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 is due for a nice week in DFS after a few weeks of sub par games for the stud WR

The Daily Dos & Don'ts - Week 13 DFS Advice (2016)

Posted by d-Rx on 12/03/16

by   The Archer


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Stagg Party's Week 13 DFS Picks


Pillar: Drew Brees - DraftKings - $7,600 / FanDuel - $9,300   [DET@NO]

Drew Brees is a monster and is coming off a huge week in which he lit up the Los Angeles Rams. This week he goes back to the Superdome which he owns for a matchup against another offensive power with a suspect defense in the Detroit Lions. Brees has been on fire and has a trio of receivers that can get the job done as well as multiple playmakers at the running back and tight end positions. The Lions are giving up the sixth most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and have been very good taking away rushing touchdowns this season making Brees more likely to have to score through the air and we already know he is going to get at least three hundred yards at home. This game has a total of 54 points so I want to play a ton of players in this game as it could be one of the shootouts of the year.


Mid Priced Core Piece: Brandin Cooks - DraftKings - $6,400 / FanDuel - $6,800 [DET@NO]

Brandin Cooks is coming off a solid goose egg for fantasy owners last week, which has pissed a lot of fantasy owners off, so maybe you can get him at a lower ownership then typical for a guy with his ceiling. Cooks may no longer be the number one receiver on his own team, but is consistently thrown to, one week withstanding, and has the ability to take it to the house from anywhere on the field. The Lions have a lot of holes in the secondary and in their linebacking corps making all the Saints pass catchers attractive options this week. Stacking two pass catchers with Brees is far from out of the question, but I like Cooks to rebound after being forgotten about last week. It also helps that Michael Thomas has surpassed him in terms of cost, making him a cheaper option to pair with Brees.


Low Cost Dart Throw: Marvin Jones - DraftKings - $4,400 / FanDuel - $5,600 [DET@NO]

Marvin Jones has been a major fantasy disappointment since his early season breakout but has a string of tough matchups in strong passing defenses or shut down corners. Jones now gets a New Orleans Saints team that should allow him to remedy his miscues. The Saints are middle of the road against opposing wide receivers, but at his price tag, no one comes close to Jones’ consistent targets and overall ceiling. One interesting tactic in DFS is to target players who have had a major pricing change and play them at a low point, and Marvin Jones definitely has that with a season high salary of 7,600. Jones is also positively correlated to the Saints passing game so you can even stuff him in the Saints stacks.


Fade: Jay Ajayi - DraftKings - $7,500 / FanDuel - $7,900   [MIA@BAL]

Jay Ajayi had a nice middle of the season but has cooled off in recent weeks, mostly due to an unhealthy offensive line and backups who aren’t nearly as good as the starters being slotted in. While two of the three could be back this week who knows how their performances will be affected by their injuries. With a potentially hampered offensive line and one of the best run defenses in the league, I think it is better avoiding Ajayi with other running backs in his price range in much better spots.


Stack of the Week: Drew Brees and Brandin Cooks [DET@NO]



Houdini's Week 13 DFS Picks



Pillar: Julio Jones – Draft Kings $8,700 / Fan Duel $8,300 [ATL vs. KC]

Julio is coming off a tough performance last where he only posted four receptions for 35 yards, but that was against Patrick Peterson. This week he faces a Chiefs defense that has been victimized by opposing receivers, allowing 26.8 fantasy points per game, second most in the league. Julio is going to make up for last week in a big way with a ton of targets and a couple touchdowns. You have to play Julio this week!!!


Mid Priced Core Piece: Theo Riddick – Draft Kings $5,800 / Fan Duel $6,500 [DET@NO]

Riddick has been okay the last three weeks, but he has been held out of the endzone. Part of the reason for this is that he played the Vikings twice, and the other against the Jaguars. This week he gets the Saints, and this is when he will be marching back into the endzone. The Saints allow 21.4 fantasy points to running backs, 6th most, and Riddick is going to do a lot of damage as a receiver this week. This game has shootout written all over it, and Theo will be a big part of that.


