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FanDuel NFL Cash Game Lineup Advice: Conference Championship Round (2020)

by Matt Giraldi | @Mgiraldi | Featured Writer
Jan 16, 2020

Well, we’ve reached the end of multiple game slates for the 2019-20 NFL season. I sincerely hope that this article each week has helped some of you land on some good players, and I apologize for the landmine picks that have found their way on these pages from time to time. Like a weatherman, it’s difficult to be accurate 100 percent of the time. Regardless, I’d like to thank anyone and everyone who has read my articles this season. It’s been a lot of fun for me to grind this season and try to become a better cash game player. Creating a process and following through is often difficult. As Jimmy Dugan in “A League of Their Own,” said, “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everybody would do it.” Oh wait, that’s baseball, and we can’t talk about that sport for another month (unless it’s about cheating). Did someone just say “The Bachelor”?

With just two games, the player pool dramatically shrinks, which causes a whole lot of overlap. My risk aversion is likely going to cause me to build safe and balanced lineups this week in cash games. Of course, when looking through the salaries it’s easy to see that’s not the easiest task in the world. The key will ultimately be choosing the right high-priced studs this week since the margin for error is next to nil.

Here are the players I’m considering for my cash game lineup for the Conference Championship Round of the playoffs:

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Quarterbacks

Patrick Mahomes (KC): $8,600 vs. Tennessee Titans
Mahomes is the best available quarterback on the slate, but you’re going to have to pay for him. Mahomes threw for 446 yards and three touchdowns in the first meeting between these two teams. The Titans defense has been playing better as of late, but this is still a spot where Mahomes should once again rack up passing stats left and right.

Aaron Rodgers (GB): $8,000 at San Francisco 49ers
Pricing for the remaining three quarterbacks is fairly tight, and because of that, Rodgers stands out as the most likely quarterback to throw for more than 100 yards. The last time these teams met, the 49ers had their way with the Packers’ quarterback. Rodgers was sacked five times and lost a fumble. My guess is that, while Rodgers is still in a very difficult situation, anything and everything that could go wrong did go wrong the first time out. Expect him to be a bit better this go-around.

Other notables

Running Backs

Derrick Henry (TEN): $9,800 at Kansas City Chiefs
Thus far in the playoffs, Henry has run for 377 yards on 64 attempts. According to Pro Football Focus, 299 of those rushing yards have come after contact. Henry is having a stretch right now that isn’t just good, it’s among the best of all time.

One key point to watch for today and leading up to game time is whether Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones will play. He missed last week and hasn’t practiced yet leading up to this game. If Jones is out, that will greatly hinder Kansas City’s ability to contain Henry in the run game.

Damien Williams (KC): $7,600 vs. Tennessee Titans
Last week Williams was a key catalyst for the Chiefs to erase a 24 point deficit in the first half. Expect more of the same this week against the Titans. In the first meeting between these teams, Williams had 24 touches for 109 yards. With LeSean McCoy still not practicing, this backfield once again should be all Williams, all the time.

 

Other notables

Wide Receivers

Davante Adams (GB): $8,300 at San Francisco 49ers
Pay attention to the starting lineups when they are released for this one. While Adams lines up all over the field on offense, he has spent a majority of the time lined up on the left side of the field, particularly since his return from injury. That would normally mean that he’d see a lot of Ahkello Witherspoon, but after being dusted early on against the Minnesota Vikings last week, he was benched for Emmanuel Moseley. Should Witherspoon start once again, even a short time on the field could prove to be very good for Adams. Regardless, Adams fared pretty well in the first meeting between the two teams and will be relied upon heavily if the Packers want to upset the 49ers on the road.

Tyreek Hill (KC): $7,400 vs. Tennessee Titans
Hill terrorized the Titans in the teams’ first meeting, and it’s likely that he’ll do the same in this game as well. The $900 savings moving off Adams into a softer match-up doesn’t hurt either. Regardless of what the Titans decide to do in coverage, Hill feels like he can’t be contained. And if the first meeting holds water, we just might be right.

Other notables

Tight Ends

Travis Kelce (KC): $7,800 vs. Tennessee Titans
In a two-game slate, there’s going to be a lot of similar builds. Two of the best tight ends in the NFL are playing this weekend, both of whom are slightly banged up. The Titans have allowed tight ends to beat them this season, including Kelce, who caught seven passes for 75 yards and a touchdown against them earlier this year.

Jonnu Smith (TEN): $5,600 vs. KC
Spending down this week at tight end with Smith gives you a chance to spend up on cash game studs like Henry and Mahomes. The thing about Smith is, he’s actually in a positive matchup against the Chiefs, and he’s been performing admirably as of late.

Other notables

Defense

San Francisco 49ers DST: $4,600 vs. Green Bay Packers
Last week, the 49ers’ defense returned to full strength, and the results were pretty easy to predict. The fact of the matter is that this defense is, and has been, one of the best defenses all season long. As mentioned last week as well, the addition of Dee Ford bolsters the pass rush, and it showed against the Vikings. Once again the 49ers’ defense is the cream of the crop.

Other notables

  • Green Bay DST: $4,000 @ SF

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Matt Giraldi is a correspondent at FantasyPros. To read more from Matt, check out his archive or follow him @Mgiraldi.

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