I write a weekly cash game lineup for DraftKings highlighting the “safest” plays for double-up contests. The results for myself have been great this season, as there has been more winning than losing weeks, and even the losses were narrow defeats so the process is certainly working. There are also tournaments that people like to play where we want lineups to differ from the rest of the people in contests. Below are the main players that I am going to be on this weekend.
Tom Brady $7,400 Brady is the most expensive player at the position this week, but that doesn’t bother me at all. The Patriots and Raiders matchup has the highest total of the week at 54.5 points and i expect both teams to score their fair share. This game is being played in Mexico City at an extremely high altitude, and Bill Belichick has now had his players in that environment in Colorado for over two weeks. I am betting on the Patriots going in with a no huddle game plan and pushing the pace to try and tire out the Raiders. A 400 yard 4-5 touchdown game is in the cards for Brady and i want to be all over that.
Blaine Gabbert $4,900 Gabbert is starting for the Cardinals this week against the horrendous Houston Texans defense, and i don’t think a lot of people are looking his way on DraftKings. I haven’t heard a lot of chatter about him, or read a lot of fantasy analysis so this could be the value play that is being overlooked. Everyone remember Gabbert in Jacksonville in a horrible system and really struggling a couple of years ago. Arizona wants to know if this is their QB of the future, and will give him every chance to prove himself. His weapons are much better than they were on his former team, and I can’t pass up an opportunity to attack the team that is playing against Houston.
Alvin Kamara $7,500 I’m done being left in the dust by fading the Saints running backs. I think this matchup against the Bills is a tough matchup for Mark Ingram between the tackles, but I do like Kamara as the pass catching back at a cheaper price, even though i think he’ll be a little highly owned. He is leading the league in yards per carry at 6.5, has averaged 30 DraftKings points over his last two games, as well as 19 receptions in his last four.
Chris Thompson $4,500 Rob Kelley is out for the season, leaving Thompson and Samaje Perine to handle the Redskins backfield. Perine has trouble with pass protection and has had his fair share of fumble issues this season, while Thompson has really been Washington’s best offensive weapon. This price is far too cheap, and i think he is being overlooked this week as one of the best plays at the position.
Brandin Cooks $6,600 Cooks is due to have a monster 150 yard 2 touchdown game, and this matchup with the putrid Oakland secondary could mean it’s time for him to erupt. I like his upside as a mid-priced player this week, in a game where like i said earlier should have a ton of points scored. Chris Hogan being out again is big for Cooks as well, as he saw 11 targets in his absence in week 10.
Mike Evans $7,900 People are sour on the Tampa Bay offense with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback, and rightfully so. They have looked awful lately, but I am seeing this as an opportunity to cash in on. Mike Evans has one of the best matchups of the week against the Dolphins secondary, and after serving a 1 game suspension he is probably going to come out with a chip on his shoulder. He’s yet to eclipse 100 yards this season, and I think that streak ends on Sunday.
Rob Gronkowski $7,200 The entire world is in on Travis Kelce because of his matchup with the Giants, but I would rather play the guy that has the exact same upside at the same price knowing he’ll be under owned. I think i’ve made it pretty clear that I am stacking the Patriots this week, and I don’t need to explain how great Gronk is.
Jared Cook $4,800 Staying on the same Raiders Patriots matchup, Cook is a nice cheaper option who should see a decent volume of targets .He’s been very productive as of late for the Raiders, and the Patriots defense gives up a large chunk of yards to tight ends. I also think he’ll be a lower owned player so there is leverage to be had there. I’m considering playing Cook and Gronk in the same lineup with Cook as a flex player to differentiate from other lineups.