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Just like that and we are already in NFL Week 10. We have had a good run on tight ends and hope to continue providing value each week in my NFL DFS Tight Ends article. Tight ends are sometimes forgotten and left to the last pick in your lineup and that can easily leave you with an outcome of 0-2 points. This could be devastating for your chances of a takedown or simply cashing. Each week I will lay out my favorite options up top and the best value plays on the board as well. Once you’re done reading this article make sure to hop in our expert chat on Discord to stay up to date with lineup discussions.

Let’s take a look at our NFL Week 10 DFS Tight Ends!

KYLE PITTS, ATL $5,800 DRAFTKINGS, $6,900 FANDUEL

It’s slim pickings in the tight end pool in Week 10. The goal is to avoid land mines and simply find ways to hit value in different price tiers. I am typically the most optimistic person in the room but it’s truly bad out here and I’m simply looking for safe floors to land on. Pitts has been up and down all season but lands with a great matchup in Week 10. The Cowboys rank 22nd against opposing tight ends and are currently allowing 270 passing yards per game. Pitts will be popular for various reasons. He is the highest priced tight end and is involved in the highest projected scoring game as well. With the over under set for 55 in this matchup versus the Cowboys, we should be a high paced affair with game script in the favor of the passing attack for the Falcons. Pitts has received 40 targets in the past 5 games and has exceeded over 20+ points in 2 of the 5 games. The upside is there along with the floor, so I will have a solid amount of Pitts in Week 10.

DALTON SCHULTZ, DAL $5,000 DRAFTKINGS, $6,000 FANDUEL

As stated above, this game is the highest scoring game on the slate as per Vegas. Similar to Pitts, the floor is set with Schultz and the consistency has been there all season. Dalton has averaged 12 fantasy points per game and I will be content with an average game from him in Week 10. With that being said, the matchup against the Falcons is one I always like to pick on. The Falcons defense is allowing 26 points per game and they rank 17th against opposing tight ends. Both these metrics should lead to another double digit performance for Schultz and if this game stays close through 4 quarters we should see a ceiling game out of him and the passing attack of the Cowboys.

PAT FREIERMUTH, PIT $3,900 DRAFTKINGS, $5,100 FANDUEL

This dude can ball and he has emerged as one of, if not the favorite targets of Big Ben. Freiermuth catches everything thrown his way and is starting to rack up the red zone looks. With 3 touchdowns in the past 2 games and double digit fantasy point performances in all 3 games, he is starting to cement himself as one of the better tight ends in the game. The Lions are ranked 12th against opposing tight ends and are allowing 29 points per game, which is the second highest in the league. This should be an up pace game for the Steelers, which are coming off of 5 tough matchups over the past month. We should see an outburst from Ben and Pat in Week 10, and I prefer the discount at the tight end position with most of the top tier tight ends not on the main slate.

JARED COOK, LAC $3,200 DRAFTKINGS, $5,200 FANDUEL

Jared Cook is a tournament only play for me at the tight end position. The targets for Cook are a tier below the 3 tight ends mentioned above and Cook is the 3rd to 4th option on his team. The price is right on Cook and the game is also the second highest on the slate with a projected total of 53 points. The Vikings are a middle of the pack defense and both these teams are typically involved in high scoring affairs. The hope for Cook in this one is a couple extra looks and for him to find his way into the end zone. I prefer Freiermuth, but may look to grab a couple shares of Cook in Week 10 at lower ownership.

TYLER CONKLIN, MIN $3,000 DRAFTKINGS $5,300 FANDUEL

If we need value on the slate at lower ownership, we can look to Conklin in a nice matchup versus the Charger secondary and linebackers which are really struggling this year. The Chargers currently rank 28th against opposing tight ends. Targets are beginning to funnel to Conklin which provides a nice floor at this price tag in tournaments. Conklin has received 28 targets over the past 5 games which is not too far behind both Thielen and Jefferson. He is a DraftKings only play for me in tournaments only when you need the salary savings to pay up at other spots. So if you need the savings in Week 10 look to Conklin in tournaments. 

