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Wild Card Saturday is here and the games today are, if nothing else, football games. The Bengals are without their starting quarterback and the Steelers are on to their third-string running back. The Texans started a quarterback this year that wasn't on its roster at the beginning of the 2015-2016 season. The Chiefs are coached by Andy Reid. At the very least, we get to watch NFL football on a Saturday. But, what could you do to make the most out of your Wild Card Saturday? Play some daily fantasy football, that's what!
Alex Smith at $7,100
Ride the quarterback of the hottest team over the past ten weeks of the NFL. Smith finished fourth among quarterbacks in rushing with 498 yards, a career best for the former number one overall pick. The Texans had a top ten rushing defense, but surrendered 4.1 yards per carry, a stat that bodes well for Smith's chance to pick up fantasy points with his feet.
Charcandrick West at $6,400
While the Texans had a top ten rushing defense, I don't have a lot of faith in the other options available during this slate of Wild Card games on Saturday. Names like Fitzgerald Toussaint, Jordan Todman, and Alfred Blue don't move the needle for me. At all.
Giovani Bernard at $5,600
I never thought Bernard would be a value option at any point during the 2015-2016 season, but alas, here we are. The Steelers have a great rushing defense, ranking in the top five amongst the rest of the NFL, but like I mentioned earlier, who else are you going to invest your fantasy dollars into to get you production?
Jeremy Maclin at $7,200
Maclin was apparently the cure-all for a Chiefs' passing offense that had so much trouble connecting with a wide receiver for a touchdown. Alex Smith's number one option set a personal best in the 2015-2016 season with 87 receptions, and should figure to be a big part of Kansas City's plan to score points against Houston today.
A.J. Green at $8,300
Green has experienced a ton of success against the Steelers this season: 11 receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown on Nov. 1 and six receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown on Dec. 13, the game in which Andy Dalton sustained the injury to his thumb in the first half. With the Steelers' stout rush defense, expect the Bengals to try and get the ball out of the hands of one A.J. and into those of the most talented A.J.
Antonio Brown at $9,500
The Steelers passing offense is absolutely explosive and something that many deemed other teams would want no part of come playoff time, but without DeAngelo Williams in the backfield to keep teams honest, it's going to be quite the challenge for Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers' offense to get points on the board. Brown didn't have a ton of success versus the Bengals in 2015, but he's going to have to be a big part of their offense today if they plan to win.
Heath Miller at $5,600
Did you know that if the Steelers have injuries to both Ben Roethlisberger and Landry Jones, the Steelers' emergency quarterback is Heath Miller? If you go with Miller in your lineup, don't be shocked to see him throw touchdown passes to Antonio Brown; be mesmerized.
Nick Novak at $4,600
Will the Texans score a touchdown? I don't think so. They might make some field goals though. So go with Nick Novak: the man in the dome.
Kansas City Chiefs at $5,100
The Chiefs had 22 interceptions this season, second in the NFL to only the Carolina Panthers. They also ranked fourth in sacks with 47 total. Another reason you should pick the Chiefs for Wild Card Saturday? They play the Houston Texans.