Fantasy soccer would not finish simply because the common season is over. Wild-card weekend — now with six video games on Saturday and Sunday– provides us the chance to flex our finely-tuned fantasy muscle groups with DFS contests. Making lineup picks from a slate that includes many of the NFL’s prime groups is not simple, as only a few matchups are “favorable” and worth sleepers appear few and much between, however beneath we do our greatest to craft a successful event lineup for DraftKings contests.
Our picks may appear a bit extra cash-game oriented at first, nevertheless it’s essential to keep in mind that within the playoffs, groups usually rely greater than typical on their most reliable and constant gamers. That does not imply there will not be random touchdowns (there are all the time random touchdowns), nevertheless it may imply much more touches than typical for a key RB or WR. We’re retaining that in thoughts whereas doing our greatest to take advantage of what few favorable matchups there are.
Wild Card DraftKings Picks: NFL DFS money lineup
QB Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs. Browns ($6,100). Massive Ben wasn’t requested to do a lot towards 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 kind of outing appears greater than cheap for the rested Roethlisberger. Cleveland completed the season barely beneath common towards fantasy QBs, however their closing stats had 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 honest, he confronted 5 horrible run defenses (Packers, Texans twice, Raiders, and Jaguars) in that span, however he managed 74 yards and two TDs towards Pittsburgh, too, so he can put up numbers towards anybody. It may 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 persist with the Indy again extra more likely to rating. Buffalo struggles towards the run (4.6 yards per carry, 119.6 yards per sport), so the Colts ought to attempt to pound Taylor early and infrequently, and he is accomplished sufficient as a receiver to provide us hope he can produce even when Indianapolis falls behind within the first half.
RB J.D. McKissic, Washington vs. Buccaneers ($4,900). It is robust to really feel nice a couple of working 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 very good quantity of upside, particularly for those who suppose Washington might be in catch-up mode many of the second half towards the high-powered Buccaneers.
WR Stefon Diggs, Payments vs. Colts ($7,700). Diggs is a type of guys you nearly should have in your lineup. He’ll be extremely owned, however he offers a protected ground and sky-high ceiling. If he simply posts one thing near his season averages (7.9 catches, 95.9 yards, 0.5 TDs per sport), he’ll repay his value, and if he goes off like he did in Week 16 towards New England (9-145-3), it is going to be robust to money with out him. Due to his indirect harm and Buffalo’s multitude of different choices, you might 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 not less than 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 not likely a “high-ceiling” receiver at this level, as he did not prime 96 yards in any sport and hasn’t scored a number of TDs since Week 1, however he has a reasonably excessive ground, particularly in DraftKings full-point PPR format. His mid-tier pricing towards a Browns protection permitting the seventh-most fantasy factors per sport makes him a stable choice.
WR Darnell Mooney, Bears @ Saints ($3,900). Mooney is coping with an ankle harm, so we’ll have to observe 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 sport 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 sport, so he isn’t precisely a fantastic candidate to actually go off, nevertheless it’s clear the Bears belief him, in order that’s a plus. They are going to doubtless be compelled to throw extra within the second half towards the Saints, so Mooney may rack up low cost catches and yards at a discount value.
TE Rob Gronkowski, Buccaneers @ Washington ($4,000). There are many stable 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 count on Tom Brady to search for his outdated dependable within the crimson zone. Gronk caught seven TDs this 12 months, together with two in Week 16 towards Detroit, and with Mike Evans (knee) iffy for this sport, Tampa will want a big-bodied receiver to focus on close to the objective line. Gronk provides us multi-TD upside that we do not actually have with a few of our different receivers/backs, and we’ll hope he comes by means of at an honest value.
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 sport to RBs, so Dobbins might be a chalky choose, however he has the upside to actually go off.
D/ST Seattle Seahawks vs. Rams ($2,700). Talking of chalk picks, the Seahawks are nearly too apparent towards 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 towards Washington, however we nonetheless desire the surging Seahawks. They’ve had not less than three sacks in 9 of the previous 10 video games and allowed simply 16 offensive factors per sport over their previous eight contests. Contemplate them a steal at simply $2,700.