Ravens vs. Texans NFL DFS picks: Best lineups, sleepers & props at DraftKings, FanDuel for 2024 playoff game

The NFL has an action-packed divisional-round slate scheduled for this weekend, and it all kicks off with MVP favorite Lamar Jackson and the Ravens hosting Rookie of the Year frontrunner C.J. Stroud and the Texans (Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET, ABC). 

Today we will share our optimal DFS lineups for this AFC clash, providing advice, strategy, and sleepers for DraftKings, FanDuel, and SuperDraft along the way so you can come out of the weekend with some daily fantasy cash. 

Just like our approach with finding the best bets for this game, we scoured DraftKings, FanDuel, and SuperDraft for the best DFS values and assembled what we deem to be optimal lineups. Our strategy is simple: research, compare values, and make roster-building moves that will separate us from the rest of the DFS packs. Our lineups today should all have plenty of lineup variance, as we try to avoid rostering all the most popular draft choices. In a stream full of salmon, we’re the bear.

Let’s reveal our advice and strategies for crafting the optimal DraftKings, FanDuel, and SuperDraft lineups for the Ravens-Texans divisional-round playoff game. Before unveiling each lineup, we will provide a brief overview of each DFS site’s scoring settings. Good luck, have fun, and enjoy the second round of the postseason! 

Ravens-Texans NFL DFS picks: Optimal DraftKings Showdown lineup

Before we get into our lineup and strategy, here are the key scoring settings for DraftKings Showdown contests: They’re full-point PPR and there are three-point bonuses for 300 passing yards, 100 rushing yards, and 100 receiving yards. The Captain pick costs 1.5 times a player’s original price, but he also gets his point total multiplied by 1.5.

Pos. Player Team/Opponent Salary
Captain Isaiah Likely Ravens vs. Texans $10,800
FLEX Lamar Jackson Ravens vs. Texans $12,200
FLEX Nico Collins Texans at Ravens $10,600
FLEX Zay Flowers Ravens vs. Texans $9,400
FLEX Justin Tucker Ravens vs. Texans $5,200
FLEX Dalvin Cook Ravens vs. Texans $1,200

Captain: Isaiah Likely, TE, Ravens ($10,800)

We like taking a chance on a high-upside skill-position player in DK Showdown contests, as it usually affords us more studs at the flex positions than if we rolled with a high-priced superstar like Lamar Jackson. With Likely in the multiplier, we had enough money left to roster LJax as well as big-play receivers Nico Collins and Zay Flowers.

And what’s not to like about Likely? He has averaged well over 15 DK points per game (PPG) over Baltimore’s past five contests, proving once again that one of Jackson’s most trusted pass-catchers when Mark Andrews is on the shelf.

The Texans have also allowed the fourth-most DK PPG to TEs this season (14.1). We’ll be ecstatic if we can put 21-22 points up with a contrarian Captain pick at just $10,800. That will give us solid production and lineup variance, two keys to daily fantasy success. 

FLEX: Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens ($12,200)

We always knew we would be drafting the presumed MVP — we just also knew we couldn’t possibly afford him at $18,300 in the Captain spot if we expected to contend for big DFS money. LJax had an incredible season, averaging 22.3 DK PPG and surpassing 29 points on a handful of occasions. The last time we saw him in Week 17 against the Dolphins, he broiled the Fish for 321 passing yards, five TDs, 35 rushing yards, and a perfect QB rating of 158.3.

Houston probably won’t fare much better against Jackson. The Texans rank among the top-10 most generous defenses to QBs in fantasy, and they’ve allowed a league-high seven rushing TDs to the position. Don’t start a Ravens-Texans lineup without this guy. 

FLEX 2: Nico Collins, WR, Texans ($10,600)

Collins has averaged 18.6 DK PPG this season, and he’s easily C.J. Stroud’s No. 1 target with star rookie wideout Tank Dell on injured reserve. The breakout third-year receiver has erupted for 59.5 DK points over Houston’s past two games, catching 15-of-16 targets for 291 yards and two TDs in the process. He also hasn’t dipped below 13.8 DK points in over a month, so we feel good about our floor and ceiling with our own Texans pick. 

