Moving onto Wildcard weekend and the 2023 playoffs, and we are going to give you some DraftKings bargain bin plays for the week. These are plays that are on the ultra-value/ GPP contrarian side. So generally avoid these plays in cash game lineups, but in GPPs- especially big fields go for it!
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Baker Mayfield v PHI ($5,800)
The 13th Annual NFL Honors Ceremony will take place at The Resorts World Theatre in Las Vegas a mere 3 days before Allegiant Stadium, just a few miles away, hosts Super Bowl 58. The bookmakers in Sin City have Bills’ safety Damar Hamlin as the odds-on favourite (with due cause) to walk away with the Comeback Player of the Year award; but one man who rightfully joins him on the shortlist is Tampa Bay’s born again QB, Baker Mayfield. After winning the Heisman Trophy back in 2017, it was a done deal that the former Oklahoma Sooner would be drafted by the Browns with the 1.01 in the 2018 NFL Draft – but the fairytale soon turned into a nightmare for Mayfield, and after 4 seasons in Cleveland Baker was traded to Carolina for a 5th round pick. 1 year, 12 games and 2 franchises later, Mayfield has found a home in The Bay Area and is thriving in Todd Bowles and Dave Canales offensive system. Mayfield finished the regular season as the QB10 in fantasy with 4,044 passing yards for 28 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions…all full-season career bests. A large part of Baker’s success was the alleviation of mistakes from his game – on the season, for quarterbacks who threw the ball over 500 times only 2 were picked off less than Mayfield – Derek Carr and Dak Prescott. After winning the NFC South for the 3rd consecutive season, the No. 4 seed Bucs welcome a stuttering Philadelphia Eagles team and their 31st ranked pass defense to the Raymond James on Sunday night. Expect Baker to try and game manage, using Rachaad White out the backfield – but the Bucs franchise QB (yes, I’m calling it now) has thrown for over 300 yards and multiple scores in 2 of his last 4. He could be in line for a bumper fantasy day.
Mason Rudolph @BUF ($5,300)
In stark contrast to Baker Mayfield, Pittsburgh’s Mason Rudolph has yet to throw for over 300 yards this season, in fact in his last outing he barely eclipsed half of that – passing for 152 yards and a touchdown as the Steelers ran all over Baltimore’s backups in their regular season finale. This column is all about bargains and there’s no cheaper starting QB on the slate than Rudolph as the No.7 seed Steelers head to snowy Upstate New York to face a resurgent Bills team in Buffalo. In his 3 starts since Kenny Pickett picked up an ankle injury in week 15, Rudolph has been quietly efficient through the air, completing 76% of his passes for 716 yards and 3 scores. The former 3rd round pick has a limited upside against the Bills 6th ranked passing defense, and with Pittsburgh leaning so heavily on the run (more on that shortly), it’s hard to envisage a scenario where the 6th year signal caller puts up a slate-breaking performance…but stranger things have happened. If the Bills go up big and up fast, Rudolph will be forced to take to the air and lean heavily on Diontae Johnson and George Pickens – giving him some fantasy relevance. He’s the lowest priced QB on the slate for a reason – but if you need a budget friendly option at the position he offers you a glimmer of hope.