NFL Divisional Round Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Texans vs Chiefs

Damien Williams runs the ball against the Chargers in Week 17.
Damien Williams runs the ball against the Chargers in Week 17. / David Eulitt/Getty Images

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 Divisional Round Game between the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs.

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Start Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans: The fourth-ranked quarterback in our Divisional Round fantasy rankings, Deshaun Watson is the top QB play on any of this week's underdogs, and also beats out favorite Jimmy Garoppolo. Watson was QB2 in per-game fantasy production in the regular season, and the Chiefs allowed above-average fantasy production to QBs in the regular season, relative to the field of eight remaining playoff teams.

Start Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs are heavy favorites (giving 10 points on FanDuel Sportsbook), and playing with a lead could translate to a run-heavy game flow. Damien Williams has emerged as the clear lead back in KC, playing at least 60 percent of the offensive snaps in three of his last four full games and averaging 21.1 per game across those four contests. That means he should be in for some serious volume this week.

Sit Carlos Hyde, RB, Houston Texans: Not many players get downgraded from being a significant underdog by as much as Carlos Hyde. He averaged 18.3 carries per game in regular season victories, and he tallied 16 against the Buffalo Bills last week. In losses, though, he becomes an afterthought as the Houston offense gets increasingly pass-heavy, and he averaged 10.2 carries per game in defeat.

Sit Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Sammy Watkins really fell off the map after opening the season with a 198-yard, three-TD game in Week 1. Nearly 34 percent of his fantasy production for the entire season came in that contest, and he hasn't scored even 10.0 in a game since Week 10, with no more than 13.3 since that Week 1 outing. Averaging 4.2 targets per game over his last six, and lacking both volume and production makes him a weak play.

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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.