Many NFL fans view this weekend as the best NFL weekend of the playoffs. We still have four games, like last week, but the top two teams from each conference are back from their bye weeks, which should set up four good games. If last weekend’s drama is any indication, we should be in store for plenty of great playoff football in the divisional round.
Because we still have eight teams in action, it’s also another great opportunity to get in another weekend of fantasy football. As you build your DraftKings team, you’ll need to take a close look at each matchup and stock your roster with the perfect blend of studs and values. Check out my top value picks below to help you pinpoint some of the less-expensive plays that still should be primed to produce.
QUARTERBACK($6,000 and under)
Dak Prescott, DAL at LAR, $5,200 – Prescott is the cheapest of the eight expected starters this week, despite leading all QBs last weekend with 20.94 DKFP. He is on the road as an underdog this week but actually gets a pretty solid matchup against the Rams. Los Angeles has had an inconsistent pass defense this season, and Prescott comes in with good momentum. He finished the regular season with 36.48 DKFP against the Giants and had another strong performance last week with 20.94 DKFP against the Seahawks. He completed 66.7 percent of his passes in that contest, going 22-of-33 for 226 yards and a touchdown while also adding 29 yards and a rushing touchdown on six carries. Prescott led a pair of pivotal scoring drives in the fourth quarter in the wild-card win and now will try to lead Dallas to a road win to get it into the NFC Championship game. If the Rams’ vaunted offense gets them out to an early lead, Prescott could end up in a high-volume game script, which sets him up to deliver solid value at such an affordable salary.
RUNNING BACK($5,000 and under)
James White, NE vs. LAC, $4,900 – White is a proven playoff contributor for the Patriots and should be very involved in New England’s offense as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. He finished the season strong with four catches for 39 yards and a touchdown on his way to 16.9 DKFP against the Jets and averaged 20.3 DKFP in the Pats’ eight home games. Despite sharing time with Sony Michel ($4,700) and Rex Burkhead ($3,600), White should get enough targets and catches to be a solid play against the Chargers, who allowed the second-most receiving yards this season to RBs, giving up more than 1,000 yards and four touchdowns to RBs as receivers.
Darren Sproles, PHI at NO, $4,400 – Sproles was injured the first time the Eagles visited his former team in the Big Easy, but the 35-year-old has stepped into a significant role since returning in Week 13. Last week, Sproles led the team with 13 carries and added a pair of catches, finishing with just 31 yards and 5.5 DKFP despite his 15 touches. He was in a brutal matchup with the Bears’ defense in that contest, but things don’t get a whole lot easier since the Saints have been good against the run this year as well. Still, the playmaker has upside in the familiar environs of the Superdome and could turn back the clock for a big play or two. He’s boom-or-bust but getting enough work to be a value consideration.
WIDE RECEIVER($5,000 and under)
Dontrelle Inman, IND at KC, $4,800 – Inman found the end zone for his third straight game in the Colts’ 21-7 win over the Texans last week. He caught all four passes his way and had 53 yards and a touchdown for 15.3 DKFP. The Colts will need to score plenty of points this week to keep up with the Chiefs, who rightly will focus their coverage on T.Y. Hilton ($6,700). That should create room for Inman, who has emerged as Indianapolis’s second wide receiver after signing with the team midseason.
Josh Reynolds, LAR vs. DAL, $4,500 – Since Week 10’s season-ending injury to Cooper Kupp (knee), Reynolds has been the Rams’ third receiver and gotten plenty of targets from Jared Goff ($5,500), averaging 6.8 targets per contest since Week 11. He caught a pair of touchdowns from Goff in the season finale against the 49ers and posted his second game with at least 20 DKFP. Reynolds is a solid red zone option and has a high upside even though he’s lesser known than Robert Woods ($5,900) and Brandin Cooks ($5,600).
Michael Gallup, DAL at LAR, $4,000 – Gallup caught Prescotts’ touchdown in the Cowboys’ win last week but only managed 18 yards on two catches for 9.8 DKFP. He was targeted six times, though, and continues to get plenty of attention from Prescott. With the Rams focused on Amari Cooper ($6,500), Gallup’s production will be vital if the Cowboys hope to pull off an upset.
TIGHT END($4,000 and under)
Antonio Gates, LAC at NE, $3,200 – Even with Hunter Henry ($2,800) expected to be active, don’t be surprised if Philip Rivers ($5,700) continues to rely on his “old reliable” TE in Gates. Gates was Rivers’ go-to option on critical downs last week against the Ravens and caught all four targets for 35 yards. Henry likely will be extremely limited, and Gates has such a good rapport with Rivers that the veteran should be involved enough to be a safe value play against the Patriots.
Gerald Everett, LAR vs. DAL, $2,700 – Everett finished the season with a goose egg against the 49ers, failing to haul in his only target. He’s still worth a look this week against the Cowboys, though, since he had at least six targets in his previous three contests. He totaled 14 catches for 103 yards in those three games and has moved past Tyler Higbee ($2,600) as the more involved receiving TE. He’s a high-risk play but has upside since he usually is involved and the Cowboys have been vulnerable to TEs this season.
DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS($2,800 and under)
NE vs. LAC, $2,600 – The Patriots’ defense averaged an impressive 9.0 DKFP in New England’s 8-0 regular season at home. The unit had eight takeaways and a defensive touchdown in its final three games of the season while holding opponents under 20 points in each of those contests. Although the Chargers’ defense was impressive last week against the Ravens, their offense couldn’t get on track. The Patriots’ defense isn’t as good as the Ravens’, but it still is set up to be a solid play at home against the Chargers this week.
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