Finding a good, cheap player in Showdown slates is usually a necessity but isn’t an easy thing to do, especially in the playoffs. But there will always be a player that does better than we expect and could have been a nice piece to help you fill out your Showdown lineups.
Playing defenses and kickers is one way to save money and this week I like Will Lutz and the Saints defense, but we’ll focus on non-kickers and D/STs for this post.
Tre’Quan Smith, WR, Saints ($4,400)
Smith was used extensively last week and caught all five of his targets for 56 yards and a touchdown. It’s good to see Smith not solely used as a deep threat, which gives him a chance to see useful work when teams sell out to stop Michael Thomas. Smith has also been playing ahead of Ted Ginn Jr. of late and has the safest floor of the two.
Irv Smith Jr., TE, Vikings ($1,400)
I’m a fan of Smith Jr. and believe he is a much better talent than Kyle Rudolph at this point in their careers. The trouble is that they split work and make it tough for either to have any consistency. The good news is that Smith is super cheap and has seen a couple more targets than Rudolph in the second half of the season and has three red zone targets to Rudolph’s zero since Week 14.
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