Week 3
September 19, 2017


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Chris Thompson

Washington Redskins

Thompson Flashes

Thompson only had three carries, but two of them went for scores, including a 61-yard scamper. He finished with six touches for 106 yards and two scores. Rob Kelley could miss time with the injury and Thompson is lightening in a bottle.

Fantasy Goo: Thompson is the back to own in PPR leagues, his floor is solid with the passing downs work and he will probably average five carries a game if Kelley (ribs) is out.

09/19/17, 07:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com

Chris Carson

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Backfield Jumble

Carson was the man at running back for the Seahawks, running the ball 20 times for 93 yards, and he caught one pass for 7 yards to give him 100 total yards on the day. Lacy is a non-factor, and Rawls does not look like he will be able to keep Carson from getting the Lion share of carries going forward.

Fantasy Goo: Carson will probably be the number one waiver add in your league, and if you have the number one pick you NEED to add Carson now.

09/19/17, 07:06 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com

D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

The Foreman Is On The Job

The Texans want to get Foreman more involved in the offense, and this week he had 12 carries for 40 yards. He is going to be in a 60/40 split with Lamar Miller, but there is upside if Miller goes down. His workload should only increase as the season moves along.

Fantasy Goo: If he’s still available, if you have space on your roster, and if you can wait a few weeks for him to take even more of the role, then this is your guy to grab. Foreman could emerge as the Texans primary back by the end of the year.

09/19/17, 07:03 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com

Rashard Higgins

Cleveland Browns

They Call Him "Hollywood"

Browns placed WR Corey Coleman on injured reserve with a broken hand. Coleman underwent surgery on his broken right hand Monday. Higgins played 54-of-71 snaps against the Ravens, 12 more than Kenny Britt. He also turned 11 targets into seven catches for 95 yards. He was just promoted off the practice squad on Saturday, so he could be a one hit wonder.

Fantasy Goo: Normally I would say to just put him on your watch list, but he could emerge into what we thought Kenny Britt would be. Britt is playing like he doesn’t give a crap right now, which is giving Higgins opportunity and with Coleman out for at least eight weeks there might not be anyone else to throw to.

09/19/17, 07:00 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Will Fuller

Houston Texans

Strong Out, Fuller In

Will Fuller (collarbone) returned to practice on Monday. It's a potential sign Fuller could return for Week 3. The Houston Chronicle reported in early August that Fuller would likely miss "2-3 months," but Fuller is an elite athlete in optimal condition, and he is capable of beating a lengthy timetable like that. The Texans also placed WR Jaelen Strong on waivers and the Jaguars have claimed him.

Fantasy Goo: It’s too bad the Texans still don’t have a QB. Fuller could add a valuable weapon for Watson, but I don’t see Watson being a productive QB that can maintain two WR’s with weekly fantasy value. Keep Fuller on the watch list just in case Watson proves he can produce or they shift to a free agent QB.

09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

A.J. Green

Cincinnati Bengals

Green looking forward to Green Bay

A.J. Green has struggled to get going this season, with 10 receptions for 141 yards and no touchdowns. This week he faces a Packers defense that could be without Mike Daniels and Ahmad Brooks. Julio Jones had 108 yards against the Packers last week, and without the pass rush of Daniels Green should be able to make more plays downfield this week. The Bengals are looking for their first touchdown of the season, and Dalton wants it to be a passing touchdown to A.J.

09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell looking for a breakthrough against the Bears

Le'Veon has only totaled 138 yards with no scores through the first two weeks. Owners should be feeling good about his matchup this week against the Bears. Chicago is already without LB Jerrell Freeman, and last week lost his replacement Nick Kwiatkowski. The Bears are a mess and Bell should be able to exploit those weaknesses for big gains this week.

