Hey everyone, it has been a while! Wildcard weekend of the NFL playoffs saw a couple of unexpected upsets as the Steelers and Seahawks were granted an early summer vacation. Losing those two teams thin the DFS options a bit, which will result in a chalkier slate. Let’s walk through Fanduel and DraftKings players that I am playing, players I am fading, and some value plays.
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Quarterback I Am Playing
Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City ($8,000): Patrick Mahomes is averaging the second highest DraftKings points/week at 27.3. I normally am not one to pay up for quarterback, but when you consider that he is just $600 more than both Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen, its hard not to. Keep in mind he also matches up against a Browns pass defense that is just 22nd in the league against opposing quarterbacks. He will be a staple in my lineup.
Quarterback I Am Fading
Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay ($6,300): Tom Brady has come on as of late, after a mediocre middle of the season. He has weapons all around him in the passing game which would normally be a reason to get a guy into your lineup. One of the most important weapons to his passing success is questionable in Ronald Jones. If Leonard Fournette is slated to tote the rock for Tampa Bay, then New Orleans can focus all of their energy on the passing game. This would not be good for the GOAT and as a result, is a fade for me this week.
Running back I Am Playing
Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland ($6,600): Volume is key for DFS, and Chubb will be running early and often as the Browns try to keep Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City offense off of the field. That is the perfect strategy for Cleveland as Chubb will be attacking a run defense that is in the bottom third of the league. Chubb has also been involved in the passing game as of late, reeling in 4 and 5 receptions over his last two outings. Chubb should be in your lineup.
Running back I Am Fading
Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans ($7,900): This has absolutely nothing to do with Kamara, but everything to do with his price. Kamara is averaging 25.2 DK points at this point in the year, so there is no debating that he is a great player. The problem is that he is a full $1100 higher than the next running back. If you want to play the guys in the rest of this article, then you almost have to fade Kamara to make it work.
Wide Receivers I Am Playing
Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City ($8,000): Tyreek Hill has scored a touchdown in 12 of his 15 games played this season. In addition to touchdowns, he has finished just one week with under 50 yards. He has the potential to be an absolute slate breaker this weekend, you do not want to be sitting on the sidelines with him.
Gabriel Davis, WR, Buffalo ($4,000): Why is Gabriel Davis in my lineup? Well, his price tag is attractive as he has scored north of 10 points in 7 of his last 8 games. If you can get that type of production at this price, you almost have to put him in your lineup. Cole Beasley is banged up, so Davis may be the third receiver in this offense. Put Davis in your lineup, so you can spend up in other areas.
Wide Receivers I Am Fading
Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay ($8,600): Adams lines up against Jalen Ramsey this week, and his price tag does not reflect that. Adams will be heavily used in this game, there is no doubt about that. But consider that you have Hill as an option that checks all the boxes, it has just caused me to fade Adams. Not to mention, Ramsey does his best work in the red zone, and for Adams to lead you to cash, you need receivers that are sure to hit pay dirt. Adams is always a guy to consider, but his price point is just too rich for my blood this week.
Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay ($6,400): Once again, Evans in a vacuum is not a bad play. But when you look at the slate, and start to do the comparative analysis, you can pay $300 more and get Michael Thomas who has a better matchup. If you do not want to go the Thomas route, you can get Evans’ teammate for $300 less in a slate that every dollar counts. I do not hate Evans, but the roster construction becomes just a little less flexible if he is in there.
Tight End I Am Playing
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City ($7,800): Is reasoning even needed? Kelce has averaged 7 receptions and 90 yards this season. Did you know that in PPR leagues, Kelce would have finished as the WR3 if he played that position? The dude is an alien, a mutant, a robot, whatever your defacto “stud” term is. Hell, he may be all three of those things. Another “thing” that he is, is in my lineup.
Tight End I Am Fading
All of the rest. Honestly, I personally cant see playing another tight end outside of Kelce on this slate. If I had to, it would be Mark Andrews, but even then, his production map out would look like a ride at Cedar Point (look it up if you have not heard of it). The rest of the tight ends are fairly priced based on their situations, but like I said, Kelce is the only one that has my eye.