The wildcard round last weekend was just as advertised, wild. Hopefully, in the midst of all that wildness, your daily fantasy rosters struck gold. Now comes the divisional round as the top-seeded teams get to square off against last week’s winners. With some fresh teams to help you construct your daily fantasy roster, Gridiron Experts is here to help you strike gold. So sit back and enjoy this week’s DraftKings divisional round selections.
Tom Brady ($7,000): Much like the winter winds, controversy is swirling in New England. No matter much attention the rumors gain one thing is clear, the Patriots thrive off of adversity. They always seem to find a way to do their job. When the Titans come to town, the Patriots will be prepared to play and Tom Brady will be at the focal point of it all. Brady’s postseason success almost goes without saying at this point. He has had more passing yards and touchdowns thrown in the divisional round than any other round the postseason has to offer. In last week’s wildcard round, the Titans would upset the Chiefs but would allow Alex Smith to throw for 264 and two touchdowns in the process. I feel much more comfortable investing in Brady more so than gambling on Marcus Mariota having a repeat performance. The Patriots signal-caller is one half of a high priced stack that I will be investing in this weekend.
Leonard Fournette ($6,900): I fully understand that one of the best plays this weekend would be Le’Veon Bell. Considering my high priced stack though, the rest of my roster construction will be scaled back a bit. So, if you’re unable to afford that $9,600 price tag on Bell, I would roll with Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette. Much of the talk after the Jaguars win last week was the humorous stat line which showed Blake Bortles leading the team in rushing. Don’t expect a repeat performance this week as I like Fournette to hit 100 yards and score a touchdown. Fournette’s week 5 meeting against the Steelers proved to be his most productive outing of his rookie campaign. On top of waiving on defenders like Mike Mitchell to ‘bring it’, Fournette would rush for 181 yards and two touchdowns. Bortles can’t lead the rushing attack every week so look for Fournette to have his most productive game in weeks.
Latavius Murray ($5,400): The start to the 2017 season was a slow crawl for Latavius Murray. The Vikings back had just seven total carries in his first three games. In week 4, the season-ending injury to Dalvin Cook will change some of the roles within the Minnesota backfield. The extra opportunity came most notably for Murray in the final part of the season as he would have 20 or more carries in each of his last three games. During that time he would average 85.3 rushing yards per game. While the Saints may be a more run-oriented team than in the past, they still have a fast-paced offense. Look for the Vikings to try and slow the game down with Murray as I see another game with 20 carries coming his way. Opportunity conquers all in fantasy and that is why I will roll with the Vikings back this weekend.
Alshon Jeffery ($5,500): While I’m skeptical on how effective Nick Foles will be in the divisional round, it is hard to pass up one of the Eagles top targets at just $5,500. Both weeks 16 and 17 would be games in which the Eagles offense would like to forget. Prior to those games though, Jeffery would have a two-game span where he needed up with nine receptions for 101 yards and two touchdowns. While the Falcons seemed to regain some of their 2016 swagger against the Rams, they still allowed nine receptions for 142 yards to Robert Woods. The Eagles will focus more on the run than they may have if Carson Wentz was available but when Foles drops back, he will be looking towards Jeffery or Zach Ertz. If you’re betting large at other positions like I’m suggesting, Jeffery is as good of an investment as any at the receiver position.
Rob Gronkowski ($7,100): When nominating Tom Brady, I mentioned that he would be one half of a high priced stack. Rob Gronkowski represents that other half and I like him to come up big against the Tennessee Titans. The ever-popular tight end has scored six touchdowns in his last five playoff games and will be going up against a Titans defense that was having trouble with Travis Kelce last week. Prior to Kelce’s exit in last weeks wildcard round, the tight end had hauled in all four of his targets for 66 and a touchdown. Gronkowski was a non-factor in the Patriots week 17 matchup against the Jets but in the four games prior to that, he would average 25.1 points in DK formats. For the first time in what feels like forever, Gronkowski is injury free in the playoffs. I expect Brady to take full advantage of that and target his tight end often. Good luck this weekend everyone.