DFS Hunter Report Week 18 2018
With the playoffs upon us, I'll be changing up the format for the next few weeks of play with the Conference Finals week being my last piece of the season.
As I mention every week, I'll be basing my weekly write-ups off DraftKings salaries, keeping in mind all suggestions are not equal and some players I like more for tournament or cash lineup builds over others.
Andrew Luck, IND @ Houston Texans ($6,400) - I really like both Luck and Deshaun Watson this week for Top Level plays, expecting a high overall tally in this contest. It's the highest total on the playoff docket this week with a 47 total. I expect both clubs to exceed that total, slinging the ball all over the field. Luck has been on fire of late and is the reason the Colts owe their playoff appearance. If I'm rostering Luck in tournament play I'm hoping for a 3 TD performance.
Other Choices: Deshaun Watson, HOU vs. Indianapolis Colts ($6,700)
Lamar Jackson, BAL vs. San Diego Chargers ($5,800) - The fact that the Chargers must travel across country to face a defensively stout Ravens club has me on the Ravens bandwagon. Lamar Jackson and his running ability represents a sneaky option at QB for those looking for a tournament value. I've got Jackson eating up the Chargers run defense, putting up at least 20 fantasy points. I'm hoping for more though, and with the conservative play of the Ravens offense of late, Jackson will get plenty of run opportunities.
Other Choices: Russell Wilson, SEA @ Dallas Cowboys ($5,700); Dak Prescott, DAL vs. Seattle Seahawks ($5,500)
Ezekiel Elliott, DAL vs. Seattle Seahawks ($9,000) - Assuming you're ready to pay the $9K for Elliott, he's the best RB option on the board. I'd use Elliott in cash game play for sure, and maybe sprinkle him into tournaments as well with the good values at RB to counterbalance the high salary. Elliott is averaging 23.4 FPPG during the 2018 season, and he'll get close to that again. The Seahawks defense will obviously focus on Elliott, but the Cowboys will feed him the ball over and over. Elliott's receiving skills will be used as well, with Prescott dumping the ball off to him frequently.
Other Choices: Chris Carson, SEA @ Dallas Cowboys ($6,800)
Gus Edwards, BAL vs. San Diego Chargers ($4,200) - In addition to Lamar Jackson at QB above, I'm a huge proponent of Edwards at RB this week. The potential earning value is great and I don't expect the Chargers to wrangle Edwards at all. The one thing to keep in mind: The Ravens receiving game has all but disappeared. Expect big production from Edwards and anyone else running the ball against the Chargers.
Other Choices: Tarik Cohen, CHI vs. Philadelphia Eagles ($5,400); Lamar Miller, HOU vs. Indianapolis Colts ($4,900)
Amari Cooper, DAL vs. Seattle Seahawks ($7,500) - I suggest Cooper mainly due to the targets he should see from Dak Prescott. If the ball isn't in Ezekiel Elliott's hands, Prescott will be looking for Cooper to make a big play. I'm looking for double-digit targets to Cooper with at least one TD score. The WR pool really is a big gamble this week, as I don't trust Keenan Allen in Baltimore and so many others offered for play are inconsistent in their production; however, obvious plays T.Y. Hilton and DeAndre Hopkins can be started in any format.
Other Choices: DeAndre Hopkins, HOU vs. Indianapolis Colts ($8,700); T.Y. Hilton, IND @ Houston Texans ($7,800)
Willie Snead, BAL vs. San Diego Chargers ($3,700) - Snead, along with John Brown, is a dart throw for tournament play. Don't put all your hopes into Snead or Brown, but if you're willing to take that contrarian chance in your lineups either Snead or Brown fits the bill.
Other Choices: Tyler Lockett, SEA @ Dallas Cowboys ($5,300); Golden Tate, PHI @ Chicago Bears ($4,200)