My biggest reason for digging daily fantasy leagues, and DraftKings is by far my favorite, is I can brag right away. As in, “HAHA Nick I owned you this week!” While I still finished just out of the money, I had a solid team and can still brag to dear Nicholas. If you didn’t catch it last week, Nick and I tweeted out our line-ups and my immediate response to his was “Josh Freeman?!” This just isn’t Nick’s year for football… And with DraftKings you get immediate bragging rights unlike your yearly leagues. Sure my 7-0 Writer’s League Team is going to do better than Nick’s 1-6 team, but hey, at least I know for sure I won DraftKings!
Nick and I are going to face off again in the same $1 challenge to see if I can go double-or-nothing against him. We’re putting our teams together now and will tweet them out right before kickoff on Sunday as well. Razzball Nation is of course invited to join and track our teams and see how you stack up against us in the same challenge. And pick Josh Freeman again Nick!
QB – Peyton Manning 29-49 386 Yds 3 TDs 1 INT (29.34 Pts)
RB – Brandon Jacobs DNP
WR – Keenan Allen 3 Rec 67 Yds (9.7 Pts)
FLEX – Joseph Randle 65 Rush Yds 3 Rec 28 Yds (12.3 Pts)
TOTAL: 51.34 (previous weeks’ totals: 42.48, 49.3, 73.38, 24.4, 70.24)
Definitely a pretty solid week, especially when you consider Jacobs having that late week setback and then the MNF scratch led to the the obvious replacement in Peyton Hills who put up 19.1 points. I wanted to add his points into my total, but thought that was too much revisionist history! Peyton [Manning - haha] was a great buy for the huge price, and SPOILER ALERT! I’m going Peyton [Manning not Hillis] again. That and my other picks for week 8 in DraftKings action:
QB – Peyton Manning ($10,800) – Hey, it worked out well for me last week and I think Peyton has just as much upside in week 8 playing at home against one of the league’s worst Ds in the Redskins. Peyton will want to come out guns blazing to prove his arm didn’t get tweaked on all those Colts hits, and the Redskins offense looked really good last week and I think can keep them somewhat in this game. Worth the big price tag yet again – and no – don’t get Josh Freeman instead! I mean, yeah, go with Freeman again!
RB – Marshawn Lynch ($7,300) - I’ll start building in my value picks later, as there’s no way you can pass on Lynch this week against the Rams. The Seahawks have shown Lynch will carry the ball even when they’re up big late, and against the Rams with that terrible run D and without Sam Bradford, this is a game where his points will taste the Rainbow.
WR – Brandon Gibson ($3,900) - Starting to build in my value picks… and I’m starting to get really scared about Gibson. I’ve picked him up in literally every league I’m in and starting him (6 teams on bye = lots of scrambling pickups), using him in DraftKings, and he’ll almost assuredly be a sleeper pick in LSD. That said, despite being as all-in on a guy as I can be, I was shocked to see Gibson owned in only 2-4% of leagues with what he’s done lately. He’s been a double-digit PPR receiver in all but week 2, and in a Dolphins offense that can run the ball consistently, he’s shown he’s a viable option as the third receiver. In a tough matchup against the Patriots, expect the running game to be stifled yet again and Gibson to go for double-digit points yet again.
FLEX – Jordan Reed ($4,300) - Dude, my bad last week in the LSD comments in shunning the Reed love, but as wise man once said, you learn more from your mistakes than triumphs. And I’m taking what I’ve learned and loving Reed this week against the Broncos in a game that should play out like a video game. His cost is more than ideal for your TE, and to be honest, in one league I think I’m going Julius Thomas over him where I have to pick one, but I actually think it’s really, really close. Easy value buy for this week in DraftKings.
Shoot your DraftKings questions below or tweet me @jbgilpin. Good luck this week!