The NFL playoffs are finally here, and since all the teams in the post-season are good, there is no shortage of potential DFS stars to play on Saturday, Sunday and yes, even on Monday. The hexagonal daily fantasy football table consists of Raiders, Bengals, Patriots, Bills, Eagles, Buccaneers, 49ers, Cowboys, Steelers, Chiefs, Cardinals and Rams. Of course, we can’t just pick all the stars in GPP tournaments because we don’t want a chalk lineup (and we can’t afford them all), so we’ll have to find some insidious boom-or-bust value, often seen in WR. Seven of the nine selections in our DraftKings wild card tournament are the teams that are expected to win and eventually earn a respectable number of points.
Before we break down our tips, here are the most notable scoring rules for DraftKings competitions: Full-point PPR, four-point passing TD, three-point premiums for 100 rushing yards, 100 receiving yards, a 300 yards.
Wild Card Full-Slate DraftKings Tips: Tips for the NFL DFS lineup for the first round of the playoffs
$ 50,000 budget
QB Joe Burrow, Bengals vs. Raiders ($ 6,800)
Burrow is struggling with a slight ailment, but we hope it keeps the field away from him. His upside competes with any quarterback in the league, and since the Raiders are only the center of defense against QB in DK scoring, we expect another offensive explosion.
RB Darrel Williams, Chiefs vs. Steelers ($ 5,500)
We still praise Williams, even though he plays Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder). Willimas has proven to be a more effective and explosive defender in the admissions game, and we do not expect CEH to approach full workload. The Steelers allowed the most hectic yards per game during the base season (146.1), so Williams can do damage on the ground as well.
RB Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers vs. Eagles ($ 5,900)
Fournette (hamstring) is expected to be activated from IR for this game and we are more than happy to play it for its generous price. The field will probably avoid him a bit due to his injury mark, and since the Eagles allow the eighth most DK points on the RB, we are ready to fine him. Tom Brady’s pass has been a valuable fantasy asset in PPR leagues for years, so we will keep coming back to the well.
WR Ja’Marr Chase, Bengals vs. Raiders ($ 7,400)
You can also opt for Tee Higgins and save some money here, but Chase and I will throw ourselves into the Burrow stack thanks to his advantage. This season he has collected the most fantasy points in a single game of all the WRs, and since this is a DFS, we are going to the ceiling.
WR Van Jefferson, Rams vs. Cardinals ($ 4,700)
Here we can differentiate our reports a bit. Cooper Kupp obviously can break every game, but we decided to pay elsewhere, so we’ll take Jefferson into a game that should be a high-scoring NFC West competition. It is associated with one of the best offenses in the league and has a fickle boom-or-bust profile perfect for this format.
WR Hunter Renfrow, Raiders @ Bengals ($ 6,000)
Renfrow continues to produce as an elite fantasy WR, but its price doesn’t move much, so it was an easy decision to include it here. He’s a natural runner for our Burrow-Chase stack, because if this game turns into a shootout at any chance, he’ll gain a lot of volume. Volume, efficiency and touchdown upside – all this has been working in favor of Renfrow lately.
Rob Gronkowski, Buccaneers vs. TE Eagles ($ 6,400)
Gronk gets and premiere a close match against Philadelphia and again and again we have seen that it is Tom Brady’s best weapon when the playoffs are played. It can produce a large number of catches and yards and, as always, there is a multi-TD game on the table.
FLEX (WR) Antoine Wesley, Cardinals @ Rams ($ 3,300)
Wesley will be the most unique choice we have. He has played at least 75 percent of offensive snaps in three of the last four games and has caught three touchdowns during this period. It is not a large-volume nail, but for its price it is worth throwing darts thanks to its newly found use. Even if he plays Rondale Moore (ankle), Wesley will be involved.
Alternating reasoning: Jauan Jennings, 49ers @ Cowboys ($ 3,800)
DEF Buffalo Bills vs. Patriots ($ 3,200)
Mac Jones will debut in the playoffs against one of the elite defenses in football, and since the Bills are only the fourth most expensive D / ST, we like the bargain offer, even though it could be a chalk game.