Welcome back readers to my 2021-22 NFL DFS Wild Card Weekend FanDuel Picks.
It's win or go home, where every game is going to be exciting because there’s nothing but good teams from here on out.
All weekend there is going to be football starting on Saturday with the Las Vegas Raiders headed to The Jungle to take on the Cincinnati Bengals and ending on Monday night with the Los Angeles Rams hosting the Arizona Cardinals at the site of Super Bowl LVI - SoFi Stadium.
With all these amazing games happening this weekend it’s hard for me just to give you my picks on Sunday. So this week I am giving you players I like on both the Saturday and the Sunday slate! These are the players who I feel are going to show up and show out. Good luck to those of you who enter Monday's single-game contests!
Let me not waste your time and let’s get straight to the picks.
2021-22 NFL DFS Wild Card Weekend FanDuel Picks
Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals, $7,800
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Someone must have doused Burrow in gasoline because the man has been on fire. Burrow put up 971 yards and eight touchdowns in his last two matchups. But what is more amazing he did all that without throwing one interception. Burrow is $1000 cheaper than Josh Allen and he is in a better matchup. All of Burrow's weapons are healthy with Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd. Also, Joe Mixon looks like he’s ready to go. Look for the Cincinnati Bengals to roll over this defense in what I predict to be a high-scoring game.
Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas Raiders, $7,200
I like Jacobs on Saturday because he is going up against the worst run defense in the NFL. Jacobs is dealing with a Rib injury, but that will not keep him out of the matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. In his last game, Jacob posted 133 yards with a touchdown. The Raiders are a run-first team, so look for Jacobs to get a lot of touches in this game. Jacobs is $1300 cheaper than Joe Mixon so you can get him at a value. The Raiders are going to want to control the game and try to keep the Bengals offense off the field for as long as they can. Jacobs will be in play this Saturday and I expect him to have more than the target he got in his last game.
Ja'Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals, $8,200
There should be no question where I was going with this choice. I am stacking Chase with Burrow and that is a no-brainer. Chase 266 yards and three touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs had to be the performance of the year for a wide receiver. When Burrow is throwing the ball, Chase is unstoppable. Chase is $200 more expensive than Stefon Diggs but Bill Belichick is known for taking away the quarterback's best option. The Raiders are going to try to run the ball to keep it out of this offense's hands but it’s not gonna matter because they’re going to hit on one or two big plays which will get Chase that upside you need for your lineups.
Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots, $5,900
All right reader I must admit choosing a tight end for Saturday’s matchup was a difficult decision. I’m not 100% on Darren Waller‘s with his health issues and Dawson Knox has made me look bad a few times this season. This is why I’m going with Hunter Henry. Both defenses are powerhouses in this game so I am not looking for a high-scoring matchup. Both teams are going to try to run the ball and throw to their tight ends. It looks like Matt Jones had the best rapport with Hunter Henry over Jonnu Smith. He’s going to throw to him when he needs a touchdown in the red zone. Henry probably has a safer floor than any other tight end on Saturday, so put him in your lineup and spend up everywhere else.
Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles, $7,700
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This is not Hurts' first time going up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In that game, he had 115 yards through the air and one touchdown as well as 44 yards on the ground with two touchdowns. Now I don’t think the Eagles are going to win this game but Hurts is going to try to play catch-up and a lot of his points are going to come during garbage time. The Tampa Bay defense does not defend the quarterback well so Hurts could have a great fantasy day. Hurts is $700 cheaper than Tom Brady but my fear is if they get a big lead they will start running the ball. He is not gonna do enough to win this game but will do enough to be fantasy-relevant.
Leonard Fournette, RB, Tampa Bay Bucs $7,300
Don’t let the IR designation fool you, Fournette is playing in this game. He could have played last week if he wasn’t on IR but he is going to be well-rested taking on the Philadelphia Eagles. The Tampa Bay Bucs Missed Fournette as they only went above 100 rushing yards as a team just one time since he was placed on the IR. What has really added a lot of value to Fournette this season is his work in the passing game. He has gotten at least seven targets in his last six games. With no Chris Godwin or Antonio Brown look for those check downs to happen a lot in this game which.
Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers, $8,700
Don’t worry I will not leave out the number two ride receiver in fantasy the season. This was Samuel's breakout season and boy he did not disappoint. Samuel finished his 2021-2022 campaign with 77 receptions 1405 yards and six touchdowns. Let’s also not forget he also added 359 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. Samuel can do it all for the San Francisco 49ers and if he gets the touches he needs to get he is going to win this game for them. If you are afraid that Trevon Diggs might be the corner shadowing Samuel, just remember he had Jalen Ramsey who is the best in the NFL on him and he was not able to slow him down. Samuel will be perfect for your lineups and will win you some money.
Dalton Schultz, TE, Dallas Cowboys, $6,200
With Michael Gallup out for the rest of the season, those targets look like they’re going to Schwartz. Dak Prescott goes to his pass-catching tight end whenever he is in trouble. The way that this defensive line for the San Francisco 49ers comes at you he could be in trouble a lot in this game. The 49ers play a lot of zone defense so look for the middle of the field to be open. The middle of the field is where Schultz makes his money. Personally, I am rooting for the 49ers, but this is going to be a close game and Schultz will be a big part of it.