FanDuel Divisional Round Advice (Saturday Only)
During the first two weeks of the playoffs, FanDuel is giving us two main slates each weekend. The first is on Saturday, and I’ll be covering that this afternoon. Tomorrow, you’ll see my picks for the second slate with the two Sunday games. Keep in mind that late-swap is an option to use to your advantage. If you miss on good chalk in the first game or use a player or two who busts, make sure to switch your lineup in between games to go more contrarian in game two so that you have a chance to catch up. With that said let me tell you about my four cornerstone plays then I’ll give you my entire cash game player pool that I’d consider to be decent options.
Lamar Jackson (QB – BAL): $9,500 vs TEN
There is no way you were actually considering playing another quarterback right? Ok, good, just checking. But for those of you actually contemplating it, think of it this way. For the cheapest QB on the slate to hit value, Kirk Cousins needs 15 fantasy points versus San Francisco. Lamar needs just 19, which he has accomplished in every single game this year except for one. His Ravens obviously have the highest implied total on the slate and considering Jackson has an enormous floor because of his rushing, and an enormous ceiling because of the passing added to that, he is the easiest play, not only on the slate, for over the entire season on any slate. Don’t overthink it.
George Kittle (TE – SF): $7,300 vs MIN
This isn’t like Jackson where you can’t even make a case for the other options; I mean, you could feasibly come to the understanding that saving two-grand is worth it to move down to Jonnu Smith, but I wouldn’t quite go near Mark Andrews. Yeah, he could explode, but this is a cash game we are talking about and he is quite risky since he only plays 40% of the offensive snaps. Plus, he is a mere $300 cheaper than Kittle. That isn’t enough saving to suffer the sizeable drop-off in expectation. Minnesota is a challenging matchup for the position, but Kittle is just too good consistently to fade him.
Corey Davis (TEN): $5,000 @ BAL
You may hate to see this, but then again, you tell me where you are going to save enough money to get Lamar into your lineup? Has he been a disappointment? Oh, yes, of epic proportions! But he is also reliable to catch three or four passes for 40-50 yards. That isn’t much, but at the very least, he won’t kill you. At the most, we could be talking about a run-heavy offense being forced to toss out 35-40 passes playing from behind against Baltimore with their season on the line. If that happens, you’d better believe Davis will see 7 to 9 targets and if he gets in the end zone, he smashes value, perhaps even twice over.
Dalvin Cook (RB – MIN): $8,600 @ SF
This is difficult. Yes, I’m actually not using Derrick Henry here. There just isn’t enough room under the budget and I’ve got to choose one. This doesn’t have anything to do with the game script in Baltimore. Forget that narrative that Henry loses appeal if the Titans are down. While he doesn’t get work in the passing game, he is still a lock for 20 touches this week. What it really comes down to, is that Cook is $1,200 cheaper and has a better matchup, plus I think the game script may actually be in his favor. Even if it isn’t, Cook can catch passes out of the backfield quite well, and as we saw last week, he isn’t coming off the field, no matter what.
The Rest of My Cash Player Pool
- Raheem Mostert (RB – SF): $6,800 vs MIN
- Gus Edwards (RB – BAL): $5,400 vs TEN (if Ingram is ruled out)
- Derrick Henry (RB – TEN): $9,800 @ BAL
- Adam Thielen (WR – MIN): $7,000 @ SF
- Marquise Brown (WR – BAL): $5,300 vs TEN
- Emmanuel Sanders (WR – SF): $5,800 vs MIN
- Jonnu Smith (TE – TEN): $5,200 @ BAL