Week 8 features our first week with six teams on byes (Dolphins, Rams, Steelers, 49ers, Ravens, Giants) and a London game. That narrows the regular Sunday DraftKings contests to just ten NFL games. If you are playing GPPs, it might take a little more of an outside-the-box lineup to differentiate your team from others. My partner in fantasy contests is pushing a Rodgers-Cobb-Adams-Nelson stack. Now that would be different.
There are some nice quarterback options at the upper end as well as the lower end. Bucs-Raiders figures to be a shootout that can generate some high-scoring QBs.
|QB||Tom Brady||NE||7600||Should we be surprised with how well he has played?|
|QB||Aaron Rodgers||GB||7500||Lukewarm seletion in highest Vegas total on the board|
|QB||Russell Wilson||Sea||7200||The Saints give up points to everyone|
|QB||Matt Ryan||Atl||7000||Tough to envision a low-scoring game here|
|QB||Drew Brees||NO||6900||Brees at home - no matter the opponent|
|QB||Derek Carr||Oak||5900||Bucs secondary getting better, but not there yet|
|QB||Jameis Winston||TB||5700||Bucs are not bad on offense with Evans catching passes|
Like quarterback, the running back position offers several high-price options and a few strong cheap options. The injuries to LeSean McCoy and C.J. Anderson figure to open up usage for Mike Gillislee and Devontae Booker. And we have all seen what marginal running backs can do with usage (see Jacquizz Rodgers).
|RB||David Johnson||Ari||7700||Proved to be matchup proof even in 6-6 tie|
|RB||Ezekiel Elliott||Dal||7200||Has been a beast so far|
|RB||Spencer Ware||KC||6800||Seeing majority of the work and getting the job done|
|RB||Matt Forte||NYJ||6400||GPP only - scores well if Jets play from ahead|
|RB||Jacquizz Rodgers||TB||5800||Has been the "out of nowhere superstar" the past couple of weeks|
|RB||Mike Gillislee||Buf||3800||If McCoy is out - just like last week|
|RB||Devontae Booker||Den||3700||A late addition to the list with Anderson doubtful|
Tough to bypass the lower-priced receivers this week. Several are in ideal high-scoring matchups. You can easily structure a roster paying up at QB, RB, and TE with money saved at WR.
|WR||Julio Jones||Atl||9600||Game should be up and down with Falcons short at RB|
|WR||Mike Evans||TB||8100||Turning into a beast|
|WR||Brandin Cooks||NO||7300||Instant offense at home|
|WR||Emmanuel Sanders||Den||6500||Broncos do not have a third receiver to steal targets|
|WR||Randall Cobb||GB||6400||Coming to life in past two|
|WR||Demaryius Thomas||Den||6200||See Sanders above|
|WR||Ty Montgomery||GB||5300||Is he still going to see touches in the backfield?|
|WR||Golden Tate||Det||5100||Matching expectations the past two weeks - underpriced|
|WR||Michael Thomas||NO||5000||Might be best receiver on the Saints|
|WR||Davante Adams||GB||4900||Tough to trust but getting the job done|
|WR||Cole Beasley||Dal||4800||Solid cash game possession receiver|
|WR||Russell Shepard||TB||3300||Longshot cheap option as Bucs search for second wideout|
Three weeks in a row I have been burned trying to save money at tight end. Not this week. Gronk or Olsen will be in my cash game lineup.
|TE||Rob Gronkowski||NE||7000||I am looking to pay up at TE this week|
|TE||Greg Olsen||Car||6500||And it is Olsen or Gronk by far|
|TE||Jason Witten||Dal||3600||Should lose some looks with Dez back|
|TE||Jack Doyle||Ind||3500||Nice play if Allen is out again|
|TE||Coby Fleener||NO||3400||GPP play for Saints at home|
|TE||Antonio Gates||SD||2700||If Henry is out|
I haven't had much luck getting production from my defense. I was nowhere near the Eagles last week. The Jets-Browns game looks like a turnover-fest waiting to happen.
|DST||Jets||NYJ||3400||Anyone against Cleveland has to be in play|
|DST||Patriots||NE||3300||Pats getting ahead, forcing opponents to throw into mistakes|
|DST||Chiefs||KC||2800||Colts can score, but are sack-prone|
|DST||Cardinals||Ari||2700||Cardinals defense playing very well|
|DST||Browns||Cle||2500||At home against a Jets team that turns the ball over|
Here is my DraftKings cash game lineup as of today:
And here is my DraftKings GPP game lineup as of today:
Week 7 features only two teams on byes (Panthers and Cowboys). We have nine games on the slate with Vegas totals of 46 or higher, including Chargers-Falcons at 53. There is a nice mix of high price and lower price options in each position group. Unlike last week when the overwhelming consensus was to try to fit three high-priced running backs in your lineup, we do not have that situation this week.