Thanks for reading our NFL Week 10 DFS Tight Ends article and the content is just getting started. There will be a boatload of content rolling in all week covering each position, covering cash games and tournaments, and we will have articles, videos, and podcasts so lock in with us in whichever way you like to consume your content. Don’t forget to check out our projection models and cheat sheets which will be updated throughout the week. Livestreams will be published each day on our Video Hub and make sure you lock into our Sunday morning livestream to keep up to date with all the last minute news.

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Just like that and we are already in NFL Week 9. We have had a good run on tight ends and hope to continue providing value each week in my NFL DFS Tight Ends article. Tight ends are sometimes forgotten and left to the last pick in your lineup and that can easily leave you with an outcome of 0-2 points. This could be devastating for your chances of a takedown or simply cashing. Each week I will lay out my favorite options up top and the best value plays on the board as well. Once you’re done reading this article make sure to hop in our expert chat on Discord to stay up to date with lineup discussions.

Let’s take a look at our NFL Week 9 DFS Tight Ends!

TRAVIS KELCE, KC $7,000 DRAFTKINGS, $7,800 FANDUEL

The emotions of fantasy football are getting the best of the industry. Through the first 3 weeks of the season, if you faded Kelce you were mocked. During the last 2 weeks, I have heard everything from Kelce is washed to the Chiefs should engage in trade talks for Kelce and Hill. That means Kelce will most likely be low owned in Week 9 and I will buy low on him. We got a depressed price tag combined with an opening total of 54.5 points versus the Packers. The line has swung dramatically with the news of Rodgers being out. The over has dropped by 6 and the Chiefs are now 8 point favorites. This should be a get right spot for Kelce, who is still receiving the targets and it’s only a matter of time until the production returns. Kelce has received 40 targets the past 4 weeks which hasn’t led to his usual fantasy output but I will be removing the recent results when molding my lineups. He is a fine one off, but I will get most of my shares of Kelce when pairing him with Mahomes in Week 9.

DARREN WALLER, LV $6,200 DRAFTKINGS, $6,800 FANDUEL

As long as Waller is a full go this week in practices I will get some shares of him in Week 9. With two weeks off, I’m hoping Waller is back to full strength. Combine that with more targets to go around with the unfortunate incident with Ruggs, and we should see a nice output from Waller this Sunday. The Giants are middle of the pack at defending the tight end, and in total defense.  The Raiders are projected to score 24.5 points on Sunday and with not much of a run game, Waller should be involved through 4 quarters. Waller is averaging close to 9 targets per game and only 5.5 receptions. The connection from Carr to Waller should become more efficient and while fantasy players have forgotten about him it’s the time to take some shots in tournaments.

MIKE GESICKI, MIA $4,900 DRAFTKINGS, $6,500 FANDUEL

Gesicki has been a great season long tight end draft pick to start this season. He has been consistently productive every week and provides stability at a position which can leave you frustrated. Gesicki has averaged 13 points per game and has become one of Tua’s favorite targets. Just like Kelce and Waller, Gesicki is a wide receiver playing the role of a tight end. Gesicki has an upside matchup this week against Houston who currently ranks 29th against opposing tight ends and are allowing the 30th worst 401 total yards per game. The targets are there each week and the production will continue to be there for Gesicki. If you can’t afford Kelce or Waller, Gesicki is the first name I will roster on DraftKings, but on FanDuel I will take the upside in Waller. 

DALLAS GOEDERT, PHI $4,500 DRAFTKINGS, $6,200 FANDUEL

Goedert just happens to be the most consistent receiver in the Eagles offense. Through the blowout last week of the Lions, Goedert was the only pass catcher who hit value. This game shouldn’t be lopsided and if the game script goes as Vegas has planned the Eagles should be trailing in this one. Since Ertz has been traded, Goedert has had back to back double digit fantasy point performances. This matchup will be the best opportunity for Goedert to reach for new highs since the departure of Ertz. The Chargers rank 30th against opposing tight ends and we have one of the highest game totals of the entire slate sitting at 50 points. When taking into account the matchup and the high total, Goedert will be heavily involved through 4 quarters, leading to a ceiling game in Week 9. 

