FanDuel Market Watch: Conference Championship Round
Let’s take a look at notable salary changes as we head into Conference Championship Round of the NFL playoffs.
Blake Bortles (JAX): $7,600 @ NE (+$500)
After a relatively calm and rather predictable Saturday in the NFL, Sunday completely flipped the script. Blake Bortles and the Jaguars held off the Steelers in a wild shootout to earn the right to travel to Foxborough to face the Patriots. While Bortles didn’t set the world on fire against Pittsburgh (16.06 FDP), he did fare better in the passing game while not throwing any interceptions. The matchup is at least more favorable than the last two opponents, but you have to be careful with the Patriots at home and a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. Bortles’ price jumped the most among the four remaining quarterbacks, but he’s certainly the riskiest one as well.
Nick Foles (PHI): $7,100 vs. MIN (-$100)
Foles’ price slipped after a pedestrian outing against the Falcons, and he likely won’t find things any easier this week against the Vikings. While he will have the benefit of playing at home, I don’t think I want any part of him against a tough defense like Minnesota.
Leonard Fournette (JAX): $8,500 @ NE (+$600)
Fournette’s price spiked after scoring 30.9 FDP against the Steelers on Sunday, although he was considerably less productive after hurting his ankle in the second quarter. He was a one-man wrecking crew prior to that injury, so I would anticipate that foot being center of attention this week for the Jaguars. The matchup is nothing to shy away from, but you’ll want to know the risks involved with a potential re-injury, especially in the cold weather.
Rex Burkhead (NE): $6,000 vs. JAX (-$400)
Burkhead hasn’t played since the middle of December, but it sounds like he’ll be returning this weekend against the Jaguars. The matchup is obviously less than ideal and the backfield situation is always tricky to decipher in New England. That being said, his price is compelling enough to justify taking a flier in tournament play.
Danny Amendola (NE): $6,400 vs. JAX (+$1,200)
Amendola lit up the Titans on Saturday night as he hauled in 11 of 13 targets for 112 yards on his way to 16.7 FDP. He didn’t score a touchdown, however, so I was a bit surprised to see a price hike this big. Tom Brady thrives on getting the ball out quick, so this could be a situation where Amendola is leaned upon yet again against a tough Jacksonville defense.
Stefon Diggs (MIN): $6,700 @ PHI (-$600)
Stamping your name in the book of epically amazing wins will get you a $600 price drop these days. Diggs caught six of 10 targets for 137 yards and a touchdown Sunday night against the Saints, with that lone touchdown likely earning Diggs a spot in the conversation for the biggest game-winners ever. The Eagles undoubtedly present a tough matchup for Diggs and the Vikings, but I am not certain his salary should have dropped this week.
Kyle Rudolph (MIN): $6,100 @ PHI (+$200)
Rudolph was the only tight end to see a price increase this week, but it certainly wasn’t because of production (5.3 FDP). It will be interesting to see how the Vikings attempt to attack the Eagles’ defense, but Rudolph is a bit too touchdown dependent to rely on. With that in mind, he did see eight targets against the Saints on Sunday, so the volume is encouraging.
Rob Gronkowski (NE): $8,400 vs. JAX (-$100)
Gronkowski scored 17.1 FDP on Saturday night against the Titans, but his price slipped $100 heading into a showdown against the Jaguars. The Jaguars will present a stiff challenge for this offense, but it’s worth noting that Vance McDonald did haul in 10 of 16 targets for 112 yards in Pittsburgh’s loss. This might be an outlier, but it also could have provided an opening for Gronkowski to exploit this weekend.