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Player Grid 6.21.

JMToWin is a high-stakes tournament champion (Thunderdome, Luxury Box, Game Changer, Wildcat) who is focusing this year on single-entry/three-entry max

OWS Fam ::
This is not a complete list of all the good plays on the slate.

This is, instead, a look at the player pool I’ll be fishing.

The Grid ::

Explained >>>>

Bottom-Up Build

:: covered in-depth in the Angles Pod (it’s highly recommended that you listen to the breakdown of the roster in order to see the thinking behind it, and in order to understand what we’re talking about when we look at a “bottom-up build”

Blue Chips

:: these are my “Tier 1” plays: the plays I feel confident leaning into across different types of builds; players who have a high ceiling and a low likelihood of price-considered failure


:: these are games, offenses, situations, or scenarios I’ll be looking to build around across my rosters


:: these are players who don’t fit into the categories above — either Upside pieces who don’t have the floor to be Blue Chips (and are not being focused on within my game-focused builds) or players who may not have a strong shot at ceiling, but are worth keeping in mind from a “role” perspective

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Bottom-Up Build

Full breakdown (of what this is, and what the thinking is behind these players) can (and should) be found in the Angles Pod (above).

Correlated Bottom-Up Build
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Taylor Heinicke
J.D. McKissic
Khalil Herbert
Terry McLaurin
Van Jefferson
Marquise Brown
Jared Cook
Ja’Marr Chase

Bottom-Up Build Contest

Find last week’s Bottom-Up Breakdown and join The Bottom-Up Build DraftKings Contest here!

3 Vital Notes Before We Get Into This Week’s Grid

“Stacks On Stacks”

I talked about this in the Week 6 Angles Pod (if you’re a sub, you can find the pod embedded above; but even better, you can find a link to subscribe to the pod on your favorite podcast player, so it gets delivered to your phone as soon as it’s live each week), but this week is interesting for me in that my focus is almost fully on game/team bets, with very few “floating plays” (one-offs) standing out to me away from the games I’m focused on. It’s not that plays from other games can’t hit (they obviously can); but rather, it’s that I feel my chances of capturing slate-breaking fantasy performances are a bit higher in just relentlessly attacking my favorite games than if I were to instead try to isolate one-off plays from other spots. This has me focusing on two or three games this week, with exposure to these games taking up most of the spots on my rosters. In other words :: instead of a “blend my one-offs into my stacks” type of week, it’s a “stacks on stacks” approach to my builds.

A Wild Week

It’s been a wild week in the “ToWin” household. I flew to Oklahoma on Sunday to help my wife and two recently-sick, recovering kids fly home on Monday. Around the same time, Hilow’s whole family got sick (to a point where he had to pull full-time parent duties with several kids for several days). On Friday morning, as Hilow was wrapping his pushed-back Edge writeups, I was moving around pieces in my day so my wife could go to the ER with heart/blood issues (which had me on full-time parent duties while recording the Angles Pod, and also left me unable to wrap my DFS Interpretations. Don’t fret! — every “missed game” is directly addressed below!). And now, my wife is home (scans all clear), and I’m here with you.

On the plus side of this wild week, the slate itself has come together really nicely on my end.

With that :: let’s dive in!

Not only a Wild Week, but also a Weird Week

This feels like a week in which a lot of final strategy decisions will be made on Saturday. If there is anything critical this week, I’ll update the Player Grid (as always!!!). But also, I’m going to be joining the Saturday Inner Circle Strategy Pod this week with Hilow and Xandamere as a guest. I’m looking forward to grabbing a slate-strategy-breakdown with these guys. Hopefully I’ll see you there!

Blue Chips

Kansas City // Washington

As explored in this week’s Angles Pod, there just aren’t that many viable paths to this game “failing.” Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible for it to fail; and more importantly, that doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed to smash. (A 54.0 total is very nice; but even going slightly over that number doesn’t guarantee you’re picking up “had to have it” scores.) But there just aren’t many ways the Chiefs are getting slowed down unless they come out flat and are just plain slowing themselves down. And the Washington offense is aggressive-minded enough (while the Chiefs defense is porous enough) that their implied total of around 24 points is a safe bet for them to approach or hit, with very clear paths to them climbing well above that mark. Best of all :: if this game takes off, there are clear places to place your bets ::

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