I started last week's DFS column for the divisional round saying "this might be the best weekend of football you'll see all season," and it definitely lived up to the hype. The games between Cincinnati-Tennessee, San Francisco-Green Bay, Los Angeles-Tampa Bay and Buffalo-Kansas City were amazing, with the ending to Bills-Chiefs among the best NFL action of all time.
Now, we have to hope the championship games are just as good. And hopefully we get quality individual performances to help your DFS lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel.
With that in mind, here are two lineups on each site you can consider for any tournaments. As always, you'll want to keep an eye on the injury report, but these are some of my favorite options in the championship round of the NFL postseason.
And I also provided some props for the championship round that you can play as well.
DraftKings: Lineup 1
QB: Patrick Mahomes (vs. CIN) $7,400
RB: Elijah Mitchell (at LAR) $5,900
RB: Jerick McKinnon (vs. CIN) $5,100
WR: Tyreek Hill (vs. CIN) $7,000
WR: Tee Higgins (at KC) $5,700
WR: Byron Pringle (vs. CIN) $4,300
TE: Travis Kelce (vs. CIN) $6,500
FLEX: George Kittle (at LAR) $5,000
DST: 49ers (at LAR) $2,800
Mahomes just played at Cincinnati in Week 17, and he had 259 passing yards and two touchdowns, as well as 25 rushing yards. He went off in the divisional round against the Bills with 378 passing yards and three touchdowns, along with seven carries for 69 yards and a touchdown, and he now has 782 passing yards, eight touchdowns and one interception in the playoffs, along with 10 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown.
I'm stacking Mahomes here with McKinnon, Hill, Kelce and Pringle, and it's easy to like the Chiefs passing game. Hill only had six catches for 40 yards on 10 targets against the Bengals in Week 17, but I expect him to do better in the rematch. He had a huge game against the Bills with 11 catches for 150 yards and a touchdown on 13 targets and now has 16 catches for 207 yards and two touchdowns on 18 targets in the playoffs.
Kelce caught the game-winning touchdown in overtime against the Bills and finished the game with eight catches for 96 yards on nine targets. He's now scored a touchdown in five games in a row, with six scores over that span, including against the Bengals in Week 17 when he had five catches for 25 yards on seven targets. And Pringle scored against the Bills with five catches for 29 yards on seven targets, and he now has three touchdowns in the playoffs after scoring twice against the Steelers in the wild-card round. Against the Bengals in Week 17, Pringle had three catches for 35 yards on four targets.
As for McKinnon, I have no idea what the split will be with Clyde Edwards-Helaire and potentially Darrel Williams (toe). I'll use McKinnon here in PPR since he had five catches for 54 yards on seven targets against the Bills, along with 10 carries for 24 yards, in tandem with Edwards-Helaire.
Mitchell has gotten plenty of work in two games against the Rams. He had at least 21 carries in each meeting with Los Angeles and ran for at least 85 yards in each outing. Now, he didn't score or have any receptions in those meetings, but he should once again be headed for plenty of work. In two playoff games against Dallas and Green Bay, Mitchell combined for 44 carries for 149 yards and a touchdown, along with four catches for 7 yards.
Higgins wasn't great against the Chiefs in Week 17, but he did manage three catches for 62 yards on five targets. And against the Titans in the divisional round, Higgins had seven catches for 96 yards on nine targets, so hopefully he plays at that level this week.
Kittle had mixed results against the Rams this year. In Week 10 at home, he had five catches for 50 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. But in Week 18 at Los Angeles, Kittle had five catches for 10 yards on seven targets. He hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 14, but he did have four catches for 63 yards on six targets against the Packers in the divisional round. And he dropped what could have been a huge play, so hopefully, he makes up for it this week.
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DraftKings: Lineup 2
QB: Joe Burrow (at KC) $6,600
RB: Jerick McKinnon (vs. CIN) $5,100
RB: Cam Akers (vs. SF) $5,000
WR: Cooper Kupp (vs. SF) $8,800
WR: Deebo Samuel (at LAR) $7,200
WR: Ja'Marr Chase (at KC) $6,700
TE: C.J. Uzomah (at KC) $3,400
FLEX: Tyler Boyd (at KC) $4,200
DST: 49ers (at LAR) $2,800
I'm stacking the Bengals here with Burrow, Chase, Uzomah and Boyd, and I like the setup for Cincinnati's passing game if Kansas City is playing with a lead. Burrow was awesome against the Chiefs in Week 17 with 446 passing yards and four touchdowns, along with 10 rushing yards.
