Ben Cummins is ready for the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs and he provides you with his top contrarian GPP stacks for Fantasy Aces. …
1. Tom Brady and Michael Floyd vs HOU, $11,500 (23% of your salary cap)
Malcolm Mitchell missed Week 17 with a knee injury and has only practiced on a “limited” basis this week. There has been speculation he will not be active on Saturday. Monitor the injury report because if Mitchell does end up missing the game, Michael Floyd would likely draw the start in his place and you’ll be able to roster him at an extremely low ownership percentage. I expect this game to be a blowout, meaning Tom Brady is going to be able to do basically whatever he wants to in this one. Sure, the Texans pass defense looks good on paper, but the Giants defense did too leading up to last week. See: Aaron Rodgers’ Wild Card performance. There is certainly a chance the Patriots go run heavy, especially in the second half when they have a large lead. However, with LeGarrette Blount missing multiple practices this week due to an illness, maybe they throw the ball more. If Brady has a three or four TD performance and one or two of them end up in Floyd’s hands you’ll be well on your way in a GPP.
2. Aaron Rodgers and Geronimo Allison vs DAL, $11,350 (22.7% of your salary cap)
With Jordy Nelson dealing with multiple fractured ribs, I don’t expect him to play on Sunday. If that ends up being the case, Geronimo Allison should see a lot more run just like he did in Weeks 16 and 17 with Randall Cobb sidelined. Allison saw 13 targets and caught eight passes for 157 yards and a TD in those two games. Allison benefits from playing with the hottest QB in football right now and has a favorable matchup against a Cowboys defense that gave up the seventh-most passing yards in the regular season. If he finds the end zone again just like he did two weeks ago, this GPP stack could put you over the top on Sunday night.
3. Matt Ryan and Mohamed Sanu vs SEA, $11,500 (23% of your salary cap)
4. Matt Ryan and Taylor Gabriel vs SEA, $11,650 (23.3% of your salary cap)
Matt Ryan threw for 38 pass TDs in the regular season, which was only two fewer than the red hot Aaron Rodgers. Ryan had an unbelievable year quarterbacking the Falcons as a team to 540 points in the regular season. That’s 99 more than any other team on this slate. Quietly, Atlanta tied The Greatest Show on Turf for the seventh-most points scored in regular season history. Playing at home in this one and with Seattle missing Earl Thomas due to injury, I expect Ryan to have plenty of success. That should benefit Mohamed Sanu, who finished second on the team in targets this season despite missing a game due to injury. Plus, he had a solid game against the Seahawks earlier this year seeing 10 targets and catching five passes for 47 yards and a TD. Then there’s Taylor Gabriel, who, despite missing Week 17 due to injury, is practicing in full for this game. After having essentially three weeks to rest up, Gabriel should look as electric as ever on Saturday. Gabriel scored seven TDs in his final eight games of the regular season and is a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball. Both make for very intriguing GPP stacks with Ryan.
5. Dak Prescott and Terrance Williams vs GB, $10,100 (20.2% of your salary cap)
I believe Aaron Rodgers stays in the flames and leads Green Bay to another victory this weekend. If that ends up being the case, then Dak Prescott is going to have to throw a lot in order to keep pace with Rodgers. More pass attempts could mean more opportunities for Terrance Williams. While Williams is extremely hit or miss, he has proven he has big play potential in the past and has a chance to get deep on a Packers defense that gave up the second-most passing yards and tied for the third-most pass TDs allowed in the regular season. If he does just that, this stack will have you rising up your GPP leader board very quickly on Sunday night, as Williams is guaranteed to be extremely low owned in your tournament.
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