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DRAFT DFS Strategy Week 10: Snake Draft Advice

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Three Person Drafts: NFL Week 10 (Sun-Mon Slate)

DRAFT 1It’s time for another week of DRAFT strategizing for those who love to play one-week daily fantasy games at DRAFT.com. This time of year, fantasy owners who are calling it a season in fantasy leagues, tend to focus more on daily fantasy games like DraftKings or Fanduel. However, I have found that those who couldn’t get enough Mock Drafts and or live to draft in leagues over the summer, really do love the format and awesome app over at Draft.

Last week was the first week that may not have been profitable using these strategies. We were snagging Cam Newton, Ezekiel Elliott, and Adam Thielen in nearly every draft. Cam almost hit big but ended up getting snipped at the goal line and Carolina’s early scoring burst made game script work against us. Newton still finished with over 20 points, but the bigger problem was Elliott and Thielen. Elliott almost had 100 yards from scrimmage by halftime, but only touched the ball a few times during the second half in what ended up being a debacle against Tennessee. Thielen managed a TD, but was held to 22 yards.

The problem with Newton, Elliott, and Thielen was exacerbated by other top players that vastly exceeded their projection. It’s not a big deal if we miss on a player that has a huge game if they weren’t drafted, but Patrick Mahomes, Kareem Hunt, James Conner, Melvin Gordon, Michael Thomas, and DeAndre Hopkins were monsters last week. Stuff happens, but we’ve got a new week to work with. Remember that we only need to win about 37% of these drafts to break even so keep plugging away.

Let’s compare some Draft with DailyRoto this week projections:

*Projections may change throughout the week. These projections were pulled on November 8th for the Sun-Mon slate.

Quarterbacks

QuarterbacksDailyRotoDraftDraft Rank
Patrick Mahomes24.0220.9QB1
Aaron Rodgers22.4020.6QB2
Ryan Fitzpatrick21.1820.5QB4
Carson Wentz18.7120.6QB2

Patrick Mahomes regains the top spot. The bigger story is actually Carson Wentz this week. We don’t necessarily need Mahomes, but we get a big advantage if we draft Mahomes or Rodgers and force one of our opponents to draft Wentz.

Running Backs

Running BacksDailyRotoDraftDraft Rank
Todd Gurley24.9221.5RB2
Melvin Gordon22.9419.0RB5
Saquon Barkley21.0122.4RB1
Kareem Hunt20.7619.5RB4
Alvin Kamara19.6019.9RB3
Joe Mixon17.0214.0RB10
James White16.8613.7RB11
David Johnson14.2816.2RB6

Draft’s projections have Saquon Barkley as the top RB and it’s not even that close. We still like Todd Gurley and we’re going to get a lot of Melvin Gordon. The RB projections are a bit scrambled between Draft and DailyRoto, but they both have the same top-5. There is a massive drop off between those top five RBs and whichever RB gets drafted sixth. We want to get two of those top five RBs to force an opponent to draft David Johnson or another RB.

You can also see Kareem Hunt and Alvin Kamara are pretty close. You can draft whichever one you prefer if given the choice. Same goes for Joe Mixon. If you don’t get one of the top five RBs, feel free to draft James White or another RB over Mixon if you prefer. It’s good to get exposure to different combinations of players just in case we miss like last week.

See More of Daily Roto’s Projections here.

Wide Receivers/ Tight Ends

Wide Receivers/TEDailyRotoDraftDraft Rank
Michael Thomas19.0418.6WR1
Julio Jones17.4817.3WR2
Keenan Allen16.8816.1WR3
Tyreek Hill16.8514.2WR6
Odell Beckham Jr15.2315.2WR5
Davante Adams14.7615.8WR4
Tyler Boyd14.7614.2WR6

WR is tough this week. Michael Thomas and Julio Jones are in a tier of their own and we’d love to get them, but we need to target RBs early. We probably want to wait on WR since we can scoop up Tyreek Hill with our last pick if we want. If we draft both WRs too early, it’s likely one of our opponents lucks into drafting Hill who is one of the top projected WRs this week.

