DraftKings NFL Wild Card Sunday Top Plays, Game Stacks + Optimal DFS Lineups

The NFL regular season came to a close last weekend, and it was a good week for me in DFS. My four most-played QBs – Ryan Tannehill, Deshaun Watson, Kirk Cousins, and Tom Brady – were all smash plays, and I fared well in my tournament games as well as my cash lineups. As we head into the postseason, DFS ratchets up in intensity. These teams enter win-or-go-home situations each and every week, and with fewer games on the slate, the margins are much finer in DFS. This week, there are six Wild Card games on the slate, and I’m taking a different approach to normal. I’ll be breaking down each game with pace of play, over/under, and projected fantasy points for each position, identifying which players are good targets this week in DraftKings. I’m also calculating the projected pace of play for each offense using their time of possession per game divided by the number of plays per game. This article started to get very long, so I’m split up the Wild Card slate into two articles, one for the Saturday games and one for the Sunday games. Without further ado, let’s dive into this tantalizing playoff slate.

Baltimore Ravens @ Tennessee Titans

Game Information

Date/time: 1/10/21, 1:05 PM EST

Over/under: 55 points

Implied points: Ravens 29, Titans 26

Pace: Ravens run 62.1 plays per game (26th-most), Titans run 64.4 plays per game (17th-most)

Baltimore Ravens Offensebaltimore ravens

The Ravens scored 29.3 points per game this season, the 7th-most in the NFL, and were among the hottest offenses in football over the second half of the season. They scored 37.2 points per game over their final five games. Their opening-round matchup comes against the Titans’ defense that surrendered the 9th-most points per game during the regular season.

Quarterback: After a slow start to the year, Lamar Jackson ($7,800) scored 27.1 fantasy points per game over the team’s final five outings. Jackson racked up 80+ rushing yards in four of those five games and scored four touchdowns on the ground as well as eleven through the air. This week he gets a great matchup against the Titans, who allowed the 5th-most fantasy points per game to the quarterback position during the regular season. Make no mistake, Jackson threw for 200+ yards in just one of those final five games, but his elite rushing production isn’t going anywhere against a weak Tennessee front seven, and it makes him the QB1 on the slate this week. He’s the most expensive quarterback, and I have no problem spending $7,800 on him in GPPs or cash lineups.

Running Back: The Ravens led the NFL with 191.9 rushing yards per game, but they’ve split up the workload between a few different players. J.K. Dobbins ($6,600) has emerged as the workhorse back for Baltimore, and he closed out his regular season with the best game of his rookie campaign. He destroyed the Bengals with 160 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 13 carries. He still hasn’t surpassed 15 carries as Gus Edwards ($4,400) remains heavily involved. Still, Dobbins ran at an incredibly impressive 6.0 YPC clip during the regular season and should be in line to produce exciting numbers against Tennessee. The Titans allowed the 8th-most fantasy points per game to opposing rushers during the regular season, and Dobbins finished with 18.5 PPR points in his lone meeting with them. Edwards finished with just 0.6 PPR points in that game, but he saw double-digit carries in two straight games to close out the year and provides some upside with how committed Baltimore is to the ground game. There will be plenty of production against a weak Titans front seven for Jackson, Dobbins, and Edwards to carry fantasy upside.

Wide Receiver: With how committed Baltimore is to the ground game, there hasn’t been a ton of passing volume to go around. However, Marquise Brown ($5,400) has often been the first in line for the Ravens’ explosive downfield plays – Baltimore had the 8th-most 20+ yard plays during the regular season. Hollywood scored six touchdowns in his final six games after just two in his first ten games, and the Titans allowed 36 passing touchdowns during the regular season, the second-most in the NFL. Brown was held without a catch in his last meeting with the Titans, and his inconsistency could deflate his ownership in GPPs, but he carries massive upside that can’t be beaten at this price. Willie Snead ($3,500) is dealing with an ankle injury and has seen his role reduced in recent weeks, so he’s off the radar for me. Miles Boykin ($3,400) scored 4 touchdowns during the regular season and carries significant upside if he can reach the end zone, but he’s a true boom-or-bust play. Dez Bryant ($3,000) is an enticing play in his first playoff game with Baltimore, especially if Snead cannot play. However, I’m not thrilled about any of the receivers outside of Hollywood.

