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Daily Fantasy Football: Best Value Picks For NFL Divisional Round

January 12, 2018
Lately, it seems routine that one of the major daily fantasy sports websites introduces some new wrinkle to attract new customers or appeal to existing ones.

This week, it's FanDuel, which has added a new contest option called LABS. It appears to be available in four sports right now -- NFL, NBA, NHL and EPL soccer -- but we'll just discuss the NFL here.

So far, FanDuel's rosters have followed roughly a traditional fantasy football style with nine positions: quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, one tight end, a kicker and a defense/special teams.

The kicker has been an outlier compared to other DFS websites; many don't use it (including DraftKings).

The FanDuel LABS format has just eight positions: QB, two RBs, two WRs, one TE and two flex positions. One flex one can be an RB, WR or TE, and the other can also include a second QB in addition to a choice of RB, WR or TE. No kicker and no defense/special teams.

Now for this week's value picks for NFL divisional round playoff games, assuming normal formats in FanDuel and DraftKings.


Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars: Even though Bortles had a horrible passing game (87 yards) last week against the Buffalo Bills, he still picked up just more than 16 points (DraftKings) because of 88 rushing yards. Bortles just seems to find a way to produce as a fantasy player and his price is rock bottom.

Running backs

Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints: In the Saints' backfield, Alvin Kamara has broken away as the lead back, but New Orleans is just as likely to switch that up. Ingram is budget-priced and you pick him with the thought of pairing him with an expensive back, such as the Pittsburgh Steelers' Le'Veon Bell.

Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars: Jacksonville will want to play a low-scoring, slow-tempo game against the Steelers, and that bodes well for a decent fantasy day from its running back.

Wide receivers

Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles know they need to get Nick Foles loose, and the best way to do that is to just rear back and let it fly. Jeffery is the likely target. He's also a better selection on DraftKings because of his salary cap number.

Danny Amendola, New England Patriots: If you want to be able to afford one of the expensive wide receivers (Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown, the Atlanta Falcons' Julio Jones), you need a bargain in there somewhere. Amendola offers good value on both FanDuel and DraftKings.

Tight end

Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles: If you can get New England's Rob Gronkowski in your salary cap, go for it. Meanwhile, Ertz offers similar production (especially on DraftKings) at a savings of $1,300 in cap space on both FanDuel and DraftKings. 


Wil Lutz, New Orleans Saints: The Saints-Vikings game is in Minnesota's dome, U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings' defense is terrific, and New Orleans may have to settle for some field goals.

Defense/special teams

New England Patriots: The Tennessee Titans have the most suspect offense in the playoffs and the Patriots have had two weeks to get ready.

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