Written by Austin Snodgrass
Every Monday or Tuesday, I will be documenting my cash game lineup for NFL on Draftkings. I will discuss how I constructed my lineup. I will post whether I win or lose and will also document profit or loss.
Week 3 turned out very well for me. I did take a much different approach from what I wrote about in SCHLAGGER’S Slant. Sometimes this happens when you write an article early in the week. Information and news happens late in the week and it changed how I felt on certain players. I will explain below:
Guys I Had to Have:
Jarvis Landry- As I mentioned in SCHLAGGER’S Slant, I needed to have a Dolphins player. I liked Tannehill but I liked Luck more so Landry immediately got my attention. Browns are one of the worst teams defensively against the pass and with Landry being a PPR monster this decision was easy. An advanced stat that I have grown to love this year is aDOT (average depth of target). Landry’s aDOT is lower, which means he has a high catch rate which makes him a great cash play weekly but especially against the pathetic Browns.
Travis Benjamin- I talked above about how I needed a Dolphin in my lineup and I felt the exact same way about needing a Charger in my lineup. They were playing in a high over/under game so Vegas expected tons of points. The two Chargers I considered were Travis Benjamin and Melvin Gordon. I had Melvin Gordon in my lineup until Sunday morning but once I received the news that Thomas Rawls and CJ Procise were going to be ruled out I needed Christine Michael. Lineup construction took me away from Gordon which then eventually lead me to Benjamin. Benjamin wasn’t great but he wasn’t terrible. One concerning thing about Benjamin for season long leagues is that he played less snaps than Dontrelle Inman and Tyrell Williams and ran most of his routes in the slot.
Phillip Dorsett- Dorsett ended up being the worst play and coming into the week he may have been my favorite play. I figured he was in for a massive amount of targets with Moncrief out of the lineup but he ended up with only 4 targets. The issue is Phillip Dorsett just isn’t good at football right now. He doesn’t run great routes and he is more of a #3 slot WR. He is young so there is a chance for him to come around but right now he is not a #2 WR on a team trying to make the playoffs.
Any changes from Schlagger’s Slant will be discussed below:
Christine Michael and Charles Simms- I mentioned my thought process on Christine Michael above. He was in for a massive usage with Rawls and Procise and in a game where they were expected to be leading in the second half. I was pretty confident Michael would have 20+ carries which he finished with exactly 20. Once I knew I couldn’t get to Gordon, I eventually landed on Charles Simms. I wish I wrote him up earlier in the week because everyone knew he was in for a massive workload with Doug Martin out for a few weeks. My deciding factor on Simms was that I knew he would be effective in the pass game. He ended with 8 targets and 6 catches and finished with 24.4 fantasy points. These two guys are just another reason why you need all the available information and why fantasy lineups often change until late Sunday morning.
Antonio Brown- As I seem to do every week, I wanted to have a part of the Steelers offense. I had to decide between DeAngelo Williams and Antonio Brown. Once I knew I was going to roster Christine Michael and Charles Simms I had enough money to get to Antonio Brown if I wanted too. The Eagles are ball hogs, they play like the Cowboys did in 2015. They get tons of first downs and eat at the clock. I was worried if the Steelers got down in the game and with the Eagles holding the ball, that DeAngelo would be in for a bad game on the ground. The Eagles came out on fire and the Steelers got behind which lead to more volume for Brown and less usage for DeAngelo. Brown had one of his safe Antonio Brown games with 12 catches for 140 yards and actually paid off his hefty $9600 price tag.
NFL DFS Results:
Week 1: 137.08 Points- $367 in Entry fees, $667 total winners for +$300 profit
Week 2: 127.72 Points- $324 in Entry Fees, $18 total winners for -306 in losses
Week 3: 163.44 Points- $304 in Entry fees, $594 total winners for +290 profit
I am an avid Daily Fantasy player. You can find me on Draftkings with user name: THESCHLAGGER. I may use different players and strategies than what I recommended above. Any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on twitter @asnod10.