Drafting in First Position

YouTeam 2Team 3
Todd GurleySaquon BarkleyAlvin Kamara
Michael ThomasMelvin GordonKareem Hunt
Patrick MahomesJulio JonesKeenan Allen
Joe MixonOdell Beckham JrDavante Adams
Tyreek HillAaron RodgersCarson Wentz
DR Total: 101.85DR Total: 99.06DR Total: 90.71
Draft Total: 89.2Draft Total: 94.5Draft Total: 91.9

This is so weird. We got the best RB, the best WR, and the best QB, but it’s still a bit of an even race with Team 2. It’s still profitable, but not by much. I was looking at this and thinking about how other teams have drafted in weeks past and I think Patrick Mahomes might be drafted before our second pick. That would actually be a good thing:

YouTeam 2Team 3
Todd GurleySaquon BarkleyAlvin Kamara
Melvin GordonPatrick MahomesKareem Hunt
Michael ThomasJulio JonesKeenan Allen
Tyreek HillOdell Beckham JrDavante Adams
Aaron RodgersDavid JohnsonCarson Wentz
DR Total: 106.15DR Total: 92.02DR Total: 90.71
Draft Total: 93.9Draft Total: 92.0Draft Total: 91.9

Crazy right? The reason this works is because we get the two highest projected RBs and Aaron Rodgers isn’t too far off from Mahomes. One of the other teams also ends up with David Johnson which significantly weakens their team. If I’m drafting in the first spot, I’m going to cross my fingers hoping that someone drafts Mahomes early so that I can get Gordon.

 

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Drafting in Second Position

Team 1YouTeam 3
Saquon BarkleyTodd GurleyAlvin Kamara
Patrick MahomesMelvin GordonKareem Hunt
Michael ThomasJulio JonesDavante Adams
Odell Beckham JrTyreek HillKeenan Allen
David JohnsonAaron RodgersCarson Wentz
DR Total: 93.58DR Total: 104.59DR Total: 90.71
Draft Total:93.3Draft Total: 92.6Draft Total: 91.9

This team is pretty similar to the one we drafted in first position. I tried mixing in Mahomes and Thomas in the first couple of picks, but we really need to start RB-RB. Although Draft has Barkley projected higher, I think you have a 50/50 shot of landing Gurley at best in second position. Draft did this a couple weeks ago where Barkley was projected higher but as Sunday approached, they changed Gurley’s projection and made him the top RB. I think the same thing will happen this week. Our strategy does change a little if Gurley does get drafted first:

Team 1YouTeam 3
Todd GurleyMelvin GordonSaquon Barkley
Michael ThomasKareem HuntAlvin Kamara
Patrick MahomesJulio JonesKeenan Allen
Odell Beckham JrAaron RodgersDavante Adams
David JohnsonTyreek HillCarson Wentz
DR Total: 97.49DR Total: 100.43DR Total: 90.96
Draft Total: 92.4Draft Total: 90.6Draft Total: 94.8

This is no place to get cute. You could start the draft with Barkley and hope Gordon is available after Team 3 makes their picks, but it’s just not a risk worth taking. I think your best bet is drafting Gordon and then drafting whichever top five RB is left. Our score is reduced if Team 1 starts off with Gurley, but it’s still a pretty good spot so no sweat either way.

Drafting in the Third Position

Team 1Team 2You
Saquon BarkleyTodd GurleyMelvin Gordon
Michael ThomasAlvin KamaraKareem Hunt
Patrick MahomesJulio JonesKeenan Allen
David JohnsonDavante AdamsAaron Rodgers
Odell Beckham JrCarson WentzTyreek Hill
DR Total: 93.58DR Total: 95.47DR Total: 99.83
Draft Total: 93.3Draft Total: 95.1Draft Total: 89.4

Drafting in third position is a lot about personal choice. You need to go RB-RB to start, but you can really take whichever two RBs you like the best. Same goes for your third and fourth pick. We know we’re taking a QB(probably Rodgers), but you can take whichever WR you like. This would be a good spot to draft Davante Adams instead of Allen to get the stack with Rodgers.

Another variation would be to start Gordon and Mahomes. If you do this, you’re going to be drafting a RB like Joe Mixon or James White. It could work out, but I think starting with the stud RBs gives you such a nice advantage.

Conclusion

There have been weeks where you’re better off targeting WRs early, but this is definitely the week to scoop up the stud RBs early. I’m going to guess Mahomes gets drafted before we draft him. If that happens, make sure you get Rodgers ASAP. Don’t be afraid to move those RBs around based on your preference. Giving up a half point here and there won’t kill your advantage and at least you got “your guys.”

If you’re crushing these drafts, send me some screenshots on twitter @FF_Gouge.

Play DRAFT

 

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Thanks & Good Luck!

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