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As opposed to other DFS sites that base lineups around a salary cap, Underdog uses snake drafts for larger entry fields and each person is divided into six-person groups. When the draft concludes your team is submitted into a 45,324-person field. This is different than other DFS sites as you’re at the mercy of other drafters. Who you have on your team will be based on who other fantasy managers draft, which is why I recommend submitting multiple entries to get that optimal lineup.

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In this article I will feature positional values, stacking options, and games to target. Below each player are additional stacking options for that player, the defense they’re playing that week, as well as that defenses’ rank against the player’s position (fantasy points).

Thanks for checking out another SGPN Battle Royale article Week 18 edition. Good luck this weekend in your DFS slates and in your fantasy football playoff matchups.

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Week 18 Underdog Battle Royale Quarterback Tiers

Tier 1:

Josh Allen

ADP: 2.5 Opponent: NE (20th)
Stacking Options: Stefon Diggs, Gabe Davis, Dawson Knox

As of writing this, the Bills/Bengals game is still up in the air but we have already been told that the Buffalo vs New England matchup will go on as scheduled. No matter what the Bills will be playing their starters as they need a win to stay alive for the 1 seed in the AFC. Josh Allen is an obvious choice for the top Quarterback spot with over 40+ rushing yards in seven of nine games.

Joe Burrow

ADP: 10.0 Opponent: BAL (14th)
Stacking Options: Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, Hayden Hurst

Joe Burrow has emerged as an elite fantasy Quarterback this season and unlike others, most of his production comes exclusively through the air. The Bengals are up to 4th in pass plays per game in 2022 as this was a problem for Burrow’s production in the past. Pay close attention to the playoff implications as it remains to be seen if the Bengals will have something to play for in this game.

Jalen Hurts

ADP: 3.9 Opponent: NYG (15th)
Stacking Options: AJ Brown, Devonta Smith, Dallas Goedert

Prior to missing the last two games, Jalen Hurts had finished as the QB1 or QB2 in four straight games. The Eagles have to win to hold on to the number 1 seed in the NFC playoff picture and Hurts is expected to play this week. He’s averaged over 66 rushing yards over his last five games and potential rust is the only thing keeping him from the number one spot in these rankings.

Tier 2:

Kirk Cousins

ADP: 31.0 Opponent: CHI (26th)
Stacking Options: Justin Jefferson, T.J. Hockenson, Adam Thielen

Justin Herbert

ADP: 34.5 Opponent: DEN (3rd)
Stacking Options: Keenan Allen, Austin Ekeler, Mike Williams

Dak Prescott

ADP: 33.4 Opponent: WAS (19th)
Stacking Options: CeeDee Lamb, Dalton Schultz

Tom Brady

ADP: 30.9 Opponent: ATL (21st)
Stacking Options: Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, Drake London

Tier 3:

Geno Smith

ADP: 34.9 Opponent: LAR (9th)
Stacking Options: DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Cam Akers

Lamar Jackson

ADP: 35.4 Opponent: CIN (6th)
Stacking Options: Mark Andrews, Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins

Week 18 Underdog Battle Royale Tight End Tiers

Tier 1:

George Kittle

ADP: 17.5 Opponent: ARI (31st)
Stacking Options: James Conner

George Kittle has emerged as a favorite target for Brock Purdy. He has finished as a TE1 in three straight games and has 5 touchdowns over that span. He should be treated as the TE2 in fantasy right now and there is no Travis Kelce in this slate of games. The 49ers are still alive for the 1 seed in the NFC which will keep their starters on the field.

Mark Andrews

ADP: 26.7 Opponent: CIN (17th)
Stacking Options: Lamar Jackson, Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins

After a rough second half of the season, Mark Andrews finally had a breakout game. He caught all 9 of his targets for 100 yards. Andrews hadn’t had over four receptions in five games so it was a welcome sight for fantasy managers. He will be a boom/bust option in Week 18 which is just fine in a large entry tournament like this one at his price.

Tier 2:

T.J. Hockenson

ADP: 28.1 Opponent: CHI (5th)
Stacking Options: Kirk Cousins, Justin Fields

T.J. Hockenson has emerged as a favorite target of Kirk Cousins with 28 targets over the last two weeks. He is second among all Tight Ends in targets in 2022 as well. However, the Vikings won’t have much to play for this Sunday and his role could be limited. I’m limiting my exposure this weekend as a result.

Dalton Schultz

ADP: 31.1 Opponent: WAS (4th)
Stacking Options: Dak Prescott, Terry Mclaurin

Dalton Schultz has been up and down fantasy-wise this season but he is as reliable as any Tight End outside the elite tier. He’s coming off a fantastic game and the Cowboys are also still alive for the number one seed in the NFC. This is a great value late in drafts, particularly with a lot of teams not playing their starters.

