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 Cincinnati and Kansas City.
Matthew Stafford – Detroit (at Miami)
Players coming off a bye week usually check in with lower-than-deserved ownership rates, as they aren’t in the forefront of DFS enthusiasts’ minds. That could happen to Stafford despite looking at a nice matchup against a Miami defense that ranks 24th against the pass. Even though the Lions have more semblance of a rushing attack than in previous seasons, this offense is still centered on Stafford and his receivers. I’m expecting a big day for the Detroit offense on Sunday afternoon.
LeSean McCoy – Buffalo (at Indianapolis)
McCoy hasn’t really been fantasy relevant this entire season. The schedule has been brutal while playing for a Buffalo team that struggles to move the ball consistently. Aside from that, we may finally get a chance for McCoy to make some fantasy noise against a Colts’ defense that has allowed 37+ points in three straight games. Some of that is a byproduct of their offense going into pass-heavy mode and enabling more possessions for both teams. Either way, it opens the door for McCoy to achieve a respectable fantasy outing. I’m expecting the Bills RB to be heavily involved to help journeyman QB Derek Anderson get acclimated under center.
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Dalvin Cook – Minnesota (at NY Jets)
Dalvin Cook practiced in full on Wednesday, which is a great sign that he’ll be able to start and see a respectable amount of touches on Sunday. If that’s the case, we could be looking at a breakout performance against a Jets’ defense that ranks below average in yards per carry allowed. Cook has game flow on his side with Minnesota checking in as road favorites as well. As long as Cook doesn’t suffer a setback with his hamstring injury before Sunday, we could be looking at a nice buy-low opportunity in DFS.
Kenny Golladay – Detroit (at Miami)
Golladay is an extension of Matthew Stafford’s previous write-up. As mentioned in that paragraph, I’m thinking the Lions’ passing attack will be underrated (following their bye week) despite a strong matchup at Miami. While Golden Tate still profiles as the top receiver for Detroit, Golladay has been just as good from a fantasy perspective. I’m thinking he’ll have a single-digit ownership rate even though the game log has been impressive in recent weeks.
John Brown – Baltimore (vs New Orleans)
John Brown is coming off back-to-back uninspiring performances, which will probably lead to many DFS enthusiasts ignoring him. However, the salary has fallen and this is a strong bounce-back opportunity. New Orleans has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing receivers, and Brown is the best option to take advantage of that for Baltimore. He’s a deep threat who could pay off his salary with just one catch, also flirting with upside if he hauls in several vertical passes.
James O’Shaughnessy – Jacksonville (vs Houston)
Tight ends Austin-Seferian Jenkins and Niles Paul have both been placed on injured reserve for Jacksonville. That leaves James O’Shaughnessy as the last man standing to absorb majority of the snaps, routes, and receptions at the position. He’s cheap across the DFS industry, worthy of a tournament look when considering the starting role. You would essentially be locking in value while hoping O’Shaughnessy comes up with something like 4 catches for 50 yards and a score.