The strategy of stacking Tom Brady and Leonard Fournette together paid dividends again in Week 14. If you were able to stack Brady, Fournette, and Chris Godwin together last week, those three alone combined for 82.82 points on DraftKings, giving you a nice finish to your lineups in the late-afternoon window. While it would be nice to run it back with the Buccaneers this week, Tampa Bay plays on Sunday Night Football versus the New Orleans Saints, so they won’t be available on the main slate.
There are quite a few notable teams not on the main slate, especially with the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs having played on Thursday night, and the Indianapolis Colts, the New England Patriots, the Cleveland Browns, and the Las Vegas Raiders playing on Saturday. Also, the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears are on Monday Night Football. With 11 games to choose from on Sunday’s main slate on DraftKings, here are my favorite stacks and bring-back options in Week 15.
LAR: Matthew Stafford ($7,000), Cooper Kupp ($9,000), Van Jefferson ($5,600), Odell Beckham Jr. ($5,400), Tyler Higbee ($4,000)
After a blazing start to the season, the offense of the Los Angeles Rams hit a bit of a lull, but they seemingly have found their groove again. With more play-action and under-center plays for Matthew Stafford, the passing game has awakened in the past two weeks for the Rams. Cooper Kupp remains the best wide receiver for fantasy football and is the most expensive player on the slate (for good reason) as he averages a whopping 27.6 points per game on DraftKings. The big story of the week is the COVID-19 issues that the Rams have experienced, with Odell Beckham Jr. being among the players placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. If Beckham is unable to be activated in time for Sunday’s game, then Van Jefferson would become a nice value option at the wide receiver position. Tyler Higbee would also see a slight boost in his usage if Beckham is ruled out and he’s priced nicely at $4,000.
Bring-back options: Tyler Lockett ($7,000), D.K. Metcalf ($6,200), Rashaad Penny ($5,400), Gerald Everett ($3,500)
The Seattle Seahawks are dealing with COVID-19 issues of their own as Tyler Lockett was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday. Lockett will have a couple of days to produce two negative tests in time to play on Sunday. Of the wide receivers on the Seahawks, Lockett appears to be Russell Wilson’s favorite target, recording 18+ points on DraftKings in three out of the past four weeks. D.K. Metcalf is dealing with an injury and was unable to practice on Wednesday and Thursday. With Lockett potentially out, Metcalf would become the No. 1 option in Seattle’s offense in a game where Seattle could be playing from behind. Rashaad Penny came out of nowhere to score 29.8 points on DraftKings in Week 14 versus the Houston Texans and should operate as the starter again in Week 15. Could we get a Gerald Everett revenge game on Sunday? If either/both Lockett and Metcalf miss Sunday’s contest, then Everett gets a major boost in his usage.
DAL: Dak Prescott ($6,500), CeeDee Lamb ($7,400), Amari Cooper ($6,400), Michael Gallup ($5,500), Dalton Schultz ($4,900)
I love to target elite quarterbacks whenever the public could be wary of using them following a low-scoring week. For Dak Prescott, he’s had 12.2 points or fewer on DraftKings in the past two weeks, which has caused some to stray away from him in NFL DFS. Despite his recent struggles, I’m all on board with Prescott in Week 15 in a perfect get-right spot versus the dismal defense of the New York Giants. The defense of the Giants has allowed the 11th most points per game (18.43) to quarterbacks on DraftKings. And with Mike Glennon or Jake Fromm at quarterback for the Giants, the offense of the Cowboys could have more scoring opportunities than usual on Sunday. CeeDee Lamb remains the wideout with the highest ceiling in Dallas, but Amari Cooper looks comfortable in the offense again following an absence on the reserve/COVID-19 list. One way to get different in stacking the Cowboys is to pair Prescott with either Michael Gallup and/or Dalton Schultz.
Bring-back options: Saquon Barkley ($6,500), Kenny Golladay ($5,300), Sterling Shepard ($4,700), Evan Engram ($3,100)
Saquon Barkley had somewhat of a Barkley-esque performance in Week 14 against the Chargers with 95 scrimmage yards and a touchdown. With Daniel Jones out, Barkley should be busy again in Week 15 against the Cowboys. Kenny Golladay has been disappointing in his first year with the Giants and has yet to score a touchdown this season. While I believe Sterling Shepard is a solid option, he would be a massive steal at his current salary if Jones was under center. And even though Evan Engram is not a talented tight end, he’s only $3,100 and New York is shorthanded on offense right now. If you’re bringing it back with a player from the Giants in your Cowboys stacks, I’d go with either Barkley or Shepard.
ARI: Kyler Murray ($7,900), Zach Ertz ($5,400), Christian Kirk ($5,300), A.J. Green ($4,900), Rondale Moore ($4,400)
It’s the always riveting discussion on whether or not it is worth rostering quarterbacks in NFL DFS that could be part of a blowout. As of this moment, the Arizona Cardinals are near two-touchdown favorites over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. While some argue that it’s a risky endeavor to use the quarterback on a team that could rout their opponent. Whenever there’s a lopsided game, there’s a decent chance that the quarterback is a large reason why a blowout occurs, especially when it’s someone of Kyler Murray’s caliber. Murray has notched 22+ points on DraftKings in eight of his 10 starts this season. DeAndre Hopkins will miss the rest of the regular season for the Cardinals, so Christian Kirk, A.J. Green, Zach Ertz, and Rondale more all see an increase in their roles in the offense. What makes the Cardinals such a fantastic team to stack is that all of Murray’s pass-catching options are sub $5500 on DraftKings, making them easy to use in a fantastic matchup versus the Lions.
