With the Wild Card round behind us there is only one week left to get in on the FanDuel DFS action before our pool of players once again gets cut in half. The 8 teams left standing should still have plenty of high upside budget friendly GPP plays. The kind of hidden gems buried deeper in the list of available players where none of the options feel safe and choosing one might seem like a bit of a dart throw. Every Wednesday the writers have tried to take the guesswork out of choosing someone lower on the list and give you the confidence to start them. So check out our list this week, read our explanations and see if we can convince you to take a chance on our guy to round out your GPP rosters.
RB Dion Lewis vs HOU, $5400
Over the Patriots’ last three games, Dion Lewis has 45 carries and 50 total touches. LeGarrette Blount, who is sure to be highly owned, has 51 carries and 51 total touches (We know he doesn’t catch passes). I doubt many building lineups will realize how close the touch distribution has been and that the Patriots backfield is in fact, a timeshare. Now obviously, Blount has gotten the TDs and is the safest bet to do so again. However, Lewis has seen 9 red zone carries himself over his past two games. In what should easily be a blowout in Foxborough, I won’t be surprised at all if Lewis scores his first TD of the year this weekend. Playing in one of the best offenses in football, likely having the benefit of positive game flow in this one, and averaging 16.67 touches per game over his last three, Lewis makes for a solid GPP play. If he finds a way to outscore Blount, you’ll be rising up your tournament leaderboard rather quickly.
From Week 10 on this season, Gabriel was the 24th scoring WR while playing in only 6 games. He averaged 11.3 fantasy points per game, scoring double digits in 6 of his last 8. He’s also been targeted at least 5 times a game in 6 of his last 7. Yes, Julio Jones is back but the great thing about Gabriel is that he doesn’t need many touches to score. The speedster found the end zone 7 times in 8 games on just 31 touches. Heading into the divisional round, he’s my favorite boom or bust pick.
Aside from the fact that his first name is Geronimo and how awesome that is, there are several reasons to like him as a value for GPP this week. Jordy is almost certainly going to miss the game which thrusts Davante Adams into the role of #1 outside receiver- a role which we saw him attempt to step into all of last season, only to repeatedly fall on his face. Jeff Janis has seemingly been banished to special teams for the most part, which should mean a big boost in the number of looks for Geronimo Allison from arguably the best QB in the NFL.
“Tyreek The Freak” is seen as the flashy boom or bust play from the Chiefs offense, but his recent success has made him a little too pricey for this article. Especially now that he’s taking snaps lined up in the backfield and being used more in the short pass screen game. It’s no secret that the Chiefs offense would prefer not to air the ball out. They want to play solid defense and run the ball. However, if the Steelers offense can put up numbers, and I believe they can, then Alex Smith is bound to have to take a few shots downfield to Chris Conley. That’s Chris Conley who has averaged more than 10 yards per reception 7 times this season. I think there’s a reasonable chance that he comes down with a few deep shots and hopefully takes one in for a score.