If the aim of a contest is to be unpredictable, does that make unpredictable actions predictable?
For instance: With a view to win huge cash in each day fantasy sports activities, you typically must go in opposition to the grain by deciding on gamers most others received’t use. Most frequently, others don’t use these gamers as a result of they assume they received’t carry out effectively, however generally, every so often, gamers who’re apparent don’t attain the right utilization charges as a result of they’re too costly.
To wit, is utilizing Christian McCaffrey, the costliest operating again, and Justin Jefferson, the costliest huge receiver, a contrarian transfer on wild-card weekend?
We’re not satisfied both will pale by the lots, as a result of latest historical past begs DFS gamers to make use of CMC and Jefferson.
The Seahawks have been horrible in opposition to opposing RBs, and Jefferson has been the most effective WR all season — together with torching the Giants with 12 catches for 133 yards and a rating Christmas Eve.
All indicators level up for each gamers, which implies their value tags doubtless received’t be a giant deterrent. Therefore they really feel extra like a fade than a pivot.
So what does that depart us with? Properly, we do have curiosity in that latest Giants-Vikings recreation, which produced loads of offense, and we count on it to do one thing comparable once more. So though we worry Daniel Jones shall be a well-liked choose, at $7,400 on FanDuel, we love the matchup and like the way in which Jones has performed down the stretch, so we’ll begin with him to stack that recreation.
Daniel Jones will definitely be a well-liked choose for bettors on FanDuel.Corey Sipkin
Since we like that recreation, we’ve got to love different gamers in it. The Madman doesn’t favor any one of many Giants high three WR over the opposite, so we’ll go along with the most cost effective, Darius Slayton ($5,800). Saquon Barkley ($8,800) additionally catches passes, so we’ll do the unthinkable and pair an RB with a QB.
They’ll want the opposition to maintain scoring to create a shootout environment, and since we’re fading Jefferson for the explanations alluded to earlier, we’ll go along with WR Ok.J. Osborn ($6,100) and tight finish T.J. Hockenson ($7,000).
No we fill the remainder. We’ll take the Payments protection/particular groups ($5,000) in opposition to the Skylar Thompson Dolphins and go low cost at our second RB with JaMycal Hasty ($4,900) and Flex with James Prepare dinner ($5,900). That leaves us sufficient to snag WR Ja’Marr Chase ($8,700).
So if our goal stack recreation blows up, and we get a TD or two from our low cost choices, the Madman’s wild-card winnings may very well be wild.
The place the wild issues are
Key picks you need to contemplate for this weekend’s FanDuel and DraftKings contests:
Dak Prescott QB, Cowboys, at Buccaneers (FanDuel $7,300/DraftKings $6,000)
Newsflash: Dak hasn’t been good this yr. Reminder: He wasn’t good vs. the Bucs in Week 1. Conclusion: It isn’t doubtless he’ll escape of his season-long funk on the street within the playoffs.
Geno Smith QB, Seahawks, at 49ers (FD $6,900/DK $5,600)
Two of Smith’s 5 worst fantasy video games this season got here in opposition to the Niners, together with his worst, Week 2 at San Francisco. Averaged simply 10.7 in these two video games. Oh, and unhealthy climate in addition.
Geno Smith has performed a few of his worst fantasy video games in opposition to the 49ers this season.Jane Gershovich/Getty Pictures
Leonard Fournette RB, Buccaneers, vs. Cowboys (FD $6,400/DK $5,300)
Completed within the high within the league in red-zone targets for RBs, and has greater than twice as many red-zone carries as backfield mate Rachaad White.
Ezekiel Elliott RB, Cowboys, at Buccaneers (FD $7,000/DK $6,000)
Too TD dependent (39 p.c of fantasy manufacturing was on touchdowns, in comparison with 22 for committee associate Tony Pollard).
Elijah Mitchell RB, 49ers, vs. Seahawks (FD $5,500/DK $4,700)
An affordable pivot from Christian McCaffrey. Scored twice final week in his first motion since Week 12.
Mitchell may very well be an alternative choice as a substitute of Christian McCaffrey.Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Pictures
Joshua Palmer WR. Chargers, at Jaguars (FD $6,500/DK $5,300)
He’s going to be on the radar with Mike Williams out. However Palmer hasn’t been nice with no Williams, averaging 12.4 in PPR over 4 video games.
Madness’s Every day Dose
Every day fantasy league lineup suggestion:
Sort: Tourney Wage: $60KPrice: $3 Slate: Sat.-Mon. (6 video games) High Prize: $3K Tot. pot: $30K
QB — Daniel Jones ($7,400)
RB — Saquon Barkley ($8,800)
RB — JaMychal Hasty ($4,900)
WR — Ja’Marr Chase ($8,700)
WR — Darius Slayton ($5,800)
WR — Ok.J. Osborn ($6,100)
TE — T.J. Hockenson ($7,000)
Flex — James Prepare dinner ($5,900)
DEF — Payments ($5,000)
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Season risked: $171 Season winnings: Jarad $135, Drew $27