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 Green Bay and New England.
Joe Flacco – Baltimore (vs Pittsburgh)
This game has a low over/under (48 total points), but any matchup featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers has a chance of turning into a shootout. Pittsburgh has been much better on defense lately, but they are still allowing the fifth most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks on the season. The Steelers tend to funnel production to the air, as they currently boast the sixth best run defense. That could lead to more volume and subsequent fantasy points for Flacco and the Baltimore passing attack. The Ravens’ QB posted a solid 22.22 FP outing at Pittsburgh earlier this season, and he could be in line for more of the same.
Also Consider: Baker Mayfield
Lamar Miller – Houston (at Denver)
Miller has finally come to life with back-to-back 100+ yard performances. Playing on the road as a marginal underdog at Denver doesn’t make for the best game flow situation, but Miller will try to keep his heater alive against a Broncos team that has surrendered the ninth most fantasy points to opposing backs. The formula of feeding Miller early and often has worked for Houston in back-to-back victories, so that should be the primary game plan in this one.
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Isaiah Crowell – NY Jets (at Miami)
Crowell has put together three outings of 18 or more fantasy points, but he hasn’t eclipsed 6 FP in any of the other five games. Game flow has been a detriment to his fantasy upside in recent weeks, but there’s a chance he could get back on track in a competitive tilt at Miami on Sunday. It helps that the Dolphins are trending down while currently allowing the fourth most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Miami has been shredded by players out of the backfield for five straight games now, looking at strong box scores from Sony Michel, Joe Mixon, Tarik Cohen, Kerryon Johnson, and Lamar Miller respectively. It wouldn’t be too surprising if Crowell found some room to run in this matchup, and he would be slated to potential gobble up more carries with Bilal Powell done for the season.
John Brown – Baltimore (vs Pittsburgh)
Brown serves as an agreeable stacking extension with the above-mentioned write-up of QB Joe Flacco. As I touched on there, the Pittsburgh defense has been better as of late, but I’m not fully convinced that we should shy away from them for fantasy purposes. There are still issues in the secondary, and I could see Baltimore making things happen through the passing game. Brown is the big play receiver to make that happen. He flopped with only 4.3 FP last week, but Brown has come up huge in advantageous matchups earlier this season. That includes a nice 3-116-1 (19.4 FP) line at Pittsburgh in September.
Tre’Quan Smith – New Orleans (vs LA Rams)
Drew Brees has been mediocre in back-to-back weeks, which has curbed the production of Smith as his current #2 receiver. There’s a good chance the Saints’ passing game will get back on track upon returning to the Superdome to face the LA Rams. This matchup has an unbelievable 60 point over/under that is rarely seen in the NFL. There should be plenty of fireworks from both sides, and Smith is a cheap WR3 who could get in on the action.
David Njoku – Cleveland (vs Kansas City)
Njoku was highly owned last week, and he laid a goose egg with no stats despite a great matchup. Plenty of DFS enthusiasts had otherwise quality lineups soured by Njoku (count me in that group), and some have more than likely turned bitter on him. Truth be told, I like Njoku for similar reasons as to why he was popular last week. Game flow should dictate plenty of passes from Baker Mayfield, which could result in a healthy target share for his big tight end. We know Njoku has the ability and fantasy upside, as he posted back-to-back strong outings before last Sunday’s goose egg. The Browns’ tight end has an excellent matchup to redeem himself, facing a Kansas City team that has allowed the fifth most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.
Also Consider: Chris Herndon