After a wildcard weekend that can only be described as “interesting”, the 2020 NFL Playoffs are now stepping straight into the division round. Not everyone seemed to be a fan of the expanded installment last week, but it certainly provided a comprehensive list for DFS managers. Eight-team depth charts now remain, and whether you’re playing on DraftKings, FanDuel, or Yahoo, you’ll need to choose each location wisely to earn daily fantasy football wins before Super Bowl Sunday, February 7.
My job, every 17 weeks of the regular season and now two weeks after the start of the postseason, is to scan the vast projections on RotoQL and pick my favorite ties and my value picks. If you checked this column last week, you would have benefited from our tips for hooking up the following players (all weekend wildcard prizes and fantasy point production through DraftKings):
- Ben Roethlisberger ($ 6,100): 41.1 fantasy points
- Drew Brees ($ 5,700): 18.8
- Nick Chubb ($ 6,700): 24.5
- Jonathan Taylor ($ 7,900): 14.6
- Chase Claypool ($ 5,200): 22.9
- Marquise Brown ($ 5,400): 19.8
- Logan Thomas ($ 4,900): 12.4
These players have all significantly outperformed their price points, with a few even leading their positions for the week. By finding such good values at modest costs, DFS managers have offered themselves even more consistent spikes in other listings.
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NFL DFS Divisional Choice: QB ties, values
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefst (DK: $ 5,300 | FD: $ 7,400)
In one of the most shocking developments of the wildcard weekend, Mayfield and the Browns absolutely put the hammer on the Steelers. In the barnburner 48-37, Mayfield had 263 yards and three touchdowns and finished with a 115.2 QB odds against a top-three Steelers defense in points, yards and passing. The 2018 No.1 pick has clearly taken a huge step forward in his third season, and he proved last week that he can be more than a match manager in big games against good defenses. Now he can prove himself on an even bigger stage, taking on 2018 MVP Patrick Mahomes and his defending champion Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City is ranked 26th in fantasy points awarded to QBs, and Arrowhead will be limited in capacity. RotoQL projects Mayfield to 15.4 fancy points with a cap of 33.5 points. I think Baker is preparing for over 20 more points this week and maybe even serving another upset.
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (DK: $ 5,600 | FD: $ 7,300)
Cue the “History Channel” jokes surrounding this game, as starting QBs Brees and Tom Brady will have a combined age of 85 at kickoff. Brees turns 42 on Friday and he’s clearly put his punctured lung and 11 broken ribs in the rearview mirror. He’s averaged 18.08 fantasy points since coming back in Week 15 from the IR, and he had 23.68 points against the Bucs in Tampa in Week 9. Don’t tell my Brady-obsessed friends in New England, but I think Brees is leading New Orleans back to the NFC Championship Game for the second time in three years (and only the third time since the 2009 Super Bowl-winning Saints). Consider riding the birthday boy in the Battle of the Ancient Statesmen.
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Divisional Round DraftKings, FanDuel Picks: RB ties, values
Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers (DK: $ 5,700 | FD: $ 7,000)
Akers propelled Los Angeles to an incredible 30-20 knockdown against the Seahawks in Seattle last week, with the rookie scoring 176 yards and one scoring. He’s been an absolute stud since week 12, averaging 17.1 PPR points per game over that span. Regardless of who starts under center for the Rams this week, Akers seems to be too much of a value to jump to $ 5,700. The Green Bay defense ranks 28th in fantasy points awarded to RBs this season. RotoQL projects him to score 14.7 points with a cap of 28.6 points.
Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs (DK: $ 4,800 | FD: $ 6,200)
Hunt narrowly missed my roster last week as he let me down after I featured him a week before in a meaningless Week 17 missed game. He quickly scored 19.1 PPR points over the wildcard weekend, helping Mayfield and the Browns make their way into the divisional round. Hunt’s double-threat talent, in a game expected to total over 55 points, should pique the interest of savvy DFS managers. The Chiefs are ranked 25th against the RBs in Fantasy, and their defense could be rusty after sitting down a few studs in Week 17 before their first-round playoff break. Kansas City gave the Chargers 135 yards and two rushing touchdowns in Week 17 and nearly gave up 2,000 rushing yards in the regular season. Hunting and bringing back Nick Chubb will be very busy, win or lose. RotoQL lists its ceiling at 29 fancy points.
High Risk, High Return Choices:
Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills vs. Baltimore Ravens (DK: $ 4,500 | FD: $ 5,700)
Rookie full-back Zack Moss suffered a playoff-ending ankle injury last week, leaving quarterback Josh Allen with Singletary as the backfield bellcow. The Ravens’ defense is solid but will mostly focus on Allen’s high-flying passing game. There is some boom appeal here, as Singletary is able to rack up a few yards out of the backfield or in on-screen play.
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Divisional Round FanDuel, DraftKings Picks: WR sleepers, values
Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (DK: $ 6,100 | FD: $ 7,500)
While Mike Evans, Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski seem to have the most buzz in Tampa, Tom Brady’s top receiver is Godwin. He’s a great road racer, and he’s sure of himself. With his midseason thumb injury now a distant memory, Godwin has averaged 23.8 PPR points over the Bucs’ last three games. He has seen 28 Brady’s targets during that span, including 12 last week in the 31-23 win over Washington. Brady is expected to occupy his new favorite group again this week, with Evans likely being covered by familiar foe Marshon Lattimore.
Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs (DK: $ 5,600 | FD: $ 6,900)
All aboard the Browns train! I hate to keep raising Cleveland players here, but I just can’t look away from some of these awards. Landry has averaged 18.5 PPR points in the Browns’ last three games and almost 20 points per game in their last six games. Among Cleveland receivers, it is the clear leader in snaps, target share, and production. Mayfield will throw the ball early and often, and Landry will benefit once again. Kansas City has a good pass defense, but Pittsburgh has been doing the same in recent weeks.
High Risk, High Return Choices:
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers vs. Los Angeles Rams (DK: $ 3,800 | FD: $ 5,500)
MVS has been one of the more volatile receivers in the NFL this season, but MVP contender Aaron Rodgers always seems to send the ball deep in big games. The third-year receiver tallied 17.1 fantasy points in Week 17 and averaged 20.9 yards per catch in the league-leading year-round. If you only have the remaining flexible position, Valdes-Scantling may be worth buying.
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NFL DFS Divisional Choice: TE ties, values
Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills (DK: $ 5,000 | FD: $ 6,600)
Andrews is one of the few reliable tight ends in the fantasy, and he’s now drawing a Bills defense that has been the second most generous in the post this season. He’s been fairly calm for the past two weeks, but his bottom remains higher than anyone at or below his price bracket, and he’ll be busy in what should be a high-scoring game. Turn it on if you don’t have the batter for Travis Kelce.
Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs (DK: $ 3,800 | FD: $ 5,500)
I know, I know – I look like I belong to the Dawg Pound (and I’ll be in the doghouse if Cleveland lays an egg this week). But in Cleveland’s last four games, Hooper has scored 15.1, 14.1, 13.7 and most recently 17.6 PPR points. That’s an impressive consistency from a guy playing a position largely devoid of consistent studs. Pick up the hoop.
Divisional Round NFL DFS Values: D / ST sleepers
Buffalo Bills vs. Baltimore Ravens (DK: $ 2,900 | FD: $ 4,000)
One of the surprises of the second half of the 2020 season was Leslie Frazier’s defense, and RotoQL ranks her as the best value for units under $ 3,000 on DraftKings. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens have been far more error prone this season than last, and they’ll need to pitch the ball early and often to stand a chance against Josh Allen in Buffalo. I like the advantage here.