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Who to play of Adam Thielen or John Brown

John Brown has been consistent all year long, and that makes him a better DFS pick than Adam Thielen ahead of Wild Card weekend.

Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown warms up before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL’s Wild Card round will feature a four-game slate this weekend, and there are a ton of wide receiver to choose from. The options range from punt plays to elite talent, but the group in the middle matters as well. We broke down two wideouts who could be the reason you win cash in Saturday and Sunday’s DFS contests.

The Minnesota VikingsAdam Thielen ($6,200) has the seventh highest price of the wide receivers despite his lack of production in recent weeks. He hasn’t put his playmaking ability on display since he returned from a five-week hiatus in Week 15. The Buffalo Bills’ John Brown ($6,000) on the other hand, is having a career year and played in every game but his team’s regular season finale.

Fantasy football analysis: Vikings WR Adam Thielen, Bills WR John Brown

Thielen hasn’t shown us much since returning from injury. He’s presumed to be fully recovered from the hamstring tweak that caused him to miss time but and hasn’t put together a performance that proves he’s in good shape. Thielen hasn’t gotten more than four targets in a game since Week 6. That lack of reps is cause for concern, as the rest of the wideouts in his price range have gotten a healthy helping of targets in recent weeks.

Brown has had a breakout campaign and recorded his first 1,000-yard season in his first year the Bills. Brown has been one of the more consistent wide receivers in the NFL this year. He’s only failed to reach double-digits in DKFP twice this season and will face a Houston Texans secondary that’s seen plenty of turnover. Brown’s floor is higher than Thielen’s, but the two have similar ceilings.

DFS recommendation

Start Brown because it’s uncertain when Thielen will return to form and attract the throws he did earlier this year.