Who do you need to pay up for this week? Who are some longshots that no one else is rostering? Relax. I’m here for you in week three with my DraftKings targets.
As always I will address my swings and misses from the previous week. I don’t want to point out my good calls like Trevor Siemian last week, I want to focus on the lineup killers. Bilal Powell and Mike Wallace were two of my calls last week that could have killed your roster. Plain and clearly, just poor usage and bad play made them clear whiffs. Remember I am giving you my targets that I think have upside at a value price, but some of these plays are at risk of being a strike out.
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Cam Newton $6,600- Faces a Saints unit that has been killed in both weeks so far, and now with Marshon Lattimore out the secondary gets worse. Cam should be in line for a big day.
Kirk Cousins $6,100- Still struggling to get a run game going and projected to be behind in this one, Kirk should be forced to throw enough to be a value.
Alex Smith $5,900-The Chiefs offense has been great so far and I expect that continue against a Chargers team who is missing one of their top corners Jason Verrett.
Eli Manning $5,300- Are you courageous enough to start Eli after he has looked dreadful so far? I am? Remember winning these things means starting guys that others would not. OBJ looks healthy enough to exploit the Eagle’s weak secondary. Trust me.
Andy Dalton $5,100- I know you saw Andy Dalton listed here and either laughed or said this better be a good explanation for a pick. The Bengals have been bad, like no touch downs so far bad. We saw the Falcons use Julio last week to pick apart the Packers with ease. I like Dalton this week to pass a lot and to pass a lot to A.J. Green.
Le’Veon Bell $8,800- He is never this cheap, right? When is the first big Bell game coming? Why not this week? What’s with all the questions? The Steelers project to win this game handily and that means he could get to eat this week.
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Christian McCaffrey $6,100- If you read my Cam Newton bio, you know I how I view the Saints defense. While Run CMC has been good, this has the looks of a break out game. I feel confident he can get a catch or two and take it to the house.
C.J. Anderson $5,800-One of the most balanced offenses so far has quietly been the Denver Broncos. C.J. Anderson has a good chance to score and is still getting the lion share of carries.
Tarik Cohen $5,600-Week one darling was good again last week. Cohen has 16 receptions so far and with depleted wide receiving corps the targets should keep coming.
Theo Riddick $5,100-This game could mimic the Falcons week two matchup with the Packers. I loved Ty Montgomery last week and I think Riddick who gets almost all passing snaps could repeat that stat line.
Joe Mixon $4,500-Sometimes you take a chance on players that others have given up on. Since I don’t want to continue to apologize for Bilal Powell, Mixon is on deck. Mixon has the most talent in the Bengal’s backfield and with some opportunity could show it this week.
LeGarrette Blount $3,900-Making some bold calls this week, apparently. The Eagles want to have a balanced attack and this could be the opportune time for Blount to earn his keep. Projected as home favorites, look for the Eagles to give Blount carries and touch down chances.
Odell Beckham Jr. $8,600-Poised to torch the Eagles secondary this week. I doubt there will be people lining up to pay up for Odell in this situation but he is worth it here.
A.J. Green $8,100-Like I mentioned with Andy Dalton, they should be down early and Tyler Eifert is out. The volume is what you are paying for here. I love A.J. Green here.
Kelvin Benjamin $6,700-Kelvin has been good, not great so far and also now lost his tight end so should gain more targets. The matchup without Marshon Lattimore and Sterling Moore playing is almost perfect. Benjamin will be in a lot of lineups and needs to be.
Tyreek Hill $6,600-A somewhat quiet game for him last week, yet another defense without a top corner. His speed kills and should have no issue taking one deep in this spot.
Terrelle Pryor Sr. $5,900-We have been waiting for Pryor to break out this year and this looks like a solid bet for it. Jermaine Kearse had two touch downs against this same Raiders, with targets Pryor could shine.
T.Y. Hilton $5,200- Done with the Scott Tolzien era it is time to roster some Colts again. No, I don’t think Jacoby Brissett is good either, but should be good enough to make others fantasy relevant. Plenty of value in the T.Y. Hilton price.
Desean Jackson, Kenny Golladay $4,600-Desean Jackson has the deep threat ability that Jameis will need to find with Xavier Rhodes trying to lock down Mike Evans. Kenny Golladay disappointed if you played him last week, but I expect this to be a shoot out. That means more targets and hopefully red zone looks.
Kenny Britt $4,100- Kenny Britt was supposed to be a sleeper for some this year and has yet to wake up. Rashard Higgins was the waiver wire hero while Britt was being called out for effort. I think the team gives him a shot to prove his worth.
Deonte Thompson$3,500-Looking for a cheap option to fill flex or to go with higher priced guys? I recommended him last week and he scored so I am going back to the well. Bears look to be in a similar game flow situation where they will need to pass.
Geronimo Allison $3,000-Randall Cobb is out and Allison got plenty of run with Jordy banged up last week. This is your hail mary play here, if Jordy leaves early in this one again Allison could be a great play.
Travis Kelce $6,000-He see the same number of targets that Gronk sees and is slightly cheaper. If you are paying up at tight end he is my choice.
Zach Ertz $5,000-Ertz has been consistent so far this year and so has the Giants defense against the tight end. They have allowed a touch down to the tight end in both weeks so far.
Jack Doyle $3,600- I’m not a huge fan of Jack Doyle but Brissett seemed to be. He caught all eight of his targets last week and gained the trust of his new quarter back.
Zack Miller $3,000-He is getting the targets and remains cheap, so I’m going to keep pointing that out.
Defense and Special Teams
Buccaneers $3,200-When looking for a good DFS defense I look for a bad offensive line or a bad quarterback to gain points. The Bucs get Case Keenum here and that is enough for me.
Eagles $3,000- The Eagles front is good and should have no problem getting to Eli. If you read the rest of my piece though, you know I think Eli has a good day exploiting the lack of defensive backs. So a good, not great play.
Titans $2,700- Talk about bad offensive lines, the Seahawks have to be mentioned. In what I think should be a low scoring game, the Titans are dirt cheap.