Bengals vs. Bills: Daily Fantasy Sleepers, Lineup Picks for FanDuel, DraftKings

Joe TanseyJanuary 22, 2023

Bengals vs. Bills: Daily Fantasy Sleepers, Lineup Picks for FanDuel, DraftKings

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    ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 15: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills scrambles during the first half of the game against the Miami Dolphins in the AFC Wild Card playoff game at Highmark Stadium on January 15, 2023 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
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    The Cincinnati Bengals vs. Buffalo Bills divisional-round matchups is expected to be a showcase of a two terrific offenses.

    Daily fantasy football players must be hoping that projection becomes a reality since there are so many intriguing options to choose from in FanDuel and DraftKings contests.

    Josh Allen and the Bills offense produced 423 total yards in their wild-card win over the Miami Dolphins.

    Allen is once again expected to combine with Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis at a high volume. We also learned last week that Cole Beasley could be an important piece inside the Bills offense.

    Joe Burrow led the Bengals to just 234 total yards against the Baltimore Ravens. The Cincinnati offense can be way more effective on Sunday. The Bengals have played well on the road of late.

    Cincinnati had three games with 370 or more total yards on the road in the second half of the regular season. Burrow has the potential to spread the ball out to numerous targets and match whatever Allen puts up on the scoreboard.

    An Allen vs. Burrow shootout is a dream scenario for DFS players, who could use a majority of their roster spots on the Bills and Bengals.

Sleeper Picks

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    ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 15: Cole Beasley #11 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter of the game in the AFC Wild Card playoff game at Highmark Stadium on January 15, 2023 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
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    Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo

    Cole Beasley reemerged as a threat inside the Buffalo offense in the wild-card round.

    The slot wide receiver caught a touchdown pass in the win over the Miami Dolphins.

    Beasley is familiar with the offensive system from his first stint in Buffalo and he carries a decent amount of playoff experience.

    Beasley is a wide receiver that Josh Allen can trust, and it would not be a surprise to see him get more work out of the slot on Sunday.

    The 11-year pro will not have the same workload as the top targets in the Buffalo offense, but he could be a solid final piece in a lineup stack because he could have a low roster percentage.

    Beasley is worth the DFS risk, if you are willing to take it, because he could pop up for a few key catches across the middle and another touchdown.

    Hayden Hurst, TE, Cincinnati

    Hayden Hurst is the best version of a sleeper you will get inside the Cincinnati offense.

    Hurst was one of six skill position players to touch the ball in the win over the Baltimore Ravens.

    Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd will all be popular options at wide receiver, as will Joe Mixon at running back.

    It is hard to trust Samaje Perine as a sleeper because his workload diminished when Mixon returned from injury. It is difficult to burn a running back spot in DFS contests on a risky backup.

    Hurst may be the least popular of the four tight ends on the Sunday DFS slate behind Dawson Knox, Dalton Schultz and George Kittle.

    He produced consecutive weeks with four receptions. He was targeted on six occasions last week, so you can justify his inclusion over the other tight ends to save some salary.

    Hurst is not a touchdown juggernaut, like the other tight ends, but he can be serviceable enough to provide value as a sleeper play.

Bengals Lineup Picks

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    CINCINNATI, OHIO - JANUARY 15: Ja'Marr Chase #1 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates after scoring a 7 yard touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the second quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff game at Paycor Stadium on January 15, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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    There are no secrets about what the Cincinnati Bengals will do on offense.

    Burrow will target the triumvirate of Chase, Higgins and Boyd through the air and rely on Mixon to run the ball.

    A Cincinnati lineup stack will likely feature Burrow, Chase and Mixon with either Boyd, Higgins or Hurst as the fourth option.

    Chase has 452 receiving yards and two touchdowns in his brief postseason career. He has at least 80 receiving yards in four of his five playoff appearances.

    Cincinnati's top wideout earned 12 targets from Burrow last week. A similar total is expected in Orchard Park, New York, on Sunday.

    Chase is the best DFS option on the Bengals roster to add to a lineup made up from all four teams playing on Sunday, or as an addition to another lineup stack.

    Higgins held the edge over Boyd in the wild-card round. Higgins had four catches for 37 yards on six targets, while Boyd caught all three of his targets for 26 yards.

    Higgins had 11 more targets than Boyd over the last three weeks, so he is the better DFS option to pair with Burrow if you stack the Bengals.

    Mixon is a reliable running back to have in your lineup, but some DFS players may look past him with both running backs from the Bills and Dallas Cowboys on lower salaries on FanDuel and DraftKings.

Bills Lineup Picks

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    FOXBOROUGH, MA - DECEMBER 01: Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabriel Davis (13) in warm up before a game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills on December 1, 2022, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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    Gabriel Davis could be the better option than Stefon Diggs to pair with Josh Allen in a Bills lineup stack.

    Davis has exploded in his last two postseason games. He had 113 yards and a touchdown against the Dolphins last week and 201 yards and four scores in last year's divisional battle with the Kansas City Chiefs.

    Davis has 14 catches on 19 targets in those two games. He should see the ball on a regular basis again on Sunday.

    Diggs is still a strong DFS option, but if you have to save some salary, Davis could be plugged in over him to add quality elsewhere on the roster.

    Buffalo's No. 1 wideout had 114 yards on seven catches against the Dolphins, but he has put up some playoff duds.

    Diggs had three catches for seven yards against the Chiefs last postseason. He only had 60 receiving yards in the wild-card win over the New England Patriots last season.

    Allen will target Diggs at a high rate, but it would not be out of the ordinary for Davis to outgain him.

    A Bills lineup stack could feature some combination of Diggs, Davis, Beasley and Dawson Knox alongside Allen so that you can avoid their running backs.

    Devin Singletary and James Cook split the carries last week. Cook had 12 rushes for 39 yards and a score, while Singletary earned 48 yards off 10 carries.

    The other running backs across Sunday's two-game slate are more productive and that may lead you to avoiding Singletary and Cook because the production split can hurt their respective DFS values.