09/19/17, 06:52 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Carolina Panthers

Carolina In My Mind

Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Cam looked rusty last week, he was literally shaking his arm after passes like there was rust in his shoulder joint. Christian McCaffrey out-snapped Jonathan Stewart 70% to 43% in Week 1, but Stewart out-touched McCaffrey 20 to 18, and Stewart scored the backfield’s lone TD on a red-zone reception where McCaffrey served as a decoy. As Carolina is favored by a touchdown at home, this sets up as another positive-script game where Stewart can log a similar if not superior workload to his dynamic rookie counterpart, giving both Panthers backs RB2/flex appeal. I don’t like any of the receivers, Benjamin is only ranked within the startable range because of the implied opportunity and what should be a prime match-up.

09/17/17, 10:30 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo @ Carolina

Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Tyrod is a solid sit for me on the road against a strong Carolina defense that silenced the 49ers on the road last week. McCoy will get 25 or so carries so I’m starting him in season-long, but his upside is capped so he’s a fade in DFS this week. Charles Clay led Buffalo in targets and caught his eighth TD in 29 games as a Bill. Last year’s Panthers allowed the league’s second-most fantasy points to tight ends, a position to which their Cover-3 zone can be vulnerable.

09/17/17, 10:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New England Patriots

New England @ New Orleans

Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
Last year the Saints allowed the second-most points (454) and the most passing yards (4380), the Superdome is now known as football’s version of Coors Field for its elevation of offensive output. My top DFS plays are Brady, of course, Cooks in a revenge game, Gronk if you are ok with paying up at TE, and the way to get Gronk in a DK line-up is to play James White at RB2 or flex. White is cheap, and played the most snaps of the RB’s last week, he could have around 5 receptions for around 35-50yds and cross your fingers for a TD.

09/17/17, 10:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Hosting New England

Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
The Saints, and Brees are a different animal at home than the road. Alex Smith shredded the Pats last week and even on short rest (6 days, compared to NE’s 10 days) Brees should see similar numbers. I feel good about starting Michael Thomas or Fleener, they should see the bulk of red-zone targets. The RB situation is in flux so the only RB I’m considering is Alvin Kamara, he’s obviously not a cash game play, but at $3500 he could pay-off in a big way.

09/17/17, 10:09 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have alot to do to bounce back to fantasy relevance in week 2

With Blake Bortles playing the role as "game manager" it certainly puts a cap on the Jags offense as a whole,sure Leonard Fournette can be counted on to get the Lions share of work but at the cost of the passing game especially after losing AR15 who is left to count on ?
Blake threw for a meager 125 and a TD in week one's victory over Houston,but went 11 for 21 pass attempts. (21 attempts yoikes)
It seems the lack of faith in Bortles has everyone wondering if you can even start any pass catcher on this team.
The improvement of the defense should help but if history tells us anything it is that the Jags will be playing from behind and will be forced to throw. So again who's catching the ball in Jacksonville week 2?

Allen Hurns caught 3 out of 4 targets for 42 yards in the Jaguars' season opener and should be the one to take on the WR1 duties. He did show some fantasy value two years ago and is most likely to be the receiver with the most upside and is currently WR 49 on pyro rankings.

Marqise Lee was off the marq week 1 and had 4 balls thrown his way and failed to haul in a single catch, but he is in line to be the WR2. Maybe the increased workload and motivation of being more involved in the game plan will be the trick for Lee who's is WR 50 on pyro rankings.

Marcedes Lewis the tight-end failed to make a single reception of his two targets vs.the Texans. He could be called on to make up some of the loss of ARob but I'm not holding my breath. He only had 169 yards and a single touchdown all of last season Lewis is currently holding down TE 47 on the current pyro rankings.

Fantasy Goo: So if your like me the approach in Jacksonville is wait and see what happens Sunday vs Tennessee and hopefully we get the answers we are looking for by end of week three.

09/17/17, 05:13 AM CDT by PK Ripper

Source: pyromaniac.com

Green Bay Packers

Packers @ Falcons

Ty Montgomery played 75 of82 snaps, he’s playing a team that struggles to cover RBs and there’s a high over under. After allowing a league-high 14.5 receiving points per game to opposing backfields in 2016, Atlanta allowed a Week 1 high 23.1 points to the Chicago backfield receiving. Aaron Rodgers has thrown 10 touchdowns with at least three in each game and averaged 29.3 points per game. Randall Cobb accounted for 32 percent of the Green Bay targets Week 1.

