By: Nick LoPrinzi (The Sports Talk)
Week 3 DraftKings Lineup
My lineups from weeks one and two have both been in the money. However, this week is going to be a tough one, as I am not in love with either of my lineups. Reminder, the lineups are GPP and for the Sunday slate only! My honorable mentions this week are apart of my second lineup that I will be deploying.
QB: Derek Carr, Raiders ($6,800)
I think Derek Carr has a chance to be the highest scoring QB this week, while being low-owned at the same time. A lot of people may pay up for Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan. I also believe that Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford may be in more lineups than Carr. However, I think Carr has the best matchup. He has thrown for at least two touchdowns and 230 yards in each game so far without a turnover. Washington has allowed the 26th most passing yards and the 26th most points through two games. On top of that, this game has the highest Vegas total. I have a lot of confidence in Carr this week.
Honorable Mention: Matthew Stafford, Lions ($6,200)
RB: Le’Veon Bell, Steelers ($8,800)
This is the week that Le’Veon Bell bounces back to his true form. Bell saw a huge uptick in touches last week. He had 10 rushing attempts in week one, while rushing 27 times last week. However, he played a very good Vikings’ defense last week and that was the reason he underperformed. He is still involved in the passing game as he has 7 receptions over his first two games of the season. Bell is “cheap” right now, so take the opportunity to put him in your lineups.
Honorable Mention: Jay Ajayi, Dolphins ($7,700)
RB: Mike Gillislee, Patriots ($5,700)
It is obvious that Mike Gillislee is the Patriots early down and goal-line back. He leads the team in rushing attempts with 33 and also has four rushing touchdowns on the season. With injuries to the Patriots’ wide receivers, I think they will stick to the run game for a bit. On top of that, the Patriots are at home and a 13 point favorite. I expect Gillislee to get a lot of work.
Honorable Mention: Jonathan Stewart, Panthers ($5,700)
WR: Amari Cooper, Raiders ($7,100)
I am stacking Derek Carr with Amari Cooper. Why not Michael Crabtree? I think Crabtree will be higher-owned and it is tough to predict who will have the bigger game week after week. Cooper has more talent than Crabtree, but Carr sometimes favors Crabtree. Last year, Crabtree had a three touchdown game as well. What happened the next week? Crabtree caught 3 passes for 47 yards and a touchdown on 7 targets, while Cooper hauled in 6 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown on 12 targets. I am hoping for a little Deja Vu.
Honorable Mention: Keenan Allen, Chargers ($7,200)
WR: Jamison Crowder, Redskins ($4,900)
I have done it in the first two weeks and I will continue to do it this week. Plug in a WR on the opposing team of your quarterback. Terrelle Pryor may be the Redskins number one receiver, but I like Jamison Crowder and Kirk Cousins’ chemistry better. Cousins has struggled in his first two games, but I think he bounces back this week at home against a not so great Raiders’ defense. On top of that, Crowder is $1,000 cheaper than Pryror. I think there is a chance they both have a solid game, so I am going with the cheaper option.
Honorable Mention: Marvin Jones, Lions ($4,200)
WR: Jermaine Kearse, Jets ($4,600)
Anytime you see a New York Jets player in a lineup you might think, “How is that going to help?” Let me explain. When looking wide receivers, you want production over volume. Jermaine Kearse has given a whole lot of production through two games so far. He has caught 11 passes for 123 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Jets are playing from behind in most games, therefore, they are forced to air out the ball. Josh McCown has targeted Kearse 14 times over the first two games and I am hoping he continues to target him this week.
Honorable Mentions: Mohamed Sanu, Falcons ($4,500)
TE: Zach Ertz, Eagles ($5,000)
So far this season, the Giants have been torched by opposing tight ends. In week one, Jason Witten went 7-59-1, while in week two Eric Ebron went 5-42-1. Both weeks the tight end has scored. Zach Ertz is a better receiver than both of the previous mentioned tight ends and he seems to be Carson Wentz’s favorite target this season. He has come close to 100 yards in both games so far and has yet to catch his first touchdown. I think that touchdown comes this week.
Honorable Mention: DEPLOY ERTZ
FLEX: Rashard Higgins, Browns ($4,000)
I am all aboard the Rashard Higgins hype train. The Browns have released their newest depth chart since the Corey Coleman injury today and they have Higgins starting along side Kenny Britt. Britt has been non-existent this year, while Higgins seemed to have a nice connection with Kizer in his first game. The Colts have been pretty solid against the run this year, but awful against the pass. I expect the Browns to be a heavy passing team this Sunday, therefore, there will be plenty of opportunities for Higgins.
Honorable Mention: Michael Crabtree, Raiders ($7,400)
D/ST: Philadelphia Eagles ($3,000)
Have you watched the Giants play football this year? The offense is absolutely terrible. They cannot protect Eli Manning if their lives depended on it. Ereck Flowers is making his opponent’s look like All-Pro defensive ends. I expect a high sack total in this game and a low point total for the Giants. The Giants also let up a punt return for a touchdown last week.