NFL Fantasy Football Week 18 Sleepers
NFL FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 18 SLEEPERS – Most fantasy leagues are in the championship or already over, so I will give out players who are value plays in the main slate on DraftKings. These early takes are subject to change as players deal with injuries, which could open up value for other players. (Salaries from DraftKings)
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Geno Smith – $6,100
Week 18 becomes tricky for DFS because many players may not play their regular snaps. Some players are also looking to capture contract incentives to line their pockets.
Geno Smith is one of those players. If the Seahawks make the playoffs, he earns a two-million-dollar bonus. He faces a familiar foe in the Cardinals that is not great against quarterbacks.
They allow the third most fantasy points to quarterbacks and have surrendered the second most points per game this season. Smith should perform well and might end up with three or more passing touchdowns.
Tyrod Taylor – $5,300
Tyrod Taylor has played pretty well in his limited action this season. He faces the Eagles this week, the team he faced when he replaced Tommy DeVito in week 16. Taylor connected with Darius Slayton for a 69-yard TD late in the fourth quarter but also threw an interception in that game.
He and Slayton also connected for an 80-yard TD against the Rams and narrowly won the game after a punt return, but they failed the two-point conversion, losing by one. The Eagles give up 249.4 passing yards per game and 25.1 points per game. Taylor is a solid option this week.
Jahmyr Gibbs – $6,700
Dan Campbell said he plans to play the starters against the Vikings since they can move up to the second seed if the Cowboys lose later in the day. Gibbs ran for 80 yards, caught four passes for 20 yards, and added two touchdowns against the Vikings in week 16.
He is likely priced too low on DraftKings because of David Montgomery and his rookie status. He is a good value player who could affect the game on the ground or through the air.
Khalil Herbert – $5,700
Khalil Herbert was fantastic against the Falcons, and hopefully, you read this article last week. He was $5,400 last week and smashed as the RB9. Herbert finished with 18 carries for 124 yards and a TD.
He also had three targets, which he turned into two receptions and five yards. He is not featured much in the passing game, but he looks like the main guy in this run-heavy offense.
Roschon Johnson and Herbert split snaps again, which is likely the case in week 18. Johnson carried the ball seven times for 21 yards and a TD, with three receptions for 38 yards. The Packers allow 131.6 rushing yards per game and should get gashed by Herbert as he goes for his third consecutive 100-yard game.
DeAndre Hopkins – $6,100
Will Levis hurt his foot in week 17, and Ryan Tannehill replaced him. Hopkins finished that game with seven receptions on seven targets for 72 yards. Hopkins does not know who is throwing him the ball, but he does not care. He is trying to capture contract incentives, with the Titans being out of the playoff hunt.
Hopkins needs 49 yards for one million, seven receptions for a quarter million, and half a million for 75% of snaps played on the season. He currently is at 72% played. He has played 82% and 85% of snaps in the last two weeks.
Hopkins will be on the field and has a great matchup against the Jaguars. They give up 245.2 passing yards per game and gave up a TD to Hopkins in week 11.
Tucker Kraft – $3,700
Juwan Johnson was the TE1 last week, so hopefully, you read the article last week. Kraft is the best option in the lower tier of tight ends. The Packers’ receiving room is dealing with all kinds of injuries, and they added Jayden Reed to the list last week.
The Packers have had few options recently, and Kraft has become heavily involved. He has six targets in four of the previous five games and only needs a TD to be a top-five tight end. Kraft has played 90% or more snaps in five of the last six.
He will be on the field against the Bears and can be a cheap difference-maker for your lineup.