Here's Who to Drop, Pop, and Shop: NFL Playoffs, Round 1
If you're reading this, congratulations—you've made it to the first round of playoffs.
Go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back, because making it through the minefield that has been the 2020 fantasy season wasn't easy. It took hours of research, a little plotting on the waiver wire, and a lot of luck with simply having the right players.
If you had McCaffrey and you made it this far, well, you're worth your salt as a fantasy football manager. You've also earned the right to be a little salty to everyone who doubted your post-season ascent.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves: You're in, but you haven't won it just yet. There are still three weeks to go, and you'll have to keep your wits about you as opponents notice your roster deficiencies and steal every available player (yes, that is a thing).
Here are some of the drops, pops and shops that'll help you clean house before Week 14.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) makes a catch in front of Chicago Bears inside linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) during the second half at Soldier Field.Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
The fantasy player that gets overlooked all season, D/STs can make all the difference in a team's success, especially during playoffs.
While many teams tend to set and forget their defenses for the season, streaming is something to consider this week—especially if you have the Bears.
The Bears are currently the 16th-ranked D/ST because they've had fantastic games against the Giants, the Panthers, the Rams and the Vikings. Every other week was a letdown, especially the past two weeks, where they scored a cumulative -6 against divisional rivals.
While the Texans may seem to be a tantalizing option, Deshaun Watson has come into his own as of late, so it's likely that Houston's Houdini will have a high-scoring game.
Potential streaming options include the Chiefs vs. Miami, the 49ers vs. Washington, and the Cardinals vs. Giants.
Update: I am so glad I decided to keep T.Y. Hilton in over Mooney. I am so glad as well that my COO decided to ride… https://t.co/PC0JYKMM51— Justin (@Justin) 1607294549.0
Cleveland Browns cornerback Terrance Mitchell (39) and Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Travis Fulgham (13) go for a pass in the end zone during the second half at FirstEnergy StadiumScott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
In Week 14, it finally happened: The Eagles are starting unproven rookie Jalen Hurts over (almost) 2018 NFL MVP Carson Wentz.
Wentz has been historically bad as a passer this season; and at this point, the entire Eagles offense remains volatile for fantasy managers. Even though Travis Fulgham hasn't scored more than five total points since Week 10, he's still owned in over half of ESPN leagues.
While Fulgham and others could benefit from a change at QB, Fulgham's production dropoff combined with Hurts's rookie status equals an unsavory gamble against a 10-2 New Orleans Saints.
So they’ll finally start Travis Fulgham without WENTZ😔 I’m gonna love/hate this game on Sunday😩… https://t.co/boCrthrH9s— Aaron Moore (@Aaron Moore) 1607553618.0
Houston Texans linebacker Nate Hall (48) sacks Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) during the fourth quarter at Ford Field.Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
It's the moment we've all been waiting for: It's finally Matt Stafford SZN.
Perhaps the unluckiest guy who can seriously sling the pigskin, Matt Stafford has had the unfortunate luck of being drafted by the Detroit Lions. Like Megatron before him and Barry Sanders before him, Stafford is the last in a line of talented footballers who couldn't carry a losing franchise on their shoulders. Well, maybe not until Matt Patricia got fired.
With the Patricia Experiment finally over in Detroit, interim head coach Darrell Bevell had new plans for the Lions QB on Sunday that included 402 yards and 3 passing touchdowns against the Bears.
Scoring 19 points against the Packers in Week 2, the 12-year veteran could pick apart a Packers defense that hasn't been particularly strong. Who knows—Stafford could even build further chemistry with Quintez Cephus, a receiver you'll want to scoop up on waivers this week.
#49ers' offense would rival Chiefs' with Matthew Stafford at the helm, says @DCarr8 https://t.co/xnuKtzi8O6— 49ers Webzone (@49ers Webzone) 1607552446.0
Washington Football Team running back J.D. McKissic (41) carries the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half at FedExField.Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
A deserving ROTY candidate, Antonio Gibson was set to power fantasy managers through playoffs until he was sidelined in Week 13 with what's commonly known as "turf toe."
