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Draftkings talk: Notes on my Week 3 lineup from my CSN appearance

Week 3 Draftkings notes on Rob Gronkowski, A.J. Green and Duke Johnson.

I don't normally talk about Daily Fantasy Sports on Breaking Burgundy, but let's make an exception this week. I prepared notes for my weekly appearance Comcast SportsNet's Fantasy Football show. As part of the festivities, I'm tasked with making a DraftKings lineup. That lineup is below. Some of my notes for the show made it on air, some didn't. Now they all made it onto BB. 

The first airing is Friday's at 6:00 p.m. with repeats throughout the weekend including Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

By the way, if you're not really into the DFS, I also talked about Matt Jones and Alfred Morris going forward in standard fantasy leagues. Lastly. my Week 3 rankings.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick Phi@NYJ $5,100 swap out
RB Duke Johnson Jr. Oak@Cle $3,400 swap out
RB Danny Woodhead SD@Min $4,400 swap out
WR Doug Baldwin Chi@Sea $4,000 swap out
WR Antonio Brown Pit@StL $8,900 swap out
WR Brandon Marshall Phi@NYJ $6,200 swap out
TE Rob Gronkowski Jax@NE $7,400 swap out
FLEX A.J. Green
Cin@Bal $7,200 swap out
DST Seahawks Chi@Sea $3,400 swap out

  • I'm not buying into Ryan Fitzpatrick for his lustrous beard or Harvard diploma. I didn't even totally do it for the low salary. I did it because of what worked for me last week in DK and that is stacking. Brandon Marshall is part of my lineup this week and of my receivers, Fitzpatrick was the best QB fit. New York hosts Philly and the Eagles rather meh defense. Now, meh also describes Fitz' journeyman career, but there is a reason teams often turn to him. The reason? He can run an offense and make aggressive throws. That gives me a puncher's chance at a top half finish with a low cost.


  • Duke Johnson - Probably not right to call Johnson a "value" play, but rather a cost-effective upside play. This week I spent crazy, but smart money on my receivers and tight end. That means I need to make tactical decisions elsewhere. That doesn't mean simply looking down the list for a cheap option, but looking for a player with potential to finish rather high. That's Johnson, a dual threat who left the U as the school's all-time leader rusher. For now he's behind Isaiah Crowell on Cleveland's depth chart. However, he had 12 carries last week and is in line or a comparable if not heavier workload at home against the Raiders. That's a lot of potential for little cost.


  • I don't need to sell anybody on using Gronk and Brown (Yes, they cost lots, but they score lots). Maybe some convincing is required with A.J. Green. We all know he rocks, but is he worth the money after a quiet-ish start? This wek he sure is. In his last three games against Baltimore, Green is averaging 6-114-1 with 11 targets. Then factor in the Ravens are 31st against WRs according to DK's metrics.

  • Those earlier values with Fitzpatrick, Johnson and Danny Woodhead not only allowed me to add four major receiving playmakers, but also the top defensive play this week with Seattle against Chicago. The 0-2 Seahawks are playing their first home game this season and against Jimmy Claussen? Let me channel some Dick Enberg and say, Oh, my. Will be stunned if they don't get at least one touchdown. Speaking of Seattle, I also went with the its best wide receiver in Doug Baldwin against Chicago's atrocious pass defense.

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