With the season coming to a close, DraftKings revealed its final 4-game main slate. This slate has a few peculiarities, including Le’Veon Bell priced $1,800 more than the next most expensive running back, and multiple studs in tough positions. This week’s column will feature the notable studs, bargain bin finds, and sharp plays in between.
Marcus Mariota (@ New England) – $5,900
After stunning the Chiefs at Arrowhead, Marcus Mariota draws an easier matchup against the Patriots. The Patriots have allowed the most passing yards and the 9th most rushing yards to quarterbacks this season. The Titans unleashed Mariota for a season high 8 carries to pair with his 205 passing yards last week. This rushing floor in a prime matchup, gives Mariota cash viability.
Le’Veon Bell (v Jacksonville) – $9,600
First in the NFL in carries (321) and receptions (85), Le’Veon Bell simply cannot be faded. Despite a stout defense overall, the Jaguars have shown vulnerabilities on the ground. They recently allowed LeSean McCoy and Derrick Henry to total 119 and 117 yards respectively. According to Football Outsider’s DVOA, the Jaguars rank 26th in Rushing Defense. Bell remains a cash lock and strong GPP play, despite the slate’s highest price tag.
Jay Ajayi (v Atlanta) – $4,600
Excluding Week 17, Jay Ajayi led the Eagles in running back snaps over his last four games. Since his arrival in Week 9, he also led the Eagles in running back carries and targets. This week he draws an Atlanta defense allowing the 4th most receiving yards to running backs. With Carson Wentz on injured reserve, the Eagles could lean on Ajayi in the run and short passing game. He makes a sense as a salary saving option in cash and GPPs.
Julio Jones (@ Philadelphia) – $7,900
With Antonio Brown and Michael Thomas in tough spots, Julio Jones makes a solid pivot in GPPs. Jones finished the regular season 7th in targets (137) and tied for 6th in red zone targets (22). Over the last four weeks of the season, the Eagles allowed the 7th most yards to wide receivers. With multiple options at the top, Jones could draw low ownership, making him a solid GPP play.
Stefon Diggs (v New Orleans) – $6,200
Averaging 7.5 targets over his last four games, Stefon Diggs draws a Saints’ defense allowing the 2nd most receiving yards over their past four games. The Saints recently allowed 149 and 98 receiving yards Julio Jones, as well as 111 yards to Chris Godwin. With the Saints secondary showing vulnerability, Diggs makes a nice mid-priced option in cash and GPPs.
Corey Davis (v New England) – $3,400
In the Titans wildcard matchup, Corey Davis played 77% of snaps and led the Titan’s receiving corps in targets with 7. While targets have been up and down, Davis lands a soft matchup against a Patriots’ secondary allowing the 3rd most receiving yards on the season. A Davis/Mariota stack allows a few studs to be jammed into lineups in cash and GPPs.
Rob Gronkowski (v Tennessee) – $7,100
Priced as the 5th most expensive receiver, Rob Gronkowski draws the premier tight end matchup on the slate. The Titans come in ranked 24th in Football Outsider’s Tight End Defense and just allowed Travis Kelce 66 yards and a touchdown in two quarters. Despite zero receptions in Week 17, Gronk still paced tight ends in receiving yards on the year. Potentially flying under the radar, Gronk offers contrarian GPP appeal.