After an exciting Thanksgiving slate, the DraftKings’ main slate appears tighter than usual with only ten games. Aside from Thanksgiving, Todd Gurley and Kareem Hunt also have byes further tightening the player pool and increasing the importance of roster construction. With that said, here are a few standout plays on the Sunday main slate.
Lamar Jackson (v Oakland) - $5,700
With Joe Flacco slated to miss his second game with a hip injury; Lamar Jackson draws the start against the Oakland Raiders. Jackson debuted with 150 passing yards and 117 rushing yards on 27 attempts. Oakland has allowed the second-most rushing yards in the league, providing Jackson an immense floor. As 11-point favorites, Jackson looks solid in cash.
Melvin Gordon (v Arizona) - $8,600
Playing at home and favored by 13-points, Melvin Gordon should roll early against the Cardinals. Arizona has allowed the second-most rushing yards to backs (1,286) and another 419 through the air. Gordon has averaged 21.3 touches and recorded at least 100 total yards in each of his last six games. Gordon should be fired up in all game types. (Gordon is now on the wrong side of questionable. Austin Ekeler - $3,700 would be an automatic play in cash and GPP's, if Gordon were to sit.)
Marlon Mack (v Miami) - $5,500
Since returning from injury, Marlon Mack has averaged 18.4 touches per game, with 13 targets in that span. The Colts draw a struggling Miami defense, allowing the third-most rushing yards to backs (1,228) and another 511 receiving yards. As a 7.5-point, home favorite, Mack provides some salary relief at the running back position for GPPs.
Antonio Brown (@ Denver) - $8,700
Entering Week 12, Antonio Brown has a touchdown in eight straight games and ranks third in the NFL in targets (108). Brown runs 81% of his routes outside, where he will avoid the stout coverage of slot corner, Chris Harris. Coming in $100 cheaper than Odell Beckham, Brown provides a nice pivot from the Giant’s stud receiver across game types
Josh Gordon (@ New York Jets) - $6,400
After coming along slowly due to an in-season trade and a lingering hamstring injury, Josh Gordon has carved out a meaningful role in New England. Gordon has target counts of 10 and 12 in his last two games and now faces a Jets’ defense allowing the eight-most yards to receivers (1,859). Gordon should be mixed into GPPs on this smaller slate.
D.J. Moore (v Seattle) - $4,600
Breaking out in recent weeks, D.J. Moore now enters Week 12 as Cam Newton’s unquestioned top receiver with Devin Funchess slated to miss this game. Moore tied for a team-leading eight targets last week and played over 70% of the Panthers’ snaps for the fourth-straight week. Without Funchess, Moore should play with more secure volume, providing upside for cash and GPPs.
David Njoku (@ Cincinnati) - $3,800
Coming in only $200 more than Cameron Brate, David Njoku figures to see a fraction of the ownership this weekend. He also draws a superior matchup against a Bengals’ defense allowing the fifth-most yards to tight ends (683). With the eighth-most targets at the position (57), Njoku’s cheap cost warrants exposure in GPPs and cash alike.