Week 18 DFS Flex Plays DraftKings 2016

By Armando Marsal
Armando Marsal The Fantasy Football season has come to an end as the NFL playoffs have arrived, but we still have plenty of DFS action. Since there are only four games (eight teams), the player pool is smaller, however, there are still some flex players to target.

Running Back

Latavius Murray $5,000 at Houston Texans
This is not a favorable matchup by any means, but the Raiders are going to have to feed Murray this week as they are down to their third string quarterback. From Weeks 12-14, Murray displayed his ability to be a reliable workhorse, averaging 20.3 carries, 76.7 rushing yards, two receptions, and 22 receiving yards per game, while scoring five touchdowns during that stretch. There is always the risk that the Raiders will spread the carries among their running backs, but at this price and in a game where his team needs him, Murray could be in for a busy day.

Lamar Miller $6,100 vs. Oakland Raiders
Miller is battling an ankle injury, but was able to get an extra week of rest by sitting out in the season finale and has been able to practice this week. He should be good to go this week and in a favorable matchup. The Raiders allowed 106.8 rushing yards per game and 4.5 rushing yards per attempt, while giving up 13 rushing touchdowns. In addition, they surrendered 53 receptions for 541 yards and five receiving touchdowns. Miller had a disappointing season considering his expectations, however, he did display his upside on several occasions and scored four of his six rushing touchdowns in the second half of the season, including one in each of the last two games. His price is also very reasonable for what he is capable of doing.

Wide Receiver

Sterling Shepard $4,800 at Green Bay Packers
The Packers gave up the most receiving touchdowns (26) to opposing receivers and also allowed 188.2 receiving yards per game. Shepard had an OK rookie campaign, finishing with 65 receptions for 683 yards and eight touchdowns, five of which came in the second half of the season. The Packers are favorites in this game, so I expect the Giants to be forced to pass, plus their lack of running game also makes them one dimensional. Shepard averaged 6.6 targets per game and it would not surprise me if he was peppered with more than that this week.

Eli Rogers $4,000 vs. Miami Dolphins
Rogers finished out the season on a high note and I anticipate that he carries that over into this week’s matchup against the Dolphins. Opposing receivers averaged 12.4 receptions and 162.9 receiving yards per game against Miami, while finding the pay dirt 18 times. In the final three games of the season, he averaged 5.7 targets, five receptions, 73.3 receiving yards, and 14.5 fantasy points per game, scoring one touchdown during that stretch.

Tight End

C.J. Fiedorowicz $4,200 vs. Oakland Raiders
Fiedorowicz had a solid season that took off after Week 4. From that point on, he averaged 7.1 targets, 4.3 receptions, 46 yards, and 10.9 fantasy points per game, while scoring four touchdowns. He did not receive fewer than five targets in a single game during that stretch. This is a good spot for him against a Raiders defense that allowed five receptions and 64.2 receiving yards per game to opposing tight ends, as well as, seven receiving touchdowns.

Good luck to all this week. For any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me on the Twitter machine: @Armando_Marsal