With the first DraftKings Millionaire Maker in the books, it’s time to step up our game for round two. We are paying up for the quarterbacks this week and Peyton Manning has a wonderful matchup for against a pitiful Jets secondary. Now, paying a premium for a quarterback is certainly going to force you to find some value elsewhere on your squad, so just what kind of value did we find? Check out our Week 6 stab at the million-dollar lineup as well as a nifty little cheatsheet courtesy of FantasyPros.com. Good Luck!
Bretsky’s Week 6 DraftKings Lineup
Peyton Manning @ NYJ ($9,400)
Coming off of an absurd 479-yard, 4-TD performance, Manning squares up against a team allowing the fourth-most fantasy points (20.6 ppg) to opposing QBs. Don’t get cute, pay the premium here.
LeSean McCoy vs. NYG ($6,000)
When an elite player struggles to the point that his price drops him out of the top tier, it’s worth noting. McCoy’s struggles have done just that, and a guy who is typically one of the top-3 most expensive backs on a weekly basis is priced at a 31% discount from the top option at the position. Add in the fact that McCoy is coming off of his best rushing game of the season (81 yards) and facing a team that he’s averaged over 100 total yards per game against in his career and it’s time to have some faith in Shady’s ability to bounce back.
Andre Ellington vs. WAS ($5,100)
Ellington’s big play made his day in Week 5 and we are going right back to the well. Washington boasts a pretty steady run defense, but was just lit up by Marshawn Lynch coming out of the backfield. The price is right to roll with the explosive Ellington as he projects to touch the ball 18+ times in Week 6.
Julio Jones vs. CHI ($8,400)
It’s a stars and scrubs type of week as we’re also shelling out top-dollar to grab the explosive Jones in a home matchup against Chicago. The Bears secondary has yielded 19+ fantasy points to opposing wide receivers in every game since Week 2 and was absolutely torched by Green Bay for 239 yard and four scores in Week 4. Jones is averaging 8 catches for 110 yards per game this season with three touchdowns and should continue to roll against the Bears’ banged up D.
Alshon Jeffrey @ ATL ($6,500)
Sticking with the showdown in Atlanta, Alshon Jeffery is becoming a fixture in our weekly lineup as his price remains a reasonable $6,500 for the week. Alshon has gotten into the end zone in each of his past two games and should continue to get down the field successfully in a Sunday shootout.
Andre Roberts @ ARI ($3,200)
And this is the downside of shelling out top dollar as you are going to have to find some value plays somewhere in your lineup. Roberts is priced just above Draftkings minimum — a fine price for a guy who has seen 20 targets over the last three weeks.
Rob Gronkowski @ BUF ($5,800)
A few weeks back, we proclaimed that just about every time Rob Gronkowski was priced off the top-tier at tight end, he would be in our lineup. He’s coming off of his best game of the season and Gronk should keep it rolling in Week 6.
Ronnie Hillman @ NYJ ($3,000)
To squeeze in Denver’s quarterback, we are going to gamble on the Broncos’ backfield. Hillman was solid last week when given opportunity and though the Jets’ run defense serves as a pretty tough matchup, we like Hillman’s ability to make an impact coming out of the backfield in the receiving game.
Washington @ ARI ($2,500)
Uncertainty at the quarterback position is allowing this to shape up as a potentially nice matchup for Washington’s defense that has shown an ability to get after the QB in 2014. Again, we’re rolling the dice to help afford some position-leading players this week, so why not target a team playing against an inexperienced signal-caller.