If you play DFS, stack these players in Week 15 for a chance at optimizing your FanDuel and DraftKings scores. Follow Elliot on Twitter @BerkovitsElliot.
What a wild slate of games we had in Week 14, starting with the Dolphins pulling off the “Miami Miracle” in a crazy walk-off, 69-yard TD against the Patriots, all the way to beat-down the Bears handed to the Rams on Sunday Night Football.
Looking ahead to Week 15, I think we are in store for plenty of more action, including the NFL’s first two Saturday games. With Saturday games starting in Week 15 there are two less games during Sundays main slate, which makes this week’s DFS playing a little bit trickier. When it comes to DFS, I love to stack a QB and WR from a team that I think will have a huge game, giving me the best shot to cash in big. Here are my top 3 DFS stacking options for Week 15.
Ben Roethlisberger (FD $8,600, DK $6,600) and Antonio Brown (FD $8600, DK $8,500)
The Pittsburgh Steelers will host their rival, the New England Patriots, this week in what should be another classic between the two AFC powerhouses. The Steelers come into this game in desperate need of a win after losing three straight games in embarrassing fashion. Given the circumstances, I expect the offense to rely heavily on Ben Roethlisberger to throw it all game and get them the W.
Last week I suggested stacking JuJu Smith-Schuster with Ben because he had a particularly good matchup against the Raiders, but this week I’d go back to the veteran superstar Antonio Brown. In Brown’s 5 career games against the Patriots, he’s had either 100 yards or a TD in 4 of the 5. When the Steelers play at home, AB is at his best, averaging over 23 fantasy points per game there this season. This game is going to turn into a shootout fast and I think Big Ben and Brown are going to light up the New England secondary, make sure they are in your lineups.
Andrew Luck (FD $8,100, DK $6,400) and T.Y. Hilton (FD $7,900, DK $6,800)
Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts are in a must-win situation against one of the hottest teams in football, the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys come into this game boasting one of the leagues best defenses, which would normally make me fade whoever their opponent is, but not this week.
The Colts offense, with a healthy Luck, has been absolutely unstoppable regardless of the opponent. In Luck’s last seven starts he’s faced five top-13 defenses and has scored over 22 points in all but one. T.Y. Hilton has been on fire lately as well and should be in the best spot to put up a ton of points to go along with Luck.
Hilton has received over 10 targets in three straight games, catching at least 7 balls in each, giving him a very high floor. The Cowboys’ corners are known for their strength and size, not so much for their speed, which is where Hilton can burn you. I expect Dallas to be able to score a lot too, forcing the Colts to throw all game, which should lead to big-time performances from Luck and Hilton.
Kirk Cousins (FD $7,800, DK $6,200) and Adam Thielen (FD $8,200, DK $8,600)
I know a lot of you may be thinking I’m crazy for telling you to start Kirk Cousins after that terrible Monday night performance in Seattle, but I think with a new OC and a great matchup, this offense has a chance to get back on track. The Dolphins enter this game ranked 25th in the league against the pass and will be without top CB Xavien Howard, making this matchup especially nice for Adam Thielen.
For as much criticism as this Vikings offense gets, there is one thing that has worked all year long: Cousins to Thielen. With Howard not playing in this one, Thielen will line up in the slot a bunch, which is where the Dolphins are at their weakest.
Teams have targeted the slot against Miami all year with a lot of success. Just last week, the Patriots’ Julian Edelman scored over 23 points against them doing almost all of his damage from the slot. If the Vikings offense has any chance of getting back on track, it’s going to have to start this week, so look for Cousins to target Thielen early and often.