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Week 3 DraftKings DFS Lineups
It’s been a busy week here at The Daily Fantasy Stadium. We were fortunate to escape the onslaught of injuries that occurred last week. Our only downfall was The Play of the Week: A.J. Green. If you click the link on his name, you’ll notice he didn’t do diddly in Week 2. whomp whomp
There’s no use dwelling in the past, though. After all, we built our bankrolls two-fold on DraftKings and earned a sizable profit on FanDuel and FantasyDraft as well. Our GPPs were right on the edge, but without Stefon Diggs (and sporting AJG) it was tough to stay in the standings before Monday night ended. We’ve doubled our efforts internally to ensure that mortgages, car payments, grocery bills, beer coolers, and vacations can all be taken care of.
Below are the Week 3 DraftKings DFS Lineups. They have been redone four times this week to accommodate injury updates, player ownership, starting lineups, and gut checks. There isn’t a player on these lineups that hasn’t been cross-examined by our DFS staff. Over 50 man hours have gone into making the lineups, not counting media consumption or subconscious daydreaming about roster construction (which never really stops). We hope you’ll join us this week as we boost our bankrolls and set sail for mid-season DFS glory.
|QB||Marcus Mariota||vs. OAK Raiders||5900||4|
|RB||Melvin Gordon||@ IND Colts||5800||5|
|RB||DeAngelo Williams||@ PHI Eagles||7500||5|
|WR||Larry Fitzgerald||@ BUF Bills||6900||5|
|WR||Stefon Diggs||@ CAR Panthers||5100||4|
|WR||Travis Benjamin||@ IND Colts||5200||4|
|TE||Jordan Reed||@ NY Giants||6500||4|
|Flex||Kenny Britt||@TB Buccaneers||3900||4|
|DST||Miami Dolphins||vs. CLE Browns||3000||5|
From top to bottom, this is a secure cash lineup. If posting head-to-head contests isn’t your thing, enter this into a Double Up. DraftKings has $5-$50 Double Ups. Some can be entered multiple times. We frequently run a train with our Double Up lineups, meaning we enter the same lineup multiple times. That way if one cashes, they all cash. Last week the DFS staff was able to ride their “cash trains” into a 105% ROI.
Marcus Mariota faces the worst defense in the history of the NFL while at home. He will be without Delanie Walker, but may be relied on more in the rushing game. With Mariota’s price of $5,900, we’ll be stoked if he scores 20, but he has an upside of 30+. Melvin Gordon and DeAngelo Williams are the safest RBs on the slate. Injuries and poor offensive line play have thinned the RB field immensely. We decided to pay up at the position and look for value elsewhere.
On sites with full PPR, it’s all about volume at the WR position. Who can we count on for 5+ receptions? That’s a good place to start when looking for value at the position. We felt Larry Fitzgerald against the Rob Ryan-led Bills defense was as safe as it gets (especially on the road). Even though Philip Rivers and company continue to lose offensive pieces, they find themselves matched up with the deplorable Indianapolis Colts secondary. With the game in a dome and on the road, we expect Rivers to light up the Colts and Travis Benjamin figures to be a large contributor. Stefon Diggs is the Vikings offense. Even if he’s traveling to Carolina, he’ll get 10+ targets and should pay off his under-priced $5,100 tag.
The TE landscape seems to be split in two. There are the Jesse James, Hunter Henry, Trey Burton, Dennis Pitta types, or there are the elite options like Jordan Reed. With Washington needing a win against the division-rival Giants, we expect Reed to be heavily involved from the first snap. He may not be as flexy as you want, but Kenny Britt is the real deal–at least with Case Keenum under center. Britt has put up 14 and 15 points in the first 2 weeks. At his current price, we just need an average performance to cash in. Finally, we went with the Miami Dolphins DST. Two words: Cody Kessler.
Guaranteed Prize Pool (GPP)
|QB||Blake Bortles||vs. BAL Ravens||6500||4|
|RB||Todd Gurley||@ TB Buccaneers||7100||4|
|RB||Ezekiel Elliott||vs. CHI Bears||6900||4|
|WR||Allen Robinson||vs. BAL Ravens||7500||5|
|WR||Mike Evans||vs. LA Rams||7000||4|
|WR||DeVante Parker||vs. CLE Browns||4900||3|
|TE||Trey Burton||vs. PIT Steelers||2500||3|
|Flex||Kenny Britt||@ TB Buccaneers||3900||4|
|DST||Arizona Cardinals||@ BUF Bills||3600||5|
Last season we cashed in big on Week 3 GPPs. Our key to success was targeting games that had been overlooked by the fantasy community. You may have heard previous GPP winners say they “zigged where others zagged.” We’re not much for designs here, but we’re all about seeing our name at the top of the leader board. Ask Andrew Ferris what it feels like to go to sleep with $1,000,000 next to your name (and then ask how it felt to finish with less than $1,000). We know what it takes, and we won’t be persuaded by the masses.
It’s clear that we expect the Baltimore vs. Jacksonville game to be high scoring. Both teams struggle to play defense in the secondary and neither has proven to have a consistent, or effective pass rush. With Joe Flacco slinging it to his guys, this is the game for Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson to get on track. This stack is the crux of our success. We included Mike Evans as another big-play WR with Robinson. We had to spend up somewhere, so we chose our spots wisely.
The RBs were tough to decide between. Ezekiel Elliott will be on display at Jerry World when the Chicago circus brings the Bears to town. Elliott will run rough shot over the crippled Bears defense–we just hope Alfred Morris is still full after last week’s TD. Todd Gurley has faced two of the top defensive units in the league to start the year. We expect him to have more success on his heavy workload against a lesser opponent. It may not be this week in Tampa Bay, but then again, it might be. Just in case the Gurley-Evans stack wasn’t enough, we flexed Kenny Britt as a cheap play with massive upside. Seriously, this guy will be in the Millionaire Lineup more than once.
DeVante Parker and Trey Burton were our two pivots. It’s not necessary to get crazy with the player pool, but there are always opportunities for 6-8x value with guys who’s situations are in flux. Burton was heavily involved last week in Zach Ertz‘ absence with the Eagles. Rookie QB Carson Wentz likes his TEs and will continue to pepper Burton with targets this week against Pittsburgh. Parker exploded last week and appears to be fully healthy. His price doesn’t reflect either of these facts and he’s facing the Cleveland Browns this week in Miami. Yeah, we know.
The Cardinals have the best defensive unit in the NFL. Denver may have more fantasy points now, but as they travel to Cincinnati to take on the Sunday-scorned Bengals, Arizona gets to feast on the Greg Roman-less Buffalo Bills and their bleeding-heart Ryan brother defense. Carson Palmer and company will get up early, allowing Bruce Arian’s boys to pin their ears back and get to ball hawking.