Single-Game contests have emerged as popular NFL DFS formats this season. Essentially, you are picking five fantasy players from one game with one designated player getting a 1.5x multiplier on his overall fantasy points. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend dipping your toe in the proverbial water. It’s a great way to make these Primetime matchups even more entertaining.
For this article, we will focus on FanDuel’s Single Game Contests with strategy and advice in the corresponding write-ups. The goal is offer cash game solutions while breaking down lineup decisions.
We’ll cover both the NFC and AFC Championship games in this article.
NFC Championship – LA Rams at New Orleans
Here’s what I came up with as a cash game lineup. Take note that this is based on my personal preference by using the reasoning listed below.
MVP – Drew Brees ($16,000)
FLEX – Michael Thomas ($15,000)
FLEX – Robert Woods ($11,500)
FLEX – Greg Zuerlein ($10,000)
FLEX – Ted Ginn Jr. ($7,500)
Even though Drew Brees was somewhat mediocre to finish the regular season, I have no problem taking him as my “MVP” in this Single Game slate. After all, his home splits have been tremendous with a 24 FPPG average over his past five in the Superdome. That’s in comparison of a 10 FPPG average through his most recent three road contests – the culprit of that dip later in the year. Brees roasted the Rams for 31 fantasy points with 346 yards and four touchdowns in early November. CB Aqib Talib did not play in that game, but the Rams haven’t exactly shutdown opposing passing attacks with him back in the fold.
Pairing Brees with Michael Thomas is a pretty easy decision, especially considering Thomas as the primary beneficiary of his quarterback’s gaudy home splits. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, the Rams were shredded in the passing game the first time these two teams met. Thomas was a huge part of that with a sweet 12-211-1 line for 33 fantasy points on 15 targets. Aqib Talib didn’t play in that game, and he should help keep Thomas from another performance like that. Still, there’s so much fantasy potential for the Saints’ star wide receiver, making it tough to deny him in Single Game formats.
Let’s keep the theme alive with New Orleans’ passing attack by looking towards Ted Ginn Jr. as a legitimate value option for $7,500 on FanDuel. He has plenty of upside while serving as WR2 in this explosive passing offense playing in the Superdome. Michael Gallup of the Cowboys was able to find space against the Rams’ pass defense last week, which makes Ginn an intriguing option for DFS upside. He’s probably the best value candidate of this Single Game contest.
The Rams didn’t need their passing game in a run-dominant performance against Dallas last week. A repeat performance is unlikely while facing a New Orleans defense that ranks second against the run and 29th vs the pass. Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks will have an opportunity to step up in this potential shootout against a beatable secondary. Woods should miss coverage from the Saints’ best cornerback, Marshon Lattimore, making him the better option of the LAR receiving corps.
AFC Championship – New England at Kansas City
MVP – Patrick Mahomes ($16,500)
FLEX – Tom Brady ($15,500)
FLEX – Damian Williams ($13,000)
FLEX – Sammy Watkins ($8,000)
FLEX – Darrel Williams ($7,000)
Taking both quarterbacks in this game is an obvious, yet very practical cash game strategy. Both signal callers love to spread the ball around, making it difficult to peg the best receiving options from this game. The weather forecast calls for cold and windy conditions, adding another factor to consider. However, it was cold and windy last week when the Chiefs hosted Indianapolis – that didn’t seem to bother Mahomes too much.
Damian Williams is an excellent in this slate, as he’s actually cheaper than both New England running backs of Sony Michel and James White. Williams has been a force with 22+ fantasy points in three of his past four games, stepping up with efficiency in the passing and rushing game alike. There’s a chance Kansas City could lean on him a little more if the weather forces them to scale back with more running plays or short passing attempts. Kareem Hunt stepped up for big performances in the last two meetings between these teams. Now it’s time for Williams to fill that role.
From here, I’m looking for value fillers to round out my lineup. Sammy Watkins looked good last week 8 targets for 6 receptions and 62 yards) while seeing his first action in nearly two months. He’s cheap and could see another reasonable amount of looks, especially if New England decides to concentrate on limiting fellow receiver Tyreek Hill.
Darrel Williams only makes sense as a cheap pick if Spencer Ware (questionable) is ruled out. If that’s the case, the Kansas City backfield will be full of Williams – with Damian leading the way over Darrel. The latter is essentially a lottery ticket you are hoping can rack up some production in a backup role.