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Going into the fantasy playoffs this week, you may have a roster filled with ugly matchups that limit your fantasy ceiling this week. Working the waiver wire to find players in a plus matchup who have consistent usage in their offense is how fantasy championships are won. In this article you will find those players including the quarterback, running-back, and wide receiver positions. All players are over 70% available in fantasy leagues. All statistics used in this article can be found at our website https://www.lineups.com/nfl.
QB Sam Darnold (NYJ) vs. CIN – 18.9% Rostered
Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is a pattern. Sam Darnold has now scored over 20 fantasy points 3 weeks in a row. Completing 20/29 passes for 315 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions against the Oakland Raiders. To top it off he rushed 4 times for 16 yards and a touchdown. The Jets’ offense is on a roll the past few weeks. Totaling 400+ yards of total offense in the past 2 weeks, their highest offensive totals of the season. Facing the Cincinnati Bengals in week 13 who have allowed the 12th most passing yards, the highest yards per completion, and the highest yards per attempt while only having 5 interceptions this season (3rd fewest in NFL). Darnold should be licking his chops looking at this matchup considering the roll they have been on offensively. Darnold is a great quarterback streaming option this week against the Bengals.
WR Russell Gage (ATL) vs. NO – 4.0% Rostered
In week 12 Gage saw 10 targets, catching 8 for 76 yards. Gage totaled his highest snap count of the season, playing 74% of the snaps due to Julio Jones’ early exit from the game. Seeing 18% of the targets from Matt Ryan in week 12, Gage had averaged 14.33% of the targets in the 3 weeks prior. The Falcons have been hanging tough as of recently, Gage has been a part of this new and improved Falcons’ offense since after their bye week. Facing the New Orleans Saints’ secondary, which is not very good outside of Marshon Lattimore, who rank 20th against opposing fantasy wide receivers this season. Gage stepped up in the Falcons’ offense when they needed him to, I would not be surprised if they rewarded him with more playing time, especially if the injury to Julio Jones is serious. The plus matchup against the Saints and his increasing involvement in the Falcons offense that has been productive in the past weeks makes Russell Gage a sleeper pick against the Saints.
WR Chris Conley (JAX) vs TB – 17.9% Rostered
Conley’s large target share in the Jaguars offense has been continuing. Seeing a season high 9 targets, he was able to haul in 4 of them for 49 yards. Over the past 5 games Conley has seen 38 targets, averaging nearly 8 targets per game over that time period. Even with the change in quarterback, Conley’s role is cemented in the Jaguars offense. The opportunity is there for Conley to blow up. It feels like it’s all leading up to this week against Tampa Bay. Ranking as the worst team against opposing fantasy wide receivers. There will be no better opportunity for Conley to capitalize than against the Bucs. If you need a wide receiver this week, Conley should be your priority waiver wire pickup for the first round of the fantasy playoffs.
RB Jonathan Williams (IND) vs TEN – 29.1% Rostered
Williams has been officially given the workhorse role in this Colts’ offense. Seeing 29 total touches in this game, including 3 receptions is impressive. Not necessarily the league winner we are hoping for due to his tough schedule ahead. He has proven that he can be an efficient NFL running-back in these past two weeks. Against Houston, Williams rushed 26 times for 104 yards and a touchdown averaging 4 yards per carry. Since Marlon Mack’s injury in week 11, Willaims has carried the ball 39 times for 220 yards and a touchdown, averaging 5.64 yards per carry against 2 tough defenses (JAX & HOU). An impressive outing against one of the tougher run defenses in the league last week. Williams will face another tough defense this week in the Tennessee Titans. The Titans have an above average run defense, allowing the 19th most rushing yards, yards per carry of 4.0 yards, and the 9th fewest rushing touchdowns. It looks like the Colts’ are more than willing to lean on Williams, an increasing involvement in the passing game is a great sign too. If you need a running-back, or simply want to block your opponent from picking Williams up, he should be your priority waiver wire pickup.
WR Darius Slayton (NYG) vs GB – 23.3% Rostered
Slayton has had a promising start to his career this year. Working his way up the depth chart and earning his keep on this roster, he has become a favorite target of quarterback Daniel Jones. Totaling 25 targets over the past 3 games, 4 more than Golden Tate has seen in that time period. Even with the return of Sterling Shepard this week, who led the team in targets with 9. It is clear that Slayton’s role is cemented in this offense. In week 12 Slayton caught 4 of 7 targets for 67 yards against Chicago, a good week all things considered. In week 13 the Giants will face the Green Bay Packers at home. The Packers’ secondary has allowed the 10th most passing yards, 7th highest yards per attempt, and 5th highest yards per completion. Slayton has the big play ability in the Giants offense. A plus matchup against the Packers should give Slayton plenty of opportunities to make a play this week.
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