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In that first meeting with Kansas City, Chase went off for 11 catches for 266 yards and three touchdowns on 12 targets, so hopefully he dominates them again in the rematch. He also had five catches for 109 yards on six targets at Tennessee last week, and he now has at least five catches and 100 receiving yards in four of his past five games.
Uzomah is on fire in the playoffs with 13 catches for 135 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets. He struggled against the Chiefs in Week 17 with four catches for 32 yards on six targets, but hopefully, his success in the postseason so far continues for at least one more game.
As for Boyd, he had four catches for 36 yards and a touchdown on six targets against the Chiefs in Week 17. And in two playoff games, he has six catches for 43 yards and a touchdown on eight targets.
I'll play McKinnon in one running back spot again in this lineup, and I'll also use Akers. We'll see what the Rams do with Sony Michel and potentially Darrell Henderson (knee) after Akers fumbled twice last week against the Buccaneers. But Akers took over the Rams backfield against Tampa Bay with 24 carries for 48 yards, along with three catches for 20 yards on three targets. I hope he gets a similar workload, but this time without the turnovers.
In two playoff games, Kupp has 14 catches for 244 yards and two touchdowns on 18 targets. He also had two huge games against the 49ers with 18 catches for 240 yards and a touchdown on 20 targets, so he's worth the price.
The same goes for Samuel, who should be OK after hurting his knee against the Packers last week. He was awesome against the Rams in two games this year with a combined nine catches for 192 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets, along with 13 carries for 81 yards and two touchdowns. If healthy, he's a must-play, so hopefully, he's 100 percent for Sunday.
FanDuel: Lineup 1
QB: Matthew Stafford (vs. SF) $7,500
RB: Joe Mixon (at KC) $8,200
RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (vs. CIN) $5,700
WR: Cooper Kupp (vs. SF) $9,700
WR: Tee Higgins (at KC) $6,400
WR: Odell Beckham (vs. SF) $6,300
TE: Tyler Higbee (vs. SF) $5,500
FLEX: Elijah Mitchell (at LAR) $7,000
DEF: Chiefs (vs. CIN) $3,700
Let's go with a Rams stack in this lineup with Stafford, Kupp, Beckham and Higbee. This is the third meeting between the Rams and 49ers, and Stafford had mixed results in the first two outings. In Week 10 at San Francisco, Stafford passed for 243 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, but he had 238 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions against the 49ers in Week 18.
Stafford had a solid postseason so far with 568 passing yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions, as well as 10 carries for 28 yards and two touchdowns, against Arizona and Tampa Bay. San Francisco's defense has been tough in the playoffs against Dak Prescott and Aaron Rodgers, so hopefully, Stafford doesn't struggle in the rubber match with San Francisco.
Beckham is risky because in two games against the 49ers he combined for four catches for 36 yards on eight targets. But he played well against Tampa Bay with six catches for 69 yards on eight targets, and he's having a quality postseason so far. In the wild-card round against Arizona, Beckham had four catches for 54 yards and a touchdown on four targets, and he also had a 40-yard pass.
Higbee went off against the 49ers in Week 18 with six catches for 55 yards and two touchdowns on eight targets, and he also had three catches for 20 yards and a touchdown on five targets against San Francisco in Week 10. In two playoff games, Higbee has seven catches for 97 yards and no touchdowns on 11 targets, and he should be a valuable weapon for Stafford this week.
Mixon should be the best running back play this weekend, but he's also the most expensive. He had a solid game against the Chiefs in Week 17 with 12 carries for 46 yards, as well as seven catches for 40 yards on eight targets. And he was exceptional against the Titans in the divisional round with 14 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown, along with six catches for 51 yards on seven targets. He now has at least six catches in three of his past four games.
To switch things up, I'll use Edwards-Helaire in this lineup. He returned from a three-game absence from a shoulder injury in the divisional round against the Bills and looked good with seven carries for 60 yards, along with one catch for 9 yards. Again, McKinnon and potentially Darrel Williams will split touches, but we'll see if Edwards-Helaire gets more work now that he had the shake the rust off game against Buffalo.
FanDuel: Lineup 2
QB: Jimmy Garoppolo (at LAR) $6,200
RB: Joe Mixon (at KC) $8,200
RB: Cam Akers (vs. SF) $6,200
WR: Cooper Kupp (vs. SF) $9,700
WR: Deebo Samuel (at LAR) $8,400
WR: Brandon Aiyuk (at LAR) $5,600
TE: George Kittle (at LAR) $5,800
FLEX: Tee Higgins (at KC) $6,400
DEF: Bengals (at KC) $3,200
One thing you'll notice about all of these lineups is I'm going with a cheap option on defense. I'm punting the position, but I do like the 49ers on DraftKings at their price, as well as the Chiefs on FanDuel for the same reason.
