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Week 15 FanDuel Recap

by Justin Van Zuiden
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:02 pm ET

Down the stretch they come! We are down to two weeks left in the NFL regular season, so the time to enjoy daily fantasy football is nearing a close. Let's examine some results from the previous week to see if that can help us in building future lineups on FanDuel.

 

Here's a look at the winning lineup for this week's “Sunday Million” tournament on FanDuel:

 

Player

Pos

          FPs

     Salary

Brock Osweiler

QB

30.7

$6,700

DeAngelo Williams

RB

14.1

$7,000

David Johnson

RB

42.9

$6,500

Antonio Brown

WR

38.9

$8,800

Demaryius Thomas

WR

20.6

$7,700

Emmanuel Sanders

WR

31.5

$7,100

Jordan Reed

TE

23.9

$6,300

Jason Myers

K

6

$4,700

New England Patriots

DST

18

$5,000

Total

 

226.6

$59,800

 

This is a fun lineup to break down, and the lineup build makes sense when you look back on it. User “dank18” populated his roster with a couple of popular picks to start off, with David Johnson (31.2% owned) and Jordan Reed (16.6% owned). These two players were keys to success, as they combined for five touchdowns and both had price tags of $6,500 or less on FanDuel. Obtaining 67 points from those two players was certainly a positive in Week 15.

 

Beyond that, dank18 went with an interesting game stack approach, stacking up the Broncos/Steelers game. He opted to use Brock Osweiler as his quarterback with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders as two of his wide receivers. That was not a bad strategy at all given the struggles of the Pittsburgh defense this season. In fact, I wrote up Emmanuel Sanders as one of the top tournament plays of the week in my article on RotoGrinders (apologies for the shameless plug). Osweiler checked in with a 0.4% ownership percentage, while Sanders was at just 0.8% and Thomas logged a 4.3% ownership. Sanders had a huge day with a line of 10/181/1 (plus 24 rushing yards), while Thomas added two touchdowns himself. This was clearly a winning strategy this week.

 

In addition to the Broncos players, dank18 used both DeAngelo Williams and Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh side of this game. It was a smart strategy, because Pittsburgh was going to have to score points to keep up with Denver, otherwise his Denver passing game weapons would be in danger of shutting it down in the second half. The game played out to perfection, as Brown had a monster day with a 16/189/2 line. Williams was nothing special, but he did salvage his day with a touchdown. In fact, the 14.1 points from Williams was actually the lowest total of any of his skill position players.

 

The winning lineup was rounded out with Jacksonville kicker Jason Myers and the Patriots Defense. Myers logged six points with a 40-yard field goal and two extra points, and the New England defense was fantastic. They tallied two interceptions, a fumble recovery, five sacks, and a defensive score for good measure. Dank18 was able to hold off anyone with players in the Lions/Saints game on Monday night, and he is $175,000 richer for his efforts.

 

 

STLCardinals84: Week 15 Recap

Everyone has their share of “woopsies” in daily fantasy sports, and this week qualifies as one of those for me. Here was my main lineup for the week on FanDuel:

 

Player

Pos

          FPs

     Salary

Carson Palmer

QB

15

$8,700

Denard Robinson

RB

11.4

$6,300

Spencer Ware

RB

0

$5,900

Julio Jones

WR

22.3

$8,600

Randall Cobb

WR

8.3

$7,200

Sammy Watkins

WR

25.6

$7,200

Jordan Reed

TE

23.9

$6,300

Matt Prater

K

5

$4,500

Cincinnati Bengals

DST

15

$4,900

Total

 

126.5

$59,600

 

I realized the mistake about two minutes after rosters locked. There was some last-minute scrambling involved with my lineups this week, and I ended up with Spencer Ware instead of Charcandrick West as my Kansas City running back. Both were the same price on FanDuel, and I just mistakenly clicked the wrong one. It doesn't help that their last names both start with “W” either. As a result, this team was basically in the tank in GPP's before it even got started.

 

The rest of my early players all did fairly well. Julio Jones, Sammy Watkins, and Jordan Reed all did their best to keep the squad afloat. They combined for five touchdown catches n the day and all topped 22 fantasy points. Denard Robinson was the only other early start for me, and his performance was the worst of the bunch. He was also highly-owned this week, and I should have kept David Johnson in this spot. In short, I royally screwed up the running back position with my late changes.

 

Things didn't get a whole lot better in the late games. Randall Cobb continues to struggle for Green Bay, and the weather didn't do the passing game any favors there. The Cincinnati defense was solid, but their 15 points wasn't enough to keep this team in the green. Carson Palmer didn't have to do much on Sunday night as it was the David Johnson show, which just made my squad look even worse.

 

Despite all the struggles, this team would have cashed in most 50/50 contests if I simply would have clicked the right Kansas City running back. That mistake, coupled with the removal of David Johnson and some other quiet performances, sealed my fate. This was one of my worst weeks of the season, and I am ready to dust myself off and move on to Week 16.

Justin Van Zuiden
STLCardinals84 has qualified for 3 separate live finals, including the FanDuel Baseball Championships in 2013 and 2014. Justin won the MLB Monster 3 separate times in 1 month on FanDuel and was one of the most profitable players in all of Daily Fantasy this past season. STL is ranked No. 6 overall. You can follow him on Twitter @stlcardinals84.