Thursday, January 20

Playoff FanDuel Picks: NFL DFS Lineup Tips for Eagles-Buccaneers Wild Card Single Game Tournaments

The Eagles and Buccaneers kick off Sunday’s wild-card action in a Week 6 rematch. We’re taking a bit of a chance here without Tom Brady in our one-game FanDuel lineup, but we have a method to our insanity. GPP tournaments, especially in the playoffs, are not about playing “safe”, but about building a DFS lineup that can make it to the top spot if game conditions go a certain way. All of our picks are correlated, so we’re happy to take a chance.

Here are the key scoring adjustments for single-game FanDuel contests: Total points for “MVP” are multiplied by 1.5, but it does not cost additional money as “Captain” in DraftKings Showdown contests. The default FanDuel score is Semicircular PPR Y Four-point pass TD, and there are no bonuses for 100/300 yard games like in DraftKings.

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FanDuel Single Game DFS Picks: Eagles vs. Buccaneers

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

MVP: (1.5x points): QB Jalen Hurts, Eagles ($ 16,000)

Hurts is a very tough play in most single game contests, but with Tom Brady, Mike Evans, Leonard Fournette (hamstring) and Rob Gronkowski on the other side, he is viable in our MVP chair. We know you can have minimal passing success and pay off at DFS, especially since FanDuel doesn’t award bonus points for 300-yard passing games. In fact, Hurts still had 26 FD points against Tampa earlier this season with just 115 passing yards. He’s the elite running back QB, and with Tampa Bay struggling to stop the pass, he could have big numbers on the ground and in the air.

FLEXIBLE: RB Boston Scott, Aguilas ($ 11,500)

We’re considering Jordan Howard here, but direct transfer yards should be slim here against an elite front-seven Tampa. However, Tampa has allowed the second most receptions to RB (117) and the fifth most receiving yards to RB (781). Miles Sanders is expected to play, but has dealt with knee, ankle and hand injuries this year, so receiving work will likely be outsourced to Scott. This is a classic QB-RB combo that can make up for the Bucs’ defense weakness.

FLEX: WR Mike Evans, Buccaneers ($ 14,500)

With Antonio Brown and Chris Godwin (knee) out of the picture, it’s time for the “Mike Evans Show” in the playoffs, and he’s the safest thing to get for a touchdown. He doesn’t necessarily have to rack up a ton of yards against a tight-fisted pass defense, but his insight into the red zone makes for a strong play at FD.

FLEXIBLE: WR Breshad Perriman, Bucaneros ($ 7,500)

Perriman has a perfect boom or bust profile for GPP tournaments, and since he saw six goals in week 18, the season’s high, he could become a bigger factor here. It has as much potential as Cyril Grayson Jr., but is $ 2,500 cheaper and in all likelihood will be less chalky.

FLEXIBLE: WR DeVonta Smith, Eagles ($ 10,500)

Smith has come to a rather disappointing end to his rookie season, so we’re more than happy to pursue his lead in what should be a lower-than-unusual ownership percentage. This fits in with our QB-RB-WR stack and again we have a lower scoring game for this lineup so it won’t need a ton of bulk to pay off. You could flip a few things and take TE Dallas Goedert ($ 11,000) here too, if you’re more confident in his perspective.

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