Fantasy Goo: Start everyone mentioned above and Jordy. I guess Adams and Bennett are solid plays too, but I usually stay away from them in general, very TD dependent. This should be a shoot-out in Atlanta’s new stadium, and I expect Ty Montgomery to have the best value at $5800 on DK.

09/16/17, 06:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Double Hunt in KC

“Chiefs are releasing CJ Spiller again, per sources. This makes room on the 53 for RB Akeem Hunt, who can contribute on lots of special teams.”

Fantasy: Ok, this means absolutely nothing, but if you have that guy in your league that keeps sending annoying trades, you should pick up Akeem and send the guy an offer when you know he’s been drinking. All he’ll see is Hunt KC, if you make the right offer. Ask for someone good, but don’t get greedy.

09/16/17, 06:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Michael Crabtree

Oakland Raiders

Crabtree is the WR1 on Oakland yet again

Crabtree is the WR1a for the Raiders against a strong Jets defense in Oakland, but it’s the first home game of the year and they’ve already shown the ability to put up points. This game should end in a blowout which means more red-zone targets for Crabby, something that he didn’t see in Week 1. Look for another seven reception performance for around 100 yards and a touchdown.

09/16/17, 04:56 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Derek Carr

Oakland Raiders

Great matchup this week

Carr was very efficient against the Titans on the road but will break out in a major way at home against the withering Jets defense. Tyrod Taylor posted 18.7 FF points in Week 1 against NYJ and Carr has better weapons at his disposal. Carr could easily be the top QB this week and will continue to be the steal of the draft.

09/16/17, 04:54 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

Cooper scooper

Cooper had the big fantasy day with his 62 yards and a touchdown, but he had only five receptions on 13 targets! Something to be concerned about, but Amari also worked through a small knee injury. Use the eye-test in Week 2 to see if his efficiency improves, otherwise, Crabtree might re-take the WR1 spot on this powerful offense.

09/16/17, 04:54 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Emmanuel Sanders

Denver Broncos

2 inches short of explosion

Sanders was so close to a massive fantasy day but was overthrown by inches on two red-zone targets on Monday night. Sanders and Demaryius will mimic each other’s stat lines through the season, but ‘Manny usually sees the softer coverage. Over the course of the season, Demaryius will see a larger total FF point sum, but itll be Sanders that wins you the week.

09/16/17, 04:53 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Demaryius Thomas

Denver Broncos

Solid WR2 in all formats

Thomas will continue to be a solid WR2 especially in PPR leagues. Dallas is a similar test to the Chargers in defending receivers, so temper expectations for a breakout week, but you can definitely expect 6-8 receptions for just under 100 yards.

09/16/17, 04:52 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

C.J. Anderson

Denver Broncos

Anderson has Charles breathing down his neck...

Anderson rushed 20 times for 81 yards but was often replaced near the goal line and in long yardage situations. It was odd to see and may be a legitimate concern with Jamaal Charles in the back-up role. All CJ owners should think about stashing Charles on the bench. Dallas only allowed 9.6 and 3.5 FF points to Giant RBs so we should expect a similar output in Week 2, making CJ a flex candidate.

09/16/17, 04:50 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Julio Jones vs a banged up Bears defesnse sounds like a great time!

The Daily Dos & Don'ts - Week 1 DFS Advice (2017)

Posted by d-Rx on 09/09/17

by   The Archer


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Stagg Party's Week 1 DFS


Pillar: Amari Cooper – FanDuel - $7,600 / DraftKings - $7,200

This week, while everyone will be building his or her lineups around two stalwart running backs, I will play slightly different and run out some high priced receivers to provide a contrarian look. Cooper actually ranks as a borderline top-10 wide receiver depending on your preferred site, but has the upside for much more. While Cooper is more of a GPP play because of his high ceiling, Tennessee’s weak secondary also give him so cash game appeal. 25% of Amari Cooper’s 32 career games have gone for over 20 PPR fantasy points, and nine have gone for over 100 yards, so if there is a bonus system, he has a good likelihood to hit that mark. Amari’s price allows him to be one of the first players to lock in and still pay up at another spot should you wish. Tennessee allowed the most yards to opposing wide receivers and second most catches. With a bulked up physique and a dominant display this preseason, Cooper could get hot from the start.


