NFL DFS: Week 3 Monday/Thursday Night Playbook

Antonio Brown

This weeks NFL DFS playbook is going to be short and sweet. There are so many injuries to worry about in this Monday/Thursday matchup. Be sure to keep up with practice and injury reports this week. Hopefully we can continue this hot streak to start the season and build our bankroll on these short slates.

 

Quarterback

Joe Flacco (DraftKings: $6,000, FanDuel: $8,100)

These Baltimore/Pittsburgh matchups are always tough to predict. This will be a different year than one we are used to in the past. This game will no have Terell Suggs, Ben Roethlisberger, or Troy Polamalu for the first time in over a decade. The Ravens need a win badly, and the Steelers just lost Big Ben for the next month or more. Flacco has been solid this year, and the Steelers defense is not anything to worry about. I love his price tag on DraftKigns and expect him to be low owned as well.

 

Aaron Rodgers (DraftKings: $8,000, FanDuel: $9,100)

It’™s always a good idea to start Rodgers, especially when he is at home. I know he will be around 65% owned this week, but it’s hard to shy away from someone who can put up fantasy 30+ point on any given week. While I’™d rather have Flacco, I have no issues about starting him.

 

 

Running Back

Le’Veon Bell (DraftKings: $7,700, FanDuel: $8,800)

With Roethlisberger being out, the Steelers are going to run the ball…a lot. His first game back was great, but he wasn’t able to do much on the ground. His 11 catches, however, were something that I expect to continue with Vick checking the ball down when he scrambles. It’s a close call between him and Jamal Charles, who I also like but Big Ben’™s injury means more will be needed from Bell.

 

Justin Forsett (DraftKings: $6,000, FanDuel: $7,200)

I know, I know, Forsett has been putrid. I don’t know what happened to the guy we saw last year, but this is definitely not the guy I expected him to be this season. I think if there was any week for him to bounce back, it would be this one against a bad Steelers defense. I also believe his ownership will be down, which makes him a nice play as well. I couldn’t blame anyone for not starting him, but I think this is the week he starts to get back on track.

 

 

Wide Receiver

Antonio Brown (DraftKings: $9,200, FanDuel: $9,300)

For the first time in the past two seasons, I am unsure about rostering Antonio Brown. While Michael Vick isn’t a bad option at QB, I just don’t know how much he is going to look for Brown down the field. If I’m Mike Tomlin, I’™m using short passes and quick screens to get Vick going early and comfortable. Brown should be a huge part of that. While I don’t think he will have the amazing stats he normally does, he should still see a good volume of targets and might even get one in the end zone. I completely understand if you fade Brown this week though.

 

DaVante Adams (DraftKings: $5,000, FanDuel: $6,400)

Adams is one of the guys this week that you need to make sure takes the field tonight. He’s listed as probable, and I believe he should have no problem getting involved. He hasn’™t quite lived up to expectations, but he is still the number two guy in Green Bay. Like Forsett, I believe he will start to right the ship for the season this week.

 

Breshad Perriman (DraftKings: $4,500, FanDuel: $5,200)

This is my sneaky/risky play of the week. I know he hasn’™t played a down and he aggravated his injury again on Sunday, but if he goes on Thursday he should have an immediate impact. He will be the first big that Flacco has ever had at the position, and he has the ability to be a big difference maker in this offense. monitor his status this week, but if he plays, I’™m starting him and swinging for the fences.

 

Jeremy Maclin (DraftKings: $6,000, FanDuel: $6,500)

I want to vomit just writing his name on this list. He has been a shell of his former self so far this season, and the Chiefs are not a team to throw the ball to anyone outside the hash marks. The only saving grace for Maclin is the Chiefs will need to get him involved to stay in this game. I also have this sneaky suspicion that this is the week a Chiefs receiver finally finds the endzone. I see him more of a FanDuel play than DraftKings.

 

 

Tight End

Heath Miller (DraftKings: $3,700, FanDuel: $5,800)

Everyone is going to be all over Travis Kelce this week despite his disappointing week 2 output. I’m fading Kelce in favor of Miller because Vick will use him and Bell as his safety blankets. Vick looks for the tight ends in the red zone, and Pittsburgh loves to throw the ball inside the 5 yard line. I like his value to find the end zone this week.

 

Crockett Gillmore (DraftKings: $3,500, FanDuel: $5,400)

Maxx Williams (DraftKings: $2,500, FanDuel: $4,500)

I’m including both guys here because of the status of Gillmore this past Sunday. I don’t know if people watched the game, but Gillmore sat on the sidelines in the second half against the Bengals with his helmet in his hand. Not sure if it was an injury or what, but I like him if he’™s able to play this week. If Gillmore sits, Williams is the guy I would plug in immediately. He’™s an incredibly athletic tight end, like Kelce, and he i™s still adjusting to being in the NFL. He might get thrown to the wolves if they need him, and he would make for a sneaky play against the Steelers.

 

 

Defense

Baltimore (DraftKings: $2,700, FanDuel: $4,600)

Defense is a crapshoot this week. I think the safest play is the Ravens because they are going up against a backup QB who is still new to this offensive system. If you wanted to play the Packers, I think they are the only other option at the position.

 

 

Kicker

Justin Tucker/Mason Crosby (FanDuel: $5,000)

I hate kickers. I wish fantasy football would do away with the position. But since they don’™t, I’ll go with Crosby and Tucker here. Both are the same price and should finish around the same amount of points. Crosby is the safer option of the two, but Tucker is the better kicker in my opinion. Either one should do you just fine.

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