It’s that time of week again for our Quest For $1000 in Daily Fantasy Sports. This week, it’s or daily fantasy football picks for DraftKings. Why DraftKings? We’re not a fan of the kicker on FanDuel. It’s too fluky. We like real hard stats that you can count on. That’s why we suggest making lineups on DRAFTKINGS.
We took one last small stab at a baseball lineup earlier this week and ended up stacking the Tigers versus a horrible pitcher and somehow the pitcher threw a gem. It brought our total down a dollar to $19.30. We’re still up 93% and this week we’re going back to our regular daily fantasy football strategy. This week we’ll be playing 4 X $1 50/50’s.
We like using Warren Buffett principles in our selections and this week, we went hunting for value again. We like players whom rack up points without needing touchdowns. Since, DraftKings is a full point per reception, we look for opportunities. The more opportunities a player has, the more chances he has at contributing to a score sheet. We try to find players whom will achieve 2.6 points per $1000, as that’s the average that usually cashes in the last spot for a 50/50. We like players whom consistently do the same thing, week in and week out.
So lets get started. * this is our lineup as of today, but as we all know, things change from here to Sunday and we will update as we change. If you want our updates sent to you, sign up to our newsletter in the top corner or bottom corne of this page.
We flirted with Bridgewater and Bortles in this spot but eventually went with a surer thing at a higher price. Kaepernick just fills the score sheet. He gets rushing yards and this week he has a great opportunity to log a 300 yard passing game against the Eagles in one of the highest over/unders of the week. He’s been scoring 17.6 on average and hasn’t put up a big game yet. At his $7600 price tag, he’d need to score 19.7 points to earn his keep. Even if he doesn’t, his floor to us is set and he won’t screw you.
Here is opportunity. We are not big fans of spending top dollars on your running back position, but we do like starters in good situations. Brown is in a great situation. Both the lead running back and goalline back are out, and Brown was given 35+ touches last week. Talk about opportunity. This team doesn’t have great wide receivers either, so Brown even caught 6 balls. Chargers play the Jags this week and we think he easily earns his $5200 salary.
Here we have a cheaper starting running back, with less upside in our opinion, but we still think he can get his 2.6 points per $1000 because of opportunity. His team will have Teddy Bridgewater play his first full game and the Falcons will be ready. Is their defense good? Not our concern. We think he will be a safety net for Bridgewater and will be targeted with many dump offs. He’s had 15 and 18 touches in his two starts, but more importantly, 6 and 7 reception targets in each of those.
He leads the league in targets. He’s currently the 6th most expensive wide receiver on the board, at $7200, after the whole team had a very down week. To us, this is a no brainer value play as Green Bay heads into Chicago in what should be a back and forth high scoring game. Nelson will get his targets and will be worth every penny we spent.
We’re going back to the well on Edelman, and we will all year, if his price remains the same. He’s sits in the top 15 in the league for targets and is Brady’s security blanket these days. If you haven’t watched the Patriots play this year, the offensive line is pretty brutal. They’re giving Brady little time to get the ball out of his hands and Edelman is the beneficiary of this.
This was one of our two tough decisions on the week and we settled on Tate at $4700. The Lions didn’t light up the board last week like most thought, but this week, they’re playing the Jets. The Jets are strong against the run, but not the pass. They stink against the pass. Yes, Calvin Johnson will have a big game, he usually does, but the sure handed Tate will get his 7 targets too. 7 targets? That’s it? Yup. He’s been hauling in an average of 5.33 receptions on those targets for an average of 12.2 fantasy points a game. That’s exactly 2.6 points per game. His worst game has been 10 points. We like his floor. We believe he has potential to hit his 2.6 points without the need of a touchdown and that’s good enough for us.
This was a close one because of our flex position. But we stuck with Jimmy Graham. He’s coming off a subpar week and we think the Saints will have a bounce back explosion. We are buying low on Graham in our opinion. Not much to add about the best tight end in the game.
Finding a cheap flex this week was tough. We ultimately landed on Kelce due to his increase in playing time. We’re hoping his increase in playing time occurs again but also turns into an increase in targets. Alex Smith doesn’t have much to throw to in KC, so we think, even with his regular 3 catches and 40 yards, it’s something we can live with. We think that’s his floor with plenty of upside.
For right now, we’re sticking with the Steelers, but this could change. They’re not the best defines in the world, but Tampa isn’t the best offense either. The quarterback situation is pretty terrible and playing on the road in Pittsburgh isn’t an easy game. I want to avoid getting minus points in this spot, and it’s hard to see the Tampa Bay offense putting up a ton of points. We hope Pittsburgh gets up early and forces Tampa to throw the ball for the whole second half. If so, this could be a really nice pick.
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