DraftKings Playoff Picks For Week 1
It's playoff time and it's time to submit your DraftKings lineup. We only have 4 games this week so we're pretty limited on players and we have to be really creative when it comes to picking our sleepers and our must own guys. Check out my projections for this week and make sure to check every week for a new DraftKings article. Good Luck!
Locked & Loaded
RB: Le'Veon Bell ($10,300): He's clearly the best running back available this week, and it's not even close. Particularly in the DraftKings format where it's a PPR format, Bell is involved in the passing game and even lines up at wide receiver in some formations. He also hasn't had a game where he hasn't scored at least double digit fantasy points and has only scored less than 18 points against one of the best defenses in the league the Baltimore Ravens back in week 9. I expect Bell to excel and be the number 1 running back this week. Projection: 140 rushing yards, 4 receptions for 20 yards and 2 scores.
RB: Lamar Miller ($6,100): This Houston Texans team has had a hard time this year finding it's mojo on offense. In one of the few games that they found offensive success, this year was when they played the Oakland Raiders and were carried by running back Lamar Miller. He rushed for over 100 yards and scored a touchdown. This Raiders team is still susceptible to the run. Bill O' Brien clearly doesn't have much faith in Brock Osweiler, and you can count on him focusing his offense around center point Lamar Miller. I expect Miller to receive 20 more carries for over 100 yards and a touchdown.
QBs: Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, & Russell Wilson: These are the top three priced QB's this week and they are well worth it. Rodgers has been the hottest quarterback in the league this year. Ben Roethlisberger is at home with all of his weapons and has excelled at home compared to being on the road. Russell Wilson is going against one of the worst defenses in the league against the Lions. I'd be fine rolling with anyone of these guys this week.
WR: Odell Beckham Jr. ($9,100): The focal point for the Giants who are facing the Packers that have a depleted secondary. If the Packers decide to play press coverage, it's going to be a long game for them. I love Odell this week in a match-up that could be a shootout at Lambeau Field. Projection: 7 receptions for 122 yards and one score.
Anyone on the Raiders Offense: The Raiders will be starting a third string Quarterback who's never started an NFL game on the road against an excellent defense. NO THANK YOU! Crabtree and Cooper should be extremely limited this week, and the running backs are a guessing game with the trio of Murray, Washington, and Richard. I'll save my money and put it elsewhere for this week.
WR: Paul Richardson ($3,400): I mentioned him in last week's article, and I'm sticking with him. He's seen at least 5 targets in the last two game since Lockett was hurt and had 4 receptions in each game. He can get past the defense, and Jermaine Kearse has been pretty awful this year so, I expect Richardson to be more involved. The Seahawks are also going up against the Detroit Lions who've been torched by opposing receivers and quarterbacks this season. Projection: 5 receptions for 70 yards and 1 score.
WR: Marvin Jones Jr. ($4,100): This one is a deep sleeper because of how hot he started the season and then just completely falling apart by midseason. Let's not forget that he was playing with a hamstring injury and he's been getting more involved over the last few weeks. He's now seen at least 5 targets since week 12 and has only had one game this season of receiving fewer than 5 targets. He's involved in this offense and this Seahawks defense isn't the same without Earl Thomas. If you need a sleeper who has a chance to find the endzone on a big play, it's Marvin Jones especially since the Lions love to throw the ball under Bob Cooter's offense. Projection: 5 receptions 80 yards and 1 score.
Defense To Roll With
Greenbay Packers ($3,200): I did just state how bad the cornerbacks have been this season, but the Packers have still been able to get after the quarterback this season by ranking in the top half of the league this season in sacks. They also have a healthy Clay Matthews who could cause trouble for Eli Manning all game because of the struggles of that offensive line. Projection: 17 points allowed, 3 sacks and 1 interception.