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Best value lineup strategy for Browns vs. Texans in the Wild Card round of the 2024 NFL playoffs

We go over some of the top DFS value plays for the Wild Card round playoff matchup between the Browns and Texans.

Kareem Hunt #27 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates the team’s 37-20 win over the New York Jets at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 28, 2023 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns will go on the road to take on the Houston Texans in the Wild Card round of the 2024 NFL Playoffs. Kickoff from NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on Saturday, January 13 is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET, and the game will air on NBC. Even though the majority of teams are no longer playing, there is still an opportunity to set a daily fantasy lineup.

Outside of the big names, who are some lower-tier value flex plays on both teams that could help you win this Wild Card game showdown on DraftKings? Let’s discuss some options below.

Riley Patterson, Cleveland Browns, K, $5,000

Starting kicker Dustin Hopkins will likely miss this game due to an injury. Patterson would fill in once again as the team’s kicker. He has made his lone field goal attempt with the team and has connected on six of his seven extra points. The Houston defense allows middle-of-the-road numbers to opposing kickers, but Patterson should have plenty of opportunity to be beneficial to a lineup.

Houston Texans D/ST, $4,200

These teams matched up in Week 16, and Cleveland won 36-22. In that game, Houston was missing quarterback C.J. Stroud and switched between Case Keenum and David Mills. Sure, the defense allowed 36 points, but the main threat was wide receiver Amari Cooper who brought in 11 receptions for 265 yards and two touchdowns. I don’t think that will happen again, and the Texans’ defense will have the benefit of Stroud sustaining drives and giving them more of a breather. Houston generated two turnovers from Cleveland QB Joe Flacco, and Cleveland’s offense allows the sixth-most DFS points to opposing D/STs.

Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns, RB, $4,000

The Browns rushing attack has been led by Jerome Ford in Nick Chubb’s absence. Still, Hunt has carved out a role for himself in the offense. He frequently gets touches in short-yardage situations, including on the goal line. This means that it doesn’t take much for Hunt to bring value to your lineups. Houston’s defense allows middling numbers to opposing running backs in DFS, but Hunt is a cheaper option to give your lineup flexibility while also coming with touchdown upside.