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DFS guide: Playing FanDuel in Divisional weekend

By Tyler Loechner
Jan 11, 2018

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Dec 10, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Dede Westbrook (12) reacts after making a first down against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

We’re in the thick of the playoffs now, and this is our final week with a four-game DFS slate. As the teams get better, the players we have to choose from get better — which in turn means the salaries get tighter.

You’ll likely have to make a few uncomfortable plays to make your lineups work this week. To help get you there, 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 hasn’t been producing at his usual high level, with no more than 17 FanDuel points in any of his past five games, but he’s still the safest play at quarterback this weekend all things considered (but mostly considered his matchup). The Titans gave up four passing scores in four games this year; no other team gave up more than two such games. Brady is a great tournament play and a good cash play too.

Brees did throw for 291 yards when these two teams squared off in Week 1, but he tossed just one touchdown in that game. The Vikings proved to be stingy against quarterbacks all year, ceding a league-low 12 passing touchdowns against. Brees is a GPP-only play.

It’s well documented how atrocious Big Ben was against the Jaguars in Week 5, and it’s tough to buy in on him now. Jacksonville gave up the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year, and as the third-most-expensive option, forcing Roethlisberger into your lineup isn’t necessary.

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