Conference Championship DFS Locks of the Week

Mike Tagliere focuses in on Green Bay-Atlanta for this week's DFS must-plays.

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Aaron Rodgers

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Conference Championship DFS Locks of the Week

Similar to the fades last week, the locks were on point, ending the season on a high note. Inside the locks, we had the two highest-scoring quarterbacks and wide receivers, while having the top-scoring tight end, as well as two of the top four running backs. If you’d combined the two articles, you would have likely wound up in a position where you could have taken down a tournament, despite this being a piece that focuses on cash-game lineups.

This week is a bit different, considering there are just two games on the slate. Just like we did with the fades this week, you’ll get one player from each position to focus on. These are the players that I’d build my cash-game lineups around.


Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (at Falcons)

The man is a magician with the football and has turned his doubters into believers with his play over the last few months. It’s quite possible we are witnessing the best stretch of play that a quarterback has ever had. From the start of Week 7, Rodgers has played 13 games and averaged 306 passing yards and 2.8 passing touchdowns, while being intercepted just four times on 512 pass attempts. He’s also added almost 300 yards and two touchdowns on the ground during that span. Seriously, there is nothing he can’t do. After demolishing the Cowboys’ No. 20-ranked defense last week, he get the No. 17-ranked Falcons team that has allowed their opponents 26.9 points per game while in the Georgia Dome, which ranked as the third-most by a team at home this year. That may have something to do with the fact that they allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, allowing 31 passing scores compared to just 12 interceptions. These two teams played back in Week 8, when Rodgers was breaking out of his semi-slump (if you call 15 touchdowns and four interceptions to start the year a slump), and he decimated the Falcons for 246 yards and four touchdowns on 38 attempts, while adding another 60 yards with his legs. This game has an over/under of 60, which is the highest all-time for a playoff game, making it a must to have plenty of players from this game. The reason Rodgers gets the nod over Matt Ryan is because one of them has a run game that can steal production. That person is not Rodgers, so fire him up.

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