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NFL Divisional Round DFS: Aaron’s Millionaire Maker Lineup

“Anything the coaching staff needs me to try or do, I’ll do.” – Travis Kelce

I thought long and hard about how I’m going to approach these four NFL games and I’ve come to the conclusion that health prevails over statistics. I’m not going to risk selecting Ben Roethlisberger, knowing that he couldn’t lift his arm just a few days ago. Antonio Brown, who would have been a great selection if healthy, appeared to be knocked out last game and is now bordering on being inactive this week against Denver.  In the slim chance that he does play, I don’t expect him to contribute much. DeAngelo Williams is still trying to get cleared to play, however the chances of him playing are also slim. In other words, the Steelers, who have one of the best offenses this season, are going to be utilizing their practice squad and this is a matchup I’m trying to avoid.

The matchups are ugly, many of the players are beaten down, and there is no place to escape. Throughout the season, at one point or another we managed to escape by selecting players playing against bad defenses like the Saints, Browns or Giants. There are no bad teams at the moment, so there is no place to run and hide. We must approach this ugly slate with logic, reason, and hope. I’m avoiding any player this week who has not played in recent times as well as any questionable player because they’re just not worth the risk, even if they do play all four quarters. Here is my Millionaire Maker Lineup for the Divisional Round. Enjoy!

Arizona Cardinals quarterback CARSON PALMER (3).
Arizona Cardinals quarterback CARSON PALMER (3).

QB Carson Palmer $6500DK

-In his earlier meeting against Green Bay, Carson Palmer threw one interception, one touchdown and 265 yards in a 38-8 victory.

-Arizona has the best passing offense of any team in the divisional round, scoring 35 passing touchdowns this season and averaging 289 passing yards per game.

-Carson Palmer has the best yards per attempt average in the league this season, averaging 8.7 yards per attempt.

RB Spencer Ware $4500DK

-Ware has scored a touchdown in each of his last two games while averaging 4.5 yards per carry during this timeframe.

-Patriots have the second worst rushing defense of any team playing in the divisional round, allowing 98.8 rushing yards per game.

-Ware has seen 32 carries over the last two games over Charcandrick West’s 21. Ware is listed at a great price considering he gets the majority of the workload in the Chiefs’ backfield.

Baltimore Ravens Running Back Fitzgerald Toussaint (43).
Baltimore Ravens Running Back Fitzgerald Toussaint (43).

RB Fitzgerald Toussaint $4200DK

-Toussaint had 118 all purpose yards against the Bengals last week, which completely justifies him as a strong value play at his low price tag.

-With Ben Roethlisberger injured, Toussaint may see an increased workload of 20+ carries against the tough Broncos defense.

-Denver has allowed ten rushing touchdowns this season, the third most of any team featured during the divisional round.

WR Larry Fitzgerald $6500DK

-Fitzgerald has scored one touchdown in each of his last two games while making a combined ten catches during this timeframe.

-In wins this season, Fitzgerald has scored eight touchdowns, as opposed to one touchdown in losses. The Cardinals are currently favored by seven points against the Packers.

-The Packers give up an average of 12.1 yards per reception, the highest of any team playing in the divisional round.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver JAMES JONES (89).
Green Bay Packers wide receiver JAMES JONES (89).

WR James Jones $4600DK

-Jones has been targeted 24 times over the past two games catching 11 for a total of 183 yards.

-The Cardinals gave up 24 receiving touchdowns during the regular season, the third most of any team in the divisional round.

-James Jones averaged 17.8 yards per reception during the regular season, the highest average of any receiver playing in the divisional round.

WR Demaryius Thomas $7000DK

-In his last game against the Steelers, Thomas finished with 61 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

-Thomas has more receptions, a better average, and more yards at home this season than he does playing on the road.

-The Steelers allowed 29 receiving touchdowns this season, the most of any team playing in the divisional round.

-The Steelers allowed an average of 291.3 receiving yards per game, the most of any team playing in the divisional round.

New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski.
New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski.

TE Rob Gronkowski $7500DK

-Kansas City gave up 25 receiving touchdowns during the regular season, the second most of any team playing in the divisional round.

-Gronkowski has more catches and touchdowns at home this season than he does on the road.

-With virtually no running game, expect Gronkowski to have a big workload against the Chiefs, as Julian Edelman returns to take attention away.

FLEX Travis Kelce $5100DK

-Kelce had 128 receiving yards and eight catches during the Wild Card matchup against the Texans.

-New England has allowed an average of 263.1 receiving yards per game this season, the second most of any team playing in the divisional round.

-The Patriots defense gave up 361 total receptions this season, the third most of any team playing in the divisional round.

Denver Broncos Defense.
Denver Broncos Defense.

DST Denver Broncos $3900DK

-The Broncos have the best defense of any team playing in the divisional round, allowing just 283.1 total yards per game.

-The Steelers are banged up at the moment, which heavily favors the Broncos defense.

-The Broncos have had 13 fumble recoveries this season, the third most of any team playing in the divisional round.

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