Sunday is the only day that will consist of three NFL playoff games throughout the playoffs, so here’s our last chance to play in tournaments on the same day with plenty of viable options. Our set of FanDuel, which only takes place on Sunday, will of course have a decent share of stallions, but in GPP tournaments we will have to take a little risk to be different. Eagles, Buccaneers, 49ers, Cowboys, Chiefs and Steelers have a lot of everyday fantasy football darlings, but they will be sub-donor sleepers that will set us apart. Below you will find our best selections of nails and sleepers.
Before we get to the lineups for this week, here are the basic rules of the FanDuel competitions. Scoring is quite standard, with only a notable setting four-point passing TD and half point PPR.
Widd FanDuel selections for Sunday only: NFL DFS lineup advice for the first round of the playoffs
Saturday’s main event, $ 60,000 budget, maximum four players from one team
QB Jalen Hurts, Eagles @ Buccaneers ($ 7,700)
Dual-threat QBs are more valuable in FanDuel because there are no 300-yard bonuses and Hurts are cheaper than Patrick Mahomes, Dak Prescott and Tom Brady, so it’s here without thinking. With Hurts, you don’t have to force stacks, because he can reach his ceiling without his pass catchers getting there. It has the same high ceiling as the aforementioned QB and may not have a stellar pass to give 25 plus FD points. In fact, he has more FD points on average than Dak Prescott and is just one point behind Mahomes and Brady. Take your savings here.
RB Darrel Williams, Chiefs vs. Steelers ($ 6,600)
Williams has three FD performances and more than 20 in his 2021 resume, and since Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) is definitely less than 100 percent, Williams should get a healthy workload against the 27th defense in the number of FD points allowed by RBs. We play a lot with Williams for his price, because his ownership should be low and his ceiling far exceeds his price.
RB Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers vs. Eagles ($ 7,300)
Fournette (hamstring) will be ready to go and it’s time for the second part of Lenny’s Playoff. In the three games before his injury in Week 15, he averaged just over 26 FD points per game, and over the years we’ve seen how valuable Tom Brady’s primary RB catcher can be. In particular, with Chris Godwin (ACL) and Antonio Brown off the road, Fournette could be even more involved in the pass attack. This season, Fournette has only watched Jonathan Taylor and Austin Ekeler with 54 touchdowns in the Red Zone and we expect him to regain these valuable cars.
WR CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys Vs. 49ers ($ 7,300)
Lamb has been terribly quiet in the last four games, averaging just 7.1 FD points / game. This means that we can either fade it or take it and hopefully avoid some chalk. We are glad to be able to chase his ceiling at a reasonable price against the fighting Nine Aide. The ceiling game can come at any moment.
WR Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers @ Cowboys ($ 6,100)
Aiyuk is a natural counterpart to CeeDee Lamb, and because the Dallas defense allowed the WRs to earn the eighth most FD points during the base season, Aiyuk could feast if this game happens and repeats. He has scored at least 11 FD points in four of his last six matches, but we know his ceiling is higher and at this price we are willing to chase him.
WR Ray-Ray McCloud, Steelers @ Chiefs ($ 4,900)
This selection leaves us with a lot of the salaries we have left, so even though we could go for something “more secure” here, we are taking McCloud to differentiate our line-up. How often does a person who has achieved an average of nine goals in the last three games be worth $ 4,900? McCloud is, in addition to Chase Claypool and Dionta Johnson, largely an afterthought, but he is able to lead as many targets. He has played at least 63 percent of the Steelers offensive in each of the last three games, and we know that Ben Roethlisberger is approaching 50 assists. Hopefully McCloud will be receiving some cheap receptions and touchdowns.
TE Dallas Goedert, Eagles @ Buccaneers ($ 5,900)
We take Goedert as our lone stack with Jalen Hurts, and since Goedert doesn’t provide the “safe floor” that many DFS players will be looking for, he shouldn’t be chalked in the table with Travis Kelc, Rob Gronkowski, Pat Freiermuth, George Kittle and Dalton Schultz. In fact, he could be the least owned of this group and have a similar ceiling if things work in his favor. One or two touchdowns are all that TE1 must have for three games.
Rob Gronkowski, Buccaneers vs. FLEX (TE) Eagles ($ 7,400)
Many DFS players are not willing to play two TEs, but the strategy is viable and we are happy to implement it. If Gronk had the “WR” mark next to his name, we wouldn’t have thought of that. It can produce the same amount of catches, yards and touchdowns as any of the best catchers in football, and because the Eagles are TE’s friendliest match, it’s a total smash. It will be chalk, but again, the set of two TEs will give us an advantage.
DEF Kansas City Chiefs Steelers ($ 4,800)
The Steelers’ offensive is as vanilla as possible, and we know of a well-documented rise in the Kansas City defenses. In week 16, the teams met and Pittsburgh needed a TD to score 10 points. Big Ben was limited to 159 yards, one touchdown and one capture. We expect similar results in the last match of Roethlisberger’s career.