Christmas Day Bottom of the Barrel

Bottom of the Barrel Christmas Day
12/25/20
Chris Robin https://twitter.com/DetroitBeastie

Deck the halls with some DFS calls!

Merry Christmas! Happy holidays! If you asked me over the summer what my expectations for Christmas in 2020 were, I would’ve have painted a completely different picture. We all have different ideas, goals, and passions. Yet as much as we plan life does not go accordingly.

What is your favorite Christmas memory? Pick one and let us discuss it. Let the warmness and joy fill your soul. You have earned it! Merry Christmas!

QUARTERBACK

Drew Brees NO vs MIN (13th)(FD-$14,500)(DK-$10,200)

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees

On such a small slate our options are limited. It is either Drew or Kirk. To be honest, you do not have to roster either one if you choose! Drew has a safe floor here today, around 240 yards and one touchdown.

Kirk Cousins MIN @ NO (12th)(FD-$14,000)(DK-$9,600)

Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins

The Vikings are a 7-point underdog today in New Orleans. Rightfully so given the high-end performance from the Saints recently. Kirk has thrown multiple TD’s in 10-of-14 games this season. Depending on your approach today Kirk is very much in play.

Taysom Hill NO vs MIN (13th)(FD-$10,000)(DK-$6,000)

New Orleans Saints QB Taysom Hill

With Drew Brees now back as the starting QB, Taysom has been relegated back to his gadgetry ways. This is an exploitable match-up in terms of receiving work. Hill is a contrarian play only today.

RUNNING BACK

Dalvin Cook MIN @ NO (1st)(FD-$16,000)(DK-$12,000)

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook

Cook has taken this Vikings team and carried them on his back! Dalvin has averaged 29.3 touches a game since week 7. Cook is an absolute workhorse in this offense in every way possible! In 84% of their games this season, Cook has averaged 20+ touches. Personally, I have Cook around 130 all purpose yards and a touchdown.

Alvin Kamara NO vs MIN (16th)(FD-$15,000)(DK-$11,400)

New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara

Hallelujah! Amen! With Drew Brees back as their QB1 Alvin’s workload has returned to normal! The Vikings made David Montgomery look like an All-Pro in week 15. Full speed ahead for Kamara! I have Alvin for around 120 all purpose yards and a touchdown.

Latavius Murray NO vs MIN (16th)(FD-$8,500)(DK-4,800)

New Orleans Saints RB Latavius Murray

If you roster Cook and Alvin, you will notice your total average for spending elsewhere takes a huge hit. Murray makes for a nice complimentary piece today.

Ameer Abdullah MIN @ NO (1st)(FD-$5,000)(DK-$200)

Minnesota Vikings RB Ameer Abdullah

Ameer is nothing more than a lineup filler today. The Vikings love to run, run, and run yet Ameer is an afterthought. I do not expect Abdullah to see more than four total targets this afternoon but hey, if you are max entering all options are on the table!

C.J. Ham MIN @ NO (1st)(FD-$5,000)(DK-$200)

Minnesota Vikings RB C.J. Ham

Ham plays a bigger role in this Minnesota offense then we give him credit for. He is a huge reason why Cook can find room week after week. CJ does have the questionable tag so be mindful of that. I could see a case where the Vikings coaching staff lets Ham punch one in at the goal line as a thank you and Merry Christmas!

Alexander Mattison MIN @ NO (1st)(FD-$7,000)(DK-$2,000)

Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison

Mattison will not play on Christmas. He was just downgraded to OUT due to a concussion.

Mike Boone MIN @ NO (1st)(FD-$5,500)(DK-$200)

Minnesota Vikings RB Mike Boone

The only way Boone would be a viable option is if Ham were ruled out along with Mattison. This game has all the makings of a 25+ carry game from Dalvin Cook. Again, in massive tournaments we must think of everything!

WIDE RECIEVER

Justin Jefferson MIN @ NO (19th)(FD-$12,500)(DK-$9,200)

Minnesota Vikings rookie WR Justin Jefferson

Now we are talking! The rookie has turned it on as of late seeing double digit targets in three of his last four. Two 100 yard receiving games his last three. Is Justin now the WR1 in Minnesota?

