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:
Elite workload, modest price on DK, elite matchup. Don’t need to overthink it.
Last season, Mixon averaged a touchdown every 21 touches. This season, Mixon has 2 touchdowns this season on 128 touches (4 TDs less than last year’s pace). The Falcons pass defense has struggled and I expect with them facing the Bengals, they will drop a lot of men in coverage given their inability to get pressure on the quarterback. This should result in softer boxes for Mixon. This will create a situation for the best efficiency and most scoring opportunities Mixon has had all season.
Walker is an explosive runner who should see 20+ opportunities against a porous Chargers run defense and is playing in the highest total game of the week. Talent, volume, game environment, matchup.
Henry is the focal point of his team’s offense and has 25+ DK points in three straight games. Coming off a bye in a game with huge divisional implications, Henry should be leaned on for the biggest workload of any RB on the slate. Henry has 27 or more touches in five of his last six games against the Colts, with the only game he failed to reach that mark being a Thursday night game on short rest where he still touched it 20 times.