Despite this, the Washington Team managed to be the first to bring down the undefeated Steelers in a surprise win this week. If Washington can beat the Steelers without Gibson, perhaps you can still win Gibson-less in Week 14.
If you're looking to replace him, your options are the pass-catching J.D. McKissic and the barreling Peyton Barber. McKissick is preferred after a ten reception, 70-yard game, but Barber is someone to pluck from the waiver wire. After McKissic's success against a vaunted NFL defense, consider popping him in your lineup for Week 14.
#49ers' offense would rival Chiefs' with Matthew Stafford at the helm, says @DCarr8 https://t.co/xnuKtzi8O6— 49ers Webzone (@49ers Webzone) 1607552446.0
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium.Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
In Week 5, I told fantasy managers to pick up Cole Beasley. Were you one of them?
If so, you're probably thanking your stars that the wideout is coming through just in time for playoffs. After a nine-catch, 130-yard game, Beasley is living his best life up in Buffalo, working alongside Stefon Diggs for one of the NFL's top passing games. Considering the fact that the Bills haven't been heavy on the run, count on Beasley to get a decent amount of looks and make them count. An ironclad Steelers defense will make it difficult to replicate Week 13, yet Beasley could still be the preferred option on your team this week.
DO NOT sleep on Cole Beasley this season: ▪️More yards than A.J. Brown ▪️More rec than D.K. Metcalf ▪️More yards p… https://t.co/1yuxt5Q1Bl— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) 1607526596.0
Cam Akers & Darrell Henderson Jr.
Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (23) celebrates after rushing for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the second quarter at State Farm Stadium.Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Here's an existential question for you: Which Rams RB is going to be the winner in Week 14?
While no one seems to have a clear answer, both Akers and Henderson are widely available in leagues, which means it's not a bad idea to grab who you can get before they play New England.
Akers surprised everyone with 21 carries for 72 yards, a touchdown and a 22-yard reception—he's definitely a fantasy talent, it's just difficult to know who eats in a three-RB committee. While Henderson only had three carries, he made the most of it with a 38-yard touchdown run against the Cardinals, giving him almost as many points as Akers.
In Week 13, Akers easily got the lion's share of carries, making him the back you may want to back if you're weak at RB. Considering that he's available in about 64 percent of ESPN leagues, he may be the best available bet for an emergency playoff pickup.
The #Rams have removed rookie running back Cam Akers from the team’s injury report. #FantasyFootball https://t.co/bVv7FlhHOU— Cash Flow Sports (@Cash Flow Sports) 1607554666.0
T.Y. Hilton (13) of the Indianapolis Colts looks for a touchdown pass that was a little too far.Robert Scheer/IndyStar via Imagn Content Services, LLC
Owning T.Y. Hilton is kind of like owning Christian McCaffrey: He's been a fantasy non-starter all season, but he's finally back and ready to play just in time for playoffs.
While McCaffrey was sidelined by injury, Hilton has just been bad. In fact, he's been so bad this season that his grandma told him that the person she saw on television "wasn't her grand baby." That was in Week 2.
It took Hilton ten more weeks to score over 80 yards and a touchdown in two consecutive games, but it looks like the former star is shining again on the Colts offense. He's still available in 53 percent of ESPN leagues, so snag him before they take on the Las Vegas Raiders this week.
Make sure to tune into another great NFL Film Room with Lawrence Owen (@Colts_Law) as this week he looks at the eve… https://t.co/2vIEBIxgCm— SportsCastr (@SportsCastr) 1607554449.0
Detroit Lions receiver Quintez Cephus tries to make a catch against Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller during the second half at Ford Field.Junfu Han via Imagn Content Services, LLC
Another benefactor of a surging Lions offense, Quintez Cephus is probably a name you hadn't heard until he snuck a 49-yard touchdown past an All-Pro cornerback this weekend.
