Welcome back folks to some more DFS bargain picks from Dynasty Sports Empire. It is now playoff time for fantasy football fans! Maybe you’re out of the playoffs and are just looking for a competitive place to play or maybe you just can’t get enough fantasy football. Regardless, this week does present some interesting matchups and bargains. Here are a few bargains that I have come across this week. Good luck!
**All cash values are obtained through Draft Kings**
**The rankings are taken from standard formats**
Dak Prescott – DAL ($5,900): The Cowboys will be going up against the only team that has handed them a loss in 2016, the New York Giants. Some folks are thinking that this could be a tough matchup for the rookie but I’m leaning the other way. The Giants for the most part have played surprisingly well on the defensive side of the ball. The last two weeks have painted a different picture as the Giants have allowed 611 passing yards and three touchdowns during that time. It is also important to point out that the Giants will now be without Jason Pierre-Paul who is in need of sports hernia surgery. That may limit some of the pressure on Prescott and allow him some extra time to get the ball to his targets. This may not be as bad as some folks are anticipating. The Cowboys don’t have one loss by accident.
Todd Gurley – LA ($5,000): In 2015, it was Andrew Luck. In 2016, it is Todd Gurley. Every year we have at least one player who brings disappointment to a whole new level. Luckily in DFS, you do not have to hang on to a player and endure his hardships all season long. This is a matchup that may actually work for the struggling Rams back. Gurley will be going up against an Atlanta Falcons team that has been a bit of a safe haven for the running back position. In Draft Kings scoring formats, the Falcons are allowing the second most points to the position. They are one of just 11 teams to allow ten or more rushing touchdowns and on top of that have allowed more receiving yards to the position than any other team in the league. Obviously it is too late to jump start the man’s season. That show is over. You don’t care about that though. You just need one big week to get you where you want to be.
Jamison Crowder – WAS ($5,600): The Redskins pass catcher has been pretty consistent this season. If he isn’t scoring a touchdown, he is catching a good number of catches, and vice versa. Crowder definitely deserves an honorable mention as it pertains to pleasant surprises in 2016. This week the Redskins will take on an Eagles team that is allowing the 8th most fantasy points in draft kings formats to the wide receiver. His final game against the Eagles ended with Crowder hauling in 3 receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown. He is currently dealing with a hip injury but is expected to suit up. Keep an eye on him because as long as he is in uniform, he’ll be consistent.
DeSean Jackson – WAS ($5,200): Yes, I’m picking both Redskins receivers this week. Crowder for his consistently and Jackson in large part because of the matchup. If there is a game that Jackson wants to get up for, it’s a game against the Eagles. In four games against the team that drafted him, Jackson has averaged 19.8 yards per reception and a touchdown. Jackson has also played better on the road this season as he is averaging two more yards per catch than he is at home. Combine the fact that the Eagles played tight end well with Kirk Cousins averaging 363 passing yards over his last 5 games and you have quite an opportunity for both of these Redskins pass catchers to shine this weekend. If this counts for anything, there have been rumblings this week of Jackson thinking about going back to the Eagles in the offseason. This could be some kind of try out for the former Cal product.
Antonio Gates – SD ($3,800): This is one of those situations where a bargain is facing one of the worst against the position. The Panthers are currently allowing the 4th most points to tight end and are tied for allowing the most touchdowns to the position. The average person would assume that Gates lack of production could be ascribed to the emergence of Hunter Henry. That isn’t the case though as Henry has had just 3 receptions for 34 yards over the last two weeks. This has just been an issue of Rivers get the ball to his tight end(s). Given the matchup, I believe that this is an ideal time to get the ball back into the hands of the future hall of fame tight end. Before weeks 12 and 13, Gates had 9 or more targets in four consecutive weeks. Three out of those four games he ended up scoring a touchdown. During that four game stretch he was also averaging around 11.6 yards per reception. This is simply a matter of opportunity and I think that given the matchup, Rivers will be utilizing the tight end.
Ladarius Green – PIT ($3,900): The Steeler has come quite a ways this season, from dealing with potential career threatening concussion issues in the preseason, to showing signs of becoming a late bloomer that could help deliver some fantasy players a title. I will grant you that the matchup isn’t as sexy as you may like with the Bills ranking 19th in points allowed to the position, but I like his odds here. Week 12 saw the beginnings of something for Green when he managed to turn just two receptions in 67 yards receiving. That game was followed by coach Mike Tomlin expressing a willingness to get Green more involved. Tomlin must not have been joking as Green posted 6 receptions for 110 yards and a score last week against the Giants. That was a Giants team that is allowing the 12th most points to the position. The Steeler offense can be a dynamic one for sure. Adding Green into a mix with Bell and Brown could create chaos for linebackers patrolling the middle of the field. I like Green this week and the rest of the way in 2016.