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!!
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:
Not to be dramatic, but Walker appears to be one of the top running back talents in the league. He has the ability to wear down defenses and has true home run potential every time he touches the ball. This week he is fresh off a bye and is facing a Raiders defense that is 31st in the league in PFF tackling grade.
Wilson had already taken the lead role in the Dolphins backfield and now Raheem Mostert is out as the Dolphins face a bottom-of-the-barrel Texans run defense. The biggest concern for Wilson is the game getting out of hand quickly and the Dolphins limiting his touches, but even in that scenario he could put up big numbers and score one or more touchdowns to build the lead.
White is a player who profiled very well coming out of college and appeared to be taking over the Bucs backfield slowly but surely even before Leonard Fournette’s injury. Now, White is looking at a full-time role against a terrible Browns run defense.
Ekeler checks a lot of boxes this week and his modest recent fantasy output will likely keep him from becoming too popular amongst the field. Ekeler is playing in the game with the highest total on the slate against a defense that was just shredded by the 49ers playmakers creating yards after the catch.