NFL Draft Kings Picks



I'll be posting NFL Draft Kings picks here. These are all lineups I will be playing personally.

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Week 7: Monday Night Slate


Here are my Week 7 NFL DraftKings lineups for the Monday night slate:



Here are two lineups, the first of which is for cash games and higher-stakes entries. The second is for GPPs.

Actually, these could both be used in GPPs. The main contest for tonight's slate will have 176,000 entries, so make sure you leave a ton of money on the table to be unique.

I normally don't like playing quarterbacks as captains, so my favorite captains for tonight are Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson and David Montgomery. There are plenty of cheap options available like Josh Reynolds, Anthony Miller and Cole Kmet who make it possible to leave lots of money on the table. Be unique!





Week 7: Main Slate & Seahawks-Cardinals Showdown


Here are two Week 7 NFL DraftKings lineups:



I'm using both of these in cash lineups, and I'm throwing all of them into the millionaire-maker as well.

Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers are my favorite quarterbacks. I love D.K. Metcalf, Julio Jones and Keenan Allen as well, and I'd like to have two in my lineups. Alvin Kamara figures to do well, too. Luckily, there are so many cheap options to make all of this happen.

Update: Play Harrison Bryant over David Njoku.

Here is a Week 7 NFL DraftKings lineup for the Seahawks-Cardinals Showdown:



It's tough to get both Kyler Murray and Russell Wilson in the same lineup, but it almost seems necessary. To make this possible, Freddie Swain at $800 is a good option. He'll get a few targets, and perhaps he'll catch a touchdown like he did in Week 2.





Week 7: Thursday Night Slate


Here are my Week 7 NFL DraftKings lineups for the Thursday night slate:



Here are two lineups, the first of which is for cash games and higher-stakes entries. The second is for GPPs.

Travis Fulgham is my favorite captain. DeSean Jackson should take attention away from Fulgham, who will see softer coverage from Giants cornerbacks not named James Bradberry, in all likelihood. I'm going 5x Eagles, as I believe this game has a good chance of being a blowout.

My GPP lineup is leaving $2,400 on the table. Boston Scott will be a popular captain, but this should be a unique lineup because of the leftover money.



Week 6: Monday Night Slate


Here are two Week 6 NFL DraftKings lineups for the two-game slate:



I wanted one lineup with Patrick Mahomes and another with Josh Allen. One of them will go off, but I'm not sure which one.

The big question is, what do you do with Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds? I think more people will play Edmonds, who has a great potential because of his pass-catching ability. However, Kenyan Drake is still the starter, and he'll have potential for touchdowns. I'm going with Edmonds because I believe the Cardinals will be trailing in the game.

Here are the Chiefs-Bills lineups:



Byron Pringle is only $400, so with Sammy Watkins sidelined, he almost has to be included to be able to roster some of the studs.

I hate using quarterbacks as captains unless they can scramble for touchdowns. Both Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes can do this, so, once again, I'm banking on one of them exploding.

Of course, I'm once again leaving a bunch of money on the table to be unique. It sucks to have the same lineup as 100 people. Why even play if you can't claim the top prize all for yourself?

Here are the Cardinals-Cowboys lineup:



Kyler Murray is another quarterback you can use as captain. In both lineups, the game script is Dallas getting out to a big lead via Ezekiel Elliott's running, and then Murray throwing often.





Week 6: Main Slate & Rams-49ers Showdown


Here are two Week 6 NFL DraftKings lineups:



I'm using both of these in cash lineups, and I'm throwing all of them into the millionaire-maker as well.

Ryan Fitzpatrick and Aaron Rodgers are two of my favorite quarterbacks on the main slate, as well as Lamar Jackson. You should pair them with at least one target.

As for cheap options, I like Isaiah Ford and Darnell "Mad Eye" Mooney to help pay up for the expensive running backs.

Here is a Week 6 NFL DraftKings lineup for the Rams-49ers Showdown:



Cooper Kupp, George Kittle and Raheem Mostert are my favorite captains in this showdown. It would be contrarian to play Jimmy Garoppolo or leave lots of money on the table.





