If you’re still alive in your fantasy football playoffs, you deserve a pat on the back.
But for the rest of us — and those who simply want to get in on the Week 15 action — there’s daily fantasy, which offers plenty of enticing matchups as the season reaches an exciting conclusion.
Here are our DraftKings picks for Week 15.
Quarterback: Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders ($6,300)
Carr had his worst game of the season last Thursday. That means he’s primed for a bounce-back performance Sunday with extra rest against the San Diego Chargers, who he lit up for 317 passing yards and two touchdowns in Week 5.
Running Backs: Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons ($6,700); Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers ($5,900)
The San Francisco 49ers are the gift that keeps on giving for opposing running backs, giving up an incredible 170.8 rushing yards per game. Freeman should have a field day at home in a contest the Falcons should win handily.
Atlanta isn’t exactly stout versus the run, either, allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs (standard leagues) this season. Hyde is coming off a 17-carry, 193-yard outburst and should see another heavy workload Sunday.
Wide Receivers: Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders ($7,100), Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears ($6,000); Mike Wallace, Baltimore Ravens ($4,800)
As previously noted, Carr could be in for a big day in San Diego. With Michael Crabtree nursing a finger injury, Cooper should be the MVP candidate’s go-to target in this one.
Jeffery returns from his four-game suspension to a quarterback who’s improving by the week (Matt Barkley) and faces a defense that’s stout against the run but can be beaten through the air (the Green Bay Packers).
The Philadelphia Eagles have allowed 30 pass plays of 25 yards or more this season, third-most in the NFL. That’s great news for the speedster Wallace, who’s the primary deep threat in a Baltimore offense that loves to take shots downfield.
Tight End: Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings ($4,100)
Rudolph has been a steady source of production in the Vikings’ otherwise feeble passing attack, and the Indianapolis Colts have given up consistent production to opposing tight ends this season.
Flex: LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots ($5,000)
The Patriots might be a little more run-heavy on the road against the Denver Broncos’ elite passing defense, and that bodes well for Blount, who’s a touchdown-scoring machine.
Defense: Buffalo Bills ($3,700)
Not only are the Bills playing the Cleveland Browns at home, but there could be snow in the forecast for Sunday. That’s a recipe for turnovers galore from the NFL’s worst team.
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