TYLER CONKLIN, MIN $3,000 DRAFTKINGS $5,200 FANDUEL

If we need value on the slate, we can look to Conklin in a nice matchup versus the Baltimore secondary and linebackers which are really struggling this year. Baltimore currently ranks 31st against opposing tight ends and is allowing a league worst 296.1 passing yards per game. Targets are beginning to funnel to Conklin which provides a nice floor at this price tag in tournaments. Conklin has received 29 targets over the past 5 games which is not too far behind both Thielen and Jefferson. He is a DraftKings only play for me in tournaments only when you need the salary savings to pay up at other spots. So if you need the savings in Week 9 look to Conklin in tournaments. 

Thanks for reading our NFL Week 9 DFS Tight Ends article and the content is just getting started. There will be a boatload of content rolling in all week covering each position, covering cash games and tournaments, and we will have articles, videos, and podcasts so lock in with us in whichever way you like to consume your content. Don’t forget to check out our projection models and cheat sheets which will be updated throughout the week. Livestreams will be published each day on our Video Hub and make sure you lock into our Sunday morning livestream to keep up to date with all the last minute news.

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Just like that and we are already in NFL Week 8. We have had a good run on tight ends and hope to continue providing value each week in my NFL DFS Tight Ends article. Tight ends are sometimes forgotten and left to the last pick in your lineup and that can easily leave you with an outcome of 0-2 points. This could be devastating for your chances of a takedown or simply cashing. Each week I will lay out my favorite options up top and the best value plays on the board as well. Once you’re done reading this article make sure to hop in our expert chat on Discord to stay up to date with lineup discussions.

Let’s take a look at out NFL Week 8 DFS Tight Ends!

KYLE PITTS, ATL $6,300 DRAFTKINGS, $6,800 FANDUEL

It hasn’t taken long for Pitts to emerge as the #1 receiver in Atlanta and one of the best tight ends in the NFL. With each week that passes, Pitts is getting better and better. Carolina is middle of the pack against covering opposing tight ends but each week their defense has started to slip further down the list. In the past 4 games they lost, they have allowed 36, 21, 24, and 25 points after starting the season 3-0. The 3-0 start was more of a mirage while facing the Jets, Saints, and the Texans. This defense is attackable and Pitts is coming off of 3 weeks of increased targets, averaging 9 targets per game. Not only is Pitts getting targeted, he is racking up yardage with 2 back to back 100 yard receiving games. At a fair price on both sites Pitts is our highest projected tight end in both our projection model and optimizer projections for good reason. We have a nice total of 46 which is on the higher side of the slate and we have the Falcons projected at 24.5 points per Vegas. Lock in Pitts in both cash games and tournaments.

TJ HOCKENSON, DET $5,400 DRAFTKINGS, $6,200 FANDUEL

The Eagles secondary instills zero fear in me and I can see the Lions winning this game outright. This game has game stack potential and I love Swift and Hockenson from the Lions side. Hockenson is dealing with some knee and ankle injuries which has me slightly concerned but he has gutted it out each week without missing time. Please confirm prior to locking him Sunday, and make sure these injuries don’t take a turn for the worse. Hockenson has had a respectable start to the season through 7 games. He has averaged 51 yards receiving and 12.6 fantasy points per game and looks to build off that in a juicy matchup versus the Eagles. The matchup is ideal as the Eagles rank 24th against opposing tight ends and I expect this game to have some fireworks at a lower ownership of some of the higher profile games. I prefer paying up for Pitts in cash, but I will invest in some shares of Hockenson in tournaments in NFL Week 8.

NOAH FANT, DEN $4,900 DRAFTKINGS, $5,800 FANDUEL

Nobody likes playing Broncos and every week Fant and Sutton are under owned and continue to perform regardless of the health and skill level of Teddy Bridgewater. This Washington defense is a shell of what it was last year and is currently allowing a league worse 300.6 passing yards per game. On top of that they currently rank 20th against opposing tight ends and that sets up well with Fant. Fant has average 12 fantasy points per game while only hauling in 3 touchdowns so if the touchdowns start falling Fant’s way we can see a nice uptick in production. Fant and the Broncos are coming off 4 straight weeks of difficult matchups and this is the first week in recent memory that Vegas has this team projected to score more than 24 points. With Jeudy looking like he has a chance to play in Week 8, I am not ready to go all in on Fant. Fant is a tournament play only for me and I will sprinkle in some shares to avoid some of the possible chalk at the position.

