Welcome to the DraftKings & FanDuel NFL DFS core plays column for Divisional of the 2021-2022 season.
The Playoffs are here and we couldn’t be more excited to bring back our core plays article for the playoffs.
Just going to jump right into our Core Plays for this weekend’s four-game slate.
I had Burrow as a core play last week and he didn’t work out so great. While Burrow wasn’t bad he wasn’t great either throwing for only 244 yards and two scores on his way to 17.56 fantasy points. Those numbers are a far cry from the 27.91 fantasy points Burrow averaged over the last five games of the regular season. While last week’s numbers were disappointing I am going right back to Burrow this week for two main reasons. The first is I love his salary this week. Burrow is the fifth-most expensive quarterback on DraftKings and FanDuel this week. Rostering Burrow allows you to easily roster some of the elite wide receivers or running backs on this slate without having to sacrifice so much. The second reason I love Burrow is the match-up with the Titans. The Titans are a beatable team through the air as they allowed the eighth-most passing yards this season while allowing the tenth-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.
Running back is kind of weird this week in the fact that no running back jumps out at me as an elite play. With that said I am going to take a chance on McKinnon as it does look like Darrel Williams is going to be out this week and if Clyde Edwards-Helaire does return it won’t be in a full-time role. That should mean we see plenty of touches still for McKinnon who has looked great in his two games since his own return from injury. In those two games, McKinnon has 85 rushing yards on 17 carries including 12 last week and nine catches on nine targets for 107 yards and two scores. McKinnon has at least 14 fantasy points in both of those games and had 26.2 fantasy points against the Steelers last week.
I am going to avoid giving you the obvious names at the wide receiver position this week such as Cooper Kupp and JaMarr Chase and instead I focus on a cheaper low owned receiver who has the chance to win you a GPP. That receiver for me is Lazard. Lazard has a touchdown in four of the Packers’ last five games and has at least 70 yards receiving in three of those games. Lazard has at least 13 fantasy points in four of those five games and has produced at least 19 fantasy points in three of those games. Those numbers along with the fact that Marquez Valdes-Scantling is going to be out this week show me that Lazard is Aaron Rodger’s clearcut number two option in their dangerous passing attack. The 49ers are also a very good match-up for Lazard as they did rank in the bottom ten in receptions allowed, receiving yards allowed, and fantasy points allowed per game to wide receivers this season.
I am going to stick with Gronk this week at the tight end position as he has just played really well since the injury/crazy bug hit the Bucs receivers. In the past three weeks with at least two of Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, and Antonio Brown out of the Bucs lineup Gronk has at least five catches in each game. Gronk also has gone over 100 yards in two of those games and caught a touchdown in the third. Gronk has at least 14 fantasy points in those games and is averaging 19.78 fantasy points in those games.