National Football League (NFL) Must-Haves are our most highly recommended players for any given slate. Our experts select these picks above the rest and have determined they are most likely to reach or exceed value. These are the foundational players that we advise building your lineups around.
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Alvin Kamara | Saints | RB One of our favorite plays in this potential shootout game in LA is Alvin Kamara. Last year, the Rams home games averaged 65.24 points compared to just 49.56 on the road. This game could be a back and forth shootout, which is just the type of environment Kamara thrives in. Last week we got to see how Sean Payton wants to use Kamara and Latavius Murray together. It seems to be about a 2-1 split in carries in favor of Kamara and Kamara also gets the bulk of the receiving work. Last week, Kamara... Read More
Dalvin Cook | Minnesota Vikings The 3rd year back out of Florida State is projected the highest ownership on the slate, and for good reason, as he will face off against a Falcons defense that allowed the second highest fantasy points to running backs last season. The Falcons also ranked 31st in DVOA against the run in 2018, and have allowed the most receptions to RB’s in back-to-back seasons now. With a run-heavy offensive coordinator, in a game where the Vikings are favored, the script sets up well for the volume and upside of Cook to be an elite cash... Read More
Patrick Mahomes (Must-Have) | Chiefs | Cash: A+ | GPP: A+ If you’ve paid attention to the NFL at all this season, you’ve seen and/or heard about the stellar season Pat Mahomes has put together. The second year QB has led his team to becoming an offensive juggernaut that leads the NFL in both yards and points per game. He leads the NFL in passing touchdowns with a whopping 48 so far, despite attempting just the 6th-most passes on the season. This week, the young gunslinger draws an absolute cupcake matchup with the Oakland Raiders, a team he eviscerated in... Read More
Ezekiel Elliott | Cowboys | Cash: A+ | GPP: A There’s no doubt that Ezekiel Elliott is going to be highly owned in all types of DFS contests this week, so the idea of going contrarian with him involved will be tough but not impossible. What’s really hard to imagine, though, is not starting a player who’s been absolutely locked in in five out of his past six games (32.76 FPPG on DraftKings and 26.76 FPPG on FanDuel) despite how popular of a pick he’ll be and who has a matchup in Week 16 that’s simply too hard to pass... Read More
Joe Mixon (Must-Have) | Bengals | Cash: A+ | GPP: A In the past three weeks, Joe Mixon (who just ran for 111 yards in Week 14 and is averaging 4.8 yards per carry on the year) has averaged a solid 94 rushing yards per game and had a combined total of 106 receiving yards in those contests (with a TD against the Chargers last week). Mixon isn’t a player that gets a lot of recognition considering the team he plays for, but results are results. He seemingly has standout performances almost every other week for a squad that really... Read More