing the rest of the game on the rushing attack. Akers should finish the day with around 120 total yards, 25-plus touches, and a touchdown.
Value: J.K. Dobbins (FD:$5.9K/DK:$5.9K) – The Ravens are hit-and-miss in the rushing game outside of Lamar Jackson. However, they have been focusing on getting the rookie more involved in the game over the last few weeks. Dobbins has been effective lately because he’s getting into the end zone and seeing a consistent number of carries. This game has the chance to be his biggest one yet, so except around 120 total yards and a touchdown.
Lock: Allen Robinson II (FD:$7.3K/DK:$7.4K) – The Chicago Bears have endured an up-and-down 2020 season. Through all the tribulations, one player that is always reliable is their star wide receiver. The Vikings defense ranks in the middle of the pack when it comes to pass defense and Robinson was quiet in the first meeting between these two teams. However, the Bears have been rolling since that game, and Robinson is one of the main weapons that will keep this offense going. Expect eight catches, 100 yards, and a touchdown this week.
Value: Lynn Bowden Jr. (FD:$5.0K/DK:$3.6K) – Over the last few weeks, the Dolphins have been dealing with numerous players shuttling in and out of the lineup. But over the last two games, they have found a new playmaker. As Miami deal with their personnel issues, Tua will continue to trust his fellow rookie.
Lock: Travis Kelce (FD:$8.5K/DK:$8.0K) – I will keep this one short and sweet. Kelce is the best tight end in the game and the price is still too cheap to have him in lineups.
Value: Logan Thomas (FD:$5.6K/DK:$4.0K) – Thomas has been a reliable target over the last few weeks. In the absence of Alex Smith this week, the Washington Football Team will turn to Dwayne Haskins Jr. under center and he will need a trusted target. Furthermore, this is still a must-win game if Washington wants to maintain control of their postseason destiny. Expect six catches, around 70 yards, and a touchdown from Thomas this week.
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Jonathan Taylor (FD:$7.4K/DK:$7.2K) – It seems as if the Colts may have finally figured it out with their rookie running back. In two of the last three games, Taylor has carried the ball over 20 times. He still logged 16 touches in that outlier game against the Texans, so the numbers are there as of late. Now he gets to face Houston again and he should be in for an even bigger stat line. Expect another two touchdowns and 150 total yards on 25-plus touches.