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Mike’s Player Grid 4.22

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 ::
Jonathan Taylor

Taylor’s price has decreased quite a bit from its peak of at or around $10k on both sites a couple of weeks ago. He has a great matchup, is playing at home, and has had his best games in games that the Colts are in control of for most of the game. Despite the great start for the Jaguars, the Colts still see the Titans (defending AFC South champs) as their biggest competition in the division and I won’t be surprised at all if Taylor touches the ball 30 times here.

green bay rb

This is a bit of a cop out, but both Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon are in great spots this week as big home favorites in a good matchup. The Packers are likely to give these backs 35 to 40 touches, so it’s really just a matter of picking which back you think big plays or TD’s go to.

Josh Jacobs

As I mentioned in my NFL Edge writeup, Jacobs isn’t necessarily someone I’m actively trying to jam onto my rosters. However, his profile can’t be ignored for his price tag and on rosters where I have unique builds elsewhere and want projectable, “safe” volume for a cheap price, Jacobs will be in strong consideration.


  • CMC – If I *knew* CMC was even 90% healthy, I’d almost certainly be playing him this week. It doesn’t sound that way, however, so I’m looking elsewhere.
  • Saquon Barkley – Dameon Pierce just dropped 18.1 DK points on the Bears D on 22 touches. It seems likely Saquon gets at least that many touches here and, well, he’s Saquon.
  • Austin Ekeler – I’ll put it like this: 
    • Ekeler has 53 touches this year without a touchdown. 
    • Ekeler has averaged 9 targets per game since Keenan Allen has been out (likely out again this week).
    • The Chargers are 1-2 and need to stop messing around and get their best offensive player on the field.
Tight End ::

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