What’s happening people, Tacos here and ready to help you demolish your competition. No one’s going to stop us because we can’t be stopped, we’re like a freight train meeting a bean bag, we’re like a snowplow pushing feathers, we’re like a Kenny Powers fastball on crack. Annihilating our opponents by any means necessary. If you follow Tacos advice you will be a successful dfs player. When people ask you, do you win money at dfs? You can simply reply, does Dolly Parton sleep on her back? Your God damn right she does and we all know why. So now that we’ve discussed the important things in life let’s get into the featured slate on Draft Kings. This article will be broken up into four parts, First I will give a run down on how I think the slate should be played. Second, I will give you a list of my favorite players by position taking into consideration their draft kings price for the week. Third, I will give you my chalky fades of the week. Fourth, a few words of wisdom from Taco himself. Good luck everyone and thanks for reading the Taco Report.
HOW TO PLAY THE SLATE
I’m going to start off by saying that I absolutely love this slate. There are so many good plays out there that it allows you to be contrarian and still use really good players with good matchups. This week is fine for cash games, but I’m going to stick to gpp’s this week for the very reason that I listed above. I think this week is a 3 to 6 lineup week and I recommend playing in smaller size tournaments with 100 or fewer entrants.
1. Brett Hundley (5100) – Last week I got killed going with the cheap quarterback strategy, but last week I recommended Paxton Lynch vs the Raiders which would be a very risky play even if Lynch would have been free. Hundley is different, we have seen him play and we have seen that he has been decent in easy matchups and has done well in some tougher matchups. Last week in a tough matchup against the Steelers he threw three touchdown passes for 245 yards. I’m all in on Hundley this week because I believe there are some higher priced guys that are going to be very low owned that I want to pay up for and Tampa Bay’s defense is a dumpster fire when it comes to defending the pass.
2. Josh McCown (5500) – McCown would be my second choice going against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs are one of the worst in the league at defending the pass. McCown has been one of the most underrated quarterbacks aside from Tyrod Taylor this year. McCown has made guys like Robby Anderson look like pro bowlers. The Jets have a shitty O-line, a shitty defense, and just really a shitty everything and this guy has either won or kept them competitive against teams like the Patriots and Panthers. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that he’s way underpriced, but he’s a nice pivot off of Hundley if Hundley is not your cup of tea.
3. Case Keenum (6000) – I would have never thought at the beginning of the year I would be recommending Brett Hundley, Josh McCown, and Case Keenum as my top three qurterbacks by week 13. Keenum has been solid this year and the Atlanta secondary is banged up. Atlanta will be playing without Desmond Trufant, Brian Poole should play, but he’s not very good anyhow. With Atlanta looking like they have put things together on offense the last few games mean they should be able to score on Vikings in turn making Keenum have to throw for most of the game. Keenum is as high as I would pay up for quarterback this week.
1. Todd Gurley (8200) – Gurley is my number one back this week because he is going to go completely overlooked due to all the value at running back. Last time he faced the Cardinals he rushed for over 100 yards and a TD. That was vs Carson palmer and now Blaine Gabbert is running the show for the Cardinals. This means that game flow should be even more in his favor. If Gurley goes overlooked this week he’s going to win someone a lot of money. Lets hope it’s us.
2. Carlos Hyde (5900) – I almost never recommend running backs on shitty teams. But with Garoppolo starting I feel much more comfortable with Hyde. At first, I wasn’t high on Garoppolo until I literally went back and watched almost every single pass this guy has thrown in the NFL. He’s the real deal. He’s extremely accurate on short to intermediate passes, has good pocket presence, a cannon for an arm, and due to playing behind Tom Brady all those years and being coached by Bill Belechick should give him a very good understanding of the game. The only issue I see with Garoppolo is he tends to over throw the deep ball. I mention all this about Garoppolo because I think with him throwing the ball he’s going to open the run game for Hyde. He also likes to check down to the running back position which should keep Hyde busy in the passing attack. I think the Niners win this game so game flow should be in his favor as well. He’s a nice pivot off of Jordan Howard who will be chalky as hell.
3. Jamal Williams (4700) – If Jones doesn’t play Williams will be the chalkiest running back on the slate and for good reason. If Jones plays I’m off of him entirely. Williams needs to have a full workload to be a relevant fantasy option. He’s got a good matchup against the Bucs and if he’s the only show in town I have no problem eating the chalk.