Tier 3:

Taysom Hill

ADP: 29.5 Opponent: CAR (9th)
Stacking Options: DJ Moore

Dallas Goedert

ADP: 34.3 Opponent: NYG (23rd)
Stacking Options: Jalen Hurts, Saquon Barkley

Dawson Knox

ADP: 35.1 Opponent: NE (19th)
Stacking Options: Josh Allen, Rhamondre Stevenson

Pat Freiermuth

ADP: 35.5 Opponent: CLE (6th)
Stacking Options: Amari Cooper, Nick Chubb

Tyler Conklin

ADP: 34.4 Opponent: MIA (3rd)
Stacking Options: Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle

Cole Kmet

ADP: 35.8 Opponent: MIA (18th)
Stacking Options: Justin Fields, Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle

Hayden Hurst

ADP: 35.8 Opponent: BAL (10th)
Stacking Options: Joe Burrow, Lamar Jackson, Mark Andrews

Week 18 Underdog Battle Royale Running Back Values

Cam Akers

ADP: 32.8 Opponent: SEA (30th)
Stacking Options: Geno Smith, DK Metcalf

It shouldn’t actually be a surprise Cam Aker’s dramatic improvement these last few games. He suffered a torn Achilles just 18 months ago. Akers should just now be beginning to regain his former explosion and burst. He has 380 rushing yards over the last few games and will be motivated to cement himself as the lead back going into 2023.

James Conner

ADP: 33.2 Opponent: SF (1st)
Stacking Options: Christian McCaffrey, George Kittle

James Conner is ninth in 2022 in opportunity share among Running Backs and that has only gone up in recent weeks. Colt McCoy will miss yet another game though so Conner might not get that many snaps if the Cardinals’ offense struggles. Nonetheless, any Running Back who’s likely to get 20 touches has value at this point in drafts.

Rhamondre Stevenson

ADP: 35.4 Opponent: BUF (10th)
Stacking Options: Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, Dawson Knox

Rhamondre Stevenson’s play has leveled off recently after a strong first 12 weeks of the season. He’s finished outside the top 40 Running Backs three times in his last five games. Furthermore, to make matters worse he had just a 57% snap share last week with Damien Harris returning to the lineup. His ADP is justified, but his role in the passing game gives him top 5 upside.

Tony Pollard

ADP: 35.4 Opponent: WAS (6th)
Stacking Options: Dak Prescott, Terry Mclaurin

Tony Pollard is your injury discount of the week and he’s put in full practices the last couple of days. He’s expected to play, but his role might be reduced as he returns to full strength. He’s a risk but one I’m fine taking in a limited number of drafts this weekend.

Kenneth Walker

ADP: 25.5 Opponent: LAR (20th)
Stacking Options: Cam Akers

Kenneth Walker has 49 rushing attempts over the last two weeks and is finishing the season strong after a small lull in production. He’s seventh in breakaway run rate as well and the Rams have been poor against Running Backs as of late. The Seahawks are another team fighting for a playoff spot and will be playing their full complement of players.

Week 18 Underdog Battle Royale Wide Receiver Values

Keenan Allen

ADP: 22.7 Opponent: DEN (1st)
Stacking Options: Justin Herbert, Jerry Jeudy

Prior to last week, Keenan Allen had 51 targets over a four-game stretch. The problem is he had only 1 touchdown over that span as well. The Charger offense just hasn’t been the same this season but Allen has one of the safest target floors in the NFL. Denver has a great defense, but they don’t have much to play for this Sunday and are likely looking forward to the off-season.

Chris Godwin

ADP: 22.9 Opponent: ATL (25th)
Stacking Options: Tom Brady, Drake London

Despite missing nearly 4 weeks of the NFL season, Chris Godwin is 10th in targets among Wide Receivers. He is also 14th in red zone targets, but has managed just three touchdowns this season. The Buccanneers’ offense is another one that just hasn’t clicked, however, Godwin has been their most consistent producer.

Amari Cooper

ADP: 34.3 Opponent: PIT (22nd)
Stacking Options: Pat Freiermuth

Amari Cooper has been the definition of boom and bust this year but he finally had a breakout game with Deshaun Watson last week. His targets have been consistent though as he has a 27% target share on the season. While the Browns are out of the playoff picture, Watson and Cooper will be motivated to build on their chemistry going into 2023.

DJ Moore

ADP: 35.4 Opponent: NO (11th)
Stacking Options: Alvin Kamara

DJ Moore has turned a corner in the last few games and his current Week 18 Underdog Battle Royale ADP doesn’t reflect that. He has finished as a top-16 fantasy Wide Receiver in four of his past five games. Sam Darnold taking over has done wonders for his fantasy production and he should be a strong WR2.

Mike Evans

ADP: 25.5 Opponent: ATL (25th)
Stacking Options: Tom Brady, Drake London

Prior to last week’s explosion, Mike Evans had finished as a top 24 fantasy Wide Receiver just four times. The Buccanneers are locked into the 4 seed so it remains to be seen exactly how much time their starters see. Nonetheless, Evans has touchdown upside against a poor Atlanta pass defense.


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