If you’re competing in a DFS tournament or 50/50 competition for Sunday’s Divisional Round playoff games featuring the Los Angeles Rams vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve run through dozens of potential game scripts to arrive at the most likely scenarios and how these scenarios would impact fantasy football performances. Here is our top recommended NFL DFS picks, based on FanDuel pricing.
Top NFL DFS FanDuel picks for Sunday’s Divisional Round | QB, RBs
This lineup assumes the Bills capitalize against arguably the worst defense playing in today’s games. It also assumes the Rams’ all-world running back offers the highest upside, as Leonard Fournette works his way back from his stint on injured reserve.
Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills ($8,800)
Josh Allen is three wins away from NFL immortality. The Bills have never won a Super Bowl, losing four straight from the 1990-1993 seasons. This franchise has had some notable quarterbacks these past six decades, from Jack Kemp to Joe Ferguson to Jim Kelly. But look closely at their numbers. None of them hold a candle to Allen’s offensive prowess.
The game has changed a lot in recent years. Yet, Allen’s abilities are timeless. He’s one of the best dual-threat QBs in the NFL. By next season, he’ll be in the top 20 or maybe even top 15 in career QB rushing yards. His offensive relentlessness makes him a DFS must-start.
Devin Singletary, RB, Buffalo Bills ($7,200)
QB-RB stacks work in DFS when the running back is highly capable in the passing game. Devin Singletary’s obliteration last week of New England’s formerly formidable defense is only part of the story. The other part is his career-high 40 receptions this season, including four contests with 5+ catches. If he hits his stride against Kansas City, he’ll be more than worth his price tag.
Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams ($5,700)
DFS pricing sometimes works to our advantage. When a bell-cow RB is cheaper than most starting tight ends, we should pay attention. And Cam Akers isn’t your generic bell cow. At full health, he’s one of the league’s most talented young backs. On this high-powered Rams offense, he could be a force. At worst, he’ll be a high-volume option.
Top NFL DFS FanDuel picks for Sunday’s Divisional Round | WRs
These receivers assume Buffalo’s defense keeps Kansas City’s passing game in check — or at worst, forces Patrick Mahomes to spread the ball around, limiting each player’s ceiling. Meanwhile, it assumes great performances from two of the day’s top receivers, as well as a cheap bargain.
Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams ($9,500)
The highest-priced DFS option also has one of the highest ceilings and floors. His extraordinary 2021-2022 campaign reminds us “what might have been” if Cooper Kupp hadn’t torn his ACL in 2018.
That Rams offense was nearly unstoppable, and they sure could have used him in their 13-3 loss to the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Don’t think that won’t be on his or his teammates’ minds when they face Tom Brady today.
Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($8,300)
In Mike Evans’ five career postseason appearances, he’s racked up 20 receptions, 321 yards, and 3 touchdowns. In most of those games, he had to share the stage with Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown.
Trust Evans because Brady trusts him. Trust Evans because, without him, it’s hard to envision Tampa Bay competing for another Super Bowl. He is the key cog in this passing attack.
Tyler Johnson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($5,100)
Nothing says “dart throw” like a WR who hasn’t netted double-digit DFS fantasy points all season. Yet, Tyler Johnson is in a unique situation as Brady’s likely No. 3 target. Thus far, the former fifth-round draft pick has been big on promise and short on execution. But there’s a path for him to produce his best outing.
Top NFL DFS FanDuel picks for Sunday’s Divisional Round | TE, Flex, D/ST
This lineup continues to assume the Bills’ high-flying tight end and incredibly talented defense handles the Chiefs. It also assumes the Rams make room for one of the best under-the-radar TE1s in the league.
Dawson Knox, TE, Buffalo Bills ($6,500)
It’s hard to bench Dawson Knox. For much of this season, he’s been highly TD-dependent — not like the Mark Andrews and Travis Kelces of the fantasy world.
But 11 touchdowns (including in last week’s opening round of the playoffs) is the real deal. And 3 of those scores came from 24, 25, and 53 yards out. He’s not your normal tight end. Knox gets it done from all over the field and has a knack for finding the end zone.
Tyler Higbee, TE, Los Angeles Rams ($5,400)
We could also afford Van Jefferson for $5,500. However, let’s go with Tyler Higbee. Higbee is a lesser version than Knox in the touchdown department, but he’s a greater version when it comes to targets (85 vs. 71) and catch rate (72% vs. 69%). Higbee easily could go toe-to-toe with Knox today. Both are worth starting in a high-upside DFS lineup.
Buffalo Bills, D/ST ($3,500)
How often is arguably the league’s best defense priced the least in a DFS slate? That’s what’s happened with the Bills, who are priced $200 below the Chiefs, $800 below the Rams, and $1,000 below the Buccaneers.
Buffalo sports one of the best pass defenses of the past decade and is fairly effective against the run. If anyone can slow Kansas City, it’s this unit.