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NFL Playoff Fantasy Football: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for the Wild Card Round

Jason Schandl
Josh Allen throws a pass during pre-game warmups against the Jets.
Josh Allen throws a pass during pre-game warmups against the Jets. / Brett Carlsen/Getty Images
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The arrival of the NFL playoffs doesn't mean that fantasy football is done for the year. Whether you're playing DFS, a playoff-long fantasy league or any kind of single-week format, there are still plenty of ways to get your fantasy football fix in the postseason.

NFL Playoff Fantasy Football Picks

With that in mind, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for Wild Card Weekend.

NFL Playoff Wild Card Fantasy Football Quarterbacks

Start Josh Allen (BUF at HOU): The Houston Texans allowed the NFL's fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs in the regular season, while no other team in action this weekend conceded even top-12 numbers. Josh Allen was one of only 10 QBs to average at least 18.0 fantasy points per game (minimum four games played) in the regular season, and he should be in for a big game in his playoff debut.

Sit Ryan Tannehill (TEN at NE): Ryan Tannehill's 2019 resurgence has been spectacular, averaging 22.0 fantasy points per game since taking over as the starter in Week 7. The New England Patriots defense has been a matchup to avoid with just about any QB this year, though, as they allowed an NFL-low 10.9 points per game to the position in the regular season. The Pats also check in at No. 1 against the pass in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metric.

NFL Playoff Wild Card Fantasy Football Running Backs

Start Carlos Hyde (HOU vs BUF): The Texans are 2.5-point favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook, and that should boost Hyde's value, as he tends to see significantly more volume when playing with a lead. In the regular season he averaged just 10.2 carries per game in losses, but 18.3 in wins. The Buffalo Bills also rank much worse against the run (18th) than the pass (fifth) in DVOA.

Sit Dalvin Cook (MIN at NO): Dalvin Cook has been sidelined with a shoulder injury since Week 15, and he hasn't played over 50 percent of the Vikings' offensive snaps in a game since Week 11. He had fewer than 10 carries in two of those last three games, and those health and volume concerns make him a player to avoid against the Saints, who have surrendered the league's sixth-fewest PPR fantasy points per game to RBs.

NFL Playoff Wild Card Fantasy Football Wide Receivers

Start DK Metcalf (SEA at PHI): DK Metcalf is a boom-and-bust fantasy producer, but he's coming off a 12-target, 20.1-PPR fantasy point performance in Week 17. He's positioned well for another "boom" game here, as the Philadelphia Eagles surrendered top-five fantasy production to opposing wideouts in the regular season.

Sit Will Fuller (HOU vs BUF): Another volatile wideout, Will Fuller is a lot less likely to show off his upside. Nursing a hamstring injury, Fuller has only seen more than two targets in a game once since Week 13. It will be tough to turn low volume into any sort of production against the Bills, who held opposing WRs to bottom-five fantasy production this year.


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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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