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Daily Fantasy Optimal Plays: WildCard Weekend

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Just because the regular season is over doesn’t mean fantasy football has to end. With the rising popularity of daily fantasy leagues, fantasy lives on into the postseason.

Fantasy FootballDaily Fantasy Tips: WildCard Weekend

Just because the regular season is over doesn’t mean fantasy football has to end. With the rising popularity of daily fantasy leagues, fantasy lives on into the postseason. Obviously the player pool to choose from is drastically smaller than during the regular season, which can create much more parity in daily games during the playoffs. During the regular season in daily leagues, it is very common to start high cost stud players at most positions, while gambling on upside, and finding value in low tier players, or injury replacements (Jordan TodmanKnile Davis) for just a spot or two in your lineup. However due to the player pool being so low, I will be looking to find the mid cost value at most of the positions this week. Here are some players I like for wildcard weekend daily fantasy match ups.


Generally in daily fantasy games, I don’t typically spend very much of my salary cap on a quarterback. Compared to all the other positions, you can generally get the most return, for the least cost pretty consistently with quarterbacks. Therefore I will be playing Colin Kaepernick in most, if not all of my lineups this week. Kaepernick is a mid priced quarterback this week, and could have the most upside of any of them. I think he will EASILY outperform his price.

Running Backs

This week I will be looking to go cheap at running back, which is something I don’t normally do in daily leagues. However three guys stand out that I think will get a good workload this week and allow me to spend money on other positions. Frank Gore, Giovanni Bernard, and Pierre Thomas are my daily running back picks this week. Gore and Thomas should see most of the workload, while Bernard is a home run threat and great in PPR scoring.

Wide Receivers

A.J. Green is obviously the best play this week, however there are some fantastic value options this week. T.Y. Hilton, Marques Colston, Randall Cobb, Anquan Boldin, and Michael Crabtree are all around the mid range prices on all sites. In most leagues I will be lean towards starting a combination of these mid range guys if I don’t have the cap space to fit Green into my lineup.

Tight Ends

This one of the few positions I won’t look for value at this week. Jimmy Graham is by far the best choice. Vernon Davis is another decent option if you’re strapped for cash and just can’t fit Graham into the starting lineup. Any tight end other than these two is a gamble I’m not willing to take.


If the website you are using requires a kicker in the starting lineup, look no further than Mason Crosby. He is one of the lowest priced kickers this week across all sites, and with Aaron Rodgers back, Crosby should be in line for least a handful of extra points and a field goal or two. Trust me, you DON’T want to waste salary cap money on kickers.

Defense/Special Teams

There is only one defense I’m touching this week and that’s the Cincinnati Bengals. Across all sites, they are the most expensive defense this week, but I think it will be worth it to pony up the extra cost and put them in your lineup. They have been great at home, and I can see them forcing some turnovers against Philip Rivers and the Chargers.

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