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Best value lineup strategy for Browns vs. Giants SNF Showdown

We go over some of the top DFS value plays for Sunday’s Week 15 matchup between the Browns and Giants.

Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (27) and wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones (11) celebrate after Peoples-Jones caught a two-point conversion during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium. Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

To wrap-up the Sunday slate of Week 15 games, we have an interesting primetime matchup between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants. Unlike last week’s MNF showdown where you could find tremendous value on both teams, this week’s SNF features great DFS plays only for Browns. If New York had Daniel Jones under center, you could have squeezed him into your lineup at the FLEX spot, but the team is leaning toward holding him out, per Jeremy Fowler.

But without him, backup quarterback Colt McCoy is not a desirable option. That being said, we should expect many fantasy managers to stack their lineups with Baker Mayfield, Kareem Hunt, Jarvis Landry and Nick Chubb.

Outside of the big names, who are some lower-tier value flex plays on both teams that could help you win the SNF DraftKings Showdown? Let’s discuss some options below.

Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Browns, $4,600

The sixth-round pick out of the University of Michigan has emerged as a big-play, vertical threat in the Browns’ offense over the last couple of weeks. Last week against the Ravens, Peoples-Jones scored 12.4 DraftKing points on three receptions (five targets) for 74 yards. The previous week against the Tennessee Titans, Peoples-Jones produced a season’s-best 17.2 DraftKing points. The Titans’ secondary had no answer for the rookie, who had two receptions (three targets) for 92 yards and a touchdown.

This week, DPJ will be facing a Giants’ secondary that is missing their best cornerback in James Bradberry, who would’ve been shadowing Landry. New York is giving up 262 yards per game, but ranks 11th against wide receivers (OPRK).

David Njoku, TE, Browns, $3,400

If Browns starting tight end Austin Hooper cannot play on Sunday night, that means David Njoku vaults back into the TE1 spot. Last week, Njoku started for Hooper and recorded three receptions (four targets) for 45 yards. He scored 7.5 fantasy points, which was his third-best performance since Week 7 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Njoku’s matchup this week isn't favorable as the Giants’ defense has only allowed three touchdowns and 6.5 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends.

Darius Slayton, WR, Giants, $6,200

The Giants will try to run the football a lot with running back Wayne Gallman on Sunday to limit the amount of times quarterback Colt McCoy has to drop back. But when he does decide to throw it, McCoy should be trying to take advantage of Darius Slayton’s speed versus the Browns’ secondary.

Last week against the Arizona Cardinals, Slayton had three receptions (eight targets) for 31 yards. It was “best” performance in the last three games after being held to one reception (three receptions) for 14 yards. Slayton will try to break out of his slump against a less than stellar secondary that is capable of giving up a big play.

Wayne Gallman, RB, Giants, $8,800

Depending on who you put in your captain spot, you might be able to put Giants running back Wayne Gallman at the FLEX. Just like in last week’s MNF showdown with J.K. Dobbins, Gallman is a must-start option in your fantasy lineup. He will more than likely get a ton of carries against a Browns defense that is giving up 114.1 rushing yards per game. They are also ranked 22nd against RBs (OPRK).

This season, Gallman has been a stellar find in standard fantasy and DFS. He’s averaging 11.2 fantasy points per game and has produced three-straight double-digit performances.