Hey guys! My name is Shaun and I am the newest edition to the FantasyCPR family! Excited to be here and help you out on your weekly NFL contests! A couple of weeks behind but lets jump in to the Week 3 action and lock these players in! Also, I mainly play Draftkings but will put Salary Prices for both platforms. Good luck in your NFL DFS Picks!
NFL DFS Picks – Fantasy Football Week 3 Locks
Salary: Draftkings – $7,000 | Fanduel -$8,900
Going into Week 3, Patrick MaGOAT faces a San Francisco 49ers defense that is struggling to say the least, making him the first lock play of the week. Mahomes has thrown for 582 yards for 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. He put up 28.3 points in Week 1 and 41.8 points in Week 2. This week he gets to face a pass defense that has allowed 278 yards through the air with 0 interceptions. While the passing defense isn’t there, the 49ers do have some pass rushers like Fred Warner, Elijah Lee, and DeForest Buckner that could put some pressure on Mahomes but the GOAT looks like a Vet in the pocket so I believe it won’t be a big issue for him to get it done this week.
Week 1: Kirk Cousins vs. San Francisco 49ers
20.4 Points on 20 of 36, 244 Yards and 2 Touchdowns
Week 2: Matt Stafford vs. San Francisco 49ers
28.7 Points on 34 of 53, 347 Yards and 3 Touchdowns
Salary: Draftkings – $8,900 | Fanduel -$9,000
This man should be the must lock play every week and even on his bye week, lock him in! Being the highest scoring Wide Receiver in the first two weeks, Michael Thomas goes against the 10th best passing defense, Atlanta Falcons. Even if it was the Minnesota Vikings, I would still lock him up. With putting up 42 points against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1 and 31.9 against the Cleveland Browns in Week 2, Thomas may and most likely will put up similar numbers in the New Orleans high power offense.
Granted the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t have a single receiving player over a hundred yards in Week 1 on Thursday Night Football, the Carolina Panthers had Christian McCaffrey break a hundred receiving yards with Devin Funchees coming in second with 77 yards. With notable key injuries on the Falcons defensive side, Thomas should eat very well. Catching 28 of the 30 thrown passes his way, Thomas has put up 269 yards and three touchdowns already.
Salary: Draftkings – $5,100 | Fanduel -$6,200
This may sound odd and weird but here we go, lock in Sammy Watkins. Lock him in for the price of $5,100 on Draftkings and $6,200 on Fanduel. Once again, Watkins is facing a defense that struggles to defend the pass like the Cleveland Browns do defending an injured kicker. Watkins isn’t the main receiver on the field and isn’t demanding the attention, yet. With Travis Kelce, Kareem Hunt, and Tyreek Hill also being with him on the field, he gains the least amount of attention.
He may not put up Michael Thomas or Antonio Brown numbers, but he will return value this week and probably more, plus he’ll help with salary relief. He did only see five targets in Week 1 for 21 receiving yards but in Week 2, he saw seven targets which he caught six of for 100 yards. There is concern here since he hasn’t seen the end-zone but look for that to change in Week 3 with a poor San Francisco 49ers defense.
Salary: Draftkings – $7,600 | Fanduel -$8,000
This is a lock play which I’m running and gunning with while praying that it works. In a struggling New York Giants offense, we have no clue how Barkley will be used this week but somehow, he is still finding ways to get it done. Putting up 23.8 points in Week 1 with 106 rushing yards, 1 touchdown and then in Week 2 with 80 receiving yards, 28 rushing yards, what can we expect? Confusion but upside for a successful day against a Houston defense that has allowed an average of 111 rushing yards and an average of 225 receiving yards.
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Saquon faced a Jacksonville defense in Week 1 where he rushed for 106 yards on a team that is averaging only allowing 98 rushing yards while in Week 2, he faced a Cowboys defense that allowed on average 183 yards through the air where he put up 80 yards. Downside for owners, he has only seen the end-zone once where he should be seeing it more but he finds ways to get it done without the end-zone and this weekend is no difference, running or through the air.
Salary: Draftkings – $6,500 | Fanduel -$7,400
The final lock play for this weeks slate is Jordan Howard, a running back who hasn’t put up the prettiest numbers in the first two weeks but has arguably the best match-up this weekend. Facing the Arizona Cardinals who on average are allowing 136 rushing yards per game. Howard rushed for 82 yards in Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers who on average are allowing 103 yards rushing and in Week 2, he put up 35 yards on the ground and 33 yards through the air against the Seattle Seahawks who are allowing on average 116 yards on the ground.
Howard is just like the value lock play of Sammy Watkins where he has yet to see the end-zone but that could change this week. We know what the Bears defense is capable of doing and that’s allowing the offense to put their foot on the throttle against the Arizona Cardinals who are ranking almost dead last in total yards allowed and 25th in points against. Also Howard helps with the salary relief when looking for your true RB1 this week.
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