It’s going to be a really merry Christmas for NFL fans with three games scheduled for Christmas. Chiefs vs. Raiders (1 p.m. ET) is followed by Eagles vs. Giants (4:30 p.m. ET), with the day ending with Ravens vs. 49ers at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday Night Football. NFL DFS lineups will be loaded with playmakers like Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley and AJ Brown, as well as elite QBs like Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson and Jalen Hurts. However, if you choose a more economical NFL DFS strategy as a quarterback, then Raiders rookie Aidan O’Connell may find a way to enter the Christmas NFL DFS contests.
None of the aforementioned big name QBs had as many Fantasy points as O’Connell last week with 248 yards and four touchdowns. In the season of giving, what can O’Connell offer daily fantasy football managers for Christmas? Before you lock in your Monday NFL DFS picks on sites like DraftKings and FanDuel, you should see what Mike McClure has to say.
McClure is a legendary professional DFS player with more than $2 million in career winnings. It uses a powerful prediction model that simulates every moment of NFL action, taking into account factors such as matchups, statistical trends and injuries. This allows him to find the best DFS values, which he shares only with SportsLine members. His methodology has led to huge profits at FanDuel and DraftKings.
He won two high-stakes tournaments on FanDuel in 2020 and recorded two top-10 finishes in tournaments with over 130,000 participants on DraftKings. His lineups also finished in the top 1% in more than a dozen other tournaments. Last year he won the DraftKings Millionaire Maker twice and the FanDuel Million once. McClure won two showdowns this season and posted a 36x return on investment in a recent edition of Monday Night Football. A SportsLine subscriber also won $100,000 in December using McClure’s NFL DFS player pool. Anyone who followed him is way up there.
McClure has now turned his attention to the NFL Christmas schedule and locked down his top daily fantasy football picks. You can see them just by heading over to SportsLine.
Best NFL DFS Picks for Christmas
One of McClure’s top NFL DFS picks for Christmas is Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce at $7,500 on DraftKings and $7,200 on FanDuel. The eight-time Pro Bowler had a quiet performance last week, but tied a season high with three red-zone targets. In his three previous games until last week, he had at least 81 receiving yards in each. That includes a Week 12 game against the Raiders, who are his opponent on Monday, as Kelce had six catches for 91 yards.
That performance was just an extension of Kelce’s dominance over the division rival that dates back many years. He had at least 90 yards or a touchdown in seven of his last nine games against the Raiders, including a four-TD performance just a year ago. Only four teams have given up more receptions to tight ends than Las Vegas this year, and over their last three games the team has allowed an average of 10.3 targets, 7.7 receptions and 81.3 yards to the TE position.
Part of McClure’s optimal NFL DFS strategy also includes including Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams at $7,300 on DraftKings and $7,500 on FanDuel. Adams is coming off his second 100-yard game of the season with an 8-101-1 record last Thursday. He was also thrown a dozen times in that game and now ranks fifth in the NFL with 140 targets.
Adams has averaged more targets, receptions and yards in the seven games O’Connell has started than in the seven games any other Raider QB has started. He’s also had recent success against the Chiefs, averaging 90 receiving yards with two total TDs in the three games since joining Las Vegas. Meanwhile, in the last seven touchdowns Kansas City has allowed, five of them have come through the air. The Chiefs have also allowed 212.8 passing yards over their last four contests — the most they’ve allowed over any four games this season — so they appear ripe for Adams’ selection. Check out the rest of McClure’s NFL DFS players here.
How to set NFL DFS lineups for Christmas
McClure is also targeting an underrated player who is ready to explode with huge numbers on Monday. This choice could be the difference between winning your tournaments and cash games or going home with nothing. You can only see who is here.
So who does Mike McClure put in his optimal NFL DFS lineups for Christmas and which underrated player is a must-list? Visit SportsLine now for optimal NFL DFS picks, rankings, tips and stacks, all from a daily fantasy expert with more than $2 million in winnings, and find out.