Daily Fantasy Football advice for the AFC and NFC Championship

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As we roll into Championship Weekend here are some players I feel strongly about this week, in the hopes of optimizing your Daily Fantasy Football roster.

We have three NFL games left of the 2017 season, how fast did THAT happen?

As most teams are looking towards the 2018 NFL Draft, there are four teams left battling for the Super Bowl and many DFS players holding onto whats left of their season. With only four teams to pick from, these are the types of weeks where one player might make or break an entire DFS lobby. Pick your team wisely and try to focus on guys that should get the ball quite a bit with a great chance at scoring.

Cherish these final weeks of the NFL season because before we know it, it will be mid-February, well be depressed in front of our televisions come Sundays walking aimlessly around remembering all the good times we had. Now well be looking forward going to Home Depot, buying some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that.

Maybe BedBath, & Beyond, I don’t know, I don’t know if we’ll have enough time.

As I base my lineups on a $50,000 budget, here are the players I feel the strongest about this week in Daily Fantasy Football.

Quarterback – Tom Brady $7,400

  • I feel very strongly about the GOAT this week, yes I know he is going up against that vaunted  Jaguars defense, a unit that got shredded last weekend against Big Ben and company last weekend. Tom Brady was reported to have a sustained a hand injury in practice this week, but who knows if the Patriots are just sending out Fake News or Brady just needs an extra obstacle in his way because the Jaguars defense won’t be enough.

Running back – Leonard Fournette $7,200

  • Last week the Jaguars rode their workhorse to an impressive victory on the road if they have any chance of coming out of Foxboro with a victory they will have to lean on Leonard Fournette once again. Fournette should receive anywhere between 20-30 carries and a few targets out of the backfield. Las Vegas has set the over/under on this game around 46 points but the Patriots shouldn’t score all those points, the Jags should score two or three touchdowns and if I’m banking on anyone on that offense to score its Fournette.

Wide Receiver – Danny Amendola $5,500

  • I predicted last week that Danny Amendola should have an easy job of getting open over the middle and should be one of Brady’s top targets, well, after 11 catches on 13 targets and 112 yards, I would say that happened. The Jaguars are loaded in the secondary but their defense will once again focus on all the Patriots weapons and will be fine leaving Amendola for the short stuff. Gronk should get all the attention and Brandin Cooks and Chris Hogan will get the next waves of Patriots defenders leaving Amendola to do his thing underneath.

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Tight End – Zach Ertz $5,300

  • Similar to the Jaguars defense, the Vikings have ample defenders to cover the Eagles wide receivers on the outside but I am not sure who will cover Zach Ertz. In a big game, I can see Nick Foles rely on Ertz on key third downs and the red-zone. In the second half of last weeks game the Vikings defense was shredded by Drew Brees and if the Eagles can mimic anything from that game, it will involve getting Ertz the ball early and often.

Flex – Alshon Jeffery $4,600

  • One of the best values of the weekend, Alshon Jeffery comes in at a measly $4,600, can someone explain to me why Nelson Agholor is valued higher than Jeffery this week? I expect all-world cornerback Xavier Rhodes to be lined up on Jeffery all game but the Eagles will have to rely on their top receiver to come up big this weekend, and like Ertz, will be relayed heavily on third downs and the red-zone.

Defense/Special Teams – Jaguars $2,800

  • The cheapest defense of the weekend is the Jaguars and I’m loving it! Sure, the Patriots offense is all-world, but there isn’t a better defense with a chance of scoring a defensive touchdown and boast the best special teams unit left in the playoffs. The Jaguars will want to disrespect Brady all game, hit him as much as possible and will need turnovers to come out victorious. All post-season I have waited for a fake punt or fake field goal out of Doug Marrone‘s unit and the Jags will have to bust out all the stops this week to come out with a W.

Next: Philadelphia Eagles: NFC Championship Preview vs the Minnesota Vikings

Below is a mock roster including premium and value picks that I’ll be riding with this week.