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NFL DFS Must Plays: Week 15

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: December 14, 2019, 2:20 pm ET

As we head into the weekend, be sure to check out all the content rolling onto the Rotoworld Daily page. Here’s a list of articles looking at the NFL DFS Week 15 slate. I will be updating as new columns are added, so consider this section as your DFS Table of Contents.

NFL DFS Bargains by Renee Miller

DFS Building Blocks (VIDEO) with John Daigle & Ian Hartitz

NFL DFS Stacks by Renee Miller

Fantasy Football Forecast by Hayden Winks 

NFL DFS Starting Points by Renee Miller

NFL DFS Fades by Renee Miller 

NFL GPP Pivots by Spencer Limbach

NFL DFS Single Game Breakdown (check back for Sunday & Monday Night Football) 

Now onto the NFL DFS Must Plays for Week 15!

Just a reminder, this column includes only Sunday afternoon games (not SNF), as that’s considered the main slate on DFS sites.

PLATINUM: Build your lineup around these guys

Deshaun Watson - QB - Houston (at Tennessee) 

This Titans-Texans divisional showdown should have some fireworks, as the 51.5 over/under (highest of the week) implies. Tennessee has been flying high lately, but their defense is vulnerable to say the least. Jacoby Brissett threw for 319 and a touchdown with Derek Carr tossing for 262 yards and two scores last week. Patrick Mahomes also posted 446 yards and three touchdowns a month ago. Watson has upside with his rushing ability, an attribute that won’t be rivaled by any other quarterback on this slate (Jackson played on Thursday). Build your lineups around the Texans’ signal-caller!  

DeAndre Hopkins - WR - Houston (at Tennessee)

Watson has been recommended several times in this article series throughout the season, and Hopkins always follows him. As mentioned in the previous write-up, this Titans-Texans matchup has plenty of shootout potential. Hopkins has been on fire over the last few months, and he could retain a higher target share if Will Fuller remains sidelined. He’s a strong play regardless of Fuller’s status, and I’m not intimidated by Hopkins’ cumbersome salary. There’s more than enough value to make him blend comfortably into any lineup format (see the “bronze” recommendations), and the Texans’ WR should be worth every penny. 

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GOLD: Next wave to consider in terms of priority

Chris Carson - RB - Seattle (at Carolina)

Carson was a fantasy beast early in the season, then he fell into a timeshare with Rashaad Penny. Well, Penny has been placed on injured reserve, meaning Carson should resume his full-time role of 20-25 touches. That corresponds nicely with an outstanding matchup at Carolina, who has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. As I’m creating this write-up, I’m beginning to wonder if Carson belongs in the “platinum” category. I think you get the point either way. 

Josh Jacobs - RB - Oakland (vs. Jacksonville) 

This is somewhat of a gamble, and I’ll be paying attention to any developments out of Oakland. Jacobs is questionable to play after missing last game with a shoulder injury. Even if he plays, there’s no guarantee in his workload. Having said that, the matchup is phenomenal against a Jaguars’ team that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to running backs. If you want to pivot towards Saquon Barkley or Raheem Mostert, that’s completely acceptable. However, I’m going to have some exposure to Jacobs due to matchup potential. 

SILVER: Good options that narrowly rank ahead of similar players

Kenny Golladay - WR - Detroit (vs. Tampa Bay)

Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay have seemingly traded big games all season. Jones has been placed on injured reserve with an ankle issue, so it should be Golladay’s time to feast. The matchup literally could not be any better, as the Buccaneers have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing receivers. I’m gushing over Jarvis Landry and Golladay in this price range, but the Lions’ WR is the more preferred option. 

Tyler Higbee - TE - LA Rams (at Dallas)

Higbee will continue to operate as the Rams’ top tight end with Gerald Everett out. He has thrived in that role, seeing eight or more targets, seven receptions, and 100+ yards in each of his last two games. He should continue to thrive against a discombobulated Dallas defense that has been generous to the pass recently. 

BRONZE: Not 100% necessities, but they mix well into a quality lineup

Patrick Laird - RB - Miami (at NY Giants) 

Laird’s name has been buzzing around DFS circles for several weeks now, but he’s actually a strong cash game bargain this week. His workload seems to be ramping up with 14 and 19 touches respectively in the past two weeks. This matchup is strong against a Giants’ team that ranks 20th to the run. Laird’s work in the passing attack (five targets in each of his last two games) makes him less dependent on game flow as well. Put it all together, and he’s a solid fallback option to help make the rest of your lineup work. 

Chris Conley - WR - Jacksonville (at Oakland) 

DJ Chark has been ruled out, meaning Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley will need to step up. You could argue that Conley is the biggest beneficiary, and he’s somewhat cheaper than Westbrook on most DFS sites. The Raiders have allowed the eight-most fantasy points to receivers this season, and Conley is in line for a substantial volume boost. 

PARTICIPATION RIBBONS: Fell just short of a featured spot

Ryan Tannehill - QB - Tennessee (vs. Houston)

Saquon Barkley - RB - NY Giants (vs. Miami)

Raheem Mostert - RB - San Francisco (vs. Atlanta)

Jarvis Landry - WR - Cleveland (at Arizona)

Chris Godwin - WR - Tampa Bay (at Detroit)

A.J. Brown - WR - Tennessee (vs. Houston)

Darius Slayton - WR - NY Giants (vs. Miami)

Ian Thomas - TE - Carolina (vs. Seattle)

Eagles Defense (vs. Washington)

Buccaneers Defense (at Detroit) - cheap filler 

Spencer Limbach
Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for Rotoworld. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.