Just because the regular season is over it doesn’t mean we can’t get our fantasy fix. Set your line-up over the spread of the 6 wildcard matches and settle in for over 18 hours of football over the course of the weekend. Welcome to January football everyone……
QB – Ryan Tannehill $6,600 – Tannehill has had a career year posting career highs in passing touchdowns with 33, and rushing touchdowns with 7. 5 of those 7 rushing scores have actually come in the past 3 weeks as teams focus too much attention on Derrick Henry, allowing the quarterback to sneak in through the back door. His passing however is always seemingly efficient and his deep ball to AJ Brown when needed at the end of regulation last week illustrates why he has become such a brilliant player. He had 259 yards and 2 passing touchdowns when these 2 met earlier in the season.
RB – Derrick Henry $9,200 – I pair the quarterback with his best friend, Mr 2k himself Derrick Henry. The NFL rushing leader racked up 133 rushing yards against the Ravens back in week 11, his big run in overtime for a touchdown sealing the deal on that day. There is no reason to think that a repeat dose isn’t on the cards in a game that figures to feature an awful lot of plays on the ground. Henry averaged a ridiculous 22.8 fantasy points per game over the regular season and as was the case last post season, you feel the Titans will go as far as he can carry them.
RB – J.D. McKissic $4,900 – Pairing up Henry with more of a pass catching back seems sensible and J.D. McKissic certainly fits that bill. The Bucs are strong up front so it may will be lots of screens and short passes to the running backs, particularly with Devin White sitting out for Tampa. Antonio Gibson will eat into some of the work McKissic may have otherwise seen, but regardless he still figures to see a fair share of targets. He actually tied the team in that category with Terry McLaurin last weekend even with Gibson taking on a greater role in his comeback from injury.
WR – Stefon Diggs $7,700 – Diggs has proven to be match up proof over the course of the season and the undoubted number 1 receiver in this red hot Bills team is an easy selection for me here. Even in limited playing time last weekend against Xavien Howard and Byron Jones he managed 7 catches for 76 yards. He has posted at least double digit points in this draftkings scoring system in every game this year, finishing with an eye catching average of 21.9 points per game. He is officially questionable but all inidications are that he will be a go. Being the 1st game of the weekend however does allow you to pivot once the early game inactives come through if there are any unexpected setbacks.
WR – Antonio Brown $6,100 – Brown has seemingly settled really well into the Tampa offence in the lead up to the post season. A comfortable season high line of 11 catches for 138 yards against the Falcons last weekend bared evidence of that. He also has found the end zone 4 times over the course of the past 3 contests and with fellow wide out Mike Evans dealing with a knee issue, Brown could be in line for an uptick in workload. The Football Team are obviously potent up front so expect more quick strikes from Brady and company. Browns versatility as route runner means he can pick up underneath work with the likes of Godwin and Scotty Miller stretching the defence deep.
WR – Chase Claypool $5,200 – We know that the Steelers are struggling to run the ball which in theory means the wide receivers should be in for a big day. Claypool played in the contest last week and was a constant deep threat for Mason Rudolph. With the QB1 back under center it would seem sensible for the Steelers to continue to look in his direction. Add that to the continued issues for the Browns at cornerback with Denzel Ward still on the COVID list and number 2 corner Terrance Mitchell questionable and number 3 corner Kevin Johnson on the COVID list its easy to see big numbers from at least 1 of Pittsburgh’s top 3 guys.
TE – Jimmy Graham $3,300 – With Travis Kelce resting up this weekend the tight end market seems bare. Most expensive option Mark Andrews has only topped 20 points on 3 occassions this season so I will sterr clear there. Time for a punt on a touchdown dependant play. Graham is an obvious red zone target for Mitch Trubisky and managed 8 touchdown grabs on the year. Against his former employer the big man will look to find pay dirt in the post season once more.
FLEX – Rashard Higgins $4,100 – Higgins has been a favourite target of Baker Mayfield for year now in the Browns offence. With practice limited to just 1 day because of the teams COVID issues it is likely that familiarity and comfort becomes a big part of what the Browns do offensively. Higgins has become the deep threat in this Browns passing game, averaging 16.9 yards per catch since the mid-season bye week. If Cleveland are to have a chance of winning this game then you feel it will have to be in a shoot out which will mean plenty of points on offer in this format.
DEF – Seattle Seahawks $2,700 – The Seahawks haven’t given up north of 23 points since back in week 9. The most recent tussle between these 2 teams was only a fortnight ago when the Rams only managed 9 points. With uncertainties for the Rams offensively and a nice cheap price tag I will take my chances with the improving unit for Pete Carroll’s Hawks.
Don’t forget to watch the full10yards live stream podcast on Monday night when I along with the regular gang will discuss all things “Super Wild Card Weekend” in the NFL.