Each week I’ll bring you a mix of DFS plays that I like for cash and tournament games. I won’t be focusing too much on the elite plays such as Christian McCaffery, Lamar Jackson and Michael Thomas instead, I’ll look for value in matchups that have the potential to be high scoring and return good points to dollar ratio. If we can find that we can open up our lineups to be built better. Through the season I’ll also review my previous weeks plays so you can judge for yourself how good my takes are.
Week 3 Review
A tough week with a lot of people struggling across the community. The Eagles felt like an obvious play and thankfully Wentz managed to scrape together enough points to make the points to dollar ratio acceptable. Dak lit things up and was a great play, no doubt. Mckinnon brought in another great rating at just 4900. I struck out majorly on wide receiver. N’keal Harry, KJ Hamler and Dionte Johnson all failed to make an impact in different ways. N’Keal Harry’s involvement dropped to a season-low. Hamler experienced more QB changes and Johnson left the game early with a concussion. TE went well enough with Hunter Henry and Mo Ali-Cox and my flyer of the week, Curtis Samuel, even returned reasonable value for a cheap price. All in all should have done better, but it could have been a lot worse.
Plays so far:
Great plays: 8
Good plays: 11
Bad plays: 8
DeShaun Watson – $6600
Coming off a horrible three-game start to the season, playing the Chiefs, Ravens and Steelers, Watson now has a lot more appeal. The Vikings have been giving points galore to every team they’ve faced. Their new-look secondary has done little to prevent the passing game and Watson sets up great here for either cash or tournament plays.
Drew Brees – $5800
Drew Brees was rightly criticised for his performances through the first two weeks, but in week three he turned in a fantasy-relevant performance that should give you faith for his cupcake matchup against the woeful Lions. Michael Thomas sounds like he’s pushing to play and if he doesn’t Brees will still have enough short-yardage throws to Kamara to make this play interesting. I love this price point and it should free up enough cash to build nicely elsewhere.
Kenyan Drake – $6000
The breakout game is coming. Carolina rank 31st against the run. Their new-look defence has a lot of work to do before it can be a team to avoid. Arizona coaches have talked about wanting to get Drake more involved and this feels like a great spot. The Cardinals are favourites and that sets up nicely for a run-heavy script. I like everything about this spot.
Mike Davis – $5700
I was a little apprehensive about Mike Davis last week and it cost me. He’s had 17 targets since CMC picked up an injury and played 76% of the Panthers snaps. Even when the Panthers were trailing he remained in the game and was heavily relied upon. Very few teams give up more yardage to opposing running backs. Ride this out whilst you can.
Marquise Brown – $6300
The Ravens need a get right game and the schedule Gods have provided. A Washington team that was already considered an easy team to pass on has lost Chase Young for this game as well as other significant injuries upfront. Lamar Jackson should have plenty of time to find his favourite wide receiver. Baltimore is favoured by 13.5pts. Don’t be afraid of creating stacks.
Will Fuller – $5900
In a tough matchup with the Steelers Fuller returned 15.4 points, catching four of five targets. He was also tackled at the one-yard line for what would have been his second touchdown of the game. Fast receivers have had their way with the Minnesota secondary and I fully expect Fuller to blow up here. For some reason, Draftkings has reduced his price by $100. I’ll take that discount.
Hunter Henry – $4600
Henry remains a featured part of this offence regardless of who is at QB. Through three games he has at least five catches in each. With big-bodied Mike Williams looking unlikely to play the Chargers may look to get Henry more involved in the red zone. The Buccs maybe favourites and try to slow down the rate of play, but that kind of game would favour Henry to pick up more useful targets when on the field.
Logan Thomas – $3500
It might not seem it, but playing tight ends against the Ravens defence has been a smart play so far. Their rookie linebackers are taking time to settle in and teams have found picking on them easier than the elite cornerbacks found elsewhere on the field. Thomas has had 24 targets through the season so far and if Washington is smart, they’ll continue to feed him here.