DraftKings NFL Big Game Millionaire Lineup Advice
The big game is finally here! It will no doubt be an exciting game to watch, but DraftKings has afforded us the opportunity to get a little fantasy sports action in as well. All you have to do is make an account for the first time at DraftKings and deposit at least $5 to claim your ticket into the Big Game Fantasy Football Millionaire contest ($20 value).
This contest is a bit different than you’re used to as you are going to be selecting six total players from this weekend’s contest. You’ll need to select some combination of four offensive players and two defensive players.
Let’s take a look at a few players for the big game on Sunday.
Tom Brady (NE): $15,500 vs. PHI
Brady is the logical choice if you want to roster a quarterback as his acumen in big games is unmatched. The issue, of course, is roster construction and whether or not you want to force him into your lineups.
Doing so allows you an average of just $6,900 remaining per player. This is a tough matchup for Brady and the passing game, but as we’ve seen in years past, he can get it done against virtually anyone.
Nick Foles (PHI): $12,800 @ NE
Foles draws the easier of the two matchups between the two quarterbacks, but unlike Brady, he certainly doesn’t have the pedigree to back him up on the game’s biggest stage. This isn’t to say that you should completely write off Foles, but there’s quite a bit more risk involved. That being said, I think he will have to produce if the Eagles expect to remain in this game, so I won’t fault anyone for going this route.
Dion Lewis (NE): $8,900 vs. PHI
Lewis saw eight targets in the AFC Championship game against the Jaguars, which gives him a solid floor in DraftKings’ full point per reception scoring format. He was stifled in the running game, but he did manage to break loose for a crucial 18-yard gain late in the game that essentially sealed the win. Last year’s darling was James White, but I look for Lewis to play an integral role this weekend.
Jay Ajayi (PHI): $8,300 @ NE
The Eagles will likely look to establish the run early and often against the Patriots, and that begins with Ajayi. LeGarrette Blount did score a touchdown in each of the Eagles’ playoff games, but he was virtually useless outside of those two scores. That’s the concern with using Ajayi, as Blount can vulture the goal line touches, but I think the volume trumps those worries.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Rob Gronkowski (NE): $12,400 vs. PHI
Gronkowski was fully cleared to participate this weekend, and it sounds like he’s ready to roll after practicing yesterday. Gronkowski costs nearly as much as quarterback Nick Foles, but he possesses unmatched upside. The Eagles present a stiff test for all facets of the Patriots’ offense, but it’s virtually impossible to slow down Gronkowski when healthy.
Alshon Jeffery (PHI): $10,000 @ NE
Jeffery is the logical top way to get exposure to this Philadelphia offense, especially with the Patriots being a bit more porous in this area of their defense. Jeffery caught all five targets for 85 yards and two scores last week on his way to 25.5 DKP in a tough matchup against the Vikings. Jeffery is a physical receiver who I expect Nick Foles to rely on heavily this Sunday.
Danny Amendola (NE): $9,500 vs. PHI
Amendola has been a target monster in the playoffs, as he’s garnered 22 looks and hauled in 18 of those. He’s scored 25.2 and 28.5 DKP in each of those two contests, and I’d look for that volume to remain heavy this weekend. The Patriots are one of the best at employing a quick and short passing game, with Amendola likely being one of the biggest beneficiaries.
Torrey Smith (PHI): $5,900 @ NE
The Eagles are likely going to need a big play or two to topple the Patriots, and Smith is a prime candidate to contribute to that area. He likely won’t see a ton of looks, but he’s the big play threat for this offense, and he checks in with a prime salary to take advantage of when constructing lineups.
Trey Flowers (NE): $4,600 vs. PHI
Flowers is expensive, but the unsung hero of this defense is worth every penny this weekend. While considered undersized by some, this size allows Flowers to be moved all over defensive formations and create havoc for opposing offenses. Flowers played a crucial role in the AFC Championship, and he will likely be an integral piece of the Patriots’ defense yet again this week.
Chris Long (PHI): $3,200 @ NE
It can be tough to get to Tom Brady with the way the Patriots have designed their offense to operate, but the Eagles will no doubt be looking to upset that quick-rhythm passing game. Defensive ends don’t typically get a lot of tackles, but you’re looking for a sack with Long as DraftKings awards five DKPs for those.
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