Wild Card weekend DFS Locks of the Week

Lock these guys into your DFS lineups for the first week of the NFL playoffs, says Mike Tagliere.

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Wild Card weekend DFS Locks of the Week

For those who have been here before, you’re used to finding “locks” who are been priced outside the top five at their position, giving you the flexibility to spend up where you see fit. However, this is the playoffs and there are only four games going in each of the next two weeks, and then just two games the week after that, leaving us with limited options. So we’ve taken off the restrictor plate, and it’s time to open up the throttle.

There will be no restrictions on players to be named DFS locks going forward. That said, I do promise to find the cheapest lock possible, while maintaining a high confidence level in said player. As with the fades of the week, you’ll get one quarterback and tight end to use in your lineups, along with two running backs and wide receivers. So let’s talk about the players that you should have the most exposure to in the divisional round.


Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Dolphins)

In the matchup of the week, Roethlisberger and his stars will be coming off a virtual bye week in Week 17 where they didn’t need to play. Meanwhile, the Dolphins just played a meaningful game against the Patriots, and one where they got punched in the mouth. Heading into Pittsburgh is daunting enough, but knowing that Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, and Roethlisberger are fresh and ready to go, the Dolphins should get trampled in this game. Over the last eight weeks, the Dolphins have played against six quarterbacks who had started an NFL game before 2016. (The two who didn’t were Jared Goff and Bryce Petty, so we’re cutting this sample down to just six games to get a more realistic look at their opponents.) In those six games, they have allowed 18 passing touchdowns, with at least two in every game. The quarterbacks who produced those numbers were Philip Rivers, Colin Kaepernick, Joe Flacco, Carson Palmer, Tyrod Taylor and Tom Brady. So just one game was against a quarterback who you’d consider to be a massive threat (Brady). They also allowed three 300-yard games in that span, making Roethlisberger even more enticing in DraftKings with the potential bonus. Here are Roethlisberger’s home games this season, and most against better opponents: 259/3, 300/5, 380/4, 408/3, 289/2, and 279/3. He is the only quarterback that you should be playing in cash games.

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