FanDuel NFL Divisional Round DFS Lineup Advice (1/22)
The 2021 fantasy football season flew by in a flash. With the regular season over, fantasy players have to shift their mindset towards DFS. Unfortunately, several of last week’s games weren’t very entertaining. However, we have two excellent matchups to kick off the Divisional Round of the playoffs. The first game is the Cincinnati Bengals at the Tennessee Titans, followed by a rematch between the San Francisco 49ers at the Green Bay Packers. With only two games available for the Saturday slate, fantasy players have limited options to set their lineups. However, let’s see which players belong in your lineups.
Derrick Henry (RB – TEN): $9,000 vs. CIN
Henry hasn’t played in over two months because of a foot injury. However, the star running back expects to play against the Bengals. Before the injury, Henry had scored at least 15.4 FanDuel fantasy points in six of the first seven games this season, scoring at least 31 fantasy points in half of those games. Last week the Bengals surrendered 6.4 yards per rushing attempt and 14.7 fantasy points to Josh Jacobs. Assuming Henry is 100 percent healthy for this game, he belongs in all of your lineups.
Davante Adams (WR – GB): $8,700 vs. SF
While Cooper Kupp had a historic 2021 fantasy season, Adams remains the best wide receiver in the NFL. Adams averaged 22.9 FanDuel fantasy points per game over the final six games of the fantasy season before sitting out most of the Week 18 game. Last week the 49ers gave up 15.4 fantasy points to Amari Cooper. In the Week 3 matchup against the 49ers, Adams pulled in 12 of his season-high 18 targets for 132 receiving yards and 25.2 fantasy points. Even in the cold weather, Adams should rip apart the San Francisco secondary.
Ja’Marr Chase (WR – CIN): $8,200 at TEN
Last week Chase continued his recent dominant run over NFL defenses. He scored 18.4 FanDuel fantasy points against the Las Vegas Raiders, catching nine of his 12 targets. Aside from the Week 18 game, where he didn’t have his franchise quarterback, Chase has averaged 28.2 fantasy points per game over the past three games. Meanwhile, the Titans surrendered an average of almost 34 fantasy points per game to wide receivers during the regular season. The Titans don’t have any way of slowing down Chase in this game.
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Aaron Rodgers (QB – GB): $8,400 vs. SF
The likely back-to-back MVP award winner has been on fire lately. Aside from the Week 18 game where Rodgers only played 46 percent of the snaps, he has averaged 25.6 FanDuel fantasy points per game since Week 11. Rodgers has thrown at least two touchdowns in all but one game since Week 1. Last week, Dak Prescott scored 21.9 fantasy points against the 49ers, throwing for over 250 yards and scoring two total touchdowns. In the Week 3 matchup, Rodgers scored 18.5 fantasy points against the 49ers. He should have a similar fantasy performance or better in the rematch this weekend.
George Kittle (TE – SF): $6,400 at GB
Over the past four games, Kittle has averaged only 3.8 targets and 3.2 FanDuel fantasy points per game. However, he was unstoppable in the previous three games, averaging 11 targets and 25 fantasy points per game. More importantly, Kittle was a thorn in the Packers’ side in the Week 3 matchup, catching seven of nine targets for 92 receiving yards, scoring 13.6 fantasy points. Meanwhile, the Packers surrendered an average of 10.5 fantasy points per game to tight ends during the regular season. If the 49ers are going to pull off the upset victory, they will need a big performance from Kittle.
Ryan Tannehill (QB – TEN): $7,300 vs. CIN
While he was far from the best fantasy quarterback this season, Tannehill played well when he had a good matchup. Against the seven fantasy friendliest teams to quarterbacks this season, Tannehill averaged 19.9 FanDuel fantasy points per game in those four contests. By comparison, his regular-season average was 16.6 fantasy points per game. Last week, the Bengals gave up 15.4 fantasy points to Derek Carr. They also allowed the sixth-most passing yards during the regular season. The Bengals should be able to take advantage of a poor Tennessee secondary. If the Bengals do, Tannehill will need to have a strong performance for the Titans to win this game.
AJ Dillon (RB – GB): $6,100 vs. SF
Over the first nine games of the season, Dillon had double-digit rushing attempts only three times. By comparison, he had double-digit rushing attempts in all but two of the past eight games to close the regular season. As the weather has gotten colder, the Packers have increased Dillon’s workload. Since Week 9, Dillon has scored at least 10 FanDuel fantasy points in six of those nine games. Last week, the 49ers held the Dallas Cowboys running backs in check, allowing only 7.2 combined fantasy points to Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard. However, this game will be in the cold and not a dome. The Packers will lean on Dillon in this game, hopefully resulting in a touchdown or two.
Allen Lazard (WR – GB): $6,000 vs. SF
While Randall Cobb expects to return for this game, Marquez Valdes-Scantling missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with a back issue. On Thursday, Matt LaFleur said Valdes-Scantling was doubtful to play this week. Even if he plays, Lazard is an excellent option for DFS players. Lazard scored at least 12.8 FanDuel fantasy points in four of the past five games, averaging 14.5 fantasy points per game in those contests. With Cobb returning from injury and Valdes-Scantling likely out, the Packers should call a few extra plays designed to get Lazard the ball downfield.
Tyler Boyd (WR – CIN): $5,800 at TEN
Last week, Boyd caught four of his five targets and scored 10.9 FanDuel fantasy points against the Raiders. It was the fourth game in a row and the fifth of the past six games where Boyd scored at least 10.9 fantasy points. As importantly, Boyd has scored a touchdown in four straight games. The Titans were one of the worst teams slowing down wide receivers during the regular season, giving up just under 34 fantasy points per game to wide receivers. While Chase should have a strong performance, Boyd is a solid pivot option for those of you who want to spend your salary on a different position.
Anthony Firkser (TE – TEN): $5,200 vs. CIN
Over the last two games of the regular season, Firkser averaged 11.8 FanDuel fantasy points per game, scoring at least 9.9 fantasy points in both games. He was third on the team with seven targets in those two games, only four behind A.J. Brown for the team lead. Last week, the Bengals surrendered 11.1 fantasy points to Darren Waller. Furthermore, tight ends averaged 12 fantasy points per game against the Bengals in the regular season. Firkser is not a player you want to target when setting your lineup. However, he is a cheap option to fill your tight end spot if you want to save your salary for other positions.
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