Fantasy Football: Divisional Round Deep Sleepers
We are going to do the deep sleepers article a bit different this week. We are going to roll with some DFS sleepers on DraftKings.com. Some may be a bit more obvious than others but all will be lower-end players. We will try to name players that may be decent for playoff pools and playoff challenges as well. With only eight teams on the slate, I’m not doing any quarterbacks this week. I don’t feel any of them qualify as deep sleepers.
Jordan Todman, PIT DK Price $3,800
Last week we went with Fitzgerald Toussaint here. After totaling over 100 yards, seeing a price spike and out touching Todman 21 to 11, he is no longer a deep sleeper. Nevertheless, the opportunity is still there now that DeAngelo Williams has once again been ruled out. This week we go with Todman as our deep sleeper. He’s $400 cheaper than Toussaint and quite frankly looked much more explosive last week. Toussaint averaged 3.4 yards per carry with 58 yards on 17 carries with a long of nine yards. Todman however, carried the ball 11 times for 65 yards averaging 5.9 yards per carry. He also looked very quick getting to the edge on a 25-yard scamper. We could see a much closer ball distribution in the Steelers’ backfield this week.
Steven Jackson, NE $3,300
Who knows what the Pats are going to do with their running backs? I don’t and neither do you. Obviously James White is the hot option, but can you say with confidence Bill Belichick won’t just start pounding it with Jackson? Have we forgotten Jonas Gray? S-Jax is only $3,300 and has upside in that system. He saw 14 carries Week 17, got the goal line looks and scored a TD. He also tacked on a 20-yard reception. For this price, at the very least he’s worth a look.
Jared Abbrederis, GB $3,000
With Davante Adams out with an MCL sprain, Abbrederis is the next man up. He’s the WR2 in Green Bay, and there isn’t much more to this selection. I fully expect the Packers to lose by a lot and for there to be plenty of garbage time in this one. With extra attention being paid to Randall Cobb, Abbrederis could rack up catches. He’s not good but could post solid numbers by default.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, PIT $3,000
This guy has always been a nightmare, nevertheless, when injuries have struck this season, he’s seen his fair share of targets. He was targeted 26 times in the first five weeks, and if you’ve forgotten, Martavis Bryant was suspended for the first four games of the year. DHB will step in as the WR3 this week with Antonio Brown out. Being that Aqib Talib and Chris Harris will be on Bryant and Markus Wheaton, Ben Roethlisberger may have to look at DHB. There is a chance he has a decent game and could even pull down a TD. He’s seen a handful of targets in the end zone this season, and he’s caught two.
Luke Willson, SEA $2,600
Wilson will be back this week after sitting out at Minnesota. My only basis for this is the fact that he’s a starter and the Panthers are slightly below average when it comes to slowing down TEs. They are much better against wideouts. He’s not a great option, but an option nonetheless. Plus, we’ve seen him step up in big games last year.
Jermaine Gresham, AZ $2,500
Gresham has talent and will start for the Cardinals. Again, he’s not a good option, but he is a punt option much like Willson. If you don’t have much to spend on a tight end, he’s worth a look as a starter. I would love to give you more in depth analysis, but there isn’t much more there. The Packers are average against TEs, and they only see so many targets in Arizona. He’s a deep sleeper.