DraftKings Reignmakers: Elite Tier Strategy for Week 7
Welcome to the first 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.
See Also: Intro to NFTs
This week I’ll be focusing on the Elite tier of tournaments because they seem like the sweet spot if you are thinking about playing this game. The reason the Elite tier is so much better than the other offerings is threefold: deeper payouts, significantly more paid to first place, and significantly fewer entries than the Core and Rare tiers. Here’s the breakdown of each tier’s biggest tournament from Week 6 covering each of those three elements:
|Tier||Entrants||Total Pay Out||Paid to First|
|Core||23,256||$ 50,000||$ 5,000|
|Rare||6,590||$ 80,000||$ 10,000|
|Elite||2,114||$ 250,000||$ 100,000|
|Legendary||558||$ 100,000||$ 10,000|
|Reignmaker||203||$ 150,000||$ 25,000|
As you can see, the Elite tier had 9.1% of the entries, five times the total payout, and first place wins 20 times the amount that can be won at the Core tier. Moving up to the Legendary and Reignmaker tiers slashes the number of competitors, meaning you’ll have to beat significantly fewer teams, but you’ll be playing for significantly less prize money. Contest offerings will vary, but in general, the Elite tier is where you want to be.
The Elite tier isn’t cheap to enter by any means, but the Legendary and Reignmaker tiers are even more cost-prohibitive. As of this writing, the floor price (FP) of a legendary tier offensive player that you might actually want to start is around $225 (Noah Fant) and I’m not sure you actually want to start Noah Fant. If you want to grab a Legendary tier pack, we’re talking $1,999. Reignmakers are even more expensive.
Let’s focus on the RMF Classic $250k Fiat Frenzy tournament that pays $100k to first place. For this tournament, you’ll need to submit a five-player lineup with four Elite tier players and one Rare tier player comprised of one quarterback, one running back, one wide receiver, one wide receiver or tight end, and one flex - any position except quarterback. Only one player designated as a “Superstar” can be played in each lineup. Also, keep in mind you must have players from at least two NFL teams. In other words, you can’t stack up five players from the same team (not that you’d really want to in most cases anyway).
If money is no object here are the best plays at each starting spot based on the 4for4 Week 7 rankings.
Lamar Jackson, QB BAL (Elite FP: $888, Rare FP: $90)
Jackson is the number one ranked quarterback on the week at 4for4 and is projected to score 25.5 DK points. Baltimore is an early six-and-a-half point home favorite against the division-rival Cleveland Browns who are giving up the ninth most schedule-adjusted fantasy points to the position. The Ravens have a 26.25 implied team total, the fifth-highest of the week. Jackson is designated a “Superstar”, so you won’t be able to play him in lineups if you have another Superstar you’d prefer to play.
Austin Ekeler, RB LAC (Elite FP: $600, Rare FP: $69)
Ekeler is the number one ranked running back at 4for4 and is projected to score 21.2 DK points. Los Angeles is an early six-point home favorite against the Seattle Seahawks who are giving up the seventh most schedule-adjusted fantasy points to the position. The Chargers have a 28.75-point implied team total, the highest of the week. Ekeler is a designated “Superstar” so you won’t be able to play him in the same lineup as Jackson, so you may have to look at one of the other recommended running back options below.
Tyreek Hill, WR MIA (Elite FP: $749, Rare FP: $88)
Hill is the number one ranked wide receiver at 4for4 and is projected to score 20.2 DK Points with the 100-yard bonus. Miami is an early seven-and-a-half point home favorite against the Pittsburgh Steelers who are giving up the fourth-most schedule-adjusted fantasy points to the position. The Dolphins have a 26-point implied team total, the sixth-highest of the week.
Mark Andrews, TE BAL (Elite FP: $700, Rare FP: $87
Andrews is the number one ranked tight end at 4for4 and is projected to score 16.3 DK points. You can see the details of the Baltimore matchup under Lamar Jackson above. Stacking up Jackson and Andrews gives you the highest projected player at each position. Now that’s a ceiling play!
Saquon Barkley RB, NYG (Elite FP: $899, Rare FP: $96)
Barkley makes for a great flex option as the number two ranked running back at 4for4 and projected to score 19.9 DK points. New York is an early three-point road dog against the Jacksonville Jaguars who are giving up the tenth-most schedule-adjusted fantasy points to the position. The Giants have a 19.75-point implied team total, which isn’t great but should put Barkley in a position to rack up receptions in a negative game script.
Dak Prescott (Elite FP: $540, Rare FP: $68)
In Prescott’s first game back from injury, he is ranked as the tenth-best quarterback and projected to score 17 DK points. Dallas is an early seven-point home favorite against the Detroit Lions who are giving up the second-most schedule-adjusted points to the position. The Cowboys have a 27.75 implied team total, the second-highest of the week.
Josh Jacobs RB, OAK (Elite FP: $549, Rare: $55)
Jacobs is ranked sixth among running backs by 4for4 and is projected to rush for over 100 yards to grab that bonus which would put him at 21.9 DK points if he can get there. Las Vegas is an early seven-point home favorite against the Houston Texans who are giving up the second-most schedule-adjusted fantasy points to the position. The Raiders have a 26.25-point implied team total, tied for the fourth-highest of the week.
Brandin Cooks, WR HOU (Elite FP: $235, Rare FP: $17)
Cooks has yet to break out this season and has a fantastic opportunity to do so off the bye week. He is ranked as the 19th-best receiver play by 4for4 and is projected to score 11.1 DK points. Houston is an early seven-point dog on the road against Las Vegas but the Raiders are giving up the fifth-most fantasy points to the position. Houston has a 19.75-point implied team total, which is lower than I’d like but I love playing him in the same lineup as Jacobs to get the sneaky correlation.
That’s going to do it for this week’s edition. If there’s something you would like covered in a weekly strategy article DraftKings Reignmakers contests please feel free to reach out to me on Twitter!