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Draft Kings Strategy 2016 NFL Playoffs: Best Bargains At Each Position In Daily Fantasy Football [VIDEO]

Raimundo Ortiz
By Raimundo Ortiz @AroundtheMundo
on Jan 18, 2016 11:06 AM EST
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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 NFL playoffs have arrived, limiting the available talent pool, so the “bargains” around this time are less plentiful. That’s why we will simply be pointing out great matchups, even if they’re more expensive than the players tend to be in these guides.

Top Bargains On FanDuel For AFC, NFC Championships

Quarterbacks

Peyton Manning, Broncos ($5,500): The Manning of the past is long gone, replaced by a QB who has very little zip on his passes, and who is prone to throwing picks. That said, he’s by far the most affordable QB left, and he’s up against the most pliable pass defense remaining (Patriots). Manning will get you at least one touchdown pass.

Running Backs

C.J. Anderson, Broncos ($4,400): The four teams remaining in the postseason are light on star skill players, so matchups are crucial. New England’s defense ranks 10th vs. the run, the worst of the four remaining clubs. C.J. Anderson is not a workhorse, but he was the Broncos’ most effective rusher last week.

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Ronnie Hillman, Broncos ($3,900): Surprise! The Broncos running game is so tough to predict, but with only four teams still alive you can snap up both Hillman and Anderson and almost guarantee at least one score. The Panthers and Cardinals are unlikely to allow much on the ground, and New England’s running backs are essentially replacement-level.

Wide Receivers

Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals ($6,900): Fitzgerald is going to be up against Panthers star CB Josh Norman, but as Odell Beckham showed, Norman isn’t quite Superman. Fitzgerald is one of the greatest postseason receivers ever, and he showed that last week. Don’t count on 176 yards, but a touchdown is in store.

Danny Amendola, Patriots ($4,400): The Broncos’ secondary is fierce, and they’ll be paying extra attention to Julian Edelman. Amendola is ripe to get a ton of targets this week, even though he hasn’t been a favorite of Brady’s for a few weeks. Amendola may not find the end zone, but he’s in line for a high-volume week.

Tight Ends

Rob Gronkowski, Patriots ($7,600): Gronk is not a “bargain,” because he’s the most expensive TE available. But Gronk’s just $100 more than Edelman, and he’s a much better bet than Edelman to find the end zone. He’s guaranteed targets, moreso than any pass-catcher left.

Ed Dickson, Panthers ($2,200): Greg Olsen is the TE of note in Carolina obviously, but Dickson could be the benefactor of Arizona’s elite secondary, and likely focus on stopping Olsen. Don’t be shocked if Dickson gets more targets than usual, or even a red-zone score.

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