Daily fantasy tournaments are all about hitting on contrarian type plays. The guy that won last week’s Draft Kings Millionaire Maker rode the glorious coattails of Tony Romo, Carlos Hyde and Tyler Eifert, all of whom were under 10% owned. Basically, trying to stack your team with obvious plays is a cash game strategy that won’t pay-off in a tourney.
So, if you have your sights set high, you’re going to have to hit on a guy hardly anyone else has faith in. The Houston Texans will start Ryan Mallett at QB this Sunday at Carolina, and you could probably do far worse with your quarterback this week.
The former Razorback is listed at just $5,100 on Draft Kings, which is slightly more than minimum price for a quarterback. We obviously have very little to go on regarding Mallett’s history as an NFL quarterback, but he’s shown signs that he could be quite capable. The Texans’ offense looked completely different upon his insertion to the game last week against the Chiefs, as he led them to a pair of scoring drives on his two possessions. He wound up completing 8-0f-13 passes for 98 yards and a score (plus a two-point conversion to DeAndre Hopkins) in just over a quarter of action.
Something to worry about here is his offensive line. The Texans’ line looked bad last week, and there’s a chance that All-World left tackle Duane Brown could sit this week, too. The Panthers boast a pretty decent defensive front, so this could be a bit of an issue. However, if his protection can hold-up enough, Mallett has a good arsenal of receivers (Hopkins, Cecil Shorts, Nate Washington) with which to work.
Really, it’s all about value. Mallett racked up 10.52 DK points in very limited action last week against a Chiefs defense that is stocked with talent. Using Mallett as your QB also helps free up plenty of cash for you to spend on studs to surround him. Carolina allowed only 9 points to the Jags last week, but it’s the freaking Jags. Not exactly the most fearsome bunch.
I’m obviously not advocating using Mallett a ton (if at all), but I have enough faith in his ability to think that you can do far worse, particularly at that bargain bin price point.