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DFS Tiers for NFL Week 13

by Hayden Winks

If you aren't familiar with this new game mode on DraftKings called ‘Tiers’, all you have to do is select one player from each basket of players. For the NFL, the first two tiers are filled with just quarterbacks, but the last six tiers are filled with running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends mixed together.

 

Typically, they are the highest scoring players, so it's not necessary to know the difference between a low-end TE2 and the Jets' WR3 for example. Instead, the key is to make close decisions on the studs, like choosing between Michael Thomas and DeAndre Hopkins. Just like in the other DraftKings' game modes like 'Classic' and the single game slates, you can enter 'Tiers' tournaments, 50/50s, Head-to-Heads, and more. This column will help you build your own lineups for each type of contest.

Expect updates to the rankings until lock, but feel free to reach out to me on Twitter (@HaydenWinks) if you have questions about the game mode or about this slate.

 

 

Tournament Rankings

 

The ‘Salary’ is pulled from the DraftKings’ Classic player salaries. The ‘Winks’ rankings come from myself (@HaydenWinks), while the ‘Daugherty’ rankings come from the one and only Patrick Daugherty (@RotoPat), who is the author of Rotoworld’s weekly Rankings column. His rankings aren’t directly built with DraftKings Tiers in mind, but they are a great tool in finding value and eliminating some players from consideration. The 'Hribar' comes directly from Rich Hribar's (@LordReebs) weekly Worksheet column.

 

Tier 1 Opp FPPG Salary Winks Daugherty Hribar
Cam Newton @TB 24.1 6600 1 QB2 Trust
Jared Goff @DET 25.4 6400 2 QB3 Trust
Russell Wilson SF 20.0 6300 3 QB9 Trust
Aaron Rodgers ARI 21.2 6200 Stack Only QB8 On the Cusp
Tom Brady MIN 19.4 5800 Fade QB17 Bust

 

Tier 2 Opp FPPG Salary Winks Daugherty Hribar
Andrew Luck @JAX 24.3 5800 1 QB4 Trust
Ben Roethlisberger LAC 25.8 6000 2 QB6 Trust
Jameis Winston CAR 20.9 6000 3 QB5 Trust
Deshaun Watson CLE 21.8 6100 4 QB11 On the Cusp
Lamar Jackson @ATL 6.32 5900 5 QB10 On the Cusp
Kirk Cousins @NE 22.3 5500 6 QB12 Trust
Baker Mayfield @HOU 18.5 5600 Fade QB18 On the Cusp
Philip Rivers @PIT 21.6 5700 Stack Only QB13 On the Cusp

 

Tier 3 Opp FPPG Salary Winks Daugherty Hribar
Todd Gurley @DET 28.5 9300 1 RB1 Trust
Christian McCaffrey @TB 25.3 8800 2 RB3 Trust
Tyreek Hill @OAK 24.3 9100 3 WR1 Trust
Adam Thielen @NE 25.9 8000 4 WR3 Trust

 

Tier 4 Opp FPPG Salary Winks Daugherty Hribar
Kareem Hunt @OAK 21.5 7800 1 RB2 Trust
Saquon Barkley CHI 27.1 7900 2 RB5 Trust
DeAndre Hopkins CLE 21.2 8200 3 WR4 On the Cusp
Antonio Brown LAC 21.2 7900 4 WR2 On the Cusp
Mike Evans CAR 20.2 8100 5 WR9 On the Cusp
JuJu Smith-Schuster LAC 20.7 7500 Stack Only WR12 On the Cusp

 

Tier 5 Opp FPPG Salary Winks Daugherty Hribar
Davante Adams ARI 22.8 7900 1 WR7 Trust
Julio Jones BAL 23.2 7700 2 WR5 On the Cusp
Odell Beckham CHI 20.7 7800 3 WR11 On the Cusp
Keenan Allen @PIT 17.3 7200 4 WR14 Trust
James Conner LAC 23.8 7300 5 RB8 On the Cusp
Stefon Diggs @NE 21.3 7600 6 WR15 Trust
David Johnson @GB 16.8 7400 Fade RB13 On the Cusp

 

Tier 6 Opp FPPG Salary Winks Daugherty Hribar
Aaron Jones ARI 15.5 6700 1 RB6 Trust
Julian Edelman MIN 17.9 7100 2 WR18 Trust
Brandin Cooks @DET 18.0 7000 3 WR8 Trust
Travis Kelce @OAK 19.3 7000 4 TE1 Trust
Robert Woods @DET 17.6 6900 5 WR10 On the Cusp
Nick Chubb @HOU 12.6 7000 6 RB9 On the Cusp
Joe Mixon @CIN 18.0 7300 7 RB10 On the Cusp
Leonard Fournette SUSP 17.7 7200 SUSP SUSP SUSP

 

