Bottom of the Barrel WK15
12/15/20
Chris Robin https://twitter.com/DetroitBeastie

What a weekend! At this point I would hate to think I’ve lost my audience. When I’d like to think I’ve gained a bigger one! As the fantasy football playoffs are in full swing teams are dropping like flies. So selfishly I’d like to think more and more folks are turning towards DFS!

Let me be your DFS North Star! Let be your Christmas star, the star of Bethlehem! Together we can enjoy the holidays. Together we can win! I’m sure of it!

When I was a little boy, I loved getting GI Joes for Christmas. At one point I had a couple hundred. As a boy I’ve been told I was rough. I used to beat up my toys bad. Smash them, slam them and throw them. They are action figures after all. They saw plenty of action!

QUARTERBACKS

Below is the most expensive player at QB in week 15. Just helps me put the B&B player prices in perspective!

Patrick Mahomes KC @ NO (11th)(FD-$8,900)(DK-$7,900)

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes

Here are some cheaper options at QB in week 15 I love!

Taysom Hill NO vs KC (17th)(FD-$7,500)(DK-$6,000)

New Orleans Saints QB Taysom Hill

Kansas City strolls into New Orleans sitting at 12-1. While the Saints sure aren’t awful themselves. This has all the makings of a heavy weight boxing match. Is this a prelude to the Super Bowl? Stacking this game would be wise but let’s be smart about it! Rostering Taysom at QB is a smart move at the price.

Matthew Stafford DET @ TEN (28th)(FD-$7,300)(DK-$5,800)

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford

Let’s err on the side of caution and keep our eyes open for Detroit injury report on Wednesday. Matthew has been pretty beaten up all season. To make matters worse, he didn’t finish the game in week 14. His ribs are tender. Do the Lions hold him out rest of the season? Who knows, more to come here.

Kirk Cousins MIN vs CHI (9th)(FD-$7,200)(DK-$6,100)

Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins

As much as it pains me to say, Kirk has been a serviceable streamer all season. Compared to the Vikings match-up last week the Bears are touch lower in QB pressures, QB hits and sack percentages. Meaning Cousins could have an easier time getting the ball out to his playmaking WR’s.

Mitchell Trubisky CHI @ MIN (15th)(FD-$7,000)(DK-$5,500)

Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky

Fresh off his second three TD game the last three weeks Mitch gets a plus match-up in Minnesota. Did you know throughout the past three games Trubisky has scored the ninth most points among QB’s? Mitchell is on some kind of heater here and warrants our attention in DFS formats this Sunday.

Jalen Hurts PHI @ ARZ (14th)(FD-$6,900)(DK-$5,900)

Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts

The rookie got it done in week 14! Against a white-hot New Orleans Saints team too! By all accounts Jalen will remain the Eagles starting quarterback in week 15 at Arizona. To be honest I’m excited to watch Hurts and Kyler duel it out! Both are multi-talented athletes, but you can’t ignore the momentum Hurts has going for him right now.

Nick Mullens SF @ DAL (20th)(FD-$6,800)(DK-$5,100)

San Francisco 49ers QB Nick Mullens

Last I heard the 49ers head coach, Kyle Shanahan, said he’s, “considering all options at quarterback” this weekend. Which is fine. The indecision doesn’t really bother the process here. It’s more about the Dallas DST. Mullens? Beathard? Either one here is fine by me!

Alex Smith WSH vs SEA (29th)(FD-$6,500)(DK-$5,000)

Washington Football Team QB Alex Smith

The Washington Football is optimistic Alex will fine and ready to go Sunday at home. Looks to be just a mild calf issue. With Washington currently in first place in the NFC East I’d expect a full effort from Smith here. Alex has thrown for at least 290 yards in three of his last first games. While the Seahawks are giving up the 4th most fantasy points to opposing QB’s!

Jarrett Stidham NE @ MIA (10th)(FD-$6,100)(DK-$5,100)

New England Patriots QB Jarrett Stidham

Nothing is concrete yet but who thinks Cam Newton has played awful? Is there a chance we see Stidham Sunday? Sometimes it best to be fully prepared! Keep Jarrett in mind as you build your rosters this weekend.

Chase Daniel DET @ TEN (28th)(FD-$6,500)(DK-$5,000)

Detroit Lions backup QB Chase Daniel

In the event Matthew Stafford is inactive Sunday in Nashville Chase would step in against a very fantasy friendly defense. On Tuesday morning the Detroit Free Press claimed Stafford is highly doubtful to play Sunday. Yet no official word on his status.

RUNNING BACKS

Below is the most expensive player at RB in week 15. Just helps me put the B&B player prices in perspective!

