NFL DFS “Box Checkers” Week 12 | Quickly Identify Key Plays at QB, RB, WR, TE, D for Fanduel or Draftkings

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Week 12 NFL Box Checkers

Quarterbacks

5 categories lead to making value historically.  Home NFL QBs perform better than road QBs.  Favored teams are implied to score more points, and their QBs do the scoring.  Game totals make sense to follow, the higher the better.  And, efficiency trumps volume!  Volume is nice, but efficient QBs are proven to put up more fantasy points than those banking on volume alone.  To finish, salary.  You can price yourself out of making value unless putting up a true ceiling performance.  In the NFL, we find staying under $8000 in Draftkings salary helps…in fact, the cheaper the better.

NFL QB

Remember, blue is very strong.  Green is pretty strong.  When it comes to checking boxes, we are tracking those typically leading to a DFS NFL player paying off his salary.

Focusing on favored teams is more important than home teams, but being the home team still carries weight. Players like Cousins get a decent downgrade because he is neither home nor favored. However, I’m not going nuts for Tyrod Taylor just because he is home and favored. We have to take the helicopter up over the categories and survey them in total.

Our greenies are clearly our better options this week.

Running Backs

Once again, home teams matter for RBs, and being favored obviously affects game scripts in a positive way.  High scoring game environments help push those touchdowns around, landing on running backs.  We want volume at all positions not QB.  18 touches (rushes + receptions) is the goal here.  Passing game work gives us safety when the game script flips.  Red Zone work matters…especially inside the 10.  And, salary works here again.  Staying under $8000 like our NFL QBs helps the running backs, too.

RB Football

NFL DFS RB is often where Box Checkers shines.  These guys are safe enough for a cash game, but you might not use them there if you find 30% or 40% NFL RBs.  They do, however, make sneaky high-quality pivot plays in tourneys or even multipliers and leagues.  My “Ladder System” absolutely feasts off plays like these.

This week, we would only have one green RB if I didn’t see a lot of others that are really close to being great plays.  So, I made them yellow.  Granted the box they are missing might be a key box, in some cases it’s not too significant.  If you want to play Jonathan Taylor, Austin Ekeler, or Darrel Henderson, the only reason they aren’t green is being a touch pricey.  If you can fit them, they are otherwise strong plays, of course.

Fournette should grab your attention, though.  And, Joe Mixon is in a lower total game and doesn’t receive a lot of targets, but we all know he’s a fairly game proof workhorse.

Wide Receivers

Home field advantage proves negligible for NFL WRs.  But, being favored is still important to hitting fantasy value.  High totals matter, but when favored, we want team totals over 25 points.  When the dog, we want UNDER 22 points indicating garbage time potential.  Volume matters again. We’d like to see more than 7 targets per game on the average, and we want to see more than about 25% usage in the Red Zone…especially on Fanduel.  Salary is key again, so we stay under $7000 here.  Remember, this position is volatile as hell.  But, we have backtested 250+ contests and found the top 3 Milli-Maker lineups contain someone meeting these criteria almost 60% of the time…..good odds for a crapshoot like WR.

WR NFL

WR is typically our crapshoot position. When we don’t get a lot of green and/or blue plays, I will just spend down most times.  If the position is going to be volatile, why spend money?

Deebo stands out as a great play this week (and Jimmy G might not be on the QB graphic, but he is a top 12 QBR player this year).  Kupp is Kupp, and until OBJ eats into any target share, why would we think anything changes?  Keenan Allen is as secure as they come most weeks, and without Antonio Brown, the Tampa receivers are strong plays usually.

My question comes at DJ Moore.  Can Cam hit him often enough?  Does Cam shift some love to Robby Anderson?  If you look at DJ’s game logs, he’s been a little inconsistent the past few weeks after a hot start to 2021. That doesn’t show in Box Checkers, but is something to be considered.

Another great tool to consult is our coaching NFL Cheatsheets!  If you wind up torn on a couple players, sometimes the words in the blurbs by another coach can help you tip the scale.  In the case of this week, when Box Checkers isn’t helping a lot, those cheatsheets might become more important to your research.

Tight Ends

Here we go with the home and favorite stuff again.  NFL TE depends on it.  We want volume, so focus on 7+ targets again, too.  Red Zone work goes without saying at TE.  And, we’ve discovered they also benefit from closer games, under 7 point spreads.  If favored, you want ITTs over 26 points, and if the dog, under 24 points.  Cheap plays, too!!  On Draftkings, $3000-$5000 seems to be landing in the Milli a ridiculous 68% of the time…..and until week 1 this year, we had no recorded example of an 8k TE appearing in the Milli winner.  That changes with Travis Kelce, and you can speculate all the previous slates he might not have been a part of due to prime time or Monday Night games.  Fact is….the super high-priced TE is rare and likely cost prohibitive most times.  Tend to pay down.

TE Football

No green, no blue, but only one yellow.  Does that mean the category is solved?  No.

Lots of great plays here this week, just volatile.  And, that shouldn’t shock you when talking about tight ends.  On Fanduel, I’d focus heavily on those targeted in the RZ like Higbee and even Conklin.  If the offenses get close to the goal line, you might have some easy touchdown equity here.

Remember, these boxes are set up by Shark Autopsy’s analysis of what players typically land in the Milli-Maker lineups, too.  We have our safety plays, but we are also shooting for upside.

Where to Use These DFS Players

Box Checkers players are typically obvious, chalky (see our NFL Chalkboard Tool) and highly owned.  Occasionally, we get some that slip under the radar (see our Leverage Stacks components).

However, these players can be used in ANY format from NFL cash games to big tourneys (or “Ladder Lineups” combining both!).  The key to tourney play is using a core of these players and adding in some other lower owned pieces to give your lineup some uniqueness and creativity with the upside to beat a lot of competitors.  As the DFS NFL world becomes more and more advanced, sometimes simplifying our process actually goes a little against the grain.

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