The NFL regular season is done, but thanks to DraftKings we can all still enjoy fantasy football action into the playoffs! The pool for potential impact sleepers has shrunk drastically with only four games over Wild Card Weekend. Dig into my quartet of value picks below to help your lineup!
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Austin Ekeler, RB, Chargers ($4,400)
The Chargers’ offense gets a rematch with Baltimore from the Week 16, when the Bolts were suffocated by the Ravens’ top-rated D. There’s a recipe to open up that aggressive front seven that came to light when the Chiefs defeated Baltimore on Dec. 9.
Kansas City utilized a dynamic dual back approach where both Spencer Ware and Damien Williams were involved in carrying the ball and receiving it via the pass. The tandem combined for 159 yards from scrimmage, nine receptions and two touchdowns. The idea here being that L.A. should implement that plan with its explosive running backs.
Melvin Gordon ($7,700) suffered an ankle injury last Sunday but is expected to play. Ekeler wasn’t active when these two clubs squared off two weeks ago and is the missing piece to the K.C. strategy. Ekeler is the Chargers’ RB to add to your DK roster and not just because of the cheaper salary or that he’ll get the bulk of the workload if Gordon is limited in-game.
The second-year back been a solid fantasy contributor in 2018 and is averaging 16.2 DKFP over his past four games. Ekeler also has produced double-digit fantasy points against top-half run defenses like the Bills, Titans and Broncos.
Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys ($3,600)
Gallup broke through the rookie wall for Dallas in Week 13 and is developing into a consistent secondary wide receiver option for Dak Prescott ($5,500). Excluding the complete team meltdown in their early-December shutout loss to Indianapolis, Gallup’s per contest average of nearly 11 DKFP since the end of November is promising.
The points are nice, but how involved he is in the overall offense is more important to me. Even including the Colts stinker, Gallup’s target share nearly doubled in the second half of the season. Amari Cooper ($7,500) and Ezekiel Elliott ($9,000) are obviously the focus of the Cowboys’ attack. However, either one eats up a good chunk of your salary cap and won’t help in the contrarian department. The 2018 third-round pick is a positive in both of those categories.
Remember, too, that although Seattle’s pass defense is still tough, it is not the “Legion of Boom” and is middle of the pack when it comes to handling fantasy wideouts. A rising floor and a value buy makes Gallup an intriguing WR3.
Chester Rogers, WR, Colts ($3,300)
Rogers was more than efficient versus Houston in their pair of meetings in 2018. An average of 13.55 DKFP for a total of 13 catches, 121 yards as well as a two-point conversion were the speedster’s results.
Keep in mind T.Y. Hilton ($7,800) is still battling an ankle ailment that’s limited him from practicing for about a month. Hard to say if that will impact Hilton this weekend, but he’s been a monster when facing the Texans’ 24th-ranked pass defense. Good news for those looking to take advantage of Rogers’ discount price is that T.Y.’s success in those Houston matchups did not take away from Rogers’ quality fantasy numbers stated above.
The 24-year-old’s reliability is another asset Andrew Luck can continue to bank on Saturday afternoon. Rogers’ has caught all but three of his 24 targets during the past seven games. Slot the man into your Flex and enjoy the expected differential points.
Mike Davis, RB, Seahawks ($3,700)
While all the love’s been going to the red hot Chris Carson ($6,800), there’s room for Davis to carve out some stats against Dallas at what’s expected to be very low ownership.
While the Cowboys have given up the sixth-fewest rushing yards in the league, they also have allowed the 10th-most passing yards to running backs. This is where the burly 217-pound veteran can make some hay.
He’s caught 14 more balls than Carson over the season and is close to his teammate in offensive snaps. That’s important as Davis being on the field a similar amount of time to Carson at least gives him the opportunity for carries and receptions. Carson also popped for double-digit DKFP totals two out of the past three weeks and overall is a better fantasy performer on the road. He’s worth a roll of the dice at expected minuscule ownership level.
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