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NFL Wild Card Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Raiders vs Bengals in NFL Playoffs

Devon Platana
NFL Wild Card fantasy picks: start 'em, sit 'em for the Las Vegas Raiders vs Cincinnati Bengals matchup, including Darren Waller and Joe Mixon.
NFL Wild Card fantasy picks: start 'em, sit 'em for the Las Vegas Raiders vs Cincinnati Bengals matchup, including Darren Waller and Joe Mixon. / Ethan Miller/GettyImages
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The NFL's slate of Super Wild Card Weekend matchups includes an AFC showdown between the Las Vegas Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals. FanDuel Sportsbook is favoring the Bengals as the 5.5-point home favorites.

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

Darren Waller Fantasy

Start Darren Waller, TE, Las Vegas Raiders: A campaign marred by injuries held Darren Waller to just 11 games played in the 2021 NFL season. Whenever he did play, though, it was clear that he was one of Derek Carr's favorite weapons, averaging 8.5 targets per game. Now that he's back in the lineup, Waller has a juicy matchup against a Bengals defense that surrendered the seventh-most fantasy points to tight ends this year. The best players must step up in the playoffs and Waller has performed well under pressure in the past, making him an excellent fantasy pick this week.

Joe Mixon Fantasy

Start Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Mixon returns from the COVID-19 list this week after finishing the regular season as PPR's RB4. He averaged 21.3 opportunities (18.3 carries and 3.0 targets) per game this season, making him a great start against the Raiders' bottom-five fantasy run defense. Mixon already torched Las Vegas for 123 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries back in Week 11 and there's no reason to believe that he can't do it again on Wild Card Weekend.

DeSean Jackson Fantasy

Sit DeSean Jackson, WR, Las Vegas Raiders: Gone are the days of DeSean Jackson being a viable fantasy option. While the 35-year-old had his moments this season, he was largely ineffective as the overall WR99. He's recorded 2.9 or fewer PPR points in eight of his last 10 outings and seems to be an outsider in his team's offense after playing just 10% of offensive snaps in Week 18. Considering how the Bengals have given up the 14th-fewest points to wideouts, Jackson belongs on the bench.

Sit CJ Uzomah

Sit C.J. Uzomah, TE, Cincinnati Bengals: Usually, facing the Raiders is a great matchup for most tight ends, with Las Vegas surrendering the fourth-most fantasy points to the position. However, that might not be the case for C.J. Uzomah. The seventh-year veteran hasn't had a noteworthy fantasy performance since finishing as the TE1 in Week 7. Uzomah hasn't found the end zone since that game and has been held to fewer than 40 receiving yards in eight of his last nine outings. He finished with just 2.9 PPR points the last time these two teams met, making him a risky fantasy option.


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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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