NFL DraftKings tournament picks for Sunday’s (October 18, 2020) Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings game
I’m back again with more NFL DFS DraftKings tournament picks. This time its the 0-5 Falcons looking to pick up their first win against the 1-4 Vikings on Sunday afternoon.
These picks are made early, so be sure to look at the latest injury reports. I lead off with a showdown pick, just ignore that if you don’t play in those. The player advice/info is still the same.
Check out the latest line & O/U and then on to the picks.
Vikings -3.5, over/under is 55.5 points.
Atlanta Falcons (0-5) at Minnesota Vikings (1-4) NFL DraftKings Showdown Captain Pick
Todd Gurley, Falcons RB (DK $8,600)
Gurley is coming off his best game (121 rush yds & 4 catches for 29 rec yds). That was against a bad Carolina Defense & the Vikings Defense isn’t any better giving up over 130 rushing yds a game.
Falcons could be missing a lot of weapons on offense, (WR’s Julio Jones, Russell Gage, and TE Hayden Hurst are questionable) and leaning on Gurley more than usual.
I usually mention for anyone new that I take risks with my captain pick. If I’m playing safe, I’d go with Falcons WR Calvin Ridley or Vikings WR Adam Thielen or Alexander Mattison.
Atlanta Falcons (0-5) at Minnesota Vikings (1-4) NFL DraftKings Showdown Flex Picks
Calvin Ridley, Falcons WR (DK $10,400)
He’s expensive but averaging 23 DK FPTS a game on almost 100 yds per and 4 TDS overall. Last week he had 8 catches on 10 targets for 136 rec yds. This week he faces a Minnesota Defense that is near the bottom league against WR’s. Plus, like I mentioned above, he may be one of the few offensive weapons they have.
Adam Thielen, Vikings WR ($10,200)
Thielen has been fantastic over the last 2 games with a combined 17 catches for 194 rec yds and 3 TDS. He is expensive tho and I could see the Vikings going ahead early and running even more than normal. He’s likely going to be highly owned, so I could see fading him at that price. I doubt I will, just saying.
Kirk Cousins, Vikings QB ($9,800)
I don’t think Cousins will be highly owned this week and again he’s facing a bad defense. He could be asked to throw the ball more with Cook out (most likely at this point). Plus, with two bad defenses and Matt Ryan on the other side, it can always turn into a shootout.
Alexander Mattison, Vikings RB ($9,200)
It sounds very likely Dalvin Cook will miss the game and Mattison gets the start. Last week he had 20 rushes for 112 yds and 3 catches for 24 yds. Atlanta rush defense isn’t good, he should have another nice game and comes at a fair price. He may be very highly owned, but I doubt I’ll fade him.
Olamide Zaccheaus, Falcons WR ($4,600)
He only had one catch last week but he was targeted 4 times. The previous week he had 8 catches or 86 games and 19 combined targets over the last 3. I might give him a shot if Jones and Gage are out.
Younghoe Koo, Falcons K ($4,000)
If Matt Ryan doesn’t have many options due to injuries, the offense could get stuck kicking a bunch of FG’s. He’s made 11/12 FG’s and is averaging 12 DK FPTS a game.
Irv Smith Jr, Vikings TE ($2,200)
Smith easily had his best game of the season last week against Seattle (4 catches 46 yds). Maybe it was a fluke but Atlanta D is also really bad against TE’s and he’s very cheap.
Christian Blake, Falcons WR ($200)
Blake had 3 catches for 47 yds on 5 targets two weeks back. Last week was a letdown with 0 catches on 0 targets. But he’s only $200 and again Atlanta could be missing a few WR’s and their top TE.
Falcons RB Brian Hill has been solid with a limited amount of touches, averaging 7 DK FPTS a game and he’s only $2,600. I’d consider Matt Ryan if 2 out of 3 those questionable players suit up.
Falcons backup TE Luke Stocker could be worth a shot at $300 if Hurst can’t play. And once again, I didn’t consider either defense.
That’s it for now, best of luck out there and see you on the next edition of…