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NFL Divisional Round Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Titans vs Ravens

Jason Schandl
Lamar Jackson runs with the ball against the Jets in Week 15.
Lamar Jackson runs with the ball against the Jets in Week 15. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images
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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 Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens.

NFL Playoff Fantasy Football

Start Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens: This one might seem obvious, but we can basically just say "start all of the Ravens" and not be too far off base. Jackson is the QB1 in our Divisional Round fantasy football rankings, and even by his usual standards he's a strong "start" option this week. The Titans allowed the second-most regular season fantasy points to opposing QBs among the remaining playoff teams, and they check in at 21st in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings. Jackson averaged 6.4 more fantasy points per game than any other QB in the regular season, and he has only fallen below 20 fantasy points in one of his last 10 games, still notching 19.8 in that one.

Start AJ Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans: The New England Patriots shut down AJ Brown last week, but the Ravens aren't quite as nightmarish a matchup for WRs, having allowed the 14th-fewest PPR fantasy points to the position, compared to the fewest for New England. Likely playing from behind (as 8.5-point underdogs on FanDuel Sportsbook) should mean there's plenty more receiving volume available, and Brown could bounce back from his one-target outing, especially considering he had at least seven in three of the four previous games.

Sit Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens' offense tends to be pretty polarized for fantasy production, with both the players worth starting and worth sitting being fairly obvious. Marquise Brown falls in the middle though, with some seriously volatile production. He's had some huge games this season, but down the stretch it really hasn't looked like the Ravens want him playing a big role in the offense. Even excluding Week 17, when most of the starters sat, he has just 11 targets across his last four games, playing fewer than 60 percent of the offensive snaps in two of those four. He's seen more than four targets in a game only once since returning from injury in Week 9, and that lack of volume makes him tough to trust in fantasy.

Sit Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans: Our "sit" at QB in our full Divisional Round start 'em, sit 'em, Ryan Tannehill is also the lowest-ranked QB in our Divisional Round rankings. The Ravens held opposing QBs to the NFL's second-fewest fantasy points in the regular season, trailing only the Patriots, who held Tannehill to 6.0 fantasy points in the Wild Card Round.


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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.

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