Week 5: Tuesday Night Slate


Here are two Week 5 NFL DraftKings lineups for the Tuesday night showdown:



The first is my lineup for cash and high-stakes entries. Josh Allen is the play at captain. He has the highest floor and highest ceiling. As a scrambling quarterback, he's very viable as captain, unlike pocket passers. Anthony Firkser is a great option at $200 to make everything work.

The second lineup is for GPPs. I'm still going with Allen as captain, but I'm not using Stefon Diggs. I'm also going double tight end and leaving $1,700 on the table to be contrarian.

Update: With John Brown out, I've switched Cole Beasley and Brown to Devin Singletary and Gabriel Davis.





Week 5: Monday Night Slate


Here are two Week 5 NFL DraftKings lineups for the Monday night showdown:



The first is my lineup for cash and high-stakes entries. Alvin Kamara has the best chance of being the top scorer, so having him at captain makes sense. I'm not using any quarterbacks, but Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry could score just as many fantasy points as Drew Brees and Justin Herbert at cheaper prices. And speaking of cheap, Emmanuel Sanders is a huge bargain.

The second lineup is for GPPs. Emmanuel Sanders opens the ability to play both quarterbacks, as well as Brees and Herbert. We also get to leave $2,200 on the table!

Also, here's the Monday-Tuesday lineup:



Josh Allen, Alvin Kamara and Stefon Diggs are all very chalky, so if you use all three, make sure you leave $1,000-plus on the table.





Week 5: Main Slate & Vikings-Seahawks Showdown


Here are two Week 5 NFL DraftKings lineups:



I'm using all three of these in cash lineups, and I'm throwing all of them into the millionaire-maker as well.

Patrick Mahomes, Dak Prescott, Kyler Murray and Lamar Jackson are my top four quarterbacks for the main slate, though I like Daniel Jones, Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Ryan as well. I'm pairing each of them with at least one receiver, and one player on the other side in hopes of a high-scoring contest.

It's worth noting that Olamide Zaccheaus will be a great option if Julio Jones is sidelined. He'll be very popular, but he has a very low failure rate at just $3,000. Here is a Week 5 NFL DraftKings lineup for the Vikings-Seahawks Showdown:



It's often wrong to play a quarterback as captain in a showdown slate because of he throws a touchdown, that's four points, while his receiver will score six. However, scrambling quarterbacks like Russell Wilson are different.

Irv Smith Jr. has done nothing this year, but at just $200, all he needs to do is catch two passes, really. If he scores a touchdown, that would be enormous.






Week 5: Thursday Night Slate


Here are my Week 5 NFL DraftKings lineups for the Thursday night slate:



Here are two lineups, the first of which is for cash games and higher-stakes entries. The second is for GPPs.

Scotty Miller is a nice captain with Chris Godwin sidelined. Tom Brady should target him frequently, especially with the Bears having a weakness in the slot. I also think Darnell "Mad-Eye" Mooney is a good play at captain.

My GPP lineup is leaving $4,900 on the table! If you use Allen Robinson, you must be very contrarian, and this is certainly the way to do it.





Week 4: Monday Night Slate


Here are two Week 4 NFL DraftKings lineups for Monday night:



The first is my lineup for cash and high-stakes entries. The plan is to count on Matt Ryan throwing a ton in a deficit. He could compile monster stats in the second half, and I don't mind playing a defense against him. A pick-six only helps Ryan because it gets him back on the field.

The second lineup is for GPPs. Clyde Edwards-Helaire is going to be 80-percent owned, but I'm fading him in this lineup in favor of James White, who could have a big game in a deficit.



Week 4: Main Slate & Eagles-49ers Showdown


Here are two Week 4 NFL DraftKings lineups:



The first is my lineup for cash and high-stakes entries. Russell Wilson will likely be popular, but he's one of my top quarterbacks this week. Mike Davis, Ronlad Jones, Brandin Cooks and Alvin Kamara will be highly utilized as well, and for good reason

The second lineup is for GPPs. Lamar Jackson, of all quarterbacks, is projected for just 4-percent ownership. When is Jackson ever going to be this low-owned? I like being different with him, as well as Marvin Jones, who has a great matchup.

