The NFL Playoffs continue rolling on, bringing fans one of the most exciting matchups of the year as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game. If you're still looking to get your fantasy football fix, there are plenty of formats available to keep playingfantasy football throughout the NFL Playoffs.
With that in mind, here are three DFS plays to target and two to avoid for Sunday's Buccaneers-Packers NFC Championship Game.
FanDuel NFC Championship Picks This Week
Tom Brady Fantasy
Target Tom Brady ($7,800), QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tom Brady is an incredible value this week. At $7,800, he's the cheapest starter on the slate by quite a bit, trailing even the third-place Josh Allen by $700. Yes, his numbers were down last week, but that was to be expected. Brady has always struggled against teams that generate pressure and New Orleans can do that with the best of them. The same cannot be said for the Packers, who posted a pressure rate of 20.9% (No. 26 in the NFL). When operating from a clean pocket, Brady led all QBs with 3,958 yards and had the second-most TDs with 36. The numbers suggest Green Bay won't be able to get to Brady much, and he's been the NFL's most prolific passer when kept clean. That's a winning formula, especially for the cheapest QB of the week.
Cameron Brate Fantasy
Target Cameron Brate ($5,000), TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: If you're looking to save money at TE, Cameron Brate is your man. He's been arguably Tampa Bay's most consistent pass-catcher in the playoffs, hauling in 8-of-11 targets for 130 yards. That's an average of 65.0 per game, making him the most productive playoff TE thus far not named Travis Kelce.
Allen Lazard Fantasy
Target Allen Lazard ($5,700), WR, Green Bay Packers: Aside from Davante Adams, the Packers' pass-catchers can be maddeningly inconsistent. But Allen Lazard is far more reliable than his teammate Marques Valdez-Scantling. Lazard hauled in 4-of-8 targets against the league's stingiest pass defense in the Los Angeles Rams last week, totaling 96 yards and a score. He's a boom-or-bust guy, but at $5,700 you have to make some sacrifices, and Lazard has legit week-winning upside.
Rob Gronkowski Fantasy
Avoid Rob Gronkowski ($5,200), TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: In a relatively shocking turn of events, Brate has seemingly become Brady's preferred target at tight end. That's not to say Brate is the superior pass-catcher or anything, but the Buccaneers ask Gronkowski to block quite a bit and he's been doing a lot of that in the postseason. In his last two games, he has turned just 6 targets into 1 catch for 14 yards. Brate has been considerably more productive and he's the cheaper option.
Aaron Jones Fantasy
Avoid Aaron Jones ($8,000), RB, Green Bay Packers: Taking a look at the RBs left, Aaron Jones is the only true feature back remaining, which should theoretically give him a serious edge over the rest of the field. However, he draws the worst matchup possible on Sunday. Tampa Bay ranks No. 1 in rush defense DVOA, surrendering a league-low 80.6 rushing yards per game. And the Bucs held Jones to 15 yards on 10 carries when these two met in Week 6. If Jones makes an impact, it's likely to come as a pass-catcher. While he's more than capable of doing that, it's hard to justify spending $8,000 on a back who isn't likely to do much of anything as a rusher, especially considering how cheap the rest of the field is.
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