Patrick Mahomes v JAX ($8,000)
Mahomes is always a consideration on a slate. He has the ability to smash through the air, with 10 games with over 300 yards through the air and multiple TDs. With the weakness of the Jaguars secondary, Mahomes should be able to have another big game here. If you find the (non-Kelce) player that has a big game alongside, then you are putting yourself in position for success on the slate.
Jalen Hurts v NYG ($7,600)
Hurts has had a great season for fantasy, with his ability on the ground alongside the talent he has at receiver. Hurts should be a full-go here, so won’t be limiting himself on the ground. With Brown and Smith both performing well downfield, Hurts is in a good place to have an effective game here.
Dak Prescott @SF ($6,100)
The route to success for the Cowboys is through the air as it was against Tampa. The 49ers defense is a tough unit, but they have shown they have a weakness through the air. IF the team can keep Prescott upright then he should be able to have an effective game here. If he continues to run the ball as he has in recent weeks too, that only helps his points scoring ability here.
Daniel Jones @PHI ($5,800)
Jones is having a great season, especially when you consider the calibre of receivers he has been throwing to. The Eagles are a tough defense, so we could see one of those games that Jones has where he just crumbles. But, on this slate, saving at QB could help you get more elite options in your lineup. Won’t be going crazy with him, but I’ll have some lineups with him in there.
Christian McCaffrey v DAL ($8,000)
McCaffrey is an elite fantasy play. Kinda obvious, but he is just eating in the 49ers offense. Getting carries on the ground, and being schemed open for reception he has only failed to score for the 49ers 3 times this season (one of those was his debut). The Dallas defensive line is a strong unit, but the offensive line and overall strength of the 49ers offense should mean another strong performance for McCaffrey.
Saquon Barkley @PHI ($7,900)
Barkley is at the heart of everything that the Giants manage to do on offense. He is being used heavily on the ground, as well as being given plenty of targets too. Didn’t do too well against the Eagles in Week 14, which is going to impact his ownership. But, there aren’t too many RBs that are guaranteed a workload on the slate.
Joe Mixon @BUF ($6,500)
Mixon is the cheapest RB that is guaranteed a workload on the slate. The Bengals offensive line is going to be put under pressure consistently. With that pressure, that could force Burrow into some checkdowns to Mixon if the receivers can’t develop their routes. With DK’s PPR scoring, he could have a big game without getting into the endzone.
Miles Sanders v NYG ($5,700)
Sanders has been getting volume on the ground, but hasn’t been able to match it with production. The reason being that the Eagles have been using Hurts effectively on the ground near the endzone. However, Sanders can have boom games, and one of those was against the Giants in Week 14.
Elijah Mitchell v DAL ($4,700)
Mitchell is a nice GPP play on the slate. Despite the ability of CMC, Mitchell is still getting out on the field with carries and targets. IF he manages to take one of those into the endzone, as he did against the Cardinals, he would smash value. Equally, if CMC were to suffer an injury, Mitchell would be the next man up for the team.
Also Consider Jerick McKinnon v JAX ($6,000), Isiah Pacheco v JAX ($5,500) & James Cook v CIN ($4,800)
Ja’Marr Chase @BUF ($7,800)
Chase has just continued what he was doing in the regular season- getting targets, and matching it with production. There’s no reason to think that won’t continue. The Bills secondary has been one of the worst units in the league in defending the WR position. Even last week, against third-string QB Skylar Thompson, he managed to have a decent showing through the air. Plenty to like here.
CeeDee Lamb @SF ($7,300)
Lamb is a nice play on the slate, especially if you go for a stack with Prescott. The 49ers defense is a strong unit but it’s weakness is through the air. As a result of that, Lamb could be inline for a boom game as he has had this year against some tough secondaries (including his huge game against a tough Eagles unit). With the target share he gets in the offense, especially in the redzone, he has a decent floor on the slate.
