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DFS Preview for Week 15
The Week 9 bye for the Pittsburgh Steelers proved to be a much-needed break to allow the Big Ben and the Steelers offense to rest and refocus for the playoff run. Before the bye, Roethlisberger threw for more than one touchdown in only three of the first eight games of the season and failed to score more than 20 points in any contest.

From Weeks 10 through 14, Roethlisberger has been the top fantasy quarterback, with three games of at least 28 fantasy points, including a 35.54 monster score against the Packers Week 12.

With home-field advantage likely on the line in the tilt between the Steelers and the 29th-ranked Patriot pass defense, Big Ben will be a fixture in more than a few of my DFS tickets this week.

Here are a few other targets that you may want to consider playing Week 15:

Case Keenum

Can I get some respect? Case Keenum has thrown 2 touchdowns in each of his last three games.


H2H/Cash - Case Keenum vs. Cincinnati ($6,100 on DraftKings)

Keenum continues to get no respect from the salary makers at DraftKings as the ninth-ranked quarterback based on salary, behind Jimmy Garoppolo, Jared Goff, and Drew Brees. Keenum has at least two touchdowns in each of his last three games in road matchups against the Panthers, Lions, and Falcons, and he gets to come home to play against at banged up Bengals team that has given up on the season during a shocking 33-7 loss at home against the Bears.

Other options to consider - Ben Roethlisberger vs. New England & Cam Newton vs. Green Bay

GPP - Blake Bortles vs. Houston ($5,700 on DraftKings)

If Bortles can put up nearly 19 points at home against Seattle, it seems reasonable to expect at least 20 points in a home matchup against the 32nd ranked pass defense. Pairing Blake with Dede Westbrook is an excellent GPP stack.

Other options to consider - Jimmy Garoppolo vs. Tennessee & Nick Foles @ N.Y. Giants

Fade - Aaron Rodgers @ Carolina ($6,800 on DraftKings)

Many of you know that I have a man crush on Aaron Rodgers that is borderline creepy and I almost never recommend sitting the best quarterback in the league. But with a road matchup against the Panthers in his first game back from a fractured collarbone, I think it would be prudent to wait a week to allow A-Rod to get back into the groove.

Running Backs

H2H/Cash - Alex Collins @ Cleveland ($5,000 on DraftKings)

After failing to a scored a rushing touchdown in his first eight games of the season, Collins has reached the end zone five times in his last four games. The Browns have struggled against the run over the past month, and the Ravens will look to control the clock with Collins and Buck Allen on the ground.

Other options to consider - Le’Veon Bell vs. New England & Jonathan Stewart vs. Green Bay

GPP - Dion Lewis @ Pittsburgh ($5,400 on DraftKings)

The loss of Ryan Shazier has greatly affected the Pittsburgh run defense, particularly in covering passes out of the backfield and runs to the outside. I am looking for any way to get a piece of the action in this game, and Lewis and Burkhead are both excellent options.

Other options to consider - Rex Burkhead @ Pittsburgh & Christian McCaffrey vs. Green Bay

Fade - Joe Mixon @ Minnesota ($5,100 on DraftKings)

Even if Mixon is fully cleared from his concussion and is available to start, I want nothing to do with the Bengals offense in what could be a hugely lopsided game against the Vikings.

Wide Receivers

H2H/Cash - Devin Funchess vs. Green Bay ($6,600 on DraftKings)

Funchess is my favorite sub-7k wide receiver for cash games based on his consistent target volume and the matchup at home against Green Bay. Funchess has at least 15 points in his last four games, including a 26-point game Week 10 vs. Miami.

Other options to consider - Adam Thielen vs. Cincinnati & Cooper Kupp @ Seattle

GPP - Nelson Agholor @ NY Giants ($4,400 on DraftKings)

A GPP stack of Nick Foles and Nelson Agholor is a sneaky play this week against the 22nd ranked Giants pass defense. Yes, Foles is a sharp decline in talent from Wentz, but Foles has flashed some ability in the past, and Agholor has been a target monster as of late with 23 targets in his last two games.

Other options to consider - Mike Wallace @ Cleveland & Jamison Crowder vs. Arizona

Fade - DeAndre Hopkins vs. Jacksonville ($7,700 on DraftKings)

Hopkins enters Week 15 on the heels of his second 39-point performance of the season in a loss at home to the 49ers. I love Hopkins (the most physically-gifted WR in the game), but I have concerns this week with Nuk playing with T.J. Yates on the road against Jacksonville. Although Hopkins did have a nice week vs. Jalen Ramsey Week 1, I would rather use that 7.7k somewhere else.

Tight End

H2H/Cash - Vernon Davis vs. Arizona ($3,900 on DraftKings)

The best way to attack the Cardinals is over the middle of the field and not outside. Davis is a cheap way to get at least six targets at the tight end position, with the possibility of a multi-touchdown game.

Other options to consider - Rob Gronkowski @ Pittsburgh & Delanie Walker @ San Francisco

GPP - Ben Watson @ Cleveland ($4,400 on DraftKings)

Watson went without a catch for only the second time of the season in last week’s 39-38 loss to the Steelers. With the Browns allowing the third most points to opposing tight ends, I doubt that happens again. Look for another game similar to his 8/91 line set against the Browns Week 2.

Other options to consider - Ricky Seals-Jones @ Washington & Trey Burton @ N.Y. Giants

Fade - Greg Olsen vs. Green Bay ($4,000 on DraftKings)

My first consideration or fade of the week was Gronk against the No.1 ranked Steelers defense, but though better of it as Gronk is too much of a difference maker in the Patriots offense (see cash options above). Instead, I am going to avoid Olsen at home against the Packers. His foot injury is a concern, and I would prefer to avoid a situation in which he starts and is unable to finish the game.


Vikings vs. Bengals

I watched the film of the Bengals loss against the Bears, and I saw a team that has given up on their coach and the season. The Vikings should win this going away, and I would not be surprised to see a defensive score by Minnesota.