DALLAS GOEDERT, PHI $4,600 DRAFTKINGS, $5,400 FANDUEL

With Ertz out of town, Goedert steps into the primary tight end role and should no longer fight for targets with Ertz. He hasn’t had his breakout week due to the instability of this offense and the passing game in general. This Eagles team is a mess right now and the whole city of Philly including our guy Jon Jansen are back and forth crying about what team they hate more between the Eagles and 76ers. As a New Yorker I love to see it! But lets get back to football and why Goedert may be in line for his breakout game. I’m expecting this game to provide some fireworks and I want my shares of both offenses. I will have my game stacks, and will be riding Hurts and Goedert combinations along with Goff, Swift, and Hockenson. I think we shoot over the 48 point total Vegas has set and with no real consistent run game from either side I see a back and forth up paced game. At his price tag, Goedert is safe for both cash games and tournaments in NFL Week 8.

DAN ARNOLD, JAC $2,800 DRAFTKINGS $4,900 FANDUEL

If we need value on the slate, we can look to Arnold in a nice matchup versus the Seattle secondary which is really struggling this year. I think Vegas has this game wrong with only putting a 43.5 total on the game. I haven’t bet it yet, but once I talk to my guys at the Sharp App, I will lock it in. Remember you can download the Sharp App for free and get access to all of our sports betting pros. The Seahawks are allowing 280 passing yards per game and are ranked 17th against opposing tight ends. Arnold is tied for target share over the past 2 weeks with Shenault and is just getting out targeted by Jones Jr. With the matchup slightly better for Arnold over the receiving core, we can see a uptick in targets which would lead to even more fantasy production. So if you need the savings in Week 8 look to Arnold in tournaments.

Thanks for reading our NFL Week 8 DFS Tight Ends article and the content is just getting started. There will be a boatload of content rolling in all week covering each position, covering cash games and tournaments, and we will have articles, videos, and podcasts so lock in with us in whichever way you like to consume your content. Don’t forget to check out our projection models and cheat sheets which will be updated throughout the week. Livestreams will be published each day on our Video Hub and make sure you lock into our Sunday morning livestream to keep up to date with all the last minute news.

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Just like that and we are already in NFL Week 7. We have had a good run on tight ends and hope to continue providing value each week in my NFL DFS Tight Ends article. Tight ends are sometimes forgotten and left to the last pick in your lineup and that can easily leave you with an outcome of 0-2 points. This could be devastating for your chances of a takedown or simply cashing. Each week I will lay out my favorite options up top and the best value plays on the board as well. Once you’re done reading this article make sure to hop in our expert chat on Discord to stay up to date with lineup discussions.

Let’s dive in to this NFL Week 7 slate and talk some DFS Tight Ends!

TRAVIS KELCE, KC $7,600 DRAFTKINGS, $8,200 FANDUEL

This is a pay up week for tight ends. The low end is dicey and with the 3 expensive tight ends being in great spots, I don’t want to take to many shots on cheap tight ends. I can see 3 top end tight ends put up 20+ points in Week 7, so lets start with the best one in Kelce. The over in this game has pushed up to 57.5 and has been climbing since the week started. The Chiefs are in a great spot and are projected to put up 31.5 points. Listen we know how good this offense is and the Titans defense can be exposed through the passing game. The Titans are allowing 276 passing yards and 384 total yards per game. Looking back at the past 3 games the Titans have allowed 31, 19, and even 27 points to the Jets. Kelce has somewhat disappointed us the past 3 weeks putting up 6, 17, and 17 which I hope that bring downs his ownership. It’s still early as I’m writing this on Wednesday morning, but he is currently sitting at only 14% ownership which is a nice number to get Kelce at. I will be locking in shares of each of the tight ends listed in this article and I will be over the field in Week 7 on Kelce.

DARREN WALLER, LV $6,700 DRAFTKINGS, $6,800 FANDUEL

The Eagles secondary instills zero fear in me and probably less in Waller’s mind. Waller has been rather stagnant since his Week 1 outburst of 29.5 points. People have long forgotten about Waller and we may see sub 10% ownership on him in Week 7. Waller finds a great spot against the Eagles who currently rank 22nd versus the tight end position. The Eagles defense has shown strives but they have been exposed by the Bucs, Chiefs, and the Cowboys and I believe Carr and Waller are playing inspired ball since the departure of Gruden. Waller is currently sitting as the second highest projected player in our optimizer projections and I will take the discount on Kelce in spots. For every 2 shares of Kelce, I will have one share of Waller in Week 7.

