Daily Fantasy Football Sleepers for NFL Week 15 (2020)

By Noah Davis in Fantasy Sports
| December 16, 2020 11:45 am PST
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Value is key to winning in daily fantasy football. Derrick Henry and Davante Adams were necessary chalk last week, and they also were two of the most expensive players on the entire slate.

Somewhere, somehow, DFS players had to find a way to save some salary.

If you used my NFL DFS sleepers, you had a good chance in paying up for those guys. Jalen Hurts was a terrific punt at quarterback (23 fantasy points), J.D. McKissic ended up being chalky, and guys like Keke Coutee and Darnell Mooney at least found the end-zone.

Let’s see if I can’t unlock some solid value again this week. With that, it’s onto my favorite NFL DFS sleepers for week 15.

Quarterback NFL DFS Sleepers for Week 15

  • Mitch Trubisky – Bears ($5.5k)
  • Gardner Minshew II – Jaguars ($5.3k)
  • Nick Mullens – 49ers ($5.1k)

Don’t look now, but Trubisky has been a pretty useful DFS option. He’s topped 21+ fantasy points in two of three starts since getting his job back, and in week 15 he faces a weak Vikings pass defense.

Minnesota generates almost no pass rush, and their secondary has given up the third-most passing scores in 2020.

You could also consider testing fate with Gardner Minshew II, who got his starting job back as well.

His date with the Ravens looks bad on paper, but they did just give up 42 points to the Browns. That, and Minshew Magic could benefit from a negative game script.

For what it’s worth, Minshew is a little better than people tend to think, and he’s averaging 20 fantasy points per game on the year.

There’s also Nick Mullens, who faces a pretty bad Dallas defense. The Cowboys have been so bad against the run that it makes their passing yardage numbers look good, but they have still given up 27 passing touchdowns (second-most).

San Francisco will likely have success on the ground in this matchup, but Mullens is really cheap and has flashed some DFS upside in the past.

Week 15 Running Back Sleeper Picks

  • DeAndre Washington – Dolphins ($4.7k)
  • Gus Edwards – Ravens ($4.4k)
  • Sony Michel – Patriots ($4.3k)

J.K. Dobbins and Jeff Wilson Jr. are two other week 15 NFL DFS sleepers to consider, but I left them out since they’re priced up over $5k.

I’ll start things off with Washington, who wasn’t great with an enhanced role last week, but still saw 15 total touches. That matched his workload from week 12, and assuming Miami’s running backs stay on the sidelines, he is in a pretty good spot against the Pats.

You know, the same New England defense that let Cam Akers drop over 170 rushing yards on them?

I also can’t look away from Gus Edwards. Lamar Jackson and the aforementioned Dobbins will get the first crack against a poor Jaguars run defense (28th vs. RBs), but Edwards continues to see plenty of work.

He’s really cheap and could see more carries with this game likely being a blowout. He certainly cashed in last week, as he scored twice and topped 10+ fantasy points for the fourth time this year.

Edwards is a roll of the dice, so you can consider pivoting to Michel. Normal starter Damien Harris is banged up, and Michel was already eating into his workload with 17 carries over the last two games.

Could it be time for Michel to finally get his old job back? At this price, he’s worth a shot.

Wide Receiver NFL DFS Values for Week 15

  • J. Chark – Jaguars ($5k)
  • Russell Gage – Falcons ($4.7k)
  • Chad Hansen – Texans ($4.2k)
  • Lynn Bowden Jr. – Dolphins ($3.6k)

I’d be remiss if I mention Minshew without pointing out his top receiver is again very cheap.

Chark thought Minshew’s benching would help him, but he was wrong. Perhaps the two can rediscover each other in DFS glory this week.

Gage returned to fantasy relevancy last week, as Julio Jones sat out. Gage parlayed a bigger role into five catches and 82 yards off of seven targets.

