This article looks to uncover some underrated NFL DFS Tournament Options for large-field contests. The following write-ups were constructed early Friday 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 Saturday games are not included in the following analysis, neither is the Sunday Night matchup between the Chiefs and Eagles.
Baker Mayfield – Cleveland (vs Cincinnati)
I’m hoping Mayfield has a lower-than-deserved ownership rate this weekend. That could become reality, as many people seem to be leaning towards RB Nick Chubb over anyone else from the Cleveland offense. Truth be told, there’s a chance everyone from the Browns could come away with a solid fantasy outing. Cincinnati has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing running backs and the second most to quarterbacks. The fantasy output has been somewhat mediocre for Mayfield in recent weeks, but he is fully capable of 20-25+ FP in this promising draw. Definitely keep him on your tournament radar.
Marlon Mack – Indianapolis (vs NY Giants)
I’m not exactly sure what Mack’s ownership rate will look like, as his 25.4 FP performance last Sunday certainly has more people looking his way. With that result, Mack has now topped 25 fantasy points in three of his past eight games. It’s nice to see that Indianapolis is willing to feed him plenty of carries if the matchup and game flow correspond. That could be the case this week against a Giants team that has allowed the eighth most FP to opposing backfields. Indianapolis checks in as 9.5 point home favorites, signifying that positive game flow.
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Jordan Howard – Chicago (at San Francisco)
Howard has been somewhat disappointing this season while holding an underwhelming 9.4 FPPG average. However, he has seen 16+ carries in four of his past five games. He could flirt with 20 rushing attempts with game flow on his side at San Francisco (Bears favored by 4). The matchup looks somewhat mediocre on paper, but Howard is cheap with volume-driven potential this week. He could be a cheap FLEX filler with a miniscule ownership backing.
Robby Anderson – New York Jets (vs Green Bay)
Anderson is the epitome of a boom-or-bust tournament option with big play potential. Now he’s starting to see regular looks with seven or more targets in four of his past five. That has resulted in back-to-back productive outings with 16 and 19 FanDuel points against Buffalo and Houston respectively. Anderson now finds himself in a strong matchup against a Green Bay defense that has allowed the fifth most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season.
Antonio Callaway – Cleveland (vs Cincinnati)
This is an extension of the Baker Mayfield recommendation above. As mentioned there, Cleveland has an excellent opportunity to rack up some points through the ground and air vs Cincinnati. You could look towards Jarvis Landry as a receiving option to capitalize on the matchup, but Callaway has arguably more upside for a fraction of the cost. Callaway is a big-play guy who could pay dividends in tournaments, and he has seen six or more targets in two of his past three.
Also Consider: Alshon Jeffrey, Robert Foster
Ian Thomas – Carolina (vs Atlanta)
Cam Newton has been shut down for the season, so Taylor Heinicke will start at quarterback moving forward. He’ll be looking at a strong matchup against an Atlanta team that ranks 30th in DVOA vs the pass. Ian Thomas has stepped into a prominent role with Greg Olsen sidelined, and there’s a chance he’ll see plenty of targets while serving as a safety valve for his inexperienced QB.