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Thursday Night Football DFS Lineup Picks for FanDuel, DraftKings

We move onto week 7 where we get a riveting NFC East showdown as the New York Giants take on the Philadelphia Eagles. This game has an under/over of 45 with the Eagles being favored by 4.5 points.

In this article, I will be providing you with daily fantasy football picks on FanDuel and DraftKings for the Thursday Night Football slate on October 22nd (Week 7). These lineups can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on both DraftKings and FanDuel.

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DFS Quarterbacks

As both teams are in contention for the NFC East title, their two young quarterbacks will need to bring their "A" game in order for their team to pull out the win on Thursday night. Daniel Jones will be leading this Giants offense and while he hasn't been amazing from a fantasy perspective, the Giants offense as a whole has struggled partly due to them losing their best offensive weapon in Saquan Barkley early on in the season. Jones has thrown for over 1,200 yards through six games but is struggling from protecting the football as he has thrown six interceptions and only three touchdowns. The Eagles have a top 12 defense against the pass (allowing 233.2 passing yards per game to opponents) but have only recorded two interceptions on the season so far.

Carson Wentz is the more seasoned quarterback and should be able to produce more points than Daniel Jones. Wentz has thrown for over 1,400 yards through six games and has eight touchdown passes while also throwing nine interceptions. Wentz has had a revolving door when it comes to his receivers as he has been unable to throw to a consistent stable group all season long which has led to his high turnover number. When looking back at his past four weeks, Wentz has eclipsed 20 DK points in three of those games while rushing for three touchdowns in four of those games. The Giants are allowing opponents to throw for 242.3 yards per game which ranks 17th in the league so this looks to be a solid match for Wentz.

Analysis: Wentz is the safer option but both are viable in tournament builds. Only one QB should be used in cash lines but stacking them in the same line could be a tournament strategy on this slate.

 

DFS Running Backs

Both star backs for the Giants and Eagles will be missing this game so it looks like we will turn to their backups on the depth chart to roster for our showdown contests this week. The New York Giants lost Saquan Barkley early in the season and brought in free-agent running back Devonta Freeman to carry the rock for the remainder of the 2020 season. Freeman has seen an increase in touches as he has been inserted as the main back and has seen a combined 35 carries over the last two weeks. Behind Freeman are Wayne Gallman Jr. and Dion Lewis have both conceded carries to Freeman. Gallman has been more involved when compared to Lewis and looks to be the back-up running back in this Giants backfield. When looking at the matchup, the Eagles are allowing opponents to rush for 120 yards per game which ranks 20th in the league. If the Giants want to win this game, they should look to pound the rock early with Freeman.

Miles Sanders will be missing this game which means Boston Scott will absorb the lead back duties in his absence. Scott has served as the backup to Sanders all season long and has been involved in the passing game when he has seen the field which means he brings upside in full point per reception sites like DraftKings. Corey Clement will serve as the back up running back to Boston Scott and when Scott drew the start in week 1, Clement saw six total carries and two passing targets. The Giants have been stingy against opposing ground games as they rank eighth in the league in rushing yards allowed per game (106.5) so this looks to be a tough matchup for the Eagles rushing attack. If you do decide to roster an Eagles running back, the upside will come from the passing game by running underneath routes and dump-off passes from Wentz.

Analysis: Devonta Freeman and Boston Scott will both see plenty of carries in this game with Freeman having a better matchup. Both backs are viable for cash games due to the volume they will see. Their backups could be used in tournaments as value plays but they do come with risk.

 

DFS Wide Receivers

The wide receiver position on this slate is a tad underwhelming but there could be some good tournament plays on both sides of this game. For the Giants, they rely heavily on Darius Slayton and Golden Tate as their main receiving options. Slayton leads the team with 44 total targets and has close to a 20%team target share while Golden Tate ranks second of all Giants receivers in targets and receptions. CJ Board looks to be the third wide receiver that is utilized in this Giants offense but doesn't offer much upside since Jones looks heavily at Slayton and Tate.

The Eagles have struggled to have a consistent wide receiver group out on the field throughout the 2020 season. Travis Fulgham has emerged as a top target while both DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor, and Alshon Jeffery have all been out due to injuries. Fulgham has seen 23 total targets over the last two games and has posted three straight games of double-digit fantasy points while also recording a receiving touchdown in each game. Fulgham has become a go-to player for Wentz and is viable in all formats. Outside of him, John Hightower and Greg Ward have seen significant snaps and they form the strong receiving trio that the Eagles have been rolling out over the past several weeks.

Analysis: Fulgham and Slayton are the two best receiving options on the slate. Tate offers a solid floor that can be used in cash games while Ward and Hightower offer upside in tournaments.

 

DFS Tight Ends

Both teams have great receiving options at the tight end position when fully healthy. For the Eagles, Zach Ertz injured himself against Baltimore and is already labeled as out for the Thursday night game against the Giants. Back-up tight end Dallas Goedert has been on injured reserve since dislocating his ankle early in the season and while he is progressing well, there is some doubt that he will miss the Thursday night game as well. It seems as if former Green Bay Packers tight end Richard Rodgers will draw the start for week 7 and this is encouraging news as he saw over 60% of snaps in his last game played. If other Eagles receiving options are also out, Rodgers could see a bump in targets which increases his upside. The Giants have been a strong defense against opposing tight ends as they are allowing only eight fantasy points per game against the position so consider Rodgers a riskier tournament play that carries upside.

The Giants have one of the better overall tight ends in the game in Evan Engram but he has been off to a relatively quiet start to the 2020 season. Engram has only eclipsed double-digit fantasy points in one of his six games played and has only seen a combined five targets over his last two games played. On the flip side, he ranks second in total targets (35) on the Giants offense and is tied for the second-most receptions (18)on the squad as well. The Eagles have struggled against opposing tight ends as they are allowing the position to average 18.9 fantasy points per game.

Analysis: Engram looks to be the safer pick despite his recent stats. He draws a better matchup and is the better overall tight end in this game. Rodgers could have a decent game with the volume but the matchup is much tougher.

 

DFS Defense/Special Teams

With this game featuring a low total, both defenses could be in play. The Giants' defense is intriguing as they have recorded 15 sacks on the season and Wentz has been sacked 25 times through the first six games. When factoring in the pressure that Wentz could be under, the Giants could force several turnovers which makes them an interesting tournament play. On the other side of this game, the Eagles Defense has generated 21 sacks on the season and Daniel Jones has been sacked 17 times on the season. They too as a unit can generate pressure and force mistakes which also makes them a viable tournament option. For the kickers, Graham Gano has been fantastic for the Giants as he has connected on 15 out of 16 field-goal attempts and is averaging 12.5 fantasy points per game over his last four games played.

Analysis: Both defenses are in play as they have the ability to get to opposing quarterbacks and generate pressure/ turnovers. Graham Gano has been excellent for the Giants and is getting plenty of chances so he is viable in all formats. 

 

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Monday Night Football DFS Lineup Picks for FanDuel, DraftKings

Week 6 of the NFL season is coming to a close but don't fret because we have yet another Monday Night Football doubleheader on tap this week with two exciting matchups between the Chiefs and Bills in the AFC and the Cowboys and Cardinals in the NFC. Vegas likes both of these games to be high scoring and so there should be no shortage of fantasy points.

Today I'll be providing you with my daily fantasy football picks on FanDuel and DraftKings for Monday Night Football on October 19th, 2020 (Week 6). These lineups can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel.

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DFS Quarterbacks

Patrick Mahomes

This slate is absolutely loaded with offensive talent, but Mahomes is easily still the best QB on the slate. He's facing a Bills secondary that was handled by Ryan Tannehill and the Titans receivers last week and I expect a big bounce-back performance from the Chiefs this week after losing to the Raiders last week.

The Bills are giving up the fifth-most fantasy points to QBs this season and Mahomes will look to lead this KC offense up and down the field with his strong arm and scrambling ability that allows him to extend plays and find open receivers. He's always a threat to run for a TD, too. Paying up for him and pairing him with a few pass-catchers is a good idea on this slate.

Kyler Murray

While Josh Allen is always a compelling option, I am going to bypass him today and grab some shares of Kyler Murray and the Arizona passing game against what has been a horrible Cowboys Defense this season. Dallas is allowing a 107.9 QB rating to opposing passers this season, fifth-worst in the league. Meanwhile, Murray is averaging nearly 28 DraftKings points per game this season and continues to pile up rushing yards and rushing touchdowns (5), giving him an excellent floor and ceiling.

 

DFS Running Backs

Ezekiel Elliott

Zeke is the easily the class of this set of running backs I'd make every effort to get him in your lineup if possible. With Dak Prescott out for the season, expect the Cowboys to attempt to lean on Elliott and the running game as much as possible to keep Andy Dalton from having to throw 40+ times. Zeke has a nice matchup here as the Cardinals have given up the 11th-most fantasy points to running backs and he's pretty game-script proof, too, as he's been averaging nearly five catches per game and is very much involved in the passing game.

Zack Moss/T.J. Yeldon

I'm looking for value somewhere on this slate and there really isn't another lead back that I feel like paying for with CEH having a tough matchup, Kenyan Drake stuck in a timeshare with Chase Edmonds, and Buffalo's starter Devin Singletary coming off a lackluster game against the Titans. Moss should be good to go for this game and is the Bills' best runner between the tackles. He also is likely to get touches down around the goal line, too. Keep an eye out for any limitations on his workload as they could ease him back into action. Yeldon is a dart throw as he had a random good game against Tennesee with Singletary struggling, but Moss's return could ruin him.

 

DFS Wide Receivers

DeAndre Hopkins

I am not sure how much analysis you need here but Hopkins is one of the league leaders in targets, catches, yards, and is averaging nearly 24 DK points a game even while scoring two touchdowns this season. He's facing a Cowboys team that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to receivers this season and there's really no reason not to think that Nuk won't get his against this Dallas secondary.

Christian Kirk

If we are looking for another receiver to stack with Kyler, then Kirk is probably my favorite. He caught five of his seven targets for 78 yards last week and is a safer play than Andy Isabella or Larry Fitzgerald. Kirk operates in the slot a good bit and the middle of this Cowboys' defense is definitely a soft spot that Murray would be wise to exploit.

Mecole Hardman

The Chiefs will be without Sammy Watkins this week and therefore we can give both Hardman and Demarcus Robinson a hard look as both speedsters should get a nice uptick in snaps and hopefully targets. Hardman is the guy I want the most shares of on this slate. His big-play ability on deep routes down the field and kick-returning abilities give him a ceiling that you won't find in any other cheap receiver. He's already found the end zone twice this season and averaging nearly 15 yards per reception.

 

DFS Tight Ends

Travis Kelce

Kelce is the best tight end in the game and is one of Mahomes' top targets week in and week out. He's quite possibly my favorite play on the entire slate here as he has a clear mismatch against the Bills linebacker corps. Buffalo's a bit banged up on defense and is allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Jonnu Smith exploited them last week and Kelce should absolutely feast over the middle of the field in this game. Don't get cute, Kelce should be in 100% of your lineup and could double up or even triple up every other tight end's output on this slate.

 

DFS Defense/Special Teams

Chiefs Defense

The Chiefs defense really let me down last week as the Raiders piled up 40 points on them and they actually put up a negative number. They couldn't stop the run and couldn't get off the field on third down. Before that outing against Las Vegas, however, they had not allowed a team to score more than 20 points and they've created 8 turnovers this season. The Bills run game is not good, so if KC can stop the run then they should be able to pin their ears back and put pressure on Josh Allen, who can be guilty of trying to extend plays too long which results in sacks or ill-advised throws that turn into picks.

 

Good luck, RotoBallers, and remember to mix it up and don't be afraid to be different in these large field GPPs on two-game slates!



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Sunday Night Football DFS Lineup Picks for FanDuel, DraftKings

We get a fun Sunday Night Football matchup that highlights an NFC West showdown featuring the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers. This game has an under/over of 49.5 with the Los Angeles Rams favored by 3 points.

In this article, I will be providing you with daily fantasy football picks on FanDuel and DraftKings for the Sunday Night Football slate on October 18th (Week 6). These lineups can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on both DraftKings and FanDuel.

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DFS Quarterbacks

This seems to be a more lopsided choice when comparing the two quarterbacks that are in play for this showdown. Jared Goff has gotten off to a great start to his 2020 campaign as he has completed over 72% of his passes for over 1,000 yards and six total touchdowns. Goff has done a great job limiting his interceptions through the first quarter of the season as he has only been picked off twice so far this season. In Goff's career against the 49ers,  he has played six games and thrown for 1,184 yards and 12 touchdowns while only getting picked off three times. The San Fran defense has been very good against the pass (even with all of the injuries) as they are allowing opponents to throw for 215 yards per game. While they have been stingy defensively, Goff has weapons around him that could make him a viable option on this slate.

On the other side of this game, San Francisco has been struggling over the past couple of weeks due to inconsistent play and injuries. Jimmy Garappolo had a solid showing in his first two games of the season as he averaged 195 passing yards and threw for four touchdowns while not throwing a pick. He was then injured and had to miss some time and looked really rough in his last start against Miami. He has not done well in his career against the Rams as he has averaged 261 passing yards per game but has been sacked eight times and picked off five times in a three-game span. The Rams passing defense has looked very strong this season as they are allowing opponents to throw for only 197 yards per game which is the second-best in the league.

Analysis: Goff looks to be the stronger play when comparing him to Garoppolo. He is showing better form and just has an overall better history against his opponent. Jimmy G. is a tournament play but does carry risk as he was benched in his most recent game.

 

DFS Running Backs

While the running back situation for both teams could seem a tad messy, there are some viable fantasy plays that we will be able to find and use for this showdown slate. For the 49ers, they got a huge boost in the running game with Raheem Mostert being back and healthy in the lineup. Mostert was off to a strong start in his first two weeks despite getting injured early on against the NY Jets. He saw 11 carries in his return for 90 yards and while that doesn't seem like a ton, the game script of them falling behind to the Dolphins surely played into that. Mostert is averaging 79 rushing yards per game and while he only has one rushing touchdown, he is often utilized in the passing game as well which helps his fantasy stock even more. When healthy, he is the clear cut de-facto running back for this San Fran team and makes for a great play in all formats. Jerick McKinnon seems to have slid into the backup running back role and should see some time in the passing game or even when Mostert needs a break so if looking for a value tournament play, McKinnon would be the move.

