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 Pittsburgh and Baltimore.
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Ryan Tannehill – Miami (at New England)
I also outlined Tannehill in the NFL DFS Stacks column this week. Truth be told, the more I think about his fantasy prospects, the more I am willing to utilize him in tournament formats. New England has allowed big performances to some otherwise mediocre quarterbacks in recent weeks (Bortles & Stafford). Tannehill has looked good this season, and I’m expecting him to fire off plenty of passing attempts while trying to keep pace with Tom Brady and company. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Dolphins’ QB topped 25+ fantasy points for the second straight week.
Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas (vs Detroit)
Elliott doesn’t fit the typical mold of a sneaky tournament asset. He has plenty of name recognition as a capable fantasy scorer for DFS purposes. However, I’m thinking most DFS people will look towards Kamara, Gordon, or Barkley among elite running backs. Zeke has been very mediocre to start the season, and each of those aforementioned players has showcased more exciting upside. However, let’s not write-off Elliott completely. This is a very strong matchup against a Detroit team that ranks dead last in yards per carry this season (5.4). The Patriots abandoned the running game while trying to come from behind on Sunday Night Football last week, but the 49ers and Jets both had plenty of success against this Lions run defense. The Cowboys will certainly look to establish the tempo with Zeke, and he could reward fantasy backers with a strong showing on Sunday.
James White – New England (vs Miami)
Rex Burkhead is out, and people are instantly looking towards Sony Michel to pick up the slack. While that may be the case, let’s not forget about the other New England RB: James White. He has seen plenty of targets in the passing game (20) to make some noise with 14 receptions, 125 yards, 2 TD through three games. The potential of a few more rushing attempts and snaps overall doesn’t hurt his fantasy prospects. Most people will take a “wait and see approach” while observing how the New England backfield plays out. Savvy DFS players can take a chance on White to find some upside through the ground and air this weekend.
Kenny Stills – Miami (at New England)
Stills is tied to the rationale posted in Tannehill’s write-up earlier in this article. Despite only seeing 13 targets so far this season, Stills can still be categorized as the top receiving target for Miami. He has big-play ability that is perfectly suited for tournaments as well. Hauling in three touchdowns and 184 yards on nine receptions shows that he’s making the most of his opportunities. Game flow could funnel more looks his way at New England – who has been very generous to opposing receivers this season.
Antonio Callaway – Cleveland (at Oakland)
Callaway is minimum salary on FanDuel. He’ll see more snaps, targets, and (hopefully) subsequent fantasy production with Josh Gordon out of the picture. Callaway couldn’t make good on the increased opportunity last Thursday vs NYJ (4 rec, 20 yds); however, it’s promising to note the 11 targets in that game. That includes a narrowly-missed deep ball that would’ve instantaneously given him a solid fantasy outing. That’s what you get with Callaway, as he’s a boom-or-bust vertical receiver. However, more opportunities with potentially a better QB (Mayfield) under center could help inspire upside. Facing a Raiders team that ranks 29th in opponent passer rating should help too.
Eric Ebron – Indianapolis (vs Houston)
Last week was the first time Eric Ebron failed to reach the end zone this season, but he still drew 11 targets (5-33). Andrew Luck has been peppering Ebron and all of the underneath receivers with plenty of check-down looks, and that probably won’t stop anytime soon. Fellow TE Jack Doyle is still considered “week-to-week”, so Ebron should be in line to soak up plenty of those targets. His opponent, Houston, ranks 31st in opponent passer rating while allowing the eighth most fantasy points to opposing tight ends so far this season. NOTE: Ebron is officially listed as questionable, but sources are expecting him to play after returning to practice on Thursday. Meanwhile, Doyle is expected to remain sidelined.