Tier 7 Opp FPPG Salary Winks Daugherty Hribar
Kenny Golladay LAR 15.3 6700 1 WR13 Trust
Emmanuel Sanders @CIN 18.3 6300 2 WR17 On the Cusp
Matt Breida @SEA 13.2 5800 3 RB12 Trust
T.Y. Hilton @JAX 17.9 6000 4 WR16 On the Cusp
Dalvin Cook @NE 10.5 6200 5 RB23 On the Cusp
Tyler Boyd DEN 17.5 6100 6 WR25 On the Cusp
James White MIN 19.5 6500 7 RB25 Bust
Sony Michel MIN 13.4 6100 8 RB19 Bust

 

Tier 8 Opp FPPG Salary Winks Daugherty Hribar
Phillip Lindsay @CIN 15.3 5400 1 RB11 Trust
Tyler Lockett SF 15.0 5800 2 WR21 On the Cusp
D.J. Moore @TB 10.9 5600 3 WR22 On the Cusp
Josh Gordon MIN 12.5 5900 4 WR23 On the Cusp
Corey Davis NYJ 13.4 5500 5 WR24 On the Cusp
Tarik Cohen @NYG 14.8 5600 6 RB26 On the Cusp
Gus Edwards @ATL 7.57 4800 7 RB15 On the Cusp
LeSean McCoy @MIA 10.2 4900 8 RB27 On the Cusp

 

Implied Team Totals and Game Stacks

 

For full game-by-game breakdowns, read Evan Silva’s Matchups column and Rich Hribar’s Worksheet column. John Daigle also posts two columns per week dissecting targets and touches, which are obviously important in all decisions.

 

1. Chiefs  (35.25 points at OAK)

Players: Tyreek Hill (3) + Kareem Hunt (4) + Travis Kelce (6)

Run It Back Options: None.

Favorite Tournament Stack: Kareem Hunt (4) + Travis Kelce (6)

 

2. Rams  (32.25 points at DET)

Players: Jared Goff (1) + Todd Gurley (3) + Brandin Cooks or Robert Woods (6)

Run It Back Options: Kenny Golladay (7)

Favorite Tournament Stack: Jared Goff (1) + Brandin Cooks (6) + Kenny Golladay (7)

 

3. Panthers (29.75 points at TB)

Players: Cam Newton (1) + Christian McCaffrey (3) + D.J. Moore (8)

Run It Back Options: Jameis Winston (2) + Mike Evans (4)

Favorite Tournament Stack: Cam Newton (1) + Mike Evans (4) + D.J. Moore (8)

 

4. Packers (29.5 points vs. ARI)

Players: Aaron Rodgers (1) + Davante Adams (5) + Aaron Jones (6)

Run It Back Options: David Johnson (5)

Favorite Tournament Stack: Davante Adams (5) + Aaron Jones (6)

 

5. Seahawks (28 points vs. SF)

Players: Russell Wilson (1) + Tyler Lockett (8)

Run It Back Options: Matt Breida (7)

Favorite Tournament Stack: Tyler Lockett (8)

 

6. Steelers (27.75 points vs. LAC)

Players: Ben Roethlisberger (2) + Antonio Brown or JuJu Smith-Schuster (4) + James Conner (5)

Run It Back Options: Phillip Rivers (2) + Keenan Allen (5)

Favorite Tournament Stack: Ben Roethlisberger (2) + Antonio Brown (4) + Keenan Allen (5)

 

7. Patriots (27.25 points vs. MIN)

Players: Tom Brady (1) + Julian Edelman (6) + Sony Michel or James White (7) + Josh Gordon (8)

Run It Back Options: Kirk Cousins (2) + Adam Thielen (3) + Stefon Diggs (5) + Dalvin Cook (7)

Favorite Tournament Stack: None. 

 

8. Texans (27 points vs. CLE)

Players: Deshaun Watson (2) + DeAndre Hopkins (4)

Run It Back Options: Baker Mayfield (2) + Nick Chubb (6)

Favorite Tournament Stack: Deshaun Watson (2) + DeAndre Hopkins (4)

 

9. Buccaneers (26.26 points vs. CAR)

Players: Jameis Winston (1) + Mike Evans (4) + DeSean Jackson (8)

Run It Back Options: Cam Newton (1) + Christian McCaffrey (3) + D.J. Moore (8)

Favorite Tournament Stack: Cam Newton (1) + D.J. Moore (8)

 

10. Colts  (25.75 points at JAC)

Players: Andrew Luck (2) + T.Y. Hilton (7)

Run It Back Options: Leonard Fournette (6) - Suspended

Favorite Tournament Stack: Andrew Luck (2) + T.Y. Hilton (7)

 

11. Falcons (25 points vs. BAL)

Players: Julio Jones (5)

Run It Back Options: Lamar Jackson (2) + Gus Edwards (8)

Favorite Tournament Stack: Lamar Jackson (2)

 

12. Chargers (24.25 points at PIT)

Players: Philip Rivers (2) + Keenan Allen (5)

Run It Back Options: Ben Roethlisberger (2) + Antonio Brown or JuJu Smith-Schuster (4) + James Conner (5)

Favorite Tournament Stack: Ben Roethlisberger (2) + Antonio Brown (4) + Keenan Allen (5)

 

13. Ravens (24 points at ATL)

Players: Lamar Jackson (2) + Gus Edwards (8)

Run It Back Options: Julio Jones (5)

Favorite Tournament Stack: Lamar Jackson (2)

Injury Notes: Gus Edwards is questionable.

