It’s fantasy championship week for season-long leagues, but just another day at the office for the daily fantasy world. The Bengals-Broncos Monday night tilt has the biggest playoff implications atop the AFC, but has lost some luster without Andy Dalton and Peyton Manning. There are 2 key NFC matchups also on tap between the Packers-Cardinals jockeying for a bye and the Vikings-Giants both trying to secure a playoff berth.
Allen Robinson, JAX @ NO, $7,500 – Robinson’s 13 receiving TDs puts him in a three-way tie with Doug Baldwin and Odell Beckham Jr. for an NFL lead, yet ODB is the lone player to earn a Pro Bowl nod. In his sophomore season, he is arguably the league’s most improved player after finishing with 48 catches for 548 yards and 2 scores a year ago. Robinson has made a colossal leap in 2015, ranking 7th in receiving yards (1,141) and 8th in targets (135). As if he wasn’t underrated enough, his 26 catches of 20-plus yards is also an NFL best, with Antonio Brown a distant 2nd at 21. He should have some more big plays up his sleeve on Sunday in New Orleans against a secondary that has been torched repeatedly. Robinson remains a relative bargain at his lowest price in 3 weeks.
Blake Bortles, JAX @ NO, $6,500 – Only Cam Newton (40) and Tom Brady (38) have accounted for more touchdowns at the QB position than Bortles, with 33 scores. His current pace is tripling his rookie campaign, which concluded with 11 TDs through 14 games. This year he ranks 6th among QBs in PPG (22.6) and draws a cheerful matchup against the Saints, who have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing QBs. Over the past 4 weeks, he has averaged 300 yards passing and produced 13 TDs. The Jaguars’ future is certainly brighter than ever with a youth movement at the offensive skill positions. Bortles has reached his highest price of the season at 8th on our QB list this week, but he has been a dependable contributor with multiple TD efforts in 11 of 14 contests.
David Johnson, GB @ ARI, $5,800 – After being listed here last week, Johnson dominated on the Sunday night stage in Philadelphia with a mammoth 48-point performance. This included 3 endzone trips, with the most impressive one being a 47-yard scamper where he busted through multiple tackles. This success can be attributed to his biggest workload of the year, finishing with 33 touches for 229 total yards. Despite Johnson’s production he remains priced outside of the Top 10 RBs, at a cost increase of just $100 since last week. The Packers are better against the run than the Eagles, but still rank 22nd in the NFL (117 YPG), which is not a home matchup to fear. With Devonta Freeman and Todd Gurley facing tough sledding against the Panthers and Seahawks this week, few RBs have as much big play upside as Johnson in Week 16.
Ben Watson, JAX @ NO, $5,300 – Watson has turned back the clock in his 12th NFL season, and is just a catch and 2 yards away from matching career highs in each category. The departure of Jimmy Graham has allowed him to emerge as one of Drew Brees’ favorite options, and he has amassed 40 targets over the past 4 weeks. Look for the Watson revival to continue against Jacksonville who allows the 5th most fantasy points to opposing TEs. The only concern here is the status of his QB who is attempting to play through a torn plantar fascia in his right foot. If Brees is active, he should be a strong play priced as the 4th TE option this week.
Stefon Diggs, NYG @ MIN, $4,400 – After a 6 game TD drought, Diggs doubled his season long output with 2 scores on Sunday. He has trailed off since his hot start but his playmaking ability was clearly on display against the Bears. He has an even better matchup ahead against the NFL’s worst pass defense, as the Giants are the only team allowing over 300 yards per game through the air. Despite his targets declining in the 2nd half, he has outsnapped Vikings WRs in every single game since Week 6. With a price tag outside of the Top 30, Diggs can be plugged in at a $900 discount from his Week 9 cost.
Christine Michael, STL @ SEA, $4,400 – It has been an interesting journey for Michael who was drafted by the Seahawks in the 2nd round of the 2013 draft. He was dealt to Dallas in September and cut 2 months later before signing with the Redskins and being cut again last week. Returning to Seattle, he saw a career-high 16 carries which he turned into 84 yards. Michael outsnapped both Bryce Brown and Derrick Coleman and appears to be the frontrunner for Week 16 carries. He is an obvious risk-reward play but has earned more opportunities against a Rams defense that has struggled in the back half of the season and now ranks 23rd against the run (118 YPG). He is a low-cost flier to lead the Seahawks rushing attack this week.
More to Consider
Adrian Peterson, NYG @ MIN, $7,300
Brandin Cooks, JAX @ NO, $5,900
Teddy Bridgewater, NYG @ MIN, $5,200
James Jones, GB @ ARI, $4,000
Shane Vereen, NYG @ MIN, $3,900
Will Tye, NYG @ MIN, $3,500