Week 15 optimal Yahoo lineup: Take advantage of Monday
This is a look at Week 15 in Yahoo DFS. As I will every week, I’ll remind you that it’s important to remember some of the subtle differences between daily fantasy and other types of fantasy football, as well as the differences between the aforementioned DFS game types. Daily fantasy operates under a budget, so the relative value a player offers at his respective price is just as important as his raw statistical production when constructing lineups. As far as cash games vs. tournaments, remember that 50/50s and Double Ups generally have a lower cash line while tournaments will require a unique and high-scoring lineup, so choose the ceilings and floors of your players accordingly.
Here’s my optimal Week 15 tournament lineup on Yahoo’s main slate, which as always includes the Monday night game (an important distinction from the two main sites).
QB: Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins ($37)
In a week of tough quarterback matchups and bad weather forecast for Sunday, so I’m taking advantage of Monday’s game being included on Yahoo’s main slate with my stack in a Redskins-Panthers matchup that Vegas has tabbed with the second-highest over/under of the week (51). Carolina’s defense has a bottom-seven points-allowed average on the season to opposing fantasy quarterbacks, and although they have been stouter of late, Washington’s lofty 28 projected team total in a prime-time home game suggests the sharp money expects Cousins to have no problem moving the ball this week. I also considered Tom Brady ($34), who Yahoo’s heavily matchup-based pricing algorithm has at a significant discount, but good luck figuring out who to stack with him against Denver’s elite coverage defense.