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16 Dec 2023


NextImg:Stay in the fantasy football action even if you’re out of the playoffs

Welcome, welcome, welcome. Happy fantasy football playoffs, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

This is the Hunger Games portion of our regularly schedule football season, and as much as most fantasy managers stress and moan as if every week is do-or-die, well, now every week is pretty much do-or-die.

Unless … unless you already died because you didn’t make the playoffs. But fear not! There still is the wonderful world of DFS to explore, where you can continue to play even in your fantasy afterlife.

There are some who like the 50/50 games — minimal prize money, but almost half the entries actually win. But the Madman prefers the all-or-nothing approach fund in large tournaments — where the payouts are large but the amount of entries that win is only roughly 20 percent, and the number that win big money a scant few.

But that’s why they call it gambling … we mean, a game of chance, because chances are, you’re going to lose. Counterintuitively, when gunning for the jackpots, you are looking for a unique lineup. Essentially, to increase your chances to win big, you lower your chance topping the payline.

In our quest to press our luck, our primary stack won’t be from the most popular game of the week — Cowboys at Bills. Instead, we’re going to look toward Commanders at Rams.

Sam Howell continues to fly under the radar despite being the QB7 on the season, but 11 others are more expensive this week at DraftKings. We want to pair him with a pass-catcher, so we pick Terry McLaurin. He has been bad for a month and is coming off a donut, so we’re going to lean into a rebound performance while many others fade.

On the opposite side, we go with Kyren Williams, our favorite running back this week outside of the unaffordable Christian McCaffrey. Speaking of unaffordable, we wanted to go heavier with this stack, but that would involve using one of the expensive Rams receivers. Instead, we wanted to use that salary-cap space on the red-hot CeeDee Lamb.

Khalil Shakir (10) celebrates after his touchdown with Trent Sherfield against the Jets. AP

We don’t want too much exposure to what we think will be the most popular game, but we don’t mind having a flier opposite Lamb. Looking for a lower usage rates, we opt for Bills WR Khalil Shakir, giving us a ’Boys-Bills mini-stack.

To fill out our roster, we take cheap RB Tyler Allgeier, who is facing a bad Panthers run defense and could get extra work if the Falcons are playing from ahead, as expected.

We like the amount of work tight end David Njoku got with Joe Flacco at QB last week, so we dip back into that well. With Tyreek Hill dealing with an ankle issue and the Dolphins looking dysfunctional with him out or limited, we like the affordable Jets DST.

Leaving us with just enough room to add Garrett Wilson as the Flex, hoping Zach Wilson has another carefree, productive week.

Now let’s hope this roster catches fire.

D’Andre Swift RB, Eagles, at Seahawks (FanDuel $7,300/DraftKings $6,100)

It’s been a rough go of late for Swift, but he’s had some stiff matchups. Gets a reprieve Monday against a loose Seahawks run-stopping unit in a game in which Philly, presumably, won’t fall so far behind.

Zay Flowers WR, Ravens, at Jaguars (FD $6,800/DK $5,700)

Has 18 targets over past two games, both of which have resulted in 20-plus PPR outings. Jacksonville’s secondary has been torched three straight games — giving up 28 percent more than league average to WRs in that span.

D’Andre Swift runs the ball during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys. Getty Images

Jayden Reed WR, Packers, vs. Buccaneers (FD $6,100/DK $4,900)

With Christian Watson expected out again, Reed should maintain his lead role, assuming he can play through an ankle issue. Faces a Bucs pass defense that ranks fifth-worst in the league, and probably is only that good because of a soft schedule.

Dalton Schultz TE, Texans, at Titans (FD $6,000/DK $4,900)

Tank Dell out, Nico Collins missing practices, Noah Brown limited during the week. Even if C.J. Stroud (concussion protocol) doesn’t play, Schultz is still in line for a healthy dose of work.

Travis Etienne Jr. RB, Jaguars, vs. Ravens (FD $8,000/DK $6,800)

Questionable with a rib issue. If he plays, it is hard to sit him, but if you happen you have a decent alternative, facing the stiff Ravens with a gimpy Trevor Lawrence while Etienne himself isn’t 100 percent is not ideal.

Kenneth Walker III RB, Seahawks, vs. Eagles (FD $6,400/DK $6,200)

If his new committee situation with Zach Charbonnet wasn’t enough bad news, he draws what will be an angry Eagles team that ranks fourth-stingiest against opposing RBs.

Tyreek Hill signals from the field against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter. USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con

Tyreek Hill WR, Dolphins, vs. Jets (FD $10,200/DK $9,900)

Like Etienne, hard to sit if he plays, but worth considering if the right option available. Was limited by an ankle injured suffered Monday night. If he plays, he likely won’t be as explosive, while facing the toughest defense in the league vs. receivers.

Drake London WR, Falcons, at Panthers (FD $6,600/DK $5,400)

Carolina is pretty bad at everything, but one thing they have been pretty good at is limiting fantasy production of opposing WRs. Don’t expect London to repeat his monster Week 14 output.

Drew Loftis and Jarad Wilk submit dueling rosters into a DFS contest:

Site: DraftKings

Slate: Sun. main (10 games)

Type: $12 tourney

Top prize: $15K

Pot: $150K

QB: Sam Howell

Was (at LAR) $6,300

RB: Kyren Williams

LAR (vs. Was) $7,500

Kyren Williams (23) gets tackled by Baltimore Ravens safety Geno Stone (26). AP

RB: Tyler Allgeier

Atl (at Car) $4,400

WR: Khalil Shakir

Buf (vs. Dal) $3,800

WR: CeeDee Lamb

Dal (at Buf) $9,200

WR: Terry McLaurin

Was (at LAR) $5,600

TE: David Njoku

Cle (vs. Chi) $4,700

Flex: Garrett Wilson

NYJ (at Mia) $5,800

DST: Jets

NYJ (at Mia) $2,500

QB: Brock Purdy

SF (at Ari) $6,800

RB: Christian McCaffrey

SF (at Ari) $9,300

RB: Bijan Robinson

Atl (at Car) $6,800

WR: Garrett Wilson

NYJ (at Mia) $5,800

WR: Curtis Samuel

Was (at LAR) $4,600

WR: Jayden Reed

GB (vs. TB) $4,900

TE: Tucker Kraft

GB (vs. TB) $3,000

Flex: Rashee Rice

KC (at NE) $6,100

DST: Jets

NYJ (at Mia) $2,500

For late changes to

Daily Duel rosters, follow

@NYPost_Loftis on X

Season risked: $130.44

Season’s winnings: Drew $88, Jarad $19