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DFS Targets for Week 3
Drew Brees

Drew Brees is third in the NFL in passing yards and comes at a $600 discount off Patrick Mahomes.

Note: Salary amounts are Draftkings pricing


H2H/Cash - Drew Brees @ Atlanta ($6,400)

It took Brees almost three quarters last week to finally get into the game and throw a passing touchdown in a surprisingly strong game by the Browns defense. I donít anticipate Brees will have nearly as much trouble moving the ball against a Falcons team that gave up 335 passing yards and three touchdowns to Cam Newton last week. This game is going to be a shootout, and I want to own a piece of it in all formats.

Other options to consider - Patrick Mahomes vs. San Francisco & Cam Newton vs. Cincinnati

GPP - Matt Ryan vs. New Orleans ($5,700)

For similar reasons to Brees in cash games, I am targeting the more volatile quarterback of the two in cash. The Saints allow the third-most points to opposing defenses, and Ryan is coming off a 31.68 point performance at home against Carolina. He is always a risk to throw interceptions, especially in the red zone, but his price tag and the likelihood of this game being a shootout makes Ryan a great GPP play.

Other options to consider - Andrew Luck @ Philadelphia & Deshaun Watson vs. N.Y. Giants

Fade - Philip Rivers @ L.A. Rams ($5,800)

I anticipate that the Chargers are going to take a page out of the Raiders playbook in Week 1 one and try to run the ball and avoid the stellar Rams secondary. Rivers will find success passing to Gordon and Ekeler out of the backfield, but it will not be enough to make Rivers worth a start over options like Ryan and Brees.

Running Backs

H2H/Cash - Jordan Howard @ Arizona ($6,500)

Howard has yet to find the end zone this season, despite rushing for 5.5 yards per carry in Week 1 against Green Bay and getting more action as a receiver out of the backfield. Look for that to change this week with the Bears taking on the hapless Arizona Cardinals. No other team has allowed more points to opposing running backs and Howard is in line for his first big game of 2018.

Other options to consider - Alvin Kamara @ Atlanta & Tevin Coleman vs. New Orleans

GPP - Kareem Hunt vs. San Francisco ($6,000)

The reigning rushing championís value has plummeted to the point of absurdity on Draftkings. Hunt has been on the field for 70% of the snaps for the high flying Chief offense and gets the 49ers in a home matchup on Sunday. Anyone not playing Hunt at $6,000 on DK is leaving free money on the table.

Other options to consider - Latavius Murray vs. Buffalo & Corey Clement vs. Indianapolis

Wide Receivers

H2H/Cash - Michael Thomas ($8,900)

Michael Thomas is off to a historic start with 28 catches and three touchdowns over his first two games, and there is little to suggest that he will slow down this week against an injury-depleted Falcons defense. Pay the premium and reap the benefits.

Other options to consider - Stefon Diggs vs. Buffalo & Nelson Agholor vs. Indianapolis

GPP - Donte Moncrief vs. Tennessee ($3,800)

Iím sure this pick is going to cause some eye rolls, as Moncrief has 15.8 total points over his first two games. The reasoning behind this pick his is incredibly low price tag mixed with the fact that he leads the Jags in targets. If he hits, Moncrief paired with a high-priced wideout with a high floor like Thomas will pay dividends.

Other options to consider - Will Fuller vs. N.Y. Giants & Pierre Garcon @ Kansas City

Fade - Keenan Allen @ L.A. Rams ($7,300)

In keeping with my theme of benching Chargers against the Rams this week, I am avoiding Allen and his matchup against a defense that has allowed just 98 passing yards and no touchdowns through the first two weeks of the season.

Tight End

H2H/Cash - George Kittle @ Kansas City ($4,500)

I am going back to the well for Kittle, even though he burned me last week with two catches for 22 yards and zero touchdowns. This is going to be a blowout game for the Chiefs, and the 49ers will need to pass a ton to keep pace. The possible return of Marquise Goodwin should add another weapon for Garoppolo and take the focus off of Kittle.

Other options to consider - Zach Ertz vs. Indianapolis & Travis Kelce vs. San Francisco

GPP - Austin Hooper vs. New Orleans ($2,900)

Hooper is one of the cheapest ways to get a piece of the action in Atlanta. With nine targets in two games, Hooper has been more involved than people think, and this game has the makings for a high scoring affair.

Other options to consider - Ian Thomas vs. Cincinnati & Ben Watson @ Atlanta

Fade - Will Dissly vs. Dallas ($3,300)

The Dissly hype train will come to an end this week against a Dallas defense that will make life miserable for Russell Wilson. After a breakout first week with five catches for 105 yards and a score against Denver, Dissly salvaged what would have been a turd of a performance against the Bears with a garbage TD in the closing minutes. It was fun while it lasted.

Defense & Special Teams

High Priced Option Worthy of the Cost: Vikings vs. Bills ($4,300)

Bargain Priced with Upside: Dolphins vs. Raiders ($2,700)