FanDuel NFL GPP Lineup Advice: Conference Championships (2020)
On a two-game NFL DFS slate, like we have this weekend for the Conference Championship games, there isn’t going to be a stack that goes unowned. In GPPs on FanDuel, almost every stack conceivable will have some ownership, so focus on stacks with players that can make that one big play. This is also a good week to leave some extra salary on the table (over $500) to help force your lineup to be different from the masses. Also, consider taking a stand by either going all-in or a doing a complete fade of one of the high-owned studs. I’ll give my high-owned stud to fade in this column instead of my usual low-owned stud to target since that won’t exist this week.
So, with that let’s stack’em up for the Conference Championships…
Ryan Tannehill (QB – TEN): $7,700 / A.J. Brown (WR – TEN): $6,800
While rostering any variation of a Patrick Mahomes stack with either Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce is likely to be the highest-owned option on the slate, the other side of the matchup using a Titans stack might be the second most-used stack on the small two-game slate. This stack assumes that the Chiefs jump out to an early lead and force Tannehill and the Titans to pass more than 15 times per game, which they were able to get away with in the first two postseason games. Tannehill has shown that he can be an efficient passer when given the opportunity this season, and when he does have his big games, it typically coincides with A.J. Brown making some big plays and finding paydirt. If this stack is going to produce, then the Chiefs’ offense will need to put points on the board, so feel free to bring it back at least one and maybe two or three Chiefs of your choice.
Bring it back with: Tyreek Hill (KC): $7,400
Jimmy Garoppolo (QB – SF): $7,600 / Emmanuel Sanders (WR – SF): $5,500
As the higher-scoring game according to Vegas, the Titans/Chiefs matchup should be the most attractive to stack up in GPPs, but don’t sleep on the 49ers/Packers tilt. My favorite passing game stack in this matchup pairs Garoppolo with not his primary or secondary pass-catcher these days, but instead his tertiary option, Emmanuel Sanders. This is the exact spot that the 49ers envisioned when they acquired the veteran receiver during the season. Look for his experience and route-running ability to come into play against a young Packers secondary as he still has some of that big-play ability left in the tank. You can also double-stack in George Kittle ($7,000) if you wish, and consider bringing it back with Davante Adams or Aaron Jones.
Bring it back with: Davante Adams (GB): $8,300
Tevin Coleman (RB – SF): $6,500 / Raheem Mostert (RB – SF): $5,800 / 49ers D/ST: $4,600
Small slates force us into doing atypical things. This is the case with my running game/defensive stack using both 49ers running backs, Coleman and Mostert, in the same lineup. Both should get carries in a potentially positive game script for the 49ers, as San Francisco is a touchdown favorite at home. Using both running backs also solves the dilemma of which one will draw the short straw when divvying up the carries and goal-line work. Pair the duo with the 49ers’ defense that had six sacks last week and put a ton of pressure on Aaron Rodgers in their earlier meeting, resulting in five sacks.
High-Owned Stud to Fade
Derrick Henry (RB – TEN): $9,800
While Henry has been the low-owned stud to roster in each of the first two rounds of the playoff, this could be the spot to make a bold stance and fully fade the Titans’ running back in GPPs. Like I eluded to in the intro, one way to differentiate your lineups from the field in GPPs is to either go all-in on a popular player or do full fade. The candidates for this type of stance on this weekend’s two-game slate are Derrick Henry, Patrick Mahomes, George Kittle/Travis Kelce, and Tyreek Hill. Since there are other ways to be a little bit different when using the Chiefs passing game, and because I’m not comfortable fading the high-priced chalk tight ends with very little other options to pivot to, that leaves us with Henry. Eliminating the need to squeeze in his high price tag opens up a world of possibilities for GPP combinations when building lineups.
- Aaron Jones (RB – GB): $7,800
- Jamaal Williams (RB – GB): $4,800
- Sammy Watkins (WR – KC): $5,200
- Corey Davis (WR – TEN): $5,000
- Mecole Hardman (WR – KC): $4,900
- Demarcus Robinson (WR – KC): $4,700