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What to do with Robert Tonyan in the Divisional round of the 2021 NFL playoffs

We go over the fantasy football and DFS outlook of Robert Tonyan ahead of the Packers Wild Card matchup against the Rams in the 2021 NFL Playoffs.

Robert Tonyan #85 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the ball in the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Lambeau Field on December 27, 2020 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Finding good tight help from week to week has been one of the most difficult propositions in fantasy football this season. Fortunately, things are a little better this week for the Divisional round of the playoffs. One of the better plays, even a bit under the radar, is Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan.

Fantasy Football analysis: Packers TE Robert Tonyan, $4,200

Tonyan finished the regular season with 586 yards on 52 receptions and 11 touchdowns. He caught one score in six of his last seven games, settling into a nice role as one of Aaron Rodgers’ favorite targets inside the red zone.

That’s going to be key this week against the Rams. The Los Angeles defense is No. 1 when it comes to shutting down wide receivers, thanks to an incredible secondary led by Jalen Ramsey. They’re also a troublesome unit for quarterbacks, having vaulted into the NFL’s lead for pressuring passers down the stretch this season. That makes the tight end position that much more important, and that’s why tight ends saw 22 percent of their team’s targets against the Rams this year.

The Packers are still going to throw the ball, and Rodgers has done a great job getting the ball out quickly when defenses aren’t giving him much to work with. They’re going to have to find a way to score, and that means Tonyan will once again be an asset in the red zone.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Tonyan is the third-most expensive tight end in DraftKings this week. I think he’s a solid bargain too, because so many other players are going to be draw to Travis Kelce and Mark Andrews. I’d feel comfortable with Tonyan starting in any fantasy format this week.