This article originally appeared on Lucky Trader: DraftKings Reignmakers | Weekly News & Marketplace Inefficiencies (Conference Championships).
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In this article, we’ll look at the most impactful NFL news of the week, the best additions to your DraftKings Reignmakers squad and which SuperStars are the best value adds to fill out the rest of your team.
What Happened This Week in the NFL?
Staying on top of NFL news is difficult. This section highlights the most important announcements of the week and shows how they’ve impacted DraftKings Reignmakers player card prices.
Patrick Mahomes to Play With High Ankle Sprain
Mahomes left the game vs. the Jaguars with a high ankle sprain but did return to the field. He threw for nearly 200 passing yards and two touchdowns, completing more than 70% of his passes. This week, Mahomes is “gonna play,” according to head coach Andy Reid. Mahomes “worked hard on the treatment and is doing okay,” according to Reid.
Jalen Hurts Not 100% Healthy
Hurts played injured vs. the Giants. He threw for slightly more than 150 passing yards and two touchdowns, but the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t have to push him after leading by a significant margin for most of the game. It is unlikely he completely recovers from his shoulder injury by this Sunday, which means he will, yet again, play injured. The Eagles could get slightly more conservative with their play calling if Hurts’ shoulder injury becomes a problem during the game.
Christian McCaffrey Playing With Calf Discomfort
After missing a few critical plays during the fourth quarter, McCaffrey later revealed a nagging calf injury that kept him from playing to his full potential last week. He said he “was fighting but made it through,” when asked about his injury after the game. He is expected to play this week vs. the Eagles, the 49ers’ last hurdle until the Super Bowl. For now, he is day-to-day, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.
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Best Value Play
This section highlights the best value add this week based on Conference Championship projections and prices.
Travis Kelce - TE - ELITE - $650
Kelce caught 14 passes for 98 receiving yards and two touchdowns last week vs. Jacksonville. Mahomes left that game for an extended period of time with an ankle injury, and it barely impacted Kelce. He is QB-proof. He is also by far the best tight end remaining in the NFL playoffs and has incredible upside in deep roster formats. Mahomes is expected to play this weekend, and since he can’t scramble and let plays develop downfield, he will likely rely more heavily on Kelce and his army of running backs out of the backfield for short, faster-to-develop routes.
Looking for the last piece of the puzzle to your perfect DraftKings Reignmakers lineup? This section highlights the best stack for this week’s playoff matchups.
Joe Burrow - QB - ELITE - $837 // Ja’Marr Chase - WR - ELITE - $720
Burrow’s LEGENDARY tier player cards skyrocketed in value after the Bengals’ win vs. Bills, which sent Josh Allen and company packing. Burrow and Chase are the only healthy high-upside pairing this upcoming weekend during the Conference Championship round. Mahomes is dealing with a severe ankle injury, and Jalen Hurts is playing through shoulder discomfort. Even McCaffrey is hurt. Stack Burrow and Chase at the ELITE tier.
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