NFL Week 13 Lineup for DraftKings Millionaire
Week 13 is here! It is truly unbelievable how quickly the season is flying by, and even crazier that Week 13 is in December already.
With that in mind, we have crafted a lineup for DraftKings’ $2.75M Fantasy Football Millionaire Contest, looking at our favorite matchups and values for the Sunday slate. Look at the below, and let’s have a great week!
Quarterback: Tua Tagovailoa ($7,900)
We don’t typically spend much on our quarterbacks, but we had to go big with Tua Tagovalioa this week. The Miami Dolphins are facing off against the Washington Commanders, one of the worst defenses in football.
The Commanders have allowed 24 points per game to opposing QBs, the worst metric in the league. When a player of Tagovailoa’s caliber faces off against the Commanders, we must take full advantage.
The price tag might be steep, but with Dolphins peaking at the right time this week, Tagoailoa seems like a must-roster.
RB: Jeff Wilson Jr ($4,600) & Bijan Robinson ($6,700)
By starting our lineup with a player like Tagovailoa, we had to look hard at a few budget pieces for this lineup, hoping to maximize value for the rest of the roster.
The first running back we went with was Tagovalioa’s teammate, Jeff Wilson Jr. Wilson, who has seen an increased workload when Miami backs have gotten injured, which seems to be the case again this week.
De’Von Achane is questionable, and Raheem Mostert, while mostly healthy, tends to have question marks tied to him on a weekly basis. If the Dolphins get an early lead against the Commanders, look for Wilson to have an increased workload, hopefully resulting in a massive fantasy performance. He’s well worth the risk, especially with a salary as low as $4,600.
While we went for a budget piece in Wilson, we needed a superstar to cover any potential gaps in Wilson’s game. Enter Bijan Robinson. Robinson was a first-round draft pick for a reason, and he seems to get better every week.
He and the Atlanta Falcons take on the New York Jets this week, who allow 26.1 points per game to opposing running backs. Robinson has taken over as the lead back in Atlanta, so he should have an excellent opportunity to run all over the Jets this week.
WR: Jonathan Mingo ($3,300), Demario Douglas ($4,300), & Tyreek Hill ($9,600)
This week, Jonathan Mingo is the second of three rookies to crack our lineup. His season has been a roller coaster, sometimes conceding his workload to Adam Thielen or D.J. Chark. However, when the team does make him a part of the game plan, he tends to deliver.
Mingo has two games with 10+ points this year. If he can provide another one of those performances, he will be well worth the low salary. Plus, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers allow 42 PPG to opposing receivers, making this the perfect storm for a boom game out of Mingo.
A similar analysis applies to Demario Douglas as it did to Mingo. Douglas has been an impactful rookie for the New England Patriots this season, one of the lone bright spots on an otherwise lackluster offense. He has put up double digits in four of the past five games, a trend we expect to continue against the Los Angeles Chargers this week.
Tyreek Hill and Tagovailoa might combine for 50+ fantasy points against the Commanders. This duo has been among the most lethal in the NFL, and Hill is still on pace to hit 2,000 receiving yards on the season. Look for another impressive performance this week, confidently putting him in your lineup despite his high price tag.
Tight End: Dalton Schultz ($5,000)
The Houston Texans take on the Denver Broncos this week in what should be a compelling matchup for Dalton Schultz. The Broncos are the worst team in the league against tight ends, allowing 17 points per game to the position.
C.J. Stroud and Schultz have continued to grow their relationship, and as a result, Schultz has achieved at least 11 points in three of his last four games.
This is a perfect opportunity for this duo to show the NFL that they are here to stay, and it’s an excellent opportunity for us to put Schultz into our DFS lineups at a reduced price tag.
Flex: Jaylen Warren ($5,400)
Jaylen Warren has taken over the Pittsburgh Steelers’ backfield. He continues to show the team that he is worthy of more playing time weekly and has scored 20+ points in two of the last three weeks.
If he can hit that 20-point threshold again this week, Warren is the perfect flex play in this lineup, especially against the Arizona Cardinals, who allow 30.3 PPG to opposing backs.
Defense: Indianapolis Colts ($3,300)
Is this salary too low for the Colts against the Tennessee Titans? The Titans have not looked good lately, primarily due to Will Levis’s sloppy play.
The Colts’ opportunistic defense should have a field day against Levis, which is good news for us as we close out this DraftKings lineup.
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