Titans vs Patriots Fantasy Picks for AFC Wild Card Game

Max Staley
Tom Brady threw for 221 yards in a Week 17 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
Tom Brady threw for 221 yards in a Week 17 loss to the Miami Dolphins. / Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

The fantasy football season might be over, but that doesn't necessarily mean you have to stop playing fantasy football. If you're a real die-hard fantasy player, there are plenty of fantasy formats that run through the NFL Playoffs.

With less than a week separating the end of Week 17 and the start of the Wild Card Round, there's not much time to prepare, though. So with that in mind, here's some advice for the best fantasy picks in the AFC Wild Card Game between the Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots.

Start Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans: The Patriots' defense can be a daunting matchup, but they've been more vulnerable on the ground. New England is the league's top-ranked defense against the pass, per Football Outsiders' DVOA rankings, but they're No. 6 against the run. Derrick Henry is averaging 149.3 rushing yards per game since Week 10. It's a tough matchup, but don't overthink this one.

Start James White, RB, New England Patriots: James White always seems to up his game in the postseason. In the 2018 NF Playoffs, White averaged 6.7 receptions and 50.3 receiving yards per game. Against a Titans' defense that surrendered the 13th-most PPR points per game, White should be in line for a nice outing on Sunday, particularly in PPR formats.

Sit Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans: Ryan Tannehill is red hot, but a matchup against the league's best pass defense might be too much for him to overcome. As mentioned above, the Patriots are the No. 1 pass defense by DVOA, and New England surrendered the fewest fantasy points per game to opposing passers in the regular season. The Patriots finished the regular season as the league's stingiest scoring defense, surrendering just 14.1 points per game (PPG), so this isn't a great spot for Tannehill.

Sit Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: Tom Brady just isn't playing at a high enough level to be worth consideration here. He's averaged about 13.9 fantasy points per game across his last four, and hasn't hit 18.0 since Week 13 against the Houston Texans. Of course, Brady is always a threat to suddenly turn it on and dominate in the postseason, but with Julian Edelman banged up, it's tough to see Brady having a huge fantasy day 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.