MARK ANDREWS, BAL $6,000 DRAFTKINGS, $5,900 FANDUEL

Mark Andrews is coming off a monster Week 5 and nice performance in Week 6 as well. Andrews had 11 receptions on 13 targets and rumbled for 147 yards receiving with 2 touchdowns in Week 5 and followed that up with a 17 point performance in Week 6. We have a total of 47 with Baltimore favored by 6, so this game should be high scoring and close through 4 quarters if Vegas has this game projected correctly. After what the Ravens did to the Chargers last week I do have some concern that the Bengals won’t be able to keep pace in this one but the price tag is still very affordable on Andrews. The discount is large, the floor is safe, and the upside is still there where Andrews is a solid play for cash and still warrants attention for tournaments. My ownership will be spread across the top 3 tight ends I just mentioned and just like Waller, I will have 1 share of Andrews for every 2 shares of Kelce.

DALLAS GOEDERT, PHI $4,600 DRAFTKINGS, $5,400 FANDUEL

With Ertz out of town, Goedert steps into the primary tight end role and should no longer fight for targets with Ertz. His price tag has dropped after being out a week due to Covid-19, but this is a great landing spot to buy shares of Goedert in Week 7. This should be a great spot for him against the Raiders who currently rank 24th against opposing tight ends. This game has a over of 49 and I believe the game shoots over 50 points in a back and forth game for four quarters. I’m expecting a lot of passing as both these teams don’t really run the ball well which should keep the pace up for 4 quarters. As long as all the practice reports seem positive throughout the week, I love Goedert and his price tag in Week 7.

RICKY SEALS-JONES, WAS $3,700 DRAFTKINGS $5,400 FANDUEL

I loaded up last week on Ricky and I’m ready to go back to the well in Week 7. With Logan Thomas out and a good matchup versus the Packers, Seals-Jones could bring solid value to our DFS lineups again. Ricky played 82 out of the 83 snaps in Week 5 and hauled in 4 receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown in Week 6. The Packers passing defense has been good, but if they have a weakness in the passing game its through the tight end position. The Packers defense has yet to face too many solid passing attacks, and I’m not saying that Washington is one of them but at this price tag we don’t need much. The Packers should take a lead, which will have Washington playing from behind and forcing them to air it out to keep pace. Ricky is a tournament only play which could pay off nicely in Week 7.

Thanks for reading our NFL Week 7 DFS Tight Ends article and the content is just getting started. There will be a boatload of content rolling in all week covering each position, covering cash games and tournaments, and we will have articles, videos, and podcasts so lock in with us in whichever way you like to consume your content. Don’t forget to check out our projection models and cheat sheets which will be updated throughout the week. Livestreams will be published each day on our YouTube page and make sure you lock into our Sunday morning livestream to keep up to date with all the last minute news.

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The NFL DFS season continues with the Monday night showdown, and we’ve got the breakdown to help you win big money in the final Week 4 NFL DFS contests!NOTE: For a refresher on showdown general rules and strategy, see my first showdown article of 2021.Let’s get to the game!Week 4 NFL DFS MVP candida...

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The NFL DFS season continues with the Monday night showdown, and we’ve got the breakdown to help you win big money in the final Week 1 NFL DFS contests!

NOTE: For a refresher on showdown general rules and strategy, see my TNF showdown article.

Let’s get to the game!

Week 1 NFL DFS MVP candidates (1.5x points)

Some notes on the differences between MVP on FanDuel and DraftKings: The 1.5x point boost on FD comes with no salary penalty, while and DK also bumps the salary to 1.5x – a crucial factor in deciding who we can and cannot afford on both sites. We can use this to our advantage on FD by occasionally targeting non-QBs to establish more variance and more unique lineups, and on DK it allows us to build more hearty overall stacks when we punt the MVP position with a cheap but high-upside player.