There's not much else to say about this rookie receiver, who hasn't gotten more than four targets per game aside from the season opener against Chicago. Playing against a 15th-ranked defense from Wisconsin, the Lions are expected to pass to keep up with Aaron Rodgers.
If Matthew is cooking, Quintez could be a part of that new offensive recipe, especially if Kenny Golladay is still slated to miss time in Week 14.
#WednesdayWrapup: Quintez Cephus In Sunday’s win over the Bears, @QoDeep_87 saw action on offense where he had two… https://t.co/5zAnvksppS— NFL Badgers (@NFL Badgers) 1607526306.0
ADDITIONAL WARNING: If you're anything like me, you're probably tempted by the enigmatic potential that is Cordarelle Patterson, but let's be honest: You know why he's still on waivers. Best to leave him there unless you're willing to bet he can make his infamous kick return.
SoFi Stadium is reflected in the visor of Chicago Bears wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson during pregame warmups before playing the Los Angeles Rams.Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
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On the road, while his average line is only two yards fewer (271.2 to 269.2), he has a 1-5 O-U record and is only averaging 239 passing yards per game.
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France vs Argentina World Cup Final Betting Preview: Can Lionel Messi Capture That Elusive World Cup Title?
Picking up where they left off in 2018, the French National Team led by 23-year-old Kylian Mbappe have found their way back into the finals as they look to be the first back-to-back World Cup Champions since Brazil’s dominant runs in 1958 and 1962. Standing between that incredible feat for the defending champions is Argentina, who currently have their superstar, Lionel Messi, in top form. Messi is finding ways to create passes no one can see and he’s done it multiple times, assisting three goals (tied for the most) throughout the tournament. The legend is also scoring goals of his own and is tied with Kylian Mbappe (5 goals) for Golden Boot honors in this year’s World Cup. Regardless, soccer fans around the world are in for a treat on Sunday at 10:00 AM EST as two of the best players in the world face each other for their country’s World Cup glory.
After winning Group D, France defeated Poland in the Round of 16, England in the quarterfinals, and a strong Morocco team in the semis to advance to the Final. On the other side of the bracket, Argentina won Group C and dispatched Australia in the Round of 16. Messi and the Argentinians were then tested in the quarterfinals, needing a penalty shootout to defeat the Netherlands after blowing a late two-goal lead. Finally, Argentina played perhaps their best match of the tournament against Croatia in the semi-finals, winning 3-0. Now the stage is set for a blockbuster finale between two powerhouses featuring some of the top players in the world.
Note (from FanDuel Sportsbook): No team will play at home during Qatar's World Cup. For betting purposes, FanDuel explains that: “Home Team refers to the team listed first, Away Team refers to the second team listed.”
Argentina (-104) vs. France (-112)
Argentina Keys To Victory
Lionel Messi has played incredibly for Argentina throughout this World Cup. He is leaving opposing defenders in the dust, taking on multiple players at once, dragging them away from his teammates, which is opening up the field for his fellow goal scorers. Every time Messi has the ball at his feet, there seems to be more than one threat. Messi is playing just as well as he always has in 2022. He’s served his team as a playmaker and as a goal-scorer in Qatar. He’s also had some help from Manchester City forward Julian Alvarez who’s scored a handful of goals in this World Cup (including two in Argentina’s decisive victory over Croatia). If Alvarez and Messi are able to link up while on the attack, the depleted French defense and midfield could be in for some trouble.
