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Optimal Lineup

Updated Throughout the Day

Optimal lineups are generated to demonstrate groups of players that work well together. This should be used only as a thought-starter for your lineups. This lineup may not conform to exact requirements of DraftKings (ie. players from one team), and may cross over multiple slates. For more detailed and customizable lineup generation, please use the NFL DraftKings Optimizer.

QB Tom Brady
RB1 Ty Montgomery
RB2 Ito Smith
WR1 Richie James Jr.
WR2 Julio Jones
WR3 Odell Beckham Jr.
TE Rob Gronkowski
Flex Saquon Barkley
D Bears
Salary $45,000
Expected Points 146.05

Player expected costs and values are calculated every thirty minutes throughout the day.

Quarterbacks

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Patrick Mahomes KC $6,900 24.21 3.51
Tom Brady NE $6,600 24.19 3.67
Aaron Rodgers GB $12,200 24.03 1.97
Deshaun Watson HOU $6,400 22.14 3.46

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Tom Brady NE $6,600 24.19 3.67
Jameis Winston TB $5,800 21.10 3.64
Patrick Mahomes KC $6,900 24.21 3.51
Blake Bortles JAX $5,600 19.46 3.48

Running Backs

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Todd Gurley II LA $10,000 26.16 2.62
Melvin Gordon III LAC $8,200 23.05 2.81
Saquon Barkley NYG $7,400 22.71 3.07
Ezekiel Elliott DAL $7,000 21.87 3.12
Christian McCaffrey CAR $8,300 21.39 2.58
Jordan Howard CHI $6,500 18.55 2.85

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Ty Montgomery GB $2,600 9.34 3.59
Ito Smith ATL $3,100 10.91 3.52
Ezekiel Elliott DAL $7,000 21.87 3.12
Chris Carson SEA $4,400 13.71 3.12
Phillip Lindsay DEN $4,500 13.91 3.09
Saquon Barkley NYG $7,400 22.71 3.07

Wide Receivers

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Julio Jones ATL $7,900 24.19 3.06
Antonio Brown PIT $8,700 22.76 2.62
Odell Beckham Jr. NYG $7,800 22.65 2.90
Adam Thielen MIN $8,500 21.53 2.53
A.J. Green CIN $8,000 21.40 2.68
Tyreek Hill KC $7,800 21.17 2.71
DeAndre Hopkins HOU $7,700 21.16 2.75
Mike Evans TB $8,100 20.80 2.57

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Richie James Jr. SF $200 1.43 7.15
Chris Godwin TB $4,400 14.31 3.25
Michael Crabtree BAL $4,700 14.53 3.09
Julio Jones ATL $7,900 24.19 3.06
Julian Edelman NE $6,100 18.32 3.00
Odell Beckham Jr. NYG $7,800 22.65 2.90
Anthony Miller CHI $3,500 9.96 2.85
Paul Richardson Jr. WAS $4,100 11.39 2.78

Tight Ends

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Rob Gronkowski NE $6,100 19.15 3.14
Travis Kelce KC $7,100 18.16 2.56
Zach Ertz PHI $6,800 17.95 2.64
Jordan Reed WAS $5,200 14.40 2.77

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Rob Gronkowski NE $6,100 19.15 3.14
C.J. Uzomah CIN $3,000 8.44 2.81
Jordan Reed WAS $5,200 14.40 2.77
Geoff Swaim DAL $2,900 7.93 2.73

Defenses & Special Teams

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Bears CHI $3,300 11.48 3.48
Rams LA $3,100 10.48 3.38
Panthers CAR $2,600 8.96 3.45
Ravens BAL $2,800 8.45 3.02

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Bears CHI $3,300 11.48 3.48
Panthers CAR $2,600 8.96 3.45
Rams LA $3,100 10.48 3.38
Bills BUF $2,200 6.71 3.05

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