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 Dallas and Philadelphia.
Andy Dalton – Cincinnati (vs New Orleans)
Dalton was subpar through the month of October, but he’s primed for a breakout performance following the bye. As we all know, New Orleans has been generous to opposing signal callers, allowing the second-most fantasy points to that position. Making matters even better, the Saints are pretty stout against the run, which funnels opposing teams to more pass attempts. Dalton will be without top receiver A.J. Green, but I’m still looking to pair him with other options (Boyd, Ross, Uzomah) in tournaments.
Dion Lewis – Tennessee (vs New England)
Offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur mentioned over the Titans’ bye week that Dion Lewis would see more work moving forward. That held true on Monday, as Lewis racked up 122 total yards and a score (20.2 FP) on 23 touches. The heightened volume makes him an intriguing tournament pick, and the salary is still cheap at $5800 on FanDuel. Game flow dictates that Lewis could see plenty of action in the passing game, and he’s facing a New England defense that has allowed the fourth-most receptions to opposing backs. Some extra motivation playing against his former team doesn’t hurt either – as Lewis stated in the offseason that he believed the Patriots didn’t view him as “good enough” to earn a new contract.
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Duke Johnson Jr. – Cleveland (vs Atlanta)
I’m interested to see what Duke Johnson Jr’s ownership rate will look like this week. He’s still cheap across the board following a 25.1 FP outing that included just one carry and nine receptions (78 yards, 2 TD) vs Kansas City. It’s clear the new play callers for Cleveland want to get him involved, but to what extent is Johnson viable in fantasy? Game flow and a matchup vs Atlanta (allowed the most receptions to RBs this season) makes Duke worthy of a flex look in tournaments.
John Ross – Cincinnati (vs New Orleans)
Tyler Boyd will likely absorb majority of the workload vacated by injured WR A.J. Green. Speedy receiver John Ross is finally healthy, and he could see a solid snap rate with Green sidelined. We aren’t sure how many targets he’ll see, but there’s certainly room for Ross to get involved. New Orleans has a generous pass defense, and Ross has blazing speed to cash in on a big play or two. He’s the definition of a risk/reward tournament pick.
Maurice Harris – Washington (at Tampa Bay)
Keep an eye on the status of Jamison Crowder. If he’s ruled out for a fifth straight game, Maurice Harris will look to pick up the slack for this depleted Washington receiving corps. Paul Richardson Jr has been placed on injured reserve while Harris stepped up for 10 receptions and 124 on 12 targets last week. Relying on Alex Smith and a banged-up offensive line doesn’t inspire a ton of confidence, but Harris could benefit if his QB has enough time to look downfield. The matchup is great otherwise against a Tampa Bay pass defense that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing receivers.
Jared Cook – Oakland (vs LA Chargers)
Jared Cook is the definition of a tournament pick, as he has proven solid upside along with disappointing performances throughout this season. Even though it didn’t come to fruition last week, the Raiders’ tight end could still see more targets with Amari Cooper out of the picture. His opponent, the Chargers, rank middle-of-the-pack against tight ends this season, but they just coughed up a stat-line of 6-52-1 to the otherwise invisible Seattle TE Nick Vannett last game. Cleveland TE David Njoku cashed in against the Chargers in a recent matchup as well.