No Diggs-ity, No Doubt

Stefon Diggs scored a miracle touchdown to beat the Saints last week and this week he is matched up with one of the most susceptible corners in the league. Do not be shy to go back to the well. Here are my picks for the Championship Playoff Weekend NFL slate:

cash-plays

Quarterbacks (QB)  Running Backs
(RB)
Wide Receivers (WR) Tight Ends (TE) Defense (DEF)
Tom Brady,
$13,900
Leonard Fournette,
$14,900
Adam Thielen,
$14,400
Rob Gronkowski,
$13,300
Minnesota Vikings,
$7,200
Case Keenum,
$12,900
Dion Lewis,
$14,100
Stefon Diggs,
$13,400
Zach Ertz,
$11,000
New England Patriots,
$6,200
Blake Bortles,
$10,600
Latavius Murray,
$12,200
Brandin Cooks,
$12,500
Kyle Rudolph,
$9,400
Jacksonville Jaguars,
$6,300
Nick Foles,
$10,200
Rex Burkhead,
$10,300
Chris Hogan,
$10,500
Marcedes Lewis,
$5,300
Philadelphia Eagles,
$5,600
Jay Ajayi,
$9,800
Marqise Lee,
$9,700
Trey Burton,
$5,200
James White,
$8,300
Keelan Cole,
$6,700
James O’Shaughnessy,
$5,000

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tournament-plays

Quarterbacks (QB)  Running Backs
(RB)
Wide Receivers (WR) Tight Ends (TE) Defense (DEF)
Tom Brady,
$13,900
Leonard Fournette,
$14,900
Adam Thielen,
$14,400
Rob Gronkowski,
$13,300
Minnesota Vikings,
$7,200
Case Keenum,
$12,900
Dion Lewis,
$14,100
Stefon Diggs,
$13,400
Zach Ertz,
$11,000
New England Patriots,
$6,200
Blake Bortles,
$10,600
Jerick McKinnon,
$11,700
Brandin Cooks,
$12,500
Kyle Rudolph,
$9,400
Jacksonville Jaguars,
$6,300
Nick Foles,
$10,200
Rex Burkhead,
$10,300
Chris Hogan,
$10,500
Marcedes Lewis,
$5,300
Philadelphia Eagles,
$5,600
Jay Ajayi,
$9,800
Marqise Lee,
$9,700
Trey Burton,
$5,200
James White,
$8,300
Keelan Cole,
$6,700
James O’Shaughnessy,
$5,000

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Suggested Strategies:

Fade an overpriced Tom Brady for Blake Bortles – In tournaments, fantasy owners will need to get creative in order to differentiate, and the Tom Brady fade makes some sense against a stout defense like the Jaguars. With the team being implied to score by far the most points on the slate, most will start their lineups with Brady and move on. However, the Jaguars ranked 26th in Football Outsiders’ defense-adjusted value over average (DVOA) against the rush this year but first against the pass. At times, this defense will force offenses to funnel to the run, and the Patriots are equipped with three solid RBs. If fading Brady, fitting Rob Gronkowski and multiple expensive position players will be no problem.

Roster multiple tight ends – Especially with the flexibility of FantasyDraft, most do not typically think about rostering multiple tight ends (TEs) despite the fact their price points are typically favorable. Gronkowski is the top position player on this slate and yet he is cheaper than the likes of Leonard Fournette, Dion Lewis, Adam Thielen, etc. Kyle Rudolph is a primary target for Case Keenum in the red zone and Zach Ertz should be for any quarterback (although there is not much of a sample size with Nick Foles yet).

Lock in Stefon Diggs – Thielen matches up against Patrick Robinson who has graded as the second best cornerback (CB) left in the playoffs according to Pro Football Focus (PFF). Meanwhile, Stefon Diggs will mostly draw the matchup with Jalen Mills who allowed a league-worst nine touchdowns (TDs) this year. The choice between the two is easy despite the regular seasons numbers for each player. Diggs should be used in all lineups…even if pairing him with Thielen.

Note: I will update the quick picks throughout the course of the weekend and adjust picks according to who is active/inactive.

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders is a fantasy sports expert with over 15 years of playing experience. After starting several freelance fantasy sports blogs, Ricky moved up in the fantasy industry when he joined Going9 Baseball. He wrote fantasy baseball content and had a weekly radio spot on the site’s SiriusXM Satellite Radio show. Shortly thereafter, in early 2013, Ricky joined RotoExperts as a three-sport fantasy contributor, eventually becoming one of the site’s lead basketball writers. While writing for RotoExperts, Ricky was introduced to daily fantasy sports and immediately fell in love. With help from some of his mentors, some of the best DFS players in the world, he honed his skills and became the daily fantasy expert he is today. When RotoExperts created a daily-focused website called DailyRoto.com, Ricky was brought on as one of the main contributors. He still makes frequent appearances on the RotoExperts SiriusXM Radio show and on the FNTSY Sports Television Network, talking daily fantasy sports. He also continues to write for a few DFS content sites: RotoCurve and The Fantasy Fix. Ricky is a proud and active member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user. Don’t hesitate to contact Ricky with questions on Twitter @RSandersDFS.

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