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Designing the perfect Daily Fantasy Sports strategy for the NFL can be a challenge, which is why I’m here to help.
At DraftKings, it’s important to remember that you’re playing full-point PPR with bonuses if a player goes over 300 yards passing, 100 yards rushing, or 100 yards receiving.
Here is my optimal lineup for Sunday’s $4 Million Fantasy Football Millionaire Contest, but can be used as a base in other games and platforms.
All prices listed are courtesy of DraftKings with a budget of $50,000.
–QB: Russell Wilson, Broncos ($7,200)
Rookie head coach Nathaniel Hackett may want to let Russ cook a little more this week to shake off the bad taste of taking the ball out of the hands of the All-Pro quarterback with the game on the line in Seattle. Denver’s offensive line was one of eight units to allow a pressure rating of 20% or less last week. Houston had the fifth-worst pressure rating in the league in Week 1 and benefited greatly from Indy’s receivers’ end zone drops.
– RB: Saquon Barkley, Giants ($7,300)
Barkley watched all the way back against Tennessee. According to Pro Football Focus, he averaged a league-leading 6.8 yards per carry after contact between running backs with at least 10 rush attempts during the week. Carolina is coming off a powerful fight against the combination of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Barkley has both skill sets.
— RB: Chase Edmonds, Dolphins ($5,200)
Sadly, Edmonds didn’t produce for us last week, but I’m re-raising him as the usage was fine and the match is ripe for his particular skill set. Baltimore allowed 13 receptions on 18 targets for 78 yards to Jets running backs in Week 1 after giving up the seventh-most receiving yards (743) and 9.5 yards per reception to running backs on the season. last.
– WR: Courtland Sutton, Broncos ($6,100)
Sutton’s Air Yards share (43%) in Seattle and Michael Pittman Jr.’s big play in Game 1 against the Texans — nine receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown — makes me think there’s a breakthrough ahead. the horizon.
— WR: Brandin Cooks, Texans ($6,000)
Cooks was just one of nine receivers with at least 30% of their team’s goals and 40% of airyards in Week 1, meaning there’s more than enough volume here to overcome a bad game against cornerback Patrick Surtain II.
– WR: Jerry Jeudy, Broncos ($5,600)
Jeudy tied with Sutton for second on the team in targets (seven) behind Javonte Williams’ robust 12, drove in for a 67-yard touchdown and had a solid 25% share of the Air Yards against the Seahawks. There’s enough volume in this offense for everyone to eat with Chief Wilson under center, especially in the first home game after a disappointing loss.
– TE: Juwan Johnson, Saints ($2,500)
While Taysom Hill grabbed all the attention in Game 1, Johnson is clearly New Orleans’ tight end — he’s driven on 80 percent of passing plays and was third in targets (five). The former wide receiver lined up the slot or the gap 26 times during the Saints’ return effort.
– FLEX: Deebo Samuel, 49ers ($7,800)
It stands to reason that Samuel will once again be heavily involved in the running game with Elijah Mitchell landing on injured reserve with a knee injury, which will keep both his floor and ceiling high (especially if the rain forecast in Santa Clara turn out to be correct).
— Summer Time: Miami Dolphins ($2,300)
The Dolphins represent an excellent pivot in the defense of the Bengals this week, which will certainly be chalked up in a matchup with Dallas and quarterback Cooper Rush.
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