Tight End: Mark Andrews ($5,200) is the highest-priced tight end on this week’s playoff slate, and for a good reason. He put up 5 catches for 96 yards and a score the last time he faced the Titans and scored 7 touchdowns during the regular season. Without a doubt, Andrews is the top red-zone target for this team and has limitless upside with such a high over-under total in this game. He scored 12+ PPR points in five of six games to close out the regular season, and I’d expect him to hit that mark this week. Spending this salary at the tight end certainly limits your options elsewhere, but Andrews is well worth it, especially in cash lineups.

DST: The Ravens’ DST ($3,300) was the #4 fantasy scoring unit during the regular season, but this is not exactly an opportune matchup. The Titans allowed just 2.3 fantasy points per game to opposing DSTs, the 2nd-fewest in the NFL, and Baltimore registered just 3 fantasy points in their prior matchup. With other options in projected lower-scoring games, the Ravens are not a high-upside option this week.

Tennessee Titans Offensetennessee titans

The Titans were one of the best offenses in the NFL during the regular season as they ranked fourth with 30.7 points per game and third with 396.4 yards per game. The Ravens have a strong defense, but Tennessee’s unique attack should still be able to produce plenty of fantasy goodness.

Quarterback: Fantasy analysts everywhere, myself included, called for significant regression for Ryan Tannehill ($6,600) this season. Instead, he put up a career-high 40 total touchdowns to just 7 interceptions to finish with 21.5 fantasy points per game. The Ravens have been strong against opposing QBs, allowing the eighth-fewest fantasy points per game to the position during the regular season. However, Tannehill was still able to finish with 21.8 fantasy points against them in their lone meeting. This is projected to be a high-scoring shootout, and the Titans can’t solely rely on Derrick Henry to put up points. Tannehill’s ownership could be reduced given what is perceived as a difficult matchup, but I still really like his upside this week. There is some downside against Baltimore’s strong pass defense, so he may not be an ideal cash target, but I’m very intrigued by Tannehill in GPPs.

Running Back: I wanted to put “Running Back” in bigger letters here as Derrick Henry ($9,200) defines excellence at the position. He became just the eighth player in NFL history to run for 2,000+ yards during the regular season as he racked up 378 carries for 2,027 yards and 17 touchdowns this year. The Ravens were a solid run defense during the regular season, allowing the eighth-fewest rushing yards per game, but Henry still dominated against them with 28 carries for 133 yards and a score, good for 20.2 PPR points. Matchups hardly matter for Henry at this point as he strikes fear into opposing defenders and is the hardest player to tackle in the NFL. His lack of receiving ability hardly matters as he leads the NFL in rushing just about every week. I’m not scared off by that hefty price tag with the lack of other locked-and-loaded elite RBs this week, and Henry belongs in your lineups everywhere this weekend.

Wide Receiver: A.J. Brown ($7,000) was one of the best receivers in the NFL this season, his sophomore campaign, as he finished with 70 catches for 1,075 yards and 11 touchdowns in just 14 games. He closed out the regular season with one of his best efforts of the year as he caught 10 balls for 151 yards and a touchdown, good for 31.3 PPR points against the Texans. Baltimore has some excellent coverage corners between Jimmy Smith, Marcus Peters, and Marlon Humphery, but Brown is inarguably one of the most talented players at his position in football. He registered 4 catches for 62 yards and a touchdown the last time these teams played, and there’s no reason to think he can’t reach the end zone with a high over-under. Corey Davis ($4,800) ended his season with a disappointing goose egg against the Packers and 8.9 PPR points against the Texans, but he had some huge performances earlier. He put up 5 catches for 113 yards against the Ravens in Week 11. Davis is a boom-or-bust receiver, but like Brown, he benefits from the pressure Henry puts on opposing defenses. Tennessee faces more stacked boxes than any other team, and that leaves Brown and Davis with some great downfield opportunities. Both guys provide plenty of upside this week.