The Rams look to have a bit of a crowded backfield as they are working Cam Akers back into the fold from his injury that has kept him out a few weeks. Malcolm Brown has seen the steadiest snap count of the group but Darrell Henderson Jr. leads the running back group when it comes to total touchdowns scored. When glancing at the depth chart, it looks as if Henderson Jr. has asserted himself as the top running back as of right now and it is hard to argue as he has seen 43 carries over the last three games played while Brown has seen only 24 carries over the same span. Henderson Jr. is the safest play while Brown and Akers jockey for position as to who will be the backup running back for the time being.

Analysis: Mostert is the strongest play from this group as he has seen the steadiest snap count (when healthy) and has been the most reliable fantasy back out of this group. Henderson Jr. makes for a solid play and could be used in cash games but the crowded backfield hinders his upside. Brown and Akers look to be tournament plays in hopes they vulture a touchdown away from Henderson Jr.

 

DFS Wide Receivers

The receiving groups for both sides can be pretty explosive which makes these guys great fantasy targets in this matchup. The Rams have one of the best-receiving tandems in the league in Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. Kupp has become a great security blanket for Goff while Woods has become the explosive downfield playmaker in this Rams offense. Kupp leads the team in receptions (28) and yards (363) while Woods carries the highest DK average of 16.1 DK points per game. Outside of the main two receivers for the Rams, they have veteran Josh Reynolds and rookie speedster Van Jefferson Jr. Reynolds is seeing more consistent snaps and is getting more consistent targets, specifically over the last three games (13 targets over the last three games).

The 49ers are finally starting to get their receiving room healthy which will only aid the offense as a whole. Kendrick Bourne has seen a steady amount of targets through the first five weeks which can also be attributed to the injuries to Aiyuk, Samuel, and Kittle. Brandon Aiyuk has seen the second-most receiving targets through the first five weeks (22) with 19 of those coming over the last three games played. Deebo Samuel is finally healthy after missing the first three weeks due to an injury and saw 11 targets through his first two games (eight total targets in his most recent game played).

Analysis: With several options at the receiver position, you can play several of them in cash and feel comfortable. Kupp and Woods are the best options for the Rams and both can be deployed in cash games. Samuel and Aiyuk are the bright spots in the 49ers receiving room and could be cash game viable as well. Reynolds Jr, Jefferson, and Bourne will see snaps but remain tournament plays due to their inconsistency in fantasy scoring.

 

DFS Tight Ends

One of the top tight ends will be featured on this slate and it will be hard to not want to press the lock button on George Kittle. The 49ers tight end is widely considered to be a top-three tight end in the game and is one of the key focal points in the San Fran offense. Kittle holds the largest target share on the team with a 16.76%  and has the most targets on the team with 29. This is even more impressive to think about since he has missed time already due to a knee injury. Kittle has racked up 24 catches on his 29 targets and leads all San Fran receivers in receiving yards (271). Kittle draws a favorable matchup against the Rams as he has averaged over five catches for 89.5 receiving yards per game while also hauling in three career passing touchdowns against the Rams Defense.

While tight ends aren't featured as much in the Rams offense as the 49ers feature theirs, they have a solid duo that most teams in the league would love to have. Tyler Higbee has been their primary offensive tight end weapon as he has recorded the third-most catches on the team (15) but leads the team in touchdown receptions (3). Gerald Everett is the other main tight end option for the Rams and while he doesn't quite see the same volume as Higbee, he has recorded a 90% completion percentage on passes thrown his way.

Analysis: Kittle is one of the top plays on the slate and is one of the best cash game and tournament picks on the slate. For the Rams, their duo of tight ends in Higbee and Everett are better off used for tournament lineups just with the lower floor they have compared to Kittle.

 

DFS Defense/Special Teams

This should be a good defensive battle as both defenses have played well so far this season. The Rams are holding opponents to just 18 points per game while the 49ers are holding opponents to just 22 points per game. The one major stat that jumps out in this matchup is that the Rams are tied for a league-leading high with 20 sacks and the 49ers are allowing 3.6 sacks per game. This could be very good for the Rams defense and they could be in strong consideration for cash games and even the captain spot in tournaments. With this also being a good defensive matchup, both Sam Sloman and Robbie Gould could get some opportunities if drives stall for their respective offenses.

Analysis: The Rams defense is in play for cash games while the 49ers Defense could be used in tournaments. Both kickers are viable in tournaments, especially if you're needing salary relief for your roster construction.

 

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FanDuel NFL DFS Lineup Picks for Week 6 - Daily Fantasy Football

Here we are, Week 6. As COVID-19 continues to rear its ugly head and cause chaos throughout the league, the 2020 season has progressed relatively well. With some big names banged up heading into the weekend, keep your eyes open for those sneaky value plays as they can make the difference between a winning or a losing lineup.

As far as injuries are concerned, the names worth monitoring include Dalvin Cook, Julio Jones, Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, JuJu Smith-SchusterBaker Mayfield, D.J. Chark, A.J. Brown, Julian Edelman, Darius Slayton, Noah Fant, Diontae Johnson, Jarvis Landry, Russell Gage, Leonard Fournette, Hayden Hurst, A.J. Green, and Rob GronkowskiChristian McCaffrey and Nick Chubb, of course, will not play on Sunday. Lastly, after a Falcons' player and coach tested positive for the virus, the matchup with Minnesota may end up getting rescheduled. As of this writing, it is still on; however, as we have learned over recent weeks, that can change very quickly.

In this article, I will be providing you with my Week 6 daily fantasy football lineup picks on FanDuel. These lineups can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel. Be sure to also check out our weekly DraftKings DFS lineup picks and lots of other great NFL DFS articles and NFL DFS tools to help you win big! Feel free to give me a follow on Twitter @DennisMClausen. Good luck, RotoBallers.

 

FanDuel Quarterbacks - Week 6 Picks

Gardner Minshew II, QB - vs. DET ($7,200)

Minshew wasn't in the best of spirits after Jacksonville dropped its most recent contest to the Houston Texans, marking the team's fourth loss in a row. While the second-year signal-caller hasn't played horribly throughout the first five weeks of the 2020 campaign, he will need to step it up a notch if he hopes to turn the Jaguars' miserable season around. Lucky for him, he will square off against the Lions in Week 6, with Detroit allowing 31.8 points per outing, which is good for fourth-worst on the year. Minshew has been an adequate DFS asset as well, logging at least 19.84 fantasy points in four of his five games this season.

Kirk Cousins, QB - vs. ATL ($7,100)

Cousins, who has historically been one of the league's most accurate quarterbacks from year-to-year, has struggled during the unforgiving 2020 season. In the first three weeks, the veteran threw six interceptions, tying his total from last year in only a quarter of the time it took for him to hit that mark in 2019. Though he has a long way to go before being a consistently capable DFS option, the Vikings will play the Falcons on Sunday, with Atlanta allowing some less-than-impressive numbers on the defensive end. Dalvin Cook may not be in the lineup, but luckily, Alexander Mattison should be able to fill the void with no trouble at all and keep the pressure off Cousins by making some noise out of the backfield.

Also Consider: Ryan Fitzpatrick ($7,400), Matthew Stafford ($7,300), Teddy Bridgewater ($6,900), Daniel Jones ($6,700)

 

FanDuel Running Backs - Week 6 Picks

Alexander Mattison, RB - vs. ATL ($7,000)

After Dalvin Cook, one of this year's most productive fantasy backs sustained an adductor injury during the loss to the Seahawks on Sunday, Mattison came in for relief. As usual, the 22-year-old delivered, finishing with 112 yards off of 20 carries to go along with three grabs for 24 yards. While Cook hasn't been officially ruled out for the Week 6 meeting with the Atlanta Falcons, things aren't looking promising regarding his availability, which should open the door for Mattison to get his fair share of touches. It is reasonable to expect big things from the former Boise State Bronco; however, he will likely be a popular addition to DFS lineups, making him less desirable in tournament play for those looking to play the contrarian role.

James Robinson, RB - vs. DET ($6,500)

When the Jaguars released Leonard Fournette during the offseason, speculation swirled as to who would serve as the team's workhorse moving forward, primarily after Ryquell Armstead was diagnosed with the Coronavirus on multiple occasions (along with a groin injury) and Devine Ozigbo hindered by a bum hamstring. Robinson, who was signed as an undrafted free agent in April, emerged and has since racked up 333 yards and three touchdowns on the ground in addition to 19 catches for 183 yards. Although he didn't look the best against the Texans, he has a strong chance to get it together against a Lions Defense that has allowed just over 170 yards per game to opposing rushers.

Also Consider: Mike Davis ($7,500), Kareem Hunt II ($6,900), David Montgomery ($5,900), Ronald Jones II ($5,800), Antonio Gibson  ($5,800), Myles Gaskin ($5,700), Devonta Freeman ($5,600)

 

FanDuel Wide Receivers - Week 6 Picks

Adam Thielen, WR - vs. ATL ($7,400)

After Stefon Diggs was dealt to Buffalo during the offseason, some became concerned that Thielen would be less productive, primarily since opposing defenses would be paying even more attention to him as the undisputed No. 1 wideout for the team. That hasn't been the case, nonetheless, as he has scored in all but one game during his first five games of the year. With the Falcons having arguably the worst defense in the league, the sky is the limit for Thielen heading into the weekend.

Allen Robinson, WR - @ CAR ($7,000)

Despite getting off to an impressive start, Bears head coach Matt Nagy still isn't satisfied, especially with the offense underperforming, at least according to his standards. Robinson, who got off to a rough inception of the season, has since turned things around by grabbing 27 of his 39 targets throughout the last three games while also finding the end zone twice during that span. With the veteran looking to keep Chicago in the win column--along with a new contract, he may have more incentive to produce against the Carolina Panthers in Week 6.

Robby Anderson, WR - vs. CHI ($6,500)

Anderson has upped his game from last season. He has racked up a minimum of eight targets in all but one game thus far and appears to have dethroned D.J. Moore as the No. 1 wideout for the Panthers. Currently, the former Temple Owl is ranked seventh in targets (47), fourth in receptions (36), and fourth in yards (490). He continues to mesh well with Teddy Bridgewater, and despite the relatively challenging matchup, he still has a higher ceiling than most, especially with a rostering cost that is well below where it should be considering how well he has played throughout the first five weeks.

Also Consider: Kenny Golladay ($7,200), DeVante Parker ($6,400), Justin Jefferson ($5,900), Chase Claypool ($5,500), Curtis Samuel ($5,100)

 

FanDuel Tight Ends - Week 6 Picks

Jonnu Smith, TE - @ PHI ($5,800)

Due to a quad injury, Smith practiced in a limited capacity on Thursday. Nonetheless, he could be good to go in Week 6 against the visiting Texans. Although Houston has fared well against players at the tight end position, the four-year pro may see an uptick in looks from Ryan Tannehill, resulting from the absence of Corey Davis, who has been sidelined while battling, you guessed it, COVID-19.

Also Consider: T.J. Hockenson ($5,700), Mike Gesicki ($5,600)



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OwnersBox NFL DFS Lineup Picks for Week 6 - Daily Fantasy Football

Hey there RotoBallers! If you haven't had a chance to check out the weekly fantasy offerings over at OwnersBox, now is the time! OwnersBox is a new weekly fantasy platform that offers plenty of game setups to fulfill your desire to draft throughout the season! Over at OwnersBox,  you can participate in snake drafts and select 1, 2, 3, or 4-week tournament-style bracket contests.

In this article, I will be providing you with my weekly fantasy football lineup picks on OwnersBox for contests that start in Week 6. I will pick out two players at each position: a short-term option (for one-week drafts) and a long-term option (for drafts lasting between two and four weeks). As always, be sure to monitor news from the league in this crazy COVID-19 season. Game postponements and cancellations can happen at any time.

Be sure to also check out our other great NFL DFS articles and NFL DFS tools to help you win big no matter what your preferred weekly fantasy platform happens to be. If you sign up for OwnersBox this week, you'll get $25 free in OwnersBucks, which can be redeemed to play in real money games.

 

OwnersBox Quarterbacks

One-Week Drafts:

Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs) @BUF

Mahomes and the Chiefs travel to Buffalo in what should be one of the highest-scoring games on the slate. The Bills have struggled against the pass in the early going, ranking just 24th in pass defense DVOA and allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to the position. Mahomes as the top QB off the board in one-week drafts in a no-brainer.

Also consider: Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills) vs. KC

 

Two-to-Four-Week Drafts:

Cam Newton (New England Patriots) vs. DEN, vs. SF, @BUF, @NYJ

Newton has tested negative for COVID-19 after missing a handful of weeks and will presumably be back under center in Week 6 against the Broncos. Denver's pass defense ranks 18th in DVOA and is allowing the seventh-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. In Week 7, he will take on the 49ers at home. San Francisco's once-dominant defense has crumbled in 2020. After allowing Ryan Fitzpatrick to shred them in Week 5, the 49ers are allowing the 14th-most fantasy points per game and rank 23rd in DVOA vs. the pass.

Week 8 brings a fantastic road matchup against the Bills. Revisit the Patrick Mahomes section above to see just how generous Buffalo has been to opposing passing offenses this season. Newton finishes up this fantastic four-game stretch with a road matchup against the Jets. New York's pass-funnel defense ranks 31st in pass DVOA and ninth against the run.

Also consider: Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. CLE, @TEN, @BAL, @DAL

 

OwnersBox Running Backs

One-Week Drafts:

Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans) vs. HOU 

Henry found the end zone twice more in Week 5's Tuesday night game and delivered a vicious stiff-arm to cornerback Josh Norman, which you can check out below. The veteran running back is a good bet to score again in Week 6 against a Houston run defense that is allowing the seventh-most fantasy points per game to running backs.

Derrick Henry epic stiff-arm!

Also consider: Mike Davis (Carolina Panthers) vs. CHI

 

Two-to-Four-Week Drafts:

Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys) vs. ARI, @WAS, @PHI, vs. PIT

Elliott is always an excellent fantasy option and he could see his team's offense skew a bit more run-heavy after the season-ending injury to Dak Prescott. He will face the Cardinals in Week 6 in what should be a high-scoring game. Look for Dallas to be in the red zone plenty against the Cardinals Defense. In Week 7, Elliott will square off against Washington on the road. Washington is tough against the pass but just average vs. the run, which bodes well for Zeke's outlook.

