I’d like to start this week by thanking all of our veterans. It is because of you that we can have the opportunity to play a silly game like DFS for money. The week 10 main slate on DraftKings turned out to be a fairly low scoring event. The large field double up on took 129 pts to cash. My lineup missed the mark a little bit this week but wasn’t a total dud. I locked in pretty early on Kareem Hunt as my building block as I loved his matchup but he didn’t really hit home. Was a bit of a kick in the teeth to see Spencer Ware vulture a TD from him. I had toyed with paying down the rest of the spots at RB to secure higher in WR’s but reminded myself that for cash I want to prioritize the RB position as I’ve had my worst weeks when I don’t do that. Todd Gurley is as consistent as they come so I decided to lock him in.
One of my biggest mistakes of the week was playing Dion Lewis. Not because he was a bad play but because I let another analyst sway me towards him because of his conviction but that only lies upon me for not diving deeper into it. I had a gut feeling that Belichek would sell out to stop the guy he let walk and he was pretty much stonewalled all day even with the Titans beating them soundly. Along side Gurley, Michael Thomas has become almost a weekly must play due to his insane catch rate (as I talked about on the podcast) and a great matchup against the Bengals. To get the high price guys in such as Hunt, Gurley, and Thomas I had to play some thinner values which put me on Vannett at TE. When Sammy Watkins was ruled out I though Chris Conley would be a good value at $3200 but it turns out that KC just concentrated their touches to the studs. I also liked the play of Valdez-Scantling because of his increased usage and the absence of Randall Cobb. I don’t think that was a mistake. The other punt play I made was at DEF with the Bucs which I was fine with knowing Alex Smith doesn’t have an explosive play in his arsenal and the injury bug that has decimated his offensive line.
My cash lineup was good enough to win 21/40 H2H’s but considering the rake that makes it a loser. The other thing that dragged it down was it didn’t have enough to cash the double ups. Thankfully I came out ahead this week due to a couple of decent tournament lineups which took down our weekly friends 9-man tournament and another one that was good enough for 1204th in the Millionaire Maker. I haven’t played that tournament every week but I had a good feeling about Mitch Trubisky again facing a Lions D that was missing its top 3 corners and getting a healthy Allen Robinson back. I only wish I had stacked it a little more as they were low owned. I had A-Rob (only 2% owned) in one of them and Miller (another guy I talked about on the pod) in another. The league lineup was a bit contrarian because I paid up for 3 top end RB’s while the MM lineup was more balanced but paying up for Bears D and a middle tier TE in Hooper made this one unique. Overall I had a nice return on the day and am ready to battle again in week 11!