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 Minnesota and Green Bay.
Nick Mullens – San Francisco (at Tampa Bay)
After an impressive debut vs Oakland (22 FP), Mullens came back down to earth in his last outing vs the Giants (12 FP). He has now had a bye week to take more reps with the first team, something that should ultimately help moving forward. A matchup against the most generous defense against opposing quarterbacks, Tampa Bay, doesn’t hurt either. We can expect plenty of pass attempts from both sides on Sunday afternoon, and Mullens could catch some upside for his bargain basement salary.
Joe Mixon – Cincinnati (vs Cleveland)
Mixon may be somewhat overlooked on this slate. Most people will side with the other running back in this game, Cleveland’s Nick Chubb against a Cincinnati defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing RBs. Don’t forget about Mixon though, as the Browns have coughed up the seventh most fantasy points to opposing backfields. Cleveland has been pretty solid against the pass lately, so I’m expecting Cincinnati to feed Mixon in an effort to sustain drives. The Cincinnati RB is looking at abundant volume with a strong matchup to secure a breakout fantasy performance.
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James Conner – Pittsburgh (at Denver)
Has everyone written off Conner due to a pair of mediocre performances in his last two games? Remember how he posted 25+ fantasy points in four straight prior to that? Conner’s salary has fallen due to those recent lackluster performances, and this isn’t too bad of a bounce-back situation. The Broncos have allowed the 10th most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, and it’s not especially hard to imagine Conner getting back on track in this one. The Steelers check in as three point road favorites in Denver, so game flow could fall on his side as well.
Emmanuel Sanders – Denver (vs Pittsburgh)
Case Keenum hasn’t looked good in recent games, subsequently hurting the fantasy output of Emmanuel Sanders. However, let’s not forget that Sanders is a high-end playmaker who is looking at steady volume with Demaryius Thomas out of town. Now he just needs to capitalize on that. He should get his chances against the Steelers, and there’s a motivational angle playing against his former team.
Willie Snead IV – Baltimore (vs Oakland)
Who was Lamar Jackson’s favorite target last week? Hint: the answer is probably the player featured in this particular write-up. Snead led the Ravens in targets last Sunday with eight looks for five receptions and 51 yards. Michael Crabtree had three targets and John Brown only had one. Snead has really been picking things up lately with targets of 10, 7, 11, 8, and 8 respectively over his last five games. He hasn’t made much of a fantasy splash with those opportunities, but that could change against a bad Raiders’ defense.
Nick Vannett – Seattle (at Carolina)
Admittedly, this portion of the tight end section is like throwing darts. The position has been pretty weak this season, and this thinned-out main slate doesn’t help. I’ll be looking towards Vannett, McDonald, and/or Herndon as low-owned tight end fillers who can hopefully find a path to double-digit fantasy point efforts. Vannett has the best matchup of that crew, facing a Carolina team that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. The Seattle pass catcher has caught two touchdowns in his past three games, so he certainly has the ability to make some noise.