 

14. Titans (24 points vs. NYJ)

Players: Corey Davis (7)

Run It Back Options: None.

Favorite Tournament Stack: Corey Davis (7)

 

15. Broncos (23.5 points at CIN)

Players: Emmanuel Sanders (7) + Phillip Lindsay (8)

Run It Back Options: Joe Mixon (6) + Tyler Boyd (7)

Favorite Tournament Stack: Emmanuel Sanders (7) + Phillip Lindsay (8)

Injury Notes: Emmanuel Sanders was added to the injury report on Thursday.

 

16. Lions (22 points vs. LAR)

Players: Kenny Golladay (7)

Run It Back Options: Jared Goff (1) + Todd Gurley (3) + Brandin Cooks or Robert Woods (6)

Favorite Tournament Stack: Jared Goff (1) + Brandin Cooks (6) + Kenny Golladay (7) 

 

17. Jaguars (21.75 points at BUF)

Players: Leonard Fournette (6) - Suspended

Run It Back Options: Andrew Luck (2) + T.Y. Hilton (7)

Favorite Tournament Stack: Andrew Luck (2) + T.Y. Hilton (7)

 

18. Vikings (21.25 points at NE)

Players: Kirk Cousins (2) + Adam Thielen (3) + Stefon Diggs (5) + Dalvin Cook (7)

Run It Back Options: Tom Brady (1) + Julian Edelman (6) + Sony Michel or James White (7) + Josh Gordon (8)

Favorite Tournament Stack: None.

 

19. Browns (21 points at HOU)

Players: Baker Mayfield (2) + Nick Chubb (6)

Run It Back Options: Deshaun Watson (2) + DeAndre Hopkins (4)

Favorite Tournament Stack: Deshaun Watson (2) + DeAndre Hopkins (4)

 

20. Bengals (19 points vs. DEN)

Players: Joe Mixon (6) + Tyler Boyd (7)

Run It Back Options: Emmanuel Sanders (7) + Phillip Lindsay (8)

Favorite Tournament Stack: Emmanuel Sanders (7) + Phillip Lindsay (8)

 

21. 49ers (18 points at SEA)

Players: Matt Breida (7)

Run It Back Options: Russell Wilson (1) + Tyler Lockett (8)

Favorite Tournament Stack: Russell Wilson (1) + Tyler Lockett (8)

 

22. Bills (17.75 points at MIA)

Players: LeSean McCoy (8)

Run It Back Options: None.

Favorite Tournament Stack: None.

 

23. Cardinals (15 points at GB)

Players: David Johnson (5)

Run It Back Options: Aaron Rodgers (1) + Davante Adams (5) + Aaron Jones (6)

Favorite Tournament Stack: Davante Adams (5) + Aaron Jones (6)

 

Cash Game Considerations

 

There are 3,010,560 different ways to build a Tiers roster this week. These cash game considerations will help you narrow down your options for H2Hs, 50/50s, and Double Ups.

 

Tier 1

1. Cam Newton (@ TB)

2. Jared Goff (@ DET)

 

Tier 2

1. Andrew Luck (@ JAX)

2. Ben Roethlisberger (vs. LAC)

 

Tier 3

1. Todd Gurley (@ DET)

2. Christian McCaffrey (@ TB)

3. Tyreek Hill (@ OAK)

4. Adam Thielen (@ NE)

 

Tier 4

1. Kareem Hunt (@ OAK)

2. Saquon Barkley (vs. CHI)

3. Antonio Brown (vs. LAC)

4. DeAndre Hopkins (vs. CLE)

 

Tier 5

1. Davante Adams (vs. ARI)

2. Julio Jones (vs. BAL)

2. Odell Beckham (vs. CHI)

3. Keenan Allen (@ PIT)

 

Tier 6

1. Aaron Jones (vs. ARI)

2. Julian Edelman (vs. MIN)

3. Travis Kelce (@ OAK)

 

Tier 7

1. Kenny Golladay (vs. LAR)

2. Emmanuel Sanders (@ CIN) if he practices on Friday

3. Matt Breida (@ SEA)

 

Tier 8

1. Phillip Lindsay (@ CIN)

2. Tyler Lockett (vs. SF)

3. D.J. Moore (@ TB)

4. Josh Gordon (vs. MIN)

5. Corey Davis (vs. NYJ)