Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets ($7,800) vs. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers ($8,300)
Say what you want about Fitzpatrick, the guy has the Jets in the playoff hunt and is one of the best bang-for-your-buck DFS buys in recent weeks, averaging almost 24 DFS points over the previous five games. He’s money in the red zone with targets like Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker and is producing at a much more consistent rate than some higher priced passers.
Speaking of high-price QBs, Rodgers has spoiled plenty of DFS weeks with his underwhelming 2015 campaign. The Packers pivot has topped 20 or more DFS points just once in the last six games and was limited to only 8.94 points against Arizona last week. We don’t expect A-Rod to repeat that rotten performance but his offensive line is banged up and Minnesota will be playing ball control football, trying to keep it out of Rodgers’ hands.
Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants ($8,900) vs. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons ($9,300)
Beckham returns from his one-game ban after throwing a fit versus Carolina two weeks ago. The Giants receiver was on an incredible pace before running into Josh Norman, averaging nearly 25 DFS points in the four games prior. He won’t have that resistance against the Eagles secondary, who have given up the most fantasy points to receivers this season. Beckham had only 61 yards and a touchdown versus Philly in Week 6, but with nothing to lose and the Eagles under new management, we see him topping that total.
Jones returned to form with a pair of performances the last two weeks, posting 22.3 and 28.3 DFS points after a lengthy drought. While Atlanta is playing a Saints team that has given up the sixth most fantasy points to WRs, Jones didn’t have a big day the last time these divisional mates matched up, with just 12.3 DFS points. Teams are throwing double and triple coverage on Jones, and forcing Atlanta’s other receivers to beat them. The Saints are a prideful franchise and won’t pack it in in the season finale.
Buy: Beckham Jr.
Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals ($6,200) vs. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs ($6,200)
Eifert had his bell rung in a Week 14 matchup with the Steelers, sitting out the last two weeks with a concussion. He’s expected to return in the regular season closer against Baltimore, but with the Bengals protecting their assets, Eifert could see limited snaps if the game opens up. The Ravens haven’t done too many things right this year but covering TEs is one of them, allowing the second fewest fantasy points to tight ends in the NFL.
Kelce had just 5.2 DFS points the last time Kansas City played Oakland, which is the fourth worst team versus tight ends, giving up an average of 9.6 fantasy points to TEs per game. The Chiefs’ big man is coming off a busy Week 16 in which he caught six balls for 43 yards and a touchdown. Kelce has averaged more than 11 DFS points over his last five games inside Arrowhead Stadium and it doesn’t look like that groin injury is slowing down his production.
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