Two days, four games and one word – playoffs. With only four games on the slate you would think that there aren’t many options. Luckily this is not the case as we have pro-bowlers spread throughout the slate. Strap in for some of my best plays for this crazy Wildcard weekend.
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Drew Brees (1x) New Orleans vs. Minnesota
There is not a quarter back in this slate that I trust more than Drew Brees. It is one thing to be consistent but to be consistently great? Good luck cooling this man down.
In the last four games, the Purdue alum has thrown for almost 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns. You will not find that kind of consistency anywhere else in this player pool.
Even with his low multiplier he is guaranteed for at least 22 fantasy points. Why take a risk of someone choking on the playoffs when you can trust someone who has done this for years.
Josh Allen (1.4x) Buffalo at Houston
As you will see later in the wide receiver section, I love the Bills passing game this weekend when they travel to Houston. Josh Allen, even in a loss, is poised to have a big game.
The Texans have allowed 11 opposing quarterbacks to throw multiple touchdowns in a game and have allowed seven of those quarterbacks to throw three or more. The Texans are only behind three teams when it comes to defending the pass: Miami, Arizona and the New York Giants.
In three games against those teams, the Dolphins and Giants, Allen has thrown for six touchdowns and no interceptions. He also added two scores on the ground.
Derrick Henry (1x) Tennessee at New England
In Derrick Henry’s first nine games he only had one game where he ran for 100 yards and had six touchdowns rushing. Since then, in his last six games, he has been running like a man possessed. In those six contests Henry has ran for 900 yards and scored 10 times on the ground while boasting a ridiculous 6.5 yards per carry.
Stephon Gilmore and the Patriots’ secondary will surely have a game plan to manage A.J. Brown and Ryan Tannehill, so Henry should get a steady dose of carries on Saturday. Do not let the 1x multiplier scare you – Henry is a stud and has a chance to continue his stellar season.
Boston Scott (1.6x) Philadelphia vs. Seattle
No, not Darren Sproles, Boston Scott. Scott has taken the league by storm in the last month of the season and I’m here for it. With Jordan Howard only playing one snap last week and Miles Sanders nursing an injured ankle, Scott at 1.6x seems to be the play in the Eagles backfield.
In the last month, the short-statured back has four total touchdowns, 350 yards of total offense and has caught 23 of 25 targets. Scott could see 15-20 touches with all of the injured Eagles skill players and has shown that he is not scared of the bright lights.
DK Metcalf (1.45x) Seattle at Philadelphia
The last time these teams faced off it was brutal for the Seahawks passing attack with no wide receiver tallying 40 yards receiving. DK Metcalf lead the team that day with six targets and three receptions. Since the, like the offense, the Eagles’ secondary has gotten banged up.
I like Metcalf here as Tyler Lockett will draw the most competent defensive back and Metcalf does not need a high volume to have value. Over 70 percent of his yards this season have come before the catch and with four plays of 40 yards or more this season he is in a good spot against an Eagles secondary that allows over 14 yards per catch to opposing wideouts.
Metcalf does not need to see 10 targets to have value when he has big-play potential every time he touches the field.
John Brown (1.5x) Buffalo at Houston
John Brown was made for Josh Allen and his big arm. The man they call “Smoke” uses his speed to get behind the last level of a defense and make plays. Brown tallied 1,60 yards receiving this season and 855 of those yards were before the catch. The matchup with the Texans secondary has both Allen and Brown excited because they are one of the worst teams in the league at defending the deep ball.
Only six teams have given up more passing plays of 40 yards or more and only three teams have given up more passing yards per game this season. You should exploit this matchup just as the Bills will do to try and keep their season alive.
Dallas Goedert (1.05x) Philadephia vs. Seattle
Zach Ertz has yet to be cleared for contact yet and his status for Sunday’s game remains up in the air – insert Dallas Goedert…again. After a career day in week 16 Goedert did not fare as well in the season finale. Although it did not show up on the stat sheet, four catches for 65 yards, he still saw a high volume of targets.
These teams saw each other in week 12, and although the Eagles only put up nine points, the tandem of Ertz and Goedert saw 22 targets, caught 19 balls for 123 yards and found the end zone once.
Obviously Goedert’s value is higher with Ertz on the sideline but the former has developed into someone that Carson Wentz can trust. I like this play even if Ertz gets the green light.
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