Sunday is the only day that will feature three NFL playoff games throughout the playoffs, so here is our last chance to play in tournaments on the same day with many viable options. Our FanDuel Sunday-only lineup will obviously have a fair share of studs, but in GPP tournaments we will need to make a few bets to differentiate ourselves. The Eagles, Buccaneers, 49ers, Cowboys, Chiefs and Steelers have plenty of day-to-day fantasy football darlings, but it’ll be the sleepers under the radar that set us apart. Get our top picks of studs and sleepers below.
Before getting into this week’s lineup, here are the basic rules for FanDuel contests. The notation is fairly standard, the only notable parameters being Four Point Pass TDs and PPR half point.
Wid Card FanDuel’s Choice Only on Sundays: Advice on NFL DFS Composition for the First Round of the Playoffs
Main roster for Saturday, budget of $ 60,000, no more than four players on a team
QB Jalen Hurts, Eagles @ Buccaneers ($ 7,700)
Double Threat QBs are more valuable in FanDuel because there is no 300 yard pass bonus, and Hurts are cheaper than Patrick Mahomes, Dak Prescott, and Tom Brady, so that’s a no-brainer here. With Hurts, you don’t need to force stacks since he can reach his cap without his smugglers getting there. He has a cap as high as the aforementioned QBs and doesn’t need to have a stellar passing game to score more than 25 FD points. In fact, he averages more FD points than Dak Prescott and is only one point behind Mahomes and Brady. Take the savings here.
RB Darrel Williams, Chiefs vs Steelers ($ 6,600)
Williams has three more than 20 FD performances on his 2021 resume, and since Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) is surely under 100%, Williams should have a healthy workload against the defense ranked 27th in FD points allowed at RBs. . We play a lot of Williams at his price because his ownership should be low and his cap far exceeds his cost.
RB Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers vs. Eagles ($ 7,300)
Fournette (hamstring) will be ready to go, and it’s time for the second part of Playoff Lenny. In the three games before his injury in Week 15, he averaged just over 26 FD points per game, and we’ve seen for years how valuable Tom Brady’s main RB can be. Especially with Chris Godwin (ACL) and Antonio Brown on the sidelines, Fournette could be even more involved in the pass attack. This season Fournette has trailed only Jonathan Taylor and Austin Ekeler with 54 red zone touches, and we expect him to get those precious runs again.
WR CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys vs. 49ers ($ 7,300)
Lamb has been woefully quiet the past four games, averaging just 7.1 FD points / game. That said, we can either bleach it or take it and hopefully avoid a bit of chalk. We’re happy to chase his cap at a reasonable price against a struggling Niners secondary. The ceiling play could happen at any time.
WR Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers @ Cowboys ($ 6,100)
Aiyuk is CeeDee Lamb’s natural counter-play, and since the Dallas defense gave the WR the eighth-highest number of FD points in the regular season, Aiyuk might be in for a treat if this game became a one-way passing game. -return. He’s racked up at least 11 FD points in four of his last six games, but we know his cap is higher, and at that price, we’re ready to chase him.
WR Ray-Ray McCloud, Steelers @ Chiefs ($ 4,900)
This selection leaves us with a lot of pay, so while we might go for a more “safe” thing here, we take McCloud to differentiate our line. How often is a guy who’s averaged nine targets in his last three games priced at $ 4,900? McCloud is largely an afterthought alongside Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson, but he’s capable of commanding so many targets. He’s played at least 63% of the Steelers’ offensive snaps in each of the last three games, and we know Ben Roethlisberger will be approaching 50 passing attempts in this one. Hopefully McCloud gets a few cheap receptions and a touchdown.
TE Dallas Goedert, Eagles @ Buccaneers ($ 5,900)
We’ll take Goedert as our only stack with Jalen Hurts, and since Goedert doesn’t provide the “safe floor” that many DFS players will be looking for, he shouldn’t be chalky in a slate with Travis Kelce, Rob Gronkowski, Pat Freiermuth, George Kittle. and Dalton Schultz. In fact, he might be the least detained of this group and has a similar cap if things work out to his advantage. A touchdown or two is all a tight end needs to be the TE1 on a three-game list.
FLEX (TE) Rob Gronkowski, Buccaneers vs. Eagles ($ 7,400)
Tons of DFS players are unwilling to play two TEs, but the strategy is viable and we are happy to implement it. If Gronk had a “WR” tag next to his name, we wouldn’t think so. He can produce the same volume of catches, yards and touchdowns as any of football’s top pass catchers, and since the Eagles are the friendliest game for TEs, he’s a total smashing game. It will be chalky, but again the two TE formation will give us an advantage.
DEF Kansas City Chiefs vs. Steelers ($ 4,800)
The Steelers offense is as straightforward as it gets, and we know about the well-documented rise of the Kansas City defense. In Week 16 these teams met and Pittsburgh needed a TD to score 10 points. Big Ben was limited to 159 yards, one touchdown and one interception. We expect similar results in the last game of Roethlisberger’s career.