Here is a Week 4 NFL DraftKings lineup for the Packers-Saints Showdown:



Greg Ward is so cheap that it'll be difficult for him to fail as captain. He might be very popular, which is why we're leaving $1,700 on the table.



Week 4: Thursday Night Slate


Here are my Week 4 NFL DraftKings lineups for the Thursday night slate:



Here are two lineups, the first of which is for cash games and higher-stakes entries. The second is for GPPs.

Jamison Crowder will return tonight, which is huge for the Jets, and Sam Darnold in particular. I expect Darnold to perform better with his top receiver on the field for the first time since Week 1.

My GPP lineup is leaving less money on the table, but it's bound to be unique because Chris Herndon is the captain. The Broncos are abysmal against tight ends, so Herndon could have a big game.



Week 3: Monday Night Slate


Here are my Week 3 NFL DraftKings lineups for the Monday night slate:



Here are two lineups, the first of which is for cash games and higher-stakes entries. The second is for GPPs.

Actually, these could both be used in GPPs. The main contest for tonight's slate will have 260,000 entries, so make sure you leave a ton of money on the table to be unique.

I normally don't like playing quarterbacks as captains, but scramblers are the exception. Both Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson have enormous ceilings, so I think it's more likely than not that the optimal lineup will have one of them in the captain spot.



Week 3: Main Slate & Packers-Saints Showdown


Here are two Week 3 NFL DraftKings lineups:



The first is my lineup for cash and high-stakes entries, and yet it's not very chalky. Joe Burrow won't be highly owned, but I like him posting big numbers in garbage time again. I'm stacking him with two of his weapons and Miles Sanders, who is cheap. Devin Singletary is an even better bargain.

The second lineup is for GPPs. We're leaving $400 on the table, and we're pairing Dak Prescott with his second and third receivers. We're also game stacking with the two Seattle receivers.

Here is a Week 3 NFL DraftKings lineup for the Packers-Saints Showdown:



I usually like to fade top receivers in showdowns, but that's not possible with Michael Thomas and Davante Adams sidelined. Allen Lazard makes for a good captain, paired with Aaron Rodgers. I like Drew Brees throwing to Alvin Kamara.



Week 3: Thursday Night Slate


Here are my Week 3 NFL DraftKings lineups for the Thursday night slate:



Here are two lineups, the first of which is for cash games and higher-stakes entries. The second is for GPPs.

D.J. Chark is out, so Keelan Cole and Laviska Shenault could be in play for big games. I also like Myles Gaskin because he catches a decent number of passes, and Preston Williams because he'll avoid star rookie cornerback C.J. Henderson. I'm also playing both quarterbacks.



Week 2: Monday Night Slate


Here are my Week 2 NFL DraftKings lineups for the Monday night slate:



Here are two lineups, the first of which is for cash games and higher-stakes entries. The second is for GPPs.

I suppose both lineups can be used for GPPs. In both cases, I have the Raiders establishing the lead via Josh Jacobs and Darren Waller/Bryan Edwards, paired with Saints players who would do well in a comeback. That would either be Drew Brees throwing to Emmanuel Sanders or Alvin Kamara.



Week 2: Main Slate & Patriots-Seahawks Showdown


Here are two Week 2 NFL DraftKings lineups:



The main contest on DraftKings is slated to have 1.1 million participants. That's insane! It makes for a huge prize pool, but it also stresses that you have to be different.

The first is my lineup for cash and high-stakes entries, so I have no problem with it being chalky. An Aaron Rodgers-Davante Adams stack will be very popular, as will Mike Evans and CeeDee Lamb, but for good reason. I also like Clyde Edwards-Helaire, as he seems to be way too cheap.

The second lineup is for GPPs. Matt Ryan might be popular, but most are likely to pair him with Julio Jones and/or Calvin Ridley; not Hayden Hurst. Also, Allen Lazard is obviously the less-popular option among the Packer receivers.

Here are two Week 2 NFL DraftKings lineups for the Patriots-Seahawks Showdown:



The first is my lineup for cash and high-stakes entries, which would explain why no money is left on the table. I love both quarterbacks, as they have immense rushing upside.

The second lineup is for GPPs, which is why there is $2,200 remaining. Most are unlikely to play both a kicker and a defense, but that might end up being the winning formula in a low-scoring game.

