Fantasy football doesn’t end just because the regular season is over. The Wild-Card Weekend – now with six games Saturday and Sunday – gives us the opportunity to work out our fantastic finely tuned muscles with DFS contests. Making choices from a roster with most of the top NFL teams isn’t easy, as very few games are “favorable” and valuable sleepers seem rare, but below we are doing our best to create a composition of winning tournaments for DraftKings contests.
Our picks may seem a bit more cash game focused at first, but it’s important to remember that during the playoffs, teams often rely more than usual on their most reliable and consistent players. This doesn’t mean there won’t be random hits (there are always random hits), but it could mean even more hits than usual for an RB or WR key. We keep that in mind while doing our best to exploit the few favorable confrontations that exist.
Wild Card DraftKings Picks: NFL DFS Cash Line
QB Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs Browns ($ 6,100). Big Ben wasn’t asked to do much against the Browns in a 38-7 Steelers win in Week 6, and he didn’t play last week when the teams met for the second time. Substitute Mason Rudolph threw for 315 yards and two scores, however, and that sort of exit seems more than reasonable for the rested Roethlisberger. Cleveland finished the season slightly below par against the Fantastic QBs, but their final stats were helped by three games of bad weather and a favorable streak over the past three weeks (Colts McCoy, Sam Darnold, Rudolph). It’s always a favorable game, and getting Roethlisberger as the sixth most expensive QB is good value for money.
RB Jonathan Taylor, Colts @ Bills ($ 7,900). In the last six games of the season, Taylor has averaged 19.8 carries and 123.5 rushing yards with eight total TDs. To be fair, he’s faced five gruesome running defenses (Packers, Texans twice, Raiders and Jaguars) during that span, but he’s also had 74 yards and two touchdowns against Pittsburgh, which allows him to make numbers against anyone. It might be smarter to melt Taylor down and pivot towards Nyheim Hines thinking Indianapolis will fall behind early and be forced to throw more, but we’ll stick with the more scoring Indy back. Buffalo is fighting the run (4.6 yards per carry, 119.6 yards per game), so the Colts should try to hit Taylor early and often, and he’s done enough as a receiver to give us hope that ‘he can produce even if Indianapolis falls behind in the first half.
RB JD McKissic, Washington vs. Buccaneers ($ 4,900). It’s hard to feel good with a running back who has only had six carries for 15 yards in the last two games of the regular season, but that pick is all about McKissic’s passing prowess. In the last five games, he’s caught 34 of 42 targets for 251 yards and two scores. Antonio Gibson has missed almost all of those three games, but McKissic has still shone the past two weeks, catching 13 passes for 107 yards and one score. In DraftKings’ full point PPR score, McKissic has a lot of advantages, especially if you think Washington will be in catch-up mode for most of the second half against the high powered Buccaneers.
WR Stefon Diggs, Bills vs Colts ($ 7,700). Diggs is one of those guys you almost must have in your roster. Most of it will be owned, but it provides a safe floor and a very high ceiling. If he’s just posting something close to his season averages (7.9 catches, 95.9 yards, 0.5 touchdowns per game), he’ll pay his price, and if he leaves like he did in of Week 16 against New England (9-145-3), it will be difficult to cash without him. Due to his oblique injury and Buffalo’s multitude of other options, you might try to make him go away, but we’ll take guaranteed production, especially since we’re already fading Derrick Henry.
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers vs. Browns ($ 5,500). Smith-Schuster has caught at least six assists in five of his last six games and nine of his 11. In that 11-game streak, he’s averaged 6.7 catches, 9.1 targets and 57.9 yards with six touchdowns. in total. He’s not much of a ‘high-ceiling’ receiver at this point as he hasn’t managed to make 96 yards in any game and hasn’t scored multiple touchdowns since Week 1, but he has a pretty high floor. , especially in the full-point PPR of DraftKings format. Its midrange price against a Browns defense allowing for the seventh most fantasy points per game makes it a solid option.
WR Darnell Mooney, Bears @ Saints ($ 3,900). Mooney is struggling with an ankle injury so we’ll have to monitor his status throughout the week, but if he does play he’s another solid option in DraftKings’ PPR score. Mooney just finished his best game of the season where he caught 11 of 13 targets for 93 yards and one score. Before that, he hadn’t broken 69 yards in any game, so he’s not exactly a great candidate to really leave, but it’s clear the Bears trust him, so that’s a plus. They’ll likely be forced to throw more in the second half against the Saints, so Mooney can rack up some cheap catches and yards cheaply.
TE Rob Gronkowski, Buccaneers @ Washington ($ 4,000). There are plenty of solid TEs to choose from this week, many of whom will catch more assists or have better games than Gronkowski, but when the chips go down in the playoffs, we expect Tom Brady to look for his. old reliable in the red zone. Gronk has caught seven touchdowns this year, including two in Week 16 against Detroit, and with Mike Evans (knee) uncertain for this game, Tampa will need a tall catcher to aim near the goal line. Gronk gives us a multi-TD advantage that we don’t really have with some of our other receivers / rears, and hopefully it comes at a decent price.
FLEX JK Dobbins, Ravens @ Titans ($ 6,600). Dobbins has been a beast in the home stretch for Baltimore, averaging 82.5 yards on just 12.8 carries in the last six games. Most notable is that he scored in every game, including two touchdowns in Week 17. Tennessee gives RBs the fifth-most fantasy points per game, so Dobbins could be a chalky choice, but he has the advantage of really exploding.
D / ST Seattle Seahawks vs. Rams ($ 2,700). Speaking of chalk picks, the Seahawks are almost too obvious against a Jared Goff (thumb) or John Wolford, but sometimes you have to grab the fruit at your fingertips. We hope the Bucs D / ST ($ 3,400) are even chalkier in their very favorable game against Washington, but we still prefer the expanding Seahawks. They have had at least three sacks in nine of the last 10 games and have allowed just 16 offensive points per game in their last eight games. Think of them as a steal for just $ 2,700.