1. D. Hopkins (7300) – Hopkins is so good that he’s matchup proof even with a monkey throwing him the ball. He has great matchup vs the titans. I honestly don’t know what else to say about this guy. Everyone knows he’s a great play this week. Just eat the chalk.
2. S. Diggs (6200) – Diggs is a sneaky play this week with most people not paying attention to injuries on the defensive side of the ball. Desmond Trufant is out for the Falcons he’s going to draw a mismatch. I still believe he is the most talented receiver on Minnesota and everyone will be on Thielen. Diggs is not only a safe play at 6200, but he will be contrarian as well.
3. Mike Evans (7100) – Winston is back, and Evans is in a great spot against the green bay Packers. The only reason why he’s number three is because I’m not positive Winston is completely healthy yet. With that said I still think he makes a nice pivot off of Hopkins, or if you choose to, there is plenty of value out there to get Hopkins and Evans in your lineup.
4. Larry Fitzgerald (6000) – Fitzy has been a target monster each and every game with Blaine Gabbert leading the Cardinals. The Cardinals should be playing from behind in this game which should get him plenty of volume. The rams get beat in the middle of the field which where Fitzy dominates. He’s my number four because he’s burned me too many times this year.
5. Robby Anderson (6300) – Anderson has been unbelievable this year and I’m embarrassed that this is the only time that I have recommended him. He’s in a plus matchup against the chiefs. He’s my number 5 because the Chiefs tend to slow games down and muttle things up. That means it will probably be a low scoring game. With that said if you’re looking for a solid mid-tier option that is targeted heavily in and out of the redzone Anderson is your guy.
6. Devante Adams (6500)
7. Cooper Kupp (6400) – He will have the easier coverage in this mathcup with Peterson covering Watkins. Kupp is one of Goff’s favorite targets and he’s another nice mid-tier option.
Value guys I like
1. D. Westbrook (4100) – Hurns is out again, and Westbrook is in the best spot out of all the receivers on Jacksonville. Indi seems to defend the number one wideout well, but there 26th at defending slot wide receivers. In these two teams first outing, Hurns went over the 100-yard mark playing out of the slot.
2. D. Inman (3900) – He’s the number one wideout for the Bears in a plus matchup against the Niners, and I believe game-flow should be in his favor with Garoppolo tossing the rock. He’s been getting anywhere from 6 to 8 targets a game and I think he gets in the box vs the lowly Niners pass defense.
1. Hunter Henry (4700) – Everyone has been waiting for this guys breakout game. If it were ever going to happen it would be this week. Cleveland is one of the worst teams at defending the position and Henry is decently priced. Let’s cross are fingers and hope this is the Henry week.
2. D. Walker (5600) – If it weren’t for the price, walker would be in all my lineups. Houston defends the position ok, but Walker is more of a receiver than a tight end in this offense. He’s Mariota’s number one receiver and Houston is a complete dumpster fire at defending the pass.
1. Jacksonville (4500) – Best defense in the league going up against one of the worst offenses in league. I’m paying up for defense this week because I can’t trust any of the other cheaper options out there.
2. Chargers (4000) – They have been playing out of there mind as of late and the Browns give up a ton of sacks. I know it sounds crazy but the only reason they are number 2 and not number one is because of Josh Gordon. I know everyone is talking about how can a guy be out of football so long and come back and be productive. Well I ask them; how can a guy be one of the best receivers in the league when he’s high and drunk playing football? If he’s plays anything like he did before he was kicked out of the league it will help this Browns offense out tremendously. With that said I still think you can fire the Chargers defense up comfortably if you don’t mind eating the chalk. I think the Jags have just as much upside and will go much lower owned.
CHALKY FADES OF THE WEEK
Jordan Howard (6500) – It’s as simple as this, when the Bears are playing from behind he’s not in the game. I think the Niners win this game. They are going to stack the box against this shitty bears team forcing Trubisky to throw.
Jered Cook (5400)
WORDS OF ADVICE BY TACO
“When traveling in Mexico always carry an extra couple of rolls of toilet paper. I have never been to a single public restroom in Mexico aside from the airport that carries toilet paper. They always have some guy outside the door of the public restroom trying to sell you one little sheet of paper. Everyone knows one little sheet is not going to cut it when you’re a white man traveling in Mexico. Good luck everyone and I hope my recommendations doesn’t give everyone Montezuma’s revenge!”
Taco does not take any responsibility for the advice he gives. Follow his words of wisdom at your own risk.
Good luck everyone! Don’t forget to tweet me for any advice @tacoooodfs. Have a great weekend.