Have to love Matt Ryan and Philip Rivers in the potential back and forth game indoors. Marcus Mariota and Andy Dalton appear to be nice cheap options at QB who are playing well recently.
|QB||Drew Brees||NO||7400||Concerned about road game, but high total|
|QB||Matt Ryan||Atl||7200||Favorite in highest projected scoring game|
|QB||Andrew Luck||Ind||7000||Tends to fall behind with subpar running game|
|QB||Philip Rivers||SD||6500||Likely to be playing from behind|
|QB||Marcus Mariota||Ten||6000||Red hot past two games. Poised for another|
|QB||Andy Dalton||Cin||6000||Great matchup. Concerned about blowout|
Unlike last week, there are several strong RB options at under $6,000 while some of the higher-priced backs have a myriad of issues. LeSean McCoy’s injury on Wednesday is troubling. Even David Johnson has a difficult matchup against Seattle.
|RB||Le'Veon Bell||Pit||8000||Nervous about price. Most solid volume floor|
|RB||David Johnson||Ari||7400||Back to back 100 yard, 3 TD games|
|RB||DeMarco Murray||Ten||7200||Will see high volume again|
|RB||Devonta Freeman||Atl||5900||In a nice spot to score and catch passes|
|RB||Spencer Ware||KC||5800||Beating out Charles on performance|
|RB||Jacquizz Rodgers||TB||4300||Cheap option against really bad rush defense|
|RB||Mike Gillislee||Buf||3000||Nice option if McCoy misses time with hamstring|
The lower-end WR options are good, but not quite as good as last week. We lose recent fantasy favorite Cameron Meredith.
|WR||Julio Jones||Atl||9200||Best receiver in highest scoring game|
|WR||Amari Cooper||Oak||7900||Solid matchup at $1300 less than Julio|
|WR||Mike Evans||TB||7800||Concern if Bucs have too much success on ground|
|WR||Brandin Cooks||NO||7500||High price to pay for big plays|
|WR||Marvin Jones Jr.||Det||7000||Might be best receiver in NFL right now|
|WR||Jarvis Landry||Mia||6800||Rebounded nicely. Now if he could ever score|
|WR||Golden Tate||Det||4900||One game proved he still has skills|
|WR||Michael Thomas||NO||4700||Sees the targets week after week|
|WR||Brandon LaFell||Cin||3900||Turning into a solid number two receiver|
|WR||Adam Humphries||TB||3000||Cheap slot option with Vincent Jackson out|
After being burned by Zach Ertz over the past two weeks, I am done with him for now. A floor near zero is way too low. Hunter Henry appears to be the best option on the board at half the price of Gronk.
|TE||Rob Gronkowski||NE||7200||Seeing the volume with Brady|
|TE||Delanie Walker||Ten||4900||The TE pool takes a hit this week with Olsen on bye|
|TE||Dennis Pitta||Bal||4000||Good low-price option|
|TE||Coby Fleener||NO||3800||Concern about playing on the road|
|TE||Hunter Henry||SD||3600||Best value in TE group|
|TE||Vernon Davis||Was||2900||A cheap option in GPP|
There are not very many defenses that fit the preferred defensive profile – home team, favorite, low Vegas total.
|DST||Bengals||Cin||3600||Matchup with lowly Browns who might miss Terrelle Pryor|
|DST||Bills||Buf||3400||Defense has really stepped up their game|
|DST||Buccaneers||TB||3200||Teams playing against 49ers must be considered|
|DST||Patriots||NE||2900||Take advantage of Landry Jones|
|DST||Ravens||Bal||2800||Jets offense is in the dumps right now|
|DST||Titans||Ten||2500||Indy allows sacks|
Here is my DraftKings cash game lineup as of today:
Week 5 features four teams on byes (Chiefs, Jaguars, Seahawks and Saints) and the return of Tom Brady. Sorry for being a little short on the commentary, but I've been busy getting ready for Hurricane Matthew (so don’t look for me to promote anyone named Matthew).
