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Mike’s Player Grid 10.22

Mike Johnson (MJohnson86) has racked up nearly $500,000 in DFS profit as an NFL tournament player with success in all styles of contests

Welcome back to my (Mjohnson86) Player Grid. The format will vary slightly from JM’s Player Grid, as we each see things slightly differently and play in slightly different contests, but should complement his thoughts and content very well for those looking to build their lineups for the week. The format of this article will likely evolve as the season progresses but should provide a lot of value. Enjoy!!

The Core

This is a list of players that stand out to me at each position from using my “Checking the Boxes” criteria outlined in my course you can find in our Marketplace. This list is a starting point, from which I build out lineups using game theory and roster construction concepts (which we will also touch on) with the mindset being to find the best plays with big ceilings. Low ownership is a bonus, but not a must. This section will focus primarily on three positions – running back, tight end, and defense – as the other two positions (quarterback and wide receiver) tend to have more dependent tendencies which I try to attack from other angles (which we will get into in the other sections). I like all of these plays on all sites unless otherwise noted:

Running Back ::
Saquon Barkley

Absolute stud talent. Home favorite. Texans have given up 30+ DK points to opposing RB1s in 5 of 8 games.

Jamaal Williams (DK)

Good chance that he sees upwards of 20 carries in a fruitful game environment and is priced under $6k on Draftkings. Four games with multiple TDs this season.

Travis Etienne

Being treated as a workhorse. Plays in the highest game total of the week. The Chiefs defense tends to funnel targets toward opposing RBs, which could open up that side of Etienne’s game this week as well.

Dolphins RBs

Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson both having roles keeps projections for each of them in check. However, we saw just last week they combined for two touchdowns and they have an outstanding matchup this week. The focus will rightfully be on the Dolphins passing game this week, but one of these RBs could easily have a 20+ point game at very low ownership. I like Mostert on Fanduel and Wilson on Draftkings due to their respective prices.


  • Tony Pollard – Pollard has an outstanding matchup and has a good chance to match or exceed the number of touches he had two weeks ago against the Bears. One of the most explosive RBs in the league facing a banged-up defense that can’t stop the run, Pollard is a GPP dream this week.
  • Devin Singletary (FD) – If Josh Allen is out, the Bills likely still throw often but Allen’s runs become running back runs and Singletary is most likely to receive goal line carries while playing roughly 75% of the snaps.
  • Jonathan Taylor – Taylor has battled ankle issues most of the season but is practicing fully this week. The Colts will likely lean on the run and while the Raiders pass defense is the focus of most people, they aren’t scary by any means as a run defense. Taylor is an elite talent in a fine matchup at very low ownership and costs a fraction of what he did at one point this season. The Raiders defense has given up 134 yards per game and five total touchdowns to opposing RB1s over the last three weeks. The Colts offense is a fragile spot to expose yourself to, but Taylor’s spot here is terrific.
Tight End ::

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