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Daily fantasy is about the hardest game of skill we can think of. It involves many factors that can be really hard to calculate. You've got to consider matchups, salary, ownership, weather, and stacks, among many other things to assemble that perfect lineup.
We here at the Beatdown are trying our best to demystify the art of making the perfect lineup. This here is our stab at Week 15's perfect lineup. You can find last week's picks here, to see how we stacked up. Had you used our lineup last week, your team would've scored around 15o points. That was good enough to quadruple our entry fee.
"I don't do drugs. I am drugs." - Salvador Dali
This lineup isn't for the faint of heart. It's got boom-or-bust written all over it. We strongly advise you to stick this in a quarter league or two and forget about it.
Marcus Mariota, QB (TEN) - $7,300
Mariota gets a huge amount of volume in Tennessee's offense. There's only been two games where Mariota hasn't tossed the ball at least thirty times. Combine this with the fact that New England might just blow them out, and you've got the recipe for some big stats.
Tim Hightower, RB (NO) - $6,300
Hightower is getting bell cow carries at the price of a backup. Against a stout Tampa Bay line, he received 28 carries and turned those into eighty-five yards and a touchdown. Like last week with David Johnson, you just have to seek out value at this position.
Eddie Lacy, RB (GB) - $6,900
When Lacy gets the ball enough times, he does good. Just look at his stats. The problem has been predicting if he gets the ball at all. Based on last week's usage, we think he might just be the guy once again. If he is, 20 or so carries against an average Raider defense will do wonders for him..
Jeremy Maclin, WR (KC) - $6,700
The Ravens' secondary is trash. They were absolutely scorched in the slot last week by Doug Baldwin, and Jeremy Maclin of the Chiefs fits the exact same mold. Week 15 presents the deadly combo of a hot streak and a mismatch. Maclin has three touchdowns over his last three games, and it doesn't look like Baltimore's secondary is going to stop him.
Sammy Watkins, WR (BUF) - $7,200
Marred by inconsistency and injuries early on in the year, the now healthy Watkins has finally blossomed into the receiver we all thought he could be. Watkins is burning any and every secondary, and has quarterback Tyrod Taylor feeding him the ball constantly.
Doug Baldwin, WR (SEA) - $7,400
It is really hard to keep a guy with eight touchdowns over the past three games on your bench. Baldwin is on fire, and so is his quarterback. With the Browns being Seattle's Week 15 opponent, odds are on Baldwin to lead the Seattle passing attack once again.
Rob Gronkowski, TE (NE) - $8,500
With or without Julian Edelman, Gronkowski is still the focal point for the Patriots' passing attack. At full strength once again, Gronkowski should be the top target for Brady against a vulnerable Titans' defense. If there's a week to shell out for a premier tight end, this is the one.
Justin Tucker, K (BAL) - $4,500
At minimum pricing, we are just trying to save some money here. While the Ravens' offense might be horrible, we do believe they can at the very least move it down the field. With Tucker's range and the team inclined to let him kick long field goals, he certainly has a high ceiling.
Kansas City Chiefs - $5,200
They did us great last week against an incompetent offense, and should do even better this week. The Ravens' offense is in shambles, and the Chiefs defense has been in great form of late.
Best of luck this week! We hope you'll join us on FanDuel soon!