Fantasy Football Sleepers: Under-the-Radar NFL Picks for Championship Round

Then there were four! Yes, just two games remain before we know who will compete for the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl LIII. For fantasy football purposes setting lineups and finding value plays because of the limited talent pool to choose from becomes increasingly difficult.

Obviously we can cross off sleepers at quarterback since all the starters are well known, and at tight end the only consistent option is Travis Kelce ($7,100). Could Rob Gronkowski ($4,100) suddenly explode for a big game? Maybe, but I wouldn’t bet on it, and all the other TEs are seldom used dart throws. However, I believe the two under-the-radar picks listed below provide both a friendly salary cap price and a good fantasy-point ceiling.

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Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Saints ($4,300)

All the attention on the Saints offense is directed at the incredible numbers Michael Thomas ($8,200) posted against the Eagles this past weekend. Thomas’ production is typically worth his high DraftKings salary, but what if you wanted to try a different New Orleans receiver that wouldn’t eat up such a big chunk of cap space? Enter – Ted Ginn Jr.

This Cleveland, Ohio, native has been out of the public fantasy eye for most of 2018 due to an 11-game absence with a knee injury. He returned in Week 16 and immediately reclaimed a considerable target share when Drew Brees ($5,900) threw his way eight times during that matchup and another seven facing Philadelphia.

The chemistry is still redeveloping as the veteran receiver hauled in just over half of the passes, however, what’s encouraging is that he is as fast as ever. Better news for owners is Ginn’s breakaway speed can be exploited to its fullest on the turf in New Orleans. Plus, the Rams disappointing secondary allowed the sixth most DKFP to wideouts.

So while L.A. focuses on containing Thomas and Alvin Kamara ($6,500), Ginn’s potential to rack up an impressive stat line is very real. Get the man into your roster.


Phillip Dorsett, WR, Patriots ($3,900)

We all know how frustrating the Patriots’ ball distribution can be to fantasy players. Coach Bill Belichick can seemingly wave a wand and have almost anyone surprise with an impressive showing. While that’s true, the last two games have displayed a growing confidence in Tom Brady ($5,800) trusting the ball in Dorsett’s hands.

The 5’10” speedster has been tossed the rock five times in each of those contests, caught 9-of-10, a touchdown in both and averaged 15.0 DKFP. Going back to Dec. 23rd and 30th he’s also rushed the ball a total of four times in double digit yard chunk plays. Every touch counts in DraftKings so that’s a nice little bonus.

The weather should be nasty and cold in Kansas City on Sunday, but this could make the Miami Hurricanes alum even more valuable. Dorsett’s versatility to line up in the slot or outside gives Brady the ability to find him on his favorite short to intermediate routes, which will be vital to complete in poor conditions. The more I think about it, the more I feel that Dorsett’s $3,900 salary is one of the best values on the DraftKings slate.


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