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Scott Barrett’s daily fantasy focus: Top plays, strategy, and advice for Week 16

Dec 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack (25) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-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 16 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

Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens (@ CLE)

(DK: RB1, FD: RB1)

Lamar Jackson every week? Lamar Jackson every week.

Cleveland ranks 12th-worst in fantasy points allowed per dropback. Perhaps more importantly, they’re giving up 3.9 rushing fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, which ranks second-most. So the matchup shouldn’t be considered prohibitive by any stretch. On FanDuel, Jackson is averaging 28.0 fantasy points per game, which is a whopping 6.0 fantasy points and 27% more than the next-closest slate-eligible quarterback. And yet, he’s just 11% more expensive than their next-closest quarterback, or 17% more than their eighth-most-expensive quarterback. In other words, he’s still clearly the best play at the position.

Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys (@ PHI)

(DK: RB5, FD: RB4)

With $10,000 less in salary to play with, Jackson is a little bit harder to justify on DraftKings, and especially with Prescott so mispriced. Prescott ranks second among all slate-eligible quarterbacks in DK fantasy points per game (23.4), and yet he’s just the fifth-most-expensive quarterback on the site. Keep in mind, when these teams faced off in Week 7, Prescott scored 21.6 fantasy points despite attempting just seven passes in the second half of a 37-10 blowout. Against one of the league’s top pass funnel defenses, with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup both mispriced and in near-perfect matchups, Prescott is your best bet on DraftKings.

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