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DFS guide: Playing FanDuel in Conference Championship weekend

Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the final normal weekend of DFS for the 2017-2018 NFL season, and I’m here to wrap it all up for you with the final FanDuel guide of the year.

We’ll just get right to it. This article will review every relevant DFS player on FanDuel this weekend.

With shorter slates, I personally eschew cash games and only play in tournaments. This article is more of a general guide, but I did want to make note of that bias before moving on.

Quarterbacks

Brady has the toughest matchup of the weekend, and he apparently hurt his throwing hand on Wednesday (but will still play). At this point, you have to consider Brady a contrarian option given the fact he’s at least $1,000 more expensive than every other quarterback on the slate and faces the No. 1 pass defense in the NFL. The Jaguars did just give up a massive game to Ben Roethlisberger, but game script dictated that air-it-out approach by Pittsburgh (and Antonio Brown isn’t on the Patriots).

After throwing for multiple scores in six of seven, Keenum now has just one touchdown in three straight games. It’s a mild concern, but with only four quarterbacks to choose from, we can’t get too picky. Keenum has one of the better matchups of the weekend and he has the best receivers at his disposal. He’s a viable option.

Bortles is priced well enough that he should easily return at least 2x value (15.2 points). He’s averaging 16.4 PPG, and has topped 15.2 points in 10 of his past 12 games. New England gave up the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year and is clearly the most susceptible defense through the air of the four remaining.

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