NFL FanDuel Conference Championship Fantasy Football Picks
The Conference Championships are arguably the best Sunday of every NFL season. And this year has a chance to be particularly special. Two of the league's most exciting young passers face off in the AFC Championship Game, with Josh Allen's Buffalo Bills taking on Patrick Mahomes' Kansas City Chiefs.
On the other side, the NFC Championship Game brings fans a clash between two of the best quarterbacks to ever grace the field, as Tom Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
If you're still looking to get your fantasy football fix, there are plenty of formats available to keep playing fantasy football throughout the NFL Playoffs. If you need some help with your FanDuel lineups, here are three DFS plays to target and two to avoid for this Sunday's Conference Championships.
FanDuel AFC & NFC Championship Picks This Week
Tom Brady Fantasy
Target Tom Brady ($7,800), QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Picking between these four quarterbacks is like splitting hairs. But at $7,800, the GOAT is the cheapest starting QB on the slate by quite a bit. And the numbers suggest the Bucs match up really well with the Packers. Tom Brady was an absolute monster when kept clean this season, finishing with the most passing yards in the league (3,958) and the second-most TDs (36) when he wasn't pressured. He was demonstrably worse when under pressure, posting a 54.5 passer rating (No. 21 in the NFL). Green Bay ranks No. 26 in pressure rate (20.9%). That suggests Brady could be in for a monster day, and the $1,200 you save by starting him over Patrick Mahomes ($9,000) is the difference between playing a stud like Mike Evans ($6,600) or a risky option like Marques Valdes-Scantling ($5,500).
Stefon Diggs Fantasy
Target Stefon Diggs ($8,300), WR, Buffalo Bills: Stefon Diggs is the second-most expensive receiver on this week's slate, but he's worth every penny. He closed out the regular season by scoring at least 20.0 PPR points in five of his final eight games, averaging 23.4 per game in that time. He hasn't missed a beat in the playoffs, leading all wide receivers with 49.4 PPR points through two games. No one else has even reached 36.0 yet.
Travis Kelce Fantasy
Target Travis Kelce ($8,600), TE, Kansas City Chiefs: The difference between Travis Kelce and the rest of the tight ends going this weekend is truly insane. Kelce recorded at least 22.8 PPR points in seven of his last eight regular-season games, averaging a ridiculous 24.3 per game in that time. Yes, he's expensive, but no other tight end can hold a candle to what he's doing right now.
Rob Gronkowski Fantasy
Avoid Rob Gronkowski ($5,200), TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Rob Gronkowski carries the name value, but that might be the only value he offers in fantasy this weekend. Surprisingly, he's been way less involved than fellow Bucs' TE Cameron Brate as a pass-catcher through two postseason games. Brate has hauled in 8-of-11 targets for 130 yards in the NFL Playoffs, while Gronk has only caught 1-of-6 targets for 14 yards. Still checking in as the third-most-expensive TE on the slate, you're better off looking elsewhere on Sunday.
Aaron Jones Fantasy
Avoid Aaron Jones ($8,000), RB, Green Bay Packers: As the lone legitimate feature back left in the postseason, one would assume Aaron Jones is worth the hefty price tag this week. But he draws the worst matchup imaginable. Tampa Bay surrendered just 80.6 rushing yards per game this season (No. 1 in the NFL), also checking in at No. 1 by DVOA. This unit held Jones to 15 rushing yards on 10 carries back in Week 6, and that was without stud DT Vita Vea, who may be making his return after a lengthy absence. While he'll likely do some damage as a pass-catcher, it's going to be really hard for Jones to justify that price tag if he can't get something going as a rusher.
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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. 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.