The NFL expanded wild-card weekend to 6 video games this 12 months, and DFS managers are definitely completely satisfied about having extra gamers to select from in the event that they’re taking part in the Saturday-Sunday full playoff slate. Whereas it does make it just a little tougher to hone in on one of the best picks, you’ve extra high choices and potential worth sleepers. Our FanDuel match lineup fades a few the costliest gamers (Derrick Henry, Stefon Diggs) and as an alternative focuses on a number of under-the-radar game-breakers with multi-TD upside.
In fact, we would not make use of such a technique and not using a few strong anchors, and the Ravens trio of Lamar Jackson, JK Dobbins, and Mark Andrews present that basis. From there, we take some dangers, however to essentially strike it huge in a match, that is a essential technique.
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QB Lamar Jackson, Ravens @ Titans ($9,300). With so many high-upside QBs taking part in this week, it might sound odd to pay high greenback for Jackson, however he has a unbelievable matchup and all the time has a excessive ceiling. He is been torching unhealthy defenses over Baltimore’s remaining 5 video games (161.8 passing yards, 2.2 passing TDs, 86 dashing yards, 0.8 dashing TDs), and Tennessee qualifies as one other favorable matchup. To be truthful, the Titans restricted Jackson within the common season (186 yards passing, 51 yards dashing, one TD), however Jackson ought to definitely have revenge on his thoughts after shedding to Tennessee final 12 months within the playoffs.
RB Nyheim Hines, Colts @ Payments ($5,600). Jonathan Taylor has been a drive over the ultimate seven video games for the Colts, however Hines has been strong himself within the second half. Over Indy’s final eight video games, he averaged 66.9 complete yards and 4.4 receptions whereas scoring 3 times. In a sport the place the Colts may discover themselves compelled to throw extra to maintain up with Buffalo’s high-powered offense, Hines has actual worth, even in FanDuel’s half-point PPR format. He has three multi-TD video games this 12 months, so he is not even essentially a low-ceiling play, particularly at this value.
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RB JK Dobbins, Ravens @ Titans ($6,800). It would not be shocking to see the Ravens lean on Dobbins extra on this sport. Over his previous six contests, he averaged 82.5 yards and scored seven complete TDs, however he is achieved that on simply 12.8 carries per sport. That stretch began with a 70-yard, two-TD effort in opposition to the Titans. Final week in a must-win sport, he obtained 13 carries regardless of Baltimore leaping out to a giant early lead. Dobbins ought to get loads of alternatives in opposition to Tennessee’s porous run protection, and each him and Jackson ought to proceed to submit huge stats.
WR Terry McLaurin, Washington vs. Buccaneers ($7,100). McLaurin returned from an ankle damage final week, catching seven-of-eight targets for 40 yards and a TD. He was probably the most constant receivers in soccer by means of the primary dozen weeks or so earlier than slowing down down the stretch, however with 14 catches on 20 targets in his previous two video games, you realize he is nonetheless going to get seems. Tampa forces groups to go, and it would not be shocking if Washington was taking part in from behind most of this sport. Meaning extra alternatives for the explosive McLaurin, who can simply repay this value.
WR Chase Claypool, Steelers vs. Browns ($6,100). Claypool received again on observe in opposition to the Browns final week, catching five-of-11 targets for 101 yards and a TD. It was the primary time he scored since Week 11 and the primary time he posted greater than 59 yards since Week 9. That relative lack of manufacturing is worrisome, however the matchup provides us hope. Claypool had no less than 74 receiving yards and scored in each conferences in opposition to Cleveland this 12 months, and he has the type of big-play upside that may carry lineups that take an opportunity on him above the money line.
TE Mark Andrews, Ravens @ Titans ($7,000). Andrews hasn’t been a constant landing producer this 12 months, however over his remaining six video games, he averaged 5.3 catches, 7.3 targets, and 67.3 yards. That is strong for a TE, and Andrews may very well be focused much more ceaselessly in a must-win sport. He posted a 5-96-1 line in opposition to Tennessee earlier this 12 months, and people sorts of numbers would not be loopy once more contemplating how mediocre the Titans have been in opposition to tight ends. Andrews is the costliest TE, however he is additionally the most secure.
FLEX John Brown, Payments vs. Colts ($5,700). Brown returned from a prolonged layoff in Week 17, catching all 4 targets for 72 yards and a TD. He confirmed no indicators of his ankle damage slowing him down, nor did he take a backseat to breakout rookie Gabriel Davis. If Cole Beasley (knee) performs, we would rethink this decide, however with Beasley nonetheless not training, we like Brown to be closely concerned in opposition to a Colts go protection that has actually struggled down the stretch. He is a fantastic pivot from the way more costly, way more common Stefon Diggs.
D/ST Seattle Seahawks vs. Rams ($3,600). Seattle has had the next flooring than you may assume over its previous eight video games, limiting offenses to 16 factors per contest and racking up no less than three sacks in all however one sport. With L.A. beginning both a banged-up Jared Goff (thumb) or John Wolford, the Seahawks ought to have the ability to capitalize with no less than one or two turnovers to associate with all the pieces else they do. Because the second-cheapest D/ST on the slate, they provide large worth.