The Colts-Bills, Rams-Seahawks, and Buccaneers-Washington kick off the NFL playoffs on Saturday, providing a challenging three-game slate for DFS players. With so many top defenses in action, finding worthwhile value sleepers is tough, but our FanDuel tournament lineup features some likely lower-owned Bills and a cheap defense that should come through.
We’re also targeting a couple contrarian plays with tough matchups. Again, you’ll have to take a few of those chances on a three-game slate, but big-time players make big-time plays in the postseason, so we’ll count on guys like Chris Godwin and Josh Allen as the high-priced anchors for our lineup.
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Wild Card Saturday FanDuel Picks: NFL DFS tournament playoff lineup
QB Josh Allen, Bills vs. Colts ($9,000). We had to have Allen in at least one of our playoff lineups this week, as he has the highest ceiling and a favorable matchup. Indianapolis has allowed an average of 309.1 passing yards per game over its final seven contests, so Allen should be able to pay off his high price.
RB Jonathan Taylor, Colts @ Bills ($8,800). While not a highly favorable matchup, Colts RBs still have the best statistical matchup on the Saturday slate. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea to opt for Chris Carson or Ronald Jones, but Taylor is more reliable. He’s scored eight TDs in his final six games and averaged 139.5 total yards per contest in that span. He’ll get the ball early, and he’s a good enough receiver to get some opportunities late if Indy is trailing.
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RB Devin Singletary, Bills vs. Colts ($5,300). Finding a second RB on this slate is difficult. We went with both Colts in our DraftKings lineup, but that was partially because DK has full-point PPR scoring, giving Nyheim Hines more value. For this lineup, we opted to take a chance with Singletary, who’s likely to be lightly owned. While touchdowns are an issue, Singletary might get more touches than you think. In Weeks 12-16, he averaged 13.2 touches and 71 total yards per game. He’s more likely to catch passes from Josh Allen than Zack Moss, so we could double-dip with Allen a bit, but the main reason we’re making this pick is for differentiation.
WR T.Y. Hilton, Colts @ Bills ($6,200). Since waking up in Week 12 from his opening-season slumber, Hilton has averaged 4.5 catches, 7.2 targets, and 72.5 yards per game while scoring five times. He’s a reasonable price against a mediocre pass defense, and he’s the most likely Colts pass-catcher to score. This game could be high scoring, so having Hilton makes sense.
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WR Cooper Kupp, Rams @ Seahawks ($6,400). Trusting anyone in the Rams-Seahawks game is a risk, but Kupp seems the “safest.” In two games against Seattle this year, he posted 13 catches for 116 yards — noticeably better than Robert Woods (9-81). Kupp had at least five catches in eight of his final nine games, and he should get plenty of chances against Seattle’s lackluster pass defense.
WR John Brown, Bills vs. Colts ($5,700). Even if Cole Beasley (knee) plays, Brown will be involved. In the two games prior to his ankle injury, he caught 14 passes for 171 yards. After a lengthy layoff, he returned in Week 17 and caught four passes for 72 yards and a TD. He has big-play upside against a reeling Colts pass defense, and his price makes him a great value.
TE Logan Thomas, Washington vs. Buccaneers ($6,400). Thomas is a better play on DraftKings because of the differences in PPR scoring, but on a weak TE slate, he makes sense on FanDuel, too. It’s a favorable matchup against Tampa’s lackluster TE defense, and he should see plenty of targets in a game where Washington will likely have to throw a lot in the second half.
FLEX Chris Godwin, Buccaneers @ Washington ($7,800). We don’t expect Godwin to be highly owned considering Washington has one of the best pass defenses in the NFL and he’s the second priciest WR. But he’s proven he can produce against anyone, and with Mike Evans (knee) out or limited, Godwin should see plenty of targets. He’s scored in each of his past three games and makes for a high-upside “contrarian” pick.
D/ST Seattle Seahawks vs. Rams ($3,600). We keep picking the Seahawks for our D/ST, and the reasoning is simple: We don’t trust the Rams’ QB situation at all. Throw in Seattle’s cheap price, and it’s a no-brainer. It might not even be too chalky of a pick with Tampa on this slate.