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FanDuel NFL Lineup Advice: Wild Card Saturday (1/9)

by Brad Richter | @rotopilot | Featured Writer
Jan 7, 2021

Jonathan Taylor has been on a tear down the stretch.

We get a special treat for the NFL playoffs this season with three Wild Card games on both Saturday and Sunday. This article will focus on the three-game Saturday slate, including some cash game core plays, a lower owned GPP stack, and plenty of one-off plays to fill out your DFS lineups. Weather doesn’t appear to be a factor in Saturday’s matchups, but there are a few players with questionable tags that should be monitored. Let’s get wild!

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Cash Game Core

Josh Allen (QB – BUF): $9,000
The Bills are favorites in the game with the highest Vegas total, so they carry the highest implied team total by a considerable margin. This puts the key to the Bills offense (Allen) at the top of the priority list when building out your cash game lineups. Allen has posted at least 19 FanDuel points in seven of his last eight games and has exceeded 30 FanDuel points three times during that stretch.

Allen will be playing at home against a Colts pass defense that has allowed over 300 yards passing and multiple touchdowns passes in four of their last five games. The Colts have also allowed rushing scores to other mobile quarterbacks, including Joe Burrow, Lamar Jackson, Ryan Tannehill, and Deshaun Watson this season. The Colts’ offense is good enough to force Allen and the Bills to keep their foot on the gas and put up a big fantasy day.

Jonathan Taylor (RB – IND): $8,800
Taylor has been on a tear down the stretch since taking over the Colts backfield on his way to more than 17 FanDuel points in each of his last five games. He will be a key for the Colts to try to control the time of possession and pull out a win on the road. The Bills have only been average stopping the run this season, allowing 96 rushing yards (19th) and 0.9 rushing touchdowns (23rd) per game to opposing running backs.

Cam Akers (RB – LAR): $6,100
Akers is another rookie running back that has taken over the lead role down the stretch this season. In the last four games that Akers has played, he has had at least 15 carries in each outing. On a small slate, you want to secure as many guaranteed touches and scoring opportunities that you can.  Akers should provide that at a reasonable price on Saturday. Akers and the Rams will be on the road against the Seahawks, which should be a tight divisional matchup, leading to plenty of touches, including opportunities in the red zone where he has received 21 carries over his last four games.

Chris Godwin (WR – TB): $7,800
There are a variety of ways you could go at wide receiver in cash games this week. However, the player that might have the most favorable matchup is Godwin lining up in the slot for the Buccaneers against Washington. The Washington defense has been solid this season but is most vulnerable against slot receivers, according to ProFootballFocus metrics.

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers could be without or with a limited Mike Evans after he suffered an injury last week. With Evans out, Godwin stepped up to post 133 yards and two scores. Godwin has also found the end zone in each of the last three games.

Other Cash Options

GPP Stacking Options

Russell Wilson (QB – SEA): $7,400 / DK Metcalf (WR – SEA): $6,900
The Seahawks/Rams tilt comes in with the lowest Vegas total on the slate, which should suppress ownership. However, there is no quarterback on the slate outside of Josh Allen that I trust more to find a way to put up a big fantasy da than Wilson. Whether it is hidden yards gained on the ground or his efficiency in the passing game, he is the only quarterback that has a chance to score more than Allen despite a tough matchup against the Rams.

Now, if you want to get really contrarian, then pair up Wilson with Metcalf, who should see plenty of shadow coverage from one of the top defensive back in the game, Jalen Ramsey. Metcalf was held to eight catches for 87 yards and no scores in two games against the Rams this season, but there might not be another wide receiver on the slate Saturday with bigger upside potential than Metcalf.

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Brad Richter is a featured writer at FantasyPros and a contributor at DailyOverlay. For more from Brad, you can view his archive or follow him @RotoPilot.