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NFL Wild Card Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Cardinals vs Rams in NFL Playoffs

Adam Taylor McKillop
NFL Wild Card fantasy picks: start 'em, sit 'em for the Arizona Cardinals vs Los Angeles Rams matchup, including Zach Ertz and Odell Beckham Jr.
NFL Wild Card fantasy picks: start 'em, sit 'em for the Arizona Cardinals vs Los Angeles Rams matchup, including Zach Ertz and Odell Beckham Jr. / Ezra Shaw/GettyImages

The NFL's slate of Super Wild Card Weekend matchups includes an NFC showdown between the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams. FanDuel Sportsbook is favoring the Rams as 4-point home favorites.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this NFC Wild Card showdown.

Zach Ertz Fantasy

Start Zach Ertz, TE, Arizona Cardinals: Zach Ertz has been on fire since coming over to the Arizona Cardinals midseason, performing as TE4 in PPR leagues since Week 7. His role has only grown with injuries to playmakers DeAndre Hopkins and Chase Edmonds, with Ertz seeing 10.8 targets and 7 receptions per game in the past four. The Rams defense is no slouch at fifth in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metric, however, Hopkins likely won't suit up for Wild Card weekend. No Hopkins means a steady dose of Ertz and that makes him an excellent fantasy pick this weekend.

Odell Beckham Jr. Fantasy

Start Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Los Angeles Rams: The No. 1 wide receiver on Los Angeles' roster, Cooper Kupp is already a must-start in this matchup. But, fantasy managers can also expect a solid outing from Odell Beckham Jr. OBJ has seen at least 5 targets in six of his eight games with the Rams and has operated as Matthew Stafford's most consistent option behind Kupp. On the other side of the ball is a fierce Cardinals defense, which ranks sixth in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metric. Interestingly enough, Arizona allows the fourth-most PPR points to opposing wideouts. This game could go down to the wire and that means the Rams will continue to throw it at the ninth-highest clip (59.1%) all the way to the final whistle.

Chase Edmonds Fantasy

Sit Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals: We've already discussed the fierce defensive battle this matchup entails, but that especially goes for running backs. The Rams are one of the best units in football and rank fifth in rush-defense DVOA while allowing the 10th-fewest PPR points to opposing backs. Both James Conner and Chase Edmonds are considered day-to-day right now, and that must be factored in, but Conner is the more trustworthy option thanks to his 40.7% share of Arizona's rushing attempts. Edmonds is more of a passing threat, but RB3 Eno Benjamin has taken on more of that role in recent weeks, including 7 targets in Week 18. Managers should be careful of both running backs in this matchup, but pick Conner over Edmonds if deciding on one of the two.

Sony Michel Fantasy

Sit Sony Michel, RB, Los Angeles Rams: The Cardinals' defensive front seven is eerily similar and dominant as the Rams, ranking sixth in rush-defense DVOA and allowing the 11th-fewest PPR points to opposing backs. Michel has been rock solid (RB12) since Darrell Henderson's injury in Week 16, but a new threat to his fantasy performances emerged in Week 18 with the long-awaited return of Cam Akers. Akers is a bit of a wild card, but Akers was supposed to be Los Angeles' No. 1 back before his preseason injury. Still, Michel has yet to find the end zone against Arizona in two previous matchups this season and that trend may continue in this playoff clash.

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