Rams’ Cam Akers might be DFS steal

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Drew Loftis

It is NFL playoff time. After 18 regular-season weeks, depth charts needs to be principally set. There needs to be few questions remaining about participant utilization. We’re presupposed to know who the celebs are, with the information there can be some occasional comets who gentle up the postseason.

At one cut-off date, Tom Brady’s playoff success was a shock. Likewise Eli Manning’s. There as soon as was a blockbuster Super Bowl efficiency by somebody named Timmy Smith. We’ve seen unimaginable performs that turned run-of-the-mill gamers into legends — suppose David Tyree (Helmet Catch) or Derrick Mason (Music City Miracle).

Sometimes, although, the breakout performances come from those that whose breakout itself isn’t stunning, it’s the spike in utilization that was surprising.

Look no additional than final season. Leonard Fournette spent the majority of the Buccaneers’ season enjoying behind Ronald Jones. In the ultimate few video games of the common season, Fournette received the beginning nod. But he wasn’t a focus till the playoffs.

His three highest workloads got here throughout Tampa Bay’s four-game playoff run. All 4 of these video games ranked within the high 5 of his season dashing totals. He scored 4 occasions within the postseason, after having simply three touchdowns over the primary 13 video games of the season.

So who can be this season’s Fournette? Perhaps Fournette once more. He may return from a hamstring harm this week. But contemplating the Bucs’ backfield depth, a return to type by him wouldn’t be a giant shock.

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Instead, we have a look at Cam Akers. The Rams working again tore his Achilles within the preseason. Surprisingly, he has made his return already, enjoying in restricted trend within the season finale.

Sony Michel nonetheless received the majority of the work, 22 touches to Akers’ eight, however neither was particularly productive in opposition to the 49ers. That doesn’t encourage the Rams to power Akers into motion (since he did nothing to warrant it), however Michel did nothing to dissuade such motion (since he too was pedestrian).

The Madman thinks that was the worst of what we’ll see of Akers’ workload the remainder of the best way. We would anticipate Akers to take a bigger function with every around the Rams advance.

But that doesn’t do rather a lot to encourage confidence this week. What we do like is Akers’ worth at day by day websites. He is $1,300 cheaper than Michel at FanDuel, and $1,200 cheaper at DraftKings.

For that distinction, we’ll take a lighter workload — which nonetheless needs to be a bigger share of the work than final week, even when not nearly all of the work. Plus, that enables us extra wage freedom to chase bankable property akin to Cooper Kupp and Ja’Marr Chase for our event rosters.

By no means is he a slam dunk, however at such an inexpensive price, you not often get somebody with as a lot explosive potential.

Where the Wild issues are

Joe Burrow QB, Bengals, vs. Raiders (FanDuel $7,800/DraftKings $6,800)

We like this recreation to high the Over (49) greater than the 49ers-Cowboys (50.5) — Vegas’ two highest level totals on the week. The Burrows-Ja’Marr Chase connection has been largely unstoppable this season.

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Josh Allen QB, Bills, vs. Patriots (FD $8,800/DK $7,800)

Allen answered one in all his worst video games of the season (lower than 12 fantasy factors in Week 13 vs. the Patriots) with an excellent recreation within the Week 16 rematch (greater than 30). With frigid temps Saturday that can be nearer to the primary matchup, we don’t anticipate peak Allen — the costliest QB at each websites.

Derrick Gore RB, Chiefs, vs. Steelers (FD $5,400/DK $4,000)

Clyde Edwards-Helaire is out with a shoulder downside. Darrel Williams is battling a toe subject. Gore has regarded succesful when pressured into obligation, and that might occur once more on Sunday.

Miles Sanders RB, Eagles, at Buccaneers (FD $5,900/DK $5,100)

He is getting back from hand surgical procedure after lacking the ultimate two weeks of the common season. But our larger fear is we don’t belief the distribution of carries by Philadelphia. Jordan Howard may vulture goal-line carries, and Boston Scott is unlikely to vanish.

Josh Jacobs RB, Raiders, at Bengals (FD $7,200/DK $6,500)

Not an attractive choose, and he’s TD-dependent, however he has considerably discounted worth — significantly at FanDuel. The Bengals have been the worst this season vs. opposing fantasy RBs.

Tyreek Hill WR, Chiefs, vs. Steelers (FD $8,000/DK $7,100)

Has a therapeutic heel, which contributed to 5 subpar video games within the closing six of the season. Just hasn’t regarded like himself lately.

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Darren Waller TE, Raiders, at Bengals (FD $6,300/DK $5,700)

Has precisely one double-digit PPR outing since Week 10 — although he did miss 5 video games. Like some cheaper choices a lot better.

Fantasy Insanity Daily Duel

Daily fantasy lineup strategies by Drew Loftis

Team FanDuel

Type: Tourney

Salary: $60K

Fee: $7.77

Entries: 19.1K

Top Prize: $25K

Total pot: $125K

QB: Joe Burrow, $7,800

RB: Cam Akers, $5,400

RB: Derrick Gore, $5,400

WR: Ja’Marr Chase, $8,200

WR: Cooper Kupp, $10,000

WR: Scotty Miller, $5,200

TE: Dallas Goedert, $5,900

Flex: Hunter Renfrow, $7,300

DEF: Chiefs=$4,800

Season risked: $155
Season winnings: Jarad Wilk $100; Drew $15

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