This article originally appeared on Lucky Trader: DraftKings Diary | Buys, Sells, and What to Look for on DraftKings Reignmakers for Week 7
Each week in the DraftKings Diary, Lucky Trader’s Jason Rouslin will walk through his buys, sells and team lookahead to give you insights from an experienced DraftKings Reignmakers player.
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Welcome to Week 7!
NFL bye weeks started in Week 6, and inevitably that would lead to changes in the Reignmakers game — changes worth noting as the season progresses.
Firstly, we assumed the bye would naturally space out the player card NFTs. And it did, bringing the best contest expected value since early on in the season.
Secondly, it also provided a substantial secondary market for players on a bye and had their marketplace price come down from recent highs.
We’ll explore those points in more detail and preview the week in the Team Diary Week 7 Reignmaker Report below.
Week 6 Slate Review
These were the top lineups I played from the available Week 6 DraftKings Reignmakers slates.
Slate 1: Thursday Night Football - Chicago vs. Washington
- Captain: Justin Fields
- Flex: Darnell Mooney
- Flex: WAS D/ST
- Flex: WAS D/ST
Slate 2: Main Slate
- QB: Joe Burrow
- RB: Rhamondre Stevenson
- WR: Ja’Marr Chase
- WR/T: Tyreek Hill
- Flex: Stefon Diggs
Slate 3: Philadelphia vs. Dallas
- Captain: Jalen Hurts
- Flex: DeVonta Smith
- Flex: A.J. Brown
- Flex: Ezekiel Elliott
Slate 4: Denver at Los Angeles Chargers
- Captain: Austin Ekeler
- Flex: Russell Wilson
- Flex: Joshua Palmer
- Flex: Brandon McManus
Week 6 Diary
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Week 5 Top Lineup Strategy/Tier & Contest
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- QB: Lamar Jackson
- RB: Saquon Barkley
- WR: Chris Godwin
- WR/T: Travis Kelce
- Flex: Gabe Davis
When the week starts with most of the best cards in the portfolio either on a showdown slate or on a bye, there is bound to be turnover. Having the game stack of Davis and Kelce was an easy build. Then I decided to sell Trevor Lawerence, Smith and a handful of other cards while re-investing some of the proceeds from last week and bought a Lamar Jackson ELITE and Chris Godwin ELITE.
Having already had a Barkley card in the deck, the decision was going to be to add either Jackson, Patrick Mahomes or Josh Allen at the QB position. That would have given me a stack in either direction, no matter which way I went at QB.
Given they were all projected within a point or so of each other, the decision was to go with Jackson because he is the last of the three to have a bye. Also, there is a ton of liquidity in these respective player markets, and the best near-term investment was Jackson, given his expected value over the next four weeks.
Ultimately, the stack of Burrow and Chase, along with Kelce, Godwin and Stevenson, would have produced the most optimal result in the portfolio.
Overall the slate yielded $550, or about five percent of my total investment. With 89 lineups entered, not the best, but not the worst week either.
Week 6 Buys & Sells
Unfortunately, injuries are such a big part of the NFL, and avoiding them is almost impossible. This week, one of the more significant adds to the portfolio was the Arizona Cardinals — specifically, Marquise Brown.
Coming down with an injury on what turned out to be the last play of the game rubs a bit of salt in the wound, as he’ll be out for multiple weeks with a foot injury. Another blow is selling Lawerence to help fund the Jackson purchase, only watch him have his best game. However, the buy-lows on Stevenson, Darrell Henderson, Keenan Allen and DeAndre Hopkins help soften the blow a bit.
One last buy-side note: After adding Brown to go along with the Kyler Murray cards, I decided to add DK Metcalf to the game stack.
That didn’t pan out so well, and as such, he’s seen his value go down about 15%. I’ll wait for a hopeful bounce-back game this week vs. the Chargers and hold on for one more week instead of selling at a low.
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Week 7 Lookahead
Week 7 brings four separate DraftKings Reignmakers slates.
- Slate #1: Arizona vs. New Orleans
- Slate #2: Main Slate
- Slate #3: Pittsburgh vs. Miami
- Slate #4: Chicago vs. New England
I’m sticking with my goal each week to put out two high-quality Elite-level main slate lineups this week. Luckily, the portfolio doesn’t need to have too much turnover. Even though they aren’t playing each other, I’ll keep going with the Jackson-Barkley stack as long as Barkley isn’t a Superstar.