Derrick Henry TEN vs DET (31st)(FD-$10,200)(FD-$9,500)

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry

Fade King Henry at your own risk. I just must ask, why in the hell would you not roster Henry in week 15? Don’t give me the chalk excuse. Don’t give me the contrarian excuse. I seriously can’t think of an excuse NOT to pay up for Derrick in week 15.

Here are some cheaper options I love at RB in week 15!

J.K. Dobbins BAL vs JAX (29th)(FD-$5,900)(DK-$5,900)

Baltimore Ravens rookie RB J.K. Dobbins

Holy crap was Monday Night Football fun this week! It sent social media into a frenzy! Poop-gate as I’ve heard it called. Anyway, to slice it JK saw the most carries. Only 13 to be specific but it was a great sign for his upcoming match-up against the Jaguars. Dobbins has now had double digit carries in three straight and five of his last six. I won’t bore you with details and numbers about how awful Jacksonville is. Get JK in your lines for Sunday!

J.D. McKissic WSH vs SEA (19th)(FD-$5,800)(DK-$5,700)

Washington Football Team RB JD McKissic

Week in and week out we mention McKissic here at Bottom of the Barrel and each week he delivers. It’s quite the odd occurrence here. JD seems to be better when rookie back Antonio Gibson is active. If that’s the case in week 15 against Seattle, then I fully expect McKissic to see his targets and receptions shoot back to about ten!

Jeff Wilson Jr. SF @ DAL (27th)(FD-$5,800)(DK-$5,100)

San Francisco 49ers RB Jeff Wilson Jr.

As stated above we still don’t know how the 49ers QB situation is going to shake out. Same could be said about the running backs. While I think it’s safe to assume Raheem Mostert will out-touch Jeff Wilson it won’t be by much. In week 14 the breakdown was 16-12 in favor of Raheem. Silly thought I had, let’s say head coach Shanahan is uncomfortable with the teams QB situation and uses that to feed BOTH Mostert and Wilson Jr.? If you could promise me 10+ carries for Wilson this weekend in Dallas I’d have 100% exposure and wouldn’t think twice about it. If you could promise me 10+ carries for Jeff in this one, then it’d be tough for me to say no.

Gus Edwards BAL vs JAX (29th)(FD-$5,500)(DK-$4,400)

Baltimore Ravens RB Gus Edwards

The Gus Bus! Oh, how we love thee. Gus was extremely efficient with his seven carries last night. To the tune of 49 yards and two touchdowns! The match-up here goes without saying but I’m expecting it to be a free for all on offense for the Ravens on Sunday. Almost like making a casserole. Large portion of JK with a cup of Gus and a sprinkle of Justice Hill.

Latavius Murray NO vs KC (22nd)(FD-$5,300)(DK-$4,700)

New Orleans Saints RB Latavius Murray

Insert Taysom Hill has been awful for Alvin but good for Murray comment here. Wish I could leave it at that but it’s not true. Well in Murrays case at least. Latavius has put up two clunkers in a row now while Alvin is still doing hot RB stuff. The Chiefs are 22nd overall against opposing RB’s and the Saints are more then capable of keeping pace with Mahomes and Kansas City. I’ve always liked stacking the high over/under games from a secondary perspective.

James White NE @ MIA (11th)(FD-$5,200)(DK-$4,500)

New England Patriots RB James White

I’ve made no secret about my love for James White and his roll with the Patriots. My love still blooms but his workload had faded away. Not to be rude but I believe its Cam Newtons ineptitude as of late. There is just no way Bill Belichick lets this go on much further. They’d be wise to make the switch to Stidham now before their playoff chances completely vanish.

Jordan Wilkins IND vs HOU (32nd)(FD-$5,000)(DK-$4,000)

Indianapolis Colts RB Jordan Wilkins

Wouldn’t be Bottom of the Barrel if we weren’t picking on the Houston run defense. If you noticed the Texans have grabbed back the 32nd overall ranking vs the run. Previously held by the Detroit Lions. His price on Fanduel is a little worrisome given the predicted workload. Although 40-50 yards and a touchdown are well within reach Sunday.

Justice Hill BAL vs JAX (29th)(FD-$4,900)(DK-$4,000)

Baltimore Ravens RB Justice Hill

Wouldn’t be a Ravens running back party without Justice Hill! Plenty of targets and touches to go around Sunday! How out of control would it be to enter a lineup with all three Baltimore RB’s? It would be flat nuts. Meaning, count me in!

