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DraftKings Playoff Picks: NFL DFS Lineup Tips for Rams-Buccaneers Divisional Round Showdown Tournaments



We’re charging into the Rams’ passing game in our DraftKings Showdown lineup, and while there are obvious risks involved with that, it’s even riskier to trust someone on the Rams or Buccaneers RB committees. Our other option would be to try and guess which of Tom Brady’s pass receivers will get shot, which doesn’t seem smart either. Whatever strategy you employ, there is no shortage of potential options for your DFS playoff single game tournaments.

These are the important settings for DraftKings single game contests: It is Full Point PPR, and here they are three-point bonuses for 300 passing yards, 100 rushing yards, Y 100 receiving yards. The Captain pick costs 1.5 times the player’s original price, but also gets his point total multiplied by 1.5.

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DraftKings Showdown Picks: Rams vs. Buccaneers

Budget of $50,000, at least one player from each team is needed.

Captain: (1.5x salary, 1.5x points): WR Van Jefferson, Rams ($7,200)

Since we’re going all-in on the Rams passing game, Jefferson makes more sense as our “Captain” pick because of his price. Obviously Cooper Kupp or Matthew Stafford have more upside, but their respective prices make it difficult to fill out a lineup. Jefferson has plenty of upside, as evidenced by his 41-yard catch last week, as he could reach the 100-yard bonus in just a couple of big plays.

FLEX: WR Cooper Kupp, Rams ($11,400)

No fantasy owner, whether daily or all season, needs to be convinced of Kupp’s value. He had a “down game” last week, but that resulted in five catches for 61 yards and a TD. Against Tampa’s 21st-ranked pass defense, Kupp is almost a sure thing, which means he’ll need to be in your lineup if you want to finish high.

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FLEX: QB Tom Brady, Buccaneers ($10,800)

The Rams have plenty of good pass-rushers to bother Brady, but it’s hard to bet against the GOAT in the playoffs. Regardless of the weapons, Brady seems to pull through, which he did last week with 271 yards and two touchdowns. It needed garbage time to really pay off against the Rams earlier in the season, but we’re expecting a tighter game this time around. If the Rams’ passing game goes the way we think, Brady will have to throw a lot to keep up.

FLEX: QB Matthew Stafford, Rams ($10,000)

Stafford absolutely set Tampa on fire in Week 3, throwing for 343 yards and four touchdowns. Tampa’s defense has improved since then, and Stafford has struggled a lot down the stretch, so we’re not expecting as big of a performance, but he’s a good bet to score points and pay the price.

FLEX: WR Odell Beckham Jr., Rams ($8,400)

Beckham has scored in six of his last eight games, so he’ll be a popular choice (probably as “Captain”), but given our strategy, he makes sense in our lineup. We could trade him for Tyler Higbee, which is much cheaper, but the same reason OBJ is a tough choice is the same reason we don’t want to do that. He’s a good bet for receptions and yards, even if he doesn’t score, so fading him is a risk.

FLEX: WR Tyler Johnson, Buccaneers ($2,200)

As much as we’d like to stack Brady with Mike Evans or Rob Gronkowski, we can’t afford it. Johnson isn’t a bad alternative, especially when you consider his price. He played 77 percent of the snaps last week, serving as Tampa’s No. 2 wide receiver, and while that resulted in just two catches and 30 yards, clearly the edge is there for more. Jalen Ramsey will be facing Mike Evans more often than not, so Johnson should see more targets this week.

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