DraftKings NFL Picks Week 3
Week 2 proved to be a continuation of some promising picks by this column. Names like James White, Leonard Fournette, and Mike Evans, would finish in the top 15 among their position. You can read last week’s article here. Week 3 is where we begin to see if some of these hot starts are the beginning of a trend or a simple flash in the pan. So when you’re finished running the rat race that is your league of record waiver wire, take a look at some of our daily fantasy picks and let us make week 3 your most profitable week yet!
Week 3 is where we begin to see if some of these hot starts are the beginning of a trend or a simple flash in the pan. So when you’re finished running the rat race that is your league of record waiver wire, take a look at some of our daily fantasy picks and let us make DraftKings week 3 your most profitable week yet!
**Ranks are based upon DraftKings scoring**
Trevor Siemian ($5,500): This first selection is if you find yourself short on cash while assembling a roster. The list of quarterbacks worth starting this week isn’t exactly bargain basement shopping. If you look hard enough though, there is almost always a diamond in the rough. This week, that diamond resides in Denver and his name is Trevor Siemian. The Broncos signal caller is currently the highest scoring quarterback in DK formats. While the Bills defense is no pushover, the Broncos offense represents their toughest task of this early season. Siemian’s 6 touchdown passes is tied for the league lead with Matthew Stafford who will take an $700 of your DK budget to get. So if you go wide receiver heavy this week, keep an eye on Siemian.
Cam Newton ($6,600): The Panthers signal caller will be hard to avoid as you prepare for week 3. If you’re reading a start column, his name will be there. If you’re reading a daily fantasy column, his name will be there. No one would blame you for being concerned about Newton. His rushing stats are as low as they’ve ever been, he has lost Greg Olsen for the next 6-8 weeks, and Christian McCaffrey has yet to live up to the hype. While all of this is hard to ignore, it is equally hard to ignore his week 3 opponent.
The Saints are yet again a comical defense. In their first two games this season, the Saints are allowing almost 400 passing yards per game. To go a little further they have already allowed 6 passing touchdowns. Those 6 passing scores are double what the Panthers first two opponents have allowed combined. There is no team that Newton has had more passing yards or touchdowns against than the Saints and if you need a little more reassurance, his last three trips to the Superdome have resulted in 10 touchdown passes. While the struggle has been real for the former MVP, there is no better opponent for Cam Newton to have right now than the New Orleans Saints. An honorable mention right around the same price is Philip Rivers. The Chargers quarterback sits with a $6,400 price tag and plays the Chiefs at home.
Lock of the Week – Carlos Hyde ($5,200): If you’re looking to start your daily fantasy week off on the right foot, feel free to read up on the running backs. This past Sunday, the beat writers that suggested Hyde would be a surprise cut this summer would be suffering from writer’s block. This was due in part to Hyde rushing for 124 yards on the road against the Seahawks. That performance would have him finish as the 11th highest scoring back for the week. Next up for Hyde and the 49ers is a Rams defense that is allowing the 6th most points to the position. While the 49er passing game continues to work out the kinks, look for the offense to rely on their backs. Hyde has had a habit of showing up after the sun goes down as he has had 6 primetime rushing scores in his career. Thursday won’t be any different. Hyde will reach the end zone for the first time this season on Thursday night.
Todd Gurley ($6,800): Not to be outdone, Gurley is another Thursday night running back to keep an eye on. After a sophomore season to forget, Gurley has performed well early on and is currently the second highest scoring player in DK formats. He has achieved that mark thanks to being just one of two players to have 100 yards rushing and receiving. The Rams, as previously mentioned, will now take on a 49ers defense that is responsible for making Chris Carson a must add in all leagues. The 49ers defense will come out flying but will lose steam as their passing offense will likely struggle yet again. This will be where Gurley breaks late and really earns his $6,800 DK price tag.
DeVante Parker ($6,300): In DK scoring formats, the Jets have allowed the 10th most points to wide receivers. The majority of those points came last week when Michael Crabtree would score on 3 of his 6 receptions. Now, the Jets will need to go up against the same quarterback they had interest in this offseason, Jay Cutler. Throughout August it was suspected that Parker would be Cutlers’s go-to target. While Parker‘s stat line in week 2 wasn’t exactly eyebrow-raising, he was targeted 9 times which only happened for him twice in 2016. In Week 2, Jarvis Landry would finish as the 9th ranked receiver while Parker would finish 28th. Expect Parker to close that gap a bit in week 3 against the Jets. This is where the Cutler and Parker connection will begin to take shape.
Rashard Higgins ($4,000): A couple of weeks ago, Rashard Higgins wasn’t a well-known name in fantasy circles. Following an injury to Corey Coleman, Higgins would catch 7 of 11 targets for 95 yards. He now has our attention as this performance landed him 11th in scoring for the week among his position. As Kizer continues to get acclimated to the speed of the NFL, he is likely to rely on certain players in key situations. In Coleman’s absence, that reliable player could be Higgins. The Browns pass catcher has the combination of a poor opponent, opportunity, and a great value. That poor opponent this week is the Colts who have allowed the second most points to wide receivers in 2017.
Ben Watson ($3,700): Back in 2015, Watson was a member of the Saints where he took over for a departing Jimmy Graham. That opportunity would allow Watson to finish with 74 receptions, 825 yards, and 6 touchdowns. Watson now finds himself in a similar situation with the Ravens. While he may not be replacing a pro bowl tight end, there are lots of targets are available. Last week, Watson would catch all 8 of his targets for 91 yards. Among his position, that performance would have the veteran tight end finishing with the 4th most points scored in DK formats. Much like I mentioned with Higgins, you have opportunity and value. Those are magic words for DFS players. For as deadly as the Jaguars looked in week 1, they looked that much more embarrassing in week 2. Expect Watson to continue to have a roll in this offense.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($3,200): The quick picks when choosing a defense this week will be either the Ravens against the Jaguars or the Dolphins against the Jets. While both of those are admirable choices, they are in the top 3 in cost among the position. If you’re looking for a slight value in week 3, I would look towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This week the Buccaneers will go up against a Vikings team that is likely to be without Sam Bradford again. We all saw how that played out in week 2 when the Steelers had their way with the Vikings. So if Bradford is out again, I would keep a close eye on the Buccaneers.
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