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Best value lineup strategy for Colts vs. Bills 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 Colts and Bills.

Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines (21) runs the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 28-24. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

To kick off Super Wild Card Weekend, we got the No. 7 seed Indianapolis Colts to take on the No. 2 seed Buffalo Bills on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET. This matchup features a lot of great players such as Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, Jonathan Taylor, and Philip Rivers. All of those players will be coveted in DFS this weekend and could be a key in helping you win your respective fantasy contest.

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.

Nyheim Hines, RB, $6400

Indianapolis Colts rookie running back Jonathan Taylor will get a majority of the carries on Saturday afternoon. However, do not forget about Nyheim Hines, who is the change of back running back behind Taylor. In their last two games, Hines has scored 10.4 and 12.7 fantasy points, respectively.

The former NC State running back is not a threat running the ball, but can be an effective receiving option out of the backfield for Rivers. He’ll be going against a Bills’ defense that 24.5 fantasy points per game and 14 rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs this season. They are also ranked 23rd against running backs (OPRK).

Zach Pascal, WR, $4400

With T.Y. Hilton likely drawing the attention of Bills' top cornerback Tre’Davious White, there should be opportunities for Zach Pascal and Michael Pittman Jr. to contribute in the passing game. Between the two, Pascal has become a go-to option for Rivers in the last three weeks.

In Week 15 against the Houston Texans, Pascal scored 24.9 fantasy points (five receptions for 79 yards and two touchdowns). He followed that up performance in Week 16, with 15.4 fantasy points scored against the Steelers. On Sunday, Pascal will be going up against a Bills’ defense that is only giving up 33.5 fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts, which is good for seventh in the NFL.

Gabriel Davis, WR, $4800

If Cole Beasley cannot play this weekend because of an injury, then that puts both John Brown and rookie Gabriel Davis back into the spotlight. Last week against the Miami Dolphins, Davis recorded two receptions (five targets) for 107 yards a touchdown.

It was Davis’s first 100-yard performance this season, along with a season-high 21.7 fantasy points scored. Additionally, the rookie wideout has produced four touchdowns in seven games. On Sunday, he’ll be going against a Colts’ defense that is allowing 257.9 passing yards per game and 33.5 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers this season.