NFL Wild Card DFS: 5 Sleepers that should be on your Radar
“I was made for this, I’m a workhorse.” – Alfred Morris
For DFS participants who were anxiously waiting to hear about the Steelers backfield, DeAngelo Williams is not expected play Saturday against the Bengals. This paves the way for some sleepers that could make a big impact and guide your teams to victory during Wild Card Weekend. Every week there are players that fly under the radar and many of these players have spectacular weeks and reward those who drafted them. While we’re playing with a limited field this week, there are definitely players who will get no love based on pricing and will certainly turn heads during these Wild Card matchups. Here are five sleepers that should be on your radar for Wild Card weekend. Enjoy!
A.J. McCarron $5200DK
When you talk about quarterbacks this week, many are sticking with Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson while I firmly believe that A.J. McCarron should be in that group. The last time McCarron faced the Steelers he was thrown into the fire and threw for 280 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Keep in mind he was not prepared for the Steelers during this game as Andy Dalton broke his thumb during the first quarter. Since that game, McCarron has not been intercepted once and has thrown four touchdowns. In order to beat the Steelers, you must throw the ball, as the Steelers allow 272 passing yards per game, the worst of any team playing on Wild Card weekend, and this favorable matchup will surely help McCarron’s fantasy numbers. Quarterbacks have completed 402 passes against the Steelers, the fourth most in the league this season, and it would not be farfetched to see McCarron throw for 300 yards in this game. He had 32 passing attempts during their meeting earlier this season and will certainly have a big workload against the Steelers during their wild card matchup.
Fitzgerald Toussaint $3900DK
Fitzgerald Toussaint is not a name known to many, as he has just nine carries in his short career for 54 total yards. What Toussaint has produced over two seasons, many running backs could produce in one quarter, however the Steelers are preparing to start Toussaint against the Bengals. There are not many statistics to work with here as we don’t know much about this kid except for the fact that he averages 2.3 yards per carry and has gotten one first down during his entire career. So why should you select Toussaint? Workload. Toussaint will now get the majority of the carries against this Bengals team and the Steelers have scored 16 rushing touchdowns this season, tied for the third most in the league. Steelers’ running backs have also averaged 4.4 yards this season, the eighth best average of any team this year, which indicates great blocking. The Bengals also allow opposing running backs to get an average of 4.3 yards per carry, the second most of any team playing this weekend, which favors Toussaint.
Markus Wheaton $4000DK
With DeAngelo Williams out, the Steelers are expected to throw the ball more and this could benefit Markus Wheaton, who has two touchdowns over the last three games. Wheaton has been targeted 21 times over the last three weeks and has 12 catches during this timeframe. To put this into perspective, during the first three weeks of the season, Wheaton was targeted 14 times and caught 7 passes. He has had a great second half of the season, scoring four of his five touchdowns during Weeks 9-16 and will certainly be utilized during this wild card matchup. Another point that you should consider is the fact that Wheaton’s numbers on the road are significantly better than his statistics while playing at home. Wheaton has more receptions, yards, a better yards per reception average, and more touchdowns this season on the road as opposed to playing at home.
TE Chase Coffman $2800DK
With Jimmy Graham gone for the season and Luke Willson out with a concussion, relatively unknown tight end Chase Coffman has been a pleasant surprise for the Seahawks in the one game he has played for this team. Coffman and Cooper Helfet shared duties last week and Coffman finished the game with four catches for 29 yards and one touchdown. The fact that Coffman scored during Week 17 makes him a possible red zone option for Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. He’s a big gamble because of his limited workload this season, however he was great during his first game for the Seahawks and with injuries to other Seahawks’ tight ends, Coffman could see a big workload against the Vikings.
RB Alfred Morris $3700DK
Morris is getting no respect this week, listed at just $3700 on DraftKings, which is a bit surprising considering he rushed for 100 yards during Week 17. The Green Bay Packers have allowed 13 rushing touchdowns this season, the most of any team playing this week, and they allow an average of 119.1 yards per game, the second most of any team featured this weekend. Morris has struggled to find the end zone, scoring just one rushing touchdown all season, however over the last few weeks, he appears to have regained some form from his previous years. Opposing running backs have averaged 4.5 yards per carry against the Packers this season, the third most in the league and Morris, who is underpriced, has a favorable matchup that may see him surprise many this week.