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DFS Bargain Hunting: Week 15

patrick laird dfs bargain hunting week 15

Cutting coupons. It’s a tedious task. You sift through the online ads or sit at the dining room table with your scissors and circular. You go to the store with your clippings or print outs and search for your items. It’s not fun by any means, but the work is justified by the money you save at the end of a trip. Some people will even go as far as to shop around at several stores to truly find the best deal. Some think it’s crazy. Why not fork over a little extra money to save some time? Trust me, I get it. However, I will never argue with anyone who is trying to save a little extra change, especially in DFS. And thankfully, we aren’t doing any actual grocery shopping this week. Here’s DFS Bargain Hunting: Week 15.

QUARTERBACK – Kyler Murray

DraftKings $5,600 $50,000 11.2%
Fanduel $7,600 $60,000 12.6%
FantasyDraft $11,100 $100,000 11.1%

If you followed last week’s article, you were probably able to turn a profit. All of the picks went about as well as they could have, except for Kyler Murray. Murray struggled to get much going against a Pittsburgh defense that has been insane this season. I thought a home matchup for the Cardinals, and the Steelers having to travel west would lead to some more points for the rookie quarterback. Nevertheless, Murray gets a softer matchup this week against the Cleveland Browns. He and the Cardinals are at home once again where they find themselves in the second-highest total game of the week against Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns. His price has decreased on both DraftKings and FantasyDraft but has increased by $100 on Fanduel. 

RUNNING BACK – Patrick Laird 

DraftKings $4,200 $50,000 10.8%
Fanduel $5,500 $60,000 10%
FantasyDraft $8.800 $100,000 10.6%

Patrick Laird has become the darling of DFS players over the past few weeks. What started as a fan-fueled joke, Laird’s role with the Dolphins has only increased since its inception. Laird had only been utilized as a receiving back in previous weeks, but his spike in carries suggests that he is the Dolphins lead back for the remainder of the season. This week he gets to attack a Giants defense that gives up 25 DK points per game and 21.4 FD points per game to opposing running backs. If you were paying attention to their Monday night football game against the Eagles this past week, you would have also seen the tandem of Miles Sanders and Boston Scott lay waste to this Giants unit. Whether you like it or not, Laird SZN is in fact upon us. (cc. @peteoverzet). 

WIDE RECEIVER – Breshad Perriman

DraftKings $4.500 $50,000 9%
Fanduel $6,400 $60,000 10.6%
FantasyDraft $8,800 $100,000 8.8%

While Chris Conley is shaping up to be the bargain receiver people go to, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to lean on some of their backups with Mike Evans out. Breshad Perriman will look to expand on the role he had already started to establish over the past two weeks. Mostly known for being a speedster that never caught on, Perriman has found some footing with the Bucs. He will get plenty of opportunities to showcase his calling card against a porous Detroit secondary. While Perriman will most likely see Darius Slay at times on Sunday, I don’t expect this matchup to warrant shadow coverage. This eases my worries about using Perriman, and it should do the same for you. 

TIGHT END – Ian Thomas

DraftKings $3,100 $50,000 6.2%
Fanduel $5,300 $60,000 8.3%
FantasyDraft $6,000 $100,000 6%

Ian Thomas balled when he was given the starting opportunity last Sunday against Atlanta. Kyle Allen looked his way 10 times, and while he only turned 5 of those into receptions, he still smashed his minimum price tag on DraftKings. Not to mention he found the endzone. Greg Olsen is out once again this week, so it looks like people will be deciding between Thomas or Tyler Higbee at the tight end position. For me, the price tag is still too generous for the Panthers’ second-year tight end. Higbee has lit it up the past two weeks and the sites have adjusted accordingly. Maybe we will see the same happen to Thomas after this week as he gets a Seahawks team allowing the 2nd most fantasy points to tight ends on both DraftKings and Fanduel. 

DEFENSE – Denver Broncos

DraftKings $2,000 $50,000 4%
Fanduel $3,800 $60,000 6.3%
FantasyDraft $4,300 $100,000 4.3%

I am not overly enthused with any of the top options at defense this week outside of the Patriots. Rarely ever do I pay up all the way or pay down all the way – I generally like to stay in the middle of the pack. This week I am leaning towards the “paying all the way down” option. While the Broncos have nothing to play for, it looks like Lock has injected some much-needed life into this young offense. I think the Chiefs could be in for more of a game then they might think. At their dirt-cheap price tag, it is difficult for the Broncos to hurt you. They also pose a significant pricing discrepancy on both DraftKings and FantasyDraft as opposed to Fanduel. 


That’ll do it for my Week 15 DFS Bargain Hunting. Don’t forget to join our free Slack community and check out the DFS DegeNation pod!

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