Draft Kings NFL Picks
For most of your season long leagues, it is once more unto the breach as the playoffs are on the horizon. No matter if you are in the playoffs or not, daily fantasy is always there for you and week 13 is no different. This week has a lot of bargains worth getting excited about and we will highlight those below.
Last week proved to be a pretty good week for this column. Players like Russell Wilson and rookie Alvin Kamara were notable players that hopefully got you into the winner’s circle. This week as previously mentioned, we will focus on some bargains that could really help stretch your Draft Kings cash. So sit back and enjoy our week 13 DratKings picks.
Marcus Mariota ($6,200): The fantasy community is collectively losing faith in the Titans signal-caller. So while most people would likely discard him, the gambler in me says that he is due. Luckily for Marcus Mariota, he has yet another opportunity with a favorable matchup. This week will be an AFC South matchup as Mariota and Titans welcome in the Houston Texans. Currently, the Texans defense is number one in points allowed to the position. They sit as one of four teams to allow 22 touchdown passes, which is two touchdowns behind the league-worst mark. While they held Joe Flacco to no passing touchdowns in week 12, the Texans had allowed six in their two previous games. While Mariota has had a disappointing season from a fantasy standpoint, his home and road splits should leave potential owners optimistic. While he has had nine interceptions and just three touchdowns on the road, Mariota flips the script at home with six touchdowns and just three interceptions. The trepidation is understandable but I like Mariota to redeem himself in week 13.
Jimmy Garoppolo ($5,100): Late in the fourth quarter of their game against the Seahawks, C.J Beathard would go down with a leg injury which led to the 49ers calling on Jimmy Garappolo. The former New England Patriot would respond by completing his two passes for 18 yards and a touchdown. Between Beathard’s injury and a fanbase with hope in its eyes, Kyle Shanahan has decided to start Garappolo in his hometown of Chicago this weekend. All hope and optimism aside, on paper, this really isn’t an ideal matchup for Garappolo to be walking into. The Bears are currently allowing the eighth-fewest points to the quarterback position. While the Bears have allowed just 14 passing scores this season, but if you look closer, six of those have come in just the last three games. So while the Bay Area will hold their collective breath over the offensive line keeping Garappolo upright, I think a more efficient quarterback will pay immediate dividends for Kyle Shanahan’s offense. A more pricey honorable mention for this weekend is Philip Rivers taking his AFC player of week honors into a matchup against the Browns.
Jordan Howard ($6,500): While the storylines in this matchup will revolve around the previously mentioned Jimmy Garoppolo, running back Jordan Howard is a name to keep in mind when constructing your daily fantasy lineup. The Bears back will take on a 49er defense that is allowing the most points to the position. In Howard’s meeting with the 49ers last season, he would run for 117 yards and three touchdowns. Also working in Howard’s favor is his games at home this season. Four of his five touchdowns along with 512 of his 847 rushing yards have come in front of the windy city faithful. One more interesting side note regarding Howard, he has had a 100-yard rushing performance in every other game since week 6. So if we’re following this unorthodox logic, Howard is due for another 100 or more yards this weekend.
Duke Johnson ($4,800) Lock of the week: As usual, regarding the Browns, there isn’t much to talk about in Cleveland except for next year. In the here and now though, Duke Johnson has been one of the brightest spots in the offense. He is currently the fifth most targeted running back in football and has had only one game with less than five targets. Even when he isn’t scoring touchdowns, catching 50 of his 65 targets this season has made him a productive back to own in DK formats. To truly convey his importance to this Browns offense, Johnson sits atop the roster 50 receptions. The next best player, Ricardo Louis has just 26 receptions. On top of his value to his offense, he has an ideal matchup this week in the Los Angelas Chargers. This is a Chargers defense that is allowing the fourth most points to the position but more importantly, it is a team that is tied for allowing the second most receptions with 68. So not only has Duke Johnson’s involvement been a constant, he has the opponent to really pour on the production.
Josh Gordon ($4,100): Yeah, I’m going there. While the attendance may not be at an all-time high in this one, the fantasy intrigue is certainly there. One of the reasons for that is Josh Gordon’s return. For the first time since December 21, 2014, Gordon will suit up for an NFL game. Browns coach Hue Jackson has stated that not only will Gordon play but he’ll play “as much as possible”. Seeing as that the recently mentioned Duke Johnson is the team leader in receptions, Gordon won’t have a ton of competition for targets on the outside. I say that will pay huge dividends towards his potential production. The Chargers are one of the better teams against wide receivers but I still Gordon to make his presence felt in his return.
Raiders ($3,100): It was until last week that the Oakland Raiders would finally get their first interception of the season. In week 13, the floodgates may open for the Raiders defense. In case you have been living under a rock, the Giants have decided to bench Eli Manning for Geno Smith. I envision this being yet another decision that could blow up in Ben McAdoo’s face and the Raiders defense will be there to take full advantage of it. After enduring a bit of a dry spell this season, Khalil Mack has recorded a sack in each of his last two games. Look for Mack to make Geno Smith’s first start in 2017 a turbulent one. In Draft Kings formats, the Raiders haven’t had a ten point game yet in 2017. In week 13 though, that will change.
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