A road matchup against the Eagles follows. Philly ranks 15th in run defense DVOA. The only tough matchup in this four-game stretch is Elliott's Week 9 showdown with the Steelers. Pittsburgh's run defense has been tough but they did show some cracks, allowing Miles Sanders to score twice in Week 5.

Also consider: Aaron Jones (Green Bay Packers) @TB, @HOU, vs. MIN, @SF

 

OwnersBox Wide Receivers

One-Week Drafts:

DeAndre Hopkins (Arizona Cardinals) @DAL

Hopkins proved he has over a Week 4 ankle injury last week, popping off for 131 yards and a score against the Jets last week. He draws a pristine matchup against a leaky Dallas secondary in Week 6. The Cowboys are allowing the third-most WR fantasy points per game this season, giving up big games to Robert Woods, Calvin Ridley, Tyler Lockett, D.K. Metcalf, Odell Beckham Jr., and Darius Slayton. Hopkins is a smash selection as the first WR off the board.

Also consider: Kenny Golladay (Detroit Lions) @JAX

 

Two-to-Four-Week Drafts:

Davante Adams (Green Bay Packers) @TB, @HOU, vs. MIN, @SF

Adams struggled with a hamstring injury over the first few weeks of the season but he was reportedly close to playing in Week 4. He should be close to 100% coming off a Week 5 bye. When Adams is healthy, he is one of the safest, highest-ceiling WRs in fantasy, thanks to the lack of receiving options around him. He will take on Tampa Bay in Week 6 in what is a tough matchup. Of course, I like his chances any week regardless of matchup difficulty. Week 7 brings a road matchup against a Houston pass defense that has been very average against the pass this season.

The Vikings have been one of the top matchups for receivers this season, having allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per game to the position through the first five weeks.  Adams finishes up with the 49ers in Week 9. San Francisco's pass defense ranks just 23rd in pass defense DVOA. They are also much tougher against the run, which should push even more work onto Adams' plate.

Also consider: Tyreek Hill (Kansas City Chiefs) @BUF, @DEN, vs. NYJ, vs. CAR

 

OwnersBox Tight Ends

One-Week Drafts:

Mark Andrews (Baltimore Ravens) @PHI

Andrews has been up-and-down this season but he's on a hot streak of late, having caught three touchdowns in his last two games. He will take on an Eagles Defense that is allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to the tight end position. As the clear No. 1 option in the Baltimore passing game, Andrews is likely to find the end zone again this weekend.

Also consider: George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers) vs. LAR

 

Two-to-Four-Week Drafts:

Travis Kelce (Kansas City Chiefs) @BUF, @DEN, vs. NYJ, vs. CAR

Kelce is in a great spot over the next four games of the season. He will face a Bills Defense that is allowing the third-most fantasy points per game to the tight end this weekend. In Week 7, he travels to Denver in another plus matchup. The Broncos have allowed the 11th-most FPP to the position.

The Jets pass defense is one of the worst in the league, as mentioned above in the Cam Newton section, and has allowed three touchdowns to tight ends over the past four games. Kelce wraps up this stretch against the Panthers in his only "tough" matchup on the slate. Carolina has been stingy against enemy tight ends but they haven't faced anyone on the level of Kelce this season.

Also consider: Jonnu Smith (Tennessee Titans) vs. HOU, vs. PIT, @CIN, vs. CHI



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Monday & Tuesday Night Football DFS Lineup Picks for FanDuel, DraftKings

This week is a tad different as we are treated to a Monday and Tuesday two-game slate. The Monday night game features the Los Angeles Chargers and New Orleans Saints while the Tuesday night game features the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans. The Saints and Chargers game has an under/over of 49.5 with the Saints favored by 8 while the Titans and Bills game has an under/over of 42.5 with the Bills being a 3 point favorite.

In this article, I will be providing you with daily fantasy football picks on FanDuel and DraftKings for the Monday and Tuesday Night Football slate on October 12th and 13th (Week 5). These lineups can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on both DraftKings and FanDuel.

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DFS Quarterbacks

Josh Allen - The quarterback with the most upside on this slate is Josh Allen. Allen carries a very big price tag on DK but the offense starts and revolves around him. Allen has been much more efficient this season in the passing game as he is averaging 331.5 passing yards per game but what is even more impressive has been his decision making and ball security as he has only thrown one interception all season long. The upside that Allen presents is that he can score in both the air and on the ground as he has thrown 12 passing touchdowns while also having three rushing touchdowns as well. The Titans have struggled to defend the run as they are allowing over 166 yards per game and this could be a week where they get a heavy dose of Allen and Singletary run-pass options.

Ryan Tannehill - While playing Tannehill might not be the most exciting thing to do on this slate, his pricepoint really opens up salary for the rest of your lineup. Tannehill could be without both Corey Davis and Adam Humphries which does limit his upside a bit but it does look like he will have at least A.J. Brown and Jonnu Smith for their game. Tannehill is averaging 21 DK points per game through the first three weeks of the season and could be in a decent spot as the Bills have struggled against the pass this year allowing 280 passing yards per game. With a lot of the Bill's defensive attention going to Henry and the run game, Tannehill could have his opportunities downfield in one-on-one matchups.

Other Plays: Drew Brees

 

DFS Running Backs

Alvin Kamara - Kamara is by far the most electric running back on this slate and carries the most upside as well. He has produced 20+ DK points in all four games so far this season and has been a touchdown machine as he has found paydirt seven times (four rushing, three receiving). Kamara has been heavily involved in the receiving game as he has been targeted 35 times through the first four games of the season which leads the team (next closest is Sanders with 22). The Chargers Defense has been average defending the run and even worse against the pass so Kamara could be deployed in all formats with confidence.

Devin Singletary - While Singletary might not be the flashiest running back choice on this slate, he does provide a solid floor for your lineups, especially if his backup running back is ruled out. Singletary is involved in both the passing and running game for the Bills and while he might get vultured from Allen or concede some snaps to Moss, he makes the most of his workload. Singletary draws a very favorable matchup against Tennessee as they rank 31st in the league in run defense as they allow 166 rushing yards per game. With a lot of attention going to Josh Allen and his running abilities, Singletary could be a viable tournament option especially if he can find the end zone.

Other Plays: Derrick HenryZack Moss, Justin Jackson

 

DFS Wide Receivers

Keenan Allen - Allen has been on fire through the first quarter of the season and it doesn't seem like he is slowing down anytime soon. He carries a team-high 35.8% team target share percentage and is averaging over 12 targets per game. Allen has seen even more attention from his rookie quarterback and with Ekeler being place don the IR, he could receive more attention in the passing game. The Saints secondary has been banged up over the past couple weeks and could be without Marshon Lattimore as he is listed as questionable and Janoris Jenkins already being labeled as out. If they are missing several of their key pieces, Allen could have a big night. He is easily one of the best cash game options in the league and is certainly viable for tournament lineups as well.

A.J. Brown - Brown is listed as questionable heading into Tuesday nights game but with Davis and Humphries both looking like they will be unable to play due to Covid-19, it is hard to imagine the Titans not rolling out their top receiving option against the Bills. Brown has only played in one game this season but really emerged during his 2019 campaign as the go-to guy for Ryan Tannehill in this Titans offense. In his lone action of the 2020 season, Brown recorded five catches on eight total targets for 39 yards against Denver and this should be a stat line that could easily be the floor for Brown in his matchup tonight. The Bills have allowed opposing teams to throw for over 280 yards per game which ranks 28th in the league so this seems like a favorable matchup for the Titans passing game which would also allude to Brown having a big game.

Tre'Quan SmithThis is another week for the Saints without Michael Thomas which means Tre'Quan Smith could see a heavy workload yet again. Smith has seen an increased workload and an increase in targets with Thomas's absence as he has racked up 17 targets and two receiving touchdowns over his last three games played. The Chargers defense has been hit with injuries, especially in their secondary and they have allowed opponents to rack up 263 passing yards per game which rank 24th in the league. We all know Brees at home is always in play and with how the Chargers have suffered in passing coverage, we can assume that both Smith and Sanders will be heavily involved in the offensive gameplan tonight.

Other Plays: Stefon Diggs, Emmanuel Sanders, Cole Beasley,  Marquez Callaway, Jalen Guyton, Kalif Raymond

 

DFS Tight Ends

Hunter Henry - When healthy, Hunter Henry has been one of the more consistent fantasy tight ends in the league. He ranks second on the Chargers when it comes to team target share (19%) and could only see more of an increase with Austin Ekeler being out for multiple weeks. Henry has been a solid security blanket for this Chargers offense and while his ceiling might not be the highest, he is viable for cash game formats. Henry draws a favorable matchup as the Saints are tied with the most targets allowed to opposing tight ends (44) and are in the bottom three when it comes to yards allowed to the position throughout the first four games of the season (330).

Jonnu Smith - If you're looking for a tight end with a high ceiling, Smith would be your guy. He is tied for the team-high in targets (20) and has produced double-digit DK points in three games so far this season. Smith is the leading receiver on this team when it comes to touchdown receptions as he has three touchdowns and draws a favorable matchup against a Chargers defense who has allowed 233 receiving yards and three touchdown catches to opposing tight ends this season.

Other Plays: Dawson Knox

 

DFS Defense/Special Teams

The defensive options on his two-game slate are rather tough since none of these defenses have looked stellar like we have seen in prior years. The Bills are the highest priced defense and could be viewed as the safest option since several playmakers for the Titans could be out for this game. The Titans have only coughed up one turnover on the season so far which is the second-lowest in the league so the Bills would need to generate pressure on Tannehill and force him into a mistake of some sort. If looking to save salary at this position, you can go on the opposite side of the game and pay down for the Titans offense with the hopes that this game stays a low scoring affair.

Defensive Rankings:

  1. Buffalo Bills Defense
  2. New Orleans Saints Defense
  3. Tennessee Titans Defense
  4. Los Angeles Chargers Defense

 

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Sunday Night Football DFS Lineup Picks for FanDuel, DraftKings

We get a strong Sunday Night Football matchup as the Minnesota Vikings take on the Seattle Seahawks! The Vikings and Seahawks game currently has a 56.5 over/under with the Seahawks being favored by 7 points.

In this article, I will be providing you with daily fantasy football picks on FanDuel and DraftKings for Sunday Night Football on October 11th, 2020 (Week 5). These lineups can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel. Lineup construction can differ greatly from FanDuel to DraftKings with the biggest difference being the Captain and MVP slots. On DK, you'll pay 1.5x the salary of a player in order to roster them as your captain while the price doesn't change on FanDuel.

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DFS Quarterbacks

The two quarterbacks on this slate are very different in the way they play the game and the way they run the offense. Kirk Cousins is the quintessential game manager quarterback for the Vikings while Russell Wilson is the big-time clutch playmaker for the Seahawks. Cousins has been pretty average throughout the first four games of the season as he has thrown for six touchdowns and thrown for six interceptions while racking up 883 yards. The matchup against the Seahawks Defense is pretty favorable as they are allowing over 400 yards per game through the air. This could be a game where more is asked of Cousins and the passing game which makes him viable for tournaments.

Russell Wilson has been one of the most dominant fantasy players throughout the first quarter of the season. He is averaging 321 passing yards per game while also accumulating 16 total touchdowns (four per game average) during that four-game span. He has posted 30+ DK points in three out of four games played and carries the highest ceiling on the showdown slate. The Vikings haven't done so well against the pass as they rank 29th in the league against the pass, allowing 291.8 yards per game through the air. Wilson is the best overall play on the slate and is viable in all formats since he carries a high floor and also has the highest possible ceiling as well.

Analysis: Both quarterbacks are viable on this slate with Wilson being the best option for all formats. Cousins could be used for cash but he does carry some risk with his inconsistent play.

 

DFS Running Backs

This game features some of the best running games in the league. The Vikings have a top-5 running back in Dalvin Cook and he has gotten off to a very strong start to his 2020 season. Cook is averaging 106 rushing yards per game and is getting close to three targets per game. Cook has found paydirt six times to start the season and is the catalyst to this Vikings offense. The Seahawks run defense has been stellar so far through four games as they are allowing only 75 yards per game on the ground so this will be a big challenge for the Vikings rushing attack. Backing up Cook is Alexander Mattison who has held down the back up role for the Vikings over the last several years. He sees 6-7 carries per game but would only be used as a deep shot salary saving option in tournaments.

The Seahawks have a stable of backs but when Chris Carson is healthy, he is a tough back to bring down. Carson is the do-it-all back for the Seahawks as he has five touchdowns (two rushing, three receiving) and has recorded double-digit DK points throughout the first four weeks of the season. The Vikings have gotten gashed on the ground to start the season as they are allowing opponents to run for 134.8 yards per game so Seattle could have a big game on the ground if they get the running game established early on. Carlos Hyde mainly backs up Carson but he is listed as questionable so it could be Travis Homer getting back up duties should Hyde not be able to play.

Analysis: Both running attacks are vital to their team's success which makes both Cook and Carson in play. Carson has a better matchup while Cook has been the more explosive fantasy player so far. Mattison does get several touches and would be considered a long shot tournament play should he get any goal-line looks.

DFS Wide Receivers

We have some explosive options at the receiver position in this matchup. For the Vikings, they are led by veteran receiver Adam Thielen and rookie receiver Justin Jefferson. Thielen leads all receivers with a 31% target share while also hauling in the most catches (20). Justin Jefferson has filled the void left behind by Stefon Diggs and has proved to be a reliable outside option as he has recorded 16 catches on 20 total targets on the season. He has produced back-to-back 100-yard performances and has seen 14 targets over that two-game stretch. The Vikings utilize their backs and tight ends in the passing game as well which means receivers outside of Thielen and Jefferson really don't see many targets. OlaBisi Johnson saw seven combined targets throughout the first two games but has seen a sharp decline in snaps which makes him a deep tournament punt.

The Seahawks have two dominant receivers in Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf. They have been on the field for 90% of all offensive snaps and they both carry over a 20% target share on the team. Both receivers are averaging 19+ DK points per game and make for great options in all formats. The Vikings have struggled through the first quarter of the season as they are allowing opponents to throw for over 400 yards per game which bodes well for opposing receivers. Rounding out the receiving crew for the Seahawks is David Moore who often gets forgotten about since he gets overshadowed by Lockett and Metcalf. Moore is used in three wide-receiver sets and has the third-highest target share of all Seahawks receivers. If you're looking for a cheaper receiving option for tournaments, Moore could warrant consideration.

