The 2018 NFL regular season only has a couple of weeks left, but there are still lineups to build and DraftKings contests to win. Week 15 had some ugly games without much fantasy value, but there were also some players who came up huge and carried their team to victory. As you look ahead to building your teams for the closing weeks of the regular season, check out which of Week 15’s breakout stars I think you should ride and fade in the final two weeks.
RB Derrick Henry, TEN at NYG, $5,000 — 33.24 DKFPHenry had his second straight monster game, as he carried the Titans to a road win in New York. In a game where offense was virtually non-existent aside from Henry, the big man took a season-high 33 carries and racked up 170 yards, while scoring the only two touchdowns in Tennessee’s 17-0 win. He even caught a pass although it went for no gain.
He has totaled 358 yards and six touchdowns in his past two games and became just the fifth player since 2002 to record 170-plus rushing yards and multiple touchdown runs in back-to-back games. No player has ever done that in three straight games, but Henry definitely has a chance to stay very productive the last two games of the season as the Titans host the Redskins and Colts. Henry’s workload on Sunday was very encouraging, and he should keep getting plenty of work as coach Mike Vrabel’s team leans heavily on defense and the power running game coming down the stretch.
RB Dalvin Cook, MIN vs. MIA, $6,500 — 32.3 DKFPLike Henry, Cook benefited from a heavier workload as the Vikings beat the Dolphins. He had a season-high 19 rushes for 136 yards and a pair of touchdowns while adding a 27-yard reception. Cook had had 13 carries or fewer in each of his seven games since Week 1.
Part of the reason for Cook’s increased workload was that he’s healthier than he has been all season after last year’s knee injury and a nagging hamstring injury this year. The other reason for the shift was a change in offensive coordinator from John DeFilippo to Kevin Stefanski. As promised, Stefanski called a more run-heavy game plan, and Cook flourished. Minnesota controls its postseason fate and will try to continue to find success on the ground against the Lions next week.
RB Marlon Mack, IND vs. DAL, $4,500 — 29.9 DKFPMack powered the Colts to a dominant win against the Cowboys with his third game over 29 DKFP this season. He ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries and added a 10-yard catch on his only target. Mack has had good games like this a few times this season, but can also take a back seat if the Colts go heavily with Andrew Luck ($6,400) and the passing game.
Mack and the Colts have a great matchup next week against the Giants, who were bludgeoned by Henry this week. He has a tough matchup to finish the season against the Titans, but his blocking and angry running are enough to make me believe that he’ll finish the year on a high note.
WR Kenny Golladay, DET at BUF, $5,400 — 24.6 DKFPGolladay finally stepped up and showed up for the Lions, but they still fell to the Bills in Buffalo. Golladay caught 7-of-8 targets for a season-high 146 yards. The Lions were extremely shorthanded at receiver with starters Marvin Jones and TE Michael Roberts on IR, and WR Bruce Ellington (hamstring) also sidelined. Golladay had twice as many targets as any other option for Matthew Stafford ($5,000).
While the second-year receiver definitely has a high ceiling, Golladay has been incredibly inconsistent all season even in great matchups. He only had five yards last week against the Cardinals and has only reached 100 yards twice since Week 1. Next week, the Lions host the Vikings’ tough defense before finishing with the Packers at Lambeau Field. He has the potential to go off, but there are receiver in better offenses around his price point that are much more reliable
WR Robert Foster, BUF vs. DET, $4,300 — 23.8 DKFPThe Bills got a big game from Foster, who hauled in 4-of-5 targets for for 108 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown in the fourth quarter came on a 42-yard strike from Josh Allen ($5,800) and turned out to be the game-winner as the Bills edged the Lions 14-13.
The undrafted free agent from Alabama has surged into the Bills’ receiver rotation and been a good option for the fellow-rookie Allen. He has over 90 yards in four of his past five games and has proven himself to be a deep threat by racking up high yardage totals without a ton of catches. Buffalo is far from a high-volume passing offense, but Foster has been consistent enough that he makes a solid value option as he tries to prove his value to the Bills going forward. Next week, Buffalo goes on the road to face the Patriots before finishing at home against Miami.
QB Matt Ryan, ATL vs. ARI, $6,100 — 25.04 DKFPThe Falcons crushed the Cardinals behind a big game from Ryan, who has had a disappointing season with the 5-9 Falcons. Ryan threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a third score as part of his 18 rushing yards on three carries. He was the only QB to reach 25 DKFP on the main slate on a day that tilted heavily on RB production.
The Falcons aren’t in the playoff hunt, but they do finish with a pair of favorable divisional matchups on the road. The Falcons play the Panthers next week before finishing in Tampa Bay against the Bucs. He had good games against both those teams earlier this season, but I’m still not confident he’ll finish the season strong. Ryan and the Falcons have been much better at home than on the road, and today’s total was boosted by a rushing TD, which isn’t something you can count on going forward.
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