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.
Marcus Mariota $6,300 The Colts and the Titans matchup looks on the surface to be loaded with a lot of offense and not so much defense. Mariota would normally be someone that would be higher owned in this spot, but he threw four interceptions last week which could make a lot of people look another way. I think Mariota thrives in this easy matchup, and always love the rushing upside with my quarterback in fantasy, which Mariota certainly brings to the table.
Russell Wilson $7,000 I don’t really care about ownership all that much with Wilson. He is consistently putting up at least 25 points per week, and should be able to exceed that number this week. I believe Wilson will absolutely carve up the 49ers defense, as their run game continues to be non existent and Wilson is relied on to do everything. Hopefully the 49ers offense will be able to keep pace and cause this game to shoot out.
Kareem Hunt $8,000 Hunt rubbed a lot people the wrong way last week as he was everyone’s number one projected running back, and came up with a measly 11 fantasy points. I didn’t see it as much of a disappointment as others. He had 23 total touches, and had 3 plays called back for penalties that would have totaled 2 catches for 38 yards. That is 5.8 points nullified that a lot people did not see. We’d be just fine with a 16.8 total if that were the case. He’s heavily involved in the Chiefs offense, and I’ll go right back to the well with Hunt when others don’t want to.
Todd Gurley $8,500 The Rams face off with the Saints this week in the top projected scoring game on the slate. I believe both teams will look to establish the run, and Gurley should see an uptick in targets with Robert Woods going down with an injury last week. No one seems to be paying much attention to Gurley lately, and I’m willing to bet that most people will gravitate towards Ingram and Kamara in this game. Gurley is a nice pivot off of those to guys.
Julio Jones $7,700 Last week I called the Brandin Cooks breakout game, and we got it. This week we have a similar situation, and if it doesn’t happen this week with Julio, it’s never going to happen again. He has one touchdown on the season, and it’s just impossible to keep a star like this down. The Falcons offense has been frustrating, but they were able to get going a little big against Seattle last week. Julio should be able to tear apart the Tampa Bay secondary, as much less talented players have done all season long.
Doug Baldwin $7,000 I like the same kind of narrative as Julio to occur with Doug Baldwin this week. He’s been quiet for a couple of weeks, and is in a spot that is very forgiving to slot receivers against the 49ers. Jimmy Graham is a bit banged up, so i expect Russell Wilson to get his favorite receiver going in a must win game.
Delanie Walker $5,900 Walker is another player due for big day that hasn’t flashed as of late. The Titans will be without Rishard Matthews, and I expect Walker to be more involved than he already is. He is averaging 6 catches and 72 yards over the past month, and I think he continues his steady production and gets in the end zone this weekend.
Jared Cook $4,600 Cook is coming off of a disappointing week, as the Raiders just simply did not show up against the Patriots whatsoever. This week, they get the Broncos who do an excellent job of taking away wide receivers, and with Paxton Lynch getting the start at quarterback, I expect him to lean on his tight end in a hostile environment.