DraftKings Sleepers Week 1 (2020)
Here’s the thing, you want to take down a GPP but you don’t have the balls to do it. It’s fine, you can admit it, we’re safe here in the trust tree, right in the nest. It’s not easy, we all know that. The issue is, you need upside but you need it at a price and you also need everyone else to miss this opportunity. Not just a couple guys to miss either. More like thousands. It’s a dirty game but you love it.
Obviously the names on this list are not true “sleepers” in the sense that you have heard of all of them. Don’t get mad when you know the names. It’s cool. I just call them sleepers because I think people will sleep on them this week. The more people that sleep, the better for us. It’s science.
Mitch Trubisky ($5400 Draftkings)
I told you this game we play takes balls and it doesn’t get any ballsier than playing Mitchell Trubisky in DFS. We are trying to win a large field GPP here, not get a job babysitting. Safety is out the window. But here is the thing, Mitch had spike weeks last season and a couple years ago he poked his head into the Milly Maker’s winning lineup. (He threw like 6 TDs against the Bucs that week.) He’s not that bad and this matchup looks pretty good on paper. First, he threw 3 TDs in each of the games he played against the Lions last season. I’ll take that at $5400. I think the Lions’ defense will be even weaker this season so there is that too. This game shapes up to be a “baby” shootout and I am not the only one that thinks so. The total for this game has gone from 43 to 44.5 with only 55% of the early wagers coming in on the Over. Don’t be surprised when you see our boy Mitch go for 25+ DK points this Sunday. (He could also go for less than 10 so let’s keep him in GPP lineups only. If you want to stack him with Anthony Miller, I won’t stop you either.)
Marlon Mack ($5300 Draftkings)
I know the Colts drafted Jonathan Taylor and I do think he is a BEAST but here’s the thing, this is his first NFL game. Marlon Mack is the “starter” for now and they are playing the Jacksonville Jaguars who just might have the worst run defense in the NFL. Mack shredded the Jags last year to the tune of 29 carries, 186 yards and 3 TDs but didn’t record a catch in either game. From what I am reading, the Colts are planning on throwing the ball to their RBs more this season. If he can get 5+ “extra” points in the receiving game, that’s good enough for me. Now that report could be complete BS or there could be something to it, who knows? But what I do know is Mack should be heavily involved this week against a dreadful defense. His team is favored by more than a TD and his rookie backup will likely garner more ownership. I’m in on Mack in GPPs.
N’Keal Harry ($4400 Draftkings)
You hate it, I know but hear me out. If you hate it, then a lot of other people do too right? And if everyone hates Harry this week, then nobody is going to play him, right? So if nobody plays him and he goes off a little, then that’s good, right? Right. Here’s the thing, the Patriots cut Mohamed Sanu so I think it’s reasonable to think Harry soaks up those snaps in two WR sets. It’s highly likely he could be used as a “deep threat” and if/when they get the ball inside the redzone, he is sure to get looks. I’m not saying this guy is going to light the world on fire, but does he really have to in order to hit his value at $4400? No. The answer is no. Is it really that crazy to think he could go 6-75-1? If he did that, he scores 19.5 points. Would you really be shocked if he caught 8 balls and went over 100 yards? Me neither. I am fine with him as the last in on my lineups because there are not many people that want to play him.
Hayden Hurst ($4300 Draftkings)
Long hair don’t care boys. I’ll admit, this really isn’t that bold since every analyst and his brother is calling for a breakout by Hurst this season but whatever. (If you want a “real” sleeper, then check out Irv Smith Jr. of the Vikings at $3100, but that is only if you are feeling real dangerous.) Guys seem to forget that Hurst is a former first round pick of the Ravens and they took him before Lamar Jackson and Mark Andrews that year. (That means nothing really but it did make you feel better.) He is stepping into a role vacated by Austin Hooper that saw almost 100 targets last season. Not to mention, Hooper led this team in red zone targets (18) and targets inside the 10 (9) last season. Even if he draws the attention of Jamal Adams, I still think his floor looks like 5+ receptions, 60+ yards and a touchdown. The total for this game is 49 so we could be looking at a shootout with this dude having a solid role. I’m in at $4300.
DraftKings Sleepers Week 1 (2020)