Tight End: After a brilliant start to the season in which he averaged 17.5 PPR points per game over the first four weeks, Jonnu Smith ($3,200) failed to hit double-digit PPR points in all but four of his games for the remainder of the season. He scored a touchdown in all of those double-digit efforts and is very touchdown-dependent at this point of the season, with Brown and Davis the team’s top targets. Smith is an enticing GPP play, but his inconsistency rules him out for cash lineups with better options available for less money.

DST: The Titans’ DST ($2,200) was not a viable play during the regular season as they scored the seventh-fewest fantasy points at the position, and they’re not going to be a viable play in the playoffs. Baltimore allowed the ninth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing DSTs during the regular season, so Tennessee is off the radar this week.

Recap:

GPP Plays: Lamar Jackson ($7,800), J.K. Dobbins ($6,600), Gus Edwards ($4,400), Marquise Brown ($5,400), Miles Boykin ($3,300), Dez Bryant ($3,000), Ryan Tannehill ($6,600), Derrick Henry ($9,200), A.J. Brown ($7,000), Corey Davis ($4,800), Jonnu Smith ($3,200)

Cash Plays: Lamar Jackson ($7,800), J.K. Dobbins ($6,600), Gus Edwards ($4,400), Marquise Brown ($5,400), Derrick Henry ($9,200), A.J. Brown ($7,000)

Chicago Bears @ New Orleans Saints

Game Information

Date/time: 1/10/21, 4:40 PM EST

Over/under: 47 points

Implied points: Bears 18.75, Saints 28.25

Pace: Bears run 65.2 plays per game (12th-most), Saints run 65.3 plays per game (10th-most)

Chicago Bears OffenseChicago Bears

The Bears were a hit-or-miss offense for most of the season as they ended up scoring just 23.3 points per game, just the 22nd-most in the NFL. However, things escalated in a huge way over the last several weeks of the regular season. Chicago scored 30.1 points per game over the six games following their Week 11 bye, and that would have made them one of the highest-scoring offenses in the NFL over the course of the regular season. The Saints allowed just 21.1 points per game, the fifth-fewest, during the regular season, so this is less than an ideal matchup for Chicago.

Quarterback: The Bears’ offensive turnaround was sparked by Matt Nagy turning over the keys of the offense back to Mitchell Trubisky ($5,300). The fourth-year quarterback was reinvigorated over the last several weeks of the season as he scored 18+ fantasy points in three of the last six games of the year. However, he scored 14 or fewer points in the other three games, so he was a hit-or-miss player. New Orleans allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game to QBs during the regular season, so this isn’t an ideal spot for Trubisky. He finished with just 10.3 fantasy points in Week 17 against a tougher Packers defense, and there is the concern that a similar performance could be in store. However, I’m expecting low ownership for him in GPPs, and he does have some upside, so I’d consider him in some spots.

Running Back: David Montgomery ($6,900) was a revelation over the final third of the season, and he was a pivotal part of many season-long championships. He scored 20+ PPR points in six straight games to close out the season with eight total touchdowns over that span. Unfortunately for Montgomery, the Saints have a much tougher run defense than what he was facing against the Lions, Texans, and Jaguars, among others, over the past several weeks. New Orleans allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to the running back position during the regular season. They held opponents to the fourth-fewest rushing yards and fourth-lowest YPC average. The Bears’ offensive line is going to have a tough time dealing with the Saints’ front seven this week, and Montgomery finished with just 12.5 PPR points the last time these teams met. Montgomery has caught 4 passes per game since Tarik Cohen’s season-ending injury, and that role as a pass-catcher gives him a solid baseline for cash games. However, the lack of upside here has me looking in other directions in GPP tournaments.

