Here we are, back for another round of FanDuel and DraftKings projections. And as usual, finding your way to the winner’s circle will require an elusive mix of knowledge, research, and luck.
Last week, the loss of Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton and Seattle’s Thomas Rawls destroyed countless lineups and robbed this week’s crop of potential game-changing fantasy options of two of its top performers.
And with backfield standouts such as Todd Gurley, Doug Martin, and Chris Ivory, and wide receivers Mike Evans, Tavon Austin, Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, and Dez Bryant also out of Sunday’s mix thanks to games on Thursday and Saturday, it won’t be easy to avoid searching for potential one-week wonders.
During the past few weeks, Philadelphia’s backfield has been a perfect example of how running back committees can ruin individual fantasy potential. Entering Week 1, everybody thought that DeMarco Murray was going to be one of the league’s top fantasy options while leading the three-headed backfield that also includes Ryan Matthews and Darren Sproles.
But instead of fulfilling the lofty expectations born during last year’s campaign, Murray hasn’t even been the best running back with that last name—that honor goes to Oakland’s Latavius. And as a result, static between head coach Chip Kelly and Murray has ensured that he’ll finish the year as a fantasy bust.
While all three of Philadelphia’s running backs are expected to be available for Sunday’s clash with the Arizona Cardinals, Sproles is currently the Eagles’ top fantasy back after turning in double-digit point totals in three of his last four games.
A few weeks ago, starting Sproles would’ve been a fantasy death sentence. But if you’re dead set on starting one of Philly’s running backs in a tough Week 15 match-up, he’s now the safest bet.
As usual, the prices listed below are from Fanduel.com and Draftkings.com, and lited in that order [FD-DK].
Carson Palmer-at Philadelphia-[8,700-7,000] Drew Brees-vs Detroit-[8,000-6,600] Tyrod Taylor-at Washington-[7,500-5,600] Reach Of The Week-Kirk Cousins-vs Buffalo-[7,100-5,200]
Eli Manning-vs Carolina-[7,200-5,600] Brock Osweiler-at Pittsburgh-[6,700-5,100] Marcus Mariota-at New England-[7,300-5,500]
Jeremy Hill-at San Francisco-[6,000-5,000] David Johnson-at Philadelphia-[6,500-5,700] Lamar Miller-at San Diego-[6,700-6,300] Reach Of The Week-Tim Hightower-vs Detroit-[6,300-3,900]
Danny Woodhead-vs Miami-[5,300-4,200] Ryan Matthews-vs Arizona-[5,400-4,000] C.J. Anderson-at Pittsburgh-[5,900-4,000]
Alshon Jeffery-at Minnesota-[7,900-7,300] Jarvis Landry-at San Diego-[7,100-6,300] Jeremy Maclin-at Baltimore-[6,700-5,500] Reach Of The Week-Anquan Boldin-vs Cincinnati-[5,700-3,900]
T.Y. Hilton-vs Houston-[7,000-5,900] Jordan Matthews-vs Arizona-[6,100-4,300] Pierre Garcon-vs Buffalo-[5,600-4,100]
Jordan Reed-vs Buffalo-[6,300-5,900] Greg Olsen-at N.Y. Giants-[6,800-6,900] Reach Of The Week-Zach Miller-at Minnesota-[5,500-3,600]
Kyle Rudolph-vs Chicago-[5,000-3,600] Travis Kelce-at Baltimore-[6,000-5,200]
Houston-at Indy-[4,800-2,500] Kansas City-at Baltimore-[5,200-3,700] Reach Of The Week-Pittsburgh-vs Denver-[4,600-2,700]
Green Bay-at Oakland-[4,800-3,000] Detroit-at New Orleans-[4,500-2,700]