Another week, another dollar or another week, another lesson learned. However you want to look at it is fine with me. While I sit here sweating my lineups on Monday night football, I’m looking through some of the top teams in all the tournaments I enrolled in and taking notes. The way I see it, they worked harder than I did this week to come up with these lineups. Looking through winning lineups is something that I find very helpful because it provides you an entirely different perspective.

As I break down some of the top lineups in the millionaire maker, I keep running into several of the same players in different lineups. DeAndre Hopkins, Calvin Johnson, Arian Foster, Allen Robinson, LeGarrette Blount, and Matthew Stafford to name a few. These are all guys that were on my radar this week, but I didn’t find a way to piece them together. Was I unlucky? Absolutely not. I just probably didn’t spend as much time as I should’ve constructing unique lineups. Believe it or not, many times you look through winning lineups, you’ll find yourself asking, “how come I didn’t think of that?” Other times, you may just see a strategy that you were totally missing and adapt it to your lineup construction in the future. Either way, it’s always helpful to look through winning lineups to see what they are doing that you are not.

Continuing To Define Contrarian

In Week 3 of this weekly column, I defined contrarian and discussed a specific way to be contrarian. I’d like to elaborate more on that as there are several ways to be contrarian. As I mentioned before, choosing an elite player with a tough matchup that is in the same price range as an elite player of his position with a much better matchup is one way to go about it. Another way you can be contrarian is by choosing a low-owned stack with quarterbacks such as Blake Bortles in the past or Matthew Stafford (this week), and mixing it in with chalk plays. By chalk I mean the obvious plays, for those who are not aware. Hitting on a stack that is low owned and having chalk throughout your lineup can get the job done. Granted, everyone else on your lineup shouldn’t be highly owned, but I’ve see some winning lineups with four or five players that were owned 20 percent or more.

Since I mentioned stacking above, I’d also like to get into playing quarterbacks naked, because stacking is not always necessary. This basically means starting a quarterback and not pairing him with a receiver, tight end, or running back. If you’re considering this, there are a couple things you should check off the list before doing so. The first, and most important thing is making sure this quarterback can get it done with his legs. Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, and Russell Wilson are some examples. Another factor that could play into playing a quarterback naked is whether he spreads the ball on offense. Andrew Luck, Philip Rivers, and Andy Dalton are some examples of that. In some instances you’ll get the best of both worlds, as Luck can run and he also spreads the ball. This is something I’ve seen more and more in winning lineups, and has also worked for me.

Making Adjustments

The last thing I’ll touch base on this week is the ability to make adjustments. Much like the waiver wire process in season long leagues and dealing with byes and injuries, DFS has weekly adjustments. Pricing changes every week. Sometimes it makes sense to pay up for a quarterback, while other times you’re better off selecting a cheaper quarterback. I’ve always been someone who prefers rostering four receivers, but there have been times where having three backs on your roster makes more sense. Much like not making changes to your roster and being active on the waiver wire in season long leagues, not adjusting to prices can hurt you. There are weeks in DFS where pricing favors a specific position, that is something you’ll have to keep a close eye on and take advantage of. This is something that takes some time for newer players to get accustomed to, but if you pay close attention to trends in prices, you’ll get the hang of it.

That’s all for this week folks. Best of luck to all in Week 7. See you next week!