Sunday, Feb 11th — Late
Bye Week:

Sonic’s MME Pool 4.23

Sonic is a Milly Maker winner and large-field tournament mastermind who focuses on mass-multi-entry play

Win the Tight End, Win the Week

It’s ugly out there, kids. Draftkings is gradually tightening their salaries and we’re left facing the conundrum of locating value without sacrificing a potential ceiling outcome. We often achieve this feat, at least partially, through the tight end position. This week may be challenging. Rostering a tight end this week feels like picking out a dog at the local pound. Mark Andrews is awesome but at his price, in this matchup, he feels more like that Cockapoo/Pit Bull mix with a limp and a lazy eye. We’ll click the button, but we won’t feel great about it. 

If you need further indication of the state of TE on this slate, look no further than the chalk. Pat Freiermuth is projected to be pushing 20% owned despite earning only nine targets…on the season. Woof! 

Secondary Core-Relations

We’re always hunting for those high-ceiling combinations to add to our existing game stacks. It’s better to aim at getting four things right instead of trying to hit a nine-way parlay. I’ll lean on a handful of core secondary stacks that will be finessed into lineups whenever feasible.

Ja’Marr Chase/Chig Okonkwo

Chase’s matchup is pristine but concerns about the lack of firepower on the Titans side may sour many on this game environment. Offseason assumptions of Okonkwo being a Gronk-like seam-stretcher have yet to come to fruition. But between the ineffectiveness of Tennessee’s run game and Treylon Burks’ absence, this may be the week where Ryan Tannehill is forced to make Chig into a thing. At $3200 amongst the state of this slate, there are worse places to place your bets.    

Nico Collins/Chalk Steelers Guy

After two weeks of the NFL season, we were ready to anoint Nico Collins as the 3rd year breakout wide receiver of this year. Now after a tough matchup against Jaguars Tyson Campbell, we’ve all turned our attention to Nico’s teammate, Tank Dell. Don’t get me wrong, Dell is clearly gifted, but that’s no reason for Collins to be 4% owned this week at a very manageable $5100. Using Collins to offset the ownership of Freiermuth (18.7%), Calvin Austin (10.4%), or George Pickens (13.8%), allows us to roster one of these values without feeling like a total chalk donkey. 

Jaylen Waddle/Bills Strategic Piece

What if I told you we could get pieces of the highest game total on the slate while solving the tight end position and lowering our cumulative ownership?

Waddle is currently projected as under 1% owned. Sure, he’s been injured and we haven’t seen it yet this year, but the dude went 7/226/1 in two regular season games vs. Buffalo last year. If he’s healthy and the Bills sell out to stop Tyreek Hill and the Dolphins running game, look out. 

Knox currently has a higher point projection than his rookie teammate at less ownership, although Kincaid feels fine, too…

…and if you wanna get really freaky, you can rage against conventional wisdom and roster the ultimate low-floor player, Gabe Davis. Miami’s defense is built to limit deep shots, so the chances are minimal that he puts up a tourney winning score. Less than 1% ownership though? Sorry, I’ll be the fish that takes a couple of stabs at this.

Rhamondre Stevenson/CeeDee Lamb (or Brandin Cooks) 

Not for the faint of heart, this one will require some cherry-picked statistics to help us sleep at night. The Dallas Cowboys defense is beyond scary in terms of rushing the passer but merely mortal at bottling up the run. Look for Belichick, O’Brien, and company to take the path of least resistance here. 

Rookie cornerback Christian Gonzalez appears to be a steal at #17 of this year’s draft. What we don’t know for sure is who he’ll be covering. Cooks would be the default matchup, but I can assure you that Belichick has not forgotten the 2021 overtime loss to Dallas where Lamb torched the Pats for a 9/149/2 line. Throw in the fact that these teams both rank top-six in pace of play, and we could see enough touches for the focal points of these offenses to find some fantasy goodness. 

What makes this worth the risk in MME is the ownership. Stevenson, Lamb, and Cooks are projected at 5%, 5%, and 1% respectively.

Lower-Owned Treasures

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