DraftKings Week 6 Strategy Guide

Matt Ryan

Coming off another solid week on DraftKings, I’ll be looking for continued success in week six. With four more teams on bye this week it will again be a challenge.

I did have some clear misses last week. Amari Cooper was a gut feeling to break out and apparently the feeling in my gut must have been gas. Todd Gurley may have hurt you last week too. I noted I did not like the matchup yet I was chasing the volume with him and what happened, of course no volume in a close game. The last big miss was Antonio Gates in a great matchup, who has clearly been passed up by Hunter Henry.

In this game when you gamble on high risk/high reward type players there will be plenty of disappointing outcomes. Do not be discouraged to continue using those players from week to week, when they all hit it is a beautiful thing. Is this the week for perfection?  I doubt it. That won’t hold me back from digging deep for some DraftKings value guys.


Washington Redskins Kirk Cousins

AP Photo/Nick Wass


Matt Ryan $7,000-Ryan is as expensive as I am willing to go this week. The Falcons are projected as home favorites and I don’t think they disappoint, I am endorsing all of their big three.

Kirk Cousins $6,800-The Redskins are another home favorited team that’s is also coming off a bye week. Cousins will be ready to exploit this 49er’s secondary and the inability to run means plenty of stats for Mr. You Like That.

Deshaun Watson $6,700-Watson is coming off of back to back five touchdown weeks. This is usually an immediate fade for me, but the Browns matchup is too juicy to avoid. Obviously I’m not expecting another five here, but the floor for him is enough to warrant usage.

Matt Stafford $6,500-Stafford will look to rebound after facing a few tough defenses in a row. While the Saints are much improved on defense this year they still have a very beatable secondary.

Ben Roethlisberger $5,700-Is he done? Five picks last week and I’m suggesting him as a good play at Arrowhead Stadium. I do not think Big Ben is done, and besides, in week three against the Chargers all teams have hung up at least 20 points on the Chiefs. Bounce back spot here, if you’re not scared to do it.

Josh McCown $5,200-I was going back and forth between McCown and Kevin Hogan as my cheapie this week. I edged McCown due to having more offensive weapons in the passing game. If you want to pay up for studs look to McCown to help balance that lineup.


Chiefs Wire-USA Today

Chiefs Wire-USA Today

Running Back

Kareem Hunt $8,200-The jury is out as of the time I’m writing my column on whether or not Travis Kelce will play or not due to a concussion. I think the Steelers will do a decent job containing Tyreek Hill and open up the dump offs to Hunt. We did see Leonard Fournette break a 90 yard run on them last week and Hunt has crazy speed when he breaks loose.

Leonard Fournette $8,000-Lenny was a monster last week and will welcome one of the worst defenses against the run this week. He is as consistent as can be scoring in all games so far and getting twenty plus touches in all but game so far.

Devonta Freeman $7,400-I foreshadowed using the Falcons big three earlier and Freeman is a go for me as a member of that unit. In a game where the Falcons should be ahead early, he should get bulk of carries and opportunities around the end zone.

Mike Gillislee $5,500-Spoiler alert! This is the only Patriot I have picked as a play this week. I know Brady said he will play despite a non throwing arm injury. Gronk is banged up and Cooks has been inconsistent. I do like Chris Hogan just not his price. Back to Gillislee, great matchup here and the Pats should be ahead here to give him looks.

Elijah McGuire $4,600-Nice Segway to Eli McGuire. He is a dual threat receiving back that can deliver if Forte and Powell are both out. The Jets could be down early and even if they are not his skillset should survive any game flow situation.

Semaje Perine $4,400-A great matchup for Perine who is starting with Rob Kelley out again. As long as things play out as they should look for Perine to grind the game away in the second half.

Jerrick McKinnon $4,100-Yes the price is right. No it is not a mistake. With McKinnon as the new starter and being this cheap I have to list him as a play. He is an explosive runner and at a cheap price many will roster him to see if we a repeat performance.

Adrian Peterson $3,400-Why not? At this price I’ll gamble that he can get fifteen plus touches and hopefully they are productive touches. He does not need much to return value.


Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire

Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire

Wide Receiver

Julio Jones $8,300-The last member of the Falcons big three. Julio still does not have a touch down this year and was banged up before the bye week. I’m banking on the matchup and usage here with Mohammed Sanu out.

Deandre Hopkins $8,100-My eyes are on Nuk Hopkins as are Deshaun Watsons’. He continues to be one of the most targeted wide outs in the game and even with Will Fuller back he has been money.

Larry Fitzgerald $6,800-The Bucs are surprisingly one of the worst teams defending the pass, specifically the slot receiver. That brings Fitz into the easy play this week category with a reasonable price.

Jarvis Landry $6,600-I am anticipating Devante Parker to miss this game and if he does Landry should get the lion’s share of targets.

Adam Thielen $6,000-The Packers should be leading in this one. Adam Thielen who is never a sexy pick should get plenty of looks here. Not to mention Stephon Diggs is knicked up.

Randall Cobb $5,900-When facing top corners such as Patrick Peterson or Xavier Rhodes I go to secondary options who could have a big day. Cobb fits the mold here.

Desean Jackson $5,800-Speaking of Patrick Peterson, he should be all over Mike Evans. That’s means we get another Desean Jackson game.

Terrelle Pryor Sr. $5,700-He finally showed a glimpse of his potential on a jump ball touchdown before the bye. In a plus matchup you are looking for a repeat performance.

Jermaine Kearse $4,800-The Patriots are routinely giving up 300 plus passing yards to opposing teams. As the new top option for McCown, Kearse should be one of the main beneficiary.

Marvin Jones Jr. $4,600-Marvin Jones is a solid week to week option. I like the matchup here and feel as a big target who can catch (looking at you Eric Ebron) he has a shot to score here.

Ricardo Louis $3,900-My cheap receiver this week seems to be the new favorite target in Cleveland. Kevin Hogan went to him when he enter the game last week and was able to rack up first downs


Saints Coby Fleener

Photo by Derick Hingle

Tight End

Austin Sefarian-Jenkins $4.300-No Gronk or Kelce this week for me due to injuries. That makes ASJ my number one target. Repeating the sentiment of passing yards allowed from the Pats and the inability to stop the tight end make him a good play.

Ryan Griffin $4,000-I was actually surprised when I saw his price, I thought I could get him cheaper. Still the Browns are at the top of the list of bad against tight ends and Watson has been finding him lately.

Martellus Bennett $3,600-The Vikings are also not great against the tight end, perhaps due to the Rhodes effect. If Cobb cannot get open in the middle of the field, Marty should.

George Kittle $3,400-The 49ers’s top passing option is Pierre Garcon, yet Kittle is climbing the ranks and is a cheap option that could pay off.

Coby Fleener $3,200- I like Fleener a lot this week. Brees seems to trust him and look to him around the end zone. The Lions are middle of the pack against the position. I think this game could be a back and forth scoring affair.

David Njoku $3,000-Flashed his great athleticism last week and seems to be another favorite target of Hogan.

Tyler Higbee $2,500-Both Rams tight ends are good just are not getting the volume. I tab Higbee this week coming off eight productive targets last week. If he can get just four to six targets this week the price is unmatchable.


Defense and Special Teams

Jaguars $3,600-After a five picks and two house calls for the Jag’s defense last week they supplanted themselves as a legit option.

Falcons $3,500-The theme this week is apparently the Falcons cruise at home.

Redskins $3,400-Even missing Josh Norman this week the Redskins should be a good play this week.

Remember to follow me on twitter @TarteDaBeast for last minute changes or if injury concerns are clarified on Sunday.


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