Analysis: Thielen, Lockett, and Metcalf are the top receiving options on the slate and fit well for all formats. Jefferson is a tad riskier but is still viable in all formats as well. Johnson and Moore could be better fitted for tournaments due to lower snap counts and lower volume.

 

DFS Tight Ends

The tight end position in this showdown matchup doesn't truly present the upside that we have seen on other showdown slates. For the Seahawks, their best tight end option is long-time NFL veteran Greg Olsen. Olsen has seen an uptick in targets as he has seen 13 targets combined over his last two games while he has hauled in 10 of those targets for catches. Behind Olsen is Will Dissly and Jacob Hollister but they are not as involved in the passing game as Olsen is.

On the other side of this game, The Vikings have two solid tight ends that see the field over 60% of all offensive snaps in  Irv Smith Jr. and Kyle Rudolph. The downside with the Vikings is that they rarely utilize the tight ends in the passing game as both tight ends combine for less than four targets per game. With how good the rushing attack is and how the Vikings force-feed their receivers, the tight ends for the Vikings are nothing more than long shot tournament punts.

Analysis: Olsen is really the only consistent tight end play on the slate that would be viable for cash games due to volume and target share. The combo of Rudolph and Smith Jr. are tournament plays but carry a very low floor.

 

DFS Defense/Special Teams

With the over/under set at 56.5, it might be best to fade both defenses on this slate. Both teams have struggled against the pass which could create a bit of a back and forth contest through the air if both ground games begin to sputter. When also factoring in the high-scoring potential of this game, both kickers could be viable in all roster formats. Jason Myers has not had too many opportunities when it comes to field goal chances since the Seahawks have been able to convert many of their drives into touchdowns so a good chunk of his points comes from extra-point tries. Dan Bailey has seen more field goal opportunities than Myers but their offense has not been as elite as the Seahawks has been so if the Vikings stall out on drives, Bailey could see several opportunities.

Analysis: Both defenses have struggled so it is best to fade them in cash games while both kickers could be viable due to the high-scoring potential of this game.

 

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FanDuel NFL DFS Lineup Picks for Week 5 - Daily Fantasy Football

In what has been an interesting NFL season, Week 5 is here. Undoubtedly, from a fantasy perspective, things have been challenging as COVID-19 continues to rear its ugly head across the league. With the Buffalo/Tenessee and New England/Denver contests both delayed by a few days--at least for now--navigating the player pool is a little more complicated.

As usual, there are some players worth monitoring, as injuries also continue to take its toll on things. Lamar Jackson (knee), Mark Andrews (thigh), and Marquise Brown (knee) are questionable for Baltimore heading into Sunday but will still suit up. Joe Mixon (shin), who has practiced sparingly over the last few days, is also expected to be in the lineup for Cincinnati. In Week 4, the fantasy world saw yet another running back head to the injured reserve as Nick Chubb will miss some significant time after injuring his knee against the Cowboys. As a result, Kareem Hunt may see a spike in attention from DFS managers.

In this article, I will be providing you with my Week 5 daily fantasy football lineup picks on FanDuel. These lineups can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel. Be sure to also check out our weekly DraftKings DFS lineup picks and lots of other great NFL DFS articles and NFL DFS tools to help you win big! Feel free to give me a follow on Twitter @DennisMClausen. Also, check back by Sunday morning for some more updates as injuries continue to roll in through the weekend. Good luck, RotoBallers.

 

FanDuel Quarterbacks - Week 5 Picks

Dak Prescott, QB - vs. NYG ($8,700)

Prescott will square off against the Giants and former head coach Jason Garrett, who is now the offensive coordinator for the team after being relieved of his coaching duties by Jerry Jones during the offseason. Prescott has put together an impressive season throughout the first four weeks and has compiled at least 29 fantasy points in three of his previous four contests. Historically, he has also played well against New York, racking up 17 touchdowns and only three interceptions to go along with a 61.3 completion percentage in eight career meetings.

Kyler Murray, QB - @ NYJ ($8,300)

Murray has taken an enormous step forward in what has been an impressive sophomore season thus far. He hasn't accrued less than 24 fantasy points during his four games and will be matched up against a Jets team that isn't very good. While his five interceptions are a little worrisome, his 68.8 completion percentage and four rushing touchdowns help offset that mark.

 

FanDuel Running Backs - Week 5 Picks

Ezekiel Elliott, RB - vs. NYG ($9,000)

While Elliott hasn't surpassed the 100-yard mark on the ground this season, he has certainly made up for it by catching at least seven passes in each of his previous three outings. Like Dak Prescott, he has also played well against New York during his career, racking up three touchdowns and averaging 4.4 YPC in his six meetings with the club. Although previous success doesn't guarantee future results, it could be a good sign of how things will go in Week 5.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB - vs. LV ($7,900)

Edwards-Helaire ran for 138 yards and a touchdown off 25 carries during the Week 1 win over the Texans. However, since then, he hasn't been as productive--at least rushing the ball--but has been involved on the receiving end. He has a chance to get back on track against the Raiders on Sunday, with Las Vegas allowing the most fantasy points per game to the running back position on the year.

 

FanDuel Wide Receivers - Week 5 Picks

DeAndre Hopkins, WR - @ NYJ ($8,700)

While some were concerned that Hopkins would regress in his new home in Arizona, that couldn't be further from the case. He has received at least nine targets in each game this season and has surpassed the 100-yard mark twice. Regardless of who he is matched up against, the veteran is always in the running to make a dent on the fantasy end, especially with Kyler Murray looking his way so often.

Calvin Ridley, WR - vs. CAR ($8,300)

Ridley has put together a monster season by hitting the 100-yard mark and double-digit targets in his first three games of the 2020 campaign. While he fizzled out during the Monday night showdown with the Green Bay Packers, he may not have been at 100 percent after dealing with a bum ankle heading into that one. With Julio Jones in real danger of missing Week 5, Ridley could be even more involved against the Carolina Panthers.

 

FanDuel Tight Ends - Week 5 Picks

George Kittle, TE - vs. MIA ($7,100)

After missing two weeks of action, Kittle returned to the lineup in Week 4 and caught all 15 of his targets for 183 yards and a score. Although it is unlikely that he could produce a similar output, he has a strong chance of putting on another stellar performance against the Dolphins. With such a generous rostering cost, Kittle may have the highest ceiling heading into Week 5.

Tyler Higbee, TE - @ WAS ($6,000)

After going off for three touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2, Higbee caught just six catches in the two weeks following. With Washington allowing tight ends to do some damage during the 2020 season, Higbee could be a sneaky option, especially against those who will be hesitant to roster him due to his recent poor performances.



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OwnersBox NFL DFS Lineup Picks for Week 5 - Daily Fantasy Football

Hey there RotoBallers! If you haven't had a chance to check out the weekly fantasy offerings over at OwnersBox, now is the time! OwnersBox is a new weekly fantasy platform that offers plenty of game setups to fulfill your desire to draft throughout the season! Over at OwnersBox,  you can participate in snake drafts and select 1, 2, 3, or 4-week tournament-style bracket contests.

In this article, I will be providing you with my weekly fantasy football lineup picks on OwnersBox for contests that start in Week 5. I will pick out two players at each position: a short-term option (for one-week drafts) and a long-term option (for drafts lasting between two and four weeks).

Be sure to also check out our other great NFL DFS articles and NFL DFS tools to help you win big no matter what your preferred weekly fantasy platform happens to be. If you sign up for OwnersBox this week, you'll get $25 free in OwnersBucks, which can be redeemed to play in real money games.

 

OwnersBox Quarterbacks

One-Week Drafts:

Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks) vs. MIN

Wilson's fantastic early-season schedule continues with a Week 5 home matchup against a very beatable Minnesota pass defense. The Vikings rank ninth in pass defense DVOA but have allowed the 15th-most fantasy points per game to the quarterback position. That number is strengthened by the fact that they have done a decent job limiting touchdown passes from the opposition but have allowed three of their four opponents to rack up at least 300 passing yards. Wilson is a top-notch play this week.

Also consider: Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens) vs. CIN

 

Two-to-Four-Week Drafts:

Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys) vs. NYG, vs. ARI, @WAS, @PHI

A poor Dallas defense coupled with an elite group of pass-catchers has Prescott in the early running to finish as the overall QB1 in 2020. His upcoming schedule is soft and there is plenty of potential for shootouts along the way. The Giants rank just 24th in pass defense DVOA according to Football Outsiders. The only concern is Dallas building a big lead but their weak defense may allow the Giants to keep up on the scoreboard, which is what we want.

A Week 6 matchup against Arizona is a likely shootout spot while Washington is allowing the eighth-most fantasy points per game to QBs. Dak finishes up this stretch with a road game against the Eagles. Philly represents another quality matchup in what should be another high-scoring affair. The Eagles pass defense is only allowing the seventh-fewest fantasy points per game but that has been aided by poor fantasy outputs in a Week 1 matchup against the since-benched Dwayne Haskins Jr. and the Nick Mullens/C.J. Beathard combo last week. Their Weeks 2 and 3 opponents, Joe Burrow and Jared Goff, combined to throw for 579 yards and five touchdowns.

Also consider: Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. PHI, vs. CLE, @TEN, @BAL

 

OwnersBox Running Backs

One-Week Drafts:

Alvin Kamara (New Orleans Saints) vs. LAC 

Kamara had a quiet day (by his standards) in Week 4 but still managed to finish with 83 rushing yards and a score. Calling that output a "quiet day" just goes to show how dominant he is. The Saints expect to get Michael Thomas back from a high-ankle sprain this week but there's a good chance he could be limited or deployed in a decoy role. I want to wait and see him play for a week before getting concerned that he is fully back and ready to cut into Kamara's share in the passing game. The Chargers have an average defense against the run, ranking 13th in DVOA.

Also consider: Chris Carson (Seattle Seahawks) vs. MIN

 

Two-to-Four-Week Drafts:

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Kansas City Chiefs) vs. LV, @BUF, @DEN, vs. NYJ

Edwards-Helaire hasn't really had a big breakout performance, mostly thanks to him scoring just one touchdown despite seeing 85 total touches through four games. Look for him to find the end zone again in a plus matchup against a Raiders run defense that is just 30th in DVOA through four games. CEH will take on the Bills on the road in Week 6 in what should be a high-scoring game. Buffalo's defense has not been very good against the run the past few seasons and ranks just 20th in run defense DVOA through four games.

Week 7 brings a home game against the division-rival Broncos. Denver has been solid against the run this year but that doesn't cause much concern against an explosive Kansas City offense. The Jets in Week 8 is a smash spot for CEH. Expect the Chiefs to build a big lead over New York and run heavily in the second half of the contest.

Also consider: Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys) vs. NYG, vs. ARI, @WAS, @PHI

 

OwnersBox Wide Receivers

One-Week Drafts:

Adam Thielen (Minnesota Vikings) @SEA

Thielen draws a dream matchup against a Seattle secondary that hasn't been able to stop anybody this season. The Seahawks are allowing the most fantasy points per game to WRs and, even better, have an explosive offense that will force the Vikings to pass frequently in what will be a shootout.

Look for some more slick moves like these from Thielen this weekend.

Adam Thielen

Also consider: DeAndre Hopkins (Arizona Cardinals) @NYJ

 

Two-to-Four-Week Drafts:

Keenan Allen (Los Angeles Chargers) @NO, vs. NYJ, @MIA, vs. JAX

Allen has enjoyed playing with rookie signal-caller Justin Herbert. While I may back off on Allen if Tyrod Taylor is reinstalled as the starter, we will proceed as though Herbert is the team's starting quarterback over the next four games. Allen will take on a Saints secondary in Week 5 that has allowed a WR touchdown in each of the past four games. The Jets are tough against the run and weak vs. the pass, which will funnel extra work Allen's way in Week 6. Allen should have little trouble getting open against the Dolphins in the following week as Miami is allowing the eighth-most fantasy points per game to the wide receiver position. Jacksonville's pass defense ranks dead last in DVOA.

Also consider: Tyreek Hill (Kansas City Chiefs) vs. LV, @BUF, @DEN, vs. NYJ

 

OwnersBox Tight Ends

One-Week Drafts:

George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers) vs. MIA

Kittle announced he was back from an early-season knee injury in style in Week 4, ripping the Eagles for 15 catches, 183 yards, and a touchdown. He draws a cake matchup against the Dolphins in Week 5. Miami isn't giving up very many points to tight ends this season but they haven't exactly faced many big names at the position. Kittle should continue to stand out as the 49ers' preferred option in the passing attack this week.

Also consider: Darren Waller (Las Vegas Raiders) @KC

 

Two-to-Four-Week Drafts:

Travis Kelce (Kansas City Chiefs) vs. LV, @BUF, @DEN, vs. NYJ

The Raiders have been tough on tight ends this season but Kelce has traditionally fared well against them, catching four touchdowns in their previous six meetings. Buffalo has been generous to the position, allowing the sixth-most fantasy points per game, including Mike Gesicki's huge eight-catch, 130-yard, one-touchdown outing in Week 2. The Broncos in Week 7 are allowing the 14th-most fantasy points to TEs while the Jets have allowed three touchdowns to tight ends over their past three games.

Also consider: Jonnu Smith (Tennessee Titans) vs. BUF, vs. HOU, vs. PIT, @CIN



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Thursday Night Football DFS Lineup Picks for FanDuel, DraftKings

Week 5 of the NFL season is just beginning as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Chicago Bears! The Buccaneers and Bears game currently has a 44.5 over/under with the Bucs being favored by 3.5 points.

In this article, I will be providing you with daily fantasy football picks on FanDuel and DraftKings for Thursday Night Football on October 8th, 2020 (Week 5). These lineups can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel. Lineup construction can differ greatly from FanDuel to DraftKings with the biggest difference being the Captain and MVP slots. On DK, you'll pay 1.5x the salary of a player in order to roster them as your captain while the price doesn't change on FanDuel.

