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NFL Wild Card FanDuel Advice: Four Different Approaches

The NFL playoffs are upon us, which means we still have a few more opportunities to hit a big GPP while playing DFS football. Last week, we simplified things by flat out giving you four lineups to play. Two of those lineups cashed in GPPs. For the NFL Wild Card weekend, we are going to try to keep that going with four more lineups that are built with different strategies, and then break down what is good and potentially not so good about them.

The Optimal Lineup
QB Drew Brees (NO, $8,100)
RB Derrick Henry (TEN, $6,500)
RB Todd Gurley (LAR, $10,000)
WR Michael Thomas (NO, $8,300)
WR Mohamed Sanu (ATL, $5,800)
WR Ted Ginn (NO, $5,900)
TE Charles Clay (BUF, $5,500)
K Matt Bryant (ATL, $4,900)
DST Kansas City Chiefs ($4,800)

What I Like: This is an all around solid lineup. There is an argument to be made for every player that they could have a huge day. Pairing RBs Derrick Henry and Todd Gurley make a lot of sense. Gurley took last week off and in the two previous weeks scored 43.5 and 44.6 FanDuel points. Not playing Gurley would be foolish. Henry will be the lead RB with Demarco Murray ruled out. Henry carried the ball 28 times last week and faces the Chiefs who have at times struggled against the run.

The WRs are in games that are projected to be the highest scoring of the week. K Matt Bryant is the projected highest scoring game of the weekend with a 48.5 over/under. The Chiefs defense could be aided by the weather against a Titans offense that has been lackluster all season.

STUD RBs Lineup
QB Drew Brees (NO, $8,100)
RB Alvin Kamara (NO, $9,100)
RB Todd Gurley (LAR, $10,000)
WR Michael Thomas (NO, $8,300)
WR Mohamed Sanu (ATL, $5,800)
WR Deonte Thompson (BUF, $4,500)
TE Charles Clay (BUF, $5,500)
K Sam Ficken (LAR, $4,500)
DST Buffalo Bills ($4,200)

What I Like: Kamara and Gurley have been both been on a tear lately and if that continues the duo could provide a huge base to work with.

What I Don’t Like: Kamara faces the Panthers who over the last four weeks has given up the fewest fantasy points a game to RBs, according to fantasy.nfl.com. WR Deonte Thompson is a risky play and could give you no pints. K Sam Ficken is the projected highest scoring game, but lacks experience and may be held back from long kicks. The Bills defense play in what is projected to be lowest scoring game of the week with a 39 point over/under, but have not been elite all season

RBs with Best Matchup
QB Alex Smith (KC, $7,800)
RB Leonard Fournette (JAX, $8,100)
RB Christian Mcaffrey (NO, $6,800)
WR Michael Thomas (NO, $8,300)
WR Mohamed Sanu (ATL, $5,800)
WR Ted Ginn (NO, $5,900)
TE Travis Kelce (BUF, $7,700)
K Josh Lambo (TEN, $4,800)
DST Kansas City Chiefs ($4,800)

What I like: RBs Fournette and McCaffrey have both had great performances this season and are in the most favorable matchups, so the potential is there. The stack of QB Alex Smith and TE Travis Kelce is intriguing, as Kelce is far and away the best TE playing this weekend.

What I Don’t Like: The lineup doesn’t include Gurley. I’m a little concerned that the weather in Kansas City could make for a low scoring game. The temperature is currently projected to be around freezing which is fine for football, but that will be a different story if it drops another 10 to 20 degrees.

Stack a High Scoring Game
QB Jared Goff (LAR, $8,500)
RB Devonte Freeman (TEN, $7,000)
RB Todd Gurley (LAR, $10,000)
WR Julio Jones (ATL, $8,500)
WR Mohamed Sanu (ATL, $5,800)
WR Cooper Kupp (NO, $6,600)
TE Austin Hooper (BUF, $5,500)
K Sam Ficken (LAR, $4,500)
DST Buffalo Bills ($4,200)

What I Like: Sometimes (way too often) we over think fantasy football. If you simply have a lineup stacked with players from a game that scores more points than any other game, then you are likely going to do well. You will probably even hit on a low priced player.

In this case, it could be TE Austin Hooper because he got open in the end zone. There is also a good probability both RBs will score one or more TDs. WR Julio Jones should be relatively low owned due to his lackluster year and the high priced RBs and QBs available. Jones, however, could still go off and could be the secret ingredient to winning a GPP.

What I don’t Like: It doesn’t have any Saints our Panthers players; that game’s projected over/under is just one point less at 47.5 points.

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