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Best value lineup strategy for Titans vs. Ravens in the Wild Card Round of the 2021 NFL playoffs

We go over some of the top DFS value plays for the Wild Card Round playoff matchup between the Ravens and Titans.

Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards (35) during the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

To kickoff the Sunday slate of wildcard games, the No. 5 seed Baltimore Ravens will take on the No. 4 seed Tennessee Titans at 1:05 p.m. ET. This game features a ton of stars such as Lamar Jackson, Derrick Henry, Mark Andrews, and A.J. Brown that many DFS players will try to stack their lineup with. But as we see in DFS showdown contests, it is not about the star players sometimes. It also depends which players you have in those FLEX tiers to fill out your lineup.

Outside of the big names, who are some lower-tier value flex plays on both teams that could help you win this Wild Card game showdown on DraftKings? Let’s discuss some options below.

Gus Edwards, RB, $4,400

Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards enters this playoff game as the cheapest running back play, who can provide a ton of value. Edwards is splitting carries with rookie running back J.K. Dobbins, but that shouldn’t deter you from selecting him. He plays an integral role in the Ravens’ dominant rushing attack.

Last week against the Cincinnati Bengals, Edwards recorded 60 yards on 12 carries, and a reception for 10 yards, which equaled out to eight fantasy points. While that isn’t a lot of points, it could make a difference in you winning or losing your respective contest. Most running backs Edwards’ value hinges on if he scores a touchdown. But he’s facing a Titans defense on Sunday that is giving up 120.8 rushing yards per game and ranked 28th against running backs (OPRK).

Jonnu Smith, TE, $6,200

If the Ravens’ defense tries to take away either A.J. Brown or Corey Davis on the outside that could open up things in the middle of the field for tight end Jonnu Smith. Before last week’s clunker against the Texans, Smith actually put together two solid games, where he scored over 10 fantasy points.

In Week 16 against the Packers, the 25-year-old tight end record 12 fantasy points (three receptions for 30 yards and a touchdown). Coincidentally, it was the first time Smith caught a touchdown since Week 11 against the Ravens.

Then in Week 15 against the Lions, he had 10.2 fantasy points on five receptions for 52 yards. Smith faces a tough matchup as the Ravens’ defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown since the last times these two teams played each other. But Baltimore ranks 18th against tight ends (OPRK).

Miles Boykin, WR, $4,800

Unlike the first two players we listed, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Miles Boykin is a deep value FLEX play in Sunday’s showdown contest. The young wideout does not get targeted a lot during the course of a game. But when Boykin does, he somehow always finds his way into the end zone.

Last week against Cincinnati, Boykin only had a 43-yard touchdown reception, which gave him 11.3 fantasy points. In the Ravens’ last five games, the former Notre Dame wide receiver has five receptions (10 targets) for 113 yards and three touchdowns. On Sunday, Boykin will be going up against a Titans’ defense that is giving up 287.1 passing yards and ranked 31st against WRs (OPRK).