FanDuel NFL Lineup Advice: Conference Championship Round
Welcome to the NFL Conference Championship Weekend FanDuel lineup article. Since there are only two games this weekend I will be gearing my lineup more towards GPP contests. Be sure to keep an eye on the injury news this weekend, since there are a couple of key players who have ailments they are dealing with. With that being said, let’s go ahead and take a look at my FanDuel lineup for Conference Championship Weekend.
Aaron Rodgers (GB): $9,600 at ATL
Rodgers showed that he is in fact human after throwing his first interception in nearly two months. I think he will be popular again this week, but I believe his salary will cause Matt Ryan to have higher ownership. Even though Montgomery scored a couple of short-yardage rushing touchdowns, the Packers really do not have a great running game. Rodgers has attempted at least 38 throws in each of his last four games, and I do not expect that to change against the Falcons, who have allowed the third-most FanDuel points to opposing quarterbacks this season.
- Matt Ryan (ATL): $9,200 vs. GB
- Ben Roethlisberger (PIT): $8,000 at NE
Ty Montgomery (GB): $8,000 at ATL
I know just a little bit ago I mentioned that the Packers do not have a running game, but that does not mean we have to ignore Ty Montgomery. He probably will not rush for more than 100 yards, but he could have more than 100 yards when you add in his receiving yards. I don’t think a lot of people will pair Montgomery and Rodgers together, but if Montgomery can just get one receiving touchdown it will be totally worth it.
Tevin Coleman (ATL): $6,300 vs. GB
Devonta Freeman is considered the lead running back for the Falcons, but the combo of him and Tevin Coleman almost operate at a 50/50 split in touches and snaps. Considering that Coleman is $1,700 less than Freeman, I think that Coleman is a much better GPP option since he will still be less popular and is more than capable of scoring more points than Freeman.
Antonio Brown (PIT): $8,400 at NE
I honestly do not believe that Brown will be nearly as high-owned as he typically is since people will probably load up on Le’Veon Bell. Anytime that happens, I definitely want to have exposure to him since Brown is capable of scoring multiple touchdowns and gaining more than 150 yards. Brown had a solid game against the Patriots earlier this season with seven receptions and 107 yards without Ben Roethlisberger. I think the Patriots win this game, but I really believe that they will have a hard time slowing down Brown.
Randall Cobb (GB): $6,500 at ATL
Normally I do not like recommending really chalky plays for GPPs. However, it’s hard to avoid situations like this on a two-game slate. The Packers’ wide receivers are really banged up with Jordy Nelson possibly limited if he plays, and Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison questionable (although likely to play). Therefore, Rodgers could very well lean on Cobb as the main healthy threat, and I do not believe the Falcons have the personnel in the secondary to slow him down.
Taylor Gabriel (ATL): $6,000 vs. GB
Gabriel had a decent game against the Seahawks last weekend with four receptions and 71 yards. Julio Jones is likely going to be less than 100% healthy. Even though he will likely suit up, I could see him being hindered by the foot injury. When Jones missed a couple of games during the regular season, Gabriel had a couple of really good outings. I think most people thinking the same about Julio will likely pivot to Mohamed Sanu instead of Gabriel, making Gabriel an excellent contrarian GPP option this weekend.
- Julio Jones (ATL): $8,800 vs. GB
- Julian Edelman (SEA): $7,800 vs. PIT
- Davante Adams (GB): $7,500 at ATL
Jared Cook (GB): $6,400 vs. ATL
Cook will likely be pretty chalky this weekend and rightfully so. He had a great game last weekend with 11 targets, six receptions, 103 yards and a touchdown. With Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison both banged up, Rodgers will once again have to lean on Cook if the Packers are going to win this game.
- Martellus Bennett (NE): $5,500 vs. PIT
Stephen Gostkowski (NE): $4,700 vs. PIT
Gostkowski is one of the most accurate kickers in the league and the Patriots should provide Gostkowski with plenty of opportunities to kick field goals against the Steelers.
New England Patriots: $4,400 vs. PIT
This week really is terrible for defenses, and you’re essentially picking your poison. With that being said, I am for sure avoiding both defenses in the incredibly high expected total in the NFC Championship. Therefore, by default I’m going to use the Patriots defense, even though they will likely be high-owned. Ben Roethlisberger is not a good quarterback on the road, so it is possible that he does have a couple of turnovers in this game.
- Steelers (PIT): $4,200 at NE