FanDuel GPP Picks: Wild Card Weekend
The regular fantasy football season is over and some are simply moving on; content with high stakes, win or go home, playoff football. But not us. Maybe your home team is out of contention and you’re looking for a way to make things more interesting through DFS. Perhaps you had a great run on the way to a #FootClanTitle and you aren’t ready for the fun to end so abruptly. Then again, maybe you came up a bit short and it’s end of the year fantasy redemption that you’re seeking.
Whatever the case, it appears that you’re going through something known as “FFW” or “fantasy football withdrawal”. The fact that I just made this condition up not withstanding, the writers here know what you’re going through and are here to help. Every Wednesday we bring you dart throw picks which are intended to be low-budget high upside plays. These are going to be especially important to find during the playoffs with a diminished pool of players, with fewer teams playing. So check them out, read our explanations and see if any of us can convince you to use our picks to round out your playoff FanDuel GPP rosters.
WR Eli Rogers vs MIA, $5000
When it comes to wild card round Dart throws in GPPs, I’m looking for a low owned 3rd WR who could provide a somewhat safe 0.5 PPR floor and the opportunity in an offense to score a TD to differentiate themselves. Rogers has a great situation against a Miami pass defense ranked 29th in total defense. He’s averaged 73 yards and 5 catches in his last 3 contests. With Markus Wheaton out and Ladarius Green potentially out, I like a Rogers a lot this week.
–Kyle Borgognoni, @kyle_borg
QB Matt Moore @ PIT, $6,900
In a weekend where Brock Osweiler and Connor Cook are starting playoff games, don’t be afraid to throw Matt Moore into one of your lineups. Since taking over for Ryan Tannehill, he’s been surprisingly decent. Throwing for at least 200 yards and two touchdowns in his 3 games as the starter. Sure, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been surprisingly good against QBs, only allowing one 20-plus point performance all year but the way this game should go, Moore will be number two. Vegas has the Steelers as a 10 point favorite and gave the game the highest projected point total at 47. So what does that mean? The garbage man can! The Dolphins are going to be playing catch up and Moore is going to have to be throwing a lot. With a solid receiving core, Moore is the only cheap QB I like this week.
–Nick Martinez-Esquibel, @THENickMartinez
WR Anquan Boldin @ SEA, $4,800
Conventional wisdom is to not start a WR against the Seahawks but it’s not like Anquan is going to be shadowed by Richard Sherman. While the Legion of Boom concentrates on bottling up Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, Boldin should eat in the middle of the field. If you spent up all of your budget on high profile guys elsewhere, Anquan gives you the best shot at a TD at a discount.
–Ryan Weisse, @TheFantasyFive
WR Jermaine Kearse vs DET, $4,900 & Paul Richardson $4,700
The Seahawks legit can’t run the ball right now. That means Russell Wilson will be throwing a lot this weekend at home in a favorable matchup. The Lions gave up the 14th most passing yards and the 2nd most passing TDs this season. With Tyler Lockett’s season-ending injury happening just two weeks ago, I doubt many will value the Seahawks pass catchers accurately this weekend when building lineups. However, over the last two games, Jermaine Kearse has averaged 8 targets and Paul Richardson has averaged 6 targets. That’s a bump of 2.4 for Kearse from his overall season average and a 3.6 bump for Richardson. Clearly, both are benefiting from a fantasy standpoint from Lockett’s absence. In a week where I’ll be paying up for studs like Le’Veon Bell and Odell Beckham Jr., I’ll need some cheap GPP plays to put me over the top. I’ll be using both Kearse and Richardson to get some exposure to Russell Wilson and I believe there is a very good chance at least one of them will be on the GPP winning lineup in your tournament.
–Ben Cummins, @BenCumminsFF
WR Seth Roberts @ HOU $4,500
If you’re familiar with the name Seth Roberts then you’re probably a Michael Crabtree or Amari Cooper owner. You have also probably been frustrated by him at one time or another for vulturing a TD despite not being involved in the offense overall. Under normal circumstances he gets around 2-4 receptions a game with a higher than usual chance to score for a 3rd option WR. In fact, he’s currently tied with Cooper with 5 TDs on the season. The reason I like his chances this week more than normal is the rookie QB effect. The Texans would be wise to take away the run game the best that they can and if/when this happens I have a hard time believing that Connor Cook is going to have enough confidence to feed his outside receivers. I think he’ll play it safe over the middle of the field with his TEs and Roberts lining up in the slot.
–Travis Strickland, @DFS_Travis