NFL Divisional Round DFS: 5 Sleepers Who Will Have Big Games
“I’m just here to do my job” James Jones
Jeremy Maclin has yet to practice, Ben Roethlisberger has yet to practice, DeAngelo Williams has yet to practice and Antonio Brown has been ruled out. That’s what we have to deal with just a day away from the NFL’s divisional round. If you’re not practicing now, in my opinion, you won’t be ready for the game despite what the teams are saying. I refuse to buy into these games that the medical staffs are playing when we witnessed the vicious hits that these athletes have suffered. With all these injuries, make no mistake about it, there are some great, valuable sleepers that will undoubtedly exceed expectations during the divisional round. Here are five sleepers that will exceed expectations and should be on your radar. Enjoy!
QB Carson Palmer $6500DK
It’s absurd that Carson Palmer has five other quarterbacks listed above him on DraftKings. The numbers don’t lie and he’s one of the best quarterbacks at the moment. He threw 35 touchdowns this regular season, second only to Tom Brady and he averaged 292 passing yards per game, once against second only to Tom Brady. He’s not facing Denver or Seattle caliber defenses this weekend, as he instead draws the Green Bay Packers, a team that allowed 38 points the last time these two teams faced off against each other. With a 104.6 passer rating, he is also ranked second of all players heading into the divisional round and it’s quite baffling that most sites have him ranked sixth out of all starting quarterbacks in the divisional round, despite these great numbers.
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint $4200DK
Against a tough Bengals defense in tough conditions, Toussaint managed 118 all-purpose yards during the Wild Card round. He’s matched up against the Denver Broncos, which is an ugly matchup considering the Broncos allowed the fewest amount of yards of any NFL team this season, but this is a perfect spot for Toussaint. Antonio Brown is out, Ben Roethlisberger still hasn’t thrown a ball and DeAngelo Williams is doubtful, so the situation indicates that Toussaint will have an increased workload against the Broncos. At $4200DK, you can’t go wrong selecting a guy who is expected to get the majority of carries and had a total of 60 receiving yards during the wild card round.
WR James Jones $4600DK
Jones has been targeted 35 times over the last three games and averaged 91.5 receiving yards over the last two games. Jones has become a great option for the Packers and Rodgers will turn to him plenty throughout the game like he has done all season. Don’t forget, Jones averaged 17.8 yards per reception during the regular season, which is the highest average of any wide receiver playing in the divisional round. Also, the splits tell us that Jones has more catches and yards this regular season on the road as opposed to playing at home, all the more reason to add him to your DFS team during the divisional round.
WR Markus Wheaton $4300DK
In his last game against the Broncos, Wheaton finished with 62 receiving yards and one touchdown. Considering that Antonio Brown has been ruled out for this matchup, I expect Wheaton to have a big impact on the game. Of course, the matchup is ugly considering the Broncos are the best defensive team in the league but the Steelers are missing their most impactful starters. Wheaton will have no choice but to step up, and he has been terrific during the second half of the season, scoring four of his five touchdowns during Weeks 9-16 and his numbers are drastically better on the road as opposed to playing at home. This regular season, Wheaton had 27 receptions for 523 total yards, three touchdowns and an average of 19.4 yards per reception while on the road. Playing at Heinz Field, Wheaton caught 17 passes for 226 total yards, two touchdowns and an average of 13.3 yards per reception. Take a calculated risk and go with Wheaton this weekend, you won’t be disappointed.
RB C.J. Anderson $3700DK
Another case of an ugly matchup but a player who is unstoppable at the moment, I think Anderson is a steal at $3700. The Steelers gave up only six rushing touchdowns during the regular season and allow just 91.2 rushing yards per game. However, Anderson has scored a touchdown in each of his last two games, while averaging a combined 84 yards and 7.2 yards per carry during this two game span. After struggling for the first half of the season, Anderson has emerged as a legitimate starting running back on a Broncos team that will look to run the ball against the Steelers. Anderson’s inflated yards per carry over the last few weeks indicates that he having success breaking tackles and the Steelers may not have an answer for him.