Daily Fantasy Wrap: NFL Week 15 Best Tournaments and Value Picks

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NFL Week 14 is done and gone. If you had Le’Veon Bell on your lineup, congratulations. He lit up the Bills for 236 rushing yards, 62 receiving yards and three touchdowns for a 50+ fantasy point game. Nearly a quarter of the lineups featured Le’Veon Bell, and it goes to show that there’s nothing wrong with taking the popular position occasionally if the matchup looks that good.

For the rest of you who didn’t have Bell on your team, well, at least we have another week to make up the lost ground. If you didn’t have success in Week 14, you have three more Sundays to make good things happen for your bankroll and your bank account. This week, we move on to NFL Week 15 in daily fantasy.

This week’s NFL schedule includes a Saturday game (Dolphins at Jets), but that one will not be included among any of the major fantasy football contests this weekend at FanDuel or DraftKings. Both sites will stick to their regular Sunday schedule for the big GPPs, so those are the games we’ll be focusing on this week as we look at the best contests and top value picks for each position.

As usual, we’ll start with an overview of the biggest and best fantasy contests for Week 15 and then discuss a few promising low-cost options for each position as you draft your lineups.

Biggest Guaranteed Prize Pool Tournaments for Week 15

FanDuel and DraftKings are once again home to the biggest daily fantasy contests of the week. Both are featuring million dollar contests with first place prizes that could pay off the mortgage and then some. Both fantasy football sites will also be hosting a plethora of cash games as well, but here’s a quick look at the contests with the biggest prize pools.

FanDuel: $1.15M Sunday Million

  • Entry: $25
  • Total Entries: 54,117
  • First Place: $200,000
  • Places Paid: 11,190
  • Enter Now: www.fanduel.com

FanDuel: $750K Sling TV Rush

  • Entry: $5
  • Total Entries: 176,470
  • First Place: $100,000
  • Places Paid: 37,360
  • Enter Now: www.fanduel.com

FanDuel: $500K NFL Monster

  • Entry: $300
  • Total Entries: 1,862
  • First Place: $100,000
  • Places Paid: 334
  • Enter Now: www.fanduel.com

DraftKings: $3.33M Fantasy Football Millionaire

  • Entry: $27
  • Total Entries: 142,500
  • First Place: $1,000,000
  • Places Paid: 37,570
  • Enter Now: www.draftkings.com

DraftKings: $1.4M Wildcat

  • Entry: $333
  • Total Entries: 4,671
  • First Place: $150,000
  • Places Paid: 1,050
  • Enter Now: www.draftkings.com

DraftKings: $1.1M Play-Action

  • Entry: $3
  • Total Entries: 431,300
  • First Place: $50,000
  • Places Paid: 119,450
  • Enter Now: www.draftkings.com

NFL Week 15 Value Picks

Our weekly value picks are chosen for the sole purpose of giving you a few options of low-cost players with high upsides. The main thing to keep in mind here is we are not just recommending the best players outright. If that was the case, it would be easy to just recommend the most expensive players in every position. Instead, we’re looking for spots in which you can save back on some of your salary in order to spend more in other positions.

Best Value Quarterbacks for Week 15

Alex Smith ($6800 FanDuel / $5400 DraftKings) of the Kansas City Chiefs has thrown for a touchdown for four straight weeks now and just put on an solid showing against the Raiders while on the road. Against the Raiders, he completed 17 of 26 passes for 264 yards, a touchdown and one interception. He also lost a fumble, but he made up for that by proving that he is indeed capable of completing passes further down the field.

Now, Smith faces a Titans team ranks 3rd in the NFL against the run but 31st against the pass. This is going to push Alex to make more passing plays and rack up fantasy points without breaking the budget. Smith will also be playing at home on Sunday.

Tyrod Taylor ($7600 FanDuel / $5700 DraftKings) of the Buffalo Bills offers the best of both worlds: he’s cheap and he plays against the ever-struggling Cleveland Browns. He’ll also have the home field advantage this week.

There was word last week that Taylor might be benched and that might be enough to keep a good chunk of your opponents from betting on him having a big performance. He serves as a nice value pick considering he has always been good for 15-20 fantasy points and could very well have a big game against the Browns.

Running Backs

Carlos Hyde ($7000 FanDuel / $5900 DraftKings) of the San Francisco 49ers is an easy value pick as he is both inexpensive and benefits from a favorable matchup against an Atlanta defense that has struggled against running backs this year.

Hyde was good for 26.5 points at FanDuel and 30 points at DraftKings last week against the New York Jets who rank 17th against the rush. This week’s Atlanta ranks 14th against the rush. The 49ers do not inspire confidence as a team, but Carlos Hyde is a bright spot. Against the Jets, he ran for 193 yards and caught one touchdown pass. Also, the 49ers lost Vance McDonald and Torrey Smith last week which should push them to lean on Carlos Hyde for offensive yardage.

Ty Montgomery ($5000 FanDuel / $4800 DraftKings) of the Green Bay Packers is dirt cheap but faces a tough matchup against the Chicago Bears who rank 6th against the pass and 19th against the rush. Even so, he’s a tempting pick because he presents a dual-threat as a running back / receiver and put up a big game against the Seahawks last week.

The latest word is Montgomery will be the number one running back in Sunday’s game against Chicago. Ty Montgomery seems to be flying under the radar outside of Green Bay right now, but it’s looking like we will be hearing more from Montgomery soon. I like him at this price.

Wide Receivers

Tyreek Hill ($6400 FanDuel / $5700 DraftKings) of the Kansas City Chiefs is an obvious tournament choice that is cheap and full of potential. This guy is scoring touchdowns off kickoff returns, punt returns, passes and runs. He’s a bargain at those prices.

Tyreek Hill and the Chiefs host the Tennessee Titans in Kansas City this Sunday. The Titans rank 31st in the NFL against the pass, but Tyreek Hill can do a little bit of everything so I’d be giving him a long look no matter who they were playing. This is a pretty sweet deal all around.

Taylor Gabriel ($5800 FanDuel / $5600 DraftKings) of the Atlanta Falcons is an attractive pick as it may fall to him to start on Sunday with Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu both dealing with injuries. You’ll want to keep up with injury news because there have been reports going back and forth that one or both could return on Sunday.

If the job does fall to Gabriel, he has a great matchup against the San Francisco 49ers and their bottom-of-the-league defense. San Francisco ranks 14th against the pass, 32nd against the run and 32nd in overall defense. Gabriel doesn’t always accumulate fantasy points with the Falcons having other options, but he always produces when they give him the workload.

Tight Ends

Zach Ertz ($5900 FanDuel / $4900 DraftKings) of the Philadelphia Eagles has a bad matchup against the Ravens, but he is likely to continue to be a target with the Eagles suffering injuries in key offensive positions. Running back Wendell Smallwood is on injured reserve, running back Darren Sproles is in in concussion protocol and wide receivers Dorial Green-Beckham and Jordan Matthews are also dealing with injuries of their own.

Ladarius Green ($5600 FanDuel / $3700 DraftKings) of the Pittsburgh Steelers can be hit or miss, but he has been seeing more action of late with 17 targets over the past two games. He didn’t do much on Sunday against the Bills, but that was also an off game for Big Ben in a snowy game.