Fantasy football does not finish simply because the common season is over. Wild-card weekend — now with six video games on Saturday and Sunday– offers us the chance to flex our finely-tuned fantasy muscular tissues with DFS contests. Making lineup picks from a slate that includes many of the NFL’s high groups is not simple, as only a few matchups are “favorable” and worth sleepers appear few and much between, however under we do our greatest to craft a profitable match lineup for DraftKings contests.
Our picks may appear a bit extra cash-game oriented at first, however it’s vital to keep in mind that within the playoffs, groups usually rely greater than common on their most reliable and constant gamers. That does not imply there will not be random touchdowns (there are at all times random touchdowns), however it may imply much more touches than common for a key RB or WR. We’re conserving that in thoughts whereas doing our greatest to take advantage of what few favorable matchups there are.
Wild Card DraftKings Picks: NFL DFS match playoff lineup
QB Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs. Browns ($6,100). Massive Ben wasn’t requested to do a lot in opposition to the Browns in a 38-7 Steelers victory in Week 6, and he did not play final week when the groups met for a second time. Backup Mason Rudolph threw for 315 yards and two scores, although, and that sort of outing appears greater than affordable for the rested Roethlisberger. Cleveland completed the season barely under common in opposition to fantasy QBs, however their closing stats have been helped by three bad-weather video games and a good stretch over the ultimate three weeks (Colts McCoy, Sam Darnold, Rudolph). That is nonetheless a good matchup, and getting Roethlisberger because the sixth highest-priced QB is nice worth.
RB Jonathan Taylor, Colts @ Payments ($7,900). Over the ultimate six video games of the season, Taylor averaged 19.eight carries and 123.5 dashing yards with eight complete TDs. To be truthful, he confronted 5 horrible run defenses (Packers, Texans twice, Raiders, and Jaguars) in that span, however he managed 74 yards and two TDs in opposition to Pittsburgh, too, so he can put up numbers in opposition to anybody. It is likely to be smarter to fade Taylor and pivot to Nyheim Hines on the thought that Indianapolis will fall behind early and be compelled to throw extra, however we’ll follow the Indy again extra prone to rating. Buffalo struggles in opposition to the run (4.6 yards per carry, 119.6 yards per recreation), so the Colts ought to attempt to pound Taylor early and infrequently, and he is achieved sufficient as a receiver to present us hope he can produce even when Indianapolis falls behind within the first half.
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RB J.D. McKissic, Washington vs. Buccaneers ($4,900). It is robust to really feel nice a few operating again who had simply six carries for 15 yards within the closing two video games of the common season, however this choose is all about McKissic’s pass-catching prowess. Over the ultimate 5 video games, he caught 34-of-42 targets for 251 yards and two scores. Antonio Gibson missed nearly all of three of these video games, however McKissic nonetheless shined the previous two weeks, catching 13 passes for 107 yards and a rating. In DraftKings full-point PPR scoring, McKissic has a superb quantity of upside, particularly when you assume Washington will probably be in catch-up mode many of the second half in opposition to the high-powered Buccaneers.
WR Stefon Diggs, Payments vs. Colts ($7,700). Diggs is a kind of guys you nearly should have in your lineup. He’ll be extremely owned, however he supplies a secure flooring and sky-high ceiling. If he simply posts one thing near his season averages (7.9 catches, 95.9 yards, 0.5 TDs per recreation), he’ll repay his worth, and if he goes off like he did in Week 16 in opposition to New England (9-145-3), will probably be robust to money with out him. Due to his indirect harm and Buffalo’s multitude of different choices, you would attempt to fade him, however we’ll take the gauranteed manufacturing, particularly since we’re already fading Derrick Henry.
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers vs. Browns ($5,500). Smith-Schuster has caught at the very least six passes in 5 of his previous six video games and 9 of his previous 11. In that 11-game stretch, he averaged 6.7 catches, 9.1 targets, and 57.9 yards with six complete TDs. He is probably not a “high-ceiling” receiver at this level, as he did not high 96 yards in any recreation and hasn’t scored a number of TDs since Week 1, however he has a reasonably excessive flooring, particularly in DraftKings full-point PPR format. His mid-tier pricing in opposition to a Browns protection permitting the seventh-most fantasy factors per recreation makes him a strong choice.
WR Darnell Mooney, Bears @ Saints ($3,900). Mooney is coping with an ankle harm, so we’ll have to look at his standing all through the week, but when he performs, he is one other solid-floor choice in DraftKings full-point PPR scoring. Mooney is coming off his finest recreation of the season the place he caught 11-of-13 targets for 93 yards and a rating. Previous to that, he hadn’t damaged 69 yards in any recreation, so he is not precisely an important candidate to essentially go off, however it’s clear the Bears belief him, in order that’s a plus. They are going to probably be compelled to throw extra within the second half in opposition to the Saints, so Mooney may rack up low-cost catches and yards at a discount worth.
TE Rob Gronkowski, Buccaneers @ Washington ($4,000). There are many strong TEs to select from this week, many who will catch extra passes or have higher matchups than Gronkowski, however when the chips are down within the playoffs, we anticipate Tom Brady to look for his outdated dependable within the crimson zone. Gronk caught seven TDs this 12 months, together with two in Week 16 in opposition to Detroit, and with Mike Evans (knee) iffy for this recreation, Tampa will want a big-bodied receiver to focus on close to the purpose line. Gronk offers us multi-TD upside that we do not actually have with a few of our different receivers/backs, and we’ll hope he comes via at an honest worth.
FLEX JK Dobbins, Ravens @ Titans ($6,600). Dobbins was a beast down the stretch for Baltimore, averaging 82.5 yards on simply 12.eight carries over the ultimate six video games. Extra noteworthy is that he scored in each contest, together with two TDs in Week 17. Tennessee permits the fifth-most fantasy factors per recreation to RBs, so Dobbins may very well be a chalky choose, however he has the upside to essentially go off.
D/ST Seattle Seahawks vs. Rams ($2,700). Talking of chalk picks, the Seahawks are nearly too apparent in opposition to both a banged-up Jared Goff (thumb) or John Wolford, however generally you must take the low-hanging fruit. We’ll hope the Bucs D/ST ($3,400) is much more chalky in its extremely favorable matchup in opposition to Washington, however we nonetheless want the surging Seahawks. They’ve had at the very least three sacks in 9 of the previous 10 video games and allowed simply 16 offensive factors per recreation over their previous eight contests. Take into account them a steal at simply $2,700.