Here we go with the Single Game NFL DFS slate for Thursday Night Football of Week 15. Today’s matchup is between the Chargers and Raiders with Las Vegas checking in as a 3.5 point home favorite. The over/under currently rests at 52.5 total points. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 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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Derek Carr - QB - Las Vegas (DK: $10,000 / FD: $15,000)
Both QBs are certainly in play tonight, and rostering both makes for an inviting cash game strategy. Derek Carr has looked good in recent games (if we ignore the 1.6 FP mishap in Atlanta), posting 23+ FP in three of his last four. The Chargers’ defense has been flailing at times this season while allowing the 10th most fantasy points to QBs. In other words, this is a decent spot for Carr to remain productive at home, and he’s a firm MVP/CPT option - especially with a bevy of value on this slate.
Justin Herbert - QB - LA Chargers (DK: $11,800 / FD: $16,000)
It’s usually difficult to squeeze both QBs into a competitive lineup, but there are enough bargains (more on that later) to make that happen tonight. Some people think that Herbert is hitting a rookie wall, as his fantasy production has dropped off in recent weeks. However, he’s still hitting around 17 FP in two of his last three, and that’s considered the lower part of his range. Herbert will continue to see plenty of volume to pad his fantasy numbers, and that should be the case in a high-scoring game tonight. The last time these two teams met, the rookie posted 326-2 en route to 23 fantasy points. That’s a realistic projection in this rematch.
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Tyron Johnson - WR - LA Chargers (DK: $5,000 / FD: $6,500)
Mike Williams is unlikely to play tonight, and Keenan Allen is highly questionable as well. Even if Allen plays, reports suggest that he would be limited. That opens up the Chargers’ receiving corps to guys like Tyron Johnson, Jalen Guyton, and K.J. Hill. Johnson would be the leader of the pack in that scenario, making for a fine DFS bargain on both sites. The former Oklahoma State Cowboy came through with a nice 6-55-1 line on seven targets last game, so we know he’s capable. Keep an eye on the injury news, and don’t be afraid to roster Johnson if his role gets elevated.
K.J. Hill - WR - LA Chargers (DK: $200 / FD: $5,000)
This is more of a DraftKings play, as Hill is only $200 over there. As mentioned in the previous write-up, the Chargers will be looking for receivers to step up if Williams and Allen are out/limited. Hill would find himself in that mix, profiling as an interesting bargain filler if things fall his way. You could essentially roster whoever you wanted in the other spots, just hoping Hill can come through with a few nice plays to pay off his incredibly low salary on DK.
Darren Waller (TE - LV) and Nelson Agholor (WR - LV) are firmly in cash game consideration. Waller is the preferred choice with a massive target share, although Agholor will see a boost due to the absence of fellow WR Henry Ruggs … I’m definitely taking a strong look at the Carr-Waller combination in cash games.
Austin Ekeler (RB - LAC) and Hunter Henry (TE - LAC) should be busy tonight, especially if Williams/Allen are out. Ekeler was primed for a good matchup regardless, as the Raiders have allowed the third-most fantasy points to RBs (8th most receiving yds) this year. Henry would particularly benefit from more looks underneath if Allen is out/limited.
Josh Jacobs (RB - LV) has been quiet (in the box score, not on social media) while battling an ankle injury. He’s one week healthier, and game flow should be in his favor with Las Vegas checking in with a 3.5 point spread. Still, it’s difficult to trust him for the salary given that he’s probably still less than 100%. I’m considering him more of a tournament play or fringe cash filler.
Hunter Renfrow (WR - LV) and Jalen Guyton (WR - LAC) are a few more names to keep in mind for tournaments. They are the third-or-fourth receiving options on their teams, but either could benefit from more snaps due to injury concerns.