The Rams-Packers and Ravens-Bills kick off the second round of the NFL playoffs on Saturday, and everyday fantasy football players will have some tough decisions to make when putting together DFS rosters. Our FanDuel picks center around three probably popular bills, but we find some differentiation with the Rams and Packers secondary receivers.
In the end, you can only afford many contrarian choices on slates like this, and some “chalk” choices are hard to avoid. For this slate, Cam Akers and even Devin Singletary could be those guys. Singletary may be faded (although it isn’t), but Akers is almost a must-have game. If you make him go away and he struggles you’ll be in great shape, but that’s a big risk, especially with so little upside down available.
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QB Josh Allen, Bills vs Ravens ($ 8,800). Lamar Jackson, which costs $ 800 less than Allen, is better value for money, but Allen has an equally high, if not higher, cap. He’s been game-proof this year and he showed last week with 11 carries for 54 yards and a TD that he’ll run more in the playoffs. With Zack Moss (ankle) out, Allen is a better bet for a TD in a hurry, and you know the volume that goes through will be there. Even at the top price in a fairly tough match, Allen is a great option.
RB JK Dobbins, Ravens @ Bills ($ 6,500). Dobbins will be looking to extend their seven-game streak against a below-par Bills running defense that only allowed more than 150 rushing yards and a touchdown to Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines. It was a bit disappointing and surprising to see Dobbins receive just one more carry than Gus Edwards last week, but the rookie remains more explosive and has confidence all over the pitch giving him a good advantage.
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RB Cam Akers, Rams @ Packers ($ 7,000). Akers has guaranteed volume, as evidenced by his nearly 25 touches per game since the start of Week 13. He’s produced all of those opportunities as well, averaging just over 122 yards per game during that span. The Packers have given the RBs the fifth most FanDuel points per game in the regular season, so expect Akers to be held heavily. If you make him disappear and he goes away, which seems likely, you’ll have a hard time taking it.
WR Josh Reynolds, Rams @ Packers ($ 5,200). With Cooper Kupp (knee) limited or absent, Reynolds expects to see a significant increase in targets. There’s a chance he’ll become a chalky game, but given he wasn’t even targeted last week, he probably won’t be as detained as he should be. Even with Kupp active, Reynolds, who had 10 targets at Week 16 when Kupp was playing and six targets at Week 17 when Kupp was out, is a solid value.
WR Stefon Diggs, Bills vs Ravens ($ 8,600). Diggs has racked up at least 128 yards in four of his last five games and at least six catches in all but one game this year. He’s as automatic as you can find him at this point in the season, and if you’re playing Allen, you almost have to stack Diggs with him.
WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers vs Rams ($ 5,500). While Jalen Ramsey is expected to cover Davante Adams, Aaron Rodgers might not throw him so many. This opens the door for MVS, which remains one of the ultimate games in the entire league. Just look at his last four games: 85 yards and one touchdown, no catch, no catch, 87 yards and one touchdown. Even in games where he didn’t have a grip, he still played a fair amount of snaps, so the potential is there for him to let loose for a big game and earn.
TE Mark Andrews, Ravens @ Bills ($ 6,600). Going for Robert Tonyan ($ 6,200) at a cheaper price makes sense if you subscribe to the theory that Ramsey will shut down Adams, but we’re going to pay a little for Andrews, who should see more lenses and has a much better game. . Buffalo gave the TEs the sixth-highest FanDuel points this year, making Andrews a threat for over 80 yards and multiple scores.
FLEX Devin Singletary, Bills vs Ravens ($ 5,700). Singletary feels a bit like a trap, as he will be popular with Zack Moss (ankle), but Singletary is averaging 17.3 touches and 77 total yards per game when Moss missed three weeks earlier this year. He should see at least 12 touches, and while it’s a slightly unfavorable game, Singletary should have a pretty high floor. His upside touchdown could be capped by Allen’s short distance prowess, but Singletary is still a decent game.
D / ST Green Bay Packers vs. Rams ($ 4,600). Jared Goff (thumb) still doesn’t appear 100% giving the Packers by far the most favorable game on the slate. LA ($ 3,800) and Baltimore ($ 3,600) have better defenses and could still make a big game, so if you want to save some cash, try your luck with one of them.