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 thins the DFS options a bit, which will result in a chalkier slate. Let’s walk through Fanduel players that I am playing, players I am fading, and some value plays.
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Quarterback I Am Playing
Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens ($8,000): Lamar has been producing very well recently, scoring over 25 FanDuel points/game over the last six. This is the epitome of production meeting value. He is priced down to third out of the 4 starting quarterbacks. His rushing ability always gives him a safe floor in your lineup, and we have all seen what his ceiling can be.
Quarterback I Am Fading
Jared Goff, QB, Rams ($6,700): Yes, he is inexpensive, but you do not want to try and save salary at this position on Saturday. You have to go back 4 weeks for his last 20 point performance, and 3 weeks to the last time he cracked 15. Goff facing off against a top 5 pass defense in Green Bay will not increase this production. Stay away.
Running back I Am Playing
Cam Akers, RB, Rams ($7,000): The Rams are going to try to keep the ball out of Aaron Rodgers’ hands on Saturday. This will allow Cam Akers to see more than his fair share of work. Last week, Akers ran 28 times for 131 yards and a touchdown against Seattle’s 23rd ranked run defense. This week he goes against a Green Bay team that is just 28th in the league in defending the run. With pass-catching options Robert Woods, and Cooper Kupp (questionable to play) on the field, Green Bay cannot sell out to stop the run either. Akers will be in my lineup.
Running back I Am Fading
Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay ($7,800): Jones is the highest salary runningback on this slate. To be worth his value, you are looking at north of 18 points. I just don’t see him being able to deliver on that. Yes, Los Angeles will be focused on Aaron Rodgers and Devante Adams. But let’s remember that with Jalen Ramsey on Adams, Adams will not have a free pass today. I am not paying up for Jones this week.
Wide Receivers I Am Playing
Stefon Diggs, WR, Buffalo ($8,600): Diggs is fresh off a 9 target, 6 reception game that saw him go for 128 yards and a touchdown. The Ravens defense has been playing pretty well lately but can still be beat in the secondary. Look for Allen to target Diggs the normal 8-10 times and the production will follow.
John Brown, WR, Buffalo ($5,500): I would not normally include a stack as my recommendations, but last week’s shutout just has Brown too cheap to ignore. Brown has big play potential and has scored north of 10 FanDuel points in the three previous games before last week. He has done all of this while scoring just 1 touchdown. I am trusting Brown this week.
Wide Receivers I Am Fading
Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore ($6,500): Brown has been receiving targets recently, I will acknowledge that. But like Adams facing Ramsey, another particularly good cornerback in Tre’Davious White will be covering Brown. Adams has the pedigree to beat a good cornerback, I don’t know that Brown is quite there yet. As a result, this feels like a Mark Andrews game for the Baltimore passing offense.
Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles ($6,600): I just do not trust the Rams’ passing offense against Green Bay this week. Jared Goff did not look good last week, and this week the matchup for him gets worse. With such a slim slate, missing on a guy can be detrimental. As a result I am fading Woods this week.
Tight End I Am Playing
Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore ($6,600): Buffalo ranks near the bottom of the league in defending the tight end position. Look for Baltimore to exploit that as their top wide receiver will be blanketed. Andrews should receive plenty of targets and production as a result.
Tight End I Am Fading
Tyler Higbee, TE, Los Angeles ($5,200): It is always important to try and get value at a position in DFS. As a result, sometimes volatility at a position has to be dealt with. Higbee is the definition of volatile, reeling in only 5 touchdowns this season, 3 of those coming in one game. Higbee will not be in my lineups this week.