PlaySqorr Playbook - Conference Championships
Steve Pimental takes us through his NFL PlaySqorr Playbook for Sunday's Conference Championship Games!
I’ve enjoyed playing PlaySqorr and the PlaySqorr app during the NFL regular season and each of the first two rounds of the playoffs, but Sunday’s Conference Championship games may be the perfect time for PlaySqorr. I love that the championship cards feature players and matchups from both games, allowing me to easily have a little extra incentive to watch both games. I like both PlaySqorr cards for the championship games, but I wound up going with Weekend Ballers, in part because it sounded it.
NFL Championship Weekend Ballers
Derrick Henry Over 16 fantasy points
On the one hand, this total is really low considering he has rushed for at least 182 yards in three consecutive games, and he has topped 16 fantasy points in eight of his last nine games. On the other hand, I don’t really expect him to top 160 rushing yards again, so that means we’re counting on him to score at least one touchdown. He had 18 touchdowns in the regular season and another in the playoffs, so I think he gets at least one here, but it’s not a foregone conclusion.
Damien Williams Over 13.25 fantasy points
Williams has been Kansas City’s workhorse in his three games since returning from injury, and he has been well over 13.25 fantasy points in all three games. Houston did a good job of slowing Williams down last week, but I think he’ll find more room to run against Tennessee.
Kelce made it look very easy last week, but he and Kittle averaged the same number of fantasy points during the regular season. The Titans will almost certainly do a better job covering Kelce than the Texans did, and I think the 49ers will throw more than they did last week.
This is probably the matchup I feel least confident in, so I may just skip it on my card. That being said, I don’t trust A.J. Brown. Tennessee will throw more than they have so far in the playoffs, but I still think it’s pretty easy for good defenses to shut down Brown when he and Derrick Henry are the only offensive weapons you have to account for. That being said, we know Brown is big and strong, and all it takes is one missed tackle for him to rip off a big play. He could benefit from a negative gamescript as well.
On the other side, Tevin Coleman had 22 carries against Minnesota last week after he had 22 carries total in five games in December. Coleman had it going last week, so he out-touched Raheem Mostert , but I don’t necessarily expect that to continue. Still, if the 49ers run it 40+ times again, Coleman could easily get double-digit touches and a touchdown or two.
Graham only caught three passes last week, but I thought he looked pretty good. The Packers need somebody to step up besides Davante Adams and Aaron Jones , and Graham is probably the best bet. Corey Davis has one reception on four targets for three yards in the playoffs, though he had at least 40 receiving yards in three straight games to end the regular season. Ryan Tannehill will almost certainly throw more than he has the last two games, but I’m not expecting much from Davis.
Like most of the remaining playoff teams, the Packers have leaned on their lead back in the postseason after splitting snaps and touches during the regular season. Williams had two touches for 12 yards against Seattle, and while he will probably play more if Green Bay winds up in more obvious passing situations, it’s hard to rack up fantasy points if you’re being used as a blocker. Mecole Hardman will probably only get a couple of touches himself, but as he has proven time and again, he only needs one chance to rip off a big play, like his 63-yard touchdown catch against Tennessee back in November.