Awesemo has a ton of great tools and NFL DFS rankings to tackle all the largest contests in DFS. This article will go through and highlight some of the week’s highest-projected Yahoo NFL picks at each position on the Week 18 main slate. It will also provide insight into rostership projections and provide some other matchup information for optimal Yahoo NFL picks for daily fantasy lineups each week.
Week 18 Yahoo NFL Picks, Grades & Values
Top Graded QB: Kyle Murray $35 | Grades: A, Values: B
Kyler Murray has been a feature of numerous articles already this week and the spot here makes sense as one where he could put in a legitimate upside game. Obviously the Cardinals still have lots to play for with the division title up for grabs but Murray has also elevated his play of late and rushed for 44 or more yards now in four of his last five games. The softer defense of the Seahawks will help here too, who are terrible at limiting slot receivers. Murray rates out second in the Awesemo projections at quarterback this week and has the highest combo of score/value grades in the Model.
Top Value QB: Andy Dalton $23 | Grades: C, Values: A
There’s not many great value quarterbacks to choose from this week so if we want to punt the quarterback position we really have to be willing to take a little more risk. One quarterback who is popping a little in the model is Andy Dalton. Dalton put up modest numbers last week, but the Bears were up 14-0 against the Giants before that game even began. The Vikings pass defense has been atrocious all year and have allowed the fourth most passing yards and passing touchdowns against this year. Dalton has the best value score of any quarterback on Awesemo for Week 18 and could surprise here against a Vikings defense who has been a great fantasy opponent all season, and has nothing to play for here.
Top Graded RB: Jonathan Taylor $40 | Grades: A, Values: C
There’s a pretty clear gap at the top of the running back rankings this week with the Colts Jonathan Taylor having the highest points projection at his position by essentially 5.0 points. Taylor and the Colts have a 29.75 implied team total this week, the highest on the main slate, and he’s now rushed for over 100-yards in four straight games. You have to think that if the Colts get up at any point this week, Taylor will be fed the rock until he pukes. With how he’s rated out in the model here, just paying up and eating some Taylor chalk looks like a good strategy for Week 18 at running back.
Top Value RB: Antonio Gibson $22 | Grades: B, Values: A
The Washington Football Team should be getting back Antonio Gibson for this game, and the second year running back has shown that when he’s healthy his team will commit to making him the absolute centre-piece of this offense. In his last last five full starts before getting injured, Gibson had averaged 4.4 catches per game and seen at least 20 touches (catches + carries) in three out of four of those starts. The Giants have actually been an above average run stopping unit of late, but have allowed the eighth-most catches and sixth-most receiving yards to the position. Gibson’s in a good spot to get a bigger workload here against a weak linebacker crew. He grades out one of the best value/upside combos at running back in Week 18.
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Top Graded WR: Justin Jefferson $34 | Grades: A, Values: D
The last half of the season has seen the wide receiver rankings dominated by two names. Both Cooper Kupp and Justin Jefferson sit 1-2 in the Awesemo projections again this week, with Jefferson coming in just behind Kupp. Both men have good match-ups and, realistically, paying up for both on Yahoo this week may be a great way to begin lineups. We can’t ignore Jefferson’s value though, who is a full $7 less than Kupp and plays a Bears team who has ceded the second-most touchdowns to the wide receiver position this year. Don’t be shocked if Jefferson puts on a show in the Week 18 finale and make him a primary target this week.
Top Value WR: Robby Anderson $10 | Grades: D, Values: A
Big things were expected for Robby Anderson this year in Carolina, and while he’s been a pretty big bust for fantasy purposes, he has finally started to see a bit better targeting in his last few games of the year. Anderson had seen 30-targets in three games prior to last week’s two catch effort against New Orleans. The former Jet has a decent match-up here though against the Buccaneers who are dealing with injury issues on both dies of the ball. He grades out with the third-best value score on Awesemo this week and should bounce-back from a usage perspective in a match-up where Carolina is expected to be throwing the ball late into this game.
Top Graded TE: Zach Ertz $20 | Grades: A, Values: C
The projections at tight-end this week are quite bunched at the top of the rankings so going with the best value play does make some sense here. Zach Ertz is less than a point behind top-ranked George Kittle in the rankings, but comes in $6 cheaper and has a better match-up on paper, against a Seattle team who has allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing tight-ends this year. Ertz’s high usage over his last 10-games makes him a safe bet and he could easily break out here for a big game if this game devolves into a bit of a back and forth shootout.
Top Value TE: Tyler Conklin $12 | Grades: C, Values: B
As mentioned above, the Viking pass catchers are in a pretty decent spot this week against a weaker Bears coverage unit. With no Adam Thielen in this game, Ty Conklin will again have a shot at grabbing 5-7 targets and perhaps even finding the endzone, a place he’s landed in three-times this season. Conklin does lead all active receivers (not named Justin Jefferson) in targets though and certainly grades out well this week in the projections, where he’s got the second-best value score on the main slate for all tight-ends.
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