The AFC playoffs get underway Saturday as the Bills play the Texans and the Titans play the Patriots. It’s been a long time since New England played this early in the NFL Playoffs, but that just means their stacked defense affects our FanDuel GPP lineup picks for Wild Card Saturday.
In the hopes that most people fade Titans, we’ve got three in our lineup as the Pats look as vulnerable as they’ve ever been. Tennessee couples with a Buffalo stack in our lineup to try and rack up fantasy points on the road with a few difficult cornerback matchups making tricky pricing that much tougher.
NFL DFS Wild Card Saturday: FanDuel GPP Lineup Picks
QB Josh Allen, Bills @ Texans ($8,200). Houston allowed the fourth-most FanDuel points to opposing QBs in the regular season, by far the worst of the four teams playing Saturday. Maybe everyone will be on Allen, but he still seems like the best play.
RB Derrick Henry, Titans @ Patriots ($9,500). The pricing on this slate probably means that Henry will be highly owned, but it’s not worth fading such a high-volume player – we’ll set our lineup apart with some of the other picks.
RB James White, Patriots vs. Titans ($6,200). My action in this game goes along the path that it’ll be Tennessee leading and New England trying to come back. That could be wrong, but it’s the kind of chance you have to take to win a small-slate GPP, and thus the use of the pass-catching White.
WR DeAndre Hopkins, Texans vs. Bills ($8,700). Pick your poison among the top WRs – you can have Hopkins against Tre’Davious White or A.J. Brown against Stephon Gilmore. I’ve opted for the veteran against the maybe slightly worse cornerback rather than the rookie.
WR N’Keal Harry, Patriots vs. Titans ($5,200). With Julian Edelman continuing to battle an injury, Harry keeps getting on the field and getting the occasional red-zone target, too.
WR Isaiah McKenzie, Bills @ Texans ($4,600). Our cheapest play will go to Buffalo’s gadget player whose role as No. 3 WR has grown as the season has gone on. He’ll be involved, which is more than you can say with a lot of guys priced this low.
TE Jonnu Smith, Titans @ Patriots ($6,300). Hopefully Jonnu’s disappointing Week 17 will have people punting the TE position, but he’s by far the most talented at the position and with not a ton of high-priced guys, he’s not a hindrance to play.
FLEX John Brown, Bills @ Texans ($6,800). If someone is going to get open deep against Houston’s defense, it’s Brown, and we need that stacking potential on a small slate with Allen.
D/ST Tennessee Titans @ Patriots ($4,000). New England should have a good gameplan, but it’s more likely the Pats win by scoring 20 rather than 40. There are a lot of scenarios where Tennessee dictates this game and limits the Patriots, and those scenarios aren’t really reflected in the Titans having the lowest D/ST price.