DK Reignmakers Conference Championship Round Elite Tier Strategy

Jan 26, 2023
DK Reignmakers Conference Championship Round Elite Tier Strategy

Welcome to the Conference Championship round edition of the 4for4 DraftKings Reignmaker strategy series! Each week Andrew Fleischer and I will both have an article detailing different strategies to help you take home the money in DraftKings’ newest DFS offering played with NFTs. Also, check out our weekly pack-opening show on our YouTube Channel.

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As we progress through the playoffs, the size of our player pool will continue to shrink, so these articles will get shorter as we go on. We’ll skip the winning lineup review this week and see how our picks performed.

Results Review

Jalen Hurts was our pick at quarterback, and he hit as the top-scorer at the position in the divisional round, accounting for three total touchdowns. Christian McCaffery didn’t have a ceiling game, but he saved his day with a rushing touchdown and six receptions on eight targets. He finished as the third-best running back of the week behind Joe Mixon and Kenneth Gainwell. Ja’Marr Chase was a similar story. He scored a touchdown but didn’t reach 100 yards for the bonus and finished as the fourth-best play at wide receiver. Travis Kelce smashed as the top overall scoring player on the week with 14 receptions for 98 yards and two receiving touchdowns. All things considered, it was a great week! Onward to the Conference Championship round

Optimal Options

These are the best plays at each starting spot based on the Conference Championship round rankings over at 4for4.

Joe Burrow, QB CIN (Elite FP: $1,025, Rare FP: $94)

It would be easy to go back to Jalen Hurts this week. He’s the top-ranked quarterback, and the Eagles have the highest implied team total as home favorites. The San Francisco matchup is a little scary, though, so we’re going with Joe Burrow, the second-ranked quarterback of the four options left. He is projected to score 19.6 DK points. Burrow picked apart a tough Buffalo defense in a game with worse weather conditions than he will see this week. His team seems to be on a mission to prove last season’s Super Bowl appearance wasn’t a fluke and a gimpy Patrick Mahomes is the only thing standing in their way. Cincinnati is a one-point road favorite against the Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City gives up the fifth most schedule-adjusted points in the league to enemy quarterbacks. The Bengals have a 24.5-point implied team total, the second-highest of the week.

Christian McCaffery, RB SF (Elite FP: $525, Rare FP: $52)

We are going with Christian McCaffery as the best play at running back for the third week in a row. No player in the position has a higher ceiling each week, which is what we need to win these tournaments. His receiving ability makes him one of the few players with a shot at hitting both bonuses for 100 yards receiving and 100 yards rushing. McCaffery is the top-ranked running back at 4for4 and is projected to score 18.9 DK points. San Francisco is an early two-and-a-half-point road dog against the Philadelphia Eagles, who give up the 13th-most schedule-adjusted fantasy points to opposing running backs. The Niners have a 22-point implied team total, the lowest of the week.

A.J. Brown, WR PHI (Elite FP: $400, Rare FP: $38)

Devonta Smith outproduced A.J. Brown last week, but the game against the Giants got out of hand and they didn’t need to do much in the passing game to close out their trip to the Conference Championship game. I expect the Eagles to have a tougher time against San Francisco and will need Brown’s playmaking ability to make it through to the Super Bowl. Brown is ranked as the WR2 overall at 4for4 and is projected to score 16.4 DK points. The Philadelphia Eagles are an early two-and-a-half point home favorite against the San Francisco 49ers, who give up the eighth-most schedule-adjusted fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. The Eagles have a 24.5-point implied team total, the highest of the week.

Travis Kelce, TE KC (Elite FP: $650, Rare FP: $55)

Travis Kelce is the only option at the tight end position, and he begs to be played even in contests where a tight end isn’t required in the lineup. The Chiefs’ offense might not be as sharp depending on how Patrick Mahomes is feeling after suffering a high-ankle sprain against the Jaguars. That could mean even more reliance on his top target. Kelce is ranked as the TE1 overall at 4for4 and projects to score 15.4 DK points. Kansas City is an early one-point home favorite against the Cincinnati Bengals, who give up the eighth-fewest schedule-adjusted fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Kansas City has a 23.25-point implied team total, the third-highest of the week.

That’s going to do it for this week’s edition. If there’s something you would like covered in a weekly strategy article for DraftKings Reignmakers contests, please feel free to reach out to me on Twitter!

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