Throwing Darts at a Week 2 DraftKings Pick’em Game

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Oct 16, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) congratulates tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) on a touchdown during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

DraftKings’ new game style premiered during the current baseball season and is also an option for football.

This format has no salary cap – you simply pick one player from each of the eight tiers. Each tier includes eight players that are grouped together based on projections/opportunity. Essentially you’re drafting a QB1, QB2 and 6 flex positions.

T1: a tier that includes the top eight ranked quarterbacks this week. I’ll take angry Tom Brady with extra days to prepare for a team (Saints) that has a short week. Also consider: either side of the ATL/GB game with a Vegas implied total score of 53.5.

T2: a tier of the next 8 QBs. Pick here is Ben Roethlisberger at home despite facing a good Minnesota defense. Also consider: Palmer / ARZ vs. IND.

T3: a tier that includes two elite running backs and the top six wide receivers. This is where things get interesting analyzing RB vs. WR. I’m stacking Antonio Brown with Big Ben believing that the quick slants with YAC make Brown matchup proof vs. a good cover corner. Also consider: Jones / ATL in the projected shootout with GB.

T4: again a tier with two RBs and six WRs. Ezekiel Elliott is included in tier 4 despite being slotted at #2 in most week 2 rankings sources. I didn’t consider anyone else in this tier.

T5: a really interesting tier with three RBs, four WRs (including OBJ) and Gronk. What percent of full capability is OBJ? I changed this one back and forth a few times and settled on a Brady / Gronkowski stack. (I think)

T6: a tier with six RBs and two WRs. Lynch, Gurley, and Ajayi stand out to me in this group. I went with Ajayi to differentiate my lineup a bit with a guy that has no week 1 stats.

T7: back to a tier with two RBs and six WRs. This time I made my pick based ON stats – Randall Cobb / GB. I assume there will be some regression to his whopping 30.95% of targets on 63 snaps last week. However, it won’t be this week in the game with the 2nd highest Vegas implied total score. Also considerer: Terrell Pryor Sr. for his upside and high usage numbers – 53-of-63 snaps and 27.5% of targets.

T8: a tier with two RBs, five WRs, and Tyler Eifert? Davante Adams of the Packers stands out in the group if you believe he’ll steal targets thrown Cobb’s way in week 1. Since I picked Cobb in T7 – I went with RB Lamar Miller of the Texans, hoping the second half of last week’s game provides some progression. Also consider: WR Jeremy Maclin. He is another progression pick based on his familiarity and fit in the west coast scheme. It’s a toss up for me.

In the end, I have two stacks going with Brady/Gronk and Ben/Brown.

I’ll be playing a couple of lines using these players in a few 50/50 and multiplier cash games.

I’m KDOOLZ8 on DraftKings.

– Kevin Dooley covers Fantasy Football for cover32. Like and follow on


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