Chalk: Lamar Jackson (FD $17,000, DK $18,600)

Pivot: Darren Waller (FD $13,000, DK $16,200)

Contrarian #1: Mark Andrews (FD $13,000, DK $13,500)

Contrarian #2: Derek Carr (FD $14,000, DK $14,700)

Contrarian #3: Ty’Son Williams (FD $12,000, DK $10,200)

Lamar Jackson is far and away the most expensive (and highest-upside) player in this contest, but I think we’re going to need him in the MVP spot or one of the FLEX spots to cash. The Raiders defense is dealing with lots of turnover and communication/teamwork aspects of their unit could see some struggles in Week 1, especially against a playmaker like Jackson. He should be running a little more than usual with the makeshift backfield they’re employing, and all the new faces just getting into the Baltimore system.

Ravens notes: The most important players to roster will be Jackson, TE Mark Andrews, RB Ty’Son Williams (who could see an enormous Week 1 workload) and WR Marquise Brown, but we could see some of the newly acquired veterans (Latavius Murray and Sammy Watkins stand out the most) or fringe offensive players like Devin Duvernay — or even rookie Tylan Wallace — play a role. I’m also very intersted in the Ravens DST and K Justin Tucker, since this one could be lower-scoring than if both these offenses ere at full strength.

Raiders notes: Josh Jacobs is questionable to play tonight, and the best possible offensive combo for the Raiders is likely Derek Carr/Darren Waller, with Waller being the best one-off if we overstack Ravens. We’re not getting enough of a discount on Kenyan Drake to focus too much on him, but he’s a GPP play given his ability to haul in reception and rack up the points that way — especially if Jacobs is unavailable. It’s interesting to see the less heralded WR Bryan Edwards with a salary higher than WR Henry Ruggs III, who is another possible playmaker. We also have to consider Hunter Renfrow and Willie Snead IV, but these WRS are all pretty risky plays.

Week 1 NFL DFS Final thoughts (and some DOs and DON’Ts)

Remember to build your team based on a Week 1 NFL DFS narrative that makes sense.

DO: Build a trio (or quartet) of offensive weapons for a team that makes sense together

DON’T: Use too many Raiders. I could see 3 BAL/3 LV working, but most of my builds will be 4 BAL/2 LV.

DO: Use the projected team totals to shade one way or the other with your selections.

DON’T: Ignore kickers and defenses. Both Tucker and the Ravens DST are in play, and Daniel Carlson could factor as well tonight.

Now that we’ve established some Week 1 NFL DFS narratives and MVP candidates, the best way to round out this piece is with a list of my favorite options in descending order, based on overall value (a combo of salary and projected points):

  1. Lamar Jackson
  2. Mark Andrews
  3. Darren Waller
  4. Ty’Son Williams
  5. Derek Carr
  6. Marquise Brown
  7. Ravens DST
  8. Henry Ruggs III
  9. Bryan Edwards
  10. Josh Jacobs (questionable, so only if he plays)
  11. Kenyan Drake
  12. Sammy Watkins
  13. Justin Tucker
  14. Latavius Murray
  15. Hunter Renfrow
  16. Tylan Wallace
  17. Devin Duvernay
  18. Peyton Barber
  19. Willie Snead
  20. Daniel Carlson
  21. Raiders DST
  22. James Proche

Don’t forget to read the rest of WinDaily’s excellent football articles this week as you prep for Week1 action!

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The NFL DFS season continues with this week’s Thursday night showdown, and we’re helping you win big money in the first Week 15 NFL DFS contests!

Week 15 NFL DFS MVP candidates (1.5x points)

We should have a fun matchup in NFL DFS for Week 15 here on Thursday Night Football!

Chalk: Justin Herbert (DK $17,700, FD $16,000)

Pivot: Darren Waller (DK $14,100, FD $12,000)

Contrarian #1: Derek Carr (DK $15,000, FD $15,000)

Contrarian #2: Austin Ekeler (DK $15,600, FD $13,500)

FD/DK Value: Josh Jacobs (DK $8,800 FLEX, FD $13,000)

DK Punts: Hunter Henry ($5,800 FLEX) and Kalen Ballage ($2,400 FLEX if Ekeler OUT)

We’ve got myriad skill position injuries to monitor ahead of tonight’s showdown, but thankfully neither QB carries an injury designation. Despite the Chargers being 3-point road dogs, Justin Herbert is the chalk at CPT and should be in most of the roster builds that get clicked in before lock. While we could argue there’s some reason to consider fading the gunslinger rookie (three consecutive games under 20 DK points), I’m much less excited about the prospect of rolling out Derek Carr in the top spot. Carr is coming off his two best fantasy performances of 2020, but I have some trust issues after his putrid performance in Week 12 @ATL.

