Due to technical difficulties last week, there was no post for a weekly DFS lineup. This week we are back and better than ever. Plus, my advice wouldn’t have won you any money last week anyway.
This week is the start of most fantasy league playoffs, but the payouts won’t be for a few more weeks. If you failed to make your league’s playoffs this year, don’t panic. You can still come up with some cash this week ahead of some last-minute Christmas shopping.
*All stats and costs are based on FanDuel
Quarterback: Justin Herbert – Los Angeles Chargers – If you are panicking about the last couple of weeks for the rookie, you have every right to be. He has not looked good, but what is good for the Rookie of the Year candidate is the fact he gets to face the Falcons. Atlanta has improved defensively over the past few seasons, but not enough to go against Herbert this week. The Falcons give up 24.4 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Expect a big performance from Herbert.
Running Back: Jonathan Taylor – Indianapolis Colts – Yes, we have another rookie on the DFS lineup this week. Taylor, whose production has been up and down all season, should see many opportunities to have a big game against Las Vegas. The Raiders have one of the worst run defenses and give up 25.3 PPG to opposing running backs on the season.
Running Back: Adrian Peterson – Detroit Lions – We go from rookie to OG with Peterson. In the last two weeks, Peterson has put up 17 fantasy points. Even with rookie D’Andre Swift coming back to the lineup, Peterson is a great value pick. Green Bay allows the third-most fantasy points per game to running backs and Peterson could have another productive outing this week.
Wide Receiver: Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints – In two of the last three weeks, Thomas has gone over 100 receiving yards. Normally he would be a higher price, but due to injuries and the loss of Drew Brees, Thomas is a bit lower price. New Orleans takes on the lowly Eagles this week and Philadelphia allows 29.6 PPG to opposing wide receivers. This game could get ugly and Thomas could be a big contributor.
Wide Receiver: Justin Jefferson – Minnesota Vikings – We have our third and final rookie for this week’s lineup and this one is a good one. Jefferson already has over 1,000 receiving yards on the season and has set an NFL rookie record with seven games with 100+ receiving yards. Tampa Bay has given up 32.8 PPG and 14 receiving touchdowns on the season. The rookie has a chance to further make his case for Rookie of the Year.
Wide Receiver: Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans – Davis erupted for 29.7 fantasy points last week in Tennessee’s 41-35 loss to the Browns. He has had increased production over the last month and is a solid play against a Jaguars team that has allowed 34 PPG to opposing wideouts this season.
Tight End: Noah Fant – Denver Broncos – When he has had a quarterback this season, he’s been a productive factor in fantasy football. The tight end position is few and far between in terms of major contributors to rosters, but Fant has a favorable matchup against the Panthers, who have given up 11.1 PPG to tight ends this season.
FLEX: Nyheim Hines – Indianapolis Colts – We discussed Hines backfield running mate Jonathan Taylor earlier. The duo should be able to find success together against the poor run defense of the Raiders.
Defense: New Orleans Saints – The Saints don’t allow teams to rush for 100 yards and that trend should continue against the Eagles. Philly is also starting rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts over Carson Wentz, so expect the Saints to feast on that matchup.