Last week, I entered the NFL Billion Dollar Lineup tournament as well as the NFL $200K First Down tournament. It was only the first week of the season so I went with a modest $1 entry fee, but nonetheless, I came out a winner. I finished well within the money in both contests with this lineup.
Don’t believe me? Well, here is the proof:
If it was not for the Steelers “punishing” Le’Veon Bell for his holdout, there is a good chance I would have finished even higher. Anyway, let me move on to this week’s lineup!
QB: Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers ($6,700)
The home/road splits for Ben Roethlisberger are astonishing. If you have not checked them out yet, I highly recommend you do. The Vikings did contain Drew Brees on Monday night, but that was in Minnesota. I think Roethlisberger will be low-owned for that reason, but expect him to have a nice bounce back game at home.
Honorable Mention: Carson Palmer, Cardinals ($6,000)
RB: Marshawn Lynch, Raiders ($6,000)
Marshawn Lynch proved last week that retirement did not effect him at all. He received 18 carries, while rushing for 76 yards. The next closest was Jalen Richard with 5 touches. It is clear that Lynch is the number one and no one will be taking touches from him. The Jets let up 190 rushing yards against the Buffalo Bills last week, while LeSean McCoy had 110 of those on his own. McCoy also had 5 receptions for 49 yards out of the backfield. The Raiders are a 13 point favorite at home this week against the Jets. Expect a big workload and a lot of production from Lynch.
Honorable Mention: Kerwynn Williams, Cardinals ($4,800)
RB: Javorius Allen, Ravens ($4,100)
The Ravens are an eight point favorite at home against the Browns this week. They lost Danny Woodhead to an injury last week and placed him on IR. The Ravens also ran the ball 42 times compared to the 17 pass attempts that Joe Flacco had. Javorius Allen accounted for the bulk of those rushing attempts with 21. I think a lot of people will be deploying Terrance West this week, but it seems they will split carried or Allen will get most of the workload. I also believe Allen will have the receiving duties out of the backfield over West. Allen is $1,000 cheaper than West and I think he is a must play this week.
Honorable Mentions: NONE DEPLOY ALLEN
WR: Julio Jones, Falcons ($9,200)
Julio Jones was very quiet last week against the Bears as he hauled in 4 passes for 66 yards. However, they were on the road last week and the Falcons do play much better at home, which they will be doing in week two. Jones had six games in 2016 in which he was held under 70 yards. How did he perform in the games after? In those six games combined Julio amassed 46 receptions, 865 yards and 5 touchdowns. High scoring game at home against the Packers this week, Jones is a must play in my opinion.
Honorable Mention: Jordy Nelson, Packers ($7,900)
WR: Martavis Bryant, Steelers ($5,500)
You always should have a QB-WR stack in your DFS lineups. Well, here is mine. I am not deploying Antonio Brown because I am sure that is who most people will be paying up for and I will be taking Julio Jones instead. When stacking your QB with a WR it is always a better option to stay away from the QB-WR1 stack. I believe the Steelers will score a lot of points in this game and the Vikings are for sure game planning to stop Antonio Brown. Bring in Martavis Bryant. Roethlisberger did look deep to Bryant on multiple occasions, but failed on all of them. I think they will connect for one or two of those big plays this week.
Honorable Mention: Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals ($6,500)
WR: Adam Thielen, Vikings ($5,000)
Adam Thielen is still relatively cheap even after the big week he had last week against the Saints. I do not expect him to come close to that again, but we do know he has it in him. For $5,500 I am definitely taking that chance. Thielen was targeted TEN times last week as well. The second biggest point, first being QB-WR stack, to building a successful DFS lineup is pairing a WR with the opposing QB. I am fading away from Stefon Diggs because he is too expensive for the lineup I want to build. Therefore, I am throwing Thielen in there.
Honorable Mention: T.Y. Hilton, Colts ($5,300)
TE: Delanie Walker, Titans ($4,700)
When drafting a TE for your DFS teams there are a few things you want to look for. You want your tight end to have the upside to have either a 100-yard or 2 touchdown game. You want you tight end to be peppered with targets. Lastly, you want your tight end to either be on the home team or the team that is favored. Delanie Walker checks all of those boxes. Go ahead and deploy him.
Honorable Mention: Kyle Rudolph, Vikings ($4,200)
FLEX: Ty Montgomery, Packers ($5,800)
Ty Montgomery struggled running the ball last week against a very good Seahawks defensive front. However, he did manage 93 total yards, 4 receptions and a touchdown. He found ways to have a nice game overall. He also led the team with 19 rushes. The next closest running back was Joe Williams with two. Ty Mont is the Packers clear lead back at this point in the season. His opponent, the Falcons, got torn apart last year by running backs who can catch the ball out of the back field. Did they change anything to fix that? Nope. Last week against the Bears, Tarik Cohen, a running back, was the Bears’ leading receiver.
Honorable Mention: Tyreek Hill, Chiefs ($6,200)
DEF: Los Angeles Rams ($3,000)
When picking out a defense you want a team that is going to be low-owned. Even though the Rams had a great week last week, I think most people will shy away from them because they dominated the Colts. However, the Redskins offense did not look very good last week against the Eagles. They seemed to have no type of run game and Kirk Cousins did not look in control. The Rams are also cheaper then last week and I am looking for cheap candidates to fill out my team.
Honorable Mentions: Ravens ($3,700)
I'm a washed up D3 college baseball player who is pursuing their MBA in Accounting. I love baseball, basketball, and football; while rooting for the New York Mets, New York Knicks, and New York Giants. Most of the time it is full of misery. I have recently found a passion for writing about sports. I have posted a few articles for Last Word on Sports and I have now created my own website (the-sportstalk.com). You can check out my articles there and also follow the twitter account @_thesportstalk.