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Two quarterback sleepers for wild card DFS

We look at two daily fantasy football value quarterbacks for the wild card round.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz throws a pass against the New York Giants in the first half at MetLife Stadium.  Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Wild card weekend is one of the best football weekends of the year for real football, but it also brings us a nice four-game slate in DFS to study and breakdown each position and matchup. Below, we’ll look at some value plays at quarterback, but don’t forget the overvalued options as well. This slate has the quarterback position bunched together in price, with Tom Brady at the bottom at $5,800 and Russell Wilson at the top at $6,800, so there won’t be any extremely cheap plays, but we’ll take a look at a couple quarterbacks who might help you pay up at other positions.

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings ($6,100)

Cousins is second to last in price, just ahead of Brady. I thought long and hard about going with Brady, as it is the playoffs and we know Bill Belichick will get the best out of his team, but Brady’s upside has disappeared, while Cousins continues to flash enough of a ceiling to keep us interested.

But what should keep us really interested is the game flow in the Superdome. The Saints are +8 point favorites at home and the over/under is the highest of the weekend at 48 total points. Drew Brees will put up points and be a chalk play but Cousins will have good upside as he tries to keep up with Brees as his team likely abandons the run. Cousins’ range of outcomes are wide but one of them is a ceiling game in a shootout.

Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles ($6,300)

Wentz is the third cheapest quarterback on the slate and gets a good matchup against the Seahawks at home. This game has the second-highest over/under of the weekend at 46 total points and a close spread at -1.5 in favor of the Seahawks.

Wentz has managed to piece together decent fantasy days of late despite his total lack of receivers and he will need to do that again this weekend, as there isn’t any calvary over the horizon. But, he’s almost willed his team to wins of late and I expect this will be another grind out game where he puts up positive fantasy points despite his lack of talent at receiver.

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