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DFS Quarterbacks

The last time we saw these two quarterbacks playing against each other in a meaningful game was in Super Bowl LII when Nick Foles led the Philadelphia Eagles past the New England Patriots. Fast forward a few years and here we are seeing them battle it out on Thursday Night Football with brand new teams. Nick Foles supplanted Mitch Trubisky as the starter in Chicago and takes on a tough task going up against a Bucs secondary that has generated five interceptions and 14 sacks through the first four games of the season. Foles gives the Bears a little more security at the position and did a great job leading a major comeback against the Falcons but this will be a daunting challenge as he looks to keep up with Brady.

Tom Brady had a big day last Sunday as he threw for 369 yards and five touchdowns against the Chargers. On the season, Brady has thrown for 1,122 yards and 11 touchdowns while only being picked off four times. While he is out Chris Godwin and Justin Watson, he will have reliable targets in Mike Evans and Scotty Miller to throw too in addition to Ronald Jones II and Rob Gronkowski. The Bears Defense has done well defending the pass as they are limiting opposing offenses to just 230 passing yards and holding opposing quarterbacks to 12.4 fantasy points scored per game.

Other plays: With both quarterbacks having tough matchups, it might be tough to trust both of them in cash games. Brady has the overall better matchup in this game and is trustworthy in casg games while Foles is viable in tournaments.

 

DFS Running Backs

The running back situations for both teams seem to be pretty straight forward for this Thursday night game. With Leonard Fournette labeled as doubtful and LeSean McCoy listed as out, it looks like Ronald Jones II will see most of the workload in the running game. Jones is coming off of a big-time performance as he had 111 yards on 20 carries while hauling in six catches on nine targets. With a workload like this, it is hard to fade him in any format. Taking on the backup duties will be Ke'Shawn Vaughn. Vaughn saw some targets against the Chargers and even hauled in a catch for a touchdown so he does have some appeal in large tournament formats. The Bears are in the middle of the pack when it comes to rushing defense as they are allowing 115 yards per game on the ground which means this seems to be a solid matchup for the Bucs rushing attack.

The Bears rely heavily on David Montgomery to be their bell-cow type back. Montgomery has seen double-digit carries in each of the first four games of the season and is also seeing a little over four targets per game. While he hasn't found paydirt on the ground, he has notched a receiving touchdown in week two against the Giants. With how the Bears have fallen behind early in games, it doesn't favor the game script for the Bears to pound the rock as they have in prior years so his upside can be limited. The Bears have been using Cordarrelle Patterson and Darnell Mooney on sweeps and end-around plays as compliments to Montgomery and their traditional run plays. The Bucs have a very stingy run defense as they ranked second in the league with allowing only 64.3 rushing yards per game so Montgomery will need to get involved in the passing game to see any type of fantasy success.

Other plays: Jones offers the most upside of all of the running backs on the slate due to his snaps and target share while Montgomery gives your lineups a solid floor. Both are viable in all formats while Vaughn could be used in tournament lineups.

DFS Wide Receivers

The Thursday night showdown features some receivers that can really bring upside to your lineups. For the Bucs, they look to be banged up as Chris Godwin and Justin Watson are listed as out for this game while Scotty Miller and Mike Evans both carry the questionable tag. If they were able to go, they would be great candidates in all formats. Evans has been on fire over the last three weeks as he has recorded 16 catches in 22 targets while accumulating 228 yards during that stretch. He has been a big target for Brady as he has hauled in five touchdowns in four games played this season and will continue to see a high target volume with Godwin being out. Miller is another receiver that benefits both Godwin and Watson out as he has seen 12 total targets over his last two games and has become a reliable target for Brady in the slot. Outside of them, Jaydon Mickens and Tyler Johnson could see playing time since the depth at the receiver position for the Bucs seems to be low this week.

For the Bears, the conversation always starts with Allen Robinson II. A-Rob ranks fifth in the league in his team's target share percentage (26.1%) while averaging 10.2 targets per game. Robinson has produced back-to-back 100-yard performances while also snagging a touchdown in both of those games. While the Bears offense isn't explosive, Robinson sees enough targets to be viable in all formats. Outside of Robinson, the Bears have Anthony Miller and Darnell Mooney who are battling for the #2 spot on the roster. We have seen Miller succeed in the slot before and Mooney has seen an uptick in targets over his last two games played so they both could be considered in tournaments.

Other plays: Evans, Robinson, and Scotty Miller are the safest receiving options on this slate and are viable in both cash games and tournaments. If needing salary relief, Anthony Miller, Darnell Mooney, Jaydon Mickens, and Tyler Johnson could be salary relief candidates in tournaments.

 

DFS Tight Ends

If this were 2014, we would have a big-time tight end matchup on our hands. Rob Gronkowski has been pretty quiet to start the season for the Bucs as he has only hauled in nine total catches for 88 yards. With O.J. Howard going on IR for an Achilles injury, Gronk could see an uptick in targets but will still have to deal with the other tight end vulture that is Cameron Brate. Brate hauled in his only target against the Chargers for a touchdown and we have seen him be involved in the red-zone prior to Gronk arriving in Tampa.

For the Bears, Jimmy Graham as really emerged as a receiving threat in this offense. He is seeing over five targets per game and has already brought in three touchdown catches throughout the first four weeks of the season. Graham has been a great safety blanket in this offense and could be viable in all formats. Outside of him, Demetrius Harris and Cole Kmet are the other Bears tight ends that they rotate in and out but are not as reliable from a fantasy standpoint like Graham is.

Other plays: Graham offers the safest floor while Gronk is the best option for the Bucs. The cheaper priced option for tournaments would be Brate but he carries a low floor.

 

DFS Defense/Special Teams

While both defenses have been a little shaky at times to start the season, the safer of the two options is looking like the Buccaneers Defense. Chicago's offense ranks 24th in the league in scoring (21.3 points per game) and with how well the Bucs get to opposing quarterbacks (14 sacks) and generate turnovers (five interceptions, three fumble recoveries), it is hard to imagine them not being able to have success in this matchup. Both of these teams have had their fair share of kicking troubles and it would be wise to not trust either kicking option in cash games.

Other plays: Bucs D/ST offers the best upside out of this group and is even viable in cash games. Both Cairo Santos and Ryan Succop could be used in tournament formats but are risky plays given that they have missed two field goals out of seven attempts each.

 

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Monday Night Football DFS Lineup Picks for FanDuel, DraftKings

Week 4 of the NFL season is coming to a close and the Monday Night Football slate features two fun matchups as the Green Bay Packers take on the Atlanta Falcons and the Kansas City Chiefs take on the New England Patriots! The Packers and Falcons game currently has a 56.5 over/under with the Packers being favored by 7.5 points while the Patriots and Chiefs game sits at an over/under of 50 with the Chiefs being favored by 11 points.

In this article, I will be providing you with daily fantasy football picks on FanDuel and DraftKings for Monday Night Football on October 5th, 2020 (Week 4). These lineups can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel. Lineup construction can differ greatly from FanDuel to DraftKings with the biggest difference being the Captain and MVP slots. On DK, you'll pay 1.5x the salary of a player in order to roster them as your captain while the price doesn't change on FanDuel.

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DFS Quarterbacks

Patrick Mahomes

Mahomes is arguably the best quarterback in the league and while the Patriots Defense can be stingy (thanks to the game planning of Bill Belichick), Mahomes should never be overlooked in any matchup. Through the first three weeks of the season,  Mahomes is averaging 299 passing yards and three touchdowns per game which is resulting in 31.3 DK points per game. The Patriots are tied for second in the league with four interceptions on opposing quarterbacks but they have allowed seven passing touchdowns which are tied for the third most amount in the league. The Patriots have gotten to Mahomes in the past as he has had five passing touchdowns but three interceptions in just two career games played. Mahomes is viable in all formats as he carries the largest upside at the quarterback position on this two-game slate.

Aaron Rodgers

If you were looking to get a little bit of a discount (double-check) and not spend up for Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers is in a great spot to pivot too. Rodgers is coming off of an impressive performance as he threw for 283 yards and three touchdowns on the road against the Saints on Sunday Night Football and has been in great form to start the 2020 season. Through his first three games, Rodgers has totaled 887 yards and nine touchdowns while having no interceptions. The Falcons Defense has struggled mightily as they are second to last in passing yards allowed per game (350.3) while also being second to last in points allowed per game to opponents (36). If Rodgers is able to get star receiver Davante Adams back in the mix tonight, he should be able to have his way against a porous Falcons defense.

Other plays: Matt Ryan

 

DFS Running Backs

Aaron Jones

The Packers running back situation has really started and stopped with Aaron Jones this year. He has been on fire to start the season as he has been a do-it-all kind of back for the Packers. Jones is averaging 101 rushing yards per game while also averaging over one rushing touchdown per game and is heavily involved in the passing game as he is seeing six targets per game as well. The Falcons have been solid against the run but have struggled to defend against the position on passing situations as they have allowed over 100 yards receiving and are tied for the most receiving touchdowns from opposing running backs (2). With how involved Jones is in both the rushing and passing game, it is hard to pass him up in all formats.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire

The Chiefs rookie running back has shown flashes of upside in this Chiefs offense and has really seen an involvement in their passing game over their last two games played. Edwards-Helaire has recorded 11 catches on 14 targets while racking up over 100 receiving yards over his last two games while also averaging 15 rushing attempts over that two-game span. The Chiefs have committed to the run a little more this year as they look to balance their offensive attack which means Edwards-Helaire could be more involved as the season progresses. The Patriots defense will have their hands full containing Hill, Watkins, and Kelce, so Edwards-Helaire could find himself in favorable matchups throughout the night.

Other plays: Todd Gurley II, Rex Burkhead

DFS Wide Receivers

Julio Jones

Julio Jones looks to be good to go for tonight's game against the Packers and while he has gotten off to a slow start due to injuries, he could be in line to bounce back against Green Bay. His price point seems too good to be true on DK at just $6,000 and with Calvin Ridley garnering more attention than he has in the past, it could allow for more one on one matchups with the Packers secondary. green bay has done well against opposing receivers as they have only allowed 417 receiving yards to opposing wideouts. With this game projected to be a high-scoring affair, Jones seems to be a great play in all formats.

Tyreek Hill

The speedy Hill has found success against the Patriots in previous games and with other big named receivers on the slate, he could go a tad overlooked in tournaments. Hill has played four games against the Patriots and is averaging 7 catches and 94.75 receiving yards per game while also hauling in four touchdowns in that four-game sample size. The Patriots really try to shut down weapons like Travis Kelce and opposing running backs so it could be a big night if Hill can get behind the Patriots secondary.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling

With Allen Lazard set to miss this game, MVS could take on a bigger role in the offense. In their last game against the Saints, Davante Adams sat out which meant it was up to Lazard and MVS to produce at the receiver position but MVS drew the unfortunate task of being blanketed by stud corner Marshon Lattimore. Lattimore shut down MVS while as Rodgers keened in on Lazard but this could all change this week with the emergence of Adams back into the lineup. While he is more of a big-play threat for this Packers offense, MVS could see an uptick in targets especially if Adams is unable to go as well. Coming into this game, MVS is tied for the second-most targets on the team at the wide receiver position with Lazard and has the third-highest snap percentage on this offense (68.8%) so if needing a value play from this team, MVS would be one to look at.

Other plays: Davante Adams, Calvin Ridley, Russell Gage, Sammy Watkins, N'Keal Harry

 

DFS Tight Ends

Travis Kelce

Kelce is the best tight end in the game and is one of Mahomes' top targets to go to in key games. Kelce has been heavily involved in the Chiefs offense to start the 2020 season as he is seeing nine targets per game and is averaging 18.6 DK points per game. The Patriots have done well limiting Kelce's upside as he is averaging 65 receiving yards against them and has only hauled in one receiving touchdown in four career games against them. The New England defense has been stellar against opposing tight ends so far this season as they have held tight ends to just eight total receptions for 73 receiving yards. Even though the matchup is tough for Kelce, he offers the most upside at the position and should not be overlooked in tournaments.

Robert Tonyan

With all of the injuries to the Packers receiving corps, Robert Tonyan could see an uptick in targets in tonight's game. Tonyan has seen eight targets over the last two games and has eclipsed double-digit DK points over that same time span. The Falcons have struggled to defend against opposing tight ends as they have allowed over 300 receiving yards and four touchdowns to this position in their first three games of the season.

Other plays: Hayden Hurst

 

DFS Defense/Special Teams

Kansas City Chiefs Defense

The Chiefs definitely got lucky with Cam Newton being labeled as out for this game (COVID) and will either face Brian Hoyer or Jarrett Stidham. Neither of those quarterbacks carries the upside that Cam provides to the Patriots and even though Bill Belichick will have some tricks up his sleeve for the Chiefs Defense, it is hard to imagine Hoyer or Stidham having the type of impact on the game like Newton presents. The Chiefs defense has done well so far as they are limiting opponents to scoring just 20 points per game which is fifth overall in the league. For the Patriots to win this game, they will need to pound the rock consistently but part of their success on the ground is the threat of Newton running the ball himself

Other plays: Green Bay Packers Defense

 

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FanDuel NFL DFS Lineup Picks for Week 4 - Daily Fantasy Football

Week 4 is here, and unfortunately, COVID-19 has made its first significant appearance of the regular season as the matchup between the Steelers and Titans has been rescheduled. When we thought it couldn't get any worse related to the Coronavirus, more news hit on Saturday that the game between the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs was postponed to Monday or Tuesday. However, there is always the chance that this game won't be played either.

In this article, I will be providing you with my Week 4 daily fantasy football lineup picks on FanDuel. These lineups can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel.

Be sure to also check out our weekly DraftKings DFS lineup picks and lots of other great NFL DFS articles and NFL DFS tools to help you win big! Feel free to give me a follow on Twitter @DennisMClausen. Also, check back by Sunday morning for some more updates as injuries continue to roll in through the weekend. Good luck, RotoBallers.

Updated October 4, 2020 @11:22 am

 

FanDuel Quarterbacks - Week 4 Picks

Dak Prescott, QB - vs. CLE ($8,200)

After getting off to a mediocre start to the season against the Rams in Week 1, Prescott has turned up the volume by averaging almost 35 fantasy points over the Cowboys' previous two contests. Although Dallas hasn't been the most talented team on the planet throughout the first three weeks of the 2020 campaign, the 27-year-old can't shoulder much of the blame. In Week 4, Dak and "America's Team" will take on the Browns, a team that hasn't done much on the defensive end. He has a higher ceiling than most and a favorable rostering price to go along with it.

