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. Just because the NFL regular season is over, doesn’t mean all the fun picking games and players has to end. In fact, it’s about to get much more intense and exciting. 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.
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Now … Let’s get to it:
Cash Game QB: Josh Allen (7,500) vs. Colts:
The most obvious choice is the most obvious choice for a reason: Allen has been the hottest quarterback in the NFL over the past five weeks. With three games in his past five of more than 30 DKFP and a floor of 17 DKFP dating back to Week 12, Allen doesn’t just have the most upside of any passer, he’s the safest option as well. Factor in a matchup against the Colts’ defense, which is good against the run but struggles against the pass, and Buffalo’s third-year star should fire off another spectacular game.
GPPs QB: Ben Roethlisberger (6,100) vs. Browns:
It’s always a goal to separate your DFS lineup from the masses and Big Ben should come with relatively low ownership this weekend. He takes on a Browns defense that allowed the seventh-most points to quarterbacks in the regular season. Plus, Roethlisberger had his own bye week thanks to coach Mike Tomlin, who gave the veteran passer a week to rest and recover in Week 17 in preparation for their postseason run.
Only two quarterbacks have a touchdown total of more than two for Wild Card Weekend: Allen and Brady. Allen comes in with odds of +110, which is decent, but we want to go for the much more attractive odds with Brady at +140. If not for Allen, Brady would be the hottest passer heading into the postseason. The winningest quarterback of all-time is riding an impressive streak of back-to-back games with four touchdowns. Even with Mike Evans questionable, the emergence of Antonio Brown in the month of December has kicked this Bucs offense into high gear.
Cash Game RB: Nick Chubb (6,700) vs. Steelers:
Since returning from injury in Week 10, Chubb has peeled off four games of more than 100 yards on the ground and racked up eight scores in eight games, including a TD streak of six straight games. He’s not flashy but, wow, is he consistently productive.
GPPs RB: Jonathan Taylor ($7,900) vs. Bills:
Only one running back (Derrick Henry) had more yards than the Colts rookie over the final five weeks of the season. Taylor also led all running backs in the final five weeks with eight total touchdowns. To put it simply, Taylor has been dominant during the final month of the season. Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich knows where his bread is buttered and it’s not from the arm of Philip Rivers but rather from a ground-and-pound approach with the young playmaker. Taylor’s volume speaks volumes about how the Colts draw up their game plan as Taylor’s 97 attempts since Week 13 is third in the league behind Henry and David Montgomery.
Yes, we are doing a double-pop on Dobbins’ player props. Like Chubb, the Ravens rookie is on a six-game scoring streak. When the Ravens and Titans squared off back in Week 11, Dobbins rushed for 70 yards and a score, which helped him net 18.5 DKFP. As for his rushing total, Dobbins hit this mark in three straight games and in five of his past six. As for his opponent, the Titans have allowed the past five running backs they’ve faced to go over 61.5 yards.
Cash Game WR: Allen Robinson (6,600) vs. Saints:
When it comes to consistency, Robinson is perhaps the pinnacle of all receivers. He’s had just two games all season with less than 10 DKFP. He’s a target hog and just like in stocks, volume is king when it comes to fantasy scoring. Robinson may not get into the end zone much (six TDs in 2020), but his 102 catches were fourth-most among all receivers and his 1,250 yards put him in the Top 10. He’s a lock in all of our cash game lineups for Wild Card Weekend.
GPP WR: John Brown (4,700) vs. Colts:
Back in action for the first time since Week 10, Brown caught all four of his targets in Week 17 for 72 yards and a score. With Allen playing so well and Brown finally healthy, this is an opportune moment to roster Brown in your GPP contests. As for his opponent, the Colts allowed the third-most receiving yards (1,085) to wide receivers over the past five games, including seven scores.
Player Prop: NONE:
I’ve been picking stocks for the past 38 years and one of the most important lessons I learned very early on was discipline, the refusal to take action just for the sake of taking action. If the market wasn’t there for the taking, I didn’t take it. That’s how we feel with the receiver prop bets for Wild Card Weekend. There’s a handful of props that caught our eye, but after digging through stats and our projections we are fading the wide receiver prop bets this weekend.
Cash Game TE: Jared Cook (4,600) vs. Bears:
Cook had a strong finish to the season, scoring double digits in four of his last five games and never dipping below four targets in that time span. It may not seem like much, but given the state of tight ends, double-digit production is often hard to come by. Meanwhile, Chicago allowed the second-most points to the position this season (third-most touchdowns, sixth-most receptions and seventh-most yards)
GPP TE: Jonnu Smith (3,200) vs. Ravens:
Smith is a bit of a wild card. He’s one of those players that can make all the difference in your lineup yielding a big return but can also burn it down to the ground. If you are risk-averse, he’s not the pick for you and perhaps you’d be more comfortable with Mark Andrews at $5,200. But for just $3,200, Smith not only saves on the cost but offers solid upside, which is what you should be after for a GPP contest.
Books should be written and movies should be made about the Brady to Gronkowski connection. In 16 playoff games catching passes from Brady, Gronk has 81 receptions for 1,163 yards and 12 scores. It’s remarkable. In 2020, the future Hall of Famer caught seven touchdowns from his longtime teammate, including two in Week 16. When it comes to targets inside the red zone, Gronk saw 17 opportunities, which ranked second on the Bucs behind only Mike Evans (19).
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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