The Eagles, Buccaneers, 49ers, Cowboys, Steelers, and Chiefs all have plenty of fantasy superstars, and in the last contest with more than two teams playing on the same day, we’re chasing the top spot in Sunday-only DraftKings tournaments. Our lineup picks feature a chalky stack that will set a foundation for our lineup, but we’ll have to reach further down in the bargain bin to differentiate our selections for DFS tournaments.
Before we break down our picks, here are the most notable scoring rules for DraftKings contests: Full-point PPR, four-point passing TDs, three-point bonuses for 100 rushing yards, 100 receiving yards, and 300 passing yards.
Sunday-Only Wild Card DraftKings Picks: Eagles vs. Buccaneers; 49ers vs. Cowboys; Steelers vs. Chiefs
QB Tom Brady, Buccaneers vs. Eagles ($7,200)
The classic Brady-WR-TE stack is the way to go in crunch time here. To make a run at the top spot in tournaments, you have to have the right foundation, so even though Brady and friends will be chalky, we’re taking the greatest playoff quarterback the game has ever seen when it matters most. He’s as close to a sure thing to get the 300-yards passing bonus.
RB Najee Harris, Steelers @ Chiefs ($6,600)
We’re not too high on Harris in FanDuel, but in DraftKings PPR scoring, he can get it done with pure volume. If he adds a bunch of yards and a touchdown or two — great, but there’s also a chance he has 10-plus receptions and goes nuclear without it.
RB Elijah Mitchell, 49ers @ Cowboys ($5,700)
Mitchell is set to face one of the better front-sevens in the league, but Mitchell’s touchdown upside on one of the best rushing attacks in the NFL makes him attractive in this spot. He’s become the unquestioned workhorse in San Fransico and has shown flashes of receiving upside in a few games this year. We hope Deebo Samuel’s usage will keep some people off of Mitchell.
WR Mike Evans, Buccaneers vs. Eagles ($7,000)
The options are getting limited in Tampa Bay without Chris Godwin (ACL), Cyril Grayson (hamstring), and Antonio Brown, so let’s just save some time, eat some chalk, and take Brady’s No. 1 WR. He can go for 100 yards and two touchdowns in any matchup and could begin to see the most target volume he’s ever gotten since Brady came to town.
WR Mecole Hardman, Chiefs vs. Steelers ($4,100)
Tyreek Hill (heel) was limited last week, and Hardman took advantage of his snap share, putting up eight catches for 103 yards. If Hill is limited at all, Hardman could have another nice outing in a similar role. If Hill is full-go, we’re still on Hardman as a boom-or-bust option. Remember, he can get you the 100-yard bonus on just two or three receptions.
WR Cedrick Wilson, Cowboys vs. 49ers ($4,500)
Wilson has taken advantage of his opportunities when they come, as he’s produced four games of at least 18.7 DK points this year, and against a generally weak secondary, he could produce yet another big game. He’s still a sleeper thanks to sharing an offense with CeeDee Lamb, Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, and Dalton Schultz, so we’re firing him up at low cost.
TE Rob Gronkowski, Buccaneers vs. Eagles ($6,400)
The Eagles present the second-best matchup for TEs on DK, so why not take the greatest tight end in NFL history in the playoffs as part of a Brady stack? That’s really all that went into this decision.
FLEX (RB) Boston Scott, Eagles @ Buccaneers ($4,500)
Our lineup obviously assumes the Buccaneers will crush the Eagles, but Scott should have plenty of receiving work against the Bucs. Tampa has allowed the second-most receptions to RBs this season, and with its strong front-seven crashing down on Jalen Hurts, Scott will serve as his safety valve.
DEF Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Eagles ($3,400)
The Eagles’ offense looks potent when it can run the ball, but simply put, we don’t expect that to happen here with Vita Vea, Devin White, Lavonte Davis, and company crashing down on the Eagles’ offensive line. When you push Jalen Hurts into a pass-only situation, it’s usually not a pretty sight.
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