Parlay4’s QB Quartet for Wild Card Playoffs
As hard as it is to believe, the playoffs are already upon us and we’ve got six terrific matchups to decipher ahead of Wild Card Weekend. With that comes some intriguing options to explore as far as fantasy football formats go, including the four quarterbacks being presented this week on the Parlay4 app. Let’s waste no further time and get to digging right in.
Josh Allen vs. MIA
Joe Burrow vs. BAL
Kirk Cousins vs. NYG
Lamar Jackson at CIN
Kirk Cousins Over/Under 17.3 Fantasy Pts
There’s a narrative out there that Kirk Cousins can’t perform in big prime time games. Fortunately for the Vikings signal-caller, this Wild Card bout will be occurring in a Sunday afternoon setting.
Not only that, it’s a home affair for Captain Kirk and his squad, a component that can be key in projecting Cousins’ performance. After all, his career passer rating in front of the home fans (101.0) is nearly seven full points higher than it is on the road (94.7), and this tendency has been more glaring as Vikings quarterback.
In fact, across his 40 home games in Minnesota since inking with the franchise prior to the 2018 season, Cousins has etched 10,336 passing yards alongside a 79-24 TD/INT ratio — good for a marvelous 103.8 rating in such contests.
Making matters more tempting, the 11-year vet faced this same opponent, the New York Giants, no more than a month ago and crafted one of his best games of the season. In that outing, Cousins connected on 34-of-48 passes for 299 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions.
The Giants-Vikings Wild Card showdown should be a close one and, win or lose, anticipate Cousins to pad the boxscore.
Pick: OVER 17.3 Fantasy Pts
Leaning on Josh Allen in any fantasy matchup can be a lot of fun for the Wyoming product’s typical potential to absolutely stuff the stat sheet. However, in a contest that is expected to mostly be a rout in favor of the Buffalo Bills, his ceiling may not be as high as it normally is
The Dolphins are going with third-string QB Skylar Thompson due to injuries to Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) and Teddy Bridgewater (finger/knee), and as a result, this postseason game between division rivals could get out of hand. That would signal smaller numbers for Allen if the Bills are wise and limit him in the second half.
The Ravens-Bengals playoff tilt later on Sunday evening has potential for a similar outcome in regards to the home side. Baltimore, after all, is still waiting out to see if its starting quarterback, Lamar Jackson (knee), will be healthy enough to return. More likely than not, Jackson seemingly won’t be back, which figures to spell a decisive W for the Bengals. In turn, that means a lower ceiling for Joe Burrow.