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NFL Conference Championship Sunday DFS Edition: Locks, Value, and CrackUm

A handy guide on who to play for the Sunday’s Championship Round of Daily Fantasy Football.

The NFL season is nearing the end. On championship weekend, you either go with the team that will make you cash, or you get a little risky with some off-the-radar plays. Through the previous two weeks, there were a few crazy plays that jumped off the screen and won some people good money. This week should be no different. Just determine which style you want to play and roll with it.

Quarterback

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Lock: Patrick Mahomes (FD:$9.5K/DK:$7.7K). Mahomes had a hell of a game last week against the Texans. That will be nearly impossible to repeat, but if there’s any player who can come close, it’s the former MVP. The Titans will control the clock but Mahomes has way too many weapons to be slowed down.

Value: Jimmy Garoppolo (FD:$7.6K/DK:$5.2K). Both of these games are very similar this weekend, and this play is really just the flip side. The 49ers might have to keep up with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense. Have no fear, the 49ers have tons of talent to do so with guys like George Kittle and so on. This value play could be a satisfactory spot this week.

Running Back

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Lock: Derrick Henry (FD:$9.8K/DK:$8.7K). There is no team that can stop this guy over the last few weeks. Yes, the price is very high this week. However, it is a spot you can not pass up. Lock him in and build around the talented running back.

Value: Raheem Mostert (FD:$5.8K/DK:$4.3K). It might seem crazy to pick 49ers running back, as they seem to change things up every week. However, if you examine the numbers closely, Mostert still saw 12 carries and picked up 58 yards last week. Tevin Coleman, on the other hand, really benefitted from the touchdowns. For the price this week, a similar performance to last week plus a touchdown will allow you to hit that value very easily. It’s definitely a possibility against this Packers defense.

Wide Receiver

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Lock: Davante Adams (FD:$8.3K/DK:$7.9K). Adams is Mr. Reliable for the Packers. He tends to see around 13 targets per game, which is something you can definitely work with. Try to find a way to work him into your lineup as well. He can easily have 120 yards and a touchdown in this game.

Value: Sammy Watkins (FD:$5.2K/DK:$4.6K). So, these two teams played earlier in the season and Watkins touched the ball five times. The Titans will be looking to stop Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce again, which will open up more chances for Watkins in this contest. Given that amount of work, he could put up 60 yards and a touchdown this week.

Tight End

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Lock: Travis Kelce (FD:$7.8K/DK:$7.1K). The Chiefs’ top tight end was unstoppable last weekend. It will be very hard to keep him out of lineups this week. He scored over 17 against the Titans early in the season and could repeat that performance. Expect six catches, 80 yards, and a touchdown in this one.

Value: Jonnu Smith (FD:$5.6K/DK:$3.4K). After the top two tight ends, it gets a little rough. It seems as though Smith will be the most reliable remaining option. He does seem to catch whatever is thrown his way, so he can turn those minimal touches into meaningful production much easier. This week, expect around five targets resulting in 60 yards and a touchdown.

CrackUm Player Of The Week

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A.J. Brown (FD:$6.8K/DK:$5.2K). Though the rookie has “struggled” in the playoffs, this game might be a little different than the first two. The Chiefs can score at will. This means the Titans may need to match that production at times. Brown has been Ryan Tannehill’s favorite target, so Tennessee will rely on him to be the guy they have seen all season. Expect a 100-yard game and two touchdowns from Brown on Sunday.


Good luck to all this weekend. If you have any fantasy football-related questions, make sure you go follow @FantasyHRontap on Twitter.


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