AFC Championship Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Titans vs Chiefs
The standard fantasy football season might be over, but that doesn't necessarily mean you have to stop playing fantasy football. If you're a real die-hard fantasy player, there are plenty of fantasy formats that run through the NFL playoffs.
If you need help with your fantasy picks this weekend, here's some advice for the AFC Championship matchup between the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs.
NFL Playoff Fantasy Football
Start Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans: Ryan Tannehill's playoff stat line of 160 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception on 15-of-29 passing attempts would be reasonable for one game. Spread across two, he hasn't exactly shown the fantasy upside that carried him to 22.0 points per game in 10 regular season starts. His volume should be back up this week with the Titans sitting as 7.5-point underdogs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, though, and he dropped 18.9 fantasy points on Kansas City in their first meeting in Week 10.
Start Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: KC's backfield was a fantasy football mess early in the year, but Damien Williams has cleaned things up by taking firm hold of the No. 1 spot. He left early with an injury in Week 11, but if we ignore that one result, then he's averaged 22.1 PPR fantasy points per game since Week 9, when he topped a 70 percent snap share for the first time. The same way this spread suggests an increase in volume for Tannehill, being a sizable favorite could lead to a more run-heavy approach from the Chiefs, giving Williams the potential for an increase in carries.
Sit Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Both Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson have shown big single-game upside, but it's still hard to count on either one. Robinson played 48 percent and Hardman played just 17 percent of KC's offensive snaps last week. They each saw more volume than Sammy Watkins, but Watkins' 88 percent snap share firmly established that he's still the No. 2 WR in the offense.
Sit Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans: A bounce back in volume for Tannehill still doesn't mean he's going to be able to support a ton of fantasy-relevant WRs. Even during Tannehill's strong regular season run, Corey Davis averaged a middling 7.7 PPR fantasy points per game. Once he returned from a brief injury absence and fell behind AJ Brown in the pecking order, Davis' average fell to 6.3 PPR points on 4.0 targets per game. That kind of production and volume is not enough to give him much value this week.
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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.