Week 3 was such a see-saw for me. Like a Roseanne Barr vs. Vince Wilfork see-saw. On the one hand, my Panthers had probably the most shocking win so far this season after that Giants beat down, especially since the Giants beat us 36-7 last year. That’s a see-saw right there! Then my writer’s league team moved to 3-0. On the flip side, my long-time dynasty league had probably my worst week in over 10 years and my DraftKings picks, well, sorry…
But whilst real life hath few second chances, DraftKings gives you a blank slate, a fresh start, a new set of wings. Because every time Colin Kaepernick sucks it up, an angel loses its wings. I kid Kappy! I was just hoping he would favorite that too…
After a tough outing last week, I’m excited to start anew with DraftKings contests this week. I’m going to hop in the $2 Qualifier into the Millionaire Grand Final, where the top winner gets an entry into their week 17 Become a Millionaire Finale where someone will add 7 figures to their bankroll just for picking the best line-up! And if you’re new to DraftKings, you can get into that contest FREE if you’re a first time depositor. So if you’re lamenting a brutal team like I am in a few leagues, hop into some DraftKings action today!
QB – Colin Kaepernick 13-27 150 Yds 20 Rush Yds (6 Pts)
RB – Stevan Ridley 35 Rush Yds 1 Rec 8 Yds (5.3 Pts)
WR – Julian Edelman 7 Rec 44 Yds (11.4 Pts)
FLEX – Tyler Eifert 1 Rec 7 Yds (1.7 Pts)
TOTAL: 24.4 (previous week’s total: 70.24 Pts)
Not gonna sugar coat it – probably my worst DraftKings selections including the 20ish weeks of baseball. Pretty much everything that could’ve went wrong did; Kaepernick in what looked like a soft matchup in a bounceback game turned out to be a tough matchup and another colossal failure; at least Ridley didn’t fumble, but with the game out of hand and Josh Freeman upchucking his career Belichick let LeGarrette Blount smoke his former team; then the Packers looked awful and the Bengals D won them the game, not the passing game. Ugh. Awful. Thank god (or an angel) this wasn’t a team I drafted and would have to stick with all year! Here’s who I like in week 4 for DraftKings action:
QB – Peyton Manning ($9,700) – Enough of this dinking and dunking. It’s making me drink and drunk. I’m going all in with Peyton at QB, who should have a fun time dismembering the Eagles secondary in a big shootout. Everyone knows Peyton is playing at a historic level right now, so I’m spending on probably fantasy’s surest thing.
RB – Jacquizz Rodgers ($4,700) – Despite last week having yet another see-saw in the Falcons backfield – Snelling getting so many catches and Jacquizz more carries – I think the backfield plays out more to what we’d typically expect. Look for Jacquizz to get double-digit carries and I’m going to put the over/under on 5 catches in what should be a fairly high-scoring game. Tom Brady and the Pats O will still be working things out even if they have a lead and the Falcons are playing for their lives trying to avoid a 1-3 start.
WR – Julian Edelman ($5,800) – Well I might as well go with the only guy who did anything for me last week. Edelman is an uber-consistent performer in the DraftKings PPR-format. Despite only the 44 yards last week, the 7 catches were gold and I think that’s his floor against the Birds, who I think everyone expects will play the Pats harder than the Bucs did last week. He may not have the biggest ceiling, but you’ll get a guaranteed double-digit game.
FLEX – DeAndre Hopkins ($5,o00) – Hopkins comes into week 4 with a whopping 26 targets in the first three weeks, and I expect that same rate of love coming at him this Sunday. With Richard Sherman surely shadowing (say that three times fast) Andre Johnson, Hopkins is going to get a lot of looks. Seattle’s D is obviously playing like the league’s best – I’m not excited for anyone in the Texans run game or AJ himself – so I think it’s Hopkins that gets a lot of the production, and at a very reasonable price.
Shoot your DraftKings questions below or tweet me @jbgilpin. Good luck this week!