With Conference Championship weekend here, FanDuel unveiled its final two-game slate. With tight pricing and a reduced player pool, situational players become intriguing options on short slates. One way to differentiate lineups is to roster a few of these players at low ownership and hope they outperform expectation.
Case Keenum (@ Philadelphia) – $8,000
Heading toward an underwhelming performance, Case Keenum salvaged his fantasy day with a last second 61-yard touchdown to Stefon Diggs. Averaging 16.33 points per game this season, Keenum has been a safe cash option throughout the year. Philly has been up and down against quarterbacks this season, recently allowing Eli Manning to throw for 434 yards. Keenum makes a nice pivot of Brady in GPPs.
Dion Lewis (v Jacksonville) – $7,700
In his last three games, Dion Lewis has handled 29, 32, and 24 touches, including nine catches on ten targets in their last win. Even with Rex Burkhead likely to return for the Championship Round, Lewis figures to handle a bulk of the load. Jacksonville has under-performed against running backs recently allowing Le’Veon Bell, LeSean McCoy, and Derrick Henry to total 155, 119, and 117 respectively. With New England favored by nine points, Lewis should anchor cash game lineups.
Latavius Murray (@ Philadelphia) – $6,900
In Minnesota’s first playoff game, Latavius Murray continued to lead the Minnesota backfield with 21 touches. Additionally, Murray out-touched Jerick McKinnon 64-36 during the Vikings last three regular season games. Despite a tough matchup against the Eagles, Murray has bankable volume, seeing at least 20 touches in four straight games. He should be trusted in cash and GPPs this weekend.
Nelson Agholor (v Minnesota) – $6,200
Despite a $1,100 pricing gap, Nelson Agholor has out-targeted Alshon Jeffery 19-17 in three full games with Nick Foles under center. Playing in the slot 58.2% of the time, Agholor should avoid the stout coverage of perimeter corner, Xavier Rhodes. With a tough matchup on paper, Agholor could go overlooked as Foles’ go to receiver in GPPs this week.
Stefon Diggs (@ Philadelphia) – $6,700
Last week’s hero, Stefon Diggs remains under priced at $6,700. Last week, Diggs led the Vikings in yards (137), targets (10), and receptions (9). This week, he will take on an Eagles’ secondary allowing the second most points to wide receivers in their last four games regular season games. Additionally, they allowed nine catches for 101 yards to Julio Jones last week. Diggs should work his way into cash and GPP lineups this week.
Chris Hogan (v Jacksonville) – $6,100
Returning from a multi-week shoulder injury, Chris Hogan played 83% of the Patriots snaps and ran 48 routes. Each of these ranked second within the Patriots wide receiver corps only to Brandin Cooks. For comparison, Danny Amendola played 62% of snaps and ran 41 routes, but carries a $6,400 price tag. However, Amendola outperformed Hogan securing 11 of 13 targets for 112 yards, while Hogan turned four targets into one catch for four yards. In GPPs, pivoting to Hogan against the league’s best secondary should provide leverage against the field.
Rob Gronkowski (v Jacksonville) – $8,400
In the Patriots’ victory last weekend, Rob Gronkowski caught six of nine targets for 81 yards and a score. Gronk led tight ends in receiving yards this season and remains match up proof. The Jaguars finished 20th in tight end defense, per Football Outsider’s schedule adjusted metrics. Gronk remains a lock in all forms of DFS this weekend.