NFL DFS Single Games: MNF Week 15

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Here we go with the Single Game NFL DFS slate for Monday Night Football of Week 15. Today’s matchup is between the Vikings and Bears with Minnesota checking in as a 6.5 point road favorite. The over/under currently rests at 45.5 total points. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 ET.

We’ll highlight the top picks and best bargains to assemble a cash-inducing lineup. On top of that, the “additional notes” section will feature several tournament selections while adding context to the rest of this slate.

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TOP PICKS

Dalvin Cook - RB - Minnesota (DK: $11,800 / FD: $15,000 / Yahoo: $34)

Cook was questionable heading into last Thursday’s game. We didn’t know how much he would play. He ended up with 205 rushing yards and a pair of scores on 27 carries against the Steelers. I guess that shoulder is holding up fine? Now Cook has had a few extra days of rest, so he should be ready to absorb another heavy workload against the Bears. The Vikings are favored by 6.5 points, which puts game flow on Cook’s side.

Justin Fields - QB - Chicago (DK: $10,400 / FD: $14,000 / Yahoo: $27)

Fields has been all over the map from a fantasy point of view, but we are starting to see more signs of life with 19+ fantasy points in three of his last four outings. Most of that is boosted by his rushing upside. The matchup and game flow point to a solid projection from the rookie, who is facing a Minnesota defense that has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to QBs this season.

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BEST BARGAINS

Jakeem Grant Sr. - WR - Chicago (DK: $5,000 / FD: $7,000 / Yahoo: $14)

Allen Robinson and Marquise Goodwin are out tonight, meaning Grant will continue to be involved in Chicago’s offense. As mentioned in the previous write-up, the matchup and game flow favors Chicago’s passing attack in this one. Minnesota has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season. Grant is a nifty bargain to take advantage, and he’s a fine pairing with Fields on this single-game slate.

K.J. Osborn - WR - Minnesota (DK: $5,800 / FD: $9,000 / Yahoo: $18)

This recommendation depends on the status of Adam Thielen, who is listed as questionable. If Thielen is out, then Osborn will step into the WR2 role for Minnesota. That’s a coveted spot in a strong matchup against Chicago, who has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers. Justin Jefferson will see plenty of attention from the Bears’ secondary, so Osborn will find plenty of openings if he’s asked to step up with Thielen potentially missing another game.

TOURNAMENT LOOKS

Jimmy Graham - TE - Chicago (DK: $3,800 / FD: $6,000 / Yahoo: $10)

Graham is a true roll of the dice. He only plays about 20% of the snaps for Chicago, but you can’t deny the veteran as a legitimate red-zone presence. Graham has snagged a touchdown in two of his last three games, and he’s looking like one of Fields’ top targets around the goal-line. That especially holds true with WR1 Allen Robinson still on the shelf. Graham is a touchdown-or-bust fantasy proposition, but he still holds some intrigue in tournaments.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Kirk Cousins (QB - MIN) and Justin Jefferson (WR - MIN) are strong plays tonight. You can squeeze Jefferson in alongside Cook on FanDuel and Yahoo, but that’s a tough look on DraftKings … Adam Thielen (WR - MIN) is questionable tonight, and he becomes a tournament play if active. If that’s the case, Osborn would move out of value contention.

Darnell Mooney (WR - CHI) stands in as the most legitimate receiver for Chicago. Of course, you’ll have to pay a premium to get him. That makes it difficult to recommend the Bears’ WR in cash games, as there are so many great high-dollar picks on this slate. Mooney has underachieved in recent weeks, so he’ll probably have lower-than-deserved support despite the strong matchup. I like Mooney as a tournament diversifier for leverage in large-field GPPs.

David Montgomery (RB - CHI) is another potential tournament pick. Most people will lean towards Cook of the two running backs. Game flow isn’t exactly on Montgomery’s side, but it wouldn’t take too much for the Bears to get off to a good start and control this game. Keep him on your tournament radar.

Greg Joseph (K - MIN) and Cairo Santos (K - CHI) are legitimate bargains on FanDuel and DraftKings. Joseph is the better option of the two, as the Vikings have a better chance to move the ball into field goal range. Joseph gains traction as a bargain if Thielen is in, which would effectively reduce Osborn as a bargain.

Tyler Conklin (TE - MIN), Cole Kmet (TE - CHI), and Damiere Byrd (WR - CHI) are all tournament picks who you hope can break out with a big play and/or touchdown. Based on past results, we don’t have a ton of optimism that they can make it happen, but this is football - variance can happen in the blink of an eye. Conklin fell victim to game flow last week, but it’s worth noting that he saw nine targets in the previous game. Keep an eye on him in tournaments.