There might be only 8 teams left in the field but that doesn’t mean that your DFS line-ups need to suffer. Across the weekend we have the promise of some of the games biggest stars on display in arguably what is the best weekend of football every year. Its safe to say that I like 1 game in particular this time around. Welcome to the divisional round……
QB – Baker Mayfield $5,300 – The Browns were the highest scoring team in the field during wildcard weekend but despite this you can pick Mayfield up as the 2nd cheapest starting quarterback this time around. The game shouts “shoot-out” and if that is the case then Mayfield should be in for another decent performance. He has only 1 interception since week 7 of the regular season and has overseen a Browns offence that has put up over 30 points on 8 occasions this year. His growth this year shouldn’t be underestimated and if the Browns are to pull this off they will need number 6 to play lights out.
RB – Nick Chubb $6,600 – Lets continue the theme of the high scoring offence by sticking in the crown jewel of the pack. Nick Chubb averages just a tick under 20 points per game when he has suited up this season. The matchup against a Chiefs run defence that will also be without Willie Gay will have the former bulldog licking his lips at the prospect of another big day. He proved last week he is equally efficient catching passes out of the backfield hauling in all 4 of his targets for 69 yards and adding a receiving touchdown in the process.
RB –Kareem Hunt $4,800 – This is “a bold strategy Cotton” to quote the brilliant Dodgeball movie. I go running back stack with Hunt chosen to buddy up with Chubb in this one. Hunt ran hard last weekend registering 2 rushing scores with his 1st particularly impressive, driving Pittsburgh defenders into the endzone with him for the final 5 or 6 yards. He has extra motivation for this one it would seem and if he can carry over the aggressive attitude in a positive manner he should see plenty of involvement in this game to enable a decent points haul.
WR – Tyreek Hill $8,000 – Just because I have chosen 3 Browns to open up proceedings don’t let that fool you into thinking I don’t think the Chiefs will score a lot of points themselves. Tyreek Hill sat out week 17 after completing a career high 17 touchdowns over the regular season. He moves all over the field and the Chiefs will be able to find plenty of favourable matchups for the deep threat to thrive. Hill is always likely to see a jet sweep or 2 during the game also which is something that the Browns have struggled against throughout the course of the campaign.
WR – Michael Thomas $6,700 – It was good to see Thomas back on the field in Wildcard weekend and amazingly snag his 1st touchdown of the season. He secured 5 of his 7 targets for 73 yards and a score on the afternoon and he looked fit and raring to go. He had 5 catches for 51 yards against the Bucs in week 9 which was only his 2nd appearance of the season and missed the subsequent meeting. The Bucs pass defence has been their area of weakness and Thomas is surely the man that will exploit that. He is actually the 4th most expensive receiver on the slate despite his relatively cheap price.
WR – Marquez Valdez-Scantling $3,800 – MVS lead the league in terms of yards per reception coming in just shy of 21 yards a grab on the campaign. With the battle on the other side between Jalen Ramsey and Davante Adams I would expect the other Packers receivers to be very much in play. Allen Lazard hasn’t recaptured his early season form since returning from injury so I take a punt on MVS here. His fantasy days are often touchdown dependant but I will back him to snag one here.
TE – Travis Kelce $7,800 – Cleveland has given up the 3rd most points in the league to tight ends in this format. Quite simply Travis Kelce is the leagues best tight end. Its a dream game for him and as described plenty of times already this contest promises a stream of points. Since week 8 he has had at least 7 catches in every game he has played with his lowest output from a fantasy perspective 16.2 points against the Bucs in week 12. Kelce feels like the biggest slam dunk play of the weekend and I have no hesitations sticking him in despite his price being way higher than anyone else at the position.
FLEX – Gabriel Davis $4,000 – Davis has carved himself a nice role in the Bills offence during his rookie campaign. He has bagged 7 touchdowns on the season whilst amassing over 600 yards through the air. Last weekend he snagged 4 receptions for 85 yards. He has seen at least 4 targets in each of his last 7 games and with Cole Beasley battling injuries I don’t see his role diminishing too much. The Ravens have 2 very good corners in Humphrey and Peters who should see plenty of Diggs and Brown on the outside meaning the likes of Davis should draw the more favourable coverage match ups.
DEF – LA Rams $2,600 – I don’t really like any defence this weekend to be perfectly honest so I’ll go with the “best” defence left at this stage in the Rams. If I could afford them I may have gone with Green Bay but I would rather select the 8 players above. The Rams are 2nd cheapest on the weekend and have given up less than 15 points on average over the past 5 games.
Don’t forget to watch the full10yards live stream podcast on Monday night when I along with the regular gang will discuss all things “Divisional Weekend” in the NFL.