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DFS deep dive: The top plays of the Divisional Round

By Scott Barrett
Jan 11, 2018

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Nov 26, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) celebrates after scoring a fourth quarter touchdown against the Green Bay Packers at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Although your redraft season may be over, DFS is still in full swing. It is the Divisional Round of the playoffs, and we are continuing our series looking at the top DFS plays at each position on both DraftKings and FanDuel. This week, with a keener eye on brevity, here are some of my top plays of the week:

Notes: If you’re looking for a deeper dive, be sure to check out the Chalk Talk DFS Podcast, where I break down all fantasy-relevant options available on this slate.


In order to give the best advice possible, I’ll need to be fully transparent here and just admit I’m not entirely sure how I plan on approaching the quarterback position this week. Really, I think it’s just a very tricky slate for this position in particular, and I think there’s a fairly even three-way tie at the top when balancing price, ownership, and upside. With that in mind, here are a few key statistics on each of the quarterbacks I like (or don’t).

Matt Ryan (DK: QB6, FD: QB4) – This season (including postseason), there have been 158 instances of a quarterback scoring at least 18.5 fantasy points in a single game. Ryan has accounted for none of these.

Nick Foles (DK: QB7, FD: QB7) – Foles was our single-worst-graded quarterback over the final two weeks of the regular season. On WFAN’s The Afternoon Drive Monday, host Chris Carlin speculated Foles’ recent poor play is linked to an elbow injury that plagued Foles earlier this preseason. Previously covering the Eagles up until several months ago, Carlin added that this otherwise should have required surgery, but the team kept him active in case they needed a spot-start or two.

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