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DFS VALUE PLAYS: Wild Card Weekend

Now that the regular season is over and we are all done with our season long and best ball teams. Many of us will have more time to grind out the DFS slates for the first round of the playoffs. On DraftKings you have a few options you can consider. There is a 4 game main slate, a Saturday only slate, a Sunday only slate or you can choose to play the one game Showdown for each game. There is even a no salary tier contest option. Over on Fanduel you have the 4 game main slate contest, single game flex position contests, the SuperFlex contest which includes quarterbacks or the QuickPick kickers contest.

For this week we are just going to focus on the main slate.

Quarterbacks

The quarterback position is going to be where you will likely not look to spend down as the options are the most limited out of all positions. The strategy here is to use the best quarterbacks available but that doesn’t mean you can’t mix in a few lineups with value players.

$DPP Value Plays

Russell Wilson (DK: $5,700/$285 DPP — FD: $7,800/$390 DPP)

Wilson is the 6th most expensive quarterback this week as they have him priced in-between Lamar Jackson and Dak Prescott. Wilson has been up and down all year but I will take his experience in the playoffs over that of Jackson and Prescott. Wilson is 8-4 in the playoffs and has won every first round game he has played. Wilson has played well on the road this season throwing 18 touchdowns to just 4 interceptions. If everyone is expecting Ezekiel Elliott to have a big fantasy day then Wilson will be needed to throw more. These teams faced each other in Week 3 with Wilson throwing for 192 yards and two touchdowns.

Nick Foles (DK: $5,400/$415 DPP — FD: $7,300/$562 DPP)

Foles is the cheapest quarterback on the slate and probably will be the lowest owned outside of GPP flyers. Foles has started the final two games of the season for the injured Carson Wentz with a big game against the Texans and an average outing against the Redskins. Last season Foles played well in the playoffs posting 350+ passing yards in the final two games with 6 touchdowns. The Bears are one of the toughest pass defenses in the playoffs giving up just 12.9 fantasy points to the position.

Running Backs

I expect the running backs to be the position where people spend up most. Ezekiel Elliott will see the highest ownership followed by Chris Carson. Here is where you may look to be contrarian in with your plays to differentiate yourself from the field.

$DPP Value Plays

Nyheim Hines (DK: $3,500/$438 DPP — FD: $4,800/$800 DPP)

Hines has taken a back seat to Marlin Mack the second half of the season but he still has had productive games with double-digit fantasy points in 3 of the last 5 games. In the games against the Texans this season he had a monster game in the first meeting posting 9 receptions on 11 targets for 63 yards and two touchdowns. In the second meeting he saw 5 targets for 3 catches. Look for the Colts to use Hines more out of the backfield. I am expecting this game to be high scoring as it has the highest total on the board.

Kenneth Dixon (DK: $4,000/$444 DPP — FD: $6,800/$850 DPP)

Dixon has been splitting the carries with Gus Edwards for the second half of the season but Dixon is $700 cheaper. Dixon is coming off a big game against the Browns where he rushed for over 100 yards for the first time this season. He will also see more catches out of the backfield than Edwards. In the previous meeting Edwards did have more success against the Chargers but with the touches being even, I’ll take the discount on Dixon. The Chargers defense allows the 2nd most fantasy points among the teams in the playoffs with 26.7 fantasy points per game.

About Walter Collazo

Writer for Fantasy Sharks since 2006. Member of FSTA. Winner of 2014 Fantasy Football Article of the Year Online, awarded by FTSA.