DraftKings Recommended Lineup Week 3
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, you best option in daily fantasy sports gaming. Lineups consist of a quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end,, one FLEX one kicker and one team defense.
QB: Sam Bradford (STL) @ DAL--$7,400--
Don't look now, but Bradford has attempted the third-most passes through the first two weeks of the season, and that trend is expected to continue this week. The Cowboys have allowed the fifth-most production to opposing quarterbacks, including six touchdowns while allowing an average of 337 yards passing-per-game. While I don't expect Bradford to be the top scorer among quarterbacks this week, there is a good chance he could finish top five in scoring at a relatively cheap price. Considering the high price tags of the other options at the quarterback position, Bradford is someone who could turn a high return on investment in this very favorable matchup.
RB: Joique Bell (DET) @ WAS--$4,600--
The Lions will likely be without the services of Reggie Bush this Sunday, making Bell a solid start in DFS contests based on his past performances before Bush's arrival this season. Through two weeks, the Redskins have allowed the third-most production to opposing running backs allowing 23 and 26 fantasy points in standard scoring leagues. There is a chance that Mikel Leshoure finds his way into the mix as well, but Bell is PPR-gold and in DraftKings scoring settings, that is what you want to look for while selecting running backs.
RB: Bernard Pierce (BAL) vs. HOU--$4,500--
Like Bell, Pierce will get the opportunity to rove himself with Ray Rice sidelined with a hip flexor injury. Many view Pierce as the best backup in the NFL, with myself being one of them, so when this type of situation occurs, he is the type of player I want to target. The matchup really isn't the best, but considering his price tag, Pierce is a great play this week, given the Ravens have been passing the ball a lot more than normal early on this season.
WR: Calvin Johnson (DET) @ WAS)--$9,500--
Being that I went cheap while filling out the first three spots on my roster, I now have the chance of starting arguably the best player in all of football this week. The Redskins secondary has been terrible early on this season, allowing the third-most fantasy production to opposing wide receivers, and they have yet to try and stop a receiver like Johnson. There is a very good chance that Johnson goes off in this game, especially with Reggie Bush likely out, so if you are able to save some salary cap for him, he will be well worth the money.
WR: Tavon Austin (STL) @ DAL--$5,900--
Although Austin have just 88 receiving yards on the season, he was able to find himself in the end zone twice in Week 2. Austin is quickly becoming Sam Bradford's favorite target in the passing game, being targeted 12 times a week ago. This week's matchup is very favorable for Austin, with the Cowboys allowing the fourth-most fantasy production to opposing wide receivers. The Rams have been passing the ball like crazy thus far, which likely have to balance out as the season progresses, but this week is not the time to start running the ball more, with the Cowboys allowing only 97 yards rushing through two weeks. As many of my readers probably know, I am not a big fan of using rookie wide receivers in both DFS contests or season long leagues, but Austin is truly turning into a must-start especially in PPR formats.
TE: Jared Cook (STL) @ DAL--$5,100--
Can you tell I am all in on the Rams yet? Cook was non-existent a week ago, which has kept him price tag low entering Week 3, but don't let last week turn you away from this stud. The Cowboys defense is going to have a hard time containing the Rams wide receivers, let alone being able to keep Cook under lock and key as well. Cook is going to finish the season as a top five tight end, and this week he should get back on track after a disappointing Week 2 finish, so take advantage of the cheap price while you can.
FLEX: Chris Givens (STL) @ DAL--$4,400--
There really isn't much more to say about the Rams/Cowboys matchup this week, as I clearly am all-in on the Rams passing game this week. Givens is coming off of an eight target game in which he finished with five receptions for 105 yards. Givens is the Rams down field threat, and if look back at what Victor Cruz did to the Cowboys two weeks ago, there is a good chance Givens has a big day as well. He is not yet to the level of Cruz, so a duplicate of his performance is highly unlikely, but the Cowboys won't be able to contain him downfield.
K: Garrett Hartley (NO) vs. ARI--$3,800--
Hartley is tied for the league lead with Dan Bailey in fiedl goals made through the first two weeks, totaling 21 points for the Saints. While the Saints have one of the best offenses in all of football, the Cardinals defense should be able to keep the game close, limiting the amount of times the Saints get into the end zone. If that is indeed the case, Hartley should get plenty of opportunities to add on to his league-lead making him a solid pick form Sunday's contests.
DEF: Chicago Bears Defense/Special Teams @ PIT--$4,800--
The Bears defense may be in the middle of the pack in total defense through the first two weeks, but are averaging three takeaways per game. The Steelers running game has been terrible thus far, leaving a lot of the weight on the arm on Ben Roethlisberger, who has struggled as well in an off-balanced offensive attack. With that said, the Bears should have a field day in this contest, having already recorded three interceptions the last two weeks. This is going to be a battle of defenses, but it looks like the Bears will win the battle on paper.
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