The Saints have already clinched a playoff berth, and if they win against the Vikings, they’ll officially have NFC South and at least one game advantage on the field. However, the Vikings are fighting to stay mathematically alive in the playoff race, even if that is unlikely, so they will be looking to play the spoiler on Christmas Day. NFL DFS players will have no shortage of playmakers to trust, and our unique FanDuel line of play hopes for a balanced play scenario from both teams.
Michael Thomas (ankle) is out for the remainder of the regular season and Tre’Quan Smith is struggling with an ankle injury that forced him out of last week’s game. Due to the injuries the Saints face at WR, Drew Brees could end up targeting a variety of random passer. Instead of trying to guess who these players might be, we’re going to catch Brees and his two best weapons while countering with a few passing Vikings to create a well-balanced lineup with an advantage.
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MVP (1.5x points): Alvin Kamara, Saints ($ 15,000)
Kamara has slowed down as a receiver in recent weeks after starting the season on fire, but he should have a chance of catching a lot more passes in the future. With so few healthy WRs on the roster, Drew Brees will frequently watch Kamara and trust her to generate yardage on the pitch as well. It’s also worth noting that Kamara was targeted 8.6 times per game at the start of Brees, against just four targets per game with Taysom Hill at the helm, which should help Kamara pay off as an MVP against a coming side. to be slashed by David. Montgomery.
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FLEX: Drew Brees, Saints ($ 14,500)
Brees’ first game after injury wasn’t pretty as he only completed 44% of his passes, but it should be noted that he improved as the game progressed, threw three TD assists and totaled 234 passing yards despite only 15. passing. With only a few weapons receiving Confidence and Kirk Cousins not being an appealing game against a solid defense, we will go with Brees in this spot against a Vikings defense that saw the seventh most touchdowns go to QBs. this year (27).
FLEX: Justin Jefferson, Vikings ($ 12,500)
The Saints have been pretty solid against the WRs this year, but they might struggle to contain Jefferson and Thielen. Jefferson is only a little more expensive than Thielen, and in five of his last six games he has totaled at least 14.4 FanDuel points. Jefferson was one of the NFL’s top receivers as a rookie and recently arrived. In his last six games, he’s averaged 9.8 targets, 6.5 catches and 92.5 yards per game and he’s found the end zone four times. If he manages to come close to those averages even without scoring, he will pay and give this formation a top weapon for the Vikings without spending the most on Cousins or Dalvin Cook.
FLEX: Emmanuel Sanders, Saints ($ 10,500)
Sanders is pretty much the only proven and healthy receiving option on the Saints for this game. He will be the clear No.1 option for Brees, and Sanders can take on a defense that has been very weak against the WRs. The Vikings have allowed position the fourth most FanDuel points, and that includes 21 receiving touchdowns at position, the second-most points in the NFL behind the Cowboys. Sanders only saw five targets last week, but still turned them into four strikes and 76 yards. He could do more with the higher volume he should be getting against the Vikings.
FLEX: Irv Smith Jr., Vikings @ Saints ($ 7,500)
Smith is a nice, cheaper option to complete this lineup and gives us an added edge in catching assists in the Vikings roster. In his last four games, Smith has made three outings four times and has also found the end zone three times. He’s splitting the time with Tyler Conklin with Kyle Rudolph (foot) absent, but as long as Smith plays enough shots – he was on the pitch for 82% of the Vikings’ shots last week – he should have a chance to produce. The Saints can be concerned about Jefferson and Thielen anyway, so Smith could slip through the cracks.