You know, sometimes snow happens, and when it does sometimes you have to alter plans. Maybe you cancel dinner reservations or postpone a hike or maybe you move an NFL Wild Card game to the following day.
The league did the latter Saturday morning once New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency for the Buffalo area due to the massive winter storm that rolled through Upstate New York. As a result, fans get three days of double-headers in the Wild Card round. With the Bills/Steelers game moved to Monday afternoon that leaves just the Cowboys/Packers and Rams/Lions games for Sunday. I think we'll manage.
Left with "only" two Wild Card games Sunday the new schedule certainly shouldn't put a damper on your DFS desires. There may be a smaller pool of players to choose from for your rosters, but that just means you have to be all the more strategic. Let's take a peek at some solid value plays for Sunday's DFS Wild Card action.
Dontayvion Wicks, Green Bay Packers, WR
Remember when the Packers were struggling early in the season, lost four in a row, and had everyone counting them out before Halloween? Coincidentally, during those four losses to kick off autumn, the Packers were not getting rookie Dontayvion Wicks the ball. In three of those losses, Wicks was targeted only once, a far cry from the four and six targets Wicks received in weeks two and three of the season. As luck would have it for Packers fans, Coach Matt LaFleur and Jordan Love went back to including Wicks in the passing game and well, here we are.
Since that early four game losing streak for the Packers which ended in a game against the Rams in early November Wicks averaged 4.87 targets per game including three games with six or more targets. Over the last eight games of the season that he played in, Wicks averaged 55.1 yards receiving and hauled in three touchdowns down the stretch in helping the Packers make the post-season.
The 6'1" 206-pound rookie out of Virginia has great size to create separation from a defender which is something he'll have to do if Green Bay is going to pull out the upset in Big D today against the Cowboys. With fellow receiver Christian Watson saddled with injuries in the second half of the season Wicks really stepped up for the Packers. Watson is questionable today with a hamstring injury and is a game-time decision. At $4800 on DraftKings Wicks brings great value to your DFS roster.
Up for consideration....
Wick's fellow rookie teammate tight end Tucker Kraft holds a $3300 DFS price tag on DraftKings. Rookie and early season sensation tight end Luke Musgrave made a return to action late in the season after missing a good chunk of the second half of the season due to a few different injuries but saw just one target in the late season win versus the Bears.
Kraft averaged 5.1 targets down the stretch in December and January averaging just under 50 yards per game (49.5). His price tag combined with his on-field reliability with Jordan Love makes him a great play today against the Cowboys.
I normally don't mention stud starters in the column but I'm making an exception today. Running back David Montgomery is thriving in his first season with Detroit since coming over from the Bears. His success is all the more impressive due to the fact that he's been splitting carries with stud rookie running back Jahmyr Gibbs.
If the Lions are going to advance and make a Super Bowl run, they're going to need both backs to produce this month. In his fifth season in the league, Montgomery has reached a career high in touchdowns (13) and average yards per carry (4.6) and was just fifty-five yards shy of his career best in rushing yards on twenty-eight fewer carries. Montgomery, who literally carried the Lions early in the season, holds a DFS price on DraftKings of $6200, $400 less than Gibbs.