Bring-back options: D’Andre Swift ($6,300), Amon-Ra St. Brown ($5,200), Khalif Raymond ($4,400), Josh Reynolds ($4,300), Craig Reynolds ($4,300)
The Lions are a team we’ll need to pay close attention to leading up to Sunday’s slate of games. T.J. Hockenson was just ruled out for the rest of the season and D’Andre Swift is questionable with a shoulder injury he’s been sidelined with since Thanksgiving. Swift would be a solid option at running back if he returns in Week 15, but Craig Reynolds would be a decent value play if he draws another start with Jamaal Williams still on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Reynolds led the way with 13 touches for 99 yards in Week 14 against the Denver Broncos. Amon-Ra St. Brown has emerged as Jared Goff’s favorite go-to weapon, combining for 18 receptions, 159 yards, and 40.1 points on DraftKings in the past two weeks. Josh Reynolds is a vertical threat in the offense, but he’s questionable with a thigh ailment. Khalif Raymond is a hit-or-miss option at wide receiver as he scored in double-digits in Week 14 for the first time since Week 7.
SF: Jimmy Garoppolo ($5,800), Deebo Samuel ($8,200), George Kittle ($7,500), Brandon Aiyuk ($6,300), Jajuan Jennings ($3,600)
It has been beneficial to target the ground game of the San Francisco 49ers, but not many people are taking advantage of Jimmy Garoppolo and the aerial attack of the 49ers. Garoppolo has not been priced over $5,800 this season on DraftKings, yet he has had six games where he’s scored 18+ points. And the good news for Garoppolo is that the Atlanta Falcons allow the second-most (20.95) points per game to quarterbacks on DraftKings this season. Deebo Samuel isn’t seeing the same number of targets he was seeing earlier in the season (7 total targets in his past 3 games), but he’s getting more usage in the running game. Despite him scoring five rushing touchdowns in his last four games, it’s hard to pay $8,200 for this version of Samuel. George Kittle has been utterly dominant in the past two weeks, totaling an eye-popping 79.7 points in the past two games for the 49ers. Brandon Aiyuk had a season-high 10 targets in Week 14, where he posted 18.6 points. And for those that love to take dart throws, Jajuan Jennings has shown flashes throughout the season and just had three receptions for 46 yards last week. Using Garoppolo is one way to differentiate yourself from those that flock toward Elijah Mitchell in his expected return to the offense.
Bring-back options: Cordarrelle Patterson ($6,900), Russell Gage ($5,800), Kyle Pitts ($5,500), Mike Davis ($5,100)
Cordarrelle Patterson remains everyone’s favorite player to use on the Atlanta Falcons and that shouldn't change in Week 15. Patterson sees work on the ground and through the air, and with the Falcons likely attempting to come from behind versus the 49ers, he could see more pass-game usage than he’s seen in recent weeks. Russell Gage is the de facto No. 1 wide receiver in Atlanta’s offense with Calvin Ridley still away from the team. Mike Davis isn’t the prettiest pick at running back, but he does have touchdown upside and has caught three or more passes in four straight games. Kyle Pitts is an extremely talented player, but it’s tough to trust him in a matchup with a San Francisco defense that has limited tight ends to a mere 8.41 points per game (third-fewest in the NFL) on DraftKings.
MIA: Tua Tagovailoa ($5,700), Jaylen Waddle ($6,600), Myles Gaskin ($5,600), Mike Gesicki ($5,000), DeVante Parker ($4,300)
Not enough people are talking about how well Tua Tagovailoa has performed this season for the Miami Dolphins given the hand he’s been dealt. Despite all of the Deshaun Watson rumors, the finger injury earlier this season, and a vanilla offensive scheme, Tagovailoa has led the Dolphins to four consecutive wins. And to make things even better, Tagovailoa gets to face the dreadful defense of the New York Jets. Jaylen Waddle was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, so his status for Sunday’s game is in flux. DeVante Parker was already an incredible value play at $4,300, but if Waddle is out, he likely sees an even larger target share. Myles Gaskin is also on the reserve/COVID-19 list (as is nearly every other running back on the Dolphins), so whoever is active for Miami at running back is worth using on Sunday. In the event that Waddle is inactive, then Albert Wilson ($3,400) and Mack Hollins ($3,100) are worth taking fliers on in tournaments. Mike Gesicki is also a threat to produce well at tight end against a New York defense that surrenders the seventh-most points per game (14.95) to tight ends on DraftKings.
Bring-back options: Jamison Crowder ($5,000), Michael Carter ($4,700), Keelan Cole ($3,500), Braxton Berrios ($3,200)
I wouldn’t blame anyone for not using a bring-back player when you stack the Dolphins. That being said, the Jets are likely to be in a positive game script and Michael Carter is expected back in the backfield. Carter is under $5,000 on DraftKings, and if he returns to his previous role before he got injured, then he’s severely underpriced. Jamison Crowder is the safest option (if that’s a thing with the Jets) at wide receiver for New York with Corey Davis and Elijah Moore on injured reserve. Keelan Cole saw the field more last week amid the injuries in the offense, but it didn’t amount to much. Braxton Berrios appears to be someone that Zach Wilson trusts, so he may be worth inserting into your lineups if you need the salary relief.