DraftKings Lineup Advice & Sleeper Picks
Throughout the 2016 Fantasy season Gridiron Experts has talked a lot about the ability to maximize finding DFS value by finding 3 times a players DraftKings salary. In cash games, where it’s safe to assume that 150 daily fantasy points scored will win you money, simple math tells us that we need to triple (3X) the DraftKings given salary of $50K to get there (3X $50,000/1000= 150 Points).
Divisional Round Recap
Predictions I Got Right
- I said I wanted nothing to do with Alex Smith (10.78) or Ben Roethlisberger (8.06).
- Despite making a great call and selling readers on Brock Osweiler in the Wildcard round, I warned people about his matchup against the Pats. Somehow the Texans QB had another game with 40 passing attempts and less than 200 passing yards.
- I said the best QB bargain of the week would be Dak Prescott = Correct
- Le’Veon Bell would not reach his 3X goal, I even made a prediction of 25 DraftKings points, he had 21.60
- WR predictions: “I have a bad feeling about the big names and their 3X goals this weekend” Antonio Brown 3X goal was 28.8 he got 19.8, Julio Jones 3X goal was 24.3 he racked up 18.7 points and Doug Baldwin 3X goal was 24.3 points, he scored 19.10. -Boom big call here
- Suggested WR adds to hit 3X Goal: Chris Hogan yep, Taylor Gabriel close enough
Predictions I Got Wrong
- I should have known better, LeGarrette Blount was fighting a cold all week, hardly practiced and Dion Lewis picked up the slack.
- Christine Michael didn’t even get a touch – ouch. This was the worst call I made since starting this post-season DraftKings article series.
- Charcandrick West sleeper: nope
- Suggested WR adds to hit 3X Goal: Tyreek Hill, Jeremy Maclin, R.Cobb
- Tight Picks Martellus Bennett and Austin Hooper were let downs
With four stud quarterbacks to choose from it’s difficult to find a QB to dislike this week. I wouldn’t be surprised if all four hit their 3X goal. Ben Roethlisberger has the best chance to outperform based on his price, but historically speaking, the Patriots defensive strategy has always strived to eliminate the best player from the game. So the question is; will the Pat’s try to shut down Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell?
My Pick: I like Matt Ryan this week. I think the hype on Aaron Rodgers, the cheap cost of Big Ben and the pretty boy looks of Tom Brady will result in Ryan being the least owned QB for the Championship round. As long as Julio Jones is good to go, Ryan is my guy for this Sunday
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My Le’Veon Bell prediction: 133 rushing yards, 1 TD, six receptions for 50 yards =33.3 DraftKings points thanks to the rushing bonus.
Other Players, I like to hit their 3X goal: Dion Lewis and Tevin Coleman
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As it seems, there are more nagging injuries to take into account than usual this week. Being the NFL Championship round, my guess is everyone will play, except maybe Jordy Nelson. This could cause problems for Fantasy owners as coaches may gamble with a player at a higher injury risk. If it were week 7, teams would likely avoid the risk of seriously injuring their player’s long term, but in a do or die game, I think coaches will let the players decide.
I love Julian Edelman this week; he is owned in a lot of my DraftKings lineups. I feel very confident he hits his 3X goal of 21.9 points.
Randall Cobb seems to be one of the only Packers not missing practice; he’ll be heavily owned this Sunday. I’m curious about Geronimo Allison’s injury news, he’s been fun to watch and is excellent at finding space in coverage, possible sleeper.
Lower your expectations for Antonio Brown this week. Interesting stat tweeted by @ChrisWesseling: Malcolm Butler doesn’t shadow top WRs except for Antonio Brown. Held him to 57.4 rating in Week 7.
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Jared Cook’s ego must be on cloud nine. With the injury concerns to the Packers team, he seems like a safe buy. I also like Jesse James as the other check down target for Big Ben against the Patriots.
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Mike is the founding member at Gridiron Experts with over 1000+ articles credited to his name. With over 25 years of fantasy experience, Mike has a very unique style when picking sleepers and gems. He has always had an outside the box look on the NFL and rarely gets sucked into the hype over players or buzzing offenses. Mike has three kids and lives on the West Coast. He’s happily married to a beautiful woman who also loves sports. Sundays are spent with friends and family watching games from opening kickoff to well into the evenings.