Using Tom Brady seems too easy. There are a lot of quarterbacks in the mid-price range with good matchups.
|QB||Tom Brady||NE||7500||Would anyone be surprised if Brady threw for 400 and 6 TDs?|
|QB||Andrew Luck||Ind||7300||Limited ground game and bad defense leads to the pass|
|QB||Ben Roethlisberger||Pit||7200||Thrived with Bell back as a weapon|
|QB||Philip Rivers||SD||6900||Another good matchup for Rivers|
|QB||Derek Carr||Oak||6800||Carr is moving up with the elite level quarterbacks|
|QB||Carson Wentz||Phi||6400||Continues to defy the odds as a rookie|
|QB||Eli Manning||NYG||6000||A much better scoring matchup than Monday|
|QB||Brian Hoyer||Chi||5500||Might he keep Cutler on the bench?|
The cheap running back options are becoming hard to find. And some of the running backs that we have to pay up for don’t have a very long track record of success.
|RB||Le'Veon Bell||Pit||7500||Made a triumphant return on Sunday night|
|RB||DeMarco Murray||Ten||7200||Been getting it done for Tenn. The Dolphins defense has been bad|
|RB||Melvin Gordon||SD||7000||Fumbles are concern, making up for the lack of TDs from last season|
|RB||C.J. Anderson||Den||6900||Falcons defense has not been exactly stout|
|RB||Ezekiel Elliott||Dal||6800||Getting the job done. Loses TD carries to Morris|
|RB||LeSean McCoy||Buf||6600||Bills best weapon plays almost every down|
|RB||Jordan Howard||Chi||5200||26 touches in first start|
|RB||Darren Sproles||Phi||4300||Getting more playing time than expected|
|RB||Kenneth Dixon||Bal||3600||Expected to make his pro debut|
The high-end receivers have posted some contest winning scores, but their success is far from consistent. Odell could be next for a big number, but he can only be a GPP play given his poor performance so far.
|WR||Antonio Brown||Pit||9800||Automatic, but how high is too expensive|
|WR||A.J. Green||Cin||8900||Could have beat Julio's numbers if game was close|
|WR||Odell Beckham Jr.||NYG||8500||The frustration is building - is a huge game coming?|
|WR||Jordy Nelson||GB||7900||Been surprisingly good and continues to get scoring targets|
|WR||T.Y. Hilton||Ind||7400||Taking advantage of Moncrief's injury|
|WR||Brandon Marshall||NYJ||7100||Top man with Decker expected to be out again|
|WR||Jarvis Landry||Mia||7000||Pretty darn automatic - scoring a TD is a bonus|
|WR||Julian Edelman||NE||6700||Will be interesting to see how the receivers do with Brady|
|WR||Terrelle Pryor Sr.||Cle||5800||Tough matchup and starting to get pricy|
|WR||Sterling Shepard||NYG||5500||Playing better than Beckham right now|
|WR||Cole Beasley||Dal||4300||Still cheap and still a top target|
|WR||Brice Butler||Dal||3500||Only a GPP consideration if Bryant is out again|
Not very many reasonable tight end choices. Fortunately, several of the more interesting options are still very cheap.
|TE||Jordan Reed||Was||6600||Finally proved his worth last weekend|
|TE||Jason Witten||Dal||4400||One of several Dak safety blankets|
|TE||Zach Miller||Chi||3600||Strong cheap option with Bears lacking other targets|
|TE||Zach Ertz||Phi||3500||Expected to return on Sunday|
|TE||Hunter Henry||SD||3300||Good choice if Gates misses more time|
Only a few defenses hit the mark for Week 5.
|DST||Patriots||NE||3700||Not many great defensive choices on paper. Patriots might be best|
|DST||Steelers||Pit||3500||Fitzpatrick has been an interception throwing machine|
|DST||Bills||Buf||3100||Firing the offense coordinator inspired the defense|
|DST||Eagles||Phi||2900||Takes advantage of Stafford mistakes|
Here is my DraftKings cash game lineup as of today:
Week 6 features only two teams on byes (Vikings and Bucs). The pricing on Steelers players is going through the roof, and rightly so. But I would be a little nervous overplaying them on the road, even against the lowly Dolphins. Tom Brady debuted and posted great stats, but spread the ball around (five players caught between four and six passes), making it difficult to single out anyone for DFS play. The high-end running backs continue to post very high floors and the cheaper backs are harder and harder to find.
