DraftKings Ballers and Bums – Week 13

Recapping the Week 13 DraftKings Starts of the Week. A few good calls (ballers), a few bad calls (bums)…


Matt Ryan: 22/34, 297 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT (3 car, 23 yds) – 17.18 DK FPTS

Not a huge day – especially by Ryan standards – but damn near all the QBs were just slightly above garbage Sunday (15 finished between 10 and 20 – ESPN Standard Scoring), so his performance landed him in the Top-10… You just have to accept it for what it is.


Drew Brees: 31/44, 326 yds, 0 TD, 3 INT – 13.04 DK FPTS

That stat line looks good, until you get to the 0 TD, 3 INT part. This was his 1st game without a passing TD since Week 11 of last season, and the last time he didn’t throw a TD pass at home? Week 4 of the 2009 season.

… Oh, and this extraordinarily rare accomplishment would happen to take place on a day when Flacco, Dalton, and Osweiler all finished in the Top-10. Fitting.

Tyrod Taylor: 18/35, 191 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT (3 car, 30 yds, 1 TD) – 14.64 DK FPTS

The Bills blew the lead, I blew the call, they wear blue, we just got a letter… Exactly the opposite of what I expected. McCoy dominated, and Taylor did little to nothing. Thankfully, he bailed us out with a few yards on the ground, and a rushing TD.

Running Back

Melvin Gordon: 17 car, 84 yds, 1 TD (4 rec, 54 yds) – 23.80 DK FPTS

Gordon has gone from bust, to one of the top backs in the league, and he showed out again Sunday. Continue to roll him out there down the stretch, his schedule is quite RB friendly… And, he’s pretty good at dodging/running over large men while carrying a football.


Lamar Miller: 14 car, 22 yds – 2.80 DK FPTS

Sure, the weather was a factor, but he obviously isn’t 100%, and the Texans horrendous passing game did him no favors.

Tim Hightower: 2 car, 5 yds (1 rec, 4yds) – 1.9 DK FPTS

The Saints trailed from the jump, so the lack of rushing doesn’t surprise me, but 3 total touches?!

Wide Receiver

Julio Jones: 7 rec, 113 yds – 21.30 DK FPTS

Jones is pretty good at running around, and catching footballs. He was one of 5 receivers to hit the 100 yard mark Sunday, and he’s now done so in 3 of the last 4 games, and 7 of 12 on the season.

Doug Baldwin: 7 rec, 65 yds – 13.50 DK FPTS

Luckily, DraftKings is based on point per reception (PPR) scoring, because he puts in work in the reception category – tied for the 6th most receptions in the league.

Michael Floyd: 3 rec, 18 yds, 1 TD – 10.80 DK FPTS

At $4,200, you’ll take a Top-25 performance, but thank God he scored. Very forgettable season for Mr. Floyd.

Tight End

Jimmy Graham: 6 rec, 63 yds, 1 TD – 18.30 DK FPTS

6 catches, 60 yards seems to be the baseline for Graham these days. With Reed, and Gronk out, he has a good chance to finish the year as the #1 TE. Raise your hand if you saw that coming after his 600 yard, 2 TD debut last season… I’ll wait.

Travis Kelce: 8 rec, 140 yds – 25.00 DK FPTS

Although Kelce hasn’t found the end zone since Week 8, he’s now gone over 100 yards receiving in 3 straight games. Maclin will be back soon, and knowing the Chiefs, that means Kelce will go back to just being a guy. Can’t score too many points, or have too many guys go off. That’d be too taboo.


Vance McDonald: 2 rec, 9 yards – 2.90 DK FPTS

If I told you that McDonald accounted for 23% of the team’s passing yards, you’d probably assume he had a pretty solid day – Right? Wrong. See, here’s the thing, the 49ers had 6 net receiving yards. Six. Take away the sacks, and they produced a whopping 39 receiving yards on the day…. The entire team.

Defense/Special Teams

Seahawks: 7 PA, 1 INT, 1 FR – 8 DK FPTS

A few sacks would’ve been nice, but as expected, the Seahawks d was solid Sunday night.

Ravens: 6 PA, 3 INT, 2 SCK – 15 DK FPTS

I projected a turnover or two, and got 3… Aye!

Bengals: 14 PA, 3 INT, 1 SCK – 8 DK FPTS

2 late Philly TDs robbed the Bengals DST of a huge day, but an impressive performance nonetheless.


QB: 1 baller, 2 bums

RB: 1 baller, 2 bums

WR: 3 ballers, 0 bums

TE: 2 ballers, 1 bum

DST: 3 ballers, 0 bums

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