When it comes to DFS, everyone looks for those slate-breaking players (and if you are not, then you should be!), players who can win you the big bucks if they have a day and lower ownership, even better! This especially matters in tournaments, where you are looking to differentiate from your competition and sometimes even yourself and your other lineups, as opposed to cash games, where you would be after more ‘safer’ lineups to secure a more likely pot of cash.
These articles will highlight those players who I feel can break the week’s slate and players you should be, at the very least, considering, going for position-by-position.
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Studs (3x plus return): 12
Average Joes (2.1 – 2.9x return): 16
Scrubs (2x or lower return): 12
At the higher price bracket of QBs this week, Lamar Jackson ($7,800) looks worth paying up for this week. It is no secret that Lamar was terrible against Cleveland in primetime, with four interceptions being the headline number. With how depleted Pittsburgh’s defense is as a whole, I cannot see them causing Lamar the same issues this week, ranked as the 28th overall defense through the last four weeks. Furthermore, Pittsburgh has been exposed against the running game from Weeks 9-12, allowing 173 total rushing yards per game, which, as most know, is Lamar’s speciality. I think the Baltimore QB bounces back here, and with people worried about playing him, pounce on their hesitations.
No one seems to want to play Kirk Cousins ($6,500) again, and I think there is less appeal to him this week than there has been in the past weeks, purely because of Alexander Mattison’s ($7,600) presence on this matchup and the whole slate. However, I have him projected to have a solid return against Detroit here, who is by far not the most menacing defense in the league. Taylor Heinicke ($5,600) looks like an exciting play this week. Whilst the Washington QB has not gotten there every week this season, only hitting 20+ DK points 5/9 starts this season, you have to fancy his chances against Las Vegas, a team ranking 30th against Henicike’s position over the last four weeks (21.6 ppg).