Fantasy Football Strategies: NFL Wild Card Week

When you look at a fantasy football slate including NFL wild card week, there are many layers to it.

NFL Wild Card Week

What you get is many layers, all of which are important to the onion but not all of which are as important to the one digesting the food.

Similar it is in fantasy football, likely daily fantasy football for your chance to win this week in wild card week. Your fantasy football strategies covered in this site off more for beginners such as my article: Daily fantasy football strategies for beginners: Wild card. This article featured last year’s overall consideration of the slate of wild card games.

This week gets interesting because you can break it up by days of 3 game slates or in total 6 games! That’s a lot for the playoffs.

Fantasy Football Strategies

So what layers are we considering for the playoffs????????????????????????????????

We are only considering the layer of matchups combined with the preferential plays for each game. This way if you wanted to even play a single game showdown slate you could with the help of these options:

Indy/Buff:

Josh Allen  Proj. 24/36 274 yds and  2.10 TD’s.

Allen is the big boss in this offense that still has no traditional sense of a running game which won’t matter anyway when it comes to this matchup vs. a stout run Defense. Take Allen for passing and rushing upside/floor.

Stefon Diggs Proj. 8.2 Rec. 95 yds 0.50 Td’s.

Its playoff Diggs time and you cannot go completely wrong her unless he gets hurt. He’s still their number #1 option and best deep to mid range option for Allen. Use them together as Aleen zips throws to him.

John Brown Proj. 4.4 Rec. 58 yds 0.35 Td’s

Brown is another deep threat to talk about as he’s back and productive already after missing games. When covering Diggs, go to Brown.

Jonathan Taylor  Proj. 19.2 Car. 92 yds 0.63 Td’s

Taylor should get fed in a good matchup vs. the Bills run defense. The only problem is it may be a shootout to try and keep up with Allen.

T.Y. Hilton Proj. 4.7 Rec. 61 yds 0.41 Td’s

In case of the shootout or not, Hilton is the best option to go to at any range of the field for Phillip Rivers. While we don’t have to use Rivers, we could.

Rams/Sea

Chris Carson Proj.  13.4 Car 55 yds 0.42 TD’s

Carson figures to be a main option as the Hawks try to deliver on being favored in this game probably due to the Rams QB seemingly out. The best way to keep the great Rams D off balance is to balance the attack with Run.

Russell Wilson Proj. 21/32 219 yds 1.80 Td’s 

Wilson with rushing flr/upside will get you there I believe even with this tough defense. This would prove to me that matchup can be over-estimated, take the steady QB points as the 2nd option in this game.

Robert Woods Proj. 5.6 Rec. 62 yds 0.31 Td’s

Usually you can add in a couple touches on the ground for Woods, as he would figure to continue to be their top and most consistent option.

Cooper Kupp Proj. 4.4 Rec. 48 yds 0.21 Td’s

The 2nd option on this team and as long as they are a bit behind in this script these guys will have solid matchups as we have no idea about J. Adams as to whether he can play, we’ll keep our eye on this situation.

John Wolford Proj. 16/27 173 yds 0.82 TD’s

The Rams will be in dire need to have this system work out victory for them in order to get enough from their defense. Don’t look for the backup to do too much unless he has to.

DK Metcalf Proj. 4.8 Rec.  71 yds 0.49 Td’s

As the last guy i’ll go with here, he seems very matchup proof as opposed to Tyler Lockett. Seems like a big day could be in store here for one of them.

TB/WSH

Ronald Jones Proj. 15.6 Car 70 yds 0.55 Td’s

I believe they sort of ground and pound here to take advantage of the defense and avoid the upset and keep them off balance.

Terry McLaurin Proj. 5.3 Rec. 66 yds 0.37 Td’s

Here I believe McLaurin is the premier WR in this game due to his sole usage on his team and the Buccs forcing Wsh. into this situation. Most likely.

Tom Brady Proj. 24/37 271 yds 1.90 TD’s

He’s not projected for a whole load of stats but I believe playoff Brady shows to be more then efficient as needed for this wild card game.

Alex Smith Proj. 23/34 206 yds 1.30 TD’s

Banking on Smith somewhat airing it out in this game as Tampa stuffs the run. The only teams that has less then 1 yd before contact per play is TB.

Leonard Fournette Proj. 5.4 19 yds 0.23 Td’s

I think its likely that Fournette surpasses his projected stats here, as the thing the WSH does allow is yards before contact as the most of the playoff teams. Even after contact the fact that Wsh DOES limit yards in bigger plays and touchdowns should not limit this potential split time share for carries.

Logan Thomas 4.6 Rec. 39 yds 0.46 Td’s

As the 2nd option in this WSH receiver core, he’s been a good sleeper pick all yr in fantasy and is one of best options in playoffs. Smith will look here.

Godwin/Evans/Brown/Gronk

The four headed monster is a headache to try to decide and sift through with pricing on sites and Brady’s possible favorites.

TB DST 3.58 fantasy points 1.15 sacks 0.99 Turnovers

You have to take a defense and this is one of the potentially highering ones.

Antonio Gibson 14.7 Car 55 yds 0.67 Td’s

Gibson can pick his spots in the TB d, if not playing the DST go for him as he gets his share in multiple ways as under-owned.

Balt/Tenn

Lamar Jackson Proj. 18/27 197 yds passing 1.80 Td’s

Not included in these projections are the rushing yards for the QB. Jackson will obviously get some in addition to a favorable matchup for passing the ball. There’s not a lot good about this Ten. pass defense. Fire his ceiling up!

