Trying to come up with the perfect Draft Kings lineup, while staying under the salary cap, can be a bit like trying to solve a Rubik’s cube blindfolded. You can easily spend hours tweaking your lineup, and may have come up with the perfect combination, but how would you know? If you’re anything like me, it’s never perfect. You hear some new information, or have a gut feeling, both contributing to constant changes as the countdown to kickoff slowly dwindles away. At which point, the blindfold comes off, and by the end of the day you’re saying, “Damn! I should’ve played…”. Frustration in the purest form.
The good news is, every week there’s a few gems on the clearance rack. And no, I’m not talking about “sleepers”. There’s an infinite number of articles regarding “sleepers”, and anyone who’s ever played fantasy football has that diamond in the rough player that “no one else has ever heard of” or “no one knew would go off”… It’s really a stupid concept, but I digress.
What I’m talking about here are guys who, for whatever reason, have a salary which is lower than the value at which they should perform. Use these players to your advantage! Instead of playing risk/reward roulette, and trying to hit on a “sleeper”, you can get the most of your cap space, add a few big money guys, and still not sacrifice much, if any, production at any particular position. So, without further ado, the Week 3 DraftKings Clearance Rack (and feel free to share your winnings!)
Melvin Gordon – SD @ IND ($5,800)
He’s my DraftKings Start of the Week, and comes in at a value at $5,800. Coming off the first 100 yard performance of his career, he faces the Colts defense which has allowed 125 rushing yards per game, 4.6 yards per carry, and the most fantasy points of any team to opposing RBs
Shane Vereen – NYG vs. WAS ($3,700)
Rashad Jennings is out vs. Washington, and Vereen should see a few more carries as a result. The Redskins have allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing RBs, and Vereen has excellent pass catching ability… This is a steal.
Jack Doyle – IND vs. SD ($2,500)
Believe it or not, Doyle is the 6th best fantasy Tight End in PPR formats. Andrew Luck trusts him, he’s been targeted 9 times in 2 games, and faces the Chargers who have allowed the 5th most fantasy points to opposing Tight Ends.