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Paydirt NFL DFS Week 15 Thoughts and Cores

Welcome to the Paydirt NFL DFS main slate breakdown! This article will go over some of the most important aspects of the NFL DFS main slate. It'll typically include things like team totals, popular plays, and important stacks. The content of this is mostly geared towards Draftkings but is plenty applicable to Fanduel as well. Likewise, this article goes over the slate based on the range of outcomes models for NFL found here at Paydirt, so if you are interested in the same data we use, grab a subscription today!

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NFL DFS main slate breakdown:

Team totals and touchdown projections

Overall Slate DFS Thoughts

  • Lots of ownership is concentrated on LAC here as a stack, they project well but likely not deserving of that much ownership.
  • TEN on the other side looks like a considerably better play based on ownership, a narrow target tree, and value.
  • The field is focusing on Travis Kelce for KC and not Isiah Pacheco even though the Chiefs are 14 point favorites and have trusted Pacheco more and more each week.
  • Zach Wilson in a nuts matchup at no ownership is an obvious oversight by the field.
  • Rhamondre Stevenson is about $1500 too cheap for his workload, he's basically Austin Ekeler with a better rushing role.

Overall this slate tends itself well to playing the midrange values. There are some cheaper options at WR that work, but you'll want to avoid Chris Moore as a highly used player on a bad team. There are no real values at RB, so you'll see a lot of double TE lineups in GPPs today. Paying down at QB and WR makes your lineups feel considerably better in terms of floor and ceiling even if you give up some median expectation along the way.

NFL DFS Cash Game Core:

This core of players will help you build a strong foundation in cash games. While it is best to use all these players, it's not a requirement. Generally, you'll want to focus on the QB, RB, and TEs listed.

QB – Justin Herbert
RB – Alvin Kamara
RB – Rhomndre Stevenson
WR – Chris Moore
WR – Keenan Allen
TE – Travis Kelce/Greg Dulcich
DST – Broncos


This core of players will help you build in priorities to your stacks. Likewise, it's worth noting that the wide receivers and tight ends listed are meant to be in addition to your chosen stacks.

QB – Trevor Lawrence, Ryan Tannehill, Zach Wilson
RB – Josh Jacobs, Rhamondre Stevenson, Isiah Pacheco
WR – Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Christian Kirk, Chris Olave
TE – Chig Okonkwu, Travis Kelce, Dalton Schultz
DST – Whoever you want

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