The right NFL Playoff Challenge strategy is difficult to nail, but a wrinkle in the 2022 NFL playoffs is that the No. 2 seeds will play on Wild Card Weekend. In past years, players like Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady would have been on a bye this week, but now they can start earning points for your team this weekend. Who can you trust in your NFL Playoff Challenge picks?
Your NFL Playoff Challenge lineups might even include a player who’s on a bye. The game’s multipliers mean if you start a player who’s on a bye in NFL Wild Card Weekend 2022, they can earn quadruple points by the time they’re in the Super Bowl. Before you lock in your 2022 NFL Playoff Challenge picks, be sure to see what SportsLine’s Mike McClure has to say.
McClure is a legendary professional DFS player with almost $2 million in career winnings. His methodology has led to enormous cashes on FanDuel and DraftKings. He took down two high-stakes tournaments on FanDuel in 2020 and recorded a pair top-10 finishes in tournaments with over 130,000 entrants on DraftKings. His lineups also finished inside the top 1 percent in more than a dozen other tournaments last season.
He uses a powerful prediction model that simulates every snap of NFL action, taking factors such as matchups, statistical trends and injuries into account. This allows him to find the best NFL DFS values that he shares only with members at SportsLine.
Top NFL Playoff Challenge picks for Wild Card Weekend
One of McClure’s top NFL Playoff Challenge picks for Wild Card Weekend: Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. He has been somewhat quiet in the past two weeks, combining for 59 yards on nine catches, but a monster game is always lurking. In Week 15, Kelce went off for 191 yards on 10 catches against the Chargers.
The Chiefs won’t be on bye as the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoff bracket, but they’ll have a chance to make quick work of the Steelers on Sunday. With Patrick Mahomes now operating closer to his old self, expect Kelce to get his fair share of targets. Kelce didn’t play when the Chiefs cruised to a 36-10 win over the Steelers in Week 16.
Another part of McClure’s optimal NFL Playoff Challenge lineup includes rostering Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who finished the regular season with 145 receptions, 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns. Kupp led the league in each of those categories and has eclipsed 95 receiving yards in 12 consecutive games.
Kupp also had plenty of success against the Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles’ opponent on Monday, this season. In L.A.’s 30-23 victory over Arizona on Dec. 13, Kupp recorded 13 receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown. Lock him in your NFL Playoff Challenge lineups and look for a big return on Wild Card Weekend.
How to build 2022 NFL Playoff Challenge lineups
McClure is also targeting a player who could go off for big numbers on NFL Wild Card Weekend because of a dream matchup. This pick could be the difference between winning your NFL Playoff Challenge or going home with nothing. You can see who it is over at SportsLine.
So what is the optimal 2022 NFL Playoff Challenge lineup for Wild Card Weekend? Visit SportsLine now to see the full optimal tournament lineup for the NFL Playoff Challenge, all from a daily Fantasy expert with nearly $2 million in winnings, and find out.