The divisional round of the playoffs is here and there are still enough players in the mix for some diversity in your DraftKings lineup. Every team playing has their entire season on the line and here’s who I like to step up under pressure.
DraftKings Divisional Round Picks
Aaron Rodgers @ Dallas – $8,200
There are fewer players I’d rather have in my lineup than Rodgers in a playoff matchup. He doesn’t typically need to throw very often to produce great fantasy numbers and he’s been on a big hot streak with four touchdowns in each of his last four games. Even without Jordy Nelson I’m expecting a big performance from the veteran quarterback.
Thomas Rawls @ Atlanta – $6,900
The Seahawks won’t be afraid to ride Rawls throughout the playoffs as relying on him and their defense is the best opportunity for success. If Rawls can tally 20 carries against Atlanta he could put up numbers similar to what we saw last week.
Spencer Ware vs Pittsburgh – $5,200
Ware should be well rested following the Chiefs’ first round bye and will resume his role as their bell cow back. The Steelers are soft against the run and their offense isn’t potent enough on the road to change the game script in this matchup.
Dez Bryant vs Green Bay – $6,600
I’m easily willing to forgive Bryant’s performance last week as the Cowboys were simply resting their starters for the playoffs. Bryant is fully healthy and is a key cog in the offense, even if Ezekiel Elliott will do much of the heavy lifting. The Packers won’t offer up much resistance if Prescott does look Bryant’s way.
Randall Cobb @ Dallas – $5,700
Cobb stepped up last week with Jordy Nelson leaving due to injury in the first half. I don’t expect another three touchdown performance, but he will be a huge part of the Packers offense in this matchup. Even if Cobb doesn’t find the end zone he will have enough volume to produce well above his price tag in the DraftKings format.
Martellus Bennett vs Houston – $4,000
There aren’t many options at tight end this week and Travis Kelce is a little expensive for my taste at $6,100. I’m going with Bennett as the extra rest will benefit him greatly and he should see good usage in this matchup with the Texans. He has a great shot at finding the end zone which would return huge value on his price tag.
Kansas City Chiefs vs Pittsburgh – $3,400
The Steelers are an entirely different team on the road and they could have issues against the Chiefs solid defense. The weather is supposed to be awful in Kansas City on Sunday which should lead to a very conservative offensive strategy, but could also increase the probability of fumbles.