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NFL DFS Showdown Spotlight: Week 15 Tuesday Night Football DraftKings & FanDuel Picks

Eric MacPherson

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For each of the featured games, typically Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football slates, this column will provide free analysis for the single-slate action on DraftKings and FanDuel. This will include team capsules, player rankings, comments and NFL DFS picks for today. There are loads of information and NFL DFS picks to get into for both DraftKings and FanDuel on this Week 15 Tuesday Night Football doubleheader slate featuring the Los Angeles Rams hosting the Seattle Seahawks and the Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Washington Football Team.

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Seattle Seahawks: 19.25 Points

Quarterback

Russell Wilson posted two touchdowns and 260 yards last week against Houston for his best performance since returning five games ago from a finger injury on his throwing hand. Los Angeles has done a good job of containing Wilson in recent seasons, and in his last four regular-season games he has only two touchdowns against four interception and a whopping 18 sacks. Even though he has attempted 32 or more passes in three of these games, he has averaged only 217.5 yards passing.

It will be interesting to see how things play out tonight, with the Rams having put six defenders on the COVID-19 reserve. These include starters Von Miller and Jordan Fuller, reserve defensive backs Terrell Burgess, JuJu Hughes and Antoine Brooks Jr., linebackers Christian Rozeboom and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day.

Running Back

Seattle is once again thin at running back, with Alex Collins dealing with an abdomen injury and illness and Travis Homer on the COVID-19 reserve. There is a decent chance that Adrian Peterson will be activated from the practice squad, though he is dealing with a back issue. That leaves Rashaad Penny and DeeJay Dallas as the two main options for coach Pete Carroll.

Penny is coming off a career-best performance, with 16 carries for 137 yards and two touchdowns against Houston. In his four seasons, Penny has managed to play in just 32 games while dealing with a variety of injuries. Fingers crossed for the Seahawks that he can stay healthy tonight. Dallas has popped up several times over the last two seasons on prime-time slates, with Seattle continually dealing with injured running backs. There are four teams in the player pool tonight, so it is hard to be excited about a player who has seen the field for only 102 offensive snaps this season.

Wide Receiver

Tyler Lockett is in the health and safety protocol, which will have gamers flocking to D.K. Metcalf, as he should be peppered with targets. Keep in mind that the Rams have a top-notch pass defense and Wilson is still showing the effects of his finger injury. Freddie Swain is a solid mid-tier option who should see half a dozen targets. Rookie Dee Eskridge and fringe reserve Penny Hart are dart throws for the 150-max crowd, though they warrant consideration in the single-game format.

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Tight End

Gerald Everett is still having a decent season despite missing two games early in the year and not getting a lot of practice time with Wilson, who also missed significant time. Everett does have two touchdowns in his last three games, and Wilson loves to go to the tight ends in the red zone. Will Dissly is a secondary option, though he is the perfect leverage against those hoping Everett will show out against his former team.

Defense/Special Teams

Seattle has a bend-don’t-break defensive philosophy, and they have allowed the fourth-fewest points in the league. However, their pass defense is atrocious, and they are in the bottom five for both sacks and takeaways. Defensive linemen Bryan Mone and Kerry Hyder Jr. are both on the COVID-19 reserve, as is defensive back D.J. Reed. Safety Jamal Adams (shoulder) and cornerback Gavin Heslop (leg) are both on the injured reserve.

Los Angeles Rams: 26.25 Points

Quarterback

Matthew Stafford should be in line for a good game tonight, and he is the clear top quarterback in the player pool. Currently he ranks second in the league in yards passing per game with 299.8 and in touchdowns passing with 33. Though he is missing his top two tight ends, he still has capable pass catchers at every other position.

Running Back

Darrell Henderson Jr. has been activated from the COVID-19 reserve, though Sony Michel has performed well during his two-game absence. The Rams are a pass-happy offense, and Henderson has topped 16 carries only twice and only has a season high of 90 yards rushing. While he does get six targets per game, it is the eight touchdowns (five rushing, three receiving) that have boosted his fantasy value. If he is likely to cede 30-40% of the plays to Michel, it really tempers his upside.

Wide Receiver

Cooper Kupp leads the league in targets, receptions, yards, touchdowns, yards after the catch and first downs. He is also second in plays of at least 20 yards with 21, and he has played one fewer game than the other receivers. Odell Beckham Jr. is off the COVID-19 reserve, and in his last three games he has 22 targets. Van Jefferson has 20 targets in the same timeframe, as this duo has stepped in to fill the void left by Robert Woods, who is out for the season.

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Tight End

Tyler Higbee and Jonny Mundt are both out, so that leaves Kendall Blanton as the lead tight end. In his last two games Blanton has five targets, making him a serviceable punt option at this position.

