The NFL regular season is in the books, and Super Wild Card Weekend is up ahead! We have six games on the NFL Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) slate this week. If you’re looking for a way to combine the fun of betting and fantasy football, ThriveFantasy may be the perfect site for you.
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Now that you understand how ThriveFantasy works, let’s get into the DFS football predictions series for Wild Card Weekend! We’ll go over one pick for each game on the schedule.
Prop stats information for NFL DFS Wild Card Weekend picks are current as of Thursday, January 13, at 4:30 p.m. ET.
NFL DFS Wild Card Weekend: ThriveFantasy Daily Fantasy Sports
Darren Waller, TE, Las Vegas Raiders @ Cincinnati Bengals
OVER 3.5 Receptions
Darren Waller made his return to the field last week after missing time due to injury. He was a bit limited, but he still caught two passes. Escaping the game without any setbacks, his role should grow for the playoff game.
Waller averages 5.5 receptions per game this season, and he should be a major part of the Raiders’ game plan on Saturday. The running game has not been as efficient as it should be, so we could see Derek Carr pass the ball a lot, helping out Waller’s reception total.
Plan on Waller hitting this total and make this your fantasy pick of the day.
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Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills
OVER 50.5 Rushing Yards
Despite playing in a timeshare, Damien Harris has been terrific for the Patriots this season. New England’s offensive line is really good, and he has been efficient in finishing runs.
He did get banged up at the end of the season, and we saw the Patriots give him a lighter workload as a result. However, he should get his full share of the carries again on Saturday.
The Bills have allowed 4.4 yards per carry over their past three games, which isn’t great. Harris has gone for a total of 214 yards in his two games against Buffalo, topping the century mark in both games.
Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
OVER 4.5 Receptions
Yes, the Eagles want to be a run-heavy team. However, that is not the recipe for success against a good Tampa Bay run defense. Instead, the Eagles have to throw the ball to win this game, and Dallas Goedert is Philadelphia’s best receiving target right now.
Goedert has totaled six or more receptions in three of his past four games, seeing 21 targets over this stretch. He will be a popular target for Jalen Hurts.
Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers @ Dallas Cowboys
OVER 0.5 Receiving + Rushing TDs
It’s clear the 49ers will do absolutely everything possible to get the ball in Deebo Samuel‘s hands. They have had him run, catch, and pass for a touchdown this season. The Cowboys’ first move when San Francisco breaks the tackle will be to find where Samuel is, as he will split out as a wide receiver and line up in the backfield.
Samuel has totaled a rushing or receiving touchdown in seven of his past eight games. The Cowboys will struggle to contain him on Sunday.
Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers @ Kansas City Chiefs
OVER 60.5 Rushing Yards
The weakness for the Steelers is their offensive line. However, this is less of an issue against Kansas City, as the Chiefs’ defensive front is also weak. The Chiefs have given up 4.8 yards per carry this season, which is the second-most in the NFL. Over their past three games, this average has risen to 5.3.
Najee Harris has run for over 60.5 yards in four of his past six games. This includes a matchup with Kansas City in which he carried the ball 19 times for 93 yards.
James Conner, RB, Arizona Cardinals @ Los Angeles Rams
OVER 0.5 Rushing TDs
The difference in the two matchups between the Cardinals and Rams this season was Arizona’s rushing production. For them to win this game, they have to run at the Rams.
Clearly, the Cardinals are more than capable of running downhill on their opponents, thanks in part to James Conner.
We have seen Conner score a rushing touchdown in 10 of his past 13 games. This includes four total rushing touchdowns against the Rams, scoring two in both games.