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Sleeper captain picks for NFC Championship Game

We break down DraftKings Showdown strategy for the NFC Championship game between the Bucs and Packers with sleeper captain picks.

How will Allen Lazard and Chris Godwin perform in Lambeau?

Sunday’s NFC Championship Game will revolve around the battle of Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady. And sure, it’s fun to roster those all-time greats in your DraftKings Showdown lineups. But if you don’t want to pay the highest premium in your captain’s spot, here are a couple of sleepers to consider.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers

Allen Lazard, WR, Green Bay Packers ($9,900)

Last week against the Los Angeles Rams, Lazard put up his best stat line since returning from core-muscle surgery in Week 11. He caught four of eight targets for 96 yards and a touchdown. The score came from 58 yards out, and if not for an embarrassing drop, he could have added a 60-yard TD, too. He looks like the Packers’ No. 2 wideout right now, and Tampa Bay’s pass defense, for all of its strengths, has been relatively lenient to secondary receivers recently. Just look at Tre’Quan Smith getting loose for two touchdowns during the Divisional round while the Buccaneers shut out Michael Thomas. Or Cam Sims nearly doubling Terry McLaurin’s target count during the Wild Card round (13 to 7) en route to posting a 7-104-0 line. Or the Falcons’ Russell Gage catching nine balls for 91 yards and a TD in Week 17. We know Davante Adams is going to get his; the Packers will draw up plays to make sure of that. But the confluence of opportunity, matchup and big-play ability makes Lazard a very intriguing captain choice.

Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($11,700)

I thought about Leonard Fournette as he will go up against Green Bay’s weak run defense, but even with Ronald Jones III still in the picture, Fournette’s price has skyrocketed; he now costs $12,600 as a captain. Godwin isn’t as exorbitant, and there are reasons to believe he will return value at this price. Antonio Brown is sidelined by an injury and with Packers CB Jaire Alexander locking down Mike Evans, Godwin should get his fill of looks Sunday. He didn’t stand out against the Saints, but don’t let that obscure the fact that Godwin had scored four times and averaged 21.3 DraftKings points over his four previous games.