If your Saturday is looking dull, cold, or you just need a new hobby, the NFL Divisional Round begins at 4:35pm ET with Kansas City at New England. Get your popcorn read. Question marks on both sides of the ball could mean some sneaky daily fantasy football plays and should make for a weekend of low-scoring, defensive-driven pigskin.
Once again this weekend, FanDuelis running a $1.25 million guaranteed NFL Saturday Million. The tournament will pay out $120,000 to first place and the top 11,490 lineups will finish in the money, with the minimum payout being $60. The tournament is capped at 57,471 entries and has been quite popular the last few weeks, so get your lineups in while there’s still plenty of room. Remember, lineups lock on Saturday at 4:35pm ET.
If you enter the Saturday Million on FanDuel, you’ll select one quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, one tight end, one kicker, and one defense. Yes, kickers matter on FanDuel, so choose wisely. You’ll get $60,000 to fill out your nine-man roster, an average of $6,667 per player.
Here are the two most expensive players at each position this weekend. Note that Antonio Brown is actually the most expensive wide receiver, but because he was ruled out, he was not included in this list:
Carson Palmer – $8,900
Cam Newton – $8,700
David Johnson – $8,500
Marshawn Lynch – $7,800
Demaryius Thomas – $8,100
Larry Fitzgerald – $7,900
Rob Gronkowski – $8,300
Travis Kelce – $6,600
Stephen Gostkowski – $5,200
Graham Gano – $4,900
Denver Broncos – $5,300
Carolina Panthers – $5,000
The Antonio Brown news is pretty major and dampens the outlook of all Steelers’ skill position players. His absence could make Denver the premier defensive play of the week, although much of the field will also be on Arizona, which crushed Green Bay three weeks ago and gets another home date with the Packers in the Divisional Round on Saturday night. Health questions also surround Rob Gronkowski, Jeremy Maclin, and Marshawn Lynch.
If $25 is a little much, FanDuel is also running a $1 million guaranteed NFL Saturday Rush, which has a $5 buy-in and a $1 million guaranteed prize pool. First place will receive $100,000, almost as much as the winner of the Saturday Million gets. The field of the Saturday Rush is already at 118,000 lineups, but remains about half-full.
If you don’t already have a FanDuel account, sign up here. FanDuel typically offers a 100% up to $200 deposit bonus that you’ll get back as you play. Each contest played results in a percentage of your deposit bonus coming back to you.