When it comes to DFS, everyone looks for those slate-breaking players (and if you are not, then you should be!), players who can win you the big bucks if they have a day and lower ownership, even better! This especially matters in tournaments, where you are looking to differentiate from your competition and sometimes even yourself and your other lineups, as opposed to cash games, where you would be after more ‘safer’ lineups to secure a more likely pot of cash.
These articles will highlight those players who I feel can break the week’s slate and players you should be, at the very least, considering, going for position-by-position.
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Studs (3x plus return): 18
Average Joes (2.1 – 2.9x return): 20
Scrubs (2x or lower return): 16
Arizona heads into Week 18 in a must-win scenario to keep their hopes of securing the NFC West title alive. This week sees the QB position focus all-in on high floor rushing quarterbacks, and Kyler Murray ($7,400) sits right atop of that list. This is on top of quite a few of Kyler’s weapons in Kirk and Green, just short of milestones and incentives in their contracts, respectively. This week, Murray’s opponents, Seattle, are not exactly this watertight unit against the QB either, ranking a bottom 12 unit to defend the position from a fantasy perspective. These are the type of situations we need to be targetting in a tricky week, and Russ Wilson should keep this game competitive enough to which Murray will need to play all four quarters.
I am more on board with the Trey Lance ($5,500) play this week than last. The road to Lance starting this week is a bit cloudier than against Houston, with Garappolo getting that bit healthier and Shady Shanahan playing his tricks again. If Lance is getting the practice snaps, he is starting, end of the story. Then there is the matchup in Los Angeles, a renowned stout defense against all positions, including QB, and need to win as much as San Fransisco does. It is another tough matchup for Lance, I won’t lie. However, all this uncertainty means fewer people will opt for the rookie in this must-win environment, and with Lance’s upside, we could have the perfect spot to target here.