DFS (Daily Fantasy Sports)

PlayDraft Strategy Week 6

PlayDraft is yet another daily fantasy platform that allows you to formulate a new roster each week and play for cash. The big difference — PlayDraft doesn’t use a budget, they use a snake draft format. So there is no need to penny pinch and search for bargains when your heart is with another player.

The goal of this article is to present you with some options to draft based solely on Week 6. RotoViz has plenty of daily fantasy help but if you’re looking for something new, take a look at some of these selections in PlayDraft for week 6.

The strategy here in a PlayDraft setting is a tad skewed, as the roster construction isn’t like your average league. Your lineup consists of a quarterback, two running backs, and two more players from either the wide receiver or tight end position. The talent is plentiful, as most league sizes range from three to 10 teams. Knowing your league’s scoring and rules are imperative. With that in mind, it is important to note that their scoring format is more in line with FanDuel as opposed to DraftKings.

These selections are based on the Sunday and Monday games.

Running Backs

If you own the top spot in your draft, Kareem Hunt should be your first selection. Hunt will be playing against a Steelers team that is allowing an average of 129.8 rushing yards per game this season. On top of that, they are also tied for allowing the second-most rushing scores to the position. This is the same Steelers team that allowed 181 rushing yards to Leonard Fournette last week, so they are ripe for the picking.

The next two RBs to select after Hunt will be sharing the field on Sunday in Jacksonville. The previously mentioned Fournette will continue his dominant ways and should have his third-straight week with 20 or more carries. Half-point-per-reception formats would have the Rams allowing the most points to the position. So if you could imagine it, his matchup this week is even better than the Steelers last week.

Todd Gurley will look to further himself from last year’s sophomore slump and will look to do it at the hands of the Jaguars defense. Before last week, Gurley had three straight games of 100 total yards or more. Look for Gurley to rebound after an off week against the Seattle Seahawks. Make no mistake, the Rams and Jaguars contest will be one for the RBs.

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If you’re looking for a RB a little bit later, it may be worthwhile to keep an eye on C.J. Anderson. The Broncos will be hosting a Giants team that is absolutely reeling. This is a perfect scenario for the Broncos to lean on the run. Given the mounting injuries for the Giants offense, they may have trouble gaining momentum in front of hostile Denver crowd. This will be problematic for a Giants defense that is allowing the fifth-most rushing yards and could run out of steam. So far this season, when Anderson is given twenty or more carries, he has rushed for more than 80 yards.

Wide Receiver

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense had a tough week against the Jaguars. As mentioned, their defense was made a fool by Fournette. Their offense didn’t have that great of a day either, except for Antonio Brown. The Pittsburgh pass catcher was targeted 19 times and caught 10 of those targets for 157 yards. That production will surely bleed into a matchup against the Chiefs who have allowed 842 yards and nine touchdowns in over the first five games.

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After Brown comes off the board, it’s almost impossible to avoid DeAndre Hopkins. The Texans WR is currently the second-most targeted receiver in football. He has already surpassed his touchdown total from last year, and it’s hard to imagine his production slowing down against the Browns.

Take T.Y. Hilton for example, who had 153 yards receiving and a touchdown against the Browns in Week 3. That was Hilton’s first of two games with 150 yards or more, and his Week 6 matchup has him looking like a solid late-round flier in PlayDraft. The Colts will play the Tennessee Titans, who are currently allowing the third-most points to WRs in half-PPR formats. You should continue to benefit from that.

A pass catcher worth keeping an eye on that will be off the board before Hilton is Mike Evans. The Buccaneers will play host to the Cardinals this week, whose troubles in the secondary were on full display in Philadelphia last week. The Cardinals are currently allowing 14.3 yards per reception and will have their hands full against Evans. As a matter of fact, do not be shocked to see Winston utilize DeSean Jackson this week as well.

Tight End

As far as the tight end position is concerned, you really require a good matchup to pry you away from the receivers available. The top players at the position all have their issues. Zach Ertz has been the top TE in fantasy in this early season, but him playing on Thursday night eliminates his availability for a Sunday PlayDraft format. Both Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce are nursing injuries, so those are ill-advised options. In Week 6, given the matchups and roster construction, I see no TE  worth using in PlayDraft formats.

Quarterback

I place quarterback towards the end of this piece, as the popular draft strategy as of late has been to hold off on the position until late. If you are someone who believes in drafting QB late, then you can feel free to use that same logic in PlayDraft formats. The Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees of the world will almost always be the first off the board.

With passing touchdowns only being worth four points, a QB’s ability to rush cannot be understated. With that in mind, sitting back and selecting someone like Deshaun Watson would be a smart move. The Texans’ rookie has been on an absolute roll and currently leads all QBs in rushing. To take that one step further, his opponent, the Cleveland Browns, are tied for first with two rushing touchdowns allowed to the position.

Other QBs worth keeping an eye on towards the end of your drafts would be Kirk Cousins, who will play the 49ers, and Jameis Winston who will play in Arizona against the Cardinals.

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