Daily Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet For Week 3
Daily Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Week 3 DFS Tips for games on 9/25/16
September 25, 2016
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Heading into the 3rd week of the 2016 NFL season, we have 8 teams looking to stay perfect and another 8 looking to get a win on the board for the first time this season. Here is my NFL lineup for week 3.
Quarterback: Joe Flacco, BAL
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Analysis: I could have went with high price options like Cam Newton and Andrew Luck, but to stretch out my value, I decided to go with Flacco. The Ravens take on the Jaguars Sunday afternoon, the same Jaguars who are giving up the 6th most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season. Flacco may have gotten off to a slow start against the Browns last Sunday, but he hasn’t shown any effects from his 2015 knee surgery, and now gets to face off against a Jags defense that allowed Philip Rivers to put up 4 passing touchdowns on them last week. I think Flacco may replicate Rivers’ performance, or at least come close to it.
Running Back #1: DeAngelo Williams, PIT
Analysis: I’m going to drink the DeAngelo Williams kool-aid for one more week. Williams has been lighting it up the first two weeks of the season, putting up 237 yards on 58 carries. My gut says that Williams will want to put forth some sort of effort mainly because once Leveon Bell returns from suspension, that will be the end of the fairy tale, but Williams will want to make the decision as difficult as possible for the Steelers brass. Williams has shred the Redskins and Bengals in the first two weeks, and I’m hoping he does the same against a top-10 run defense in the Philadelphia Eagles.
Running Back #2: Isaiah Crowell, CLE
Analysis: This will either be an awesome value pick, or it will blow up in my face. Crowell has had a great start to his 2015 campaign, registering 195 yards on 30 carries and 2 touchdowns and now get to take on the league’s second worst defense against the run in the Miami Dolphins, who have allowed 273 rushing yards in their first two games. Add in the fact that the Browns will be starting their third-string QB, and lost their top wideout in Corey Coleman for 4-6 weeks, and the workload will be there for Crowell. It’s just a matter of whether or not he capitalizes on it.
Wide Receiver #1: Sterling Shepard, NYG
Analysis: It’s official, I’m on the Sterling Shepard bandwagon. Shepard caught all 8 of his targets for 117 yards in week 2 against New Orleans, and now the focus shifts to a divisional matchup against the Redskins in week 3. If Washington DB Josh Norman is going to blanket Odell Beckham Jr. like he says he will, then that just means more targets will shift to the rest of the Giants receiving core, Shepard most likely the primary recipient, and that’s something I’m all over. Especially when I thought I’d have to pay almost $7,000 and I found him for $5,500. Sign me up.
Wide Receiver #2: Travis Benjamin, SD
Analysis: Benjamin has been doing a pretty good job filling in for Keenan Allen, who was lost for the year to a torn ACL. Benjamin exploited the Jaguars defense for 115 yards and 2 touchdowns in catching all 6 of his targets in week 2. Now the Chargers get to face another subpar defense in 2016, the Indianapolis Colts, who are allowing almost 300 yards per game through the air.
Wide Receiver #3: Mike Evans, TB
Analysis: Mike Evans probably wishes he had caught a couple more passes in week 2, considering he was targeted a mind-boggling 17 times, catching 6 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. Now it’s not necessarily Evans’ fault, as he was being covered by Arizona’s Patrick Peterson, arguably one of the best DBs in the NFL. However the 19-yard score gave Evans a touchdown for the second straight week, and now he hopes to make it 3 against a Rams team that is allowing the fewest points to wide receivers this season. Now on the surface, you may think I’m crazy for taking Evans on the surface, but let’s think about this. The Bucs are going to be the most balanced team the Rams have faced to date, considering the 49ers and Seahawks are pretty much run-first, which leads me to believe that Evans can exploit the short-comings of the Rams secondary.
Tight End: Jordan Reed, WAS
Analysis: Reed’s looks dropped from 11 targets to 7 in week 2, however he still has to be Kirk Cousins’ favorite option in the Redskins receiving core. Reed’s 18 targets lead all NFL tight ends in that category through the first 2 weeks, and now he gets to face off against a Giants defense that he burned for 194 yards on 14 catches in 2015. Reed may be the most expensive option on the board, but until Gronk comes back from injury consistently, I will back Reed with confidence.
Flex: Tajae Sharpe, TEN
Analysis: Those of you who have read my previous NFL DFS stuff, know I try to leave my flex until last just because I can see how much I have to work with and I can pick a player from 1 of 3 different positions. I decided to go with Tajae Sharpe, mainly because he has been an underrated part of the little success that Tennessee has had through the first two weeks, but his value may go up in week 3 considering the Titans take on the Oakland Raiders, the same Raiders who are dead last in passing yards against, allowing a whopping 404 yards per game through the first two weeks. I won’t lie, I was high on the Raiders coming into this season, but after seeing how awful their defense has looked, it wouldn’t have surprised me if they were 0-2 this year, if it wasn’t for a gutsy 2-point conversion call in week 1.
Defense/Special Teams: Cincinnati Bengals
Analysis: The Bengals showed signs of life on defense last week even in defeat, picking off Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger twice courtesy of Dre Kirkpatrick and Adam Jones. If they can do that against Pittsburgh, I’m curious to see what they’ll do against Denver, who has heavily relied on their own defense to win games. I’ve never been a huge fan of Broncos rookie QB Trevor Siemian, and I think he gets burned here.
Salary remaining (Out of a $50,000 budget): $0