NFL DFS Playbook: Week 6
Howard Bender pores over the data and match-ups to bring you his favorite DFS plays for both cash games and GPP tournaments in NFL Week 6.
Welcome to the DFS PLaybook for NFL Week 6!
Quite the week again, amirite, #FANation? We spent the whole beginning of the week sweating Week 5DFS scores in the wake of a massive stats problem across the industry and then the latter half of the week worrying about COVID-19 tests for the Falcons, Colts and Patriots. You can always check our new COVID Updates Live Blog to stay on top of everything that is going down, but to sum up for you here, all three teams have re-opened their practice facilities and all three games -- Falcons/Vikings, Colts/Bengals and Patriots/Broncos are all going to take polace as scheduled. Of course, as of writing this we are still waiting for additional test results, but it sounds like we are trending in the right direction.
Beyond that, there is really nothng more to add for what went down this week. Hopefully, companies have learned their lessons, put together contingency plans and we can all move forward with our Week 6 DFS contests. I am not hesitating to play on either FanDuel or Draft Kings, or SuperDraft or Monkey Knife Fight. Those are the DFS sites I play on and after working closely with all of them within the industry, I feel comfortable continuing this week. Shit happens, people. And while yes, you always want to keep yourself protected, taking something like this as your platform for how DFS companies screw you is simply not the way. Harp on it if you will, but I am content walking away and moving forward with this week.
Before we get to the actual players in the Playbook, a few reminders for those who may be joining us late, here is your three-step process to lead you up to going through your favorite Playbook plays:
Step 1: Check out the DFS Position Coaches
Step 2: Check out the rest of the relevant DFS content
In addition to the positional coaching pieces, you also have things like the DFS Watch List, where I provide you with a list of players I am looking at throughout the week. We have the NFL DFS Podcast with me and Jon Impemba (@jimpemba777), who also does the Contrarian Corner video and check out the DFS Bargains from Jen Piacenti (@jenpiacenti). Our Master of Tools, Matt Selz (@theselzman), supplies you data junkies with the Weekly Match-Up Report and everyone should also be reading the Weekly Game Previews and WR/CB Match-Up Report from Ryan Hallam (@fightingchance).
Step 3: Make your own list of players
It's real easy to just sit and wait for the Playbook, but as you are doing your research throughout the week, it is important to make notes and list the players who interest you the most. Maybe they end up in the Playbook and maybe they don't. If they're there, then great, it should mean we are honing in on the same things that make him a strong play. If not, maybe you're onto something else that someone overlooked. We aren't perfect and if you uncover something different, maybe you're right. I would be careful of routine groupthink and hype from beat writers, but often times someone will tell me something they saw about their local team that I missed and I am always looking to investigate more if its there. If you do, then say something in the chat. Talk it out and see what the rest of the #FAmily thinks.That's why the chat is there, isn't it?
With those three steps complete and discussions are in progress, you are ready to look at the Playbook players, make comparisons and finalize your list for lineups, so let's get to it.