NFL Saturday DraftKings, FanDuel Picks: Best Wild Card DFS lineup advice for daily fantasy football contests

The NFL’s Super Wild Card weekend commences with a Saturday doubleheader featuring the Texans-Browns at 4:30 p.m. ET and the Chiefs-Dolphins at 8:00 p.m. ET. Before DFS users lock in their main slate lineups, check out our favorite DFS picks on DraftKings, FanDuel, and SuperDraft to give you the edge you need to end the night in the money.

Whether you’re looking to reaffirm your stance on a player, find the one missing piece in your build, or wanting to ride with one or all of our main slate lineups, you’ve come to the right place! 

Before we break down all of our picks, here are the most notable scoring rules for DraftKings contests: Full-point PPR, four-point passing TDs, three-point bonuses for 100 rushing yards, 100 receiving yards, and 300 passing yards.

NFL Saturday DraftKings Picks: NFL Wild Card DFS lineup for GPP tournaments

Saturday main slate, $50,000 budget

QB Joe Flacco, Browns @ Texans ($6,100). The cheapest of the four starting quarterbacks in arguably the best form of the bunch? Sign us up. We won’t have to worry about the weather inside NRG Stadium in Houston, so Flacco makes for a no-brainer addition that gives us plenty of financial flexibility.

RB De’Von Achane, Dolphins @ Chiefs ($6,800). While the likely return of fellow RB Raheem Mostert (knee/ankle) seemingly caps Achane’s ceiling, he still figures to see ample volume in both the running and receiving game to return a strong fantasy showing. Kansas City’s run defense is their glaring weakness, ranking 17th in rushing success rate, giving Achane a chance to post RB1 type numbers.

RB Isiah Pacheco, Chiefs vs. Dolphins ($6,400). A potential positive game script along with frigid conditions gives Pacheco 20-plus touch upside, more than justifying his $6,400 price tag. His ability to break off chunk gains on the ground could lead to a 100-plus yard showing for Kanas City’s bell cow.

WR Amari Cooper, Browns @ Texans ($6,800). If we’re rolling with Flacco, you better believe we’re stacking him with his WR1. All Cooper did in his last game against Houston was put up 265 yards and two TDs on 11 catches… not too shabby.

WR Noah Brown, Texans vs. Browns ($5,100). Brown is set to return after a one-week absence, and with the Texans potentially having to pass at a high clip in a negative game script, we’ll gladly spend $5,100 on a guy averaging 17.4 yards per reception.

WR Elijah Moore, Browns @ Texans ($4,000). Moore is the next piece in our Browns-centric stack, as Cleveland has a real chance to exploit a susceptible Houston secondary ranking 20th in dropback EPA, making him a value play at $4,000.

TE Travis Kelce, Chiefs vs. Dolphins ($6,100). It’s rare to see Kelce priced slightly over the $6,000 mark, and although he’s failed to score 10-plus DK points in three straight weeks, we simply can’t pass up rostering the superstar tight end at this price.

FLEX TE David Njoku, Browns @ Texans ($5,600). Njoku’s ability to dominate in the red zone (six TDs over his past 10 games) could pay dividends when stacked up alongside Flacco.

DEF Kansas City Chiefs vs. Dolphins ($3,100). Miami could very well end up being the lowest-scoring team on Saturday, with Steve Spagnuolo’s defense making life tough on Tua Tagovailoa and co. in the freezing cold. 

NFL Saturday FanDuel Picks: NFL Wild Card DFS lineup for GPP tournaments

Scoring based on FanDuel’s half-point PPR format

  • QB: Joe Flacco, Browns ($7,800)
  • RB: Isiah Pacheco, Chiefs ($8,000)
  • RB: De’Von Achane, Dolphins ($7,400)
  • WR: Amari Cooper, Browns ($7,500)
  • WR: Noah Brown, Texans ($6,200)
  • WR: Elijah Moore, Browns ($6,000)
  • TE: Durham Smythe, Dolphins ($4,800)
  • FLEX: WR Nico Collins, Texans ($8,300)
  • DEF: Kansas City Chiefs ($4,000)

While FanDuel has a more accurate pricing of Flacco, placing him as the second-most expensive QB behind Patrick Mahomes, we’ve still opted for a Browns-heavy stack, trying our best to steer clear of Chiefs and Dolphins players given the uncertainty around how the weather impacts Saturday night’s bout.

Best SuperDraft NFL DFS Picks for NFL Wild Card

This season, we’re also listing our favorite Wild Card DFS lineup on SuperDraft, with some of our picks and analysis overlapping. 

For those unfamiliar, SuperDraft’s DFS scoring involves point multipliers as opposed to traditional salary-capped or tiered contests. A winning lineup will likely feature a strong mix of stud fantasy contributors with 1x-1.6x boosts, as well as a few matchup-based sleepers with larger multipliers. Each player is assigned a scoring multiplier based on their value as determined by SuperDraft. Users can roster any player in their lineup with no restrictions.

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Here are the most notable scoring rules for SuperDraft NFL contests: Half-point PPRfour-point passing TDstwo-point bonuses for 100 rushing yards100 receiving yardsand 300 passing yards.

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  • QB: Joe Flacco, Browns (Multiplier 1.15x) 
  • RB: De’Von Achane, Dolphins (Multiplier 1x)
  • RB: Isiah Pacheco, Chiefs (Multiplier 1.05x)
  • WR: Amari Cooper, Browns (Multiplier 1.25x)
  • WR: Noah Brown, Texans (Multiplier 1.45x)
  • WR: Tyreek Hill, Dolphins (Multiplier 1x)
  • TE: Travis Kelce, Chiefs (Multiplier 1x)
  • FLEX: WR Elijah Moore, Browns (Multiplier 1.55x)

Our SuperDraft lineup looks eerily similar to our DraftKings build, but without a salary cap restriction, we’ve opted to roll with Tyreek Hill to give our lineup a bit more stability. Despite frigid conditions at Arrowhead Stadium, Hill still figures to see 10-plus targets as Tagovailoa’s go-to receiver, potentially leading to a big day against his former squad.


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