Joe Burrow, QB - vs. JAC ($7,400)

Burrow and the Bengals will host the Jaguars on Sunday, with Jacksonville allowing 22.26 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks so far this season. The former Heisman winner is slowly building his case to be named Rookie of the Year at the conclusion of 2020 by compiling 821 yards and five touchdowns on an efficient 64.5 completion percentage. He will likely continue to air it out moving ahead and has an excellent shot to make some noise on the fantasy end, especially since he is surrounded by the trio of A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, and Tee Higgins.

Also Consider: Josh Allen ($8,600), Kyler Murray ($8,400), Deshaun Watson ($7,800), 

 

FanDuel Running Backs - Week 4 Picks

Alvin Kamara, RB - @ DET ($8,800)

Kamara has returned to form this season after battling injuries that relegated him to an afterthought for much of 2019. He has been productive, to say the least, and has been the most efficient fantasy back in the league. Look for him to continue to get extra attention from Drew Brees, primarily with star wideout Michael Thomas, who has been dealing with a bum ankle, out of the equation against the Lions on Sunday.

Aaron Jones, RB - vs. ATL ($8,400)

After most though that Jones would see his role decrease after the team selected A.J. Dillion in the second round of this year's draft, he has remained productive. He has scored at least one touchdown in each game this season, including a three-touchdown effort against the Lions in Week 2.

Also Consider: Ezekiel Elliott ($9,000), Kenyan Drake ($7,000), Joe Mixon ($6,800), David Johnson ($6,700), James Robinson ($6,600), Darrell Henderson Jr. ($6,400), Mike Davis ($6,300), Ronald Jones II ($5,600), Myles Gaskin ($5,400)

 

FanDuel Wide Receivers - Week 4 Picks

Tyler Lockett, WR - @ MIA ($7,500)

Lockett went crazy against the Cowboys in Week 3 by finishing with nine receptions for 100 yards and three touchdowns. The 28-year-old has taken advantage of the stellar play of MVP favorite Russell Wilson and should continue to get plenty of attention from him in Week 4 against the Dolphins. For those looking to stack, go ahead and throw in D.K. Metcalf, who has found the end zone in each game this season so far.

Allen Robinson, WR - vs. IND ($7,000)

Robinson struggled through the first two games of the season but got his act together against Atlanta by pulling in 10 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. The veteran clearly wasn't on the same page with Mitchell Trubisky, but with Nick Foles back at the helm, at least for now, he should garner the attention of plenty of fantasy managers in Week 4 against the Colts.

Also Consider: Adam Thielen ($7,100), Amari Cooper ($7,100), D.J. Moore ($6,800), Robert Woods ($6,700), Odell Beckham Jr. ($6,600), Tyler Boyd ($6,000), Darius Slayton ($5,500), Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($5,400), Justin Jefferson ($5,400), Greg Ward ($5,000)

 

FanDuel Tight Ends - Week 4 Picks

Mike Gesicki, TE vs. SEA ($5,700)

After catching eight passes for 130 yards and a touchdown against the Bills in Week 2, Gesicki wasn't heavily involved against the Jags last weekend. With the Seahawks banged up, especially defensively, heading into Week 4, the door may be open for the 24-year-old to benefit.

T.J. Hockenson, TE - vs. NOS ($5,400)

The Saints are allowing a league-worst 27.33 fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season, which will make Hockenson an attractive target on Sunday. The sophomore is averaging over five targets per game this season and will likely be one of the highest rostered tight ends in Week 4. Though he has a low floor, he also has a high ceiling.

Also Consider: Darren Waller ($6,700), Zach Ertz ($6,500)

 



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Sunday Night Football DFS Lineup Picks for FanDuel, DraftKings

Week 4 of the NFL season is underway and the Sunday Night Football showdown slate features a fun matchup as the Philadelphia Eagles take on the San Francisco 49ers! This game currently has a 45.5 over/under with the 49ers being favored by 3.5 points.

In this article, I will be providing you with daily fantasy football picks on FanDuel and DraftKings for Sunday Night Football on October 4th, 2020 (Week 4). These lineups can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel. Lineup construction can differ greatly from FanDuel to DraftKings with the biggest difference being the Captain and MVP slots. On DK, you'll pay 1.5x the salary of a player in order to roster them as your captain while the price doesn't change on FanDuel.

If you have any questions you can follow me on Twitter @jorgepucks and fire away, or sign up for a premium RotoBaller NFL package and chat with myself and other NFL DFS analysts any time you'd like! Now let's break this slate down and make some cash as we get ready for the full Sunday slate of games!

 

DFS Quarterbacks

We get a great coaching matchup which also trickles down to what could be good quarterback play for this showdown slate. Carson Wentz has gotten off to a very slow start but some of that could be attributed to the lack of receiving options to start the season. The Eagles have been decimated due to injuries which explains why Wentz and company have gotten off to a slow start. Wentz is throwing 40+ times to start the season but has turned the ball over more times than he has found the end zone which has limited his true upside. San Francisco is limiting opposing teams to just 187 passing yards per game but some of that strong passing defense can be attributed to the opponents they faced so far this season (Jets and Giants specifically).

Nick Mullens will be drawing the start for San Fran this week as Jimmy Garoppolo is still nursing an ankle injury. Mullens had an efficient start during week 3 against the Giants as he completed 25 of his 36 passing attempts for 343 yards and a passing touchdown. In this matchup against Philly, he will have the top targets returning for San Fran in George Kittle and Deebo Samuel which only gives him more of a boost on this showdown slate. The Eagles are allowing opposing quarterbacks to average 19.06 fantasy points per game against them but one thing that stands out is they have allowed six passing touchdowns through the first three games of the season.

Summary: Both quarterbacks make for solid cash plays and tournament plays on this slate. Mullens has the better supporting cast right now but Wentz is the better overall quarterback so using them in the captain roles is certainly viable.  

 

DFS Running Backs

Both teams look to establish the run early on in the game but it could be a tough night on the ground as their opposing defenses rank in the top against opposing running backs. The Eagles finally have Miles Sanders healthy and he has produced two great weeks of work as he has averaged 95 rushing yards per game and has seen 15 pass-catching targets in his two games played. When healthy, Sanders is the bell-cow back and doesn't concede snaps but if he were to give up snaps, Boston Scott would be next in line on the depth chart. With the lack of true receiving options for Philly, Sanders could see an uptick in targets and is viable in all formats while Scott would see limited action.

The running back position has been rough on the 49ers in the early part of the season as Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman both suffered injuries in week 2. Jerick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson Jr. are splitting the lead back duties as they have been even in carries and are both getting targets in the passing game. The Eagles run defense has been very good as they are only allowing 84.3 yards per game on the ground so the 49ers running back tandem will have to be involved in the passing game for any upside potential in this matchup.

Summary: Miles Sanders is the safest option at the running back position. He will see volume in both the passing and running game and offers the most upside at the position. McKinnon and Wilson Jr. are viable tournament options as they will be splitting carries throughout the game. 

DFS Wide Receivers

Both teams have been hit with the injury bug in the wide receiver department so this will be tricky to navigate. The Eagles will be without Alshon Jeffery, Jalan Reagor, and DeSean Jackson while also labeling J.J. Arcega-Whiteside as doubtful for this Sunday night matchup. This leaves the receiving cupboard really empty as Greg Ward and John Hightower look to fill the receiving void left behind due to injuries. Ward saw 11 targets in his last game against the Bengals and looks to be the best wide receiver option for the Eagles. John Hightower looks to provide good value as he is one of the lower-priced options on Philly but should carry a larger role as he will be thrust into the starting lineup.

San Fran has had its fair share of injuries at the wide receiver position as Tavon Austin, Jalen Hurd, Richie James Jr., and Chris Thompson were all placed on IR. Deebo Samuel has also been on IR but looks to be ready to go for this matchup against Philly. Samuel is an extreme value on DK as he is just $200 which opens up salary for the rest of your lineup. He is a true playmaker for this 49ers squad but it should also be noted that he could be eased back into the offense so he might not assume his full role until later in the season. Brandon Aiyuk had a big game against the Giants as he recorded five catches on eight targets while having three rushing attempts for 31 yards and a rushing touchdown. He will have a prominent role in this offense and will be one of the top receiving options moving forward for San Fran. Kendrick Bourne has seen consistent targets throughout the first three weeks of the season and will continue to be involved in the offense in three-wide receiver sets. Outside of those options, Trent Taylor, Mohamed Sanu, and Dane Pettis round out the receiving group but only have appeal in large multi-entering formats.

Summary: Ward and Aiyuk provide the safest options on this slate at the wide receiver position. Bourne, Hightower, and Arcega-Whiteside are secondary options that are viable in tournaments but could also be squeezed into cash lineups. Taylor, Sanu, and Pettis only warrant consideration in large-field tournaments. 

 

DFS Tight Ends

This game features some of the best pass-catching tight ends in the game which makes them both viable options on this showdown slate. For the Eagles, the tight end group is led by Zach Ertz who has been a top receiving tight end option over the last five seasons. Dallas Goedert landed on the IR which only bodes well for Ertz who should only get more targets moving forward. Ertz is averaging 11.3 DK points per game and is coming off of a season-high 10 targets against the Bengals. Ertz is averaging five catches on eight targets per game and while he has only found the end zone once this season, he is due to the lack of receiving options for this Eagles squad. Behind Kittle on the Eagles depth chart sits Richard Rodgers and newly signed player in Hakeem Butler. Rodgers is a long-time NFL vet that doesn't offer much upside in the passing game while Butler is intriguing as he was a former wide receiver that has now been converted to a tight end. This was a low-risk high upside move that provided the Eagles with more depth at the position.

For San Fran, George Kittle is the go-to man in this offense. He has been out the past several weeks due to a knee injury that was suffered in week 1 against Arizona but seems to be back and good to go for this matchup. Jordan Reed was his backup and saw plenty of action while Kittle was gone as he accrued nine catches on 14 targets while hauling in two passing touchdowns. Jordan Reed suffered a knee sprain that will sideline him for multiple weeks which means Kittle will be thrust back into the main tight end spot now that he is fully healthy. Backing up Kittle is Ross Dwelley who would be considered a long shot tournament play if mass multi entering.

Summary: Both Kittle and Ertz are great plays on this slate. With the lack of true receiving options, both of them operate like the top receivers in their offenses. Dwelley, Rodgers, and Butler are all value plays in tournaments that open up salary for the rest of your lineup. 

 

DFS Defense/Special Teams

Even though San Francisco is banged up, their defense has been doing well as they are holding opponents to 15.3 points per game while limiting opposing offenses to just 304 yards per game which is the third-fewest in the league. With how turnover prone the Eagles have been to start the season, the 49ers Defense is in play. Robbie Gould and Jake Elliott are some of the more reliable kickers in the league and with how injuries have plagued their teams' offenses to start the season, it wouldn't be surprising if the offensive drives stalled out in this game resulting in field goal opportunities on both sides.

Summary: The San Francisco defense has done well despite being hit with injuries and could be in consideration for your lineup builds. Kicking could be crucial in this game which makes both Robbie Gould and Jake Elliott viable for tournament options. 

Good luck, RotoBallers, and remember to mix it up and don't be afraid to be different in these large field GPPs!



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OwnersBox NFL DFS Lineup Picks for Week 4 - Daily Fantasy Football

Hey there RotoBallers! If you haven't had a chance to check out the weekly fantasy offerings over at OwnersBox, now is the time! OwnersBox is a new weekly fantasy platform that offers plenty of game setups to fulfill your desire to draft throughout the season! Over at OwnersBox,  you can participate in snake drafts and select 1, 2, 3, or 4-week tournament-style bracket contests.

In this article, I will be providing you with my weekly fantasy football lineup picks on OwnersBox for contests that start in Week 4. I will pick out two players at each position: a short-term option (for one-week drafts) and a long-term option (for drafts lasting between two and four weeks). With the Steelers/Titans Week 4 game getting postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests on the Titans, you are obviously going to want to avoid both teams for Week 4. I am also recommending avoiding drafting any Titans for long-term contests as we simply don't know if there will be more positive tests or when they will be able to play again.

Be sure to also check out our other great NFL DFS articles and NFL DFS tools to help you win big no matter what your preferred weekly fantasy platform happens to be. If you sign up for OwnersBox this week, you'll get $25 free in OwnersBucks, which can be redeemed to play in real money games.

 

OwnersBox Quarterbacks

One-Week Drafts:

Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks) @MIA

Wilson has been absolutely dominant through three weeks, throwing 14 touchdowns and just one interception. He is bound to cool off eventually but the Dolphins aren't the team that is going to do it. Miami's pass defense ranks 25th in DVOA this season while their offense has been frisky enough to turn this game into an under-the-radar shootout. Seattle's starting running back Chris Carson is also banged up, which could convince the team to throw more frequently than usual. In a game with a 53.5-point over/under, Wilson should be the first or second quarterback off the board in one-week drafts.

Also consider: Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens) @WAS

 

Two-to-Four-Week Drafts:

Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens) @WAS, vs. CIN, vs. PHI, @PIT

Jackson is off to a slow start (by his normally high standards) but his schedule opens up considerably over the next month. He will take on Washington in Week 4 in what qualifies as a plus matchup for the Ravens. Washington has a fearsome defensive line but the additional pressure could just force Jackson to run more frequently, which is a good thing for fantasy gamers who roster him. When he doesn't run, he will take aim at a Washington secondary that is definitely beatable and is allowing the 12th-most fantasy points per game to the QB position. A Week 5 matchup against the Bengals shouldn't give Jackson much trouble while the Eagles in Week 6 still can't stop anyone through the air despite adding Darius Slay, ranking 23rd in pass defense DVOA according to Football Outsiders. The only tough defense in this four-game stretch is Pittsburgh in Week 7.

Also consider: Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys) vs. CLE, vs. NYG, vs. ARI, @WAS

 

OwnersBox Running Backs

One-Week Drafts:

Alvin Kamara (New Orleans Saints) @DET 

Kamara rewarded his fantasy drafts on Sunday night, popping off for 43 points on OwnersBox, thanks to a ridiculous 13-catch, 139-yard, two-touchdown outing against the Packers. He finds himself in another excellent situation in Week 4 as he will face a Detroit defense that is allowing the sixth-most fantasy points per game to running backs. While the news was more positive earlier in the week, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Michael Thomas sit out another week, which just raises Kamara's ceiling that much more.

