This article looks to uncover some underrated NFL DFS Tournament Options for large-field contests. The following write-ups were constructed early Thursday morning, meaning injury information and news could alter the fantasy landscape. Be sure to keep your eyes on the Rotoworld NFL Headline Feed for breaking news and fantasy implications as we head into the weekend.
Keep in mind that we are looking towards the NFL Main Slate starting at 1:00 ET on Sunday. The Monday and Thursday games are not included in the following analysis, neither is the Sunday Night matchup between New England and Buffalo or the London tilt between Philadelphia and Jacksonville.
Andrew Luck – Indianapolis (at Oakland)
I touched on this in the Week 7 NFL DFS Recap, but Andrew Luck tends to be underrated in large-field tournaments. The Colts have a pass-heavy offense that relies on Luck’s arm, regardless if he can throw the ball downfield or not. Even with Marlon Mack running wild last week, Luck was able to manufacture 23 fantasy points, notching four straight outings above that threshold. He’s looking at another strong matchup at Oakland, who has allowed the 11th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Don’t sleep on Luck on this weekend!
Phillip Lindsay – Denver (at Kansas City)
Some of Lindsay’s fantasy viability depends on the status of fellow RB Royce Freeman. The two have been splitting carries for Denver this season, with Freeman usually seeing more goal-line opportunities. Lindsay would likely step into a full-time role if Freeman (questionable) is ruled out. If that’s the case, he’ll be viable through all formats … However, I believe Lindsay deserves a look in tournaments regardless of Freeman’s status. He’s the receiving back of this group who should see plenty of work as Denver tries to keep pace with Kansas City’s explosive offense.
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Jalen Richard – Oakland (vs Indianapolis)
Marshawn Lynch has been placed on injured reserve, meaning Jalen Richard and Doug Martin will pick up the slack at running back. I believe Richard has more upside of the two, as he was already heavily involved in the passing game with Lynch healthy. Richard will now see some more rushing attempts along with a predictably higher snap rate. Opposing running backs like Joe Mixon, Sony Michel, along with the duo of Powell/Crowell have had success against the Colts this season.
T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis (at Oakland)
It’s crazy to think that Hilton is still a strong DFS asset despite Andrew Luck’s lack of downfield attempts. I like him as a stacking option with the Indianapolis QB, as facing an Oakland defense that has allowed the fifth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers is definitely a situation to target. I’m guessing Hilton will get lost in the shuffle with a lower-than-deserved ownership rate at his current price point.
Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati (vs Tampa Bay)
Boyd was fantastic to begin the season, but it seems that he is losing some steam. He has notched only 6 and 4 fantasy points respectively in two of his past three games. Several DFS enthusiasts may see that and run away. However, I’m looking at Boyd as a strong bounce-back candidate against a Tampa defense that has allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing receivers. The Bengals WR has notched 16+ FP in four of seven games this season, and he could certain get another here.
Vance McDonald – Pittsburgh (vs Cleveland)
McDonald has been up-and-down all season, but he remains an integral part of this Pittsburgh passing attack. He’s still cheap on most DFS sites as well. While Cleveland ranks middle-of-the-pack against opposing tight ends, this is a sneaky good matchup for McDonald. Fellow TE Jesse James was able to find space vs the Browns several times in their first meeting. McDonald did not play in that game, but he’s ready to go with nice upside for Sunday’s tilt.
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