Wide Receiver: There hasn’t always been a ton of passing volume in Chicago this season, but Allen Robinson ($6,500) is one of the most talented receivers in football and has had moments of brilliance this year. He’ll be matched up with Marshon Lattimore for much of this game, a cornerback who has been very inconsistent this year and did not deserve to be in the Pro Bowl. Robinson has scored 20+ PPR points in each of his last two meetings with the Saints as a member of the Bears, and I’m betting on him hitting that mark again this week. Darnell Mooney ($3,900) has big-play ability and is an intriguing GPP dart throw, but he suffered an ankle injury in Week 17 that could keep him out this week. If he misses, Javon Wims ($3,000) would instantly become an enticing minimum-cost play. He’ll likely see a lot of Janoris Jenkins in this game, but Mooney put up 5 catches for 69 yards and a touchdown the last time he faced the Saints, so I love the upside here. Anthony Miller ($3,300) has a ton of upside at that price, as well, and he caught 8 balls for 73 yards the last time he saw the Saints. New Orleans is vulnerable in the slot, but they’re hoping to get Chauncey Gardner-Johnson back from the COVID-19 IR list. Miller is an intriguing play, nonetheless, given his production against this team in their last meeting.

Tight End: The Saints have not been good at covering tight ends this season as they allowed the 14th-most fantasy points per game to the position during the regular season. The Bears deploy both Jimmy Graham ($3,300) and rookie Cole Kmet ($3,000) at tight end, and both have some enticing fantasy value this week. Kmet is the guy I’d target as he has continued to siphon opportunities away from Graham. The rookie tight end has seen 33 targets since the team’s Week 11 bye compared to 19 for Graham. That, combined with a $300 discount, has me leaning more towards Kmet, but both guys could have some value in this matchup.

DST: The Bears’ DST ($2,800) was underwhelming during the regular season as they scored just 5.6 fantasy points per game, just the 19th-most at the position. A matchup against the Saints shouldn’t make you optimistic that will change as New Orleans allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing DSTs during the regular season.

New Orleans Saints Offensenew orleans saints

The Saints dealt with injuries to Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara, and Michael Thomas this season, their top quarterback, running back, and wide receiver. They, like other teams, dealt with positive COVID-19 tests across the board. And yet, they finished as the 5th-highest-scoring offense in football with 30.1 points per game. Chicago had a middle-of-the-pack defense during the regular season, and now that the Saints are healthy, we should expect some strong offensive production.

Quarterback: At 42 years old, Drew Brees ($5,700) isn’t the same player he used to be, and he has surpassed 20 fantasy points just five times in twelve appearances all year. However, the Bears aren’t the defensive force that many assume they are, and they could be without Jaylon Johnson and Buster Skrine, important cornerbacks on the team. Brees put up 19.6 fantasy points on the Bears the last time these teams played, which would be a massive return on value at this price. With Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara back in the fold, Brees regains his fantasy upside, and I love him for cash or GPP games at this price.

Running Back: As a team, the Saints ran for 141.6 yards per game, the sixth-most in the NFL. Alvin Kamara ($8,500) had a phenomenal regular season with 1,688 yards from scrimmage and 21 total touchdowns, making him the RB1 in fantasy. He’s particularly been a PPR stud with 83 catches this season. When he played the Bears earlier this year, he put up 25.3 PPR points, so this matchup doesn’t concern me too much, even though Chicago allowed the 10th-fewest fantasy points per game to the position during the regular season. However, Kamara’s role as a check-down outlet for Brees against a ferocious pass rush makes him a tremendous play in DraftKings this week. Latavius Murray ($4,500) has had a handful of solid games this season, especially whenever Kamara has missed, but as the second back in the hierarchy, I’m off of Murray this week.

