The Eagles and Buccaneers start off Sunday’s wild card action in a rematch of Week 6. We’re taking a slight risk here without Tom Brady in our FanDuel single-game lineup, but we have a method to our madness. GPP tournaments — especially in the playoffs — aren’t about playing it “safe”, but rather building a DFS lineup that can make a run at the top spot if game conditions go a certain way. All of our picks are correlated, so we’re happy to take the gamble.
Here are the key scoring settings for FanDuel single-game contests: The point total for the “MVP” is multiplied by 1.5, but he doesn’t cost any additional money like the “Captain” in DraftKings Showdown contests. FanDuel’s default scoring is half-point PPR and four-point passing TDs, and there are no bonuses for 100/300-yard games like on DraftKings.
FanDuel Single-Game DFS Picks: Eagles vs. Buccaneers
$50,000 budget, need at least one player from each team.
MVP: (1.5x points): QB Jalen Hurts, Eagles ($16,000)
Hurts is a very chalky play in most single-game contests, but with Tom Brady, Mike Evans, Leonard Fournette (hamstring), and Rob Gronkowski on the other side, he’s viable in our MVP chair. We know he can have minimal passing success and pay off in DFS, especially since FanDuel doesn’t award bonus points for 300-yard passing games. In fact, Hurts still put up 26 FD points against Tampa earlier this season with just 115 passing yards. He’s the elite rushing QB, and since Tampa Bay struggles to stop the pass, he could have huge numbers on the ground and through the air.
FLEX: RB Boston Scott, Eagles ($11,500)
We considered Jordan Howard here, but yards from straight-up handoffs should be scarce here against an elite Tampa front-seven. However, Tampa has allowed the second-most receptions to RBs (117) and the fifth-most receiving yards to RBs (781). Miles Sanders is expected to play, but he’s dealt with knee, ankle, and hand injuries this year, so the receiving work will likely be outsourced to Scott. This is a classic QB-RB stack that can pay off against the weakness of the Bucs’ defense.
FLEX: WR Mike Evans, Buccaneers ($14,500)
With Antonio Brown and Chris Godwin (knee) out of the picture, it’s time for the “Mike Evans Show” in the playoffs, and he’s as close to a sure thing for a touchdown as you can get. He’s not necessarily due for a ton of yards against a stingy pass defense, but his red-zone acumen makes him a strong play in FD.
FLEX: WR Breshad Perriman, Buccaneers ($7,500)
Perriman has a perfect boom-or-bust profile fit for GPP tournaments, and since he saw a season-high six targets in Week 18, he could become more of a factor here. He has just as much upside as Cyril Grayson Jr., but he’s $2,500 cheaper and will be less chalky in all likelihood.
FLEX: WR DeVonta Smith, Eagles ($10,500)
Smith has had quite a disappointing finish to his rookie season, so we’re more than happy to chase his upside at what should be a lower ownership percentage than unusual. This fits with our QB-RB-WR stack, and again, we’re counting on a lower-scoring game for this lineup to hit, so he won’t need a ton of volume to pay off. You could move a few things around and take TE Dallas Goedert ($11,000) here, too, if you’re more confident in his outlook.
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