Week 16 DraftKings, FanDuel Daily Fantasy Football Picks, Lineup Tips for Saturday
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NFL Week 16 will probably go down in history as the most difficult week from a daily fantasy football perspective.
Saturday afternoon’s 10-game table offers a slew of potential obstacles, from inclement weather in certain parts of the country to quarterback injuries affecting some teams.
The best strategy for Saturday is to rely on a few factors that you can definitely count on.
The first of these is Derrick Henry, who plays the Houston Texans. The Tennessee Titans running back loves playing against rival AFC South.
The next best strategy is to target the one indoor game on the early board between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings.
Minnesota leads the NFL in total yards and the Giants are seventh in that category.
These two building blocks should help you lay a foundation for DFS rosters at DraftKings and FanDuel.
A risk or two must be taken in games played in the bitter cold, but you’d rather do that than build lineups entirely from games played in Cleveland, Baltimore and Chicago.
Squad Derrick Henry vs. Houston
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Derrick Henry against the Houston Texans is one of the greatest fantasy football layups we’ve seen.
Henry has four straight 200-yard multi-touchdown games against the Texans.
He’s essentially a DFS clearance square in this matchup, and even more so on Saturday when Ryan Tannehill is out injured.
The Titans’ offense was limited with Malik Willis playing early in the season. They’ll try to wear down the Texans’ defenses with their receding star.
Henry averaged 30 carries per game in his last four encounters with the Texans. He had 219 yards and two points in their first meeting of the season in Week 8.
Henry will probably be the player with the most lists in DFS competitions, but you can handle it because he’s likely to score big.
He is a good starting point for DFS squads. You can build the lineup from this point on with other players who have smaller roster percentages.
Stack Giants Vikings game
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The only box the Giants-Vikings game can tick that other 1 p.m. games can’t is that it’s played indoors.
The controlled temperature at US Bank Stadium will help both offenses play better than those stuck in the bitter Midwest and East Coast colds.
New York needs a win and some help to secure a playoff berth while Minnesota struggles to retain the No. 2 spot in the NFC.
The Giants should be able to capitalize on the worst defense in terms of yardage in the NFL with Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley.
Jones and Barkley can be paired with Darius Slayton for a Giants team stack in DFS lineups. Slayton leads the Giants with 631 yards. However, he only has two touchdown catches.
Isaiah Hodgins could be the top-performing sleeper pick in DFS competitions in Week 16. He’s had touchdowns in two of his last three games and has caught 13 passes in the past three weeks.
Minnesota’s options are clearly at the top with Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson and Dalvin Cook.
KJ Osborn will be a popular pick after catching 10 balls for 157 yards and a goal last week.
Don’t be surprised if Adam Thielen has a bigger impact on Saturday’s game after just three catches in the come-from-behind win over the Indianapolis Colts.
A Giants-Vikings stack led by either team should yield a good amount of DFS points. A full game stack is also a possibility if you don’t trust most of the other matchups on the week 16 board.
Beware of bad weather and bad backups
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Week 16 is a minefield of foul-weather games and backup quarterback appearances.
Freezing temperatures are expected across much of the country on Saturday. That makes a game like New Orleans-Cleveland almost untouchable due to the elements in 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 a stay-away game due to the weather and the quarterback fight between Desmond Ridder and Tyler Huntley.
You can help Buffalo-Chicago produce some DFS stars as 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 with Henry being the best, and perhaps only, DFS option.
For the other games, there could be production losses due to the weather at kick-off. Some of those temperatures could be worse than forecast when kick-off comes.
The cold weather could mean that if the weather is good, you will field several players from the Washington-San Francisco game and the Philadelphia-Dallas duel in the hall.
The Eagles have a backup quarterback starting in Gardner Minshew, but he could be more trustworthy than other backups given the guns around him, the indoor conditions and his past experience as a starter.
A few other factors will go into deciding the line-ups for Week 16, but finding an advantage in bad weather can lead to a lot of success on Saturday.