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Fantasy Football: Rostership report and pivot plays from the highest-owned DFS targets in Week 18

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) runs the ball for a 69 yard touchdown during the second half against the New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium. Colts won 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021 fantasy football regular season concludes with Week 18. Most leagues are either finished or hosting their fantasy championships, but there is still data to sift through for the full DFS slate on Sunday and Monday. Using PFF metrics, we can exploit the projected rostership numbers to identify value for DFS lineups.

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This report helps identify pivot players to target if you are looking to avoid highly rostered players in GPP tournaments. Optimizing cost and rostership percentage is what creates strong yet unique lineups crucial to winning large-field tournaments.

DraftKings Top 20 Players in Projected Rostership

Player Team OPP POS Salary Rostership%
Antonio Gibson WAS NYG RB 5800 20.44%
Jonathan Taylor IND JAC RB 9300 17.57%
Justin Jefferson MIN CHI WR 8100 17.08%
Dalvin Cook MIN CHI RB 7800 14.99%
David Montgomery CHI MIN RB 6800 13.63%
Josh Allen BUF NYJ QB 8100 13.17%
A.J. Brown TEN HOU WR 7000 12.81%
Christian Kirk ARI SEA WR 6000 11.96%
Washington Football Team WAS NYG D 3100 11.93%
D'Onta Foreman TEN HOU RB 5700 11.59%
Zach Ertz ARI SEA TE 5300 11.59%
Devin Singletary BUF NYJ RB 6000 11.42%
Kyler Murray ARI SEA QB 7400 11.00%
Sony Michel LAR SF RB 6000 10.90%
Mike Evans TB CAR WR 7100 10.47%
Brandin Cooks HOU TEN WR 6300 10.25%
D.J. Moore CAR TB WR 5800 10.25%
Tyler Higbee LAR SF TE 4000 10.14%
Stefon Diggs BUF NYJ WR 7800 9.79%
Cleveland Browns CLE CIN D 2600 8.95%

FanDuel Top 20 Players in Projected Rostership

Player Team OPP POS Salary Rostership%
Antonio Gibson WAS NYG RB 6800 21.53%
Jonathan Taylor IND JAC RB 10200 20.59%
Justin Jefferson MIN CHI WR 8500 16.90%
Dalvin Cook MIN CHI RB 8700 16.64%
David Montgomery CHI MIN RB 7600 15.20%
D.J. Moore CAR TB WR 6100 14.84%
Josh Allen BUF NYJ QB 8800 14.30%
A.J. Brown TEN HOU WR 7400 13.06%
Devin Singletary BUF NYJ RB 6700 13.05%
Cooper Kupp LAR SF WR 10000 13.04%
Zach Ertz ARI SEA TE 5600 12.48%
D'Onta Foreman TEN HOU RB 6900 12.41%
Christian Kirk ARI SEA WR 6200 12.40%
Kyler Murray ARI SEA QB 8400 11.45%
Sony Michel LAR SF RB 7700 10.95%
Stefon Diggs BUF NYJ WR 7700 10.41%
Mike Evans TB CAR WR 7800 10.20%
Washington Football Team WAS NYG D 5000 10.00%
Rashaad Penny SEA ARI RB 7800 9.35%
Brandin Cooks HOU TEN WR 7100 9.21%

Pivot Plays for Week 18

QB: TAYSOM HILL, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Platform Salary Rostership
DraftKings $6,200 3.0%
FanDuel $7,700 2.8%

Hill has now started four games at quarterback for the New Orleans Saints and scored 17.4 fantasy points or more in three of them. This week, the Saints have a chance to sneak into the NFL playoffs. A win doesn’t guarantee a berth, but it improves their chances significantly. As usual, we hope that Hill leans into his main skill — running the football. He’s rushed at least 11 times in all four of his starts.

In a spot where Hill and the Saints need a win, they are lucky to draw the Atlanta Falcons as their opponent. Now long out of the playoff race, mostly due to their horrible defense, the Falcons are playing for just incentives and pride. Not to mention, Josh Allen just rushed for two touchdowns against them last week. Hill is in a great spot to stack up three or more total touchdowns at a reduced rostership percentage.

QB: MATTHEW STAFFORD, LOS ANGELES RAMS

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