Adam Thielen MIN @ NO (19th)(FD-$12,000)(DK-$8,600)

Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen

Adam has been disappointing as of late in terms of receptions and yardage, yet he is still finding the endzone. Thielen has already set a career high in touchdown receptions (13) and will give our teams that WR2 upside. I have no issue stacking Justin/Adam today!

Emmanuel Sanders NO vs MIN (27th)(FD-$10,500)(DK-$8,800)

New Orleans Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders

In the absences of star wideout Michael Thomas, Sanders has become a viable option at WR and even a safety blanket for Drew Brees. The Vikes have given up the 6th most fantasy points to opposing WR’s on a per game basis. I find Manny Sanders to be a must start this afternoon.

Tre ‘Quan Smith NO vs MIN (27th)(FD-$7,500)(DK-$6,400)

New Orleans Saints WR Tre’Quan Smith

Smith will be inactive today with an ankle injury.

Chad Beebe MIN @ NO (19th(FD-$6,000)(DK-$1,800)

Minnesota Vikings WR Chad Beebe

The Minnesota Vikings offense goes through Cook, Jefferson and Theilen leaving only the scraps for a guy like Beebe. When building your lines and being left with no cash I would still fade Chad. If you are looking to punt a roster spot look elsewhere.

Lil’Jordan Humphrey NO vs MIN (27th)(FD-$5,500)(DK-$2,600)

New Orleans Saints WR Lil’ Jordan Humphries

My new favorite name! No Michael Thomas. No Tre ‘Quan Smith. Targets must go somewhere!

Juwan Johnson NO vs MIN (27th)(FD-$5,000)(DK-$2,200)

Saints WR Juwan Johnson

Johnson was on the field for 42 offensive snap last week. Most he is played all season. At this point of the article, I am sure you are aware a guy like Johnson is not going to explode but he can play a major role in a big GPP.

Marquez Callaway NO vs MIN (27th)(FD-$5,000)(DK-$200)

New Orleans WR Marquez Callaway

Callaway was activated from IR Thursday swapping spots with Tre-Quan. His price on DraftKings is just flat out ridiculous! Stack studs then roster Marquez!

TIGHT END

Jared Cook NO vs MIN (10th)(FD-$9,500)(DK-$5,600)

New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook

I cannot be the only that thinks Cooks might go nuts today right? For several weeks now we have all written off Jared. In seasonal formats we are looking elsewhere. I will not have 100% exposure, but I will hedge some bets with Cook just in case!

Irv Smith Jr. MIN @ NO (19th)(FD-$7,500)(DK-$5,200)

Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith Jr.

It is next to impossible trusting a Minnesota tight end but of their grouping I would turn to Irv Jr. His price point is just around where we would expect. Look for Irv to see four or five targets today.

Kyle Rudolph MIN @ NO (19th)(FD-$7,000)(DK-$2,400)

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph

Rudolph is OUT for week 16 with a foot injury.

Tyler Conklin MIN @ NO (19th)(FD-$6,000)(DK-$3,000)

Minnesota TE Tyler Conklin

In the absence of Kyle, I find Tyler to be the best value at tight end today. If he catches another touchdown pass everybody will be checking their lines and looking around and saying, “I had him in my line but took him out last minute!” Conklin makes for a nice punt/lineup filler.

Josh Hill NO vs MIN (10th)(FD-$6,000)(DK-$200)

New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill

There is absolutely no reason to roster Josh Hill today.

Adam Trautman NO vs MIN (10th)(FD-$5,500)(DK-$1,000)

New Orleans Saints rookie TE Adam Trautman

The Saints have revived the corpse of Jared Cook thus suppressing any work from Trautman.

Here are two of my sample lines I am going to use on Christmas Day! Keep in mind these lines are for entertainment purposes! Please play responsible!

Christmas Day MIN @ NO

That is, it! Did I miss someone?

Christmas Day MIN @ NO

Any questions or comments?

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!