How does one properly attack the Millionaire Maker, especially in a pool of 500,000 like DraftKings week one tournament?… The key is you always want to Maximize your risk, and differentiate yourself from the pool. The following picks are deep sleepers, but sprinkled into a lineup they could do wonders in terms of your standing in the Millionaire Maker tournament, We have always found that building our lineups backwards and incorporating the ideas of variance and ownership, will ultimately lead to monetary success while playing the DraftKings Millionaire Maker and adhering to this strategy ultimately led to us starting Jonas Gray and the Bucs Defense (0.6) and (0.7) percent owned respectively in our Millionaire Maker victory.
Tyrod Taylor ($5,000)– Recently named starter Tyrod Taylor should be licking his chops in anticipation for week 1. The reason; personnel wise the Bills week 1 opponent Indiannapolis, next to nothing this offseason in upgrade its team on the defensive side of the football. Quite surprising due to the fact that the Colts ranked near the bottom of the league against the run. Taylor should thrive week 1 employing the read option, in a Greg Roman run offense, much in the same way as Colin Kaepernick a couple of years ago.
Nick Foles ($5,300)– Going up against a sexy Seattle defense Foles will probably not be heavily owned week one, but take a closer look, Earl Thomas is banged up and they have legitimate questions at right corner with the departure of Byron Maxwell. Also keep in mind that Foles was the Rams big offseason acquisition so for a small market team they’ll make sure to give him every opportunity to succeed week 1, in hopes of lighting a fire in their fan base. So even though the Rams are going against a defense like Seattle, don’t be surprised if Foles turns in a big day…
Benny Cunningham ($3,000)– Don’t be surprised with Tre Mason listed as questionable, and No. 1 overall pick Todd Gurley sitting out, if Benny Cunningham turns in a big day versus the Seahawks. Cunningham’s best two games last year came against Seattle. In those games he did most of his damage catching ball out of the backfield, catching 5-46-1 in the first game, and 7-57 in the second. Because of the fact that he’s a third stringer, his ownership is already low, and the chances of him being highly owned going against a sexy defense like the Seahawks is also unlikely, could make for a real sneaky play come Sunday.
Danny Woodhead ($3,700)– Before suffering a season ending leg injury Danny Woodhead had become an integral part of the Chargers offense, in a very similar role to the one that Darren Sproles made a career out of in San Diego. Quarterback Phillip Rivers has always played better when having a back to dump the ball off too in the backfield and he trusts Woodhead. While most people will be hopping on the Melvin Gordon bandwagon, skip it and buy low on Disco Dan.
Kamar Aiken ($3,300)– With the brilliant offensive minds of Peyton Manning and Marc Trestman colliding on the same field at Mile High, expect this game between the Ravens and Broncos to be a shoutout. Kamir Aiken has been lighting up camp, and with Steve Smith only slated to play thirty eight percent of the snaps, and a banged up Breshad Perriman likely to sit out, look for Aiken to be a key cog for the Ravens attack verse the Broncos.
Allen Hurns ($4,000)– The Jaguars are thin at WR. Allen Robinson is the obvious number one, but Hurns has developed a seamless rapport with 2nd year starter Blake Bortles, and will likely be the No. 2 receiver for the Jaguars when they open up week one against the Panthers. The second year receiver has had a strong preseason, and started off the year last season with a bang, posting a 4-112-2 stat line opening week.
Richard Rodgers ($2,500)– Everyone is hopping on the Davante Adams train so in terms of ownership in a pool of 500,000 it might be a good idea to go in another direction, and while Jeff Janis is another hot commodity to keep in mind, in Aaron Rodgers final start versus the Bears last season he threw two touchdowns to his tight ends… With the devastating season ending injury to No. 1 receiver Jordy Nelson; it wouldn’t surprise me in the least bit, if a similar game plan is implemented week one.
Charles Clay ($3,700)– Not only did Indy struggle in terms of defending the run last season, they also had problems against the tight end, ranking 28th in the league in that regard. Charles has been one of the most consistent performers in Bills camp this pre-season. Don’t be surprised if Taylor looks to him early and often.
Cole Beasley ($3,400)– Cole Beasley is in for a big year in Big D. Beasley doesn’t fit the mold of the traditional Cowboy, in that he’s not the all world name, but Beasley is the type of player that just knows how to grind. You always have to pick and choose when to fade players in a contest like the Millionaire Maker. Take this into consideration, Dez Bryant has not played a game all pre-season, even a player like Dez needs a little time to shake of the offseason cobwebs. If your intent on taking a Dallas receiver week one maybe look past Dez and take flier on the “paper boy”.
Tavon Austin ($3,300)– A perfect example of a low buy player who could win someone a Millionaire Maker, Week 1, is a guy like Tavon Austin. Austin should be low in ownership due to the fact that the Rams are playing the Seahawks. Up until this point in his career Austin hasn’t done much of anything. However Austin still possesses the game changing explosiveness we saw at West Virginia making him a great variance play heading into Week 1.
Vikings ($2,800)– The Vikings secondary is one of the best in the NFL, and they’re going up against a team in the 49ers that’s seems to be in disarray on both sides of the football. Also consider the fact that Colin Kaepernick is in a new offensive system which is always a difficult situation for a young quarterback.
Raiders ($2,300) – Although they have the bottom of the barrel price tag in terms of defense on DK, you have to love the Raiders in this spot, Andy Dalton is battling a neck injury and has struggled all preseason. Khalil Mack is in his second year and has been phenomenal, also would love too see the possibility of rookie receiver Amari Cooper returning kicks.
The first place and DFS player should look in terms of lineup building is Vegas. Spreads are one of the better ways of pinpointing the way a game might go.
Lines to keep in mind:
- Raiders (+3.5)
- Bills (+2.5)
- Vikings (-2)
- Jaguars (+3.5)
- Packers (-6.5)