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Scott Barrett’s daily fantasy focus: Top plays, strategy, and advice for Week 15

December 8, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods (17) runs the ball against outside linebacker K.J. Wright (50) during the second half at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

This article is long, so I’ll spare you a lengthy intro. Here’s everything need to know for fantasy football in order to dominate your Week 15 DFS tournaments and cash games

Note: This article is published Friday mornings, so it can fall behind some of the more important late-week updates regarding injuries. Be sure to keep an eye on news throughout the weekend, and to apply some of your own intuition on who to play.

Quarterback

On FanDuel, the highest-priced quarterback on the slate is only $600 more than the ninth-highest-priced quarterback. Or, the highest-priced quarterback is only $1,100 more than the 23rd-highest-priced quarterback. On DraftKings, you see the same thing – $1,100 sitting between QB1 and QB15 on the slate. So, with quarterback pricing so tight on both sites, and especially at the top, it doesn’t make much sense to quibble over a few hundred dollars of salary. In times like these, it makes more sense to just play the top quarterback in your rankings/projections.

This week, that’s Deshaun Watson (DK: QB4, FD: QB3). He ranks second in fantasy points per game (22.7) this year, just as he did across his first two seasons in the NFL (21.8). This week’s matchup is beatable, as Tennessee is giving up the second-most passing yards per game since Week 7 (308.7) and has strong shootout potential (highest over/under of the week, spread within 3.0 points).

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On FanDuel, Watson’s opponent – Ryan Tannehill (DK: QB5, FD: QB12) – is also a top play. Tannehill ranks second in fantasy points per start (22.6), second in fantasy points per dropback (0.70), first in passer rating (109.4), and first in adjusted yards per attempt (9.35). With Houston ranking fourth-worst in fantasy points allowed per game (22.1) and fourth-worst in opposing passer rating (102.0), Tannehill should be a good deal more expensive than just the 12th-highest-priced quarterback on the slate.

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