Divisional

DraftKings Divisional Round Preview – Rams at Packers

  • 2021 NFL Playoffs
  • Aaron Jones
  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Allen Lazard
  • Cam Akers
  • Cooper Kupp
  • Daily Fantasy
  • Davante Adams
  • DraftKings
  • Jared Goff
  • John Wolford
  • Malcolm Brown
  • Robert Tonyan
  • Robert Woods
  • Tyler Higbee
By Tyler Reid January 13, 2021 0 Comment
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DraftKings Divisional Positional Breakdown: Rams vs. Packers

The Divisional weekend is here and the first game sees the Los Angeles Rams travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers.

The Rams pulled off a big victory on Super Wild Card Weekend, upsetting the Seattle Seahawks 30-20.  Not many people gave the Rams much hope, as they had issues at the quarterback position heading into the game. John Wolford got the start, but he was injured in the second series. This led to the return to Jared Goff, injured thumb and all, who definitely looked uncomfortable doing anything with his right hand.

However, it was the Rams defense that carried the team to victory. They were able to contain Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson all game, sacking him five times. They also had one interception that was returned for a touchdown. Can this defense again lead the Rams to victory at Lambeau Field?

The Packers are the No. 1 seed in the NFC. They are coming off a bye. They are seven-point favorites with a 45.5 game total set. Green Bay led all teams in scoring, with 509 points in the regular season. The Rams, meanwhile, gave up the fewest points against at 296.

Does this mean you should fade the Packers’ offense against the Rams in the DraftKings Divisional round? Time to break it down.

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QUARTERBACKS

Aaron Rodgers ($6900) – Seems cheap for the potential MVP of the league, right? Rodgers has thrown 48 touchdowns and is scoring 25.3 FPPG. However, the Rams are leading the league in points against at 18.5. Additionally, they only allow 212 passing yards per game. Rodgers has only scored under 20 FPPG in three games this year. Odds are, he will get above that mark in this tough matchup versus the Rams.

What to do with the Rams’ quarterback situation? Either way, it may not be pretty, no matter who starts for the Rams. Goff ($5200) or Wolford ($4900) face the second-ranked defense against quarterbacks. The Packers allow the eighth-least amount of passing yards per game at 237.1. The Rams quarterback, no matter who it was, has not scored over 20 FPPG since Week 13 vs. Arizona. Tough to trust them here.

RUNNING BACKS

Aaron Jones ($6800) brings his 19.1 FPPG against the 13th-ranked defense against running backs. Jones has scored at least 12 PPG in four of his last five games. The best thing going for Jones in this matchup is volume. He has only had 12 or fewer touches once this year.

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Next is Cam Akers ($5700) as the Packers rank 24th against opposing backs. He has 20+ carries in his four of last five starts. During this time, he is averaging 17.6 FPPG. Green Bay is allowing 112 yards per game on the ground. Additionally, they are giving up just under 23 PPG.

Additionally, Malcolm Brown ($4100) could be considered here as well. Even though Akers is the lead back, Brown is still getting involved. Brown had 10 touches in the Wild Card matchup against the Seahawks. You would definitely be banking on a touchdown or an injury to really create any value with him, though.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Firstly is Davante Adams ($8400), the cheapest he has been since Week 11. Adams has 115 catches for 1,374 yards and 18 touchdowns on the year. He is scoring 27.2 FPPG. It will be a tough matchup, as the Rams rank first against wide receivers. That being said, Adams has only one game that he has played and had less than six receptions this year.

Secondly is Robert Woods ($5900), who averages 15.7 FPPG. The Rams’ passing attack has not been around since Week 13. It is hard to say exactly what will happen here, but at least Woods is still grabbing a minimum of four balls a game. The Packers rank third against receivers.

Third up is the other Rams wideout, Cooper Kupp ($5300). Kupp has a banged-up knee, but all reports say it will not keep him out of this divisional matchup. Lately, it seems Kupp is the one who is getting more yards for the Rams. He has over 65 receiving yards in three of his last five games. He is also grabbing six catches a game in that span.

Lastly is Allen Lazard ($3900). He is only averaging four targets a game since coming back from injury in Week 11. Lazard may find a few extra targets this week though, as Jalen Ramsey will be all over Adams.

TIGHT ENDS

Robert Tonyan ($4200) has scored in six of his last seven games. He is catching at least four passes a game to go with 34.1 yards a game. He will require a touchdown to meet his value here against the Rams, who are ranked eighth against tight ends, per DraftKings.

As noted above, the Rams’ passing attack has disappeared.  Tyler Higbee ($3000) has five touchdowns on the year, including two in his last five games. The Packers rank 11th versus tight ends.

DST

The Packers ($3900) have a fairly high price due to the uncertainty of the Rams offense. As they are the favorite to win by seven, expect the Packers defense to create pressure and cause turnovers on the Rams quarterback. Green Bay was 10th in sacks, with 41 in the regular season.

Finally, we have the Rams ($2600) playing Aaron Rodgers. They have the second-most sacks and touchdowns on the year. They give up only 18 PPG and just over 200 passing yards a game. Can they keep the Pack in check in the divisional round?

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