Week 16 DraftKings, FanDuel Daily Fantasy Football Picks, Lineup Tips for Saturday
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NFL Week 16 will likely be the toughest week to predict from a daily fantasy football perspective.
The 10-game Saturday afternoon includes plenty of potential obstacles from inclement weather in some parts of the country to quarterback injuries affecting some teams.
The best strategy for Saturday is to go with some factors that you can definitely trust.
The first of them is Derrick Henry who plays for the Houston Texans. The Tennessee Titans running back loves playing against their AFC South rival.
The next best strategy is to focus on the one home game on the early slate between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings.
Minnesota leads the NFL in total yards allowed and the Giants are seventh in that category.
These two building blocks should help you form a foundation for DFS lists on DraftKings and FanDuel.
A risk or two will have to be taken with games in the bitter cold, but you’d rather do that than build lineups entirely from games played in Cleveland, Baltimore, and Chicago.
Roster Derrick Henry vs. Houston
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Derrick Henry against the Houston Texans is one of the greatest fantasy football setups we’ve ever seen.
Henry has four straight 200-yard, multi-touchdown games against the Texans.
He’s basically a cap space DFS slot in this matchup and more so on Saturday with Ryan Tannehill not injured.
The Titans offense was limited when Malik Willis played earlier in the season. They will look to wear down the Texans defense with their star running back.
Henry averaged 30 carries per game in his last four games with the Texans. He had 219 yards and two scores in their first meeting this season in Week 8.
Henry will likely be the highest ranked player in DFS contests, but you can deal with that because he will likely have a big point total.
He is a good starting point for the DFS rosters. You can build out the lineup from that point with other players who will have smaller roster percentages.
Stack Giants-Vikings Game
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The one box the Giants-Vikings game can check that other 13-game games can’t is that it will be played indoors.
The controlled temperature inside US Bank Stadium will help both offenses play better than those stuck in the bitter cold across the Midwest and East Coast.
New York needs a win and some help to secure a playoff spot, while Minnesota is fighting to keep the No. 2 seed in the NFC.
The Giants should be able to take advantage of the worst defense, in terms of opposing yards, in the NFL with Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley.
Jones and Barkley could be paired with Darius Slayton for a Giants stack in DFS lineups. Slayton leads the Giants with 631 receiving yards. However, he only has two touchdown catches.
Isaiah Hodgins might be the top-performing sleeper pick in DFS sweepstakes in Week 16. He had a touchdown in two of the last three games and caught 13 passes over the last three weeks.
Minnesota’s options are clear at the top with Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson and Dalvin Cook.
KJ Osborn will be a popular pick after he caught 10 balls for 157 yards and a score last week.
Don’t be surprised if Adam Thielen makes a bigger impact in Saturday’s game after he had just three catches in the come-from-behind win against the Indianapolis Colts.
A Giants-Vikings stack led by both teams should yield a good amount of DFS points. A full stack is also a possibility if you don’t trust most of the other matchups across the Week 16 board.
Beware of bad weather and bad backups
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Week 16 is a minefield full of bad weather play and backup quarterback performances.
Below freezing temperatures are expected across most of the country on Saturday. It makes a game like New Orleans-Cleveland almost untouchable because of the elements of the game.
Buffalo-Chicago, Houston-Tennessee, Cincinnati-New England, Seattle-Kansas City, Atlanta-Baltimore and Detroit-Carolina will all be affected in some way by the bitter cold.
The Atlanta-Baltimore game is an away game due to weather and the Desmond Ridder-Tyler Huntley quarterback battle.
You can make a case for Buffalo-Chicago to produce some DFS stars because Josh Allen and Justin Fields are both used to the cold and can make big plays with their legs.
Houston-Tennessee will be a run-heavy game where Henry is the best, and perhaps only, DFS option.
The other games could see a drop in production due to the weather at kickoff. Some of those temperatures could be worse than expected by kickoff.
The cold weather may lead you to gather several players from the fair-weather Washington-San Francisco game and the indoor Philadelphia-Dallas clash.
The Eagles have a backup quarterback starting in Gardner Minshew, but he can be more reliable than other backups because of the weapons around him, the indoor conditions and his previous experience as a starter.
A few more factors will come into play to determine lineups for Week 16, but if you can find an advantage in the inclement weather, it could lead to plenty of success on Saturday.