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NFL Playoffs Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Browns vs Chiefs Divisional Round Game

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NFL Playoffs fantasy picks for Browns vs Chiefs Divisional Round Game. | Jason Miller/Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns take on the Kansas City Chiefs in a game that's expected to turn into a shootout quickly. FanDuel Sportsbook puts the over/under for this one at 55.5, which is the highest total of the week by far. And Kansas City is currently a 10-point favorite, per their NFL Playoff odds.

If you're still looking to get your fantasy football fix, there are plenty of formats available to keep playing throughout the NFL Playoffs. Here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Browns-Chiefs Divisional Round matchup.

Kareem Hunt Fantasy

Start Kareem Hunt, RB, Cleveland Browns: Both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt look like strong starts here. To be honest, most fantasy-relevant players in this game look like strong plays, as the whopping 55.5-point total suggests a lot of scoring. But those odds also suggest that Cleveland will be playing from behind, which favors Hunt more than it does Chubb. The better passing-down back of the two, Hunt averaged 3.8 targets per game over his final five regular-season showings compared to 2.2 for Chubb. Hunt has also been getting a lot of red zone work lately, recording 2 red zone TDs on Sunday night. It's hard not to like both RBs' chances against a KC team that has the league's second-worst run defense by DVOA, but Hunt should be the much-cheaper option and could have the slight edge anyway.

Tyreek Hill Fantasy

Start Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: The Browns have been without shutdown CB Denzel Ward for the past two games, though they've managed to survive the Steelers twice. The Chiefs are not the Steelers. With Ward's status still up in the air, it's hard not to like Tyreek Hill's outlook in this one. The league's fastest receiver put up 1,276 receiving yards and 15 TDs through 15 games this season, finishing as the WR2 in PPR formats. There's no reason to expect him to slow down against the NFL's No. 25 pass defense by DVOA – especially if Ward can't go.

Rashard Higgins Fantasy

Sit Rashard Higgins, WR, Cleveland Browns: While it's tempting to want to load up on Browns and Chiefs this week, Rashard Higgins is not someone you want in your lineup. The Chiefs are one of the league's most vulnerable teams against the run, as mentioned above. That means Mayfield's pass attempts could be limited if the run game is working like it's supposed to. Plus, any passing volume will likely be headed elsewhere. Kansas City was the NFL's second-stingiest team in terms of PPR points allowed to opposing wide receivers, so it's tough to like any Browns' wideout aside from Jarvis Landry, who is a lock for volume. Kansas City also allowed top-six PPR production to opposing tight ends, and that could mean TE Austin Hooper serves as this team's de-facto No. 2 option on Sunday.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire Fantasy

Sit Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: It looks like Clyde Edwards-Helaire is trending toward a return, but even if he's active, he's just too risky of a play here. Le'Veon Bell has proven to be a serviceable replacement, and it's likely that these two will be in a timeshare once CEH returns so Kansas City can monitor his usage. With so many good options available this weekend, particularly in this game, the rookie's role isn't defined enough to warrant a start here.

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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.

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