Top NFL DFS Picks and Lineup for 2022 Divisional Round
NFL DFS tournaments still felt somewhat normal in the first round of the 2022 NFL playoffs. A lot of star players laid goose eggs, but the Sat-Mon slate was still plenty big.
Saturday’s Divisional Round slate has four games, which is the equivalent of an afternoon slate. It marks the last legit slate we get for daily fantasy football this year, and that’s a big bowl of sad.
With the schedule shrinking, I am condensing my NFL DFS picks and sleepers into one post. Here, you’ll find my core plays, some value plays, and a sample lineup for round two. Let’s get to it!
Top Divisional Round NFL DFS Picks
- Josh Allen, QB, Bills ($7.6k)
- Cam Akers, RB, Rams ($5.5k)
- Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs ($6.6k)
- George Kittle, TE, 49ers ($5.3k)
- Tennessee Titans Defense ($2.9k)
I love the price of Matthew Stafford this week, but I don’t exactly trust him. Josh Allen, on the other hand, has been a man possessed lately.
— PFF (@PFF) January 18, 2022
He went off last week, and he also torched the Chiefs the last time he faced them. In a game the top NFL betting sites hand an explosive 55 total, I want some shares of the Bills and it starts with Allen.
Paying down at running back is likely the way to go in the Divisional Round. I don’t love the idea of targeting a stout Buccaneers run defense, but Akers is L.A.’s best shot.
My guess is he sees plenty of work with the Rams trailing, and he’d be dominating the touches if they’re somehow ahead, as well.
This is the slate to stack wide receivers on. Cooper Kupp and Davante Adams are obvious plays, but if that’s where the ownership goes, I will gladly live in the midrange at the position.
Kittle is about the same. Travis Kelce is the top dog at tight end, but Kittle should be busier if the Niners end up trailing in Green Bay. He’s worked the Packers in the past, and they’ve had issues containing tight ends, as well.
Defense is a crapshoot, but I am not paying up if I don’t have to. I don’t mind the Titans against an inexperienced Bengals offense on the road, however.
Fantasy Football Sleepers for the 2022 Divisional Round
- Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 49ers ($5.2k)
- Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB, Buccaneers ($4.7k)
- Tyler Johnson, WR, Buccaneers ($3.7k)
- Dawson Knox, TE, Bills ($4.9k)
- San Francisco 49ers Defense ($2.5k)
We have just four games to work with, so the value isn’t insane. That said, of the options, Jimmy G is the cheapest option available. He’s also not too bad of a try, considering the price.
Jimmy G is a savings play, to be sure. Green Bay is getting healthy on defense, and Lambeau Field is a tough place to play. Still, you can load up on your roster if you roll the dice with him.
Vaughn stands out as the best running back sleeper. He should split work with Giovani Bernard, but Leonard Fournette isn’t a lock to return this week.
Arians said Bucs will have to see if Fournette can go full speed on his hamstring, said Ronald Jones isn’t cutting yet on his injured ankle, so both remain question marks for next weekend’s game.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) January 17, 2022
As long as Playoff Lenny isn’t back, both Vaughn and Gio look like nice salary savers at DraftKings.
Tampa Bay is probably a good source of salary relief at wide receiver. The team is still without Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown, and the Rams will certainly look to take Mike Evans out of this one.
Tight end is in good shape going into the Divisional Round, but it could make sense to punt at this spot. One reason is Knox, who popped off for 25.9 fantasy points in round one, and was a major problem for the Chiefs (23.7 fantasy points) the last time these two teams faced.
Lastly, the Niners are too cheap. This is a playoff game, they just went into Dallas to stifle the potent Cowboys, and they can control the tempo with their rushing attack.
San Francisco’s pass rush and run defense could give the Packers fits, and the cold weather may also limit the scoring in general. I think the Packers win, but I highlighted the Niners in my NFL picks against the spread for the Divisional Round.
Free NFL DFS Lineup for the 2022 Divisional Round
- QB: Josh Allen – Bills ($7.6k)
- RB:Ke’Shawn Vaughn – Buccaneers ($4.7k)
- RB: Jerick McKinnon – Chiefs ($4.8k)
- WR: Tyreek Hill – Chiefs ($6.6k)
- WR: Stefon Diggs – Bills ($6.6k)
- WR: A.J. Brown – Titans ($6.2k)
- TE: George Kittle – 49ers ($5.3k)
- FLEX: Odell Beckham Jr. – Rams ($5.3k)
- DEF: Tennessee Titans Defense ($2.9k)
The Bills vs. Chiefs game is projected to be the top spot for DFS goodness, so it’d be silly not to get some shares there. I will put together an Allen and Diggs stack there, and run it back with Hill.
If people flock to Cupp and/or Adams, there’s a chance one of these guys is under-owned. Running back is not the spot to spend cash. Vaughn and McKinnon both look good and should have sizable roles to lean on. Brown and Odell also have solid roles and are arguably too cheap, while Kittle could be a smash play.
If you need more advice, refer to the 2022 Divisional Round odds to gauge which games to attack.