FanDuel Value Plays, Picks, and Sleepers for Week 16

By Patrick Whelan, December 20, 2017
Duke Johnson Cleveland Browns

Tyrod Taylor vs. New England Patriots: $7,500

With Saturday and Monday games, the list of cheap quarterbacks for Sunday is underwhelming, to say the least. But if you are looking for a shot in the dark, Tyrod Taylor could provide some cheap points  against the 28th ranked pass defense of New England. It’s a gamble because Taylor put up 4.8 fantasy points against the same defense two weeks ago, but he looked healthier last week and gave his point total a boost with his legs, running for 42 yards and a score. After righting itself a quarter of the way through the season, the Patriots defense has looked exploitable the past two weeks, especially by big body wide receivers like Kelvin Benjamin. It's a speculative tournament play at best, but Taylor could return a lot on a small investment.

CJ Anderson at Washington Redskins: $6,200

Just when you thought Denver was going to test out what they had in Devontae Booker, C.J. Anderson re-establishes himself in the backfield and dominates the touches. That's 52 carries over the past two games to Booker's 20, and last week's 158 yards on the ground were a career high. The Broncos may roll with a more even snap count this week, but they have finally figured out that they must run to pass, and that means a big volume for Anderson. The Redskins are are the 5th worst rush defense in the league, allowing 123 yards per game on the ground, making this a plus matchup. Anderson looks like a good pick for tournament or cash games.

Duke Johnson Jr. at Chicago Bears: $5,900

Duke Johnson Jr. has been one of the more consistent running backs in all of fantasy due to his involvement in Cleveland's pass game. Considering the Browns are almost universally playing from behind, Johnson has seen a steady 6 targets a week on top of his usual 6 running attempts. This allows for a high floor in the .5 PPR world of FanDuel. Week 16's matchup against the Bears isn't ideal, but he had a similarly tough performance against the Ravens last week and came away with 12.9 points. Because of this, Johnson makes a solid cash game roster filler for those with limited finances.

DeVante Parker vs. Kansas City Cheifs: $5,700

When Jay Culter plays with DeVante Parker, Parker has basically been guaranteed a bunch of targets and at least 75 yards. While Kenny Stills and Jarvis Landry fit with Matt Moore's "dink and dunks", Parker is perfect for Jay Culter's "meh whatever" chucks. Look for him to be heavily targeted again in a plus matchup against the bottom five pass defense of the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have no one who can check Parker, and it will show.

Keelan Cole at San Francisco 49ers: $5,300

Your steal of the week is Keelan Cole at only $5,300. I understand he is still a rookie and has relied on the always inconsistent "big play" to set up much of his fantasy value. But he's now scored in three straight weeks and his 186 yards against the Texans last week can't be ignored. Add in the fact that he has a great matchup against the 49ers AND the Jags could be without Marquise Lee, and this looks like a play with very high upside potential. Cole will be rostered on all my FanDuel lineups this week.

Adam Shaheen vs. Cleveland Browns: $5,100

This is a big "if," considering Adam Shaheen didn't play last week, but if he does suit up against the Browns, he could provide a much needed lift at a small price. And considering Shaheen was limited in practice last week, it looks likely that he could suit up. It's risky to trust the rookie to rookie connection of Trubisky to Shaheen, but the Browns are allowing the second most points to tight ends this season. So if you are low on salary, Shaheen is a an upside choice with your name on it.


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