The Rams-Packers and Ravens-Bills kick off the second round of the NFL playoffs on Saturday, and daily fantasy football players will have some tough decisions to make when putting together DFS lineups. Our FanDuel picks center around three likely popular Bills, but we find some differentiation with secondary receivers from the Rams and Packers.
Ultimately, you can only afford so many contrarian picks on slates like this, and certain “chalk” picks are hard to avoid. For this slate, Cam Akers and even Devin Singletary might be those guys. Singletary can be faded (though we don’t), but Akers is almost a must-play. If you fade him and he struggles, you’ll be in great shape, but that’s a big risk, especially with so few high-upside backs available.
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QB Josh Allen, Bills vs. Ravens ($8,800). Lamar Jackson, who’s priced $800 less than Allen, is a better value, but Allen has just as high of a ceiling, if not higher. He’s been matchup-proof this year, and he showed last week with 11 carries for 54 yards and a TD that he’ll run more in the playoffs. With Zack Moss (ankle) out, Allen is a better bet for a rushing TD, and you know the passing volume will be there. Even at the highest price point in a fairly tough matchup, Allen is a great option.
RB JK Dobbins, Ravens @ Bills ($6,500). Dobbins will look to extend his seven-game scoring streak against a below-average Bills run defense that just allowed over 150 rushing yards and a TD to Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines. It was a bit disappointing and surprising to see Dobbins receive just one more carry than Gus Edwards last week, but the rookie remains more explosive and is trusted everywhere on the field, giving him a good amount of upside.
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RB Cam Akers, Rams @ Packers ($7,000). Akers is guaranteed volume, which is shown by his almost 25 touches per game since the start of Week 13. He’s produced with all those opportunities, too, averaging just over 122 total yards per game in that span. The Packers allowed the fifth-most FanDuel points per game to RBs during the regular season, so expect Akers to be heavily owned. If you fade him and he goes off, which seems likely, you’ll have a tough time cashing.
WR Josh Reynolds, Rams @ Packers ($5,200). With Cooper Kupp (knee) limited or out, Reynolds figures to see a significant uptick in targets. There’s a chance he becomes a chalky play, but considering he wasn’t even targeted last week, he probably won’t be as highly owned as he should. Even if Kupp is active, Reynolds, who had 10 targets in Week 16 when Kupp played and six targets in Week 17 when Kupp was out, is a solid value.
WR Stefon Diggs, Bills vs. Ravens ($8,600). Diggs has had at least 128 yards in four of his past five games and at least six catches in all but one game this year. He’s as automatic as you can find at this point in the season, and if you’re playing Allen, you almost have to stack Diggs with him.
WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers vs. Rams ($5,500). With Jalen Ramsey expected to cover Davante Adams, Aaron Rodgers might not throw to him quite as much. That opens the door for MVS, who remains one of the ultimate bom-or-bust plays in the entire league. Just look at his past four games: 85 yards and a TD, no catches, no catches, 87 yards and a TD. Even in the games in which he didn’t have a catch, he still played a healthy amount of snaps, so the potential is there for him to get loose for one big play and pay off.
TE Mark Andrews, Ravens @ Bills ($6,600). Opting for Robert Tonyan ($6,200) at a cheaper price makes sense if you buy into the theory that Ramsey will shut down Adams, but we’re fine paying up slightly for Andrews, who should see more targets and has a much better matchup. Buffalo allowed the sixth-most FanDuel points to TEs this year, making Andrews a threat for 80-plus yards and multiple scores.
FLEX Devin Singletary, Bills vs. Ravens ($5,700). Singletary feels like a bit of a trap, as he’ll be popular with Zack Moss (ankle) out, but Singletary averaged 17.3 touches and 77 total yards per game when Moss missed three weeks earlier this year. He should see at least 12 touches, and even though it’s a slightly unfavorable matchup, Singletary should have a fairly high floor. His touchdown upside could be capped by Allen’s short-yardage prowess, but Singletary is still a decent play.
D/ST Green Bay Packers vs. Rams ($4,600). Jared Goff (thumb) still doesn’t figure to be 100 percent, which gives the Packers by far the most favorable matchup on the slate. L.A. ($3,800) and Baltimore ($3,600) have better defenses and could always make a big play, so if you want to save some money, take a chance with one of them.