Welcome to the NFL playoffs. It is Wildcard Week, and there are games Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Saturday, there are two games, Sunday, there are three games. You can play the Saturday through Monday games. So, you have many choices for GPP plays.
You can play either the Saturday slate, Sunday slate, or Saturday through Monday slate. Each slate will have different salaries for the players involved. And even though only the Saturday and Sunday slates have the Milli Maker contest, the Saturday through Monday slate has plenty of options.
These suggestions are for the Saturday through Monday games. Of course, you can play each slate. Remember that different is better for those slates with only two or three games.
Last week’s NFL $2.5M Fantasy Football Millionaire Winner lineup:
- QB Joe Burrow, 12.60 fantasy points, salary $7300, 17.01% drafted
- RB Cam Akers, 18.80 fantasy points, salary $6200, 24.32% drafted
- RB Zach Moss, 24.10 fantasy points, salary $5200, 15.41% drafted
- WR Keenan Allen, 33.20 fantasy points, salary $6900, 1.67% drafted
- WR Jerry Jeudy, 27.30 fantasy points, salary $6300, 6.11% drafted
- WR Ja’Marr Chase, 22.60 fantasy points, salary $8400, 21.89% drafted
- TE Isaiah Likely, 21.30 fantasy points, salary of $2800, 7.23% drafted
- FLEX Davante Parker, 25.90 fantasy points, salary $3700, 1.23% drafted
- DST Indianapolis Colts, 13.00 fantasy points, salary $3100, 4.70% drafted
Saturday through Monday Slate
Tom Brady v Dallas Cowboys, salary $5800, 46 o/u, Cowboys -2.5
The Monday night game features the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home against the Dallas Cowboys. The Buccaneers are a 2.5-point underdog at home. Brady’s salary has dropped from $6400 to $5800, for a good reason. Brady’s DraftKings points in his last three games are 7.4, 40.7, and 13.3.
The Cowboys’ defense has surrendered 232 passing yards to Joshua Dobbs, 355 passing yards to Gardner Minshew, and 318 passing yards to Trevor Lawrence. And this is Brady in prime time in the playoffs at home.
The Buccaneers played the Cowboys in Week 1 this year. Brady threw for 212 yards in that game with one touchdown and one interception.
Do you believe in Brady?
Daniel Jones @ Minnesota Vikings, salary $5600, 48 o/u, Vikings -3
The New York Giants played the Minnesota Vikings in Week 16. The Vikings won the game on a last-minute 61-yard field goal.
In that game, Jones passed 42 times with 30 completions. He had 334 receiving yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also ran for 34 yards on four attempts.
Jones’ rushing ability raises his floor. In week 17 against the Indianapolis Colts, Jones passed for 177 yards with two passing touchdowns, but he also ran for 91 yards with two rushing touchdowns. Jones even had a 71-yard day back in week 13 of the NFL season. Don’t underestimate his ability to pick up yards on the ground.
The Vikings’ defense has surrendered 114 passing yards and one passing touchdown to Nathan Peterman and 159 passing yards and one passing touchdown to Aaron Rodgers.
Austin Ekeler @ Jacksonville Jaguars, salary $8300, 47.5 o/u, Chargers -2.5
Ekeler is a stud. Except for Week 18, Ekeler has rushed for 122 rushing yards and two touchdowns, 67 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and 58 rushing yards and one touchdown.
Ekeler’s cheat code is his usage in the passing game. In his last three games, he has been targeted four times with four receptions for 36 yards, 39 yards, and 12 yards.
This week the Chargers will most likely be without the full services of Mike Williams, boosting the floor for Ekeler (short dump-off passes).
In the last meeting between the Chargers and the Jaguars, Justin Herbert was just returning from his rib injury, and Keenan Allen did not play. Disregard.
The Jaguars are giving up an average of 24.3 DraftKings fantasy points to the running back position. They have also allowed 815 receiving yards to the position.
Travis Etienne Jr., v Los Angeles Chargers, salary $6300, 47.5 o/u, Chargers -2.5
The Los Angeles Chargers are surrendering the sixth-most DraftKings fantasy points to the running back position (27.5).
The dud against the Tennessee Titans, where Etienne only had 17 rushing yards, is an anomaly. His last three games, before the Titans in Week 18, included two games with over 100 rushing yards sandwiched between the New York Jets, where he had 83 rushing yards. He was also targeted three times in each of those games.
Cee Dee Lamb @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, salary $7700, 46 o/u, Cowboys -2.5
Lamb scored 16.2, 24.0, and 37.0 DraftKings fantasy points in his last three games.
Lamb has a 28.7% target share, 20.3 target share in the red zone, and runs 45.5% of his routes out of the slot.
The Buccaneers have allowed an average of 12.5 fantasy points to the slot receivers, including 98 receiving yards to Greg Dortch in Week 16 and 35 receiving yards and one touchdown to Tyler Boyd in Week 15.
Richie James @ Minnesota Vikings, salary $3900, 48 o/u, Vikings -3
James has led the Giants in targets, receptions, and receiving yards in his last four games.
In the Week 16 matchup against the Vikings, James had 12 targets with eight receptions and 90 yards.
For the season, the Vikings are giving up the second most DraftKings Points to the wide receiver position (40.5) per game. This is also one of the highest scoring totals of the week for NFL Odds, I really don’t think you’re going to be able to find a cheaper value pick WR than James.
Wild Card Weekend
Remember, this is Wild Card Weekend. The player pool has decreased, and the need to get different in the GPP contest has increased.
Gladys is obsessive about fantasy football, Pittsburgh Steelers, dogs/cats, pop culture movies and television shows, and Ben & Jerry’s 7 Layer Vegan Ice Cream (although not necessarily in that order). A writer about NFL, college ball, and fantasy football for more than 10 years, she attempts to combine her degree in statistical variance (BS Policy Analysis) with player knowledge and game script. Though her concentration is on IDP, redraft, and PPR leagues, all fantasy formats are fair game. Reach out whenever you can find me on Twitter @gladysLtyler. And remember, don’t suck and tip your bartenders well.