We have two weeks of regular season NFL football left.
The good news? We have two full slates of NFL action left to make some money for our playoff bank roll. This week I am getting a little crazy with some of the different contests I’m entering on DraftKings.
By crazy, I mean the price of some of the bigger tournaments I’m playing. As always, Matt and I will do our best to give you are favorite plays on the slate.
Myself and Matt are both avid DraftKings players, so we decided to start a weekly article where we both will give our three favorite plays on the Sunday main slate.
Our picks will be players that are less expensive and will help get the high priced “studs” into your lineups.
Let’s get into it.
RB Jordan Howard ($4.3K)
I’m going back to the well again here. I can’t get past a cost that low with a running back posed for 20 touches against a lower third tier defense. Howard has gotten 19 carries and a reception in each of the last two weeks with a touchdown as well. The Bears have clinched the NFC North and need some help in order to snag a first round bye. They want to win – but they aren’t going to expose second year QB Mitch Trubisky for the cause. The Bears will rely heavily on Howard especially in the second half as they methodically wear down the 49ers. Howard has an outside shot at hitting 1,000 yards on the ground this season and you have to feel like a guy entering the contract extension or destruction phase is going to do whatever it takes to prove his worth.
RB Marlon Mack ($5.5K)
Mack is another guy that has a fantastic matchup and is poised to carry the burden on the ground for a team fighting for a playoff spot. The Giants own one of the worst run defenses in the league and Mack is fresh off toting the rock 27 times for 139 yards and two scores in the shocking dismantling of the NFC East leading Cowboys. Mack has had a bit of a roller coaster season and it’s reflected in his cost for a featured running back under 5K. Mack also has the advantage of playing behind a quarterback in Andrew Luck who is playing at an insanely high level in 2018. Luck is proving he is past the shoulder woes that plagued his 2017 season and Mack is the biggest beneficiary of that. He’s going to be approaching 25 carries as the Colts fight to stay alive for at least another week.
WR Robby Anderson ($4.5K)
On the flip side from Mack, Robby Anderson has some question marks as to the guy throwing him the ball. Rookie QB Sam Darnold has looked better the last few times out since his early season decline. Anderson has benefited greatly as he has scored in each of the last two weeks pairing that up with at least 75 yards as well. Anderson and Darnold are developing a rapport and they also have a great matchup with the Green Bay Packers. Having been eliminated from playoff contention you have to wonder how committed to the cause the Cheeseheads will be. Rodgers vomiting to playing after rumors flew around that he was on the verge of sitting the remainder of the season only help the chances of a shootout in New York. Anderson is by far the Jets most talented weapon in the air and look for Anderson to replicate his last two outings.
*Damn you Matt for taking one of my picks for the third week in a row. I too love Robby Anderson this week.
WR Adam Thielen (7.8K)
Thielen has burned me the last few weeks, but I’m going right back to him this week. The Vikings are playing the Lions on the road in a game they absolutely have to have. That means Cousins should target Thielen early and often. Over the last three weeks, Thielen has failed to put up at least 14 DK points. My hope is that owenership is down on him because of it. Against a Lions team who’s ready for the season to end, Thielen should have a big day.
Leonard Fournette (6K)
Here’s another guy who burned people the last few weeks that could win you a tournament in week 16. Fournette is coming off two awful games. This week he gets the 27th ranked Dolphins’ run D. While the Jaguars are playing on the road, the team should have no issues in the Miami sun considering they play in the same humid state. I’m guaranteeing two Fournette touchdowns this week.
RB Kalen Ballage (3.7K)
Over the last four weeks, the Jags’ defense has given up an average of 145 rushing yards. Amazing what a difference a year makes in the NFL. Ballage should get the bulk of the touches with Gore done for the year. Gase, for whatever reason, doesn’t like using Drake. To fit a bunch of studs into your line up, lock in Ballage in at RB.
Credit: NBC Sports. Pictured: Robby Anderson.