Week 16 of the NFL season is here. There is no more TNF, but there is a Saturday tripleheader.
Two offensive juggernauts in the Texans and Bucs start the day, followed by a defensive bully-ball matchup between the Bills and Pats. The 49ers and Rams get the primetime game to finish it off.
With three games on Saturday, SNF, and MNF, there will be only 11 games on the Sunday Classic Slate for DraftKings. Usually, this is a bit of an issue, but there are quite a few matchups that are loaded with fantasy potential.
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Here are some under-the-radar players that can help you win in Week 16.
Carson Wentz – QB, PHI
Opponent – Dallas Cowboys
Price – $5,800
Carson Wentz. A QB who finds his way into criticism from the media on a weekly basis. This week is no different, as Wentz and the Eagles host the Cowboys with the NFC East divisional title on the line.
Wentz has led the Eagles to game-winning drives in back-to-back weeks and is regaining his confidence and the trust of Eagles fans everywhere. On paper, this is a tougher matchup than Wentz has had in recent weeks.
However, there are times where you throw out the paper and look at the humans on the field. And right now, I’m looking at an Eagles team that is facing adversity head-on with an underdog mindset, ready to eat. I have the feeling that this becomes a high-scoring affair with Carson Wentz leading his team to victory at the Linc.
With a price of $5,800 and averaging 24.9 fantasy points in his last three games, look for Wentz to have a big fantasy day.
Austin Ekeler – RB, LAC
Opponent – Oakland Raiders
Price – $6,100
Austin Ekeler has produced solid fantasy numbers week in and week out for the entirety of the 2019 NFL season. Even in a 29-point loss to the Vikings last week, Ekeler managed to post 13.1 fantasy points as he carried the ball 7 times and saw another 7 targets as a receiver.
He technically plays behind his counterpart Melvin Gordon, but with Gordon putting the ball on the carpet twice, Ekeler should be in line for more work this week against the Raiders. And a matchup with the Oakland Raiders should bode well for Ekeler and the Chargers this week.
The Raiders’ defense ranks 17th against opposing RBs, 14th in rushing yards allowed, 27th in passing yards allowed and 29th in points allowed. While the Raiders are okay against the run, they get beat through the air and on the scoreboard.
With Ekeler getting steady work in the passing game and sniffing out the endzone 11 times on the year, he has the potential for a monster game in LA.
Terry McLaurin – WR, WAS
Opponent – New York Giants
Price – $6,200
Widely known as ‘Scary Terry’, McLaurin has had a phenomenal rookie season for the Washington Redskins (not an easy task). McLaurin has been getting it done all year, as he’s proven himself to ultimately be the only option in the passing game for the Redskins.
Scary Terry and the ‘Skins welcome the New York Football Giants this week. The Giants’ defense has been abysmal all season long, ranking in the bottom tier in every defensive category. In terms of fantasy points against opposing WRs, the Giants rank 28th.
With McLaurin and Haskins regaining their rapport from Ohio State, I like McLaurin’s chances to find the endzone multiple times on Sunday in Landover.
Jacob Hollister – TE, SEA
Opponent – Arizona Cardinals
Price – $4,200
After being irrelevant on the offensive side of the football for his entire career, the 26-year-old tight end has stepped up for the Seattle Seahawks and has been a weapon for Russell Wilson. With teammate Josh Gordon suspended, Hollister’s importance on 3rd down and in the red zone significantly increases.
This Sunday is a particularly easy matchup for Hollister and the Seahawks. They host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday – a defense that ranks LAST against opposing TEs. Last week, the Cardinals allowed 2 TDs to the position against the Cleveland Browns.
With the Cardinals at the bottom of every defensive category, I expect a shootout in Seattle – with Jacob Hollister being the greatest beneficiary.
Listen & Learn
For a full rundown of our under-the-radar Week 16 DFS picks, listen to this week’s Sneaky Plays Podcast – Fly Eagles Fly – on your favorite podcast platform!
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