Brandon Aiyuk v DAL ($5,000)
Deebo Samuel returning to the offense, along with the performances of George Kittle, have impacted Aiyuk’s outlook but this game seems a nice one for him. The Cowboys secondary isn’t a strong unit, especially the secondary receiver in the offense. The 49ers offense with Brock Purdy have been fine passing it short and letting his receivers do the work- perfect for Aiyuk’s skillset.
Gabriel Davis v CIN ($4,800)
It’s the postseason, so it’s time to fire up Big-Game Gabe. Davies for the past two seasons has absolutely lit up the playoffs with his big-play ability, and kicked off this postseason with a 6 reception, 113 yard (and a score) outing. Davis is an important part of an offense that is happy to air it out, and is likely to attempt to do the same in this one. At this price, he only needs to catch one deep pass for a score and he hits value straight away.
Zay Jones @KC ($4,700)
When the Jaguars air the ball out, Jones tends to have a good game. He has really stepped up in this offense, and really is in a 1A/ 1B role here. The Chiefs are going to be able to put points on the board, which will force the Jaguars to throw the ball. With the Chiefs secondary being among the worst in the league at limiting fantasy production to the WR position, this should be a good spot for Jones.
Richie James Jr @PHI ($3,900)
The Giants receivers are again the value pieces on the slate. Last week I was between Isaiah Hodgins and James. But, with how the receivers have lined up (and increase in cost for Hodgins) I’m going for James in this one. Working out of the slot, James has been getting decent target numbers in the offense, and should be able to perform at this cheap price on the slate.
Also consider A.J. Brown v NYG ($7,600), Deebo Samuel v DAL ($5,900), Kadarius Toney v JAX ($4,100) & Michael Gallup @SF ($3,800)
Dallas Goedert v NYG ($4,500)
Goedert is a GPP play, with the way the Eagles look to A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith- taking away plenty of targets in the offense. He has shown his ability to have big games, but hasn’t really done too much of note since his return from injury. If the Giants bring pressure to the pocket, Goedert could benefit from plenty of checkdowns.
Evan Engram @KC ($4,300)
Engram has had a decent end to the season, and is a big part of the reason the Jaguars have had a run of results. The offense has looked Engram’s way often to keep the chains moving. The price point is going to mean that he is going to be popular, with a great showing last time out against the Chargers. The Chiefs have given up 12.2 DKPts on average to the position this season, not a huge mark. But, they have allowed a top 5 nine TDs to the position this season. If Engram manages to get a few checkdowns and falls in the endzone he will be a big value here.
Dawson Knox v CIN ($3,800)
Knox has continued his scoring streak with 5 TDs in 5 games. Has been getting a handful of targets in the offense too, but has only managed a high or 38 yards in recent games. That could be an issue for this matchup, as the Bengals have only given up 3 TDs to the position this season. But, they have given up an average of 12.7 DKPts to the position this season. If the Bills scheme for this weakness in the Bengals defense Knox could be more than a TD-dependent play.
Also consider Travis Kelce v JAX ($7,700), George Kittle v DAL ($5,700) & Dalton Schultz v SF ($4,200)
Philadelphia Eagles v NYG ($3,200)
The Eagles defense has been causing issues for offenses all season with the speed they have up front. When these teams met in Week 18 they didn’t do too much, recording only two sacks. But in Week 14, against the Giants starters, they had 7 sacks, and forced a couple of fumbles too. With plenty of value options on the slate, I don’t mind spending up on DST here.
Kansas City Chiefs v JAX ($3,100)
The Chiefs have managed to find a way to get the QB consistently this season, with 55 sacks so far. They haven’t been getting turnovers with the same regularity though. The Jaguars are riding on a wave of positive results, with 6 games won in a row. But, they have at times struggled with protecting Lawrence. In fact, when these teams met all the way back in Week 10, he was sacked 5 times.
Also consider Dallas Cowboys @SF ($3,000)