Bengals vs. Chiefs Underdog Pick’ems: Ja’Marr Chase and Travis Kelce Are Top Plays for the AFC Championship

    The AFC Championship features the Bengals vs. the Chiefs on Sunday afternoon. Here are our top Underdog Pick'em plays between the two teams.

    Fantasy football is more than just the weekly head-to-head games we’ve all grown to love. On Underdog Fantasy, managers can put their player-projection skills to the test by predicting player stats. Here are my top Underdog Pick’em plays for the Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs AFC Championship pick’em contest.

    Top Underdog Pick’ems for Bengals vs. Chiefs

    Underdog Pick’ems allows fantasy managers to predict stats and fantasy-point totals for almost all fantasy-relevant players. You can make two picks that pay out 3x your entry fee or add more selections to your entry for higher payouts.

    The levels are 3x, 6x, 10x, and 20x, progressing with each additional pick’em you add to your entry. Let’s take a look at this week’s Underdog Pick’ems.

    Ja’Marr Chase Higher Than 83.5 Receiving Yards

    Typically, there’s more value in guys other than the clear best players in the game. Taking Ja’Marr Chase to go higher than his yardage projection is not what I prefer to do. However, with just two games, options are limited this week. Also, Chase is amazing, and I legitimately like this pick’em.

    Chase has surpassed this number in three of his last four games and seven of his last nine. One of those games included the Bengals’ game against the Chiefs in Week 13.

    Chase also hasn’t really had a massive blowup game in a while. It’s been over six weeks. In the biggest spot of the season, I think he steps up against a bottom-half Chiefs’ pass defense.

    Tyler Boyd Higher Than 3 Receptions

    This is a game I expect to be high-scoring and feature a lot of throwing. That should give receivers other than Chase a chance to get involved.

    Prior to last week’s single-catch game, Tyler Boyd had caught at least three passes in four straight games. In Week 13, against Kansas City, he caught four of five targets for 60 yards.

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    We’ve already covered how the Chiefs struggle against the pass. That obviously plays in Boyd’s favor as well. He should catch four or five receptions in this one.

    Travis Kelce Lower Than 0.5 Receiving Touchdowns

    This is purely a value play. Whenever Underdog offers a pick’em on a pass catcher to catch a touchdown, I’m inclined to say no.

    Travis Kelce may be the second-best receiving tight end of all time, but let’s not pretend that he’s caught touchdowns in over half his games. This season, Kelce scored 14 times, including the postseason. However, he only scored in eight of his 18 games played.

    Patrick Mahomes can light it up, peppering Kelce with targets, and he can still post a monster game without scoring a touchdown. I’m willing to roll the dice on that being the case as part of this entry.

    Kadarius Toney Higher Than 3 Receptions

    I was all prepared to stop this article after the third pick’em, but then this one caught my eye. Last week, I lost Kadarius Toney’s receiving yards lower. Not because it was a bad pick. Not at all. But because Toney was inundated with targets whenever he stepped on the field.

    Toney only played 20 snaps last week, but he was targeted seven times. All of those targets were at or near the line of scrimmage. This week, with Mahomes playing on a bum ankle, it would behoove the Chiefs to dial up even more screens and quick passes.

    Toney should get a chance at a couple of cheap ones. That should be enough to get him to at least three receptions.

    Bengals vs. Chiefs Underdog Pick’ems: Ja'Marr Chase and Travis Kelce Are Top Plays for the AFC Championship

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