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2018-19 NFL Daily Fantasy Tips: Wildcard Round
The NFL regular season might be over and with it the fun of the season long fantasy leagues. However, daily fantasy NFL continues into the playoffs and this week will see four massive games for the Wildcard round.
To celebrate the start of the playoffs, DraftKings will be hosting a massive $1,500,000 daily fantasy tournament stretching across both days and all four games of the first round of the playoffs! As usual, we have you covered with our best fantasy bets and sleepers for the Wildcard round below.
NFL Playoffs Wildcard Round Daily Fantasy Tips
Must Have – Andrew Luck (Indianapolis) Ezekiel Elliot (Dallas)
For a playoff round of football, the pickings at the quarterback position are incredibly thin. Philip Rivers would be an obvious choice most weeks amongst this selection, but with a matchup against a tough Baltimore defence in which he scored just 5.34 points against in Week 16, Luck seems the only semi reliable option at QB this weekend. He has racked up back to back games of 24+ points and despite an interception against the Titans in Week 17, still racked up 285 passing yards and three touchdowns. Has a decent matchup against Houston, who are middle of the pack when it comes to allowing scores to quarterbacks, but Luck in particular has torched them this season. He threw for 464 yards and four touchdowns in their first meeting in Week 4 before going for 399 yards and two touchdowns in Week 14 for scores of 39.66 and 27.56.
Elliot was left out of the Cowboys lineup in Week 17 due to niggling injuries but there is no way he’ll miss the opening playoff round as the Cowboys take on the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks sit in the bottom 12 in the league in allowing points to running backs and when the two teams met back in Week 3, Elliot racked up 127 rushing yards and three catches for 18.8 points. Amongst what is also a pretty weak selection for premium running backs, Elliot seems the obvious choice with five 25+ scores in his last seven games.
Sleepers – Nelson Agholor (Philadelphia) Eric Ebron (Indianapolis)
Well down on the list of wide recievers sits Eagle Nelson Agholor at just $3,800. Agholor seems to love playing with quarterback Nick Foles over usual starter Carson Wentz. In the first two games of the season, when Foles was in the line-up, Agholor racked up scores of 13.5 and 23. Through weeks 3-15, Agholor managed just two scores of 10+, a 12.1 against New York and a 13.3 against Dallas. However, since Foles has come back into the line-up Agholor has had an immediate rise in output. In the last two weeks, Agholor has found the endzone three times and racked up 23.6 fantasy points per game. Tough matchup against the Bears but at just $3,600, Agholor could be the key piece.
As the second highest priced tight end this week, Ebron might not seem like a sleeper, but with the majority of the pack likely to go with Zach Ertz from the Eagles, Ebron looks like a decent point of different here. Ebron has averaged 14.1 points per game in 2018 so far and has a fantastic matchup against the Texans this weekend, who allow the 2nd most points to tight ends in the league. Ebron found the end-zone against the Titans on the weekend and racked up 60 receiving yards for a total of 16 points.
Stay Away – Melvin Gordon III (Los Angeles) Doug Baldwin (Seattle)
As the only ultimate premium running back on the slate this weekend alongside Ezekiel Elliot, Melvin Gordon might seem like a good option at $1,300 cheaper than Elliot, however, we are staying well clear of him this week. He has a horrible matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, who are top 5 in both fewest passing yards and fewest rushing yards allowed this season and have allowed the fewest total points of any team in the league at just 17.6. Gordon scored just 14.4 against the Ravens in Week 16, well down on his 24-point average and to make matters worse, he’s carrying an ankle injury into this game.
Baldwin has been the number one receiving option for the Seattle Seahawks all year, but has a tough matchup against a Dallas defence that despite allowing 34 points to the Giants in Week 17, has actually been great at stopping the pass this season. They currently sit 6th in the league at fewest fantasy points allowed to wide receivers and have allowed just 22 passing touchdowns this year, which is good for 8th in the league. Baldwin scored just 4.7 points on five targets against the Cardinals in Week 17.
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