Certainly Brees and Brady are attractive quarterback options, but there are several viable options in the mid-tier range that allow you to pay up in other areas.
|QB||Drew Brees||NO||7900||Panthers defense not what is used to be|
|QB||Tom Brady||NE||7700||Worry about a second week letdown|
|QB||Derek Carr||Oak||6500||Playing at another level|
|QB||Blake Bortles||Jax||6300||Nice matchup after a week off|
|QB||Marcus Mariota||Ten||6100||Worry about running away with a lead|
|QB||Brian Hoyer||Chi||5800||Underpriced solid performer in good matchup|
On the surface, the smart cash game play has to include one of the top four running backs. Unfortunately, it is near impossible to be happy with your lineup trying to squeeze two into your lineup. The other four appear to be solid options for either high volume or a good reception floor.
|RB||Le'Veon Bell||Pit||7900||No timeshare in Pittsburgh|
|RB||DeMarco Murray||Ten||7700||High volume guarantee but the price is big|
|RB||Ezekiel Elliott||Dal||7000||Earning every bit of the first round money|
|RB||LeSean McCoy||Buf||6900||Another high volume guarantee|
|RB||Mark Ingram||NO||6000||Next level down - if Jacquizz Rodgers can run for 100…|
|RB||Devonta Freeman||Atl||5600||Timeshare is getting the job done|
|RB||Theo Riddick||Det||5300||Gets the receptions but not the guaranteed volume|
|RB||Carlos Hyde||SF||5100||Sneaky underpriced RB has been productive|
While there are several high-end wide receivers that appear to be in great matchups, there is a ton of value in several of the lower-end players. Both Cole Beasley and Michael Thomas are solid plays to post 3-4x their price, right where I want to be in cash games.
|WR||Antonio Brown||Pit||10000||First player to hit $10k this year. Tough to earn 3x|
|WR||T.Y. Hilton||Ind||7700||At least 10 targets in every game|
|WR||Amari Cooper||Oak||7500||Better than Crabtree everywhere but the end zone|
|WR||DeAndre Hopkins||Hou||7500||Gets back on track against bad Colts defense|
|WR||Jarvis Landry||Mia||6800||Too good to throw up two stinkers in a row|
|WR||Chris Hogan||NE||4600||Cheap option in play with Brady back|
|WR||Cole Beasley||Dal||4400||Must consider every week due to nice floor|
|WR||Michael Thomas||NO||4300||Might he be the best in New Orleans?|
|WR||Cameron Meredith||Chi||4100||Missed him last week - might be more than one hit wonder|
Tight end looks like a land mine this week. Olsen posted a great number on Monday night and it could have been more. But it is hard to get him in with two upper end running backs. Gronk and Reed both have the potential for big numbers and come with high risk that make them more of a GPP play (Gronk’s targets and Reed’s concussion). I still like Ertz even after being burned last week.
|TE||Greg Olsen||Car||7000||Worth the price especially if Anderson starts again|
|TE||Rob Gronkowski||NE||6700||Lost the TDs to Bennett last week|
|TE||Jordan Reed||Was||6100||Surging the past two weeks - watch the concussion|
|TE||Zach Ertz||Phi||4000||Disappointed in return, but ready to roll|
|TE||Coby Fleener||NO||3500||Inconsistent but very cheap on high-powered offense|
A handful of defenses have attractive home games this week.
|DST||Bills||Buf||3700||Bills defense playing great - 1st look at Kaepernick|
|DST||Steelers||Pit||3400||What kills Tannehill first - sacks or turnovers?|
|DST||Titans||Ten||3300||Must consider anyone against Cleveland|
|DST||Lions||Det||3000||Home favorite against a marginal offense|
|DST||Texans||Hou||2900||Bad since loss of J.J. - Colts allow sacks at rapid rate|
Here is my DraftKings cash game lineup as of today:
Week 4 features the first teams on byes (Eagles and Packers) and a London game (Colts-Jaguars) that is off the regular Sunday DraftKings slate.