Here, let's stack the 49ers with Garoppolo, Samuel, Aiyuk and Kittle. Garoppolo is clearly the worst Fantasy quarterback left in the playoffs, so he's inexpensive for a reason. In the two previous meetings with the Rams, Garoppolo combined for 498 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. But hopefully this is a game where he comes up big, and I'll gamble on him here.
You know what Samuel and Kittle are capable of, and I'm expecting Aiyuk to be more involved this week than what happened against the Packers last week when he had no catches on one target. He just had six catches for 107 yards on seven targets against the Rams in Week 18.
Editor's note: Lines provided by Caesars Sportsbook.
Bengals at Chiefs
1. Patrick Mahomes over 2.5 touchdown passes +110 and over 0.5 interceptions +105
Two of my favorite props this weekend are for Mahomes. He's had three or more touchdown passes in four of his past six games, including two in a row in the playoffs and three in a row at home. And while he only has one interception in his past five games, I love this prop because a tipped pass or something fluky can always happen, leading to easy money when it's in your favor.
2. Joe Mixon over 27.5 receiving yards -115
Mixon has at least 28 receiving yards in four games in a row, including Week 17 against the Chiefs when he had seven catches for 40 yards on eight targets. This feels like an easy win with the Bengals likely chasing points, and Mixon also has at least five targets and four catches in four games in a row.
3. Tee Higgins over 70.5 receiving yards -115
Higgins has gone over this number twice in his past four games, including last week against the Titans with 96 receiving yards. But he only had 62 receiving yards against the Chiefs in Week 17, so take that into account. I expect the Bengals to be chasing points, and I expect Higgins to have a big performance, especially if the Chiefs commit to trying to slow down Chase in this matchup.
4. C.J. Uzomah over 3.5 receptions -150
Uzomah has at least four catches in four games in a row, including Week 17 against the Chiefs when he had four catches for 32 yards on six targets. He has at least six targets in four games in a row and in six of his past seven outings, so Burrow is looking for Uzomah and giving him chances to succeed.
5. Travis Kelce under 6.5 receptions -145
Kelce has gone over six catches just once in his past four games and twice since Week 10. Now, one of those outings was last week in overtime against the Bills when he caught eight passes, but he only had five catches for 25 yards and a touchdown on seven targets against the Bengals in Week 17. It's risky to bet against Kelce, but getting to seven catches could be tough.
49ers at Rams
1. Jimmy Garoppolo under 20.5 completions -130 and under 30.5 attempts -130
Garoppolo has completed 18 passes or less in three of his past five games and has been at 30 attempts or fewer in 12 of 17 games this year. In the first meeting with the Rams, he was 15-of-19 passing, but he did go 23-of-32 against Los Angeles in overtime in Week 18. I expect the 49ers to win this game, which should limit Garoppolo's volume throwing the ball.
2. Elijah Mitchell over 70.5 rushing yards -115 and under 1.5 receptions +140
These props are just following the trend of Mitchell's two games against the Rams this year. He had at least 85 rushing yards in both outings, and he didn't catch a pass or have a target in either game. The rushing yards should be easy for Mitchell, who has at least 85 rushing yards in three of his past four games and five of his past seven outings. He also has one reception or less in two of his past three games.
3. Cam Akers under 59.5 rushing yards -110 and under 82.5 total rushing/receiving yards -110
Against a good run defense last week in Tampa Bay, Akers had 24 carries for 48 yards, as well as three catches for 20 yards. We'll see if the two fumbles against the Buccaneers leads to more work for Michel and potentially Henderson, limiting the touches for Akers. And no Rams running back against San Francisco this season had more than 43 rushing yards or 49 total yards in two games.
4. Cooper Kupp under 7.5 receptions +110
It's risky to bet against Kupp, but I like the odds for him to stay at seven catches or less. He's been at seven catches or less in three of his past four games, including Week 18 against the 49ers in overtime when he had seven catches for 118 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. Kupp should be in that range again, but I don't see him catching eight or more passes this week.
5. Odell Beckham over 4.5 receptions +130
Beckham hasn't been good in two games against the 49ers this season. He had two catches for 18 yards on three targets in his Rams debut in Week 10 and two catches for 18 yards on five targets in Week 18. But he's stepped up in the playoffs, including catching six passes for 69 yards on eight targets last week against Tampa Bay, and Stafford is leaning on him in key moments. I expect Beckham to catch at least five passes this week.