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NFL DFS Plays: Saturday Wild Card

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: January 14, 2022, 5:20 pm ET

This article aims to highlight some of the best NFL DFS Plays at every position for your cash game lineups. Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NFL News & Headlines Feed throughout the week will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.

We’ll take a look at the two-game Saturday slate of Super Wild Card Weekend. Lineups lock at 4:30 ET.

QUARTERBACK

Josh Allen - Buffalo (vs. New England) 

There are only two games on the Saturday slate, so the QB conversation is a brief one. You are either looking at Josh Allen or Joe Burrow through all DFS formats. I don’t believe Derek Carr or Mac Jones have enough upside to garner consideration in this slate. I also don’t believe that’s a particularly controversial statement. Allen is the only QB who will use his legs in this two-game slate. That, by default, gives him the nod despite the frigid temperature while facing a quality defense. I believe the Bengals will run the ball en route to victory (more on that in a bit) while the Bills will lean heavily on Allen to try and get the job done. Therefore, I’m confidently taking Allen over Burrow.

Also Consider: Joe Burrow

RUNNING BACK

Joe Mixon - Cincinnati (vs. Las Vegas)

Mixon is probably the most confident play of this entire slate. He demolished the Raiders in late November, racking up 123 rushing yards on 30 carries with two touchdowns on the road. I wouldn’t be surprised if he copy/pasted that line on Saturday. The Raiders have allowed the third-most fantasy points to running backs this season. Game flow is on Mixon’s side, and the Bengals won’t be shy when taking advantage of this vulnerability. 

Damien Harris - New England (at Buffalo) 

The Patriots will run the ball, play defense, shorten the game, and try to keep Josh Allen off the field. Harris is one of the focal points of that strategy. Buffalo has solid overall numbers against the run, but Harris has gotten the best of this divisional foe this season. The New England RB has taken 28 carries for 214 yards and four touchdowns against the Bills this season. Volume and goal-line carries will be on Harris’ side on Saturday, making him a fine RB2 candidate to round out your lineup. 

Also Consider: Josh Jacobs, Devin Singletary (GPP)

WIDE RECEIVER

Tee Higgins - Cincinnati (vs. Las Vegas)

Cincinnati rookie WR Ja’Marr Chase is a fun fantasy option, but I’m leaning toward his teammate for a cheaper salary. There’s reason to believe the Raiders will key on Chase while taking away the big play. That could leave Higgins open with underneath routes. We have seen Higgins have several big performances with Chase disappearing this season. That could be the case on Saturday. I’m taking a stance away from Chase and rolling with Higgins here. 

Zay Jones - Las Vegas (at Cincinnati) 

Let’s take a look at the other side of the game flow outlined with Cincinnati-Las Vegas. The Raiders could be passing the ball early and often to stay in this game. That especially holds true if RB Josh Jacobs is bothered by the persistent rib injury. Jones is a nice WR3/FLEX bargain through all formats on Saturday. He has seen eight or more targets in four straight games, which is fantastic volume for a cheap DFS asset. I’m clicking him into my lineup for cash games and tournaments alike.

Also Consider: Hunter Renfrow, Ja’Marr Chase, Stefon Diggs

TIGHT END

Darren Waller - Las Vegas (at Cincinnati)

Take the rationale listed above with Jones and directly apply it to Waller. The Las Vegas tight end was pretty mediocre last Sunday against the Chargers, but it’s nice to see that he saw nine targets. That level of volume, along with more time to get back into a rhythm, could yield solid results on Saturday. His opponent, Cincinnati, has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Waller went for 7-116 on eight targets against the Bengals in November. 

Also Consider: Hunter Henry

DEFENSE

Bills Defense (vs. New England)

Cold weather. Rookie quarterback. Home matchup. Will those things play into the hands of the Bills’ defense? I’m not sure, but it doesn’t hurt. The Bills or the Bengals are the obvious choices for defense on Saturday. I’ll be playing the pricing game, but Buffalo is my top preference in this spot. 

Also Consider: Bengals Defense

Spencer Limbach

Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for NBC Sports Edge. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.