Wide Receiver: Michael Thomas ($6,300) makes his long-awaited return to the field after missing the last four weeks of the season with an ankle injury that kept him on Injured Reserve. He played in just seven games during the regular season and failed to score a single touchdown all year. However, he ripped apart the Bears for 22.1 PPR points when he played them in 2019 and has held the upper hand against Chicago for some time. Just one season ago, Thomas was the WR1 in fantasy with 23.4 PPR points per game, and he’s getting healthy at the perfect time for his team’s playoff run. He’s available at a crazy discount this week and is one of my favorite plays. Emmanuel Sanders ($5,000) will see fewer targets now that Kamara and Thomas are back in the fold but is a decent cash play with limited upside. Tre’Quan Smith ($3,700) is an okay dart throw, but I’d rather go for dart throws in projected higher-scoring games.

Tight End: The Bears’ defense gave up the 2nd-most fantasy points to tight ends during the regular season, and Jared Cook ($4,600) will be in line to benefit from this plus matchup. Cook has been inconsistent for much of this season but has played better as of late with 11+ PPR points in four of his five games to close out the regular season. Cook also scored 16.1 PPR points against the Bears earlier this season. He’s definitely a touchdown-dependent tight end, but I’ll bank on him finding a way to return value on this price. If you’re looking for a pivot off Andrews who is sure to see a high ownership percentage, Cook is a good place to turn. However, I would prefer not to trust him in cash games.

DST: The Saints’ DST ($3,800) scored 7.8 fantasy points per game during the regular season, the 7th-most at their position. The Bears were middle-of-the-pack in terms of points allowed to opposing DSTs, and Mitchell Trubisky can be a turnover-prone quarterback at times. Combined with the expected low points total in this game, the Saints are a solid, unexciting DST choice. However, at this price, there are better options available.

Recap:

GPP: Allen Robinson ($6,500), Javon Wims ($3,000), Drew Brees ($5,700), Alvin Kamara ($8,500), Michael Thomas ($6,300), Jared Cook ($4,600)

Cash: David Montgomery ($6,900), Allen Robinson ($6,500), Anthony Miller ($3,300), Drew Brees ($5,700), Alvin Kamara ($8,500), Michael Thomas ($6,300), Emmanuel Sanders ($5,000)

Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Game Information

Date/time: 1/10/21, 8:15 PM EST

Over/under: 47.5 points

Implied points: Browns 20.75, Steelers 26.75

Pace: Browns run 63.9 plays per game (21st-most), Steelers run 65.2 plays per game (11th-most)

Cleveland Browns Offensecleveland browns

The Browns had a strong offensive season in their first year with Kevin Stefanski as head coach and Alex Van Pelt as offensive coordinator. Cleveland scored 25.5 points per game, the 14th-most in the NFL, and ranked third in the league in rushing yards per game. Stefanski won’t be able to be on the sidelines this week after testing positive for COVID-19, and some players will be unavailable as well. Keep an eye on reports leading up to the game.

Quarterback: The Steelers’ defense was electric this season, and they allowed the second-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. This was a tough matchup for Baker Mayfield ($5,400) during the regular season as he averaged just 10.7 fantasy points per game against Pittsburgh. It won’t exactly be an advantage for Mayfield to not have play-caller Kevin Stefanski be a part of this game. Mayfield had his fair share of fantasy successes in his first year with Stefanski, but he’s off the radar for me this week due to the tough matchup and tough extenuating circumstances.