Kerryon Johnson DET @ TEN (26th)(FD-$4,800)(DK-$4,000)

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson

Everybody on Earth actually, whoever reads B&B on a regular basis knows this is now Swifts backfield. That’s relegated Peterson and Kerryon to meh type roles. Swift played 36 snaps on Sunday, Adrian had 17 and Kerryon saw 15 offensive snaps. Hardly what I’d call “good” looks for an RB. To be fair mentioning KJ here is my way of saying goodbye. I’m a fan of his. Kid is only 23 but has had some bad breaks and struggled staying healthy. The Detroit Lions planned accordingly. Here’s hoping next season Swift and Kerryon can become a powerful one-two punch. A Detroit Lions fan can dream right?

Ito Smith ATL vs TB (7th)(FD-$4,800)(DK-$4,000)

Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith

Realistically, is Todd Gurley done? Or is he just in a tough spot on an awful team? My opinion? No, he’s not done the Atlanta Falcons in general all done. Their window for winning anything of significance is officially closed. Meanwhile Ito has seized the opportunity he’s been given. I’m just going to say it, Ito Smith will receive the bulk of carries for Atlanta rest of the season. He’s finding room to produce. His 4.3 YPC is proof of that. The match-up isn’t ideal. It’s bad. Like bad. Hence the reason I like Ito in week 15! No one will give him a second look! Tampa is first overall against the run but 22nd overall against the pass. Ito finds the endzone Sunday. A reception TD!

Jeremy McNichols TEN vs DET (31st)(FD-$4,800)(DK-$4,000)

Tennessee Titans RB Jeremy McNicols

Can we all agree that Derrick Henry may have 200+ rushing yards in week 15? He’s going to absolutely destroy the Lions defense. Opening the door for McNichols to get his as well. Look at what the Titans did last week. They were up multiple scores in the second half, and it allowed Jeremy to carry the ball eleven times. If he sees that same workload, or more, he will make us all happy at the price! Think we could have a real winner on our hands here this week with McNichols.

Tony Pollard DAL vs SF (5th)(FD-$4,700)(DK-$5,200)

Dallas Cowboys RB Tony Pollard

Raise your hand if knew that Elliot received only one more carry than Tony. Wow! That many of you? To be honest I wouldn’t expect anything less from you. Zeke has some sort of calk injury he’s nursing. Keep an out for Dallas practice reports all week. Either way I’m expecting Tony to see a large portion of work in week 15.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Below is the most expensive player at WR in week 15. Just helps me put the B&B player prices in perspective.

Tyreek Hill KC @ NO (20th)(FD-$9,300)(DK-$8,800)

Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill

Below are some cheaper options at WR I love this week!

CeeDee Lamb DAL vs SF (13th)(FD-$5,800)(FD-$4,500)

Dallas Cowboys rookie WR CeeDee Lamb

Lamb has reached 50 or more yards in four straight games now. It’s been a huge let down but not at all his fault. DFS is a game of opportunity and risk. He’s the farthest thing from a sure thing at this point of the season but how can you not at least take a second look? The talent with CeeDee is immense. Too good to just glance over in week 15.

Russell Gage ATL vs TB (22nd)(FD-$5,700)(DK-$4,700)

Atlanta Falcons WR Russel Gage

Gage has been outstanding the last two games. He’s had either a touchdown or 80+ yards in back-to-back weeks. He also threw a touchdown pass to fellow WR Calvin Ridley in week 14. The Tampa Bay Bucs aren’t as scary vs the pass as they are vs the run! TB has given up the 9th most receiving yards to opposing WR’s. Full steam ahead for Russell in week 15.

Jakobi Meyers NE @ MIA (18th)(FD-$5,600)(DK-$4,600)

New England Patriots WR Jakobi Meyers

Cam Newton has been awful. Are we back to Scam Newton now? Either way it’s hurt Jakobi’s production and value big time. Not all is lost though. Meyers has now entered back into B&B territory where he’s welcomed. There is just no way a WR, who was seeing a 30+% target share a few weeks back, just fades into oblivion. The time to use him is now.

Michael Pittman Jr. IND vs HOU (23rd)(FD-$5,500)(DK-$4,800)

Indianapolis Colts rookie WR Michael Pittman Jr.

The fact TY Hilton has come alive can only make life easier for the rookie WR. The targets are there, and they will continue to be there. Big game ahead for Pittman Jr. Let’s say 60 yards and a TD big?

Willie Snead IV BAL vs JAX (24th)(FD-$5,400)(DK-$4,300)

Baltimore Ravens WR Willie Snead IV

I had a feeling Willie was going to go nuts on Monday night. I was wrong! Guess what? I’m going to double down on Snead IV this week. Do you think Hollywood Browns 44yd TD reception on Monday night is a definite sign of things to come or just a lucky one-off type thing? From weeks 6-11 Willie was seeing a healthy 3.6 receptions a game along with 52.4 yards a game. Willie makes for a nice complimentary piece in our DFS lines for week 15.

