DraftKings Sleeper Buys
Playoff time always presents a unique challenge for daily fantasy football addicts. Crafting a lineup is hard enough during the regular season, now you’re strapped creating a roster using just four games in the divisional round without every match-up even providing viable fantasy opportunities. The problem is that there are always so many question marks. For example, is New England’s backfield worth the risk? Which Peyton Manning will show up – the one who is consistently among the favourites for MVP in the 32Red NFL odds, or the one who looks off-colour? Can the Cowboys keep building their regular season streak of road wins? Here’s a look at a handful of valuable DraftKings salaries that could not only help with roster flexibility, but also (hopefully) provide contrast among other lineups.
Cole Beasley ($3,900) @ GB
Beasley enters this game on a three-game double-digit scoring streak and averaging better than 6.5 targets over the same span. Mike Rigz’s talked about him on Gridiron Experts latest podcast with Jody Smith. He’s been one of Tony Romo’s favorite targets in recent weeks and the Cowboys will need their passing game if they want to hang with Aaron Rodgers and this potent Packers offense at Lambeau. Although Terrance Williams ($4,100) is a better bet to score, Beasley is your friend in DK’s PPR format.
Owen Daniels ($3,600) @ NE
There’s been more misses than hits with old man Owen Daniels this season, but he appears to be a solid option this week against a New England defense allowing more than 14 fantasy ppg to opposing tight ends. Joe Flacco and the Ravens may get a pass inference call or two in this game, but there’s no reason to doubt Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner keeping up with Steve Smith Sr. and Torrey Smith on the outside this weekend. You’re then left with short options such as Daniels underneath to eat up a handful of catches and pose a threat in the red zone.
Dwayne Allen ($3,500) @ DEN
Building around Rob Gronkowski ($7,100) should be a popular option this weekend, but if you like spending drastically less at the tight end position in order to create a better backfield or balance out your wide receiving corps, a guy like Dwayne Allen (listed as one of the cheapest starters at any position) might not be a bad way to go.
Last week, Allen played a season-high 85 percent of the Colts’ snaps. The opportunity as a starting piece in Indy’s dynamic passing attack is natural. In addition to that, this game has all the makings of a shootout with these teams combining for more than 80 passing touchdowns and 940 points this season. Lastly, the Broncos have been all but dominant against tight ends this season, allowing 15+ points per game to the position (good for fifth-worst in the league).
Daniel Herron ($5,300) @ DEN
C.J. Anderson ($7,600) takes the cake as my top option this week, but overall the running position isn’t all that appealing. DeMarco Murray ($8,400) and Marshawn Lynch ($8,000) lead the pack, but neither seems worth the risk of at least 16 percent of your cap. Then you have Anderson, followed by Eddy Lacy ($7,200) and then a small drop to to Justin Forsett ($5,400) against a New England defense allowing barely 100 rushing yards per game. After those guys, the list quickly fades. Of all the top options, Anderson feels the most reassuring.
But as you scroll in search of value, it’d be hard to pass on Boom Herron, despite Denver’s impressive rush defense.
Last week we saw Herron crank out nearly 30 fantasy points despite less than 60 yards rushing. That’s because he’s capable of being such a huge factor in the Colts’ passing game (10 catches, 85 yards last week). Assuming the shootout between the grandfather Peyton Manning and the grasshopper Andrew Luck, Herron’s $5,300 may be the best bargain in the running back bin this weekend.
Paul Richardson ($3,200) v. CAR
If you’re into riding the wave, Paul Richardson is averaging better than six targets and 11 fantasy points over his last three games, making his $3,200 salary a potential steal against the Panthers this weekend.
This play may not feel quite as strong with Jermaine Kearse set to return, but Richardson may be a tough talent for the Seahawks to ignore in their passing game against a Carolina defense allowing 37 fantasy points and a touchdown per game to opposing wideouts.
Shae hails from Maryland, graduated from Towson University, serves as a Redskins correspondent at Bleacher Report, leads his own circus at Bet Big DC, yells at the television from the couch, is a devout food enthusiast, takes pride in fantasy sports bargain shopping, is a sucker for the arts and is brimming with useless pop culture knowledge. When he’s not drudging away behind his outdated laptop, Shae enjoys eating, traveling and rooting for teams that usually don’t win.