Conference Championship weekend has arrived and DraftKings unveiled its final two-game slate. Short slates require unique contrarian approaches in order to differentiate lineups. With a mere four teams on the slate, situational players enter consideration. With that said, here are a few standout plays this weekend.
Blake Bortles (@ New England) – $5,000
While it hasn’t been pretty; Blake Bortles has scored 16.28 and 16.06 points in Jacksonville’s two playoff games. This week, he draws a Patriots’ defense that allowed the most passing yards during the regular season. Last week, they allowed Marcus Mariota 21.86 fantasy points and 254 yards passing. With rushing upside, Bortles allows lineup flexibility in the slate’s best quarterback matchup.
Leonard Fournette (@ New England) – $7,200
Coming off 27 and 24 touches in his last two games, Leonard Fournette will likely dominate touches again in the conference championship. With the Jaguars currently 9-point underdogs, Fournette may have to rely on receiving production. Fournette led the Jaguars in running back targets with four and five each of the last two weeks. The Patriots allowed the second most receiving yards to running backs during the regular season, creating an avenue for Fournette to produce in cash lineups.
LeGarrette Blount (v Minnesota) – $3,700
With little value to be found on this slate, LeGarrette Blount provides GPP-winning upside near the minimum price. The matchup against Minnesota’s league leading rushing defense limits Blount to GPPs. However, on his 20 snaps last week, Blount handled nine carries. Of these nine carries, five came in the red zone and three came inside the five-yard line. As Philadelphia’s preferred goal line back, Blount has multi-touchdown upside.
Adam Thielen (@ Philadelphia) – $7,400
In the shadows of Stefon Diggs’ game winning touchdown, Adam Thielen finished with six catches on nine targets for 74 yards. Thielen led the Vikings, playing 95% of snaps, compared to Diggs 81%. He also excelled in a matchup against stud rookie corner Marshon Lattimore, who shadowed Thielen on 29 of his 30 perimeter routes. This week, he gets a Philadelphia secondary that allowed the second most points to wide receivers in their last four games, and just allowed 101 yards on nine catches to Julio Jones.
Torrey Smith (v Minnesota) – $3,000
Coming in at the minimum price, Torrey Smith played on 63% of snaps and saw four targets in the Eagles’ first playoff game. With Xavier Rhodes likely to follow Alshon Jeffery, Smith should see a majority of routes against burnable Trae Waynes. Last week, the Vikings allowed Michael Thomas to score a pair of touchdowns on 85 yards receiving. At the stone minimum, Smith makes an ideal GPP play.
Dede Westbrook (@ New England) – $3,900
Despite recording only one catch for eight yards, Dede Westbrook led the Jaguars in snaps at 69% and routes with 21. Over their last two games, Westbrook leads with team with 11 targets. He now draws a Patriots’ defense that allowed the third most yards to receivers on the season. Last week, Corey Davis scorched this secondary for 63 yards and a pair of scores. Westbrook offers GPP-winning upside this week.
Kyle Rudolph (@ Philadelphia) – $4,500
Despite a mere 28 yards receiving, Kyle Rudolph saw excellent usage with five catches on eight targets last week. He now faces an Eagle defense that finished 17th against tight ends per Football Outsiders’. Coming in as the third most expensive tight end, Rudolph’s price offers flexibility in cash and GPPs this weekend.