Derrick Henry Proj. 23.5 Car 127 yds 0.71 Td’s

It a appears to be a boom or bust type of a day for Henry, as he will get some yards before contact which is all he need to get a head of steam. Or if he more often get pressured due to a good pressure rate from the Balt. line, he won’t get going. I’ll take the latter as a superstar player that they won’t stop feeding in this game. My 2nd option in the script.

Marquise Brown Proj. 3.9 Rec 52 yds 0.50 Td’s

A disappointing year hopefully has Brown becoming for volume based in opportunities and efficiency. He’s actually been more consistent over the past 5 weeks, due in part to Jackson’s passing.

Mark Andrews Proj. 3.9 Rec 48 yds 0.50 Td’s

The 2nd best option for Jackson to attack this Tennesee defense.

J.K. Dobbins Proj. 12.5 Car 72 yds 0.62 TD’s

We can easily see Dobbins hitting value at the right price getting the projected yards and a TD. Consistent for them.

Ryan Tannehill Proj. 18/28 206 yds 1.60 Td’s

I can see Ryan easily getting some good looks downfield to pay his salary off. Its that kind of underrated offense. His WR’s look to have decent to good matchups in this contest. The pressure from Balt. however will be rough.

Chi/NO

Alvin Kamara

It appears as though Kamara will not play due to C19

Latavius Murray 11.5 Car  49 yds 0.28 TD’s

Murray will surpass the above projected numbers to be the value play of the slate. Take the running yards.

Michael Thomas 6.7 Rec 77 yds 0.46 Td’s

Its a bit tough to decide which direction to go in this offense, but this is the most solid 2nd guy in getting volume.

Mitchell Trubisky 21/34 202 yds 1.30 TD’s

If we can trust him, love the rushing upside/flr. But if he gets pulled, this will be very risky at the same time.

Drew Brees Proj. 23/33 237 yds 2.00 TD’s

Being projected for 2 TD’s is an easy proposition, as Brees seems like he has one more chance to get the team to the promised land.

Taysom Hill Proj. 2/3 21 yds 0.18

I don’t think Hill be breathing down Brees’s neck. Just look for him if getting at a value to fill a lineup. Playoffs are also a good time for his running.

David Montgomery Proj. 17.9 58 yds 0.52 TD’s

We have to include Montgomery on our pools especially in the case they keep this game close. He’s involved in much of the offense.

Allen Robinson Proj. 5.7 72 yds 0.34 TD’s

Lastly, we have to take a serious look at Robinson with this passing game relying on him as the sure #1 guy. Look elseware for gpp deep threats.

Pit/Cleve

Diontae Johnson Proj. 5.4 Rec 62 yds 0.43 Td’s 

This will be the top pick for me on this game with the skill level short to mid range to deep threat, he does it all including the red zone in good matchup.

JuJu Smith-Schuster Proj. 5.8 Rec 58 yds 0.49 Td’s

The 2nd option I say with hesitation, because all 3 guys are gonna get their share in the seemingly Ben led O, leaning on these guys with  no run game.

Chase Claypool Prj. 3.7 Rec 54 yds 0.49 Td’s

Rounding out the super talented slot role with some bones in run game.

Nick Chubb Proj. 17.2 Car 82 yds 0.48 Td’s

The Browns hope to duplicate their efforts from last week on the ground, as their main option here. Steelers will be expecting it.

Kareem Hunt Proj. 10.8 Car 42 yds 0.22 Td’s

Hunt figures to be heavily involved no matter the script, especially if needed more so in the passing game.

Ben Roethlisberger No explanation needed.

Baker Mayfield Proj. 18/31 212 yds 1.10 Td’s

A guy who will TRY to make his mark for his future but he has seemingly come a long way. When forced to throw in pocket is the question.

Jarvis Landry Proj. 4.4 Rec 54 yds 0.20 Td’s

A solid option as the leading pass receive as they need him for the threat of the successful trick plays this year they have run.

Eric Ebron Proj. 2.8 Rec 31 yds 0.28 Td’s

One of my favorite TE’s this week and many weeks of the year.

6 thoughts on “Fantasy Football Strategies: NFL Wild Card Week”

  1. Haha thanks for the article my guy! I’ve been looking into Fantasy Football for a while now, but I don’t know too much about football myself. The only name I’m familiar with on that list is Russel Wilson, and that’s because he played a spring training game with the Yankees XD I’ll definitely give it a try tho! What fantasy app/service do you recommend the most? 

    1. Hi Jon, I always recommend starting out with fanduel. Its a fun way to get in the game for beginners. I play there myself still of course as well. Yes, Wilson having chose football over baseball seemed like a good move but you don’t really know. He could have been very successful for an MLB organization as well. 

  2. I’m a relatively recent NFL fan. But I don’t have enough knowledge to get in the fantasy football game yet. Tom Brady showed to the world that his career is not over yet. His answer to those who thought that he was “finished” is clear. He will do well. And I’m waiting for my Steelers vs the Browns! I will check fanduel, for sure.

    1. Hey there Boss, I assume you got my recommendations for the Browns picks, as they worked handsomely! Both RB’s rocked out last night and I’m sure the right people were on them who got some great fantasy football or DFS wins! Thanks for hopping on. 

  3. Hello there! Oh wow, this is a lot of detail. It must’ve take quite some time to collect all the stats on each football player/team. You also kept it short and concise which is good especially if participants need a quick stat reference. I think this will help those participating in Fantasy Football tremendously. Thank you for creating this post!.

    1. Hi MIke, with the right tools and experience in using those for stats and trends in the fantasy football industry, we have made it a successfull week, not giving up and cashing in, especially on the Browns win. Although I can’t say I expected that result, it was fine with me. 

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