Welcome to 2021-22 NFL Championship Round Yahoo DFS Picks!
I’m sure you and I are both in awe of how great last week’s football was. It was amazing! Three walk-off field goals and an incredible Bills vs Chiefs game featuring as much action as I think you could fit into the final two minutes of regulation.
The “NFL has decided to make the Super Bowl a best-of-7 series between the Bills and Chiefs” memes were everywhere. And they should have been. That was one of the best games I’ve ever watched. If you had Gabe Davis on your DFS squad, you had an especially good weekend regardless of your team winning or losing (or not in the playoffs at all, like myself).
But alas, we must press on to the present! Everyone’s feel-good, jump on the bandwagon team, the Cincinnati Bengals, are vying for the AFC Title but must go through the Chiefs to get it. Draftkings Sportsbook has Kansas City favored by 7 points with an O/U of 54.5. The last time these two teams met was back on January 2nd this year. Cincy prevailed 34-31 thanks to their star rookie kicker Evan McPherson.
For the NFC, the 49ers return to the NFC Championship after a year layoff to face an old adversary, the Los Angeles Rams. This will be their third playing each other this year. San Fransisco won both of their previous face-offs (and their last six meetings overall). After such a bad streak, Sean McVay is out to prove that Kyle Shanahan is not in his head. Draftkings seems to support the idea that you’re not beating the same team three times in a season, as LA is favored by 3.5 with an O/U of 45.5.
Yahoo pricing is a little tougher this week. “Pay down” players with decent volume to help you get multiple top-end players in your lineup are hard to find. Stacking in your lineup is the name of the game this week.
Instead of a normal QB/WR stack with an RB or WR bring back, you’ll want a double stack. Or, if you can afford it, a triple stack and a runback. In larger field tournaments where you need to get different, this is especially important.
For those unfamiliar with what a “runback” is, that is where you stack players on Team A then include a player(s) on Team B. It makes sense to do that since if you expect one team to score, so should the other (or they’re at least trying to score). That is not to say you can’t stack traditionally, but you’ll want a healthy mix of heavy stacks too. Like I’ve been saying all playoffs, don’t be afraid to get creative and weird.
2021-22 NFL Championship Round Yahoo DFS Picks
Joe Burrow – $36
Patrick Mahomes is just so hard to get up to this week, especially given how expensive his stacking options are. So we’ll go with Burrow, who has a similar ceiling but gives us a little more salary to play with. Burrow was quiet from a fantasy perspective against the Titans, but his real-football performance was great, especially after considering he took nine sacks. Don’t let the fantasy point finish fool you.
Matthew Stafford – $31
Stafford can be a little scary to rely on, I’ll admit it. However, he’s been solid in the playoffs, going for over 24 points in two playoff games. He’s struggled against San Fransisco this year, but he’s had his “oh crap” moment already against Tampa Bay. Once you realize it’s do-or-die and you decide to push through adversity, something changes. San Fransico had the same realization back in Week 18, why can’t Stafford give them a taste of their own medicine?
Cam Akers – $21
Akers has had 45 touches in the past two games, great for a guy who hasn’t played football in months. His efficiency is low, however, at only 2.5 YPC. Which can mean he’s still getting over the Achilles injury and is about to have a big game. Or, this is who he is now. I’ll be content to chase volume at the running back position. More opportunity, more chance to have a big play, pretty simple.
Jerick McKinnon – $18
McKinnon is just the guy we never saw coming. I mean, he was looking at a promising career before it got derailed by injury after he left Minnesota for San Fransisco. But here he is getting another chance and doing well with it. Clyde Edwards-Helaire might get more work than he did last week. However, McKinnon has been doing so well, it’s hard to justify taking him off the field. They are the same price, but with McKinnon getting passing downs, I favor him.
Tee Higgins – $26
After an extremely quiet wild card game, Tee Higgins came alive against Tennessee. Higgins doesn’t have the same ceiling as his teammate Ja’Marr Chase, but it’s not far from it. If Kansas City focuses on making sure Chase doesn’t destroy them like he did the last time these teams met, that can open things up for Higgins.
Odell Beckham – $24
Can you tell I like the Rams this week? OBJ has turned his season around in LA. He’s involved in the offense and trusted around the endzone. The guy just keeps scoring touchdowns. Why Cleveland couldn’t figure it out with him, I don’t know. But now that he’s with the Rams, take advantage of all the ways he’s being utilized and get him into your lineups.
Byron Pringle – $16
This may surprise you, but Pringle has more fantasy points than several higher-end players during the playoffs:
Byron Pringle has more Half-PPR points in the post season then Deebo Samuel and Odell Beckham Jr.
You can add Joe Mixon, Tee Higgins, and Elijah Mitchell to that list as well. I’ll concede that Mixon and Mitchell are running backs, but they both have over 40 touches each. Pringle has been a reliable target for Mahomes, with at least seven targets and five receptions in four of his last five games. It doesn’t hurt that Pringle has five touchdown catches in that span.
CJ Uzomah – $18
Uzomah has come alive in the playoffs, scoring 15.4 and 10.6 fantasy points during the Bengals playoff run. He’s the cheapest option we have other than dart throws at the TE position. For a guy that’s averaging the second-most tight end fantasy points per game behind Travis Kelce during the playoffs? I like that for the price.
Tyler Higbee – $19
Making his second straight appearance is the Rams tight end, Tyler Higbee. He had another week of “I didn’t win the week for you, but I didn’t lose it” in the divisional round. The nice thing about Higbee is the touchdown upside. He’s scored three against the 49ers this year. If he can add a touchdown to his normal output, he’ll return value and then some.
LA Rams – $17
They have to be tired of losing to Jimmy Garappolo right? That’s motivation enough right there. But, Jimmy G has thrown an interception in each of the Niners’ two playoff games. And, in the two games he’s played against the Rams this year he’s been sacked an average of twice per game.
That will do it for our 2021-22 NFL Championship Round Yahoo DFS Picks. I’m not sure how the NFL and the remaining teams can follow up the divisional round. I guess one suggestion is to play better all-around football (cause there were some ugly performances) but still have exciting finishes.
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