Now is around the time when dreams of fantasy football championships in season-long leagues are dashed. But now is no time for moping, because there are plenty of great matchups to take advantage of this weekend in daily fantasy.
Here are our FanDuel picks for Week 15.
Quarterback: Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills ($7,600)
Everyone benefits from playing the Cleveland Browns. Taylor finally has a healthy receiving corps and is a threat in the running game, making him a great high-floor option at a relatively cheap price.
Running Backs: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers ($9,400); DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans ($7,400)
Simply put, Bell is the best player in fantasy football. There’s no reason to expect a letdown Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, who he’s torched for 500 total yards in four career starts.
Murray, another surefire fantasy stud, should find plenty of room to run against a Kansas City Chiefs defense that has the NFL’s 27th-ranked rushing defense and just lost veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson for the season.
Wide Receivers: Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers ($7,700); Terrelle Pryor Sr., Cleveland Browns ($6,400); Sammy Watkins, Bills ($6,100)
Aaron Rodgers looks to Nelson first in big spots, as evidenced by the wideout’s NFL-leading 12 receiving touchdowns. The Chicago Bears held Nelson in check the first time around, but the Packers are throwing the ball a ton these days, so things should be different Sunday.
Pryor was a virtual non-factor in Week 14, but he’s a good bet to bounce back Sunday against the Bills, who have allowed five touchdowns to wide receivers in the last four weeks.
There should be plenty of opportunity on the other side of the ball for Watkins, who scored his first touchdown of the season last weekend and faces the atrocious Browns secondary.
Tight End: Ladarius Green, Steelers ($5,600)
Yes, we whiffed on Green last week, but we’re expecting a rebound performance this weekend versus the Cincinnati Bengals, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends (standard scoring) this season.
Kicker: Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts ($4,800)
The Minnesota Vikings have a stingy defense, but Andrew Luck and the Colts should find a way to move the ball in a must-win game. That’s a recipe for plenty of Indy field goals.
Defense: Atlanta Falcons ($4,900)
The Falcons’ defense went bonkers against the lowly Los Angeles Rams last Sunday. Expect more of the same at home against the despondent San Francisco 49ers.
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