Low Cost Dart Throw: Dontrell Inman – Draft Kings $5,200 / Fan Duel $5,200 [SD vs. TB]

Tyrell Williams is nursing a shoulder injury and may not be able to play, or could be limited. If he can’t go then Inman becomes a super steal for you, as he will see a ton of targets. The Buccaneers defense has been better as of late, but they still give up 24.2 fantasy points per game to receivers. Philip Rivers loves to chuck it, and if Williams is out you need to have Inman IN your lineup.


Fade: Odell Beckham Jr. – Draft Kings $8,500 / Fan Duel $9,000 [DAL@PIT]

Odell has been getting back to his old self, and last week he scored two touchdowns. He now has five touchdowns in his last four games. Unfortunately he has been held under 100 yards in his last five games. He will face a Steelers defense that is 4th best at limiting receivers, giving up only 18.9 fantasy points per game. OBJ will be trying to match Antonio Brown, but I think Brown wins the battle and with them at the same price is why I am fading on Beckham.


Stack of the Week: Get in on the action with almost any combination in the Saints/Lions game 


Mo’s Week 13 DFS Picks


Pillar: Jordan Howard - DraftKings - $6,900 / FanDuel - $7,400 [SF@CHI]

This is a great cash game play. Jo-Ho is sure to get the work as the Bears have run out of offensive options. The best part of this deal, he faces the 49’ers, no other defense in the league is giving up as many yards per carry to opposing backs. Not only that, they surrender the most total rushing yards, the most rushing TDs, and the most PPR fantasy points on a per game basis. As a fantasy player, you want to chase opportunity. There are few RBs that are going to have the volume that Howard will receive against perhaps the league’s most vulnerable defense to opposing RBs.


Mid Priced Core Piece: Matt Forte - DraftKings - $5,900 / FanDuel - $6,900 [IND@NYJ]

Forte has put up top 12 PPR performances in 55% of his games this season. That trend should continue as the team expects All-Pro Center, Nick Mangold, to return this week. That will be a big boost. In Week 13, they welcome Indy to town. The Colts rank 31st in adjusted line yards surrendered to opposing RBs. In the fantasy realm, their defense has surrendered the 8th most FF Points. Of course, Forte can get it done on the ground and through the air. The Colts have given up the most receiving TDs to opposing RBs this season, 5 all told. This is going to be a tight game, and Vegas opened this one up with a 49.5 line. There should be plenty of scoring to be had, and because Forte is heavily involved in all facets of this offense, he should be considered prime DFS real-estate.


Low Cost Dart Throw: Marquise Goodwin - DraftKings - $3,400 / FanDuel - $5,200 [BUF@OAK]

There could be few players at this basement price, especially on Draft Kings, that can expect the amount of volume that will come Goodwin’s way. Both Robert woods, and Percy Harvin have been ruled out. Sammy Watkins will likely be on a bit of a snap count as his surgically repaired foot swelled up this week in practice. It should be noted that Goodwin technically has a Questionable designation himself, but there is nothing to suggest he is in danger of missing this game. The fact of the matter is, he could very well lead the Bills in targets. We have seen him strike from anywhere on the field, and he will have opportunity to do it this weekend. Vegas pegged this one with an over/under of 50 points when this one opened. The Raiders are only favored by 3, that means there should be scoring a plenty. This game may not reach 50, but still, the opportunity is there in spades for Goodwin.


Fade:  Terrance West - DraftKings - $3,800 / FanDuel - $5,900 [MIA@BAL]

To be honest, I am fading both Baltimore RBs. Look, I love me some Dixon. However, for some reason, the coaching staff has just not given him the go-ahead. Dixon and West continue to cannibalize one another in this offense. I have been pushing Dixon since he was drafted. But until something shakes loose in this offense, I am staying away. Dixon’s usage has been trending upwards, but it appears stuck in this time-share. I am willing to sit this one out. Once he does plant his flag, great. But until I see it, I just see these two backs continue to drag one-another down. Besides, the Ravens offense is stuck in neutral. They are not putting up the points, and win through their defense.


Game Stack of the Week:   Detroit Lions @ the New Orleans Saints






FanDuel Points Allowed Thru 12 Weeks of Games Played

FanDuel Points Allowed Thru 12 Weeks

DraftKings Points Allowed Thru 12 Weeks of Games Played

DraftKings Points Allowed Thru 12 Weeks


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