Last week, I wrote about the RotoWire weekly contest and my lineup construction analysis. Well, I'm still on the heater and I took down the contest again but also did very well in other contests with this lineup. So, I wanted to give you my thoughts about how I built this lineup. In DFS, each week is different. Matchups, player pool, salaries and Vegas all dictate how I approach things, it is never the same.
The contest link is HERE
Here is my week 11 lineup that came in first place:
Notable Player Ownership:
Chargers 23.2 percent
Ravens 10.7 percent
Eagles 8.9 percent
Broncos 7.1 percent
Several low-scoring games and bad matchups led me to gravitate to the higher total games and the games in which teams faced bad defenses. Another layer on top of this was the weather situation that started to develop later in the week. I wanted no part of the bad-weather games with the exception of the Jaguars D because they were facing Kizer.
I focused on the Pats, Saints/Redskins, Dolphins/Bucs, Texans/Cardinals and Chargers/Bills. The only other option was taking Tyler Kroft
against the Broncos because of the huge discrepancy of how many yards/TDs they allow vs. other positions and other teams. You can't pass to the WRs against Denver, so Kroft was a no-brainer for me. Especially knowing that Kelce, Davis, Gronk and possibly Ertz would be higher owned. I was already taking a lot of chalk with Brady/Cooks, so I needed to differentiate in other areas.
When I start my QB research, I look at who is in the player pool and who is not. One of things I realized is no Russell Wilson
. That combined with the bad weather and huge matchup for the Patriots led me to even say on the RotoWire show on SiriusXM "Brady in every lineup." I did not see any QBs who had the potential of getting 25 points. There were a couple of cheaper guys I liked Ryan Fitzpatrick
and Blaine Gabbert
but when I looked at the RB/WR positions, paying up wasn't an optimal strategy.
One of the factors in my lineup construction this week was no Steelers Le'Veon Bell
and Antonio Brown
are two of the most expensive players at their respective positions. Also, no Russell Wilson
and I was not in love with the Eagles on the road Sunday night. My player pool was shrinking quickly. Then we had all the weather issues. Because of the projected 15-20 mph winds, cold weather, snow, etc., I just crossed off everyone from those games. Friday evening we got word about Sterling Shepard
and Leonard Fournette
Knowing I was locked on Brady, I wanted to pair him with either Brandin Cooks
or Rob Gronkowski
. With word that David Amerson
was out for the Raiders, their secondary was already getting torched by the deep ball and Cooks fit the salary I needed. Also, there were no real cheap WRs I liked except Bruce Ellington
, but I loved Kroft, so that made sense.
Because there was no one I loved to pay up for ($8,000 and up on any RB/WR), I took the balanced approach with both positions. I was not worried about ownership as much because the player pool had been shrunk so much with weather, bad matchups, injuries and players not on the slate.
I looked at Saints/Redskins game as one that would have a lot of rushing attempts based on the way the Saints have played. With the Rob Kelley
and Jordan Reed
injuries, I thought Chris Thompson
was in line for more touches, especially if they were playing from behind. Also, the Saints' secondary has shut down most WRs, so even more reason to like Thompson. His salary had fallen under $7k and a 20-point game was certainly within reach. Unfortunately, he got hurt and only had 9.8 points.
The other side of the game was getting Alvin Kamara
in, and he was on every lineup I played in Week 11. I still felt like he was under priced at $7,500 and would continue to get enough production to pay off his salary in a tournament.
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