DraftKings Value Plays, Picks, and Sleepers for Wildcard Weekend

By Matthew Gajewski, January 3, 2018
Drew Brees New Orleans Saints

With the regular season in the books, DraftKings will turn to smaller slates to close out the year. Wildcard weekend includes a tightly priced player pool across the four games. In order to pay up for studs like Todd Gurley ($9,700) and Julio Jones ($8,000), people will need to get a little creative with lineup construction. With that said, here are some noteworthy plays for wildcard weekend.

Drew Brees (v Carolina) - $6,400

Priced as the third most expensive quarterback on the slate, Drew Brees finds himself in a bounce back spot after last week’s 12.16-point dud. Brees draws a Carolina defense ranked dead last in passing yards allowed over the past four games. While Brees hasn’t had his normal ceiling in 2017, Carolina’s stoutness against the run creates a natural pass funnel. Brees is a strong option for cash games and GPPs this week.

Michael Thomas (v Carolina) - $7,800

The 6th most targeted receiver during the regular season, Michael Thomas is a premier stacking option with Drew Brees this weekend. Carolina has also allowed the most fantasy points and yards to receivers over the past four weeks. Averaging 9.5 targets per game during that span, Thomas should be locked and loaded into cash and GPP lineups this week.

Kareem Hunt (v Tennessee) - $8,100

With Todd Gurley likely to carry high ownership, Kareem Hunt makes an ideal pivot. Removing Week 17, Hunt averaged 30.7 touches per game in his prior three contests. During that span he also averaged a little over 5 targets per game. Despite playing strong run defense, Tennessee has allowed the second most receiving yards to running backs over their last four games. As an 8-point home favorite, Hunt represents the ideal GPP pivot.

Tevin Coleman (@ Los Angeles) - $4,100

By far the cheapest running back on the slate, Tevin Coleman warrants consideration in all game types. Coleman saw touch counts of 10 and 13 in his last two games and played on 57% of snaps last week. The Rams have allowed the 2nd most points and 4th most yards to running backs this season. With Devonta Freeman battling a knee injury, fire up Coleman in cash and GPP lineups.

Robert Woods (v Atlanta) - $6,600

Playing in the league’s highest scoring offense, Robert Woods led the Rams wide receivers in targets in his last two games. Atlanta doesn’t present an ideal matchup for receivers, but Woods scored 16.1 and 11 points against the stronger back end play of the Vikings and Jaguars earlier this season. Woods offers a solid floor for cash games and a tantalizing ceiling in GPPs.

Dede Westbrook (v Green Bay) – $4,400

On a slate where value is hard to come by, Dede Westbrook offers ideal GPP punt material. Westbrook has played at least 97% of snaps each of the last two weeks and averaged 8 targets per game in that span. Against an above average Bills’ pass defense, Westbrook could fly under the radar this week. Westbrook makes a solid salary-saving option in GPPs.

Delanie Walker (@ Kansas City) - $4,700

Averaging 6.9 targets per game, Delanie Walker finished 4th in tight end targets this year. The Chiefs have been flamed by Zach Ertz and Jared Cook twice for 14.7, 18.5, and 13.7 points respectively earlier this season. Walker leads the Titans in targets and should be considered in cash as the third highest priced tight end on the slate.


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