Fantasy football: Go against grain in final full-roster DFS week

Fantasy football: Go against grain in final full-roster DFS week

Life is so much more fun when there are no obviously bad choices. Crab or lobster? Steak or sea bass? New Batman or old Batman? A nap on the couch or a nap on the recliner?

All great options. Sort of like this weekends conference championship DFS slate. Which game or team to stack?

The 49ers were the third-highest-scoring team in the league. The Ravens were fourth. The Lions fifth. Of the four remaining, only the Chiefs averaged fewer than 27 points per game. But they also happen to have this generations most accomplished quarterback, and they have looked sharp in both postseason games.

So which do you choose? And remember, this is the last full roster opportunity of the season come Super Bowl week, the only options broadly available will be the single-game caption/showdown formats rather than a full roster. With that in mind, we want to go against the grain.

Of all four teams left, the most obvious one to fade is Detroit. The Lions face a 49ers defense that was stout against quarterbacks and running backs. Plus, they are on the road and outdoors, where they often dont fare as well, particularly QB Jared Goff.

But heres the thing: None of these facts are secret. Everyone interested know these things, too. And that could prompt most others to go a different direction. And if everyone else is turning away from Goff, well turn toward him.

With Goff ($6,300 at DraftKings) in tow, well add some receiving options, and were going to give him his two favorites: WR Amon-Ra St. Brown ($7,900) and tight end Sam LaPorta ($5,400), hoping LaPortas questionable tag scares off a few.

We think Christians McCaffreys $9,000 price tag limits his upside; plus he is facing a strong Lions run defense. All reasons to avoid him, so instead well use him. Gus Edwards ($5,500) doesnt catch passes, which caps his ceiling at DraftKings. Well go against the grain again and snap him up.

Fantasy_football__Go_against_grain_in_final_full_roster_DFS_weekChristian McCaffrey has a high price tag in the NFC Championship game against the Lions. APBrandon Aiyuk is going to be hugely popular because of the Lions recent struggles defending top wideouts. Instead, well pivot to super-cheap Jauan Jennings ($4,600). Ravens tight end Mark Andrews was activated, and that almost certainly will limit Isaiah Likelys opportunities. But all he needs is a few catches and a score at his price point, so well take him as our Flex for $4,300. Throw in Odell Beckham Jr. ($4,400) and that leaves us just enough to scoop up the cheapest defense/special teams, the Lions ($2,600).

If the Super Bowl is an end-of-game field goal to the fantasy season, this week is a final Hail Mary, the last chance to run a real play. We dont need to go out with a bang. Well gladly settle on going out with a cha-ching!

Championship calls

Key picks you should consider for this weekends FanDuel and DraftKings contests:

Brock Purdy QB, 49ers, vs. Lions (FanDuel $7,700/DraftKings $6,400)

Look, Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes are otherworldly talents, and it is hard to argue against using either. But Purdy does have the weeks best matchup, and he has outscored Mahomes over the course of this season.

David Montgomery RB, Lions, at 49ers (FD $6,000/DK $5,600)

We suspect most DFS entries will opt for Jahmyr Gibbs in the battle of Motown RBs this week. Plus, Montgomery is significantly cheaper than Gibbs at both sites.

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Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB, Chiefs, at Ravens (FD $4,600/DK $4,500)

Isiah Pacheco is expected to play, but dealing with a sore toe can be tricky. CEH is cheap option who could spell Pacheco more often and stands to inherit a healthy workload if Pacheco suffers a setback.

Brandon Aiyuk WR, 49ers, vs. Lions (FD $7,800/DK $6,900)

The Lions havent held an opposing WR1 below 141 yards since Week 5 vs. the Broncos. Thats great for Aiyuk. Every other DFS player knows this, and that is bad for Aiyuks usage rate. However, with Deebo Samuel coming off the injury report, that negates some of those usage worries.

Mark Andrews TE, Ravens, vs. Chiefs (FD $5,700/DK $5,000)

Were normall shy abut players first game back after an extended absence. But Andrews and Jackson have history, and Andrews has been practicing for a couple of weeks now. Our worries of rust are minimal.

Fantasy_football__Go_against_grain_in_final_full_roster_DFS_weekMark Andrews will return this weekend for the Ravens in the AFC Championship game. AP## Insanitys Daily Dose

Daily fantasy league lineup suggestion by Drew Loftis:

Team DraftKingsType: TourneySalary: $50KFee: $3Slate: SundayTop Prize: $50KTot. pot: $700K

QB: Jared Goff $6,300

RB: Christian McCaffrey $9,000

RB: Gus Edwards $5,500

WR: Amon-Ra St. Brown $7,900

WR: Jauan Jennings $4,600

WR: Odell Beckham Jr. $4,400

TE: Sam LaPorta $5,400

Flex: Isaiah Likely $4,300

DST: Lions $2,600

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Season risked: $191.44Season winnings: $106

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