Running Back: The Browns were one of the best rushing offenses in football during the regular season, and that was especially true when Nick Chubb ($6,700) was active. He finished the regular season with 190 carries for 1,067 yards and 12 touchdowns in just 12 games played. That was good for 17.3 PPR points per game, and he put up 16.8 PPR points in Week 17 against Pittsburgh. Chubb is a ridiculously talented rusher, and the Browns have an elite interior offensive line, but Pittsburgh allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game to RBs. Chubb is a strong cash play with his likelihood to score and solid baseline, and he can be deployed in GPPs depending on how you feel about his projected ownership. Kareem Hunt ($4,800) is available at a wild discount for a guy who finished the regular season as the RB10 in fantasy, but he scored fewer than 8 PPR points in each of two meetings with Pittsburgh during the regular season. Still, the Steelers’ offense should excel this week (more on that in a minute), so the game script could be ripe for a pass-heavy afternoon for Cleveland. Hunt offers a lot of upside as the go-to pass-catcher out of the backfield if that’s the case.

Wide Receiver: The Browns were much more of a run-heavy team during the regular season, and there was little passing volume to go around, especially in games against the Steelers. However, the Steelers were more vulnerable against wide receivers as they allowed the 20th-most fantasy points per game to the position. Jarvis Landry ($5,800) led the Browns with 72 catches for 840 yards and 3 touchdowns during the regular season, and he put up 16.4 PPR points in his most recent meeting with the Steelers. He’s a strong option for both GPP and cash lineups this weekend. Rashard Higgins ($4,100) provides some upside as a GPP flier with Khadarel Hodge on the COVID-19 Injured Reserve. Higgins averaged 14.9 PPR points per game over the final four weeks of the regular season, so he’s definitely someone worth considering as a flier this weekend. Keep an eye on reports, though, as Higgins was cited for drag racing and may be held out of this game. If he is, Donovan Peoples-Jones ($3,200) would become a must-play.

Tight End: Austin Hooper ($3,900) has been a very strong tight end over the past few weeks, and he scored 13+ PPR points per game over the final three weeks of the regular season. He also scored double-digit PPR points in each of his two meetings with the Steelers during the regular season. That makes Hooper one of my favorite TE plays this weekend, especially at such a low price in comparison to some other players. David Njoku ($2,800) could also be an intriguing punt play with a chance to score a touchdown, especially with Harrison Bryant set to miss this game.

DST: The Browns’ DST ($2,500) was underwhelming during the regular season, scoring just the 17th-most fantasy points per game and scored fewer than 3 fantasy points in each of their two matchups with the Steelers. They are not a defense to target this weekend.

Pittsburgh Steelers Offensepittsburgh steelers

The Steelers’ offense was hot-and-cold during the regular season, scoring 26 points per game (the 12th-most) but scoring fewer than 20 points during a four-game stretch a few weeks ago. Pittsburgh’s rushing offense was nonexistent, though, as they ran for the fewest yards in the NFL over the course of the regular season.

Quarterback: The Steelers’ offense was hinged on a healthy return for Ben Roethlisberger ($6,100) this season, something he did quite well. He threw for 33 touchdowns to 10 interceptions during the regular season and finished as the QB14 in fantasy. In one meeting with the Browns (he sat out in Week 17), Roethlisberger finished with just 10.9 fantasy points, but I’m expecting a much better return this weekend. Cleveland allowed the 8th-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks during the regular season. Roethlisberger scored 20+ fantasy points in just five of his fifteen games, so his upside isn’t great, but I like his potential to succeed against a weakened Cleveland secondary.

Running Back: Pittsburgh’s rushing offense had minimal production during the regular season. The strength of the Browns’ defense was in the run game as they allowed the ninth-fewest fantasy points per game to the RB position during the regular season. Still, James Conner ($5,000) provides some intrigue this week, given his guaranteed double-digit workload. He scored double-digit PPR points in both of his meetings with the Browns earlier in the season, including a 17.2-point effort in Week 6 against Cleveland. Conner ran for 4.3 YPC during the regular season, by far the best mark on the team, and could end up being a significant part of the gameplan this week. Benny Snell Jr. ($4,200) and Jaylen Samuels ($4,000) are off the radar.

