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Week 15 DFS fades and players to avoid

By Tyler Loechner
Dec 15, 2017

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CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 18: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks to pass in the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 18, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

We’re back again with our weekly look at the fades — the players to steer clear of in DFS matchups.

This week marks the triumphant return of Aaron Rodgers. Perhaps just in time to save the Packers season (and save your season-long league). But are you trusting him in DFS cash games this week?

I’m not. Rodgers makes for a good tournament play in my book, but he’s one of several players I’m crossing off my cash game list in Week 15.

Here are a handful of players I’ll be fading in Week 15.

Note: There’s always a case to be made for playing any player in tournaments. This list of “fades” is cash game focused, but most of these players can be avoided in tournaments as well. Keep in mind, however, that they might be good contrarian GPP plays because of their tough matchups and/or other issues making them “fade” candidates.


Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Generally speaking, Rodgers should have a fine game. But he’s expensive, he hasn’t played in two months, and the Panthers are above average against the pass, allowing just 230 passing yards per game against. Rodgers is a good tournament play, but there are better options in cash games.

Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

Smith draws the divisional rival Chargers, who haven’t given up multiple passing touchdowns in a game since Week 5. Excluding his blowup game in Week 13, Smith has been ho-hum for nearly two months.

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