FanDuel Strategy NFL Playoffs Divisional Round: Best Bargains At Each Position To Stock Up On Star Players [VIDEO]
Trying to get rich quick on Fanduel? The best way to cash on weekly fantasy football sites is to load up on as many stars with good matchups as possible. Due to budget restraints, however, fantasy players must sacrifice other positions to nab the stars they want.
The playoffs present a much more limited pool, so this week you'll find the players with great matchups that could skew more expensive than during regular season guides.
Peyton Manning, Broncos ($7,000): The Steelers are not exactly a cushy matchup for Manning, but they offer less resistance than the opponents of a bunch of pricier options. Manning is fairly healthy, and he has elite wide receivers to bail him out when his throws flutter. The Steelers are better vs. the run than the pass, and Manning won’t have an issue with relying on production through the air.
James Starks, Packers ($5,800): Starks is going to be the RB of choice for the Packers next week against the Cardinals’ staunch run defense. Eddie Lacy is going to find it tough sledding, and he’s already playing through injured ribs. Starks is more dynamic, and more capable of taking advantage of Arizona through the air. The Cards are just 22nd in the NFL against RBs in the passing game.
Spencer Ware, Chiefs ($6,300): Charcandrick West is flashier, but Ware was the workhorse vs. Houston, doubling up West with 16 carries. New England has a top 10 rushing defense, but the Chiefs are going to try to control time of possession and bulldoze them anyway, which Ware is more equipped to accomplish. Ware is also more likely to receive goal line touches than West.
Jonathan Stewart, Panthers ($6,300): Seattle’s run defense is strong, but their “stuffed rate” is middle of the pack, ranking 15th per Pro Football Outsiders. That means in third-and-short situations, possibly on the goal line, Stewart’s a better bet to score than you – or many other Fanduel players who didn’t read this article – would expect.
Martavis Bryant, Steelers ($7,100): It’s unclear if Antonio Brown will be able to play after suffering a massive concussion on Saturday, but if Bryant is fed targets, he has a chance to blow up. Even with minimal looks, Bryant’s big-play ability is matched by very few receivers. Denver is a tough defense, but his downfield speed allows him to score on anyone.
James Jones, Packers ($6,500): Jones and his hoodie will see an increased role this week if oft-injured WR Davante Adams can’t go against the Cardinals. Green Bay could very well implode offensively, but Aaron Rodgers looked like he was on the right track Sunday evening. Randall Cobb should draw Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson, so Jones could see double-digit targets.
Danny Amendola, Patriots ($6,200): The Chiefs ranked just 20th in the NFL against “other” wide receivers, which typically means guys in the slot. Amendola lives there, and with Julian Edelman coming off a long layoff, Amendola will probably be active.
Greg Olsen, Panthers ($6,500): Olsen is a top-flight TE, and the Seahawks are 26th in the NFL against TEs. At $6,500, his price tag isn’t oppressive, so it’s silly to pass up that matchup. That’s where drafting Manning comes in handy, because Olsen dings your WR/RBs a bit less.