Sleeper: Doug Baldwin – FanDuel - $7,500 / DraftKings - $6,700

Doug Baldwin is another receiver I will be spending a little more cash on while most will be forced to go dumpster diving if they go with the jamthemin strategy with Le’Veon Bell and David Johnson. Badlwin was in this same spot against the Packers last year, and disappointed despite many putting him in as a lineup lock. Disappointment in prime spots typically leads to lower ownership, but the way he was drafted this offseason leads me to believe he will be heavily owned as he is priced outside of the top ten receivers. Baldwin’s weekly volatility makes him more of a gpp play, but the tournament winning upside is there. Baldwin has played 36 games including the playoffs over the last two seasons, 33% of those have gone for over 20 points in PPR leagues. Baldwin’s price relative to his scoring upside gives him a slot in my rosters.


Low Cost Dart Throw: DeShone Kizer – FanDuel - $6,000 / Draftkings - $4,800 

Back to the well with cheap rookie quarterbacks who can run the rock to give you a nice floor. Let’s play a game, what does it take for DeShone Kizer to three X on FanDuel? So how can DeShone get to 18 fantasy points for you this week and give your roster some much needed savings. Let’s see he could throw for 275 yards one touchdown and no picks with 30 rushing yards. He could throw for 250 yards with two touchdowns an interception and ten yards rushing. Or he could have a Tyrod Taylor like game and pass for 200 yards throw one touchdown and rush for 40 yards. These are all well within his range of outcomes, while he isn’t a viable cash game play, for tournaments he can be used in a handful of lineups to add some diversity to your plays.


I’d Avoid: Ezekiel Elliott - FanDuel - $8,700 / Draftkings - $8,100

Ezekiel Elliott got his suspension stayed for at least one week, so many will flock to him. For those who may not have gotten a redraft share, they may try and play him in a game where he looks locked and loaded for a big workload should he be on hiatus for the next six weeks of the season depending on the results of the TRO hearing tomorrow.  The Giants were one of the best squads at bottling up Zeke last season. Holding him to 51 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown in game one and a catch on two targets for one yard in their first tilt. In the second, Elliott rushed 24 times for 107 yards and no scores and failed to catch any of his two targets. On the season, the Giants allowed the fifth fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs and possess some of the best run defenders in the league on their defensive line. While Zeke may possess a big workload this week, the overall score upside leaves him on the outside of my rosters looking in.




ØC's Week 1 DFS


Pillar: QB, Russell Wilson – FanDuel - $8,000 / DraftKings - $6,900

Wilson leads a powerful offense into Green Bay on Sunday with a chip on his shoulder. Russell was lambasted back in Week 14 of the 2016 regular season when he threw five interceptions in a 38-10 loss. I think he will come back with a vengeance and a healthy core of running backs to assist. Wilson had six games of 21 or more FF points last season and Packers were dreadful against fantasy QBs, allowing the second most (23.3) FF points per game to opposing passers. Wilson is locked and loaded as my Daily Pillar in a high scoring affair.

Sleeper: WR, Kelvin Benjamin – FanDuel - $6,500 / Draft Kings - $5,900

Kelvin Benjamin will lead the re-vamped Carolina Panthers into San Francisco and put on a show. The Niners were the fourth worst defense against opposing fantasy wide receivers in 2016, allowing 25.3 FF points per game to wide outs. Benjamin is a massive target and a staple in the red-zone when the Panthers dial up the pass. Kelvin collected 91 yards on six receptions while adding a TD in the first week last year and could easily surpass those numbers on Sunday. At less than $6,000, Kelvin will be a bargain in Week 1.


