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Best PrizePicks player props for NFL playoffs Divisional Round

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The dream scenario was to go 4-for-4 within the PrizePicks selections for Wild Card Weekend, but alas, Leonard Fournette and the Buccaneers had other ideas. The excellent news is that Cameron Dicker, Daniel Jones, and Dalton Schultz all covered their props. 

While there’s room for improvement, hitting 75% of the picks is an appropriate final result. It was a wild weekend of football, and we must always have a fair higher one on tap for the Divisional Round. 


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PrizePicks player props for the NFL playoffs

Jerick McKinnon over 57.5 rushing + receiving yards

If you might have perused the PrizePicks lobby, you is likely to be wondering why I selected the rushing + receiving prop, when his rushing prop is at 19.5 yards and his receiving prop is at 33.5 yards. The reply is straightforward – he could cover this prop with 30 rushing yards and 30 receiving yards or with 15 rushing yards and 45 receiving yards. This route offers peace of mind, as all we now have to fret about is him racking up yards from scrimmage. 

Over the past six games, McKinnon has played on near 50% of the snaps. During that stretch, he has averaged 23.6 rushing yards and 45.6 receiving yards. A matchup against the Jaguars sets up well for McKinnon, as Jacksonville is one in all the most important pass-funnel defenses within the league. In other words, they’re tough against the run and vulnerable through the air. If the Chiefs lean into the matchup, we could easily see McKinnon out-snap Isiah Pacheco. 

Saquon Barkley over 70.5 rushing yards

Barkley only had 28 rushing yards on nine carries in his first game against the Eagles this season, however the Giants were down by three scores early in the primary half and were twiddling with a big deficit the complete game. When the Giants opted to rest their starters in Week 18 against Philadelphia, Gary Brightwell and Matt Breida combined for 15 carries and 88 rushing yards. 

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Brian Daboll is top-of-the-line coaches within the league at game-planning for his opponents. Against the Vikings, he went with a pass-heavy approach because that’s where he knew they’d the most important advantage. The Eagles are first in DVOA against the pass and twenty first in DVOA against the run, so we will expect more of a run-heavy approach this week. The Giants are not looking for to get right into a shootout with the Eagles, and running the ball will keep Jalen Hurts and company on the sidelines. 

Josh Allen under 44.5 rushing yards

When you leaf through Allen’s game log, you will note plenty of variance in each his rushing attempts and his rushing yards. He’s a tricky quarterback to bring down and he’s faster than he looks, which makes him a threat to achieve yards on the bottom anytime the pocket collapses. 

While it’s never fun picking against Allen on any prop, the matchup doesn’t arrange well for his rushing upside. The Bengals are twenty eighth in adjusted sack rate, while the Bills’ offensive line is sixth in adjusted sack rate. Allen must have loads of time within the pocket to select apart this secondary. Moreover, Cincinnati allowed the third fewest rushing yards per game (10.8) to opposing quarterbacks throughout the regular season. 

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Ezekiel Elliott under 34.5 rushing yards

How are you going to not love the under on Zeke’s rushing prop this week? For starters, he was out-snapped by Tony Pollard within the Wild Card round. Fantasy players have been clamoring for this to occur for years, and the Cowboys are finally starting to offer Pollard more work. Zeke played on 48% of the snaps against the Buccaneers and was only capable of turn 13 carries into 27 yards. In his last three games combined, he has averaged under two yards per carry. 

It’s not like we will expect many rushing lanes to open up for Zeke this week against the Niners, as they allowed the second fewest rushing yards per game (78.5) throughout the regular season. The Cowboys are 3.5-point underdogs and will find themselves in a pass-heavy game script in the event that they fall behind early. Essentially, we now have an inefficient running back in a foul matchup and in a potentially bad game script. 

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