The Atlanta Falcons offense went off Monday night against the Green Bay Packers, scoring their second-highest point total of the season. They have another chance for a high-scoring output in Week 15 as they take on a Pittsburgh Steelers defense that gives up 24.5 points per game.
Julio Jones is reportedly out for today's matchup, so that puts a damper on things. Let's see how you should view the Falcons offense from a fantasy perspective.
Matt Ryan: With Jones out of the picture, Ryan's stock takes a hit. However, he's coming off a four-touchdown night against the Packers and he's facing a Steelers defense that allows the ninth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Recommendation: The Steelers have allowed two or more passing touchdowns every game to teams not named Cleveland or Jacksonville. At $7,900 on FanDuel, he's cheaper than Joe Flacco, Andy Dalton and Ryan Tannehill.
Steven Jackson: Pittsburgh has only allowed one rushing touchdown to a running back in the past five games. Jackson has scored a touchdown in four of his last six starts. He also broke 100 yards two weeks ago against the Cardinals.
Recommendation: I'd still start Jackson as a borderline RB2/flex. It depends on what other options you have, but he's seeing 15+ carries a game and should be relied on again. I'm not a fan of the $6,600 price tag on FanDuel. Dan Herron and Isaiah Crowell are cheaper options.
Roddy White: He's admitted he isn't 100 percent, but he's a more enticing option with Julio ailing. The over/under on this game is 55. Vegas is expecting a shootout. White will see plenty of targets today.
Recommendation: Start White as your WR2/3. He's worth starting for 50/50 entries in DFS. His price is more attractive on DraftKings for Week 15 ($5,800). White might not lead in yardage, but he sees good volume and red zone targets.
Harry Douglas: Here's a sneaky play for DFS lineups. Douglas benefits the most if Jones does not play. Two weeks ago he posted nine receptions for 116 yards with White out of the lineup. Assuming this is a shootout, Douglas could see 10-plus targets.
Recommendation: Start Douglas in PPR leagues. He's a great play on DraftKings (they're PPR) for just $4,200. I'm sure his usage will be higher with the recent news of Jones, but he's hard to pass up. At $5,800 on FanDuel he's also one of the cheapest value plays.