France Keys To Victory
One of the biggest headlines heading into this World Cup Final is the return of French striker Karim Benzema. The Real Madrid star and winner of this year’s Ballon D’Or hurt his hamstring in one of France’s first practices soon after arriving in Qatar. He flew back to Madrid where he immediately completed his recovery work which was set at three weeks from the time of injury. Right now, Benzema is flying back to Doha and could be starting for France in the final. At the moment, France’s HC Didier Deschamps has declined to comment on whether or not he will be including KB9 in the starting lineup. France’s ball movement has been excellent throughout the tournament, but their key to victory against Argentina will be efficient defense. Over the last few games, France’s defense seems to have slowed down. Not only will they need to stop Messi, but they will need to turn defensive stops into counterattacks. Mbappe and Olivier Giroud (four goals thus far in the tournament) will need to be electric on offense and test the Argentinian keeper. Antoine Griezmann may be an x-factor for France as he has three assists in this World Cup and was inches away from scoring against Morocco.
It’s only fitting that Lionel Messi will finally hoist the World Cup trophy in his last World Cup match. Expect him to score a goal and lead his team to victory in a tightly contested battle.
The Pick: Argentina (-104)
World Cup Final Best Prop Bets
Kylian Mbappe: To Score Or Give Assist (+100)
Mbappé has been relatively quiet over France’s last few games. Still, he is the main wing on France’s team who is capable of breaking down defenses through his skillful technique and ridiculous speed. He currently is tied with Messi for the most goals in the 2022 World Cup. If he isn’t able to score in this game, then expect him to at least make an assist. For France to win this one, the 23-year-old will need to have a big game.
Lionel Messi: Anytime Goalscorer (+190)
Messi has stepped up his performance big time this World Cup. If you have watched Argentina play in this tournament, you know how crucial of a role Messi has played in the team’s success. He is tied for the most goals in the tournament with Mbappe and has a great chance of putting the ball in the net at some point during Sunday’s big match. This is a particularly great prop to target since Messi takes all of Argentina’s penalty shots and has converted four-of-five throughout the tournament.
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Calling every sports fan across the globe! The best month for all things sports is here: December. NFL and CFB are getting into the thick of things — I mean, we are finally not seeing Alabama and Clemson in the CFP, not to mention both the NBA and NHL are underway and college basketball just tipped off!
Despite all of these different sporting events going on, the World’s biggest Sporting event is down to the Semifinals, the World Cup.
Although Soccer is the World's most popular sport, it still struggles to gain support in the US. However, every 4 years Soccer takes the country by storm and this year, and these last few games are going to be amazing.
Let us introduce you to your new go-to app, FanDuel Sportsbook. It’s the place to be for not only the usual sports, but for this year's World Cup!
FanDuel Sportsbook is providing a multitude of features with a few market differentiators.
- World Cup Winner
- Who will win the Golden Boot (the award for the top goal scorer of the World Cup)
- Highest scoring Group
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- Popular Markets - outside of the normal Moneyline, Spread & Over/Under lines, FanDuel will also be offering:
- Anytime Goal Scorer
- First Goal Scorer
- Shots on Goal
- Correct Score
- Number of Corner Kicks
- Half-Time Result
- Tournament Goal Scorer Parlay Builder - build your own tournament-long Goal Scorer parlays with your favorite players from every team.
- Daily Specials:
- Highest scoring team of the day
- Total daily goals
- Player specials
- And More!
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Out of all the betting apps we’ve used, signing up for FanDuel Sportsbook is also the easiest. Simply download the app and create an account by providing an email, credit card, and SS# — that’s to protect your winnings and ensure you're not a sporting professional.
FanDuel is undoubtedly the best site/app to parlay across multiple sports. It’s designed for bettors at any stage. The clear interface is ideal for beginners and you can make a bet in just a few clicks! It’s complete with a number of betting guides that explain the rules and resources to safely bet.
One of the best parts is that once the game ends, you can cash out your winnings right away. No minimum, no wait.
There’s also the incredible New User Offer: sign up with FanDuel Sportsbook and get up to $1000 in Free Bets if you lose your first bet!
Their app has everything you need — from tutorials to real-time game scores. Get amped for the World Cup with FanDuel Sportsbook. Enhance your Sportsember by downloading the FanDuel Sportsbook app today!