As Nick and I discussed on this week’s Podcast, we’re jones-ing for a ticket into the huge Million Dollar Week 17 Finale DraftKings is hosting, where hopefully one of us can be crowned a millionaire. You’d think entry into a contest where you can win a million bucks would be expensive. You’d think you’d have to wear an expensive suede bathrobe and eat caviar whilst setting up your DraftKings lineup. But no! There’s all sorts of satellites you can enter, like the one Nick and I will be playing this Sunday that’s only $2 measly bucks! The winner of the $2 Qualifier gets an automatic entry into the Millionaire Grand Finale, a whopping $1,500 value! So I am pumped for this week at DraftKings and hoping to hippity-skippity like Charlie Bucket and get that Golden Ticket.
QB – Cam Newton – 23-37 249 Yds 1 TD 2 INTs (20.16 Pts)
RB – Matt Forte – 125 Rush Yds TD 5 Rec 54 Yds (31.9 Pts)
WR – Terrance Williams – 2 Rec 33 Yds (5.3 Pts)
FLEX – Le’Veon Bell – 74 Rush Yds 4 Rec 65 Yds (17.9 Pts)
TOTAL: 75.26 (previous weeks’ totals: 56.96, 51.34, 42.48, 49.3, 73.38, 24.4, 70.24)
Woooo! Actually my best round of article picks yet. I finished around the top third of last week’s contest, but still not enough to bring home any bacon. Thanks a lot Terrance! He still got a lot of targets, just didn’t come together. If only I had gone Nick Foles instead of Cam last week! Put up 48! Let’s hope some of my picks do something like that this week and I can get into the Millionaire Finale… Here’s who I like for week 10 in DraftKings action:
QB – Peyton Manning ($11,000) - I’m a broken record with Peyton Manning picks. He’s the surest thing in DraftKings football by a long shot, so I’ll spend the premium and lock down 30 points with 40-45 point upside any week. A terrible Chargers defense is all that stands in Peyton’s way, if they even needed extra incentive look for the Broncos to play hungry for John Fox who is a players’ coach, and the extra bye will help Peyton heal up from some bumps and bruises. Going to be a big game.
RB – Steven Jackson ($5,200) – This one might surprise you a little bit. But the Seahawks D has been atrocious against the run in two straight weeks to terrible offenses and mediocre-at-best RBs. OK, so Zac Stacy might be pretty good, but the rest of the Rams are awful, then to Mike James and the terrible Bucs. The Falcons have a better QB, might have Roddy White back (helps overall offense and upfield blocking), and I think Jackson looked pretty good last week against a tough Panthers run D. He’s a guy almost no one will pick which could be huge if he scores a couple TDs and comes at a slight discount.
WR – T.Y. Hilton ($6,500) – Totally buying him stepping into the #1 role, and on an offense that can’t run with any consistency, he’ll get a lot of work. He certainly has a lot of home run potential and won’t cost you all that much.
FLEX – Jason Witten ($6,000) - All signs indicate this should be a shootout with the Cowboys heading into Nawleans. He hasn’t lost too much of his game to father time, and should get a ton of work in a game where the Cowboys are theoretically down and chucking it. Good price for a really solid TE option.
Shoot your DraftKings questions below or tweet me @jbgilpin. Good luck this week!