After an interesting week 15 in the NFL, we are onto the second to last week of the regular season. Todd Gurley is the highest priced running back on both Draftkings and Fanduel but is currently questionable with a knee injury. With it being week 16 you also have to take into account what teams are actively trying to win and which ones are calling it quits on the season. For instance, we saw the Panthers shut down Cam Newton this week which could potentially lead to a decrease in work for their other important players as they close the book on the season. Let’s see where the Week 16 DFS value is this week!
QUARTERBACK – Dak Prescott
14th Priced Quarterback on Fanduel ($7,300 out of $60,000)
14th Priced Quarterback on Draftkings ($5,700 out of $50,000)
If it feels like I have mentioned Dak in this article more than a few times this season with one of them being last weekend. Dak and the Cowboys laid an in Indianapolis last Sunday, putting a damper on their recent surge. I am willing to go right back to the well this week however as the Cowboys return home to face one of the worst defenses in the league in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It felt like a fine spot to use Dak last week in Indy, but it is worth noting that he does have some home/road splits that have followed him throughout his career. At home this season, Dak is averaging over 21 DK points per game. When on the road that number dips drastically to a mediocre 14.3. Look for Dak and the Cowboys to bounce back this week.
RUNNING BACK – Saquon Barkley
3rd Priced Running Back on Fanduel ($9,000 out of $60,000)
4th Priced Running Back on Draftkings ($7,900 out of $50,000)
On the surface, you wouldn’t expect one of the highest priced running backs on the slate to seem like a bargain. To me, however, Barkley fits the mold this week. After failing against Tennessee last weekend and letting many people down, Barkley has seen a massive price decrease of $1,500 on Draftkings. I didn’t think it was possible for one bad game from Barkley to influence his price that drastically, but here we are. In his first season in the league, Barkley has done everything and then some. The efficiency and the touchdowns weren’t there last weekend, effectively lowering his fantasy output to under 10. The game log watchers may fail to see that Barkley saw a whopping 10 targets last weekend and now gets one of the worst defenses in the league at giving up receptions to running backs. A down week from Barkley should not deter you from firing him up in week 16.
WIDE RECEIVER – Robby Anderson
25th Priced Wide Receiver on Fanduel ($5,900 out of $60,000)
34th Priced Wide Receiver on Draftkings ($4,500 out of $50,000)
Last week we saw Sam Darnold and Robby Anderson do some damage to a weak Texans secondary. Anderson has quietly been rising up the target ladder in the Jets’ corps with 7+ looks in each of his past 3 games. It was last Saturday when he really shined when he was able to post 7 catches on 11 targets for 96 yards a touchdown. This week Quincy Enunwa is out yet again which could lead to another feature game for Robby Anderson. This week he and Darnold get to face a Packers team that has had their playoff hopes dashed. If last week was any indication for this Jets team, they aren’t letting up in hopes of a better draft pick.
TIGHT END – Evan Engram
12th Priced Tight End on Fanduel ($5,300 out of $60,000)
14th Priced Tight End on Draftkings ($3,200 out of $50,000)
Evan Engram has finally found relevance once again. He has been almost invisible in the Giants offense this season, after having an outstanding rookie campaign just a season ago. Now with Odell Beckham Jr. declared out and Russell Shepherd also unable to go this week, Engram will look to take on a larger role alongside Sterling Shepard. This week he will also get the added benefit of going against one of the worst teams in the league at allowing points to tight ends in the Indianapolis Colts. With two Giants on the Bargain Hunting list this week, we could potentially be placing a lot of faith in the arm of Eli Manning which is not for the faint of heart.
DEFENSE – Philadelphia Eagles
21st Priced Defense on Fanduel ($3,200) out of $60,000)
24th Priced Defense on Draftkings ($2,100 out of $50,000)
There are a number of cheap defenses that are playable this week. For me, I think the Eagles are as good an option as any, especially at their cheap price. They get the advantage of playing at home against a good not great Texans offense. Sure, DeAndre Hopkins will get his on Sunday, but I think the Eagles defensive line should make quick work of the guys blocking for Deshaun Watson. I think a few sacks and an interception are not out of the realm of possibilities for this Eagles defense.