Low Cost Dart Throw: WR, Mohamed Sanu – FanDuel - $4,800 / DraftKings $4,200

The only way Chicago can come close to an upset in Week one against last year’s best offense is to stack the line and double cover Julio Jones. This will lead WR2, Mohamed Sanu open all day long. In the last three games daily fantasy production was tracked, Sanu posted 16.9, 14.4, and 13.2 FF points at the end of 2016. This included a touchdown in each of those games and I see no reason why he can’t continue to reach this production. Many of these scores were at home so the opening week road game may cause some challenges, plus Chicago has at worse an average secondary.


I'd Avoid: TE, Jordan Reed – FanDuel - $7,100 / DraftKings $5,900

Jordan Reed lives on the injury report, this time it’s a toe injury just a few weeks after he was activated from the PUP list. Combine Jordan’s durability with a first Week match-up against the second toughest defense against fantasy tight ends and you get a recipe for failure. Reed snagged a late touchdown in Week 17 last season but hasn’t been fantasy relevant since his two touchdown performance on Thanksgiving when he also left with a dislocated shoulder. There are many ends with cheaper price tags you can consider for better fantasy output.





d-Rx's Week 1 DFS


Pillar: Julio Jones - FanDuel - $9,000 / DraftKings - $8,500

This Bears defensive secondary is totally new after an offseason reboot. They were an above average unit last season against WRs for fantasy points against on FanDuel and DraftKings, but you can’t use those metrics for this season because it’s all new faces this time around. Prince Amukamara was going to be covering Julio Jones (gulp), but he’s out with an ankle injury. But truth be told, I think it’s less about what the Bears do or don’t have, and more about the demons that Ryan and Julio have to exorcise after their heartbreaking Super Bowl loss in February. If They put up a nice win and everyone puts up nice stats, people will stop looking in the rear-view mirror and focus on the Falcons for 2017, who should again put up the most fantasy points of any NFL offense. This will probably be the most expensive Julio will cost all season, but I’m going all in!


Sleeper: Tyrod Taylor - FanDuel - $7,500 / DraftKings - $6,200

Great matchup against the Jets here for Tygod. He comes at a reasonable price and should be ready to brush off the cob webs and get the post-Sammy era going fast and early. Hopefully, the cloudiness from the concussion is behind him and he starts off hot with his 2 new weapons at wideout in rookie Zay Jones (another guy I am playing at a value on my DFS teams, see stack below) and Jordan Matthews who was just traded from the Eagles. This is a litmus test for this Bills offense that I firmly believe they pass with flying colors. I’m digging the Bills offense on the ground and through the air this season.


Low Cost Dart Throw: Evan Engram - FanDuel - $4,900 / DraftKings - $2,900 

Even if Odell Beckham plays, he’s going to be 50% of himself. Marshall has been banged up as well. I think Engram is the one that you move up in this one, because the Cowboys aren’t good against TEs. Last season, they were second worst in giving up #FF points to tight ends in DraftKings at 17.3 fantasy points per game, and they ranked just as poorly in FanDuel allowing 13.6 points to the position. Evan is essentially a WR that is faster than a lot of the best WRs in the league (I’m looking at you Antonio Brown) and will be a matchup nightmare for the Cowboys linebackers. Watch McAdoo get his new shiny toy going early to set the tone for teams across the league that the Giants offense has a lot of weapons this time around. 


I'd Avoid: Ty Montgomery - FanDuel - $6,600 / DraftKings - $5,800

The Seahawks defense looks fired up this season, and they are a top 5 team at stopping RBs from scoring #FF points against them. I think Ty gets his ass handed to him this week and has owners that over-drafted him worried sick about how well he can hold up this season. With Ajayi out this week he’s a top 10 back in salary on DraftKings and 14th at RB in FD. No thanks, to rich for my blood.


Stack: Tyrod Taylor - FD - $7,500 / DK - $6,200 -&- Zay Jones - FD - $5,100 / DK - $3,500






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