Darnell Mooney CHI @ MIN (29th)(FD-$5,300)(DK-$3,900)

Chicago Bears rookie WR Darnell Mooney

Mooney continues to impress with whatever looks he sees. Long as Mitch is on a heater, you’d be wise to consider Darnell. Especially Sunday vs a leaky Minnesota secondary.

Michael Gallup DAL vs SF (13th)(FD-$5,200)(DK-$3,500)

Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup

To the untrained eye Gallup is just blah. Pedestrian if you will. Yet if you investigate it a bit more, you’ll see the targets are there. A healthier target shares then to be expected. Specifically, thirty targets total his last five games. Yet only one touchdown over that span. The work is there! Gallup should find the endzone Sunday vs the 49ers.

Mohamed Sanu DET @ TEN (30th)(FD-$5,100)(DK-$3,000)

Detroit Lions WR Mohamed Sanu

How many of you buy into the back-ups being connected? If so, then you’ll love Sanu and Chase Daniel!

Kendrick Bourne SF @ DAL (28th)(FD-$4,800)(DK-$4,100)

San Francisco 49ers WR Kendrick Bourne

Deebo Samuel hurt his hamstring very early in week 14. Now he’s on the IR and will miss the remainder of the season. After said injury Bourne wound up 2nd on the team in total targets. Which makes for an interesting storyline this week vs the inept secondary of the Dallas Cowboys.

TIGHT END

Below is the most expensive player at WR in week 15. Just helps me put the B&B player prices in perspective.

Travis Kelce KC @ NO (19th)(FD-$8,500)(DK-$8,000)

Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce

If you’ve noticed by now three of the four positions are dominated by Kansas City Chiefs. They are good that’s no surprise.

Here are some cheaper options I’m rolling with at TE in week 15!

Irv Smith Jr. MIN vs CHI (26th)(FD-$5,400)(DK-$3,600)

Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith Jr.

Irv! There you are! He finally found the endzone! After a four reception, sixty-three yard and touchdown performance Irv has us all clamoring for an encore. Will he deliver? I think so!

Cole Kmet CHI @ MIN (11th)(FD-$5,100)(DK-$3,000)

Chicago Bears rookie TE Cole Kmet

After back-to-back seven target weeks it’s quite clear who the TE1 is now in Chicago. The offensive snap counts also favor the rookie. We know his floor but we’ve yet to see his ceiling. Here’s hoping we do in week 15!

Gerald Everett LAR vs NYJ (32nd)(FD-$5,000)(DK-$3,100)

Los Angeles Rams TE Gerald Everett

There is no way I’m alone in thinking the Rams absolutely wail on the Jets, right? I fully expect Goff and Akers to have their way with the lowly Jets. I’m also expecting Gerald to be on the field a ton. In week 14 he played in 53 of 63 offensive snaps after playing in 60 of them in week 13. The targets aren’t there but his time on the field is. Something good will happen in this case. I’m sure of it.

Cameron Brate TB @ ATL (30th)(FD-$4,600)(DK-$2,700)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate

Cam is nothing more then a punt play each week. We just have to pick our spots! I’m picking mine this weekend against an Atlanta team that struggles to covers tight ends.

Jesse James DET @ TEN (25th)(FD-$4,400)(DK-$2,500)

Detroit Lions TE Jesse James

Maybe there is something to this whole back-up to back-up thing! Made me think, how wild would it be to stack Daniel, Sanu and James? Oof! That would be one for the record books!

Adam Trautman NO vs KC (31st)(FD-$4,300)(DK-2,500)

New Orleans Saints rookie TE Adam Trautman

Jared Cook am I right? Seemingly back from the dead. Completely screwing the rookie over. If the Saints want to keep pace with Kansas City, they may have to pull out all the stops. I almost mentioned Josh Hill instead of Trautman here but that would have been unacceptable. Who knows? Tight end has been a wasteland all season, but I do think Trautman find the endzone! His stat-line could be one reception, ten yards and a touchdown.

If you’re still reading then thank you. The support that you’ve show for me and Bottom of the Barrel this season has been incredible!

Here are two of my sample lines I’m going to use for week 15! Keep in mind these lines are for entertainment purposes! Please play responsible!

Fanduel 12/20 1p MAIN

Also look for updated lines closer to lock on Sunday morning 12/20!

Draftkings 12/20 1p MAIN

That’s it! Did I miss someone?

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