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:
CMC was the highest owned RB in Week 1 largely under the premise that he was severely mispriced. After one off week, his price has barely risen and his ownership is likely to be cut in half. He is facing a Giants team that struggled badly in coverage against running backs last week, with Dontrell Hilliard scoring two touchdowns through the air.
Just way too good for his price tag. Looks like his old self.
Mixon has a solid role as the feature back, goal line back, and catches passes for a potent offense that is projected to score a lot of points and win this week.
Henderson appears to be the lead back for the team with the second-highest implied team total on the slate. His price does not reflect his current situation, and while I’m not sure about the ceiling he has, he is by far the “surest bet” of the running backs in his price range.
Chubb scored 18.1 DK points in Week 1 without scoring a touchdown. This is a team that is clearly going to lean on their running game and Chubb has the explosive ability to break off big plays. He will almost certainly go overlooked with so many other quality backs in the same price range, but has 30+ point upside in any game the Browns are favored in.
Let’s crash the leaderboards this weekend!