Aaron Rodgers ($6,900) vs Rams- The Rams have one of the toughest defenses in the NFL but the Packers have one of the best QBs of all-time and arguably the best WR in the game currently. Rodgers has shown that he can take advantage of some pretty good defenses and Green Bay has been playing great football in the last month or so. Rodgers has figured it out game in and game out and there is no reason for me to think otherwise. With 26+ FPTS in 3 of the last 4, I am not too worried about Rodgers against this defense.
Baker Mayfield ($5,300) vs Chiefs- Baker Mayfield was great this past week vs the Steelers with limited offensive linemen among other COVID/Injury issues for the Browns. He threw for 3 TDs with 263 yards vs a very tough Steelers defense and looked to be in complete control of the offense. The Chiefs are a different animal but on defense, they haven’t been their best this season and that could play to Baker’s advantage. The Chiefs will likely put up points in bunches so that will force Baker to throw early and often which is why I love him at this price. Baker has thrown 1 INT since week 7 so I trust him to at least put up some points this weekend.
Cam Akers ($5,700) vs Packers- Cam Akers took a while to get going but he has solidified himself as the best back for the Rams and showed it last week. In his first career playoff game, he rushed 28 times for 131 yards and a TD while adding on 45 yards receiving. He now has 4 games in the last 5 where he has rushed the ball over 20 times and at this price that is all you can ask for. The Packers come into this game ranking 24th on DK vs opposing RBs, so they are vulnerable in that aspect of the game. With Goff banged up I suspect they will be going to Akers early and often in this one.
Devin Singletary ($4,500) vs Ravens- Singletary hasn’t been great for the Bills this year, but he is one of the few RBs left in this backfield with the news that Zack Moss will likely miss the rest of the postseason due to injury. He will likely see more than 3 rush attempts, which he has gotten in each of the last 2 games, and he has been pretty solid in the passing game. The Ravens are a tough defense but I think the workload is what I like about this play. Even if he isn’t excellent at rushing the ball there should be plenty of opportunities for him to outplay his price in this spot.
Michael Thomas ($6,700) vs Buccaneers- Michael Thomas has missed a lot of time with injury this season but he returned from IR last week and played very well. He caught 5 of 7 targets for 73 yards and a TD. He has Brees back under center and Michael Thomas should be fed early and often in this game. With games of 22.5, 16.4, and 18.3 FPTS in each of his last 3 games, I have no fear that Thomas will succeed in this matchup. You can’t beat him at this price either.
Cole Beasley ($4,900) vs Ravens- As of this writing Cole Beasley is questionable with a knee injury but if he is able to fight through it like he did last week, he should be in your DK lineup. Despite being hobbled he caught 7 of his 7 targets for 57 yards vs the Colts. He hasn’t scored a TD since week 13, but he is one of Josh Allen’s favorite short-yardage targets and that is valuable for someone priced at under $5,000. With the toughness of the Ravens defense, Allen may be forced to dump it short early and often which benefits Beasley. If Beasley isn’t in the lineup I would also take a look at John Brown.
Austin Hooper ($3,800) vs Chiefs- Austin Hooper has quietly been one of the better TEs in DFS this season. He comes into this game with 4 straight games of 13.7+ FPTS and has caught a TD in 4 of the last 6 games. Hooper is targeted early and often by Baker Mayfield and with the injuries on the Browns, it makes him even more involved in the offense. In the last 3 games, he has been targeted 31 times. With the number of times, Baker is going to have to throw in this game I think Hooper is the right player to have.
Buffalo Bills D/ST ($2,900) vs Ravens- The Bills defense had some issues earlier in the year but they have sorted some things out and look much better as of late. The Ravens are more one-dimensional than the Colts and I think that will benefit them in the end. They have White on the outside and if they commit to stopping the run I believe they can be successful. They are about $1,000 cheaper than the Packers this week and I think they could outscore them in the divisional round this weekend.