NFL DFS Preview: Thursday, April 16
No live sports does not have to mean the end of NFL DFS action on DraftKings and FanDuel. Here at Awesemo, we are committed to bringing you contests while sports are on hiatus. Today, we’ll continue with the Steelers vs. Packers. This article will discuss some DraftKings NFL and FanDuel NFL picks, stacks and NFL DFS strategy. You can catch Thursday’s stream LIVE at 8:15 p.m. EST on the Awesemo.com YouTube Channel!
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Top FanDuel NFL DFS Stacks
With $2,000 in FanDuel Cash up for grabs and tens of thousands of entries already in tonight’s tournament, you’re going to have to get unique build to take down the top prize. In each game thus far, we’ve seen a QB-WR/TE stack take down first place, so stacking will be essential in these Madden 20 Sims, as they are in the Single-Game/Showdown NFL contests that we’re use to.
Aaron Rodgers ($15,500) – Davante Adams (14,000)
The chalk top stack will be the Rodgers-Adams duo, which was fantastic once again in 2019. Adams led the team in targets by a wide margin, and we’d expect to see him fed early and often in our sim tonight. Rodgers’ rating is down to 89, but he’s one of the most accurate quarterbacks and going with his favorite target on FanDuel is a great way to start your lineup tonight.
Ben Roethlisberger ($15,000) to JuJu Smith-Schuster ($12,500) is a good way to save some money on FanDuel. Smith-Schuster disappointed the first time we saw him in our simulated games, but he’s going to be Roethlisberger’s top target and he’s a nice $1,500 discount off of Adams. Because Rodgers is so expensive, if you’re going with Adams, throwing in Allen Lazard ($8,500) or Marques Valdez-Scantling ($9,000) is a solid way to differentiate.
MVP & AnyFLEX FanDuel NFL DFS Options
In FanDuel’s single-game format, you get one MVP slot (1.5x points) and four AnyFLEX roster spots. If you want to take a look at the depth charts for tonight’s game, head over to awesemo.com/eNFL.
Either of the workhorse running backs are great options in the FanDuel MVP slot, as we’ve seen more and more times where the top running back is the only one that touches the field in these sims. I’d prefer James Conner ($13,000) over Aaron Jones ($13,500) if I could only have one in the MVP slot. Smith-Schuster makes for an excellent MVP play too, and if you’re going off the board, Lazard on the cheap should be under 3% owned at MVP but should play most of the snaps tonight.
NFL DFS Punts
First of all, I’d avoid Jamaal Williams ($8,000) because of the lack of touches backup running backs get in these simulations. James Washington ($8,000) as the second receiver makes for a nice cheap filler, as he will likely play the entire game. It’s tough to tell who, if any Packer pass catcher below Lazard will get significant playing time, but Vance McDonald ($7,500) should play a lot in two-tight end sets for Pittsburgh.
DraftKings NFL DFS Picks
DraftKings will have three separate showdown NFL DFS slates today. We’ll briefly go over each game with a couple MVP and FLEX options to consider.
JAX @ LAC NFL DFS Picks
A couple CPTs that make sense on this slate are Keenan Allen ($16,800) and Leonard Fournette ($12,000), who is cheap. I like stacking up Philip Rivers with one or two of Allen, Hunter Henry, Mike Williams and/or Melvin Gordon. Playing around with some builds, the Chargers onslaught looks appealing in a 4-2 or even 5-1 stack, as there looks to be much more firepower with their skill positions. The DFS community has soured on Gordon, but he’s going to get the lion’s share of the running back touches, so I like him as a pivot (either FLEX or CPT) at likely lower ownership compared to Fournette. Chris Conley ($3,400) and Virgil Green ($2,200) look like reasonable punts.
DAL @ LAR NFL DFS Picks
Ezekiel Elliott ($13,500) and Todd Gurley ($12,600) in the CPT spot look to be the best options for me, as the quarterbacks might be a bit overpriced compared to these backs. I’ll almost always side with running backs in the CPT spot if it’s close because they are able to score points by themselves, where quarterbacks, receivers and tight ends in general are not able to. A stack I also like is putting a Rams receiver (Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks) in the CPT spot, and then adding Jared Goff and another Rams receiver to capture most of Goff’s production if he has a big game. Some punts to consider: Blake Jarwin ($2,400) and Gerald Everett ($2,200).
NE @ HOU NFL DFS Picks
With this tournament being a five-entry max, you can get creative with multiple builds. Deshaun Watson is one of the rare quarterbacks I would look to captain with limited lineups because of how high his rushing upside is. Will Fuller ($6,400) is one of the best values on the slate and Julian Edelman ($9,200) looks underpriced on a full-PPR site like DraftKings. I’d be out on putting Tom Brady ($11,400) in the CPT as the most expensive player on the slate. Sony Michel‘s price tag ($2,800) will look appealing to the masses because he’s a name most DFS players are familiar with, but I’d avoid backup running backs because we’ve seen them not even touch the field in our simulations.
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