How’s it going football fans? Welcome back to the weekly NFL picks with DFS analyst, Manick Thind. Every week I will give you the best options to help you make all that sweet, sweet cash. Hit me up on twitter (@BleedPurpleDFS) if you ever want to talk DFS or football. For reference, I will using both FanDuel and DraftKings pricing for the players. Now without further ado, lets get into the picks.
*Disclaimer: These are my picks of the week regardless of budget, if you want the sleepers check out:
(coming soon) Week 15 Value Plays of the Week
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (FD $8,400/DK $6,400): Wilson is showing this year that he can carry a team on his shoulders which is why he is a MVP candidate. He puts up numbers every game regardless of who he is playing. Last two weeks he played top five defenses (Jags and Eagles) and put up over 24 fantasy points in each game. Going against a division rival Rams that rely on their pass rush to cover their flawed secondary, Wilson and his resurged o-line can expose those DBs.
Other Options: Kirk Cousins, Jimmy Garoppolo, Case Keenum
Avoid: Cam Newton, Jared Goff
Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints (FD $8,300/DK $5,400): With all the talk of Alvin Kamara, we forget that Mark Ingram has been extremely productive this season as well (9 touchdowns in last nine games). With Kamara planned to be out and Ingram fully healthy, the Saints are going to rely on him as their #1 running back. A high amount of touches against a below average Jets defense, Ingram could have a big game.
Other Options: Jamaal Williams, Latavius Murray, Alex Collins
Avoid: Leveon Bell, Todd Gurley
Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers (FD $7,300/DK $6,700): Funchess has been the main receiver for the Panthers recently with four touchdowns and over 80 yards receiving per game since the Kelvin Benjamin trade. Coming off a big win against the Vikings, this Packers secondary will seem like a breeze compared to being covered by Xavier Rhodes. With Cam Newton getting into his groove, his favorite WR right now can have a big game.
Brandin Cooks, New England Patriots (FD $7,400/DK $6,600): Nothing is more scary than an angry Patriots team. After being embarrassed on Monday Night Football, expect the Patriots to come out with fire against their rivals. Instead of paying the high price for Brady and Gronk, I’m going with Cooks who is much more affordable but just as deadly. With the beat up Steelers defense showing that they can be burned multiple times, it’s a sign that this speedster can have a big game.
Other Options: Adam Thielen, Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry
Avoid: Robby Anderson, Michael Thomas
Jimmy Graham, Seattel Seahawks (FD $6,700/DK $4,800): I’m sticking to my philosophy of picking a tight end that is a great redzone target. If you are not paying up for Gronk, Graham is your best option. He has been Wilson’s favourite redzone target this season and it shows with his 9 touchdowns in his last nine games (Wilson and Graham stack can do serious damage). Graham also creates a mismatch with the Rams because they don’t have the players that will be able to cover him 1 on 1.
Other Options: Zach Ertz, Charles Clay
Avoid: Delanie Walker, Evan Engram
Minnesota Vikings (FD $4,800/DK $2,700)
New Orleans Saints (FD $4,600/DK $3,000)
Avoid: Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans
Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens (FD $5,100)
Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers (FD $4,700)
Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers (FD $4,500)
Thank you for reading and best of luck this week!
– Manick Thind (@BleedPurpleDFS)