If you are unfamiliar with the one-game slates offered by FanDuel for NFL, there are some differences from the usual classic style of play. For these contests, the lineups only consist of five players of any position. There are kickers and defenses that can be selected. The MVP slot will produce 1.5x the fantasy points in comparison to the rest of the lineup. This helps differentiate the field, but you will need to have the optimal to have any shot at winning big money for large field contests. FanDuel does have a bit more forgiving salary cap where leaving money on the table will be an edge over the field.
Now quarterback is generally where people go when it comes to MVP, and it makes sense. It is a consistent position for fantasy points, and the ceiling is higher than most others on the slate. However, two names stand out in terms of their ceiling and likely slightly lower ownership than the quarterbacks, especially Mahomes. Those names are Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. The plus side is that fitting all three into a lineup is very doable, and you don’t have to step down too low and roster a WR5 or anything. It gives you the chance to rotate if you are building multiple lineups. Hill has over 175 receiving yards in the first two playoff games, and Kelce has been dominant himself with a run of six straight games with a touchdown. He has 51.2 FD points in the first two playoff games.
Travis Kelce – $14,500
The Buccaneers allowed an 86-832-9 line to tight ends this season. That was good for the 10th most fantasy points, and Kelce had a mild game against them earlier, but Tyreek Hill exploding for a 13-269-3 line didn’t leave many fantasy points for the rest. Kelce has scored less than 18 points just twice in his last 13 games. He has double-digit targets in every game since Week 12 and has 25 over the last two weeks. He is a strong MVP play and, overall, a play that is a tough fade.
Tyreek Hill – $14,000
Yes, I will get to less obvious plays this week, but these two are just tough to avoid. Tampa allowed the 10th most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. Hill dropped that monster game as mentioned above, and we know a 150 yard and two-score game is in his outcomes and then some. The Bucs secondary has improved, but I will be waiting while you find me someone who can cover Hill on the deep ball. Hill has 23% of the red zone targets as he and Kelce both are over 20%. Hill sits with 139 targets overall this season, which ranked 10th. Both him and Kelce are in the top ten.
Chris Godwin – $12,000
There will be a flip of a coin between Godwin and Evans for some, at least for those who are not playing both in a lineup. These two have not really produced big games within the same game. It has been one or the other. Evans does find the end zone, but for the most part this season, he was held under 100 yards often. He also has 21 targets over the last three games compared to Godwin’s 28.
Ronald Jones – $8,000
The Buccaneers backfield has been a committee the last two weeks, and Leonard Fournette has been the more productive back in the playoffs altogether. There is a $4,500 dropoff from Fournette to Jones, who still had 23 touches over the last four weeks. Jones has big play but does come second to Fournette in the passing game. However, on FD, that isn’t as big of a deal. Kansas City allowed the 8th most fantasy points to running backs this season.
Cameron Brate – $7,000
Cameron Brate has come out of nowhere in the postseason with five or more targets in each of the three postseason games. He has 149 yards and a score over that span. Rob Gronkowski has been targeted just seven times over the last three games. While Antonio Brown coming back will throw a wrench into this receiving core altogether, a $7,000 shot on Brate isn’t the worst option.
Sammy Watkins – $7,500
This is a large field tournament play as Mecole Hardman should still garnish the interest over Watkins. Both have a pretty limited floor but are cheap and have some big-play upside against this secondary. Watkins hasn’t played since December 27th but is on track to play. His role remains in question, which is why there is a big risk here but worth it in this Chiefs offense.