Also consider: Dalvin Cook (Minnesota Vikings) @HOU

 

Two-to-Four-Week Drafts:

Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys) - vs. CLE, vs. NYG, vs. ARI, @WAS

Elliott's Week 4 home matchup with the Browns should be a shootout, ensuring that his team will be in the red zone often and theoretically giving Zeke several shots at scoring. The Giants in Week 5 are fresh off allowing San Francisco to notch three rushing touchdowns and New York doesn't possess an offense that is equipped to keep up with Dallas on the scoreboard. Expect the Cowboys to lean on Elliott to take the air out of the ball in the second half. Week 6's matchup with the Cardinals should be another shootout as Arizona does have an offense that can keep up with Dallas. Washington's defense is strong against the pass and weaker against the run, which should funnel additional work onto Zeke's plate.

Also consider: Todd Gurley (Atlanta Falcons) - @GB, vs. CAR, @MIN, vs. DET

 

OwnersBox Wide Receivers

One-Week Drafts:

Calvin Ridley (Atlanta Falcons) @GB

Has Ridley overtaken Julio Jones as the alpha receiver in Atlanta? While it may be too early to proclaim this, Ridley has taken a massive step forward this season. He has 21 catches for 349 yards and four TDs through three games and gets to go against a leaky Green Bay pass defense in Week 4. Green Bay's secondary ranks 20th in pass defense DVOA. Just be sure to monitor the injury reports as Ridley missed Thursday's practice with an ankle injury. His participation on Friday will be a good indication of his status for the weekend. Julio Jones is a nice pivot off Ridley is the latter is looking unlikely to play. Jones missed last week's game with a hamstring issue but got in a limited session on Thursday and is trending up.

Also consider: DeAndre Hopkins (Arizona Cardinals) @CAR

 

Two-to-Four-Week Drafts:

DeAndre Hopkins (Arizona Cardinals) @CAR, @NYJ, @DAL, vs. SEA

What a fantastic four-game stretch for Nuk. Hopkins will do battle with a Carolina pass defense that ranks 28th in DVOA in Week 4 and then takes on a Jets team that is probably the worst in the league in Week 4. New York has the ultimate pass-funnel defense as they rank 31st in DVOA against the pass and third against the run. Hopkins will face Dallas in Week 6 in what is likely to be a high-scoring shootout and finishes up this fantastic stretch with a leaky Seattle secondary that is allowing more fantasy points per game to wide receivers than any team in the NFL.

Also consider: DeVante Parker (Miami Dolphins) vs. SEA, @SF, @DEN, vs. LAC

 

OwnersBox Tight Ends

One-Week Drafts:

Mark Andrews (Baltimore Ravens) @ WAS

Andrews has disappointed for two straight weeks but keep the faith. He dropped a touchdown in the end zone against the Chiefs on Monday night in what was an ugly evening for the Baltimore offense. Look for Andrews to bounce back against Washington in Week 4. Washington is allowing the sixth-most fantasy points per game to the tight end position this season. As mentioned below, Zach Ertz is an excellent play, too, considering that Dallas Goedert is not playing. Strategy-wise, I would wait on the position and take whoever is left after your opponent selects his or her tight end.

Also consider: Zach Ertz (Philadelphia Eagles) @SF

 

Two-to-Four-Week Drafts:

Travis Kelce (Kansas City Chiefs) vs. NE, vs. LV, @BUF, @DEN

Kelce has a tough matchup against the Patriots in Week 4 but he has proven matchup-proof over the past few years. The Raiders have been tough on tight ends this season but Kelce has traditionally fared well against them, catching four touchdowns in their previous six meetings. Buffalo's defense is allowing the 12th-most fantasy points per game to tight ends while the Broncos are 11th.

Also consider: Mark Andrews (Baltimore Ravens) @WAS, vs. CIN, @PHI, vs. PIT



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Thursday Night Football DFS Lineup Picks for FanDuel, DraftKings

Week 4 of the NFL season is underway and the Thursday Night Football showdown slate features an interesting matchup as the Denver Broncos take on the New York Jets! This game currently has a 39.5 over/under with the Broncos being favored by 1 point.

In this article, I will be providing you with daily fantasy football picks on FanDuel and DraftKings for Thursday Night Football on October 1st, 2020 (Week 4). These lineups can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel. Lineup construction can differ greatly from FanDuel to DraftKings with the biggest difference being the Captain and MVP slots. On DK, you'll pay 1.5x the salary of a player in order to roster them as your captain while the price doesn't change on FanDuel.

If you have any questions you can follow me on Twitter @jorgepucks and fire away, or sign up for a premium RotoBaller NFL package and chat with myself and other NFL DFS analysts any time you'd like! Now let's break this slate down and make some cash as we get ready for the full Sunday slate of games!

 

DFS Quarterbacks

The quarterback options are not quite what we saw on Monday night but could both be viable with how the opposing defenses they are facing have been struggling as of late. The Broncos are still without Drew Lock and with a rough outing from Jeff Driskel against the Bucs, Vic Fangio turned the keys over to the offense to Brett Rypien. The former Boise State product completed eight of nine passes for 53 yards while tossing an interception in his lone drive with the first-team offense against Tampa Bay. The Jets are allowing 239 passing yards per game which is 15th in the league but when analyzing their previous games, opposing teams are getting up on New York early which is limiting the passing upside due to the game script.

Sam Darnold is clearly the best quarterback on this slate and gets a favorable matchup against the 29th passing defense of Denver. Darnold has gotten a bit of a short stick this year with poor coaching and the lack of true offensive weapons which hinders his actual upside. On the season, Darnold has completed 61.4% of his passes while only throwing for 187 passing yards and a touchdown per game. Denver's defense has not been good and it all started with the loss of Von Miller for the entire season. With the matchup being favorable, Darnold is certainly viable regardless of how poor his first couple of games have been.

Summary: Darnold is the safer option for cash games while Rypien could be added to your player pool for tournament builds

 

DFS Running Backs

Both teams have struggled running the football in the first three weeks so it makes it tough to truly rely on any of the running backs. The best back in this showdown slate is Melvin Gordon III. He is averaging 13.6 DK points per game but as we saw in their last game against Tampa if Denver gets behind early, his rushing attempts go down and he might get phased out of the game script. Luckily for us, this game should remain close which makes Gordon a viable option. Phillip Lindsay is a solid backup for Gordon but looks to be unable to go which means Royce Freeman slides up the depth chart and will see some snaps behind Gordon.

The Jets have really struggled to establish an efficient run game and with injuries to both Le'Veon Bell and stud young tackle Mekhi Becton (still has a shot at playing in tonight's game), they are relying on wily old vet Frank Gore to carry the rock. Gore has seen 36 rushing attempts over his last two games but is only churning out 48 rushing yards per game. The matchup against Denver is not great as they rank 7th in the league by only allowing opposing running backs to gain 107 yards on the ground per game. La'Mical Perine and Kalen Ballage will be backing up Gore with Ballage being the more viable of the two running backs. While it does not feel great rostering a Jets running back in this matchup, Ballage saw five targets this past game and is obviously liked by Gase since the Jets head coach tried to trade for him prior to the start of the 2020 season.

Summary: Melvin Gordon III looks to be the strongest option for both cash games and tournaments lineups. Gore will get his rushing attempts but does not have the upside that will help you takedown tournaments unless he finds the end zone. Ballage and Freeman are serviceable if looking for value on this slate. 

DFS Wide Receivers

This is a spot where you can get really different with your roster construction on this slate. Both teams have dealt with injuries throughout the receiver position so we might be considering guys that should be third or fourth on the depth charts. Starting with the Broncos, they lost Courtland Sutton for the season which means their 2020 draft picks in Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler will be seeing plenty of action for the rest of the season. Jeudy is the top receiving option on this team and has actually been fairly consistent as he has seen 24 targets through the first three weeks. He has hauled in 13 of those targets and racked up 173 receiving yards but has yet to find the end zone for his first-ever professional touchdown. Jeudy is the safest receiving option for Denver and could be used in all formats. Outside of Jeudy, Tim Patrick and K.J. Hamler are the two other receiving options to focus on. Hamler was activated after Sutton went own with his injury and has actually been used quite a bit as he is averaging six targets per game and has the second-highest target share percentage of active Broncos receivers.

For the Jets, it all starts with Jamison Crowder. He had an explosive week 1 as he recorded seven catches for 115 yards and a touchdown but has missed some time due to an injured hamstring. While he might not be 100%, it seems as if he will give it a go in tonight's contest which will help the Jets from an offensive standpoint. Outside of Crowder, the Jets have looked to involve both Braxton Berrios and Chris Hogan into their offense. Berrios has seen 12 targets over the last two games played and is averaging over 16 DK points over his last two games played. With Crowder back, his role might dip a little bit but is still viable on this slate.

Summary: Jeudy and Crowder are the safest receiver options on this slate. With the lack of explosiveness on both sides, Hogan, Hamler, Patrick, and Berrios are all viable tournament options.

 

DFS Tight Ends

With both offenses getting off to slow starts this season, the tight end position could be worth looking at for your showdown lineups. The Broncos have really involved Noah Fant in their offensive gameplan and he is emerging into one of the better young tight ends in the game. Fant is averaging seven targets per game and has racked up a 15.5 DK point per game average through the first three weeks of the 2020 season. He draws a favorable matchup against New York who has surrendered three touchdowns to opposing tight ends already this season.

For the Jets, their primary tight end option is Chris Herndon who has been actually disappointing from a fantasy standpoint. While he has seen 16 total targets in the first three weeks, he has only amassed 63 total receiving yards on 10 catches. With all of the receiving options hurting for the Jets, one would think Herndon would be more involved in the passing game moving forward but with his lack of true receiving production, he is best served as a deep shot in tournaments.

Summary: Fant stands out to be the better tight end option on this slate. You can trust him in both cash game and tournament builds while Herndon is better off left for tournament builds and should be included in stacks with Darnold. 

 

DFS Defense/Special Teams

With the low game total, it could be viable to consider both defenses on this slate. The one downside is that neither defense has really shown upside as they have combined for just two interceptions so far this season while averaging just over one sack per game. Both kickers are in play as this game could be a battle of field position and with both teams sputtering near the red zone, it could be a battle between the kickers.

Summary: Both defenses could be in play but more so in tournaments. Kicking could be crucial in this game which makes both Brandon McManus and Sam Ficken viable for tournament options. 

Good luck, RotoBallers, and remember to mix it up and don't be afraid to be different in these large field GPPs!



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Monday Night Football DFS Lineup Picks for FanDuel, DraftKings (Week 3)

Week 3 of the NFL season is underway and the Monday night football showdown slate features a fantastic matchup as the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Baltimore Ravens! This game currently has a 53.5 over/under with the Ravens being favored by 3.5 points.

In this article, I will be providing you with daily fantasy football picks on FanDuel and DraftKings for Monday Night Football on September 28th, 2020 (Week 3). These lineups can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel. Lineup construction can differ greatly from FanDuel to DraftKings with the biggest difference being the Captain and MVP slots. On DK, you'll pay 1.5x the salary of a player in order to roster them as your captain while the price doesn't change on FanDuel.

If you have any questions you can follow me on Twitter @jorgepucks and fire away, or sign up for a premium RotoBaller NFL package and chat with myself and other NFL DFS analysts any time you'd like! Now let's break this slate down and make some cash as we get ready for the full Sunday slate of games!

 

DFS Quarterbacks

This is truly an exciting matchup as we should get fantastic quarterback play from both Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson. This will be Mahomes' third time taking on this tough Ravens Defense but he has been successful in his two prior games as he has thrown for a combined 700 yards and five touchdowns. In those two games, he averaged 27 DK points scored and was able to complete close to 70% of his passes. While Baltimore will apply pressure to Kansas City by blitzing, Mahomes has the arm talent and weapons around him to beat the blitzes that the Ravens bring.

Lamar Jackson is just as exciting as an NFL quarterback but he gets his work done a tad differently from Mahomes. While Mahomes racks up points with passing yardage and tossing touchdowns, Jackson uses both his arms and legs as ways to generate fantasy points. Jackson is averaging 12 rushing attempts per game while averaging close to 50 rushing yards per game. In the air, he is averaging 239 passing yards per game and two passing touchdowns per game. The Chiefs have a middle of the pack defense so Jackson should be able to generate offense and keep up with Mahomes.

Summary: Both QBs are viable in cash and tournaments and rostering them together could be a good move in tournaments. 

 

DFS Running Backs

The running back position on this slate could be one position that makes or break the slate in tournaments. Clyde Edwards-Helaire has fit in with this Chiefs team very nicely as he has been involved in both the running attack and passing game from the start of the season. While he struggled to get going on the ground in their game against the Chargers, he was a key focal point in the passing game as he caught six passes on eight targets for 32 yards. Backing up CEH is Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson both of whom are used lightly in the receiving game.

The Ravens have a more crowded backfield which makes it murky when trying to decipher the best running back plays from Baltimore. So far, Mark Ingram II, J.K. Dobbins, and Gus Edwards have all been on the field for more than 25% of the offensive snaps on the season with Ingram and Dobbins being the two main backs that are featured most frequently. Ingram leads all Ravens running backs with 19 rushing attempts through their first two games played while Dobbins leads the group with two touchdowns scored. While there is a running back by committee, it seems as if Ingram still is viewed as the lead back.

Summary: Clyde Edwards-Helaire looks to be the strongest option for both cash games and tournaments lineups. Ingram and Dobbins are risky but viable for cash and tournaments while Williams, Thompson, Gus Edwards are lower owned salary saving tournament fliers. 

DFS Wide Receivers

We have some home run hitters at the receiver position in this game so this is a group to really consider rostering on the showdown slate. For the Chiefs, the initial weapon is Tyreek Hill. The best deep threat in the league had himself a game against the Ravens back in 2018 as he recorded eight catches on 14 targets while grabbing 139 receiving yards. The Ravens have an aggressive defense which means they trust their corners out on islands against opposing receivers which usually favors speedy receivers like Hill. Sammy Watkins is another Kansas City receiver that has big playmaking ability but is questionable for this game. If he is unable to go, Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson both slide up the depth chart as tournament options to pair with Mahomes lines.

