DraftKings Starts of the Week – Week 13


*Tier 1 – $7,000+, Tier 2 – $7,000-$6,000, Tier 3 – Under $6,000

Tier 1: Drew Brees – NO vs. DET ($7,600)

The opening point total on this game was 54, the Saints are at home, Brees is 1st in passing yards, and passing TDs… Yes, yes, yes, and yes.

Tier 2: Matt Ryan – ATL vs. KC ($6,800)

Trevor Siemien just went for 368 yards, and 3 TDs against KC. Jameis Winston? 331, and 1 TD. The Chiefs d is finally healthy, but they’re giving up passing yards at an alarming rate… And to QBs which aren’t Matt Ryan.

Tier 3: Tyrod Taylor – BUF @ OAK ($5,700)

The return of Sammy Watkins helps, and hopefully they’re both healthy. Regardless, the Raiders have been solid against the run over their last 3, so I expect Taylor to have to carry more of the load.

Running Back

*Tier 1 – $7,000+, Tier 2 – $7,000-$5,000, Tier 3 – Under $5,000

Tier 1: Melvin Gordon – SD vs. TB ($7,200)

Over the past 3 weeks, the Bucs have faced the Bears, Chiefs, and Seahawks – all 3 are in the bottom 12 in rushing yards. Yet, the Bucs allowed an average of 110.3 rushing yards against them. Gordon is a one man show, and should easily reach 100 all-purpose yards, to go along with a TD.

Tier 2: Lamar Miller – HOU @ GB ($5,600)

The Packers run d, which was stifling earlier in the season, has become swiss cheese. Miller ranks 5th in rushing yards, and (if healthy) he’ll continue to find holes on Sunday.

Tier 3: Tim Hightower – NO vs. DET ($4,800)

Mark Ingram is Questionable for Sunday’s game, and even if he plays, both backs have been effective. Hightower is a high risk/high reward play against a Lions defense allowing 132.3 rushing yards/game over their last 3, and 51.6 yards receiving to opposing backs on the season. 

Wide Receiver

*Tier 1 – $7,000+, Tier 2 – $7,000-$5,000, Tier 3: Under $5,000

Tier 1: Julio Jones – ATL vs. KC ($8,700)

If you’re going to spend big money at WR this week, spend it on Julio.

Tier 2: Doug Baldwin – SEA vs. CAR ($6,700)

The Seahawks offense was embarrassed last week. You can expect them to bounce back this week at home, against a banged up Carolina defense who has very little to play for. 

Tier 3: Michael Floyd – ARI vs. WAS ($4,200)

John Brown might not play, and Fitzgerald will likely see plenty of Josh Norman. While Floyd has been disappointing on the season, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him put up one of his best games of the season.

Tight End

*Tier 1 – $5,500+, Tier 2 – $5,500-$3,500, Tier 3 – Under $3,500

Tier 1: Jimmy Graham – SEA vs. CAR ($5,500)

Aside from the fact that he’s the only TE in this tier that will play this week, he’s pretty good, and has a solid matchup. 

Tier 2: Travis Kelce – KC @ ATL ($4,700)

Kelce is 3rd amongst TEs in targets, has a very favorable matchup, and the total for this game is at 50. Coming off back-to-back 100 yard games, he has a great opportunity to make it 3.

Tier 3: Vance McDonald – SF @ CHI ($2,900)

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Defense/Special Teams

*Tier 1 – $3,500+, Tier 2 – $3,500-$3,000, Tier 3 – Under $3,000

Tier 1: Seattle Seahawks ($3,500)

Seattle is a heavy favorite, with a low projected point total, at home, on national television, and facing a decent matchup… What’s not to like?

Tier 2: Baltimore Ravens ($3,000)

This game has the 2nd lowest projected point total of the week, the Ravens are at home, and their defense has been playing lights out. The Dolphins o-line should be a bit healthier than it’s been, which will help, but this should be a low scoring game, and with Tannehill at the helm, a turnover or 2 isn’t far fetched. 

Tier 3: Cincinnati Bengals ($2,600)

Carson Wentz is averaging 6.2 yards per pass attempt (6th worst), and the Eagles running game is atrocious. Low projected point total, Bengals are at home, and their defense has been solid… Decent value here. 

Best of luck this week, and feel free to share your winnings! Also, be sure to check me out on Instagram/Facebook: maximizeyourodds, and Twitter: maxingyourodds or shoot me an email: leonard@maximizeyourodds.com for betting picks, and/or fantasy advice.

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