01 Oct Stromme’s Selections: Striking Draftkings Gold, Week 4 Picks
By: Mike Stromme
Gold: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions ($7,300)
Have you seen the Bears play defense?!?! Stafford and his minions should have a field day at Soldier Field. I suspect this game to be a high-scoring one, I think that Stafford and the Lions go OFF!
Silver: Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens ($5,900)
Flacco has been steady thus far this season (76/118-774-3-4). While I’m not crazy about the TD-INT ratio, the completion percentage and the YPG haven’t been terrible. That being said, I think he takes advantage of a Raider team playing their second consecutive game on in the Eastern Time Zone. That defense (the secondary specifically) has looked suspect in many instances this season, I’d look for Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens to take advantage early and often.
Bronze: Brian Hoyer, Chicago Bears ($5,000)
I just think this game is going to be a back-and-forth contest with multiple lead changes and multiple touchdowns. Hoyer’s problem wasn’t ineptitude, it was his generous tendencies with opposing defenses. At $5,000, a QB who could very well throw for 275 yards and a couple of TDs is a BARGAIN!
Gold: LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills ($6,700)
I just think with Sammy Watkins, Greg Salas out and Charles Clay banged up, the Bills will go to Shady early and often. My intuition tells me that he’ll see somewhere between 16-20 carries in this contest. With many shying away from the Bills’ offense (and for good reason), he’s a nice contrarian play and should get there on sheer volume alone.
Silver: Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers ($4,400)
He’s a cheap option at RB considering that he’s had 20+ carries in two of his first three games. He seems to be reaching the end zone quite often as well (4 TDs in three games). Incredible value.
Bronze: Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears ($3,700)
Kind of a chalky play, but I think he delivers in a huge way. With Langford doubtful and Ka’Deem Carey officially ruled out, Howard is essentially the lone man in the backfield for the Bears. In a game that I project to be a high-scoring affair, it couldn’t hurt to have a goal-line presence. Especially at the cheap price of $3,700.
Gold: Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons ($9,200)
I just have a feeling that this is one of those games where Julio goes-off for one of those monster games. The Falcons have been nothing but prolific the last two weeks, and I simply don’t trust any one of those Carolina corners to contain Julio whatsoever. He is officially my DOUBLE DONG OF THE WEEK!
Silver: Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($6,500)
I know I’m totally going fantasy hipster with this one given that the Broncos and their “No Fly Zone” secondary is his opponent, but it’s the contrarian plays that win in tournaments. Evans has seen a WHOPPING 39 targets thrown his way these first three games; 32 of which came in the last two weeks. If this trend continues and he sees 16 targets and doesn’t catch 10 of them, he’s still got 6 grabs. All he really needs to do is catch one of them for a score and you’re golden.
Bronze: Golden Tate, Detroit Lions ($5,800) and Julian Edelman, New England Patriots ($5,800)
The Tate pick is me correlating my Stafford love, all the while fading Marvin Jones. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Lions-Bears will be a high-scoring game! And, while everyone will be all over Marvin Jones based on his performance last week, Golden Tate will be the forgotten one in this mess. He’ll have a good game without the high ownership percentage
Julian Edelman is a huge contrarian value no matter what happens at QB, even if it’s him taking snaps. Either he doesn’t play QB (this is by-far the most-likely scenario), or he does. Either way, you’ll either get a WR who will see 8-10 targets in the slot, or you’ll squeeze another QB into your lineup. Or, maybe he does both? Maybe he takes a snap or two? Who really knows with that hoodie-clad trickster? Either way, he’ll be a nice little flex option this week.
Gold: Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins ($6,300)
Against a weak Browns defense, I think that Kirk Cousins will finally rekindle his bromance with Jordan Reed. It’s really, only a matter of time before these two get going anyways. Why not now? With cheaper alternatives at the TE position that look pretty enticing, Reed is only going to find his way into a few of my lineups that have disposable income. But, of the rich options at the position, he’s worth the capital if you can squeeze him in.
Bronze: Hunter Henry, San Diego Chargers ($2,700), Zach Miller, Chicago Bears ($2,700)
It’s not everyday that you see a rookie TE make a fantasy impact, but Hunter Henry is the exception to the rule. With Antonio Gates not getting any younger and LaDarius Green opting for free agency, Henry is the future of the position in San Diego; one that has a rich tradition at that. The future is now for Hunter Henry, and we got a small taste of that last week vs the Colts (5-72-0 on 5 targets). With Antonio Gates on the mend, Henry should get a few more tosses his way. And against a dreadful Saints defense, he should be a major factor.
If Hoyer is going to have a big game, it only makes sense that some of his targets should benefit from the action. After seeing 9 targets last week, Miller parlayed the love from his QB into a couple of scores. While I’m not calling back-to-back double-dips, he still will be a factor for the Bears on Sunday. At $2,700, he’s worth a look in just about all formats.
Silver: New York Jets ($2,800)
Russell Wilson gets to face a fierce Jets’ defensive front behind a turnstile-esqe offensive line on a sprained MCL and leg brace. This is a disaster waiting to happen, the Jets would put a healthy Wilson on his back a few times, nevermind a hobbled one (career sack % of 8.5). The way you beat Wilson and the Seahawks is by getting to the QB, and the Jets will do that in droves. A turnover or two is almost a given in my humble opinion. The New York Jets are the only D/ST I want/need this week.