FLEX 3: Zay Flowers, WR, Ravens ($9,400)

The price is right on Big Play Zay, as we have him projected at a value up to $11,000. The rookie wideout has an explosive ability to create separation and bust opposing secondaries for chunk yardage on just about every play, and we wouldn’t be surprised in the least if he roasts the Texans for a big home-run score on Saturday night. Flowers scored 22.6 DK points in his last regular-season game against Miami, and he has crossed the threshold of 20-plus points in four of his past five contests.  

FLEX 4: Justin Tucker, K, Ravens ($5,200)

We contemplated veteran running back Justice Hill at $5,600 here, but he’s a low-ceiling PPR play while Tucker is the most reliable kicker in NFL history. The Ravens have been given an implied point total of 27 points by the sportsbooks, so Tucker should be in line for at least two field goals and three extra points. We’ll take a high-floor guy over a low-ceiling guy at $5,200 any day, especially when our first four picks have such massive upside. 

FLEX 5: Dalvin Cook, RB, Ravens ($1,200)

Extreme sleeper alert! We kind of had to do a “stars-and-scrub” build in order to afford the rest of the studs in our lineup, so we opted for the recently-signed Raven, veteran back Dalvin Cook. Baltimore waived fellow vet Melvin Gordon Jr. to make room for Cook on the active roster, so don’t be surprised if we see John Harbaugh use him if the Ravens establish a big second-half lead. He’s the most able-bodied, game-ready player in the bargain-bin section of this game, so give Dalvin a chance to Cook this Saturday if you need a low-priced sleeper. 

Ravens-Texans NFL DFS picks: Optimal FanDuel lineup

Here are the key scoring settings for FanDuel single-game tournaments: They’re half-point PPR and there are no three-point bonuses for 300 passing yards, 100 rushing yards, or 100 receiving yards. The MVP pick multiplies that player’s total by 1.5 but does not cost 1.5 times their listed salary.

Pos. Player Team/Opponent Salary
MVP Lamar Jackson Ravens vs. Texans $17,000
FLEX Nico Collins Texans at Ravens $14,000
FLEX Gus Edwards Ravens vs. Texans $11,000
FLEX Justin Tucker Ravens vs. Texans $9,500
FLEX Isaiah Likely Ravens vs. Texans $8,000

We took a very similar approach with our FanDuel lineup as we did on DraftKings, rostering four of the same players. The key differences with our FD strategies were two-fold: 

  1. We made Jackson MVP, as we don’t pay an increased salary to get the 1.5-times boost on FD. 
  2. We drafted Gus Edwards, who has more value in a half-PPR as a back with high TD-upside but a low ceiling as a receiver.

With this lineup, we have selected four players who have legitimately good touchdown odds as well as the best, most reliable kicker in the game. We wouldn’t enter any humongous tourneys with this roster, but we would certainly feel confident rolling it out in a modestly-sized GPP tournament. 

Ravens-Texans NFL DFS picks: Optimal SuperDraft lineup

As we have every week, we’re also listing our favorite DFS plays on SuperDraft. SD doesn’t have a single-game DFS contest for Ravens-Texans, but it does have a Saturday DFS contest that includes the player pools from both Ravens-Texans in the afternoon and 49ers-Packers at night. 

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 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.

Here are the most notable scoring rules for SuperDraft NFL contests: Half-point PPRfour-point passing TDs, and two-point bonuses for 100 rushing yards100 receiving yardsand 300 passing yards. SuperDraft lineups feature no D/ST position. 

Pos. Player Game Boost
QB Lamar Jackson Ravens vs. Texans 1x
RB Christian McCaffrey 49ers vs. Packers 1x
RB Gus Edwards Ravens vs. Texans 1.3x
WR Brandon Aiyuk 49ers vs. Packers 1.1x
WR Zay Flowers Ravens vs. Texans 1.25x
WR Odell Beckham Jr. Ravens vs. Texans 1.45x
TE Tucker Kraft Packers at 49ers 1.65x
FLEX Romeo Doubs Packers at 49ers 1.3x

MORE SUPERDRAFT DFS: How to play SuperDraft

We used a lot of the same players we capitalized on in our DK and FD lineups, because players with massive volume shares and high-TD upside are extremely valuable even with low boosts. To make up for their 1x-1.3x boosts, we grabbed sleepers OBJ and Kraft as we think they’re dark-horse candidates to come away with a few big catches while their teammates draw more attention from opposing defenders. 

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