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NFL DFS: Best DraftKings and FanDuel Picks for Sunday's Conference Championship Games

C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals

C.J. Uzomah has been productive in the playoffs thus far and he comes at a nice cost

Before we get into the daily fantasy (DFS) football picks for Sunday's conference championship games, can we take a moment again to just smile and realize how great last weekend was?

I've been watching football for almost 20 years and (cough cough).... all right, fine, over 30 years (ahem)... Ok, ok around 40 years and I don't remember a single divisional playoff weekend that had all four games as exciting. The Buffalo/Kansas City game was just the perfect scoop of ice cream atop the already perfect slice of pie.

Because having been around as long as I have, I'm not sure Bills-Chiefs was the greatest playoff game EVER. But it is certainly up there and unquestionably top five. It is not one myself or most of us will soon forget.

And the fact that I had a lucrative weekend with my DFS picks only made it sweeter! I always say a three- or four-game slate is my wheelhouse. And we are down to just two games with the Bengals and Chiefs meeting in Arrowhead and the 49ers and Rams battling for a third time this season. But with the wind behind me after last weekend, I'm coming in feeling confident.

Here are some of my preferred picks for this weekend. 

Safe Quarterback Pick for Conference Championship Games

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs (DK $6600, FD $7500)

Kansas City is allowing more fantasy points to quarterbacks per game through this point of the season than any other team. The Chiefs also have allowed the most rushing TDs to quarterbacks. No quarterback has a better matchup this week than Burrow.

Burrow meanwhile has been on absolute fire and is coming off a 348-yard effort in the Divisional Round road upset to the top-seeded Titans in which he completed 76 percent of his passes. Let's not forget that Burrow also played the Chiefs just a few weeks ago (Week 17) and torched this defense for 446 yards and four touchdowns.

High Risk/Reward Quarterback Pick for Conference Championship Games

Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams (DK $5400, FD $6200)

Is Jimmy G a top-tier quarterback? No. But the hate has to stop...

Yes, that's funny. But Garoppolo is a far better QB than he is getting credit for. We have seen quarterbacks play in (and win) the Super Bowl who are far worse than Garoppolo.

Garoppolo has a 98.7 QB rating, threw for almost 4,000 yards in just 15 games, and had five 300-yard games. He also had three rushing TDs. Is he at the same level as the other three QBs playing on Sunday? No. But he's still a decent quarterback and priced accordingly. I'm very happy to grab him, allowing me to spend up elsewhere. He is definitely is a high-leverage play this weekend.

Safe Running Back Pick for Conference Championship Games

Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs (DK $6800, FD $8200)

I initially struggled with whom to put here. We know Mixon is a strong runner. You don't rush for 1,205 yards and 13 TDs without some skill. But I'm worried that the Bengals get into a shootout with the Chiefs and have to abandon the run game.

As I began looking at the projected stats for the running backs, I was surprised by Mixon's recent body of work. In his last four games, Mixon has been targeted 26 times and turned those into 23 catches. Popular wide receiver choices this weekend Byron Pringle and Odell Beckham Jr. don't have those kinds of numbers! 

Burrow obviously trusts Mixon as an option out of the backfield and you should too.

Related: NFL Conference Championship Games Player Props and Touchdown Scorers

High Risk/Reward Running Back Pick for Conference Championship Games

Darrel Williams, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals (DK $4200, FD $5000)

The floor on Williams is subterranean. If you're looking for a dependable option, look elsewhere. But if you're looking to save some salary and chase upside, Williams is an interesting option.

His upside was on display earlier this season when he had two touchdowns and more than 100 combined yards in Week 17. Those paying attention might recall that game was against the Bengals. Something to think about, isn't it?

Safe Wide Receiver Pick for Conference Championship Games

Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers (DK $8800, FD $9700)

I'm going with the obvious choice because no WR has a higher floor (or ceiling) in any given week this year. I'm not expecting a ceiling game, but I'm willing to pay for the guaranteed floor. In one of the few games that Kupp didn't score, his lowest output in any of those games was seven catches for 96 yards.

I'm willing to pay for that and I suspect he puts up numbers closer to his per-game averages of more than eight catches and 114 yards. He also has scored 18 touchdowns in 19 games. As good as the 49ers' defense has been, they still allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to wide receivers during the regular season. I know Kupp is expensive, but how can you possibly fade him at this point?

High Risk/High Reward Wide Receiver Pick for Conference Championship Games

Mohamed Sanu, San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams (DK $3000, FD $4500)

The Jauan Jennings story was a nice one, but Sanu is now off of injured reserve.

Sanu averaged a respectable 11.8 yards per catch when he played and should see a few targets against the Rams. If he does, he should easily be able to give us a profit at his minimum price salary.

Safe Tight End Pick for Conference Championship Games

Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals (DK $6500, FD $7700)

I went back and forth for this spot, but finally settled on Kelce. We all know exactly what Kelce is capable of and I don't need to give you stats to support it. But what finally clinched it for me is that Cincinnati has been horrible against tight ends this year. The Bengals gave up nearly 15 PPR points a game in the regular season to the position. Only five other defenses were more generous. 

The other TEs might be a better value, but if I'm looking for a stack option between Tyreek Hill and Kelce for example, I'm going with the TE.

High Risk/High Reward Tight End Pick for Conference Championship Games

C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs (DK $3400, FD $5600)

I feel like I've been high on Uzomah every week of the playoffs, but there's a reason for that. He's had 13 catches for 135 yards and a touchdown so far. Given the gap in salary and that he'll likely be behind the other three starting TEs in ownership, I'm going to continue to ride him.

Safe Defense/Special Teams (DST) Pick for Conference Championship Games

Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers (DK $3200, FD $4500)

So what do you do when you have four quality offenses? As I explained last week, the safe bet is to grab the DST most likely to give you a few sacks. That's the Rams.

High Risk/Reward Defense/Special Teams (DST) Pick for Conference Championship Games

Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs (DK $2600, FD $3200)

The Buffalo Bills were one of the best defenses in the league this year and the Chiefs still hung 42 points on them. Do we have any reason to think the Bengals can do better? I'll end the suspense; the answer is no.

But as the cheapest option on all the sites, why not take a chance on them? Maybe the Bengals can get us a special teams or defensive TD? Or maybe they can get a few sacks and keep the Chiefs under 30 points. I wouldn't count on it, but we're going to have to take some risks in our GPPs and there are worse places to do so than DST.

Take the chance. 

Good luck with your conference championship games DFS entries!

— Written by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.