Wild Card Daily Fantasy Football: Picking the Optimal Lineup
The Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs is finally here, which means it’s time to piece together the best possible daily fantasy football lineup for this week in our vision.
The weird thing about this specific slate to start out the playoffs is logic actually has me hating some of the would-be top options. A lot of the work is even done for us, too, with stud rushers like DeAngelo Williams and Marshawn Lynch already being ruled out. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton also won’t play, and we need to consider how that may factor into our DFS decision-making.
Let’s not waste anymore time, though. Here’s our take on the optimal lineup at DraftKings this week:
QB: Aaron Rodgers – Packers ($6.4k)
I get that Rodgers hasn’t been amazing and Green Bay’s offense as a whole has been pedestrian, but this is dirt cheap for a potentially elite fantasy quarterback. He’s on the road, but Washington’s pass defense isn’t special and Rodgers is no stranger to the post-season. I expect a sound overall performance and around 20 fantasy points.
RB: Eddie Lacy – Packers ($4.5k)
Lacy can surely go full spare on us, but it’s impossible to trust Adrian Peterson against Seattle’s defense and there just aren’t many other options. That’s not a ringing endorsement, but Washington is a beatable defense and Lacy has been pretty solid down the stretch. If Green Bay is going to win, they’ll need a big game out of their best back.
RB: Christine Michael – Seahawks ($4.4k)
With Beast Mode sidelined, the Seahawks will turn to Michael and a likely committee approach. We know they can run on the Vikings judging by a blowout win several weeks ago, and the cold weather on Sunday will demand the pounding of the rock. Michael isn’t guaranteed a huge game, but he’s cheap and should get 15+ touches.
WR: Doug Baldwin – Seahawks ($6.7k)
The cold weather may make passing numbers hard to come by for Seattle and Minnesota, but Baldwin has been a touchdown machine and really just needs one big play to meet value. I think he gets that done and with how he’s been playing, it’s pretty likely he doesn’t stop there.
WR: Randall Cobb – Packers ($5.8k)
Cobb has been a big disappointment on the year, but the Redskins specifically struggle against shifty slot receivers – or just against receivers in general. Cobb needs to come up big for the Packers to have a chance in this one and either way I think he gets at least five grabs and a score. At this price, that will suffice.
WR: A.J. Green – Bengals ($7.5k)
I don’t love Antonio Brown’s price or DeAndre Hopkins’ matchup, so Green will be my elite wide receiver and most expensive player of the weekend. Going up against arguably the worst secondary in these playoffs, that seems like a decent bet.
TE: Jordan Reed – Redskins ($6.3k)
I also like Tyler Eifert and he’s cheaper, so I can’t fault you for going that route. But Reed has the better combo of PPR and TD value, and he’s really not that expensive. I’d rather shoot for upside with him at the tight end slot.
FLEX: James Jones – Packers ($4.1k)
Jones is a throw-in at the Flex, but he’s also turned it back on the past few weeks and is still one of Green Bay’s best receiving options. He should remain involved against a bad pass defense and 4-5 catches and a score should be well within reach.
DEF: Kansas City Chiefs ($4k)
I’m paying up for defense in this first weekend of playoff DFS action, and it’s got to be the Chiefs. Brian Hoyer flamed out against them in week one and Houston’s offense in general is very one-dimensional. KC has a sick pass rush and took the Texans down last time in Houston, so I think they’ll do it again.
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