The Ravens are more of a run-first type of offense but have some playmakers at the receiving position to target. Their big-time playmaker is Marquise Brown who has big-time speed and big playmaking ability that defenses have to constantly account for. brown is averaging six targets per game this year and is averaging 13 DK points per game so he is the safest receiver to roster form the Ravens. Willie Snead IV and Miles Boykin are other receivers that should be considered with Boykin being one that has seen nine targets over the last two games played.

Summary:  Hill and Brown are the two best receiving options in this game. If Watkins plays, he is viable but carries some risk as he is more boom or bust. If looking for lower-priced players, Hardman, Robinson, Snead IV, and Boykin make for great tournament plays.  

 

DFS Tight Ends

In this game, we get a matchup of two of the premier pass-catching tight ends in the league. Travis Kelce has been the league's top tight end for several seasons and has gotten off to a hot start this season. Kelce has seen 20 combined targets in the first two games and hauled in 15 of those for catches. Kelce is averaging 21 DK points in this two-game span to start this season which definitely puts him into the captain conversation. The Ravens have had trouble containing Kelce in three career games as he has hauled in 20 catches on 24 targets for 239 receiving yards and a touchdown.

On the flip side, Mark Andrews has really emerged as a top target for Lamar Jackson in this Ravens offense and it would be no surprise if he is looked at heavily in this game. On the season, Andrews has six catches on nine total targets while notching two touchdowns so far this season. While he hasn't had the best success against the Chiefs in his career, his red-zone presence makes him a viable option on this slate.

Summary: With two of the premier pass-catching tight ends in the league featured in this game, they are both viable for cash games and tournament builds. 

 

DFS Defense/Special Teams

With the high game total, it is hard to imagine that these defenses will be able to slow down their opposing offenses. In their most recent meeting, the Chiefs beat the Ravens by the score of 33-28 in a high-scoring affair. While the defenses and special teams might not be in play, this matchup does feature two of the top kickers in the league. Justin Tucker has been a long time staple in the Ravens organization and is averaging 12.5 DK points per game. He is 5/5 on field-goal attempts and is 8/8 when it comes to extra points. For the Chiefs, Harrison Butker is coming off of a stellar performance against the Chargers as he went 3/3 with a game-winning 58-yard attempt.

Summary: Fading both defenses seems to be the best move on this slate. Both Justin Tucker and Harrison Butker are in play for tournament lineups as they could see plenty of opportunities. 

 

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FanDuel NFL DFS Lineup Picks for Week 3 - Daily Fantasy Football

Week 2 was chaotic, to say the least. Although some players were lucky to avoid being seriously injured last Sunday, others weren't so fortunate as Saquon Barkley, Nick Bosa, and Courtland Sutton will miss the remainder of the year. While those injuries alone are discouraging enough, there are also a ton of notable players who won't suit up in Week 3. However, in classic DFS fashion, when one man goes down, another door will open for someone else to step up.

In this article, I will be providing you with my Week 3 daily fantasy football lineup picks on FanDuel. These lineups can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel.

Be sure to also check out our weekly DraftKings DFS lineup picks and lots of other great NFL DFS articles and NFL DFS tools to help you win big! Feel free to give me a follow on Twitter @DennisMClausen. Also, check back by Sunday morning for some more updates as injuries continue to roll in through the weekend. Good luck, RotoBallers.

Updated: Sunday, September 27, 2020 @ 10:45 AM

 

FanDuel Quarterbacks - Week 3 Picks

Kyler Murray, QB - vs. DET ($8,400)

Murray will likely be a popular addition to DFS lineups in Week 3. The sophomore signal-caller has played exceptionally well throughout the first two games of the 2020 campaign and has established himself as someone who fantasy managers can rely on. Murray currently holds a fourth-best 66.7 completion percentage while also leading the league in rushing yards at his position. He has a chance to keep things going against the Lions, a team that hasn't done much to impress so far in 2020.

Cam Newton, QB - vs. LVR ($7,700)

After dealing with health issues and inconsistent play during his final few seasons as a Carolina Panther, Newton was released by the team during the offseason. As time passed, it appeared as if the former MVP wasn't going to be suiting up in 2020. However, after Tom Brady took his talents to Tampa Bay after two decades of service in New England, Newton was signed by the Patriots over the Summer. Things have gone well for him during his first couple of games playing under coach Belichick, and despite not making much noise throwing the ball, he has made up for it by making significant gains on the ground.

Also Consider: Russell Wilson ($8,700), Josh Allen ($8,100), Joe Burrow ($7,400)

 

FanDuel Running Backs - Week 3 Picks

Miles Sanders, RB - vs. CIN ($7,400)

Sanders didn't play against Washington in Week 1 due to a bum hamstring but was able to suit up in Week 2 against the Rams. He looked like he didn't miss a beat in that one, finishing with 95 yards and a score off of 20 attempts to go along with three catches for 36 yards. He may have one of the highest ceilings in Week 3 against the Bengals, a team that is currently allowing a third-worst 36.75 fantasy points to the running back position in 2020.

Jonathan Taylor, RB - vs. NYJ ($6,700)

Taylor didn't do much in Week 1, leaving many fantasy managers scratching their heads, especially the ones who reached for him during season-long drafts over the Summer. After Marlon Mack tore his Achilles, which resulted in a premature ending to his season, Taylor got the nod in Week 2 despite Nyheim Hines' impressive performance during the opener. The rookie had 26 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings and should be primed and ready to rock against a Jets Defense that hasn't done much to slow down opposing backs this season.

Also Consider: Ezekiel Elliott ($9,000), Derrick Henry ($8,200), Kenyan Drake ($6,500), Devin Singletary ($5,900)

 

FanDuel Wide Receivers - Week 3 Picks

DeAndre Hopkins, WR - vs. DET ($8,500)

Hopkins has fit in well in his new home thus far. Throughout his first two contests as an Arizona Cardinal, the veteran has combined for 25 targets, catching 22 of them, for 219 yards and a touchdown. With Kyler Murray also playing lights out this season, the duo will potentially make some more noise in Week 3 against the Detroit Lions.

Diontae Johnson, WR - vs. PIT ($6,300)

JuJu Smith-Schuster appears to be back on track after a disappointing 2019 campaign. However, he may have some competition for the No. 1 spot on the depth chart, as Johnson has received 23 targets from Ben Roethlisberger over the last two weeks. He has also racked up 14 catches for 149 and a score during that span. He has a good chance to continue to keep things rolling against the Texans on Sunday, a team that has allowed opposing wideouts to produce 34.25 fantasy points per game throughout the first two weeks.

Also Consider: Adam Thielen ($7,200), Tyler Lockett ($6,800), Terry McLaurin ($6,700), DK Metcalf ($6,500), A.J. Green ($5,900), Tyler Boyd ($5,800), Darius Slayton ($5,700), CeeDee Lamb ($5,600), Corey Davis ($5,100), Adam Humphries ($4,600)

 

FanDuel Tight Ends - Week 3 Picks

Jordan Reed, TE - @ NYG ($5,300)

After losing a handful of players to injury at MetLife Stadium, the 49ers will return to the scene of the crime in Week 3. With George Kittle out once again after injuring his knee in Week 1 against Arizona, Reed will be called on once again to fill the massive void. The veteran played well against the Jets, catching seven passes for 50 yards and two scores. The ceiling is high for Reed as he was once one of the best tight ends in the league during his days in Washington but became the victim of consistent head injuries.

Dallas Goedert, TE - vs. CIN ($5,200)

The Eagles are limited on the receiving end as Jalen Reagor and Alshon Jeffery are injured, leaving some room for others outside of Zach Ertz to pick up the slack. Goedert was impressive in Week 1, catching eight of his nine targets for 101 yards and a touchdown to finish with just over 20 fantasy points. Although Carson Wentz looked his way eight times in Week 2 against the Rams, he wasn't able to have a repeat performance. With Cincinnati limited defensively due to a lack of talent, Goedert could rebound on Sunday.

Also Consider: Zach Ertz ($6,200), Jonnu Smith ($5,600)



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OwnersBox NFL DFS Lineup Picks for Week 3 - Daily Fantasy Football

Hey there RotoBallers! If you haven't had a chance to check out the weekly fantasy offerings over at OwnersBox, now is the time! OwnersBox is a new weekly fantasy platform that offers plenty of game setups to fulfill your desire to draft throughout the season! Over at OwnersBox,  you can participate in snake drafts and select 1, 2, 3, or 4-week tournament-style bracket contests.

In this article, I will be providing you with my weekly fantasy football lineup picks on OwnersBox for contests that start in Week 3. I will pick out two players at each position: a short-term option (for one-week drafts) and a long-term option (for drafts lasting between two and four weeks).

Be sure to also check out our other great NFL DFS articles and NFL DFS tools to help you win big no matter what your preferred weekly fantasy platform happens to be. If you sign up for OwnersBox this week, you'll get $25 free in OwnersBucks, which can be redeemed to play in real money games.

 

OwnersBox Quarterbacks

One-Week Drafts:

Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks) vs. DAL

In one of the most exciting early-season developments, the Seahawks are actually letting Russell Wilson throw the ball. The Seahawks have thrown 67 passes compared to calling 51 run plays after being much closer to an even split in 2019. This Seahawks/Cowboys game has shootout written all over it as neither team's defense has shown the ability to slow anyone down through the first two games of the season. Wilson is a top-two quarterback this weekend.

Also consider: Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) @ NO

 

Two-to-Four-Week Drafts:

Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys) @SEA, vs. CLE, vs. NYG, vs. ARI

As mentioned above, the Seattle/Dallas game is going to be a high-scoring affair. Vegas has the over/under set at a tasty 57.5 points. Prescott was dominant in Week 2 and he draws several plus matchups over the next four weeks. Cleveland in Week 4 is a fantastic matchup for passing attacks. The Browns pass defense ranks 30th in Football Outsiders' DVOA through two weeks. A showdown with the Giants in Week 5 also favors the Cowboys as New York is looking like one of the worst teams in the league. Week 6 vs. the Cardinals also has the making of a potential shootout with Kyler Murray taking a big step forward in his second year and showing instant chemistry with star wideout DeAndre Hopkins.

Also consider: Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens) vs. KC, @WAS, vs. CIN, @PHI

 

OwnersBox Running Backs

One-Week Drafts:

Alvin Kamara (New Orleans Saints) vs. GB 

Kamara stood out in a Week 2 loss to the Raiders. The star running back stands alone as the Saints' top threat in the passing game while Michael Thomas is sidelined by a high-ankle sprain. Kamara has found the end zone four times through two games. This should be a sneaky shootout with the Green Bay offense looking revitalized and the game being played in New Orleans, historically a haven for fantasy production.

Also consider: Jonathan Taylor (Indianapolis Colts) vs. NYJ

 

Two-to-Four-Week Drafts:

Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys) - @ SEA, vs. CLE, vs. NYG, vs. ARI

With the loss of Saquon Barkley and Christian McCaffrey, Elliott is one of the few elite running backs out there. He draws an excellent slate of opponents over the next four weeks. He will face a solid Seattle run defense in a game that should be a shootout in Week 3. While Seattle has been good against the run thus far, I still like Elliott to find the end zone at least once. His opponent in Week 4, the Browns, showed flashes of being a competent run defense against the Bengals in Week 2 but the Dallas offensive line is significantly better than Cincy's. A Week 5 matchup against the Giants is a positive for Zeke as New York gave up 119 rushing yards to a backup running back in Benny Snell Jr. in Week 1 and 127 all-purpose yards and a score to another average talent in David Montgomery in Week 2. The Cowboys could easily build a big lead in this one and then use Elliott to take the air out of the ball in the second half. The Cowboys/Cardinals game in Week 5 should be high scoring and Arizona ranks just 19th in run defense DVOA through two games.

Also consider: Dalvin Cook (Minnesota Vikings) - vs. TEN, @HOU, @SEA, vs. ATL

 

OwnersBox Wide Receivers

One-Week Drafts:

Amari Cooper (Dallas Cowboys) @SEA

As you can see, we are really looking to load up on this Seattle/Dallas game in one-week contests. Cooper technically has more competition for targets with CeeDee Lamb in town but the loss of Blake Jarwin two weeks ago should ensure that Cooper sees a healthy target share. I am not expecting Dalton Schultz to remain a major part of the team's passing attack most weeks. Seattle's pass defense has been weak, ranking just 29th in DVOA and serving up big receiving games to Julian Edelman (eight catches/179 yards), Julio Jones (9/157/0), Calvin Ridley (9/130/2), and Russell Gage (9/114/0).

Also consider: D.K. Metcalf (Seattle Seahawks) vs. DAL

 

Two-to-Four-Week Drafts:

DeAndre Hopkins (Arizona Cardinals) vs. DET, @CAR, @NYJ, @DAL

So much for Hopkins not having a full offseason to establish a connection with Kyler Murray. The star wideout has hit the ground running in his first two games with the Cardinals, racking up 22 catches for 219 yards and a score. Hopkins goes against some weak pass defenses over the next three weeks. The Lions, Panthers, and Jets all rank 22nd or lower in pass defense DVOA according to Football Outsiders. Hopkins' Week 6 matchup against the Cowboys has the potential to be a shootout as Dallas has a high-scoring offense but hasn't shown the ability to stop anyone on defense.

Also consider: Diontae Johnson (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs.HOU, @TEN, vs. PHI, vs. CLE

 

OwnersBox Tight Ends

One-Week Drafts:

Mark Andrews (Baltimore Ravens) vs. KC

Andrews disappointed in Week 2 but the Ravens had the game well in hand and didn't need to pass. An explosive KC offense this weekend should ensure that Baltimore has to pass more frequently in Week 3. Andrews remains the top target in the Baltimore passing attack and the Chiefs are not a very strong defense against tight ends.

Also consider: Zach Ertz (Philadelphia Eagles) vs. CIN

 

Two-to-Four-Week Drafts:

Travis Kelce (Kansas City Chiefs) @BAL, vs. NE, vs. LV, @BUF

I prefer Andrews in long-term contests on OwnersBox but if you can't get him, Kelce is also worth grabbing. His slate of opponents has some tough matchups but the dominance of the Chiefs passing game is able to overcome that. Kelce has two touchdowns through two games and should easily pay off his cost in drafts.

Also consider: Tyler Higbee (Los Angeles Rams) @BