The bargain basement DFS plays are back for Week 15. Everyone knows to start Aaron Rodgers and Julio Jones most weeks. What can bring home the money in DFS is finding players who will produce at a lower salary but might not be on many lineup cards.
Here’s a look at some players in Week 15 who have low salaries but are worth considering for your rosters:
Tyrod Taylor, Bills
Taylor threw for 228 yards with two touchdowns and an interception against the Steelers. He may be regressing a little but Taylor still put up at least 16 DraftKings points in two of his last three games.
Taylor has the matchup to make it three times in four games Sunday. The Browns allow the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Cleveland’s defense gives up 261.5 yards and 2.3 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks. Even Carson Wentz and Joe Flacco topped 20 fantasy points against the Browns defense.
Taylor’s rushing numbers are always a bonus and Cleveland allows 146 yards per game on the ground. That ranks second worst in the NFL. Taylor has scored 16 DK points 10 times this season. He should have little trouble eclipsing that mark against an overmatched Browns defense.
Kenneth Farrow, Chargers
Melvin Gordon suffered a hip injured last week and is unlikely to play Sunday against the Raiders. If Gordon can’t go, Farrow will get the start and see most of the touches with Ronnie Hillman also in the mix. Farrow rushed for 55 yards on 16 carries (3.4 YPC) versus Carolina. He added six receptions for 23 yards.
Farrow didn’t put up great numbers against Carolina but he came in off the bench against a Panthers defense that allows the seventh fewest fantasy points to running backs. He has a much more favorable matchup this week.
The Raiders give up the sixth most fantasy points to running backs. Oakland’s defense allows 107.5 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game to opposing running backs.
Farrow should be a factor in the red zone as well. Gordon ranked first in red zone rushing attempts (50) and third in touchdowns (10). Ronnie Hillman will see some touches as well but Farrow should get most of the work on Sunday, especially in the red zone. Farrow has a low price tag and nice matchup. Give him a long look.
Dontrelle Inman, Chargers
Inman caught 6-of-7 targets for 71 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers. He’s now scored in three straight games. Over that span, Inman has 14 receptions on 18 targets. He’s been targeted at least six times in six of his last seven games.
With Terrell Williams battling a shoulder injury, Inman is now at least the Chargers 1B receiver. Philip Rivers has been struggling behind a porous offensive line recently but the Chargers will likely need to put up points this week to keep up with the Raiders. Inman should continue to see plenty of looks and the matchup isn’t daunting.
The Raiders allow the 12th most fantasy points to wide receivers. Oakland’s pass defense has improved since earlier in the season but the Raiders still give up 12.7 receptions, 176.8 yards and 1.0 touchdowns per game on 21.6 targets to opposing receivers.
Inman has scored 26.9, 12.9 and 19.1 DK points in his last three games. He’s still being undervalued at his $5,100 salary.
Adam Thielen, Vikings
Thielen has been targeted 30 times, has 24 receptions and topped 50 yards receiving in his last four games. Last week against the Jaguars Thielen went over 100 yards for the second time this season.
Thielen isn’t a guy who will get you 30 points but he’s scored at least 12 DK points in five straight games. He has a good chance to make it six straight when he faces the Colts this week.
The Colts defense allows the 20th most fantasy points to receivers They’ve actually been much better against receivers than expected this year but Bradford is locked in on Thielen right now. His 25 targets in the last three games is five more than No. 1 receiver Stefon Diggs.
Thielen is still priced reasonably at DraftKings with a salary under $5,000. If you’re looking for a lower priced receiver with a good shot to deliver 15 points, Thielen is your guy.
Cameron Brate, Buccaneers
Brate has scored a touchdown in four of his last six games. The two games he was held out of the end zone came against Seattle and Kansas City. The Seahawks and Chiefs are two of the top seven defenses when it comes to defending tight ends.
Brate has a good matchup to exploit this week. The Cowboys allow the ninth most fantasy points to tight ends. Dallas’ defense gives up 6.6 receptions, 64.5 yards and 0.4 touchdown per game to opposing tight ends.
Brate has scored double-digit DK points six times this season. He’s just below the elite tight end plays this week in what’s a Top 10 matchup.
New England Patriots
The Patriots defense has started to play better over the last three weeks. Some of that may be due to their competition. New England has faced the Jets, Rams and Ravens over that span.
The Pats defense gets another favorable matchup this week when it takes on the Broncos offense. Denver’s offense allows the ninth most fantasy points to opposing defenses. Trevor Siemian has been playing through a shoulder injury and the Broncos only scored 10 points last week against the Titans.
The Patriots defense has scored 8, 12 and 8 DK points in its last three games. Bill Belichick’s defenses traditionally play better over the final month of the season. New England has the most upside in a strong matchup out of all the defenses with a salary under $3,000 at DraftKings this week.