I have been doing this series for three years in a row and each year I continue to learn and progress as a DFS player. If you’re new to this series, I’ll give you a brief rundown of what I aim to do with this article.
First – throughout the season I post my bankroll at the beginning of every article so you can view my weekly progress. This year, my starting bankroll was $18,270. I don’t do this as a way to brag, plenty of other people are playing with much more than I am. I do this as a way to show how your bankroll can go through some valleys and peaks throughout the season. Experienced players aren’t winning 100 percent of the time. We face losing weeks like everyone else. The important thing is to be profitable at the end of Week 17. You need to look at this as a marathon and not a sprint.
Second – this article is simple. I primarily run down my entire cash game thought process for the week. I won’t list plays for the sake of listing them. If I know early in the week which I am starting at QB, he’s the only guy I’ll mention.
Due to life changes and time constraints, there’s going to be a change to the format of this column. I’m going to write up my whole player pool at each position so that you all can have an idea on where I am looking. Then I will write up the one guy at each position I feel the most strongly about. Think of the first article as a rough draft. As news happens throughout the week, I’ll post an updated player pool on Friday.
Note: Players added to my player pool on Friday will be in red.
Week 2 Results
Week 2 was extremely disappointing. I felt that I had a strong read on the week and my teams were perfect through the noon games. Then Danny Woodhead happened and there was no coming back from that. That’s the way DFS goes sometimes, but that’s why there’s bankroll management! It doesn’t take much to recover from a few losses.
Marcus Mariota (DK) – For $5,900 on DraftKings, Mariota is my favorite play at QB. The Raiders have given up 808 passing yards to opposing QBs, which is 100+ more yards than any other defense. Mariota has 18.7 and 17.6 DraftKings points in his first two games. At $5,900 that would put Mariota at the 3x salary we’re looking for on DraftKings. Mariota may not have the highest ceiling, but against the Raiders, I like his floor for cash games.
Andrew Luck (FD)
Ryan Tannehill (FD)
Theo Riddick (DK) – Though two weeks, Riddick has already handled 47.5 percent the Lions’ RB touches. Now with Ameer Abdullah out, that number should increase. Riddick is averaging five targets per game and won’t be competing with Abdullah for passing work. The Lions are heavy underdogs against Green Bay, which should keep him on the field more, in theory. Riddick also leads the Lions in red zone targets. On a full PPR site like DraftKings, Riddick could be quite valuable.
Frank Gore (FD punt)
Jarvis Landry – Landry is currently averaging 11.5 targets per game, and has seen 32.4 percent of the Dolphins’ target share through two weeks. He doesn’t have the highest ceiling, but he makes for a great floor play each and every week. The Browns rank 22nd in pass DVOA and 26th in 4for4 schedule-adjusted average fantasy points allowed (aFPA). Landry is one of five WRs to represent over 30 percent of his team’s target share.
Jordan Matthews (FD)
Coley Beasley (DK punt)
Dennis Pitta – It’s nice to see Pitta back in action after facing some gruesome injuries these past few years. He is playing 70 percent of the snaps on the year, and he has seen the sixth-most targets among TEs this season, while representing 20 percent of the Ravens’ target share. His $3400 tag on DK and $5000 tag on FD is too low to pass up with the opportunity he is seeing in this offense.
Jesse James (FD)