Both Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are game-time decisions, and if they sit, I’ll definitely be pivoting more to Carr and TE Darren Waller as the core of my builds, mixing in shares of whomever gets the start at RB for the Chargers, be that Austin Ekeler (questionable but expected to play with a quad injury) or Kalen Ballage. Right now, it looks like Ekeler should be good to go, but Ballage would be an obscenely good value if he gets back the workhorse role he had in the weeks before Ekeler returned.

Chargers pass catchers to consider (if either or both of Allen and Williams are inactive) include TE Hunter Henry (a solid play in any event) WR Tyron Johnson – who finished Week 14 with 6-55-1 on seven targets from Herbert – and even Jalen Guyton, a downfield target who’s had 40 targets and a 21-377-3 receiving line this season. He’s a “final piece” type of plug in who could exploit the Raiders secondary issues.

We could also see more offensive snaps and a handful or targets for rookie K.J. Hill, who fellow former Ohio St. Buckeye Cris Carter said was a steal in the 2020 NFL draft.

The Raiders have placed Henry Ruggs III on the COVID-19 reserve list, so he’s unavailable for this showdown. That gives Nelson Agholor a slight bump and greatly increases the chances of a big game for Hunter Renfrow. Rookie WR Bryan Edwards, not targeted in Sunday’s loss to Indy and without a catch in the Jets game, might also be a factor. He and Zay Jones are fringe plays at best.

As for kickers and defenses, I trust Raiders K Dylan Carlson a lot more than Chargers K Michael Badgley, who hasn’t scored in the past two weeks. Carlson is even cheaper on DK. With three negative DK point performances in their last three games, the Raiders DST are more expensive and have a lot less to offer from a gamebreaking perspective than the Chargers DST. But if the Bolts are without their top two WRs, they have to be considered in the occasional GPP.

Injury Update: As of 1 p.m. EST, Ekeler is expected to play, Williams is doubtful, and Allen remains a true GTD.

Week 15 NFL DFS Utility options (and some DOs and DON’Ts)

Remember to build your team based on a narrative that makes sense, and utilize the WinDaily fantasy toolbox for cheatsheets and projections that can help you tremendously with lineup building.

DO: Build a trio (or quartet) of offensive weapons for a team that makes sense together.

DON’T: Go into your GPP builds without a narrative plan this week. Use the writeup and flex list below to help narrow your player pool and find a winning path.

DO: Include Darren Waller somewhere. He’s the most involved player for both teams and is on the field for almost every Raiders offensive snap.

DON’T: Ignore the Chargers inactives – it’s going to have a huge effect on Herbert’s effectiveness and the players who impact this showdown.

Now that we’ve established some narratives and MVP candidates, the best way to round out this piece is with a list of my favorite options in descending order, based on overall value (a combo of salary and projected points):

  1. Justin Herbert
  2. Darren Waller
  3. Derek Carr
  4. Austin Ekeler (if active)
  5. Josh Jacobs
  6. Keenan Allen (questionable, GTD)
  7. Nelson Agholor
  8. Hunter Henry
  9. Mike Williams (questionable, GTD)
  10. Tyron Johnson (bump if Keenan Allen sits)
  11. Hunter Renfrow
  12. Dylan Carlson
  13. Jalen Guyton (bump if Mike Williams sits)
  14. Kalen Ballage (huge bump if Ekeler sits)
  15. Chargers DST
  16. Justin Jackson
  17. Devontae Booker
  18. Raiders DST
  19. Foster Moreau
  20. Zay Jones
  21. Bryan Edwards
  22. K.J. Hill (bump if Allen/Williams sit)
  23. Michael Badgley
  24. Donald Parham
  25. Jason Witten
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The NFL DFS season continues with the Monday night showdown, and we’ve got the breakdown to help you win big money in the final Week 2 NFL DFS contests!

