The NFL is now offering a triple header on Saturday of the Wildcard Weekend, starting with Colts-Bills and ending with Buccaneers-Washington (with Rams-Seahawks in between). These six teams have plenty of solid DFS options, but with several top-tier defenses in action, it’s not easy to create a tournament-winning DraftKings lineup. Our picks target several Colts sleepers, who we hope are underrated, as well as a few high-priced stars who we hope will advance to the playoffs.
Pivoting from probable chalk picks, such as Josh Allen, gives us the differential which, while risky, could provide an advantage. When you play small slate tournaments you have to take risks, and we certainly do with this lineup.
Wild Card Saturday DraftKings Picks: NFL DFS Tournament Playoff Line-up
QB Philip Rivers, Colts @ Bills ($ 5,400). You know the bills are going to score points, so Indianapolis will probably have to circulate them to keep up with them. Rivers has shown he can still do it effectively, averaging 260.6 yards per game with 24 total touchdowns this year. This includes seven multi-TD games and three three-TD games. Using Rivers, the fifth most expensive QB, gives us more pay to play with our other spots in the list while not sacrificing a solid floor and relatively high ceiling against a Buffalo defense, allowing the fourth most fantastic points in QB.
RB Jonathan Taylor, Colts @ Bills ($ 7,900). Taylor has enjoyed favorable games down the stretch, averaging 19.8 carries and 123.5 yards in his last six games. He’ll get the ball early against Buffalo’s poor run defense, but he’s shown he can be an effective receiver too, recording multiple catches in all but four games and having at least four catches on four occasions. It’s an unconventional stack to pair him with Rivers (and Nyheim Hines), but it’s also the kind of unique play that could pay off in a game that could be a high scoring match.
RB Nyheim Hines, Colts @ Bills ($ 4,700). Hines is averaging 66.9 total yards and 4.4 receptions in the second half of the season. It comes with just three scores, but keep in mind he has three multi-TD outings this season. Maybe we’re limiting our advantage a bit by playing both Colts backs, but with RB’s tough clashes across the board on Saturday, it’s not as crazy as it sounds, especially considering of how much Rivers throws at his back. Plus, a line-up build like this will definitely give us differentiation, so if Hines and Taylor can find the end zone, they could really pay off in DraftKings’ full-point PPR score.
WR Stefon Diggs, Bills vs Colts ($ 7,700). We hope some will avoid Diggs because of the “Q” tag he’s worn all week, but we’d be very surprised if his oblique injury holds him back on Saturday. Instead, we’ll build on the guaranteed production it delivers year round. It doesn’t hurt that Indy’s pass defense struggled down the stretch, allowing an average of 309.1 yards in his last seven games.
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WR Antonio Brown, Buccaneers @ Washington ($ 6,100). Brown was force-fed last week, in part because Mike Evans (knee) got injured early and also because he was trying to knock an incentive into his contract. Either way, there’s a good chance he’ll be seeing a lot of targets again this week with Evans either absent or limited. Washington has a tough passing defense, but Brown can beat anyone. He has scored in three straight games and will again be a favorite target for Tom Brady.
WR Cam Sims, Washington vs. Buccaneers ($ 3,900). We’re going to need at least a WR value to hit the goals, and we’re relying on The Sims to be that guy. He has seen 6.6 targets in Washington’s last five games despite playing with three different QBs. Obviously, the quarterback situation is cause for concern, but Washington will no doubt be forced to throw more in the second half of this game, and the Sims 6-5 will have chances down and in the red zone. He’s playing pretty much every cliché, so we’re going to try our luck in a favorable game.
TE Jack Doyle, Colts @ Bills ($ 2,900). Rivers is handing the ball to his receivers, so it’s hard to pick one with him. That’s why we’re hoping Doyle can cash around the goal line. It’s a risky choice, as it’s pretty much a touchdown or bust, but it’s a great game. Fading Rob Gronkowski and Logan Thomas is also risky, but we’ll be in good shape if neither scores, even if Doyle only manages a few catches.
FLEX Tyler Lockett, Seahawks vs. Rams ($ 6,900). In two games against the Rams this year, Lockett had eight catches for 110 yards – not great, but better than his teammate DK Metcalf (8-87). Lockett will still have plenty of targets, and his big-game ability still makes him a threat. You have to take risks on a three-game roster, and with many choosing to avoid the Seahawks passing game in a tough game, we’ll embrace the talent and hope for a big payoff.
D / ST Seattle Seahawks vs. Rams ($ 2,700). We’ll take a cheap defense against John Wolford or a jared Goff (thumb) bumped up any day, especially a player as good as the Seahawks have in the home stretch (16 offensive points allowed per game over his eight last games, at least three sacks in seven of the last eight games).