Best DFS Stacks for Divisional Round
All of the road teams took care of business during a wacky Wild Card round to kick off the NFL playoffs. This week’s batch of matchups plus a slew of injuries make the Divisional Round even trickier to stack.
Here are my daily fantasy stacks for the second round of the postseason. Once again, all prices come from FanDuel.
This game might be the toughest to stack of the weekend. Both teams have very good defenses and are banged up on offense. The Patriots finished the regular season ranked 17th in pass defense, but Jeremy Maclin’s high-ankle sprain makes him a risky start in a daily lineup.
The potential loss of Maclin also diminishes Alex Smith’s potency. Think back to the past couple of years when the Chiefs didn’t have a quality No. 1 receiver, and it could mean bad news for Smith and the passing game.
Edelman is expected to return, and he could pose a mismatch threat for Kansas City’s secondary. I’m willing to take the risk on pairing him and Brady. Kelce will surely see a ton of targets, especially if Maclin can’t play, so he’s a good bet at tight end.
Palmer might be the highest-priced quarterback this weekend, but you can make up some money with Floyd, who is the cheapest option among Arizona’s top three receivers. Floyd was the leading receiver during Arizona’s win over Green Bay in December. Floyd caught six passes for 111 yards during the last meeting.
Aaron Rodgers was good enough to carry the Packers to a victory over the mediocre Redskins, but he might need his best effort of the season to overcome Arizona’s defense and a plethora of injuries. The Cardinals sacked Rodgers nine times, forced four turnovers and scored two touchdowns. Although this game may not be as big of a blowout, the Cardinals should have similar success against the Packers.
The Seahawks are a Blair Walsh missed chip shot away from not even going to Carolina, but that doesn’t mean they can’t beat Carolina. This game will be a low-scoring affair, but the best matchup could be Baldwin against the Panthers’ secondary.
Carolina’s secondary ranked 15th in the NFL in receiving yards allowed. The Panthers stymied Baldwin to just three catches for 23 yards during their 27-23 victory in October, but the Seahawks are a drastically different team entering Charlotte on Sunday.
This matchup doesn’t give many exploitable matchups, but don’t be surprised if Wilson and Baldwin connect on a big play or two on Sunday.
Manning is far from the legendary quarterback he once was, but he could exploit Pittsburgh in a home game against the league’s third-worst pass defense. Manning missed Denver’s first matchup against the Steelers due to his plantar fascia injury, but a week off means Manning will be as close to 100 percent as possible.
Sanders had an enormous game against the Steelers with Brock Osweiler throwing to him. He caught 10 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown against his former team. I expect Sanders, who’s notorious for showing up in big games, to be even more motivated against in a playoff game.
With both teams unlikely to get much production from the running game, the Manning-Sanders connection underneath could be the difference in this one. Of course, injuries to Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, DeAngelo Williams and Antonio Brown make this one a gigantic mystery.
My Ideal Divisional Round Lineup
Below is my ideal lineup for the Divisional Round featuring a mix and match from all four games of the weekend. Also note, I left plenty of wiggle room if you’d like to tweak my suggestions. Like my lineup? Let me know how it fared on Twitter.
- QB – Peyton Manning ($7,000)
- RB – James White ($6,500)
- RB – James Starks ($5,800)
- WR – Doug Baldwin ($7,400)
- WR – Julian Edelman ($7,800)
- WR – Emmanuel Sanders ($7,700)
- TE – Travis Kelce ($6,600)
- DST – Arizona Cardinals ($4,800)
- K – Chandler Catanzaro ($4,800)
Salary left – $1,600