Introduction to Single-Game Showdowns

DraftKings calls them “Showdowns,” and FanDuel doesn’t really have a name for them other than “Single-Game Contests,” but whatever we call them they require an understanding of game narratives and game theory – which means we need to target low-ownership players that will give us the best opportunities within the narratives and game outcomes we’re expecting.

My picks will focus almost exclusively on finding GPP-winning combinations that have a chance at taking down the contests you’re entering, be they single-entry or MME. While we can’t cover all the possible combos or provide full lineups for you to deploy, the goal here is to give you the tools to win and highlight some names that will help make for profitable results.

If I enter five lineups in a large-field GPP, at least three of those lineups will focus on the most likely game outcome (based on Vegas odds, props and totals), with one or two contrarian builds. As we know, late-breaking news can have a significant effect on full slates, and that’s just amplified with single-game contests. If you have any questions leading up to lock, please consult our NFL DFS experts in Discord.

Let’s get to the game!

Week 2 NFL DFS MVP candidates (1.5x points)

Some notes on the differences between MVP on FanDuel and DraftKings: The 1.5x point boost on FD comes with no salary penalty, while and DK also bumps the salary to 1.5x – a crucial factor in deciding who we can and cannot afford on both sites. We can use this to our advantage on FD by occasionally targeting non-QBs to establish more variance and more unique lineups, and on DK it allows us to build more hearty overall stacks when we punt the MVP position with a cheap but high-upside player.

Chalk: Drew Brees (DK $15,900, FD $16,000)

Pivot: Josh Jacobs (DK $14,400, FD $13,500)

Contrarian #1: Alvin Kamara (DK $17,100, FD $14,000)

Contrarian #2: Emmanuel Sanders (DK $13,200, FD $10,000)

Contrarian #3: Darren Waller (DK $11,100, FD $11,500)

Predicting showdown ownership in NFL and NBA is always tricky, because of the last-minute adjustments that folks tend to make reacting to late-breaking news (I did it just last night in the Lakers game by removing Rajon Rondo from all my showdown lineups in the minutes before lock). But I have a feeling folks will be starting a lot of lineups with Drew Brees up top and filling the rest in with affordable options. It’s certainly a viable strategy this week given the softer pricing and absence of Michael Thomas (ankle), who’s already been ruled out.

I will likely be using Josh Jacobs at MVP in my builds, however, since he has the most guaranteed touches and what I feel is the most upside in this game as a true workhorse back. It’s not a contrarian play, but it’s a way to differentiate your lineups (especially on FanDuel) and get some built-in variance in a format that requires it.

This is a game the Raiders can win, especially if they dominate time of possession, and we don’t often see the Saints without their top WR and the threat of his 5-15 catches per game. If we start with Jacobs (rather than Brees or Alvin Kamara), it’s a lot easier to fit the main offensive cogs from both teams.

Kamara, Emmanuel Sanders and Darren Waller are also MVP options, but the odds are against them dominating the game enough to warrant more than some one-off builds.

Week 2 NFL DFS Utility options (and some DOs and DON’Ts)

Remember to build your team based on a narrative that makes sense, and utilize the WinDaily fantasy toolbox for cheatsheets and projections that can help you tremendously with lineup building.

DO: Build a trio (or quartet) of offensive weapons for a team that makes sense together

DON’T: Use Drew Brees as your MVP with no Saints position players and the Raiders DST.

DO: Use the projected team totals to shade one way or the other with your selections.

DON’T: Use players with almost no shot of seeing the field, regardless of their salary – though we can make the case for including more Saints positional punts given the injury to Thomas.

Now that we’ve established some narratives and MVP candidates, the best way to round out this piece is with a list of my favorite options in descending order, based on overall value (a combo of salary and projected points):

  1. Josh Jacobs
  2. Drew Brees
  3. Alvin Kamara
  4. Emmanuel Sanders
  5. Darren Waller
  6. Derek Carr
  7. Jared Cook
  8. Tre’Quan Smith
  9. Bryan Edwards
  10. Will Lutz
  11. Latavius Murray
  12. Henry Ruggs (questionable, knee)
  13. Saints DST
  14. Hunter Renfrow
  15. Daniel Carlson
  16. Taysom Hill
  17. Raiders DST
  18. Nelson Agholor
  19. Deonte Harris
  20. DeVontae Booker
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