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NFL DFS AFC Wild Card Saturday: Locks, Value, and CrackUm

A handy guide on who to play for the AFC Wild Card slate of Daily Fantasy Football.
Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports

It is time for the NFL Playoffs. There are a few different ways to play this weekend. There are options for just the Saturday slate of two games, just the two Sunday games, or you can play the full weekend slate. This year seems to be a little different as well since one day is AFC and one day is NFC. So, today we will focus on just the Saturday AFC slate. I will have a preview for Sunday's slate as well.


Photo: USA Today

Photo: USA Today

Lock: Josh Allen (FD:$8.2K/DK:$6.5K). This is the best matchup on the slate for any quarterback, as the Texans are the fourth-worst against the position. Couple that defensive weakness with the rushing attempts Allen will have as a dual-threat player, and he's a DFS lock at quarterback on Saturday. Allen has also been extremely consistent this season, so it's time to really aim to have him during these playoff slates.

Value: Tom Brady (FD:$7.8K/DK:$5.8K). The matchup is tougher for Brady, but it is still hard to pass up on his price. Plus, it's the Patriots in the playoffs. They are a team you can't bet against, and they have many threats to get the ball to. It seems like people are starting to sleep on the home team this weekend, but we have seen where that has to lead us in the past. Watch out!

Running Back

Sep 30, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) and running back James White (28) warm up before the start of the game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports

Lock: Derrick Henry (FD:$9.5K/DK:$8.2K). Yes, the Patriots are the best team against the running back. However, Henry might just be able to break this team apart. He is just a different type of player compared to any other running back in the league. Playoff football is also a more of a grind and the Titans will want to rely on their best player.

Value: James White (FD:$6.2K/DK:$5.7K). White is the perfect stack with Tom Brady because of how reliable he is in the passing game. If the Patriots somehow go down in this game, they will have to look to the air and White is always around for that. It's a great price for a slim running back room during these slates.

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Wide Receiver

New England Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry (15) runs the ball against Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Germaine Pratt (57) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

Photo: AP Photo/Gary Landers

Lock: John Brown (FD:$6.8K/DK:$6.0K). These slates are about stacking some teams with great matchups. Well, here is the number one pairing this weekend. The Texans are in the bottom ten in terms of points against the position. Brown has been the number one receiver for the Bills this season and he has been consistent for them.

Value: N’Keal Harry (FD:$5.2K/DK:$4.1K). This might be more a risk play, but Harry is starting to see more targets. The Titans' defense will be more focused on Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu, and James White. This will open up lanes for the rookie wide receiver. As stated before, these slates are about finding the constant numbers and that should line up here with Harry.

Tight End

Aug 9, 2018; Green Bay, WI, USA; Tennessee Titans tight end Anthony Firkser (86) warms up with tight end Jonnu Smith (81) before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Benny Sieu/USA TODAY Sports

Lock: Jonnu Smith (FD:$6.3K/DK:$3.8K). Smith is quietly a very solid tight end option during these slates, and even more so during the full weekend slate. The Patriots won't be able to lock up all the targets this weekend for the Titans. Smith normally gets around four to six targets a game, and they should increase in this contest, resulting in a trip to the end zone.

Value: Matt LaCosse (FD:$4.5K/DK:$2.6K). This is the sneaky play for the weekend. Yes, the Patriots have tons of options to catch the ball, but all you need for this to be a huge hit is just that one touchdown, which is very possible. This value play can help you spend up in the areas of real need as well.

CrackUm Player Of The Week

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) looks to throw against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

Photo: AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith

Deshaun Watson (FD:$8.5K/DK:$6.4K). This is the best player on the slate. Watson is out to prove that he is one of the best young quarterbacks in the league. Just like the quarterback that he is playing in this game, he is a dual-threat as well. The only thing that makes him better is the level of talent around him. This game is at home for the Texans as well, so expect them to come out wanting to prove a point as to how dangerous they are. Several times this season, Watson has proven how dynamic he can be. He will do whatever it takes to get this win.

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