Value Street: NFL Week 15
By Vincent Somma

 

Quarterback:
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
MATCHUP: @ SF – 4:05pm (ET)
PRICE – $6,700/QB1 (DraftKings) l $8,000/QB5 (FanDuel)

 

Russell Wilson is coming off possibly his worst outing as pro on Monday night, throwing for only 72 yards and an interception. However, Wilson should bounce back in a big way this week, with a juicy matchup vs. the division rival 49ers. The ‘9ers have been extremely courteous to opposing quarterbacks this season, and have surrendered the third most passing touchdowns in the NFL. Since returning from their week 11 bye, San Francisco has given up an average of 20.5 points per game to QBs, which includes a week 13 game vs. Seattle, during which Wilson put up 24.8 DFS points.

 

Running Back:
Jaylen Samuels, Pittsburgh Steelers 
MATCHUP: vs. NE Patriots – 4:25pm (ET)
PRICE – $5,200/RB14 (DraftKings) l $5,500/RB26 (FanDuel)

 

Jaylen Samuels showed the fantasy world what so many NFL Draft connoisseurs have long known, that he is a flat out football player. While Samuels struggled to find running lanes a week ago (2.5 ypc), he made up for it in the passing game, flexing his receiving prowess to the tune of seven receptions for 64 yards. Samuels’ dual-threat ability, and his price (RB26 on FanDuel) are great for DFS players this week, as Samuels gets a matchup with the Patriots. Even if you remove the Kenyan Drake 55-yard “Miami Miracle” from the stats, New England surrendered 200 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns to Dolphins running backs a week ago.  Samuels was the clear-cut RB1 in Pittsburgh a week ago, playing 80% of the snaps. He should continue this trend, as long as James Conner is out of the lineup. Speaking of Conner, Mike Tomlin has left the door open for Conner to return to the field this week. While it seems like a long shot at the moment, if Conner does play this week, you can look to fill Samuels’ slot with a running back that resides in Oakland. The player formally known as the Muscle Hamster, Doug Martin, has a tight grip on the Raiders’ lead back role, having scored in each of the past three games. He gets an outstanding matchup this week, facing off against the league’s worst ranked rush defense, the Cincinnati Bengals.

 

Wide Receiver:
Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
MATCHUP: @ PIT – 4:25pm (ET)
PRICE – $7,200/WR9 (DraftKings) l $7,200/WR11 (FanDuel)

 

Edelman, who leads the Patriots with nine targets per game since returning from suspension, is coming off a monster 23.6 fpts. outing a week ago. He will try his best to top those numbers this week against a Pittsburgh defense that has performed miserably against slot receivers all season. The Steelers have given up the most yards, and third most fantasy points, to oppositions’ slot receivers this year. Edelman, who has now scored a touchdown in two of his past three games, will look to make it three out of his last four, as Pittsburgh has surrendered eight touchdowns to the slot position on the year.

 

 

Tight End:
Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders
MATCHUP: @ CIN – 1:00pm (ET)
PRICE – $5,600/TE4 (DraftKings) l $6,300/TE4 (FanDuel)

 

As we all know, the tight end position is a crapshoot this season. There are about four players that we can trust week-in and week-out in the position group. Yet, if Cook can keep up his recent play, you may need to add him into the group of elites at the position. Over the span of two weeks, Cooks has amassed a whopping 216 yards on 14 receptions. Cooks is Derek Carr’s clear-cut first option in the passing game. Oakland’s improved play offensively, 28.5 ppg in their past two contests, should mean only more good things for Cooks’ fantasy worth. If that’s not enough to entice you to play Cooks this week, maybe this will. The Cincinnati Bengals rank 29th against the pass, and have surrendered an average of 75+ yards receiving and a touchdown over the past three games to the opposition’s leading receivers.

 

Defense:
 Atlanta Falcons    
MATCHUP: vs. Arizona Cardinals – 1:00pm (ET)
PRICE – $2,700/DEF7 (DraftKings) l $4,000/DEF7 (FanDuel)

 

Yes, I’m well aware Atlanta is coming off a game in which they surrendered 34 points. However, if you’re looking for the best bang for your buck at the defensive position this week, the Falcons are the way to go. When Josh Rosen and his 12 interceptions (T-3rd most in the NFL) travel to opposition’s home stadiums, things do not fare well for the Cardinals. Home team defenses average nearly 14 fpts per game, vs. Arizona this year. Things have gotten even worse for the Cardinals of late, as fantasy defenses have scored an average of 15.5 points against them over the past