The NFC crown goes to the Green Bay Packers, who take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and we can expect a reward. The quarterbacks who will play this weekend have their hands full, but that’s not what I’m looking for in this lineup for a single game. I don’t think Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady will fail, but I think the game winner can be found elsewhere.
In the end, everyone expects the Packers to run on the Bucs’ defense, because the Bucs have an excellent running defense. Green Bay also doesn’t have an elite defense that can stop the Bucks’ offense with a Swiss Army knife. They can be exploited. I think anyone making a lineup for a single game is also thinking about it, and that’s where a big win can be had.
Aaron Jones GB ($12,500) – No NFC Championship DFS team is complete without an MVP stud. Everyone expects Tampa Bay to slow down Aaron Jones here, so you have to play him as your MVP. The choice of players is so limited that you have to take risks if you want to be the best.
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Jones presents a great opportunity here, as ball control is exactly what the Bucs don’t expect from the Packers. Jones is also used in the short passing game, averaging just over three targets per game. Put him in your MVP shoes, instead of Davante Adams, Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady.
Now that your MVP has been determined, it’s time to fill the four remaining spots on the team. I present below one of the many variations I have personally presented and explain why.
Leonard Fournette VG ($11,000) – I was really upset that Ronald Jones didn’t play against Washington two weeks ago. I spent part of my salary on him, and although I nearly doubled my money during Wild Card weekend, I could have made even more if I had pitched Leonard Fournette instead of Jones.
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Fournette carried the ball 19 times for 93 yards and a touchdown against Washington. He added four catches for 39 yards and 21.2 total fancy points. Last week against the Saints, he carried the ball 17 times for 63 yards. He also recorded five receptions for 44 yards, one score and 19.2 fantasy points overall. Needless to say, Fournette is a role model for the Bucks right now, and he should start as the pure #1 in Tampa Bay.
Aaron Rodgers GB ($16,000) and Davante Adams GB ($15,000) – This pair has been on fire all season, and there’s no reason for that to change now. It’s not like anyone can stop Rodgers from finding the best wide receiver (this year) in the league.
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I expect both to score big points, along with Jones’ balanced and rushing attack. No doubt they’ll test the Bucs’ defense early, and putting them together will allow them to maximize their scoring potential.
Tyler Johnson VG ($5,500) – I’ll admit it was a desperate pick. I had a line to finish and a limited salary to earn. With Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and Antonio Brown limited in their practices this week, Tyler Johnson thankfully saw an increase in targets.
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The chances of any of the three players mentioned missing their first NFC Championship game are pretty slim. However, they could be injured enough to warrant limited action, which could extend to players like Scottie Miller and Tyler Johnson.
I couldn’t get into fantasy football this week without at least mentioning Josh Allen. I’ve loved the Buffalo Bills crime all year, and there will be more this week. The Chiefs’ defense is not elite, and the Bills will certainly score.
Darrel Williams KC ($6,000) – It’s a nice play for just $6,000, especially if Clyde Edwards-Helair misses the play or is limited.
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CEH has been limited in practice all week and that bodes well for Darrell Williams, who ran for 78 yards against Cleveland last week.
Ronald Jones VG ($5,600) – I mentioned two weeks ago how disappointed I was with Jones, and I still am. It was a necessary evil to throw Josh Allen into my superflex position. Jones could recover from low production, but he’s still suffering from an injury.
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I’m going to eat this up and I’m sorry, but it’s worth two quarters of a team in a lineup. If you’re not two quarterbacks on the Superflex team, why are you here?
Good luck to the NFC DFS championship team this weekend! Trust your instincts and don’t think this whole fantasy thing is going to start. You know who the stars are. It’s just a matter of having the right players around you!