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NFL DraftKings Wild Card Weekend Picks

Just because the regular season isn’t over, that doesn’t mean you still can’t make some additional money playing postseason DraftKings. With the condensed number of games on the slate, roster construction and salary scrutiny are key. Here’s what to expect in this weekends games.

Quarterbacks

  • Drew Brees ($6,400) – I like Brees slightly more than Alex Smith this week only because I think it will be a much better game between the Saints/Panthers, than it will Chiefs/Titans. He’s got the better receiver weapon on the outside, and you’d expect a receiving touchdown for Alvin Kamara with how hot he’s been.
  • Tyrod Taylor ($4,700) – The matchup is so bad that his ownership is likely to be extremely low. However, if you are looking to spend up at the skill positions, Taylor makes for a nice punt play. McCoy playing would really help Taylor’s output.

Running Backs

  • Todd Gurley ($9,700) – I know his price is absurd, but Gurley is the fuel of the Rams offense and sets up perfectly for a big day against an Atlanta defense that struggles with containing pass catching backs. Gurley will get his on the ground, and then even more through the air as the Rams are likely to ride him all the way to the divisional round.
  • Leonard Fournette ($7,400) – A dream scenario here as Fournette faces the terrible Buffalo run defense. What’s even better is that you know Fournette is a lock for 20+ carries and his past injuries seem to be a thing of the past as he played an extremely high snap percentage in Week 17.
  • Derrick Henry ($6,000) – If Murray sits, then Henry will look to capitalize again on the lone backfield like he did in Week 17. He ran hard and ran well as the Titans will do whatever they can to stay with the Chiefs.
  • Tevin Coleman ($4,100) – He might not be the lead guy in Atlanta’s backfield, but you know he’s going to get his share of touches. He’s also no stranger to vulturing away a touchdown from Freeman here and there.

Wide Receivers

  • Michael Thomas ($7,800) – I’d feel much more comfortable with Thomas than Julio in my lineups as Carolina has had trouble in their secondary while Thomas has been super consistent with his target/reception numbers. He draws a solid matchup here.
  • Tyreek Hill ($6,800) – The Titans present a bad secondary that can easily be thrown on. With Hill, he possesses elite speed that can burn past the defense and rack up points. This seems like as nice a spot for Hill to use that skillset.
  • Cooper Kupp ($5,800) – Give me the consistent trust and targets with Kupp in the Rams offense at a significantly lower price than leading man Woods. We rode with Kupp all year at the RSJ, why stop now.
  • Rishard Matthews ($4,900) – Matthews is the leading receiver for the Titans, and despite the Chiefs success at home, their pass defense has been less than stellar. A #1 option in an offense for this cheap is always worth a look.
  • Eric Decker ($3,500) – Decker has shown signs of life in Tennessee’s offense and with his salary being this cheap in the slate, he’s worth serious consideration. Despite being arguably RSJ’s public enemy number one, I might roll the dice one last time.

Tight Ends

  • Travis Kelce ($7,100) – He’s a beast, simple as that. Plus the nice matchup against a bad Titans defense and we have ourselves quite the recipe here.
  • Charles Clay ($4,000) – Solid target numbers in back to back games, and with the elite Jags corners you need to throw across the middle here. No McCoy would leave Clay as one of the few serious options in the offense.
  • Austin Hooper ($2,900) – He’s so cheap with touchdown upside. Best of the sub 3k options.

Defenses

  • Jacksonville Jaguars ($4,400) – At home against the Bills who could be either without McCoy, or with a very injury ridden one. Hard not to love this play.
  • Kansas City Chiefs ($3,400) – For 1k less, you can get another solid defense who’s been stout at home and versus a QB who has been pretty turnover prone this season.
  • Los Angeles Rams ($2,700) – Not a sexy play, but Matt Ryan can have some real god awful performances, and LA has turned in some nice secondary play this year.

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