I might have been just like you in Week 12. Paying top dollar for DeAndre Hopkins (this week's price $8,800) against the woeful New Orleans defense in a dream matchup. In fact, Hopkins reached an incredible 52% ownership in the DraftKings Millionaire Maker GPP, and far, far higher in every kind of 50/50. And the Saints decided to let anyone else beat them but him, and Houston obliged. It turned out fading Hopkins was the play to make money.
Fortunately, Adrian Peterson ($6,600) and Odell Beckham ($8,800) lived up to their billing (and Peterson got cheaper again this week!). AP was a must-own to reach a top 10 GPP ticket and Beckham was among a bevy of wideouts who also got you there. With those two, it's becoming harder and harder to say no. The talent is just too evident. They're not "sure things," but I'm comfortable with their odds.
The weekly To Gronk Or Not To Gronk decision is moot this week, as New England lost yet another weapon. But don't skulk away from them just yet, as Philadelphia comes to town and I can't think of a team playing worse. I like Tom Brady ($8,000) as a nice contrarian play this week.
At last, the byes are over and so is Turkey Day. Only Green Bay and Detroit play on Thursday to remove themselves from our Sunday fun. Here are some players I'm considering for several tickets:
Tom Brady ($8,000) – If he could only catch it too, as Philly's D is atrocious
Cam Newton ($7,400) – New Orleans is soft to passers and runners, and he can do both
Drew Brees ($6,900) – If you want to make your ticket unique
Russell Wilson ($5,600) – Not expecting a repeat performance
Brock Osweiler ($5,200) – The new toy
Ryan Fitzpatrick ($5,200) – No time like the present against the Giants
Adrian Peterson ($6,600) – Seattle is tough…but who am I kidding, I'm still taking him!
Doug Martin ($5,900) – High ceiling guy against Atlanta's stinking sinking oil tanker
Buck Allen ($5,400) – Competent as a starter and now faces Miami's soft underbelly
LeGarrette Blount ($5,100) – The remaining weapon in a matchup that's sweet
Spencer Ware ($4,900) – If West is out, his price is hard to turn down
C.J. Anderson ($3,500) – Cheap and ready to be the player we all expected?
David Johnson ($3,400) – Let's see if he can do it
Odell Beckham ($8,900) – Humming along with a mere 18 targets last week
DeAndre Hopkins ($8,800) – Will anyone take him again? Might make a good zig
Brandon Marshall ($7,100) – Can I interest you in touchdowns, catches and yards?
Alshon Jeffery ($6,900) – High-end results for mid-range price
Jarvis Landry ($6,700) – The part of Miami's offense that works
T.Y. Hilton ($5,700) – The Steelers made Baldwin a star; what might they do with Hilton?
Jeremy Maclin ($5,200) – Now that was more like it
Danny Amendola ($4,700) – If he's back, he's gonna get sooooo much work
Marcus Wheaton ($3,600) – I'm a sucker for recency bias, but not with this guy
Greg Olsen ($6,400) – Playing the Saints will attract a crowd
Delanie Walker ($5,700) – Jax defense inviting to TEs, regular Joes and even vampires
Julius Thomas ($4,000) – Starting to get all the targets you could want
Scott Chandler ($2,500) – Minimum price with maximum ownership
Arizona ($3,900) – Matchup against Rams isn't intimidating
Cincinnati ($3,400) – QB roulette with the Browns
Houston ($2,500) – Way too cheap for how well they've been playing
My DraftKings Ticket
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Adrian Peterson, C.J. Anderson, Odell Beckham, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Julius Thomas, Danny Amendola, Texans DEF
Craig Clark is a Daily Fantasy Sports expert who appears weekly on the Harris Football Podcast (www.HarrisFootball.com). You can follow him on Twitter @pcclark59.