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FanDuel NFL Lineup Advice: Wild Card Sunday (1/10)

by Brad Richter | @rotopilot | Featured Writer
Jan 8, 2021

Nick Chubb gets workhorse volume and red zone opportunities but offers a more reasonable price tag.

While researching and building FanDuel lineups for Saturday’s slate seemed pretty straightforward, trying to fit the puzzle pieces together for the Sunday three-game Wild Card slate is proving to be much more difficult. The Sunday slate has a combination of more high-priced players that we want to pay up for and a lack of trustworthy value options that we desire for cash game lineups. So, I find myself leaning toward building a more balanced lineup in cash games.

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Cash Game Core

Lamar Jackson (QB – BAL): $9,000
Quarterback is the one position that I want to find the salary to fit in the top option on the slate, Lamar Jackson. Jackson has been piling up the fantasy production over the last five weeks, with at least 21 FanDuel points in each game and over 25 in four of those outings. Jackson could be on a mission this postseason after some regression from his MVP season and the #redemption factor facing the same Titans squad that ousted Jackson and the Ravens from the playoffs last year.

If Jackson’s recent play and payback isn’t enough, he also has the most favorable matchup on the slate against a Titans pass defense that has allowed 304 yards (27th) and 2.6 touchdown passes (30th) per game over the last five weeks. The game also has the highest Vegas total on Saturday’s slate by a significant margin.

Nick Chubb (RB – CLE): $7,700
I would love to be writing about Derrick Henry or Alvin Kamara in this spot, but with their high salaries, I am not looking to prioritize them in my cash game lineups unless some obvious value opens up somehow. So, the highest I’m willing to pay at running back is with Nick Chubb, who gets workhorse volume and red zone opportunities but offers a more reasonable price tag.

Chubb just put up 108 rushing yards and a score against the Steelers last week and has found the end zone in six straight games. He has topped 11 FanDuel points in eight straight outings since returning from an early-season injury. The Browns will need to focus on the strength, which is the running game, if they want to pull off the upset in Pittsburgh.

Diontae Johnson (WR – PIT): $7,000
Johnson has consistently been the top target for Ben Roethlisberger this season, reaching double-digit targets in seven of the last eight games both players played. The high target share gives Johnson a solid floor, which is ideal for cash game lineups. He has also scored in three of the last four games when Roethlisberger has been under center, which provides much-needed touchdown upside on a small slate.

The Browns have been below average defending the pass this season, especially to the wide receiver position, as they have given up 13.4 receptions (20th) for 175 yards (24th) and 1.3 touchdowns (26th) per game to the position this season.

Michael Thomas (WR – NO): $6,800
It may feel a little bit risky to recommend a wide receiver just coming off injured reserve and getting throw into a playoff game in your cash game lineup. However, we are not talking about any old receiver, as things are lining up nicely for Thomas. First of all, he has an instant rapport with his quarterback, Drew Brees, after the two have played together at a high level for over four years. Secondly, Thomas’s price tag seems laughable for such an elite pass catcher in a home playoff game. The return of Thomas is also partly why I am okay with fading Alvin Kamara in cash games. Note that if Thomas doesn’t make it back this week, then I will find a way to get Kamara in my cash game lineup.

Other Cash Options

GPP Stacking Options

Ryan Tannehill (QB – TEN): $7,400
Derrick Henry (RB – TEN): $10,200
AJ Brown (WR – TEN): $8,400
On Sunday, the first game of the day between the Ravens and Titans has the highest Vegas total on the slate and should be a popular game to stack in GPPs. That said, I’m hoping to get a little bit different in my stack by recommending you click on all three of the highest-priced options on the Titans and bring it back with at least two Ravens (Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews) and maybe even one of their running backs for a full-on game stack.

The Titans have been involved in a bunch of shootouts this season, and as I mentioned in my Titans stack in last week’s article, the trio of Tannehill, Henry, and Brown have all had big days in the same game. Just like they did last week when Tannehill put up 28 FanDuel points, while Henry had 35, and Brown posted 26.

GPP Fliers

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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.

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