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Fantasy Football: Championship Week Deep Sleepers

We are going to do the deep sleepers article a bit different during the playoffs. We are going to roll with some DFS sleepers on DraftKings.com. However, this week I’ll be picking one player off each team playing this weekend. We will try to name players that may be decent for playoff pools and playoff challenges as well. With only four teams still alive we are really getting down to a shallow pool of players.

New England Patriots
WR Keshawn Martin, DK Price $2,600
I really like Martin this week, and I actually prefer him to Brandon LaFell, who costs $800 more. Marin caught two passes for 57 yards last week on four targets and played well down the stretch while the Pats were dealing with injuries. In Week 16 he caught seven of 11 targets for 68 yards. Granted, the Pats aren’t exactly devastated by injuries anymore, but this matchup could require a deeper WR corps. Not only has Martin proved to Tom Brady that he is a guy that can be relied on, but the Broncos’ corners are also outstanding. There are going to be times when Aqib Talib and Chris Harris take away option A and B and Brady will be forced to go deeper into his progressions. Martin should benefit from this. For only $2,600, you can’t beat that price if you’re trying to throw up a Hail Mary and save money.

Denver Broncos
QB Brock Osweiler, $5,000
If you really want to think outside the box, what about Osweiler? There is about a 50 percent chance the Broncos offense does anything in the first half or quarter and it could be panic time for Gary Kubiak. Peyton Manning flat out can’t throw the football and Bill Belichick is going to eat him alive. If the Pats jump out to a lead and the Brock Lobster is thrown out there, he’ll almost certainly have to throw constantly to catch up. Plus, the only other option in Denver as a deep sleeper in Vernon Davis, and I’m not getting that crazy. I’ll stick with the backup quarterback thank you very much.

Arizona Cardinals
RB Andre Ellington, $2,500
Ellington has not been seeing the touches. It’s part due to David Johnson’s success and partly because of injuries. Still, the talent is there. Ellington is more than capable of putting together a huge game. He’s an explosive back with excellent hands and big-play ability. If he’s part of the game plan or Johnson gets injured, Ellington could breakout. His only real issue is his durability. Nevertheless, his upside is indisputable. Despite limited touches, he still averaged 6.4 yards per carry this year and 9.9 yards per catch. Last year he totaled over 1,000 yards from scrimmage in just 12 games. If he ends up getting touches, he could have some success.

Carolina Panthers
Mike Tolbert, $2,200
Were you really wondering who I was going to go with here? I only go with him every week. The Pro Bowler, Tolly Tolb. He saw seven carries last week and 11 touches in the season finale. Tolbert is always a threat to score a touchdown and is very dangerous in the passing attack. While he lacks the slender of figure of an Andre Ellington, he’s deceptively quick and knows how to make plays. Tolbert could be a deep sleeper pretty much every week because of his ability on the goal line and as a pass-catcher, epecially now that he’s been seeing more touches as of late.

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