06 Oct Striking Draftkings Gold, Week 5 Picks
By: Mike Stromme
Gold: Tom Brady, New England Patriots ($7,500)
Listen, this play might be chalkier than three-year-old tums, but Tom Brady is, by far, the top QB play of the week.
The man has been stewing in football purgatory for a month, his team was publicly humiliated by a hated divisional rival and Bill Belichick is WHIPPING TECHNOLOGY AROUND!
The shit clock has struck midnight for the rest of the AFC, Brady’s back. And, he’s more pissed than ever. Edelman’s, getting the ball, Gronk’s having a day, Amendola’s getting some love and the Patriots are walking into the Dawg Pound on an ultimate seek-and-destroy mission that will make the Cleveland Browns reconsider everything.
Think back to Week 5 of 2014, when the Bengals faced the wrath of a pissed-off Brady/Belichick team. This time, it’s Northern Ohio’s turn.
Again, a chalky play. I’d probably limit the Brady plays to cash games, H2H, 50/50s and double-ups.
Silver: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions ($6,600)
“Daaaamn Stromme, back at it again with the Staffinator!”
Yes I am. To me, playing Stafford against the Eagles is a juicy contrarian option. With many looking to target Brady (for obvious reasons), Luck, Roethlisberger and Rodgers, Stafford is an excellent play.
Yes, he kind of let us down last week. But, isn’t that the best time to take him? Let recency bias seep in, then watch him have a good game against a defense/defensive coordinator he spent five years practising against? Not that far out of the realm of possibility.
Bronze: Brian Hoyer, Chicago Bears ($5,500)
Look, he’s not a sexy option by any stretch of the imagination. But, here’s some facts that lend come credence to the notion of starting Chef Hoyerdee.
- He’s had back-to-back games of 300+ yards, two touchdowns and ZERO interceptions.
- He gets to face a Colts defense that, while is improving, still kinda sucks. (25th in passing yards allowed, 24th in total points allowed and LAST in opposing scoring % allowed).
- Those same Colts just played in London last week without a bye week. MAJOR jet-lag.
I’m telling ya, Hoyer isn’t a bad option this week! He’ll produce, while allowing you to spend the extra capital elsewhere.
Gold: DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans ($7,200)
There’s stigmas surrounding DeMarco Murray. They are the following concerns:
- He’s not the workhorse back, Derrick Henry will take his carries.
- The tail-end of his Eagles’ tenure is still fresh in many people’s minds.
- The Titans have a terrible offense.
- The Dolphins have a strong defensive front (Williams, Suh, Wake, Misi, Alonso etc.)
- His price of $7,200 is higher than every NFL Running Back not named Le’Veon Bell.
While all are valid in some ways, use them to your advantage! Murray has averaged 25.2 Draftkings points a game this season, despite sharing time with Henry. Also, the Dolphins have allowed the 4th most rushing yards to opposing offenses. Miami’s defense can get after the QB, can’t stop the run for whatever reason? Anyways, don’t be afraid to work Murray into a tournament lineup or two. You won’t be disappointed.
Silver: Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers ($5,900), Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears ($5,200)
Kind of a gut-feeling on this one, so bear with me.
Lacy is coming off a bye week. Before the bye week, he put up over 100 yards on the Lions. He hasn’t had that breakout game this season, which should lead to a diminished ownership percentage. With the total sitting at 47.5, this game should see some scoring.
The Giants are walking into Lambeau on a short week. Jerick McKinnon had his way with this G-Men run defense last week (18/85/1) and was constantly gashing them for decent gains. I’m telling ya, Lacy is going to be a factor in this contest…
Like I mentioned earlier, the Colts are coming off a contest in London last week without the benefit of the bye week.
While they are a little stronger against the run as opposed to the pass (20th in rushing yards allowed), they still have the WORST scoring percentage allowed in the NFL (51.2) and have allowed five rushing touchdowns in four games this season.
With the only other healthy option around Howard being Joique Bell, he should see the vast majority of the Chicago carries. Expect a big day from Mr. Howard.
Gold: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers ($9,800)
How can you not fit him into at least a lineup or two? The dude is just unstoppable! And, let’s face it, Revis Island ain’t what it used to be.
Half of Brown’s games have included two touchdowns and 125+ receiving yards.
Going up against a Darelle Revis that has been burned by the likes of Greg Salas, Antonio Brown is worth the Draftking cash this week.
Silver: Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers ($7,900)
The thing about Jordy Nelson is, he is an elite WR talent without the elite recognition. He and his Packers are coming off a bye, and are looking to put up some points on the Green Bay Packers.
As the WR1, he will likely be paired up with Janoris Jenkins, a personal favourite of mine. However, Jenkins’ strengths’ apply more to his play-making abilities; he’s, more of a high-risk-high reward corner. There are many times where he’s been burned. I’m thinking this is one of those times, take Nelson at this discount.
Bronze: Will Fuller, Houston Texans ($5,800)
I know that it’s a “terrible matchup” going into Minnesota. Let’s face it, the Vikings have been incredible to start this season, especially defensively.
However, Will Fuller has had 100+ yards in half of his games; at least 17 points in 3/4 matchups. With much of the focus on DeAndre Hopkins, I’m looking for Fuller to get open in this matchup, despite the opponent.
A strong tournament play.
Gold: Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots ($6,500)
Look! Gronk isn’t the highest-priced TE on the board anymore!
He’s officially $100 cheaper than Jordan Reed, and that’s just perfect this week.
Let’s face it, Brady is going to go OFF next week. My gut tells me that Gronk will be a major recipient of that outrage that Brady will unleash on this league.
Needless to say, I think Gronk will have a good game. He’s tired of all the grocery store hate from fantasy owners, he’s got something to prove this week!
Bronze: Richard Rodgers, Green Bay Packers ($2,900)
Like I said earlier, I think that the Packer offense is going to have a good game.
TE Jared Cook is out of the picture for a few weeks, enter Richard Rodgers.
Rodgers and Rodgers hooked-up for 8 touchdowns last season. He was targeted in the red zone 14 times last season, half of those throws resulted in touchdowns.
He already has one TD this season, why not add to it?
The D/ST of the Week: Minnesota Vikings ($3,400)
The Vikings have been a tough defense to play against ever since the beginning of 2015. They tackle hard, get after the QB and force turnovers.
This week, they get the Houston Texans, a team that’s notorious for two things: running a ton of plays and turning the ball over.
This sounds delicious for a defense as talented as this Viking defense.
Also, remember the last time the Texans played a road game? If you don’t, ask a Patriots fan.