Well, I didn’t steer you correctly in Daily Fantasy Football Week 2, unless for some reason 138.96 points won you some money. If that’s the case, congrats! The Tampa Bay Buccaneers jumped out to an early lead but Jameis Winston only had one touchdown pass, albeit to my other pick Mike Evans. It wasn’t a contest for the second half so the Bucs were in run out the clock mode, which was unfortunate for my Winston-Evans-DeSean Jackson stack.
Javorius Allen – 21.10
Ty Montgomery – 29.00
Mike Evans – 22.30
Jay Ajayi – 17.60
Baltimore Ravens DST – 17.00
Jameis Winston – 12.46
Amari Cooper – 7.30
DeSean Jackson – 6.90
Charles Clay – 5.30
The lineup was not without its gems. Allen was a great pick, although shared by many others as well. Ajayi got a heavy workload but just couldn’t find the end zone. That would have definitely helped.
The Cooper pick especially burned, as teammate Michael Crabtree went off for three touchdowns and a boatload of points. The Bills got absolutely dominated on offense across the board, and Winston’s debut didn’t go as I thought it would. Alright, enough Week 2 talk. Here’s my perfect lineup for Week 3.
QB – DeShone Kizer, Cleveland Browns
Salary – $5,000
Matchup — Indianapolis Colts (13th OPRK)
A bit of a dark horse here, so I’m hoping to nail my other selections this one allows me to make. The Colts are bad at football. The Browns rookie signal caller has shown some promise early on. Kizer can make plays with his legs, so he’s always a threat to get extra points on the ground. The migraine that briefly forced him out of the Ravens game should be a non-issue.
RB — Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins
Salary — $7,700
Matchup — New York Jets (30th OPRK)
Ajayi was a monster in his season debut. The Dolphins are definitely using him as a workhorse back, as evidenced by his 28 carries and two receptions against the Los Angeles Chargers. He didn’t find pay dirt, but 126 total yards against a solid defense bodes well in his Week 3 matchup against the lowly Jets.
RB — Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears
Salary — $5,600
Matchup — Pittsburgh Steelers (10th OPRK)
It’s fairly obvious the Bears don’t have many athletes on their team. Cohen has 12 carries and 21 targets through the first two games, plus Jordan Howard is dealing with an injury. The Bears are welcoming the Steelers to town next. While Pittsburgh doesn’t boast a defense as good as in years past, the offense should get them out to a big lead and force Chicago into comeback mode.
WR — Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
Salary — $7,200
Matchup — Kansas City Chiefs (30th OPRK)
When Allen is on the field he’s one of the best wide receivers in the league. Philip Rivers has targeted Allen 10 times in each of the first two games, who reached 100 yards in his latest effort against Miami. The Chiefs lost Eric Berry for the season, making them susceptible to the big play now. Alshon Jeffery went off for seven catches, 92 yards and a touchdown against Kansas City last week.
WR — Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
Salary — $6,700
Matchup — New Orleans Saints (32nd OPRK)
He’s playing the Saints. Enough said.
WR — J.J. Nelson, Arizona Cardinals
Salary — $5,300
Matchup — Dallas Cowboys (21st OPRK)
With John Brown out — and expected to miss Week 3 — Nelson has been a favorite target of Carson Palmer. He has a touchdown in both of their first two games, and the Cowboys have shown an inability to cover quick, smaller receivers so far this season (Sterling Shepard – seven catches, Emmanuel Sanders – two touchdowns). Nelson was impressive in Week 2, bringing in five catches for 120 yards and a touchdown.
TE — Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts
Salary — $3,600
Matchup — Cleveland Browns (31st OPRK)
After a poor showing in Week 1, Doyle atoned with eight catches on eight targets for 79 yards. He now faces a Browns offense that surrendered two touchdowns to Jesse James in Week 1 and eight catches and 91 yards to Benjamin Watson in Week 2. Jacoby Brisset was a welcome addition to the Colts’ starting lineup in Week 2, and clearly loves throwing to his tight end.
FLEX — Terrelle Pryor Sr., Washington Redskins
Salary — $5,900
Matchup — Oakland Raiders (13th OPRK)
Pryor has yet to live up to the hype that came with dominating for the Browns in 2016 and following it up with a move to a pass heavy offense. He did have 11 targets in Week 1, and the Redskins were protecting a lead on the ground for much of the second half in their Week 2 win over the Los Angeles Rams. With the Raiders coming to town, expect a much different contest with the Redskins needing to lean on the passing attack to keep up with the Raiders’ high flying offense. Oakland’s defense has given up two big weeks to No. 1 wide receivers thus far.
DST — Philadelphia Eagles
Salary — $3,000
Matchup — New York Giants (18th OPRK)
Caveat: I’m a self-loathing Giants fan. When things go wrong, I let the world know. I don’t trust this offense as far as I can throw it so long as they keep plugging Ereck Flowers in at left tackle. The Eagles are stacked on their defensive line and should give the Giants fits. Eli Manning is prone for a turnover or 10 in Philadelphia, usually.
Carlos Hyde for Cohen
Evan Engram for Doyle
Both moves save $400, which could lead into changing:
Devante Parker in for Pryor
Davante Adams for Nelson
Kareem Hunt for Ajayi