SportsTradex: Top NFL Targets For Week 15: Over $17,000 Guaranteed

What’s up Grinders!

Welcome to the Week 15 edition of the SportsTradex Column. SportsTradex is continuing their large GPP action for Week 15 with TWO large field Draft Contest tournaments dubbed “The Pooch Kick”. The 1st is a $200 buy-in and features a $8,000 prizepool, and the 2nd is a $25 buy in with a $2,000 prizepool. They have also recently introduced a $2 GPP with a $250 Prizepool as well called the MEGA MIGHTY DEUCE (Sounds like what happens after a long night at Taco Bell)….For those not into the GPP scene, there are plenty of Double Ups, and H2H action as well. If you haven’t tried the site yet, I highly recommend that you give it a try. They offer a very unique game type with both Draft Contests and Pick ‘Em style contests. There has been some overlay in these games lately, so if you are looking for some value this Sunday for NFL, make sure to check out SportsTradex.

SportsTradex has recently launched a new site design, and a great rewards program as well. So make sure to check that out if you are a value hunter like myself! Playing games without bonus or rewards in today’s DFS landscape is just silly, so go load up at SportsTradex this week!

Description of Draft Contests:

Draft a team of 7, 8 or 9 players in this tiered fantasy draft game. The number of players you will draft from each tier varies depending on the strategy option you select in the dropdown box. You have three options:

Option 1: 7 Players: 3A, 1B, 1C, 2D
Option 2: 8 Players: 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D
Option 3: 9 Players: 1A, 3B, 3C, 2D

Here is the breakdown of the tiers:

Tier A – Contains Top QB/HB/WR options (Think Rodgers/Murray)
Tier B – Contains 2nd Tier QB/HB/WR options (Think Dalton//Marshall)
Tier C – Contains mid-tier HB/WR’s
Tier D – Contains Longshots for the week

It’s very tough for me to decide on the 8 or 9 man teams this week, the 8 man team lets you get two of the top four RBs into your lineup, while the 9 man gives you three great options in Tier B to choose from. I don’t think you can go wrong with either this week. I will not be using the 7 man team at all.

TIER A

Le’Veon Bell $17,600 –Bell is my clear #1 RB of the week. He is getting the most work of any RB in football now, and has the best matchup of the week with the Falcons who give up the most Fpts to RBs. Another 30+ Fpt performance is coming, and I don’t want to miss it. He will be the unanimous choice as the #1 pick in Tier A this week, so if you are playing the GPPs and using the 9 man roster, you may want fade him as he will be heavily owned.

Matt Forte – Forte makes a great pivot as your #1 RB this week, as his matchup is also off the charts this week as he takes on the “Aint’s”, as in they “Aint” stopping Forte this week. The Saints have given up 787 yards rushing and six TDs in the past five weeks, THAT’S JUST RUSHING and does not include any receptions which are a huge part of Forte’s game. If you play the 8 man roster, Forte and Bell make a great combo.

Jamaal Charles – JC was banged up some last week, but has received a clean bill of health and Head Coach Andy Reid just stated JC will get a full workload this Sunday. The Raiders have given up the fifth most Fpts to RBs this season, and in a game I think the Chiefs should control from the beginning, should lead to plenty of touches for JC this weekend.

Arian Foster – The top RBs all have great matchups this week, and I just can’t see myself rostering anyone but the top 5 RBs in Tier A (Murray as well). Foster will be heavily involved in the Texans offense no matter the outcome of this game. Its close, tons of work, they get ahead, he runs the clock, they fall behind, and he gets receptions. The Colts have given up the seventh most Fpts to RBs this season, and Foster crushed them for 141 total yards and 2 TDs earlier this season.

TIER B

CJ Anderson – Let the RB run continue! Anderson as five straight performances of over 19.5 points in PPR and has just dominated since taking over the starting role. The Chargers run D has been pretty good, but I have no concern this week as Anderson and the Broncos are just too good. Earlier in the season the Broncos ran for 133 yards and 2 TDs vs. the Bolts, and I like the chances of Anderson coming near that statline again.

Alshon Jeffery – With no Brandon Marshall this week, Jeffery could be in line for a major uptick in production against the Saints. He has seen 22 targets over the past two weeks ( I think 10 targets is a near lock this week with upside for 15+), and gets a Saints secondary that has given up the seventh most Fpts to WRs this season. I wouldn’t be surprised to see 100+ yards and a TD this week in what looks to be a shootout game on Monday night.

Eli Manning – There are a lot of good players in this Tier, but I like Eli as a lesser owned play this week. He torched the Skins for 300 yards and 4 TDs earlier in the season, and that was without Odell Beckham. Beckham is evolving into a top tier WR very quickly, and has really helped Eli turn his season around. The Skins are very tough against the run, so I expect the Giants to take advantage of the secondary, who has given up the most Fpts to QBs this season.

TIER C

Fred Jackson – Similar to Foster in Tier A, there is no game script this game can have in which the Bills don’t heavily involve Jackson. He is the clear workhourse back, receiving 43 touches in the last two games, but what really has my eye is the 14 targets he saw in Denver last week as the Bills went into pass mode. This game at home vs. the Packers seems like a very similar game to last week, and if Fred can get 14 targets that game, he could do it again, which is pure PPR gold.

Jonathan Stewart – With DeAngelo Williams likely available only in an emergency situation, and with Cam Newton out, the Panthers are likely to lean heavily on Stewart, who just had a huge game last week. The Bucs have given up the eighth most Fpts to RBs this season, and with Stewart handling a huge workload, he should be in a prime spot to produce.

Vincent Jackson – Do you like WRs who had 17 targets just a week ago? If the answer is yes (it should be), take a look at Vjax this week. He has a great matchup against the Panthers who have given up the 11th most Fpts to WRs this season, and should continue to find open looks as teams now have to contend with fellow WR Mike Evans. Vjax is a great choice for the GPP’s as he can have some huge games at times, while doing nothing in others.

TIER D

Marquees Wilson – Everyone will have Wilson this week, as he is expected to fill the Brandon Marshall role for the Bears on Monday night. It’s a tasty matchup against a weak Saints secondary, who is giving up the seventh most Fpts to WRs this season. Consider fading Wilson in a large GPP, as he will be nearly 100% owned.

Allen Hurns – Hurns has 18 targets in the past two weeks, and gets to face a Ravens secondary who without Jimmy Smith has fallen to pieces, giving up the most Fpts to WRs this season. There could be plenty of garbage time starts for the Jags this week if the Ravens get up early and control the game at home.

Good luck Grinders – you will find me in the mid-lowstakes 50/50s and the $25 Pooch Kick this weekend! I will also be checking back around kickoff on Sunday to get into the $200 Pooch Kick if there is any overlay (I suggest you do the same). Take me on if you dare!

About the Author

  • Brit Devine (britdevine)

  • Brit Devine is a former low/midstakes Online Poker Pro/Coach who quickly transitioned to DFS in 2011 after Black Friday. He was the Operations Manager at DFS site Fan Throwdown before parting ways in 2014 where he then turned to playing DFS full-time. Mainly a cash game player, Brit provides expert analysis frequently via written columns and GrindersLive appearances.

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