Defense/Special Teams

Seattle has a horrible offensive line, and though Wilson does a decent job of limiting interceptions, he has had three of his four since returning from his finger injury. Los Angeles is running very thin, with six key defenders in the health and safety protocol.


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Washington Football Team: 18.0 Points

Quarterback

Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen are both on the COVID-19 reserve, and Ryan Fitzpatrick was lost for the season in Week 1. By default, Garrett Gilbert will be making his second career start after joining the team a few days ago. Gilbert last made a spot start for Dallas as part of its quarterback carousel, replacing the injured Dak Prescott.

Washington signed Gilbert off the Patriots practice squad on Dec. 17, so he has had little time to learn the playbook. This is the eighth different NFL franchise he has been a part of, and he was also the standout quarterback in the short-lived Alliance of American Football with the Orlando Apollos. It is likely that Washington uses a conservative game plan in what could be a game even more unbearable to watch than the Raiders – Browns one from yesterday.

Running Back

J.D. McKissic is out with a concussion and Wendell Smallwood is on the COVID-19 reserve, which means Antonio Gibson could be in line for 20 to 25 touches. Undrafted rookie Jaret Patterson will be backing him up, as will Jonathan Williams, who has played in a grand total of 20 games since being drafted back in 2016. Starting center Tyler Larsen, right guard Brandon Scherff and top reserve Cornelius Lucas are all out as well. It may seem like Gibson is playing one against 11 by the time this game has run its course.

Wide Receiver

Curtis Samuel (hamstring) is out once again, so that leaves Terry McLaurin as the undisputed top receiving option for Gilbert (cue the laugh track). Clearly the Eagles will be focusing their attention on McLaurin, particularly if they can also shut down the rushing game. DeAndre Carter, Adam Humphries, Cam Sims and Dyami Brown will be on the field, which is actually saying something for this pandemic-ravaged team.

Tight End

Ricky Seals-Jones is questionable with a non-COVID illness, Logan Thomas is on the injured reserve, and backup tight end Sammis Reyes is in the health and safety protocol. That leaves John Bates in line for a ton of snaps and a chance at whatever targets are coming from Gilbert.

Defense/Special Teams

Washington has seven starters and reserves in the health and safety protocol. Philadelphia is likely to run the ball at will, which will curb the fantasy potential of this unit.

Philadelphia Eagles: 24.5 Points

Quarterback

Jalen Hurts was a full participant in practice on Friday and Saturday, so he should be considered healthy enough to trust after missing Week 13 with a sprained ankle. Keep in mind that the Eagles had a Week 14 bye as well. In his last five games, Hurts has attempted more than 25 passes only once. He continues to rack up the rushing yards with 123 carries for 693 yards and eight touchdowns. Across his last eight games he has topped 200 yards passing once and has thrown six touchdowns.

Running Back

Miles Sanders has played around half the snaps the last three games, with Boston Scott and rookie Kenneth Gainwell getting the rest. Jordan Howard should be back after missing two games, which further muddies the water. The Awesemo Advanced Stats show that Philadelphia runs 47.53% of the time in neutral situations, which is the seventh most in the league. It is also projecting that to increase to 57% of the time in this matchup, and it would not be a stretch to see the Eagles flirt with 50 rushing attempts. In their last four games they have logged 41 in New York against the Jets, 33 against the Giants, 50 in a demolition of the Saints and 39 in Denver.

Wide Receiver

DeVonta Smith has seen the most consistent opportunities, with around six per game. Jalen Reagor and Quez Watkins get around half that, and the running backs and tight ends mix in as well. There is not much to see here, though with the field shying away from this motley crew, there is an advantage in tournaments for risk takers.

Tight End

Dallas Goedert is easily the best tight end option on Tuesday, and he has seen 37 of the 42 targets to this position since the trade of Zach Ertz.

Defense/Special Teams

Philadelphia is intriguing, as they are not missing any defensive starters unlike the other three teams. They also get to face an unproven quarterback making an emergency start. While Washington is likely to run the ball, they may be forced to pass if they are down, which will give the Eagles some fantasy opportunities.


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Eric "EMac" MacPherson won the 2007 Fantasy Baseball grand prize (trip for two to the MLB All-Star game) in the Roto format on ESPN. He won again in 2008, this time in the H2H format. As one of the early adopters of daily fantasy sports, EMac has been providing content for baseball and basketball as well as both professional and college football since 2012 for a variety of websites including DraftKings Playbook, FanVice, RotoWorld, Daily Fantasy Bootcamp, and RotoGrinders. He is well into his third decade of fantasy sports and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Follow him on Twitter @EMacDFS or contact EMac by emailing [email protected].

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