Update:



James White is out due to a death in the family, so here are the updated lineups.



Week 2: Thursday Night Slate


Here are my Week 2 NFL DraftKings lineups for the Thursday night slate:



Here are two lineups, the first of which is for cash games and higher-stakes entries. The second is for GPPs.

I like attacking both secondaries, as they happen to be missing players because of injuries. C.J. Uzomah also has a great matchup versus a ravaged Cleveland linebacking corps. I'd also play both quarterbacks, but neither in the captain spot, as usual.



Week 1: Monday Night Slate


There's a two-game slate tonight, which is exciting.

Here's my Week 1 NFL DraftKings lineup for the Monday night slate:



Daniel Jones seems like the best quarterback at his salary. Giants-Steelers should be higher scoring than Denver-Tennessee, so I like getting more players from this game.

Note that Courtland Sutton is in the lineup. If he plays, I want him against an Adoree Jackson-less Tennessee secondary. If Sutton is ruled out, A.J. Brown can be plugged into his spot.



Week 1: Main Slate & Cowboys-Rams Showdown


It was nice to see our primary lineup cash last night, thanks to some late heroics from Deshaun Watson and Will Fuller.

Here's my Week 1 NFL DraftKings lineup:



The main contest on DraftKings is slated to have 1.1 million participants. That's insane! It makes for a huge prize pool, but it also stresses that you have to be different.

Thus, I would suggest playing quarterbacks without their No. 1 receivers. This is a viable plan, as receivers can be very erratic. Just look at Thursday night, as playing Patrick Mahomes with Sammy Watkins and Clyde Edwards-Helaire rather than Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce was the winning strategy.

Russell Wilson is my favorite quarterback, so the upper-left lineup is my cash play. It's a bit chalky, but that's OK because I'll be entering this lineup in the higher-stakes contests.

We begin to be different in the upper right. Some will avoid Kyler Murray because of the matchup, but Murray played very well against San Francisco last year. I like pairing Murray with Christian Kirk and Kenyan Drake because it avoids the popular link of Murray and DeAndre Hopkins. Running it back with George Kittle makes lots of sense.

The Panthers have one of the worst back sevens in the NFL, so Derek Carr is a terrific option this week. If the Panthers get ahead with Christian McCaffrey doing great things, Carr will have to throw often, perhaps to Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow.

Aaron Rodgers figures to trail as well. Rodgers will certainly be popular, but only with Davante Adams. I'd prefer to pair Rodgers with two of Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Aaron Jones, and then getting to Dalvin Cook on the other side.

As you can tell, I love Cook this week. Green Bay sucks at stopping the run, so Cook is the better play, at his price, compared to Christian McCaffrey.

I also think the Redskins defense is a good option. I don't view them as a punt. They have one of the best defensive fronts in the NFL, and the Eagles are missing two starting offensive linemen.

Update: Boston Scott is now amazing value with Miles Sanders sidelined. Try to get him in some lineups.

Here's my Week 1 NFL DraftKings lineup for the Cowboys-Rams Showdown:



Robert Woods was Jared Goff's favorite target down the stretch, so I'll use him as captain and pair him with Goff. I think the Rams will be ahead, so Dak Prescott will have to throw, hopefully to CeeDee Lamb.

Week 1: Texans-Chiefs Showdown


Here's my Texans-Chiefs lineup:



It's important to have a game script in mind when building a showdown lineup. In this case, the Chiefs get out to a big lead, with Patrick Mahomes finding Sammy Watkins for some deep gains, along with some Darrel Williams goal-line carries. Williams feels like a free square at $1,800, as he'll be splitting the workload with Clyde Edwards-Helaire and should get carries if/when the Chiefs are up big.

With the Chiefs up big, Deshaun Watson will have to throw often, so perhaps he'll hit Will Fuller for some deep connections and find Jordan Akins in the end zone.

It's also imperative to fade a high-owned non-quarterback in showdowns. Travis Kelce is expected to be the highest-owned non-quarterback, so I'll be going against him. Tyreek Hill is next popular, but with his unreal upside, I'll have him featured in some lineups.

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