By: Anthony Fabiano (Twitter: @fantasyhelpguru)
DraftKings Top Plays
Cam Newton – $6600 –Cam is one of the best plays on the slate at the quarterback position. He plays the Saints whose defense allowed Bradford 346/3 and Brady 447/3. Vegas opened with this game at a 49 point total. There will points to be scored for Cam in the air and on the ground.
Aaron Rodgers – $7300 –Still not the most expensive QB on DK. If you want to pay up at quarterback Rodgers is your guy. Cheaper than Brady and has an underrated matchup against Cincy has only gone up against Joe Flacco and DeShone Kizer. The Pack has a 27.25 point team total. The 2nd highest of the slate.
Deshone Kizer – $5000 –YES! I am starting Kizer in cash. Against the Colts, and at the low cost of $5k. Kizer can easily get 3x and make it to 15 points. The bonus here with Kizer is what he can do on his legs. He has rush TD upside and can get 20-40 yards on the ground along with a passing TD or two.
Isaiah Crowell – $4800 –One of my favorite RB plays of the week. He will be under owned because he hasn’t done much yet this season. HC Hue Jackson has said he wants to run the ball. Crowell will get his volume and in a game that the game script should be a lot more in Crows favor. He should get carries deep into the 4th Q. He should be good for a TD or two and at his cost he does not need much more to hit 3x value.
Le’Veon Bell – $8800 –Might not be such an obvious play but Bell is back. Seeing 92% of RB shares last week on 27 carries. Now Bell and the Pittsburgh Steelers go into Chicago as 7.5 point favorites. Not to mention Chicago lost two LBs over the past week. Bell is gonna feast. Look for him to break 100 yards and get at least one TD.
Jay Ajayi – $7700 –6 point road favorites against the New York Jets. The Jets have been abominable against the run this season giving up 185 yards per game on the ground, 5.4 yards per carry. Ajayi practiced in full friday and should get another 25+ carries just like last week. Being under 8k gives great relief over a guy like Bell or Hunt and should be a better play.
Eric Decker – $4000 –Another underrated matchup, Seahawks have not been tough on slow WRs which is where Decker mainly lines up. Last two weeks he has seen 80% of the snaps, 13 targets tied with Rishard Matthews over two weeks. Corey Davis who is leading the team in targets with 14 has already been announced out. Decker can make value with 5 catches and a TD, use him in cash to get some salary relief with mildly low ownership. Great pivot off Higgins.
AJ Green – $8100 –Great discount off the top guys, AB $9000, Julio $9300, Odell $8600. Should be in a shootout in a game where Dalton and the Bengals turn it around. Packers D is not great and Cincy should not have a tough time moving the ball. AJG has made complaints this week about the state of the team and his production. This is another Squeaky wheel gets the grease scenario. Play AJG with confidence and enjoy the discount.
Amari Cooper – $7100 –Cooper has been a breakout candidate all offseason, after a great week 1 he fell off week 2. The breakout will continue in Week 3. While Crabtree is busy seeing Josh Norman for what could be 70% of snaps. Cooper is going to eat in what should be a shootout on Sunday night football. Over a $2k discount from Julio Jones, in what could be a better play then Jones with Coop. Plus you get the Sunday night hammer to help you win your lineups.
Jack Doyle – $3600 –My “nuts” play of the week. Saw 8 targets last week and caught all 8 of them as Jacoby Brissett’s check down target hog. Cleveland cannot stop the tight ends giving up 8 for 91 and the week before Jesse James had two TDs. Very cheap gives you that salary relief you may need or the option of playing in the Flex, maybe with another TE.
Zach Ertz – $5000 –Still too cheap as a cash option in DK. The Giants are another team who cannot stop the tight end. Giving up 10 catches 97 yards and a TD to Jason Witten last week.
Cameron Brate – $3000 –Don’t forget about Cameron Brate just yet. He is only $3k this week and with Mike Evans potentially stranded on Rhodes Island, Brate will get targets and have a great chance to score in this game. At $3k he only needs 9 points to make 3x value and should be forgotten about in most contests.
Patriots – $3800 –They play a Houston team with injuries to both sides of the ball, starting Rookie Deshaun Watson in Foxboro. BB loves to throw blitzes and disguises to his defensive scheming especially when playing Rookie QBs. Pats are 13 point favorites.
Eagles – $3000 –Very cheap D against Eli and the Giants who can’t do much on offense. Odell and Evan Engram the team’s top two performers at this point aren’t 100% Eli Manning playing terrible along with no run game and terrible oline play. Eagles at home should feast.
Dolphins – $3700 –They’re playing the Jets, the worst team in the NFL. The Jets cannot do much offensively, 6 point favorites. Stack with the Jay Ajayi for a Def/RB stack.