Calvin Ridley is the main benefactor there, but Gage is going to see more opportunities if the Falcons end up shutting Jones down. A date with the Buccaneers (32nd vs. WRs the past four weeks) looks pretty appetizing, too, while most NFL betting websites have that game set with a fantasy-friendly 50.5 total.

Hansen is a product of opportunity, as well. Brandin Cooks should be back this week, but I still can’t deny that this guy is on the field a ton and has seen seven targets in each of his last two games.

The first game was with a healthy Cooks on the field, and Hansen still put up 18 fantasy points. Likely with another negative game script against the Colts (second most receiving yards allowed to WRs the past four weeks), Hansen projects well in week 15.

Lastly, you’ll want to keep an eye on Miami’s injury report. Most of the team’s top running backs were nicked up last week, and Miami also dealt with in-game injuries to some of their passing options.

Bowden is a good athlete who can be used in a multitude of ways, but last week he hauled in seven of nine targets for 82 yards. He won’t be considered safe, but he’s a cheap punt that could have a pretty big role again this week.

Week 15 NFL DFS Sleepers at Tight End

  • Tyler Higbee – Rams ($3.8k)
  • Irv Smith Jr. – Vikings ($3.6k)
  • Dan Arnold – Cardinals ($3.5k)

Higbee will be tough to trust, seeing as the Rams keep splitting work between him and Gerald Everett. To be honest, both of these guys are going to be in play, as they’re cheap and get the Jets (32nd vs. TEs).

I prefer Higbee, just because he’s shown more of a ceiling in the past. He’s a good way to save at a bad position.

So is Smith, who could end up being relatively chalky if Kyle Rudolph is out again this week. Smith was busy last week, catching all four of his targets for 63 yards and a touchdown. He also scored twice back in week nine.

Chicago happens to be awful (30th) at stopping tight ends, so Smith stands out as a rock solid option if you want to save at the position.

I’m not super into Arnold, but he’s another decent punt with a good matchup. He’s scored three times in his last two games (4 in four), and Philadelphia has had issues covering tight ends.

Best Defense Sleepers for Week 15 NFL DFS

  • Dallas Cowboys ($2.7k)
  • Washington Football Team ($2.6k)
  • Philadelphia Eagles ($2.5k)

It will be very tough not to force the Rams (vs. Jets) into daily fantasy football lineups this week, but it’s also worth noting that they are ridiculously expensive.

Punting defense may be a good idea this week, and you can start your consideration with Dallas. Yeah, I have Mullens listed as a solid option here, and it’s quite possible the Niners run all over the ‘Boys, but Mullens also has a history of turning the ball over.

Dallas is also at home and still alive in the race for the NFC East (sad, but true), so if they pop off like they did last week versus the Bengals, you may wish you entertained them at this price.

Washington is dealing with some injuries and a date with the Seahawks looks troubling, but you still can’t ignore this defense. Not only have Russell Wilson and the Seattle offense seemed more beatable lately (ignore the beatdown of the Jets), but the Football Team has been consistently useful.

They notched 23 fantasy points last game and have safely scored double digits in three of their last four contests.

Let’s not totally ignore the Eagles, either. They’re also playing for a shot at the NFC East crown, and they stepped it up in a big way as they upset the Saints last week.

I don’t particularly trust them, but when their offense isn’t turning the ball over left and right, they seem to play a bit better. I doubt they completely shut an up-tempo Cardinals offense down, but they’re not a bad punt as they play for their playoff lives.

Summary

There is plenty of value to be had going into daily fantasy football contests in week 15. I’m sure more NFL DFS sleepers will reveal themselves, too, as we get deeper into the week and injury reports become finalized.

Some big names are threatening to return and eliminate other value plays, but there should be plenty of meat on the bone when you look at some star talents likely to sit out.

The above week 15 NFL DFS sleepers at least get you on the right track. If you combine them with my top NFL DFS picks for week 15, maybe you can have a profitable week.

Whatever you do, I hope these value picks treat you well. Good luck, and enjoy the games!

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