Update (11:38 PM)
Needed to replace McLaurin as he was just listed as inactive. I'm going to replace him with Zach Pascal who should be the top WR for the Colts today with TY Hilton not available.
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Update (10:56 AM)
Made a few adjustments to the team. I've decided make room to pay up for Marlon Mack of the Colts as with TY Hilton out, I love the usage the Mack is going to get against a beatable Oakland rush defense.
I decided to double up on the Washington WR's in their great match-up agianst the Giants as both McLaurin & Richardson Jr are in great spots & values. We'll have to make sure McLaurin is going to play but all signs are pointing that he will.
We decided to go with Darren Waller of the Raiders in a good match-up agianst the Colts.
On defense, we've decided to pay up for Charges as they get the great match-up agianst Miami this week!
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Hope everyone has had a nice start to their weeks.
Let’s take a look at our initial lineup for DraftKings NFL “Main Slate” that features 12 games and starts at 1:00pm.
I think Seattle is going to be a very popular stack this week, however, I’m going to go with the rookie Daniel Jones who took New York by storm last week in their incredible comeback victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jones was outstanding last week, completing 23 of 36 passes for 336 passing yds & 2 TD’s while also rushing for 2 TD’s. Jones price is very reasonable and the match-up doesn’t get much better as he faces a Redskins defense that has already allowed 9 passing TD’s on the season.
At the RB position, we’re going to be targeting Austin Ekeler of the Chargers & Chris Thompson of the Panthers.
Austin Ekeler is showing the Chargers front office that they don’t need to rush and get Melvin Gordon back as the duel-threat running back has been incredible this season, averaging 26.3 DraftKings points/game. Ekeler is a duel-threat RB that has been extremely value in the passing game this season as he already has 19 receptions for 208 yards & 2 TD. Ekeler gets the privilege this week of going against the Miami Dolphins who have had no answers against the run as they come into this game ranked dead last in rushing defense, already allowing 624 yards & 6 TD’s on the season.
I’m going to be stacking plenty from the WAS/NYG this week and I think we have some nice value with Chris Thompson of the Washington Redskins. Thompson might not be the listed starting RB, however, he is by far the more valuable back with what he is able to do in the passing game. Thompson comes into this game with 16 receptions for 195 yards on the season and has been a consistent producer this season, with double-digit performances in each of the first three weeks. Thompson saw his rushing attempts increase last week (7 carries) and as I think the Redskins will be playing from behind in this one, I think Thompson will have plenty of changes to do damage in the passing game against a week Giants defense.
There is absolutely no way I’m fading Keenan Allen this week in his match-up against the Miami Dolphins. Allen has been unstoppable to start the season as he is avenging 9.7 rec/g & 134.7 yds/g and is coming off a career performance against the Texans in which he has 13 receptions (17 targets) for 183 yards & 2 TD’s. Miami ranks just 28th in team defense against the pass and struggled last week against the Cowboys Amari Cooper (6 rec, 88 yds, 2 TD). Allen might not see the playing field for the entire game due to the blow-out risk, however, I think he does plenty of damage to make his high price tag worth again this week.
As we’re going with Daniel Jones at QB, we wanted to get at least one of his receivers in the lineup and did so with Sterling Shepard. Shepard looked fully recovered for a concussion that made him miss Week 2 and finished last week with 7 receptions for 100 yards & TD. The Redskins have struggled allowing TD’s to opposing WR’s this season, as they come in ranked 31st in DraftKings pts/allowed to WR at 55.7 pts/game. It’s only been one game for Daniel Jones, but he seemed to be on the same page with Shepard and as the Giants top WR, I think Shepard value is only going to go up over the next few weeks.
Staying in the WAS/NYG match-up, we’re going to go with the Redskins impressive rookie, Terry McLaurin who comes into this game with an impressive 16 receptions (24 targets) for 257 yards & 3 TD’s on the season. The Giants defense has had no answers for opposing WR’s this season, as they rank dead last in team passing defense, already allowing 997 yards & 8 TD’s on the season. McLaurin has the ability to take it to the endzone anytime he gets his hands on the ball and I think he is in for another big game this Sunday.
Adding on to our Giants stack, we’re going with TE Evan Engram. Engram has seen an incredible 30 targets so far this season and comes into this game with 23 receptions for 277 yards & 2 TD. Engram looked good last week with Jones under center, going for 113 yards & TD on 6 receptions and showed his big-play ability with a 75-yard TD pass. As we’ve mentioned, the Redskins have been one of the worst teams defending the pass this season and I think Engram continues his solid start of the season with another big game.
I needed to get some action in the SEA/ARI game and going with the Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett. Lockett scared his fantasy owners in Week 1 as he only recovered two targets, however, Lockett has showed as of late that he is the true top receiver for Russell Wilson as over the past two weeks, he has combined for 21 receptions (26 targets) for 233 yards and a TD. Lockett and the Seahawks get a solid match-up against a Cardinals team that ranks just 24th in team passing defense and has already allowed 9 passing TD’s on the season.
I think the Carolina Panthers have some nice value against the Houston Texans this Sunday. Carolina was able to pile up 8 sacks against Kyler Murray and the Cardinals last week and I think could once against be in for a solid performance against a Texans team that has a questionable offensive line. Houston certainly has some offense weapons that we need to be worried about, however, I think it’s worth spending down on defense so we can spend up for both Ekeler & Allen.
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