Fantasy Football: FanDuel wild card lineup

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With the NFL regular season, and more importantly season long fantasy leagues over, daily fantasy sports gives us an opportunity to enjoy the last few drops of fantasy fun. And this four-game NFL playoff slate should offer another exciting weekend of daily fantasy action. This FanDuel lineup will look to get in on the DFS fun behind a Pittsburgh Steelers’ stack.


QB – Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers, $8,500 (Opponent: Miami Dolphins)

The Steelers’ quarterback is a different beast when he plays at home. This season Roethlisberger is averaging 319 passing yards, 3.33 passing touchdowns and just 0.83 interceptions per game at Heinz Field. And now he faces a Dolphins team that has allowed 605 passing yards and six passing touchdowns over the last two weeks.

RB – Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers, $10,300 (Opponent: Miami Dolphins)

When constructing FanDuel cash game lineups this season, particularly in the last half, it was an automatic move to start David Johnson or Bell. With the Cardinals not in the playoffs, the Steelers’ ball carrier is the automatic play. Only the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers has averaged more FanDuel points per game than Bell this season. The running back’s scoring ways should continue this week. Over the last four weeks, Miami has allowed 99.1 FanDuel points to running backs, eighth-most in the NFL.

RB – Paul Perkins, New York Giants, $5,900 (Opponent: Green Bay Packers)

The rookie runner has really come on of late. In his last three games, he has averaged 4.8 yards per carry. And the Giants’ coaching staff has taken notice. He has seen his workload increase in each of those games, including a 21 carry performance in Week 17. The Packers are allowing 4.6 yards per carry to running backs over the last month, so Perkins should get plenty of run in this one.

WR – Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers, $9,100 (Opponent: Miami Dolphins)

It should come as no surprise that Brown is pretty good at home given Ben Roethlisberger’s success those games. In home games this season with Roethlisberger as his quarterback, Brown is averaging 7.83 receptions, 80.83 yards and one touchdown. Brown’s high level of play at home should continue this weekend. The Dolphins have allowed a 150-yard receiver in each of their last two games.

WR – Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks, $6,900 (Opponent: Detroit Lions)

Similarly to the Steelers’ players in this FanDuel lineup, Baldwin too enjoys some home cooking. In home games in 2016, the wide receiver is averaging seven receptions, 93.88 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. And those home numbers improve when the Seahawks are at least seven point favorites. In those contests he’s compiling an 8/102.67/0.67 stat line. Baldwin should continue to crush at home this week. In the last month, the Lions have allowed 167.5 FanDuel points to wide receivers, second-most in the NFL.

WR – Anquan Boldin, Detroit Lions, $4,800 (Opponent: Seattle Seahawks)

At first thought, it is odd to consider a wide receiver against the Seahawks. But Seattle’s reputation as a dominant secondary is not supported by the numbers this season. Seattle is 13th in passing DVOA in 2016. Plus Boldin will likely do most of his work in the middle of the field, where Seattle has the 22nd-ranked DVOA. And most importantly, Boldin likely will be covered in the slot by Jeremy Lane. The Seattle cornerback is allowing 0.30 fantasy points per route this season.

TE – Jared Cook, Green Bay Packers, $5,200 (Opponent: New York Giants)

Cook’s role in the Packers’ offense has started to expand in recent weeks. Over his last three games he has compiled 13 receptions for 178 yards. HIs involvement should continue this week as the Giants have allowed the sixth-most receptions and the fourth-most yardage to the tight end position in 2016.

K – Nick Novak, Houston Texans, $4,500 (Opponent: Oakland Raiders)

The kicker his average 9.4 FanDuel points per game this season. The Texans’ defense should give the Houston offense great field position in this one, so Novak should be good for a few more field goals this weekend.

D – Houston Texans, $4,800 (Opponent: Oakland Raiders)

The strongest correlation play on FanDuel is stacking a kicker and defense. So with Novak and his minimum price making the cut this week, the Houston defense seems like an excellent play against Connor Cook. The Raiders’ quarterback is making his first NFL start and showed little in appearance last week that should scare you off.

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