Wide Receiver: The Browns are expected to be without several key defenders this weekend for a variety of reasons. Kevin Johnson and Denzel Ward remain on the COVID-19 IR, Terrance Mitchell is listed as questionable for personal reasons, and Greedy Williams isn’t expected to play this week, which would be his first appearance of the season. That leaves the Steelers’ wide receivers with a tremendous opportunity against an undermanned secondary that already allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers during the regular season. The Steelers have a very talented trio of wideouts in Diontae Johnson ($6,200), JuJu Smith-Schuster ($5,500), and Chase Claypool ($5,200), who all carry tremendous upside in this matchup. You’re not going to play all three in the same lineup, but you theoretically could. Johnson (12.6), Smith-Schuster (18.5), and Claypool (21.5) all scored 12+ PPR points in Week 17 despite having Mason Rudolph under center instead of Ben Roethlisberger. Claypool is more of the boom-or-bust play with big-play, touchdown potential, while Johnson and Smith-Schuster have been very consistent. James Washington ($3,000) has a case as a high-upside flier, as well.

Tight End: Eric Ebron ($3,700) has been very inconsistent to close out the season, and he missed Week 17 with a short stint on the COVID-19 IR. When Ebron faced the Browns in Week 6, he caught just 2 passes for 9 yards. Cleveland did allow the fifth-most fantasy points per game to the tight end position during the regular season, but I don’t see Ebron as a top-notch target with so many mouths to feed in the offense. There are tight ends with a higher floor than Ebron this week, and I’m not thrilled to play him in most lineups.

DST: The Steelers’ DST ($3,600) was the #2 scoring unit in fantasy during the regular season with 9.3 fantasy points per game. Pittsburgh scored 18 fantasy points in their first meeting with Cleveland as they picked off Mayfield twice, returning one for a touchdown, but finished with just 4 fantasy points in Week 17. As they always do, they have some upside thanks to their elite front seven, but I’m not excited to spend that high salary with other options on the table.

Recap:

GPP: Nick Chubb ($6,700), Kareem Hunt ($4,800), Jarvis Landry ($5,800), Rashard Higgins ($4,100), Donovan Peoples-Jones ($3,200), Austin Hooper ($3,900), Ben Roethlisberger ($6,100), James Conner ($5,000), Diontae Johnson ($6,200), Chase Claypool ($5,200), Steelers DST ($3,600)

Cash: Nick Chubb ($6,700), Jarvis Landry ($5,800), Austin Hooper ($3,900), James Conner ($5,000), Diontae Johnson ($6,200), JuJu Smith-Schuster ($5,500)

Optimal Sunday Lineups

QB: Ryan Tannehill $6,600
RB: Alvin Kamara $8,500
RB: J.K. Dobbins $6,600
WR: Jarvis Landry $5,800
WR: Chase Claypool $5,200
WR: Corey Davis $4,800
TE: Austin Hooper $3,900
FLEX: James Conner $5,000
DST: Pittsburgh Steelers $3,600

QB: Drew Brees $5,700
RB: Derrick Henry $9,200
RB: Kareem Hunt $4,800
WR: Michael Thomas $6,300
WR: Allen Robinson $6,500
WR: Diontae Johnson $6,200
TE: Cole Kmet $3,000
FLEX: JuJu Smith-Schuster $5,500
DST: Cleveland Browns $2,500

 

  
For as long as I've been watching sports, I've been gambling on them too. I used to place $1 bets on several NBA games throughout the week with a buddy in high school with the winner rarely getting more than a few dollars for their trouble. It didn't matter - the rush of landing a winning bet and the ensuing bragging rights were enough. Now I've graduated to full-blown degenerate status, placing copious futures bets for every sport and designing elaborate parlays for maximum payoff. I've experienced my fair share of blown chances but there's no better feeling than using my sports research and knowledge to pull off a win.

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