As noted in the introduction to our game-by-game analysis piece, a four-game slate still gives us eight teams from which to construct our fantasy lineups, and the combinations are inspiring. The prices, however, are not. The salaries for the Divisional Weekend are so lopsided that it is critical to identify both the high-priced players who won’t disappoint and the bargains that will help make it possible.

Based on our expected Divisional Round DFS game flow analysis performed earlier, we can carry our thoughts into actual lineup positions. The long list of players that fit the requirements set forth by the projected flow of the game was cut dramatically by the requirements set forth by salaries.

Below are Sporfolio’s DFS Divisional Round Plays:


Ben Roethlisberger – You cannot find a breakdown of Sunday’s game between the Jaguars and Steelers and not see a reference to the last time the two teams met – even our picks article mentions the game. In addition, the five interceptions thrown by Ben Roethlisberger are prominently highlighted. Certainly, Roethlisberger was overwhelmed and put together one of the worst performances of his career, but it is hard to imagine he won’t be better prepared for what has proven to be a ferocious defense in the encore. Most importantly, he has his full arsenal of weapons at his disposal, and he will look to bury the Jaguars early so that his defense can hold them down later.

Marcus Mariota – Marcus Mariota is in nearly the complete opposite position as the aforementioned Ben Roethlisberger. Mariota’s team is a heavy underdog on the road, but faces a defense that has a tendency to allow high yardage totals to opponents. This is likely because said opponents are trailing and pushing to mount a comeback that never actually materializes. Mariota has the matchup, gameflow and, comparatively speaking, price to deliver.

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