Can someone please explain this bizarre phenomenon?
I played multiple entries in a DraftKings NFL Divisional Round contest this past weekend. It was the NFL $175K Play-Action (Sat.Only) $3 Contest that included only the Saturday, Jan. 16th games – Chiefs/Patriots and Packers/Cardinals.
When Randall Cobb left the game for good late in the 1st quarter, it opened the door for season-long bench warmer Jeff Janis to not only get his first significant playing time of the entire season (he had 2 catches and 0 scores ALL SEASON), it turned into an explosive performance of 7 receptions for 145 yards and 2 TD’s. This tallied up an extremely unlikely 36.5 FPTS for anyone clairvoyant enough to predict that these events would unfold, at all.
So while watching the game and seeing Janis ring up more and more would-be DFS points (but not following it on DraftKings) I thought, that’s no problem because – for obvious reasons – surely nobody would even consider playing him in even one of their lineups. It wouldn’t make any sense, right? I mean, you’d actually have to predict that a serious injury would occur to justify playing Janis at all, right?
And yes, I know that Davante Adams had been ruled out, but everyone knows that Jared Abbrederis had already been established as the “other guy,” right? Plus, even if people entering this contest were wise enough to guess that Davante’s absence could possibly give Janis SOME opportunity, they couldn’t possibly have guessed that an injury would afford him THAT MUCH opportunity, right?
Wrong. As it turned out – quite unbelievably – not only did someone benefit from plugging Jeff Janis into their lineup, but 8 of the top-10 placing money winners did. Yes, EIGHT, despite being in only 0.1% of the contest’s lineups!
How is that possible? Am I completely unaware of and missing out on available access to some sort of NFL insider information that these EIGHT winners have? Were they somehow informed that season-long benchwarmer Jeff Janis was expected to play a significant role in that crucial playoff game, regardless of any starter’s health?
His salary was a bottom-of-the-barrel $3,000 so I understand that some lineups loaded with high-cost players would be forced to choose from among the $3K players, BUT there were other $3K players fully available that did stand a much better chance of picking up a few points based on their season history and/or game situations… that is for anyone using the standard, logical thought process of strategic lineup selection.
Someone please enlighten me.