Fantasy Favorites: NFL Championship Week

The final round before the Super Bowl and players are going to be going all out for some points.

With Championship Sunday coming up soon, we need to get the best lineup of players who are hungry to see their team advance to Super Bowl LIII. Even with your office league over, playmakers and champions are going to be able to get us some points in Daily Fantasy, and I’ve got my best picks waiting for this week’s Fantasy Favorites.

QB – Pat Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (DK Salary $6,600)

All four starting QBs for this Sunday’s Championship will be good for some strong fantasy points, but none will ball out more than Pat Mahomes. A serious candidate for NFL MVP this season, Mahomes has thrown for 50 touchdowns with barely a quarter as many interceptions. At home against a middle-of-the-pack Patriots defense, Mahomes should project to score some major points in the QB slot.

RB1 – Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints (DK Salary $6,500)

To put it simply, the Saints offense is electric and the Rams defense is rough. With a healthy Mark Ingram back in the New Orleans lineup, Kamara may see reduced touches this week. However, Kamara is much more of a versatile running back who can also line up in the slot and catch passes, much like a Le’veon Bell. Because of his swiss army knife skillset, Alvin Kamara should be a major impact player this Sunday and is a must for any fantasy lineup.

RB2 – Sony Michel, New England Patriots (DK Salary $5,600)

An oft-injured rookie, Sony Michel has proven his value time and time again this season, averaging nearly 4.5 Yards per Carry. The Patriots offense has begun to use Michel more frequently and more aggressively, allowing for his potential to finally be showcased. As New England faces off against Kansas City’s league-worst defense, Michel is a steal at $5,600.

WR1 – Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints (DK Salary $8,200)

Thomas comes with a hefty price tag but is a price worth paying for. He is a consensus top-of-the-line receiver who has been one of Drew Brees’s favorite and most productive targets all season. $8,200 is the most to pay for any receiver this week, but based on his First-Team All-Pro season and exceptional playoff performance last week against Philadelphia (12 Catches for 171 Yards and 1 TD), Thomas should see continued dominance against the subpar LA defense.

WR2 – Julian Edelman, New England Patriots (DK Salary $6,600)

Edelman and Brady have always had a big connection, especially come playoff time. Since 2013, Edelman has over 1,000 Receiving Yards and 3 TDs in the playoffs alone (and that includes his missed 2017 season due to injury). The Chiefs have one of the league’s worst passing defenses, and with that inherit connection, Edelman should go to town on Kansas City.

WR3 – Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams (DK Salary $5,700)

This is a big toss-up between Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks, both of the LA Rams. Woods and Cooks have had nearly identical seasons, but Woods has one more receiving touchdown than Cooks. Additionally, Woods has a slightly hotter hand than Cooks, as he has edged him out in Receptions and Receiving Yards in 5 of the last 6 games. Both receivers should find good separation against the New Orleans secondary, but Woods should provide more value this week for the extra $200.

TE – Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots (DK Salary $4,100)

Kansas City’s Travis Kelce is a very popular pick for TE this week, but at $4,100, Gronkowski is a must. His lower-than-usual production this season has lowered his DK value, but the AFC Championship Game should be a bounce back game for #87. With Belichick game planning against a Chiefs defense that gave up the 3rd-most Yards, 2nd-most TDs, and 2nd-most Fantasy Points to Tight Ends this season, expect Gronk to have major value this week at just $4,100.

FLEX – Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs (DK Salary $4,000)

Prior to his foot injury, Watkins was having a solid season with the Chiefs offense that for several seasons underutilized the Wide Receiver position. When he came back last week against Indianapolis, he tallied 6 Receptions for over 60 Yards. With the Pats prepping to cover Travis Kelce all day, Sammy Watkins may find himself getting more targets. Against a New England defense that allowed the 5th-most Receptions all season, Watkins may chip away with a large reception total that would boost up his fantasy value.

DST – New Orleans Saints (DK Salary $2,700)

There is no good defensive pick this week with the league’s top 4 scoring offenses going at it. Expect to see low point totals for all DSTs this week. To minimize damages from this position, I’m going with the New Orleans defense that ranks second-best in Rushing Yards Allowed per Game.

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