Adding in Kelce and one of the two Amon-Ra St. Brown cards gives me a very strong starting four. St. Brown doesn’t have a great matchup going up against a tough Dallas defense, but he should see less focus with the return of D’Andre Swift.
Ekeler plays Seattle this week for the second lineup, so using the game stack with the aforementioned Metcalf and the other St. Brown card provides a solid foundation for the second lineup. So the question is where to go at the QB/WR stack to complete this second lineup.
Using the late swap feature has been equitable in showdown contests and for the Deep Roster format. Given the heavy investment into Arizona, I’ve decided to split my shares between the Deep Roster format and the showdown slate. Digging a bit deeper into this strategy of splitting up the cards, the lowest serial cards are being played on the showdown slate. In contrast, the higher number ones are played on the Deep Roster format, where tie-breaker formats are used less often.
Looking for a pure showdown play? Using Justin Fields as the main component for Chicago worked to perfection last week, even though he didn’t play all that well in the loss. The strategy prevailed and should be used again for the upcoming slate vs. New England.
Going back to the strategy of using the Thursday night game to dictate lineup building for a good number of deep roster lineups, I also plan to use cards in the portfolios from the Miami and New England teams in deep roster lineups. This strategy is the flip-side of using the Thursday game on whether to build those lineups optimally based on the performance of those kicking off on Thursday. The process is to create an optimal roster around those kicking off after the main slate on Sunday. If the team doesn’t perform, those cards can be used in showdown contests or sold in the marketplace in the very liquid showdown market. Flexibility is crucial and should lead to a higher EV over the long term.
Week 7 Targets
First up are some returning quarterbacks. Dak Prescott and Tua Tagovailoa are both scheduled to return from their respective injuries and be under center again. At the beginning of the season, both CORE cards were trading above $20, their RARE cards reached close to $100 and their ELITE levels close to $800. But after the injuries, their cards had come down more than 50% and are slowly starting to rise as news comes out they will return this week. Already up about 15% from their lows, they should both provide a solid early-week investment, either for a flip before kickoff Sunday or to store and stash for the longer term.
Hopkins is also set to return from his six-game suspension, but he has already seen his prices go up over 50%. Obviously, the injury to Brown helps the value rise quite a bit, but it’s something that should be looked at. The next big star returning from suspension will be Deshaun Watson in Week 12, and while it’s still a bit early to be investing in his cards, the value of a top-10 quarterback at his current levels is definitely +EV.
Now, a check-in on some of the key injuries from last week and a few players that seem to be on the verge of a breakout. On the injury front, Randall Cobb suffered an ankle injury and is likely to be out for at least a month. With Christian Watson also hurt, it should free up Romeo Doubs to become the clear second option for Aaron Rodgers. The rookie has shown some promise this year, with solid outings in two of six games, and with no Cobb or Watson to take touches away, it should be close to a ceiling game.
Next up is Tom Brady’s struggling squad, whose 3-3 record is the worst start for a Brady team in quite some time. He also lost his primary tight end Cameron Brate to a strained neck, although the injury looked much worse in real-time. Luckily, no structural damage, and Brate should make a full recovery.
In the interim, rookie tight end Cade Otton has seen an increased workload and target share. The rookie still needs to be added to the player pool for Reignmakers but could be in the next few weeks, along with another rookie, Bailey Zappe of New England, who continues to play well.
On that note, Rachaad White will have his cards added via Auctions starting on October 20. Lastly, on Tampa Bay, they face the historically bad Carolina team this week, whose offense is running the least amount of plays in the league by far and should end up as one of the best defenses on the slate. They need a big victory to get back on track this week.
There are also a few players on the verge of a breakout fantasy game, given their workload. The main one I’m focusing on this week is a second-year player — but really a rookie, given he missed his entire rookie season with an injury — Travis Etienne. While James Robinson was getting a bulk of the handoffs in the first weeks, that has evened out, with Etienne receiving 10 carries to Robinson’s 12 last week. Etienne is also the main featured back in the passing game, and while Robinson will continue to cut into his ceiling, Etienne certainly looks to be on the verge of a breakout. He goes up against the Giants this week.
Lastly, some of the best teams and, subsequently, players in the NFL are on by this week. The Bills, Eagles, Vikings and Rams all have the week off. With that comes lower pricing for some of the stars on these teams. Stefon Diggs is one of those guys and has already seen his marketplace prices come down around 10-20%, with CORE cards starting at $35.99, down from a high of around $60, the RARE level down to $160 from around $200, and the ELITE level down to $1,000 down from a high of $1,300. If you still need to invest in Diggs, this week might be the time.
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