Week 15 DFS Flex Plays DraftKings 2016

By Armando Marsal
Armando Marsal On DraftKings, there is a flex spot which allows you to take different approaches in your lineup construction. Our goal every week is to find you some solid options that fit in the flex position and provide some nice upside. Let’s dive right into some flex targets for this week.

Running Back

Kenneth Farrow $4,400 at Oakland Raiders
Farrow is expected to get the start if Melvin Gordon does not suit up and the chances of that look very promising at this time. This is a great matchup against a Raiders defense that is giving up 107.5 rushing yards per game and has surrendered 12 rushing touchdowns (at least one in four straight games). Farrow played in 85 percent of the offensive snaps last week after Gordon went down and combined for 78 yards on 22 touches, including six receptions. At his low price, assuming he gets the start, he should be able to provide a great return on investment.

Tevin Coleman $5,000 vs. San Francisco 49ers
My main concern here is the uncertainty of guaranteed touches, however, in tournaments it is a risk worth taking. Coleman scored twice last week and has now scored a touchdown in two of his last three games. He faces the worst run defense in the league and in a game where the Falcons could get ahead early, potentially giving Coleman more run. Opposing backs are averaging 29.8 carries and 148.7 rushing yards per game, while scoring 19 rushing touchdowns (most in NFL). In addition, they have given up 50 receptions, 417 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns. Lastly, they have allowed +2.1 points above expectation to opposing backs. This is a phenomenal spot and one Coleman should be able to take advantage of.

Wide Receiver

Taylor Gabriel $5,600 vs. San Francisco 49ers
The price has increased for Gabriel, but that goes hand-in-hand with his recent success. Since Week 8, Gabriel is averaging 5.0 targets, 3.5 receptions, 66.2 receiving yards, and 16.96 fantasy points per game, while scoring five touchdowns during that stretch. He has seen at least five targets in each of his last five games. This week’s matchup is one that favors him as the 49ers have allowed +1.5 points above expectations to opposing receivers. In addition, they are yielding 171.5 receiving yards per game and have given up 20 receiving touchdowns (tied for most in the league against receivers).

J.J. Nelson $3,900 vs. New Orleans Saints
Nelson has not played a ton of snaps in recent games or has not been peppered with a ton of targets, but in the last two weeks, he has scored a touchdown every time he has touched the ball. I am not expecting that to be the case this week, but with the release of Michael Floyd, I do think Nelson will have a bigger role on this offense and gets a good matchup. The Saints are allowing 13.4 receptions and 175.4 receiving yards per game to opposing receivers, while yielding 11 touchdowns. This contest has one of the highest totals of the slate and just a 2.5 point spread, so we could see some fireworks. While Nelson is a volatile play, he does provide plenty of upside for someone at this low price.

Tight End

Kyle Rudolph $4,300 vs. Indianapolis Colts
In the last three weeks, Rudolph is averaging 10 targets, 6.3 receptions, 56.3 yards, and 13.96 fantasy points, while finding the pay dirt once during that stretch. He faces a Colts defense that has allowed +3.1 points above expectations to opposing tight ends, while yielding 5.6 receptions and 67.8 receiving yards per game to the position, as well as, four touchdowns. There have been few bright spots on this Vikings offense in recent weeks, Rudolph being one of them, so feel free to deploy him this week.

Good luck to all this week. For any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me on the Twitter machine: @Armando_Marsal