Hey, I’m Cramer. Maybe you know me from TV, where I talk and teach people how to make money in the stock market. For the past four months, I’ve also written about how to help people make money betting on football at DraftKings Sportsbook and playing DFS right here on DraftKings.
As I’ve done all season with help from my partners at Bull Market Fantasy and will continue to do for the remainder of the postseason, I’ll reveal the best player props on DraftKings Sportsbook and the best players to use for your DraftKings DFS lineups.
Now … Let’s get to it for the NFL Divisional Playoffs
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Cash Game QB: Baker Mayfield ($5,300) vs. Chiefs:
The Kansas City-Cleveland game has the highest over/under (57) of the weekend. While a lot of those points might come from the Chiefs, Mayfield will need to put on one of his better performances of his season to keep pace with Patrick Mahomes. While we aren’t expecting an explosive 30-point performance, we do think he can eclipse the 20-point mark, which we’ll gladly bank for our cash game lineups while saving a few thousand dollars on our budget in the process.
GPPs QB: Lamar Jackson ($7,600) vs. Bills:
The reigning MVP had a very strong finish to his season. During Baltimore’s seven-game winning streak, Jackson scored over 22 DKFP in six of those outings and posted over 25 DKFP in five of those six games. As for Buffalo’s defense, they let Philip Rivers throw for two touchdowns and over 300 yards (just his fourth 300-yard game all season and the first since Week 10) in their Wild Card game last week. Jackson’s explosive rushing ability paired with the recent emergence of Marquise Brown and the always reliable Mark Andrews should result in another 26-plus DKFP performance for the third-year quarterback.
The odds may be a bit tough to swallow as they’ve seen a jump in the past 48 hours, but this is a total Mahomes has gone over in four of his past five games. For a quarterback that is so beloved for his passing, it seems his rushing ability often goes unnoticed.
Cash Game RB: Cam Akers ($5,700) vs. Packers:
Look for the Rams to lean on their rookie rusher a bit more than usual this week since starting quarterback Jared Goff is still recovering from a broken thumb that is limiting his passing ability. That was Los Angeles’ game plan last week (Akers had 28 attempts) and it worked to their favor. The rookie finished with 131 yards on the ground, 45 through the air and a touchdown.
GPPs RB: Kareem Hunt ($4,800) vs. Chiefs:
Nick Chubb is almost $2,000 more expensive and since the Browns are 10-point underdogs, we think Cleveland will be thrown into passing mode instead of a ground and pound. That type of game script falls into Hunt’s wheelhouse. You could buy into the narrative that this game is more personal for Hunt since KC is his former team, but we’ll leave that for the amateurs.
Baltimore’s rookie rusher has scored in seven-straight games, is averaging 2.3 yards per carry inside the 5-yard line and leads his team in carry attempts (28) inside the 20. It’s safe to say he’s very efficient when it comes to finding the end zone. Meanwhile, the Bills have allowed 14 rushing touchdowns this season, which is tied for the eighth-most.
Cash Game WR: Tyreek Hill ($8,000) vs. Browns:
Remember when we said we could save a few thousand by using Mayfield as our quarterback in order to spend up elsewhere? Well, Tyreek Hill is that elsewhere. He’s in about 80% of our cash game and GPP lineups. In the last five weeks of the regular season, Cleveland allowed 935 yards and seven touchdowns to wide receivers (tough to include stats from Wild Card Weekend because the Browns were in prevent defense for most of the second half). Bottom line: Hill is the most explosive player in action this weekend and we want a piece of that potential anytime we can get it.
GPP WR: Marquise Brown ($5,200) vs. Bills:
Brown has either scored or eclipsed 98 yards in each of his past seven games. The last time he scored less than 12 points was way back in Week 10. He and Lamar Jackson have shown tremendous chemistry over the second half of the season, including in their Wild Card matchup against the Titans. Look for their productive ways to continue in Buffalo.
Every once in a while we like taking a lotto ticket with our bets and since it’s the playoffs we are going to take on a bit more risk than our regular season discipline would allow. The Rams have a tremendous pass defense and with Jalen Ramsey focusing on Davante Adams, Valdez-Scantling may be able to sneak past defenders for one of his patented deep plays. He’s scored in two of his past three outings and Rodgers likes to take a few deep shots per game. This is going to be a very small bet in terms of our bankroll for this weekend given the risk factor.
Cash Game TE: Travis Kelce ($7,800) vs. Browns:
Yes, it’s chalky. Yes, he’s expensive. YES, he’s worth it. The Chiefs superstar earned less than 22 DKFP just once in his past eight games and he’s hit the 30-point threshold twice in his past four outings. Cleveland allowed the sixth-most DKFP to tight ends this season and hasn’t faced a player of his caliber all year. Then again, there really is no player of his caliber — all the more reason to get him in your lineups.
GPP TE: Austin Hooper ($3,800) vs. Chiefs:
Hooper finally started clicking with Mayfield in December. Over the past four weeks, the tight end saw 11, 5, 15 and 6 targets, which he translated into three touchdowns, 23 catches and a minimum of 13.7 DKFP. He’s not necessarily the flashiest tight end but he’s been consistent and with such a high over/under, game script calls for Hooper to be heavily involved.
The Rams have a great secondary. But they struggle against tight ends. A tight end has caught four or more passes against the Rams in seven straight games and that includes guys like Tyler Eifert, Anthony Firkser and Chris Herndon — not exactly the cream of the crop. Aaron Rodgers knows how to exploit weaknesses and covering tight ends is the Rams’ Achilles heel.
Good luck and enjoy the playoffs!
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Jim Cramer is the host of “Mad Money with Jim Cramer” and co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street.” He is also an author and a co-founder of BullMarketFantasy.com.
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