The solid fantasy quarterbacks are starting to sort themselves out. Cam has to remain a consideration even after the dud against the Vikings. This might be the last week of 2016 to get Drew Brees for under $8,000. The Saints defense is just plain bad leading to Brees playing from behind all the time.
|QB||Cam Newton||Car||7800||Rebounds nicely in potential shootout|
|QB||Drew Brees||NO||7600||Bad Saints defense leads to big days from Brees|
|QB||Matthew Stafford||Det||7300||No running game means big passing attempts|
|QB||Philip Rivers||SD||6900||Anyone against the Saints|
|QB||Kirk Cousins||Was||6500||Starting to heat up - blowout probable|
|QB||Trevor Siemian||Den||5400||Still very cheap|
There is an extended list of running back options in Week 4. The main objective with running backs is to try and pick two that will not get injured. There are some solid matchups for the high-priced guys and interesting opportunities for a couple of low-priced players.
|RB||David Johnson||Ari||7800||Plays just about every down|
|RB||Le'Veon Bell||Pit||7500||Have to expect high usage in return|
|RB||Ezekiel Elliott||Dal||6900||Cowboys may force the run against weak SF|
|RB||DeMarco Murray||Ten||6800||Has been solid in passing game|
|RB||LeSean McCoy||Buf||6700||Excellent all around so far - continues bump without Watkins|
|RB||Melvin Gordon||SD||6300||Tough to trust, but is the main option and is still priced fair|
|RB||Christine Michael||Sea||6000||Finally got all the carries (before the rout)|
|RB||Charles Sims||TB||5600||Main man still priced down|
|RB||Jordan Howard||Chi||3700||Gains starting job with Langford injury|
Every so often we get a dud from a solid receiver as we did last week from Kelvin Benjamin. Expect a big rebound in Week 4 (and expect low ownership with people falsely scared away). Players like Crowder and Beasley are proving to be consistent cheap options.
|WR||Antonio Brown||Pit||9700||Expensive but very high floor|
|WR||DeAndre Hopkins||Hou||8400||Due for big return after being shut down by NE|
|WR||Marvin Jones Jr.||Det||7300||Highest scoring receiver stays on list until he is priced right|
|WR||Kelvin Benjamin||Car||7100||Rebounds off zero - should be very low ownership|
|WR||Mike Evans||TB||6500||Every bit the beast that many expected so far|
|WR||Jeremy Maclin||KC||6000||A risk because KC is run-first, but expected high-scoring Sunday night|
|WR||Quincy Enunwa||NYJ||4400||Low price consideration if Decker is out|
|WR||Terrelle Pryor Sr.||Cle||4300||Might have the highest ownership percentage in Week 4|
|WR||Jamison Crowder||Was||4200||Has been solid contributor in 2016|
|WR||Cole Beasley||Dal||3900||Dak's security blanket - pencil in 6 for 60|
|WR||Michael Thomas||NO||3800||Low price consideration if Snead is still out|
Tight End has proven to be a mine field early in the season, so they all remain very fairly priced. Jordan Reed has been an early-season disappointment but appears to be in a great spot to explode in Week 4.
|TE||Jordan Reed||Was||6300||Top option, even after disappointing Week 3|
|TE||Greg Olsen||Car||6000||Continues to see consistent targets|
|TE||Travis Kelce||KC||4800||Should be up and down the field|
|TE||Dennis Pitta||Bal||3900||Flacco's favorite target still cheap|
|TE||Hunter Henry||SD||2700||Great cheap spot if Gates is out again|
|TE||Zach Miller||Chi||2700||Best receiving option on the Bears|
A couple of big home favorites pop up on the list this week in the Cardinals and Redskins. While I usually pay down for defense, I may have to move to Arizona just based on the matchup.
|DST||Cardinals||Ari||3900||Rams one-dimensional offense is easy to contain|
|DST||Seahawks||Sea||3800||Against a QB that just threw six picks|
|DST||Redskins||Was||3500||Browns offense does not intimidate|
|DST||Texans||Hou||3200||Even without JJ, Tenn has been an offensive mess|
|DST||Lions||Det||3100||Not much of a defense, but great matchup|
Last week, I made no changes to my posted lineup and cashed 100% of my double-ups and most of my triple-ups. This was in spite of taking zero from Kelvin Benjamin. That just re-emphasized the cash game strategy of loading up on players that should see high target numbers across the board. Even if one turns into a bum for a week, you can still post a solid score.
I am weighing two potential lineups (predominantly in DraftKings cash games) as of this writing:
|WR||Terrelle Pryor Sr.||Cle||4300|