NFL Conference Championships - Best Injury-Based DFS Plays
Patrick Mahomes, Projected FanDuel points 24.36 ($8,500)
Patrick Mahomes suffered a right high ankle/eversion sprain in the AFC's divisional round. He went to the locker room for X-rays and returned after getting his right ankle taped.
He went 12 for 18 for 118 yards and a touchdown in the second half, but the flare wasn't there.
According to the Pro Football Docs, Mahomes' right high ankle injury could limit his mobility in the pocket and his ability to drive the ball down the field.
But Mahomes has been a full participant in practice this week, and he's played on a similar injury.
He has a possibility to still have his off-script magic this week because of his propensity to throw off balance even when healthy, according to the Pro Football Docs.
Christian McCaffrey, Projected FanDuel points 22.47 ($9,000)
Christian McCaffrey (CMC) only had 57 total yards on 16 touches versus the Dallas Cowboys' defense in the NFC's divisional round. He split touches with reserve running back Elijah Mitchell, who had 22 touches on Sunday.
According to the Pro Football Docs, CMC is dealing with a minor calf issue that likely limits his touches but he should be fully effective on Sunday.
CMC hasn't practiced this week but said there's a zero percent chance he doesn't play Sunday. He has scored a touchdown in 9 straight contests and should feature in the redzone.
However, DFS players should choose him at your own risk because of a likely smaller workload for the hampered CMC.
Elijah Mitchell, Projected FanDuel points 7.96 ($5,600)
Mitchell's injury is the most concerning of the bunch.
With CMC hampered, Mitchell is the logical pivot. However, he suffered a groin injury last week and has not practiced all this week ahead of the matchup against the Eagles.
While Mitchell may suit up, he should be avoided because of the chance of reaggravation. Rookie rusher Jordan Mason ($4,600) and Tyrion Davis-Price ($4,500) could see increased usage if Mitchell is inactive.
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