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Sleeper captain picks for Sunday Divisional round showdowns

Sunday features two Divisional round games for the 2021 NFL PLayoffs. We break down DraftKings Showdown strategy with sleeper captain picks.

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (17) breaks a tackle by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Darqueze Dennard (34) during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL regular season might be over, but that does not mean DFS is done. We have the two Divisional round games scheduled for Sunday and there are a ton of DFS showdown contests for many people to get involved in.

If you are familiar with showdown contests, you have a captain spot, which is worth 1.5x points and multiple FLEX spots. If you pick the right captain, along with reasonably priced FLEX players, then you may find yourself winning some cash. Many fantasy football players put a quarterback in the captain spot, since they can bring in a lot of points. However, we are going to explore some other players who could fill that void.

Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs

Nick Chubb, RB, Browns ($14100)

Usually, when we are looking for a captain sleeper pick for in a showdown contest, we strive to find a player under $10000 with a ton of value. But for Sunday’s game, we are going to pick star running back Nick Chubb, who plays an instrumental role in the Browns’ offense.

Last week against the Steelers’ defense, Chubb had 145 total yards (76 rushing) on 22 carries and a touchdown. The star running back rewarded DFS players with 24.5 fantasy points. Chubb could be in store for another productive double-digit week. The Chiefs’ defense is giving up 122.1 rushing yards per game this season. They’ve also allowed five receiving touchdowns to opposing running backs.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Saints ($8700)

Unlike Nick Chubb, New Orleans Saints wideout Emmanuel Sanders is a deep sleeper selection for Sunday’s showdown contest. Last week against the Bears, Sanders did not receive a lot of targets. He only had two receptions (three targets) for three yards. Instead, it was Deonte Harris, who was the Saints WR2, recording seven receptions (seven targets) for 83 yards.

Heading into last week’s wild card game, Sanders was averaging 5.7 receptions and 7.7 targets in the Saints’ last three games. He also scored at least 10-plus fantasy points or more in four-straight games. On Sunday, he’s going up against a Bucs’ defense that will give up yards. This season, they have allowed 271.6 passing yards per game and ranked 25th against WRs (OPRK).