In some cases, the play is intended for tournaments (i.e., Guaranteed Prize Pools or GPPs); in other cases, it's for cash games (e.g., head-to-heads and 50-50's). Or both.
Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 6?
Kevin Hanson: Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans ($5,400)
As nearly double-digit home favorites, positive game script could lead to a huge day for Miller. Either way, Miller has a total of 95 touches -- 83 carries and 12 receptions -- with a minimum of 15 every week this season. Even though the Texans are high on rookie D'Onta Foreman, Miller dominated snaps in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs by a 56-to-nine margin over the rookie.
Based on DraftKings' main slate of games, which includes no primetime games, Miller has the 16th-highest price among running backs, but he is clearly a top-10 option during this slate. There are two games with no lines yet, but Houston has the third-highest implied total based on Vegas odds for the week. With double-digit DraftKings points in four of five games, Miller has a stable floor established as well as the upside for 100-plus yards and a score or two.
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John Trifone: Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers ($5,700)
There are a few plays I really like this week, but one of my favorite tournament options is Big Ben going into Kansas City this week. His price has been depressed to $5,700, and he’s coming off a five-interception game at home. Roethlisberger has also historically been much worse on the road than he has been at home - in fact his splits are probably the best known of any player in the industry.
Unless you think he’s just done (I don’t), this is a great spot to get Ben at extremely low ownership. The Steelers offense has drastically underperformed this year, but all of the talent is there. They’ll be looking to bounce back this week and they get the 27th passing defense in the league in Kansas City this week. I think the upside here is too high and his very low ownership makes him and a Steelers offense as a whole an ideal tourney play.
Brendan Donahue: Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs ($8,200)
I don't typically like to pick the highest-salaried players, but at $8200, I think his is more than fair and really don't understand why he is $1,200 less than Le'veon Bell. Hunt is my top-ranked RB this week as he goes up against the Steelers, who have given up the second-most points to opposing RBs.
Hunt has either run for at least 100 yards or scored 2 TDs in each game so far this year. Based on his 29 carries last week, his workload isn't getting any smaller. In fact, if anything, Andy Reid is leaning on him even more. Hunt to me is not only the safest play this week but also has the highest ceiling as well so I would be putting him in both cash and tourney formats.
Sean Beazley: Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders ($5,000)
DraftKings tempted us last week with a juicy $6,000 price tag for Melvin Gordon. Gordon, alongside my pick last week Dez Bryant, were my highest-owned players which led me to a pretty nice week. I am jumping back in with another player that DraftKings has tempted us with at a great price and that’s Oakland WR Amari Cooper. Cooper comes in at a bargain of only $5000 and has a great matchup vs. the Chargers this week.
Cooper has been straight trash this season. Joe Dolan had a great tweet with a list of players that have had more receiving yards in ONE game than Amari Cooper has had all season. The list includes some pretty big names like Ed Dickson, Austin Hooper and Geronimo Allison.
Derek Carr is expected back this week which should help this offense tremendously. My only concern here is if the Chargers decide to use Casey Hayward to shadow Cooper. Hayward was used in this role last season vs. the Raiders, but shadowing is generally used to stop your opponent's top receiving option, and this year it's Michael Crabtree. If word gets out that Hayward will be on Crabtree, I think Cooper is even safe for cash. Even if Hayward matches up with Cooper, at $5K, you really don't need much to pay off this price tag.
Dan Yanotchko: Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins ($5,000)
This week I really like Chris Thompson of Washington coming off the bye going against San Francisco. Thompson had a down game vs. Kansas City, but he still has 14 receptions on 21 targets, and he has had 14 carries in his last two games. San Francisco allows 116 yards per game, and if you watched Marlon Mack gash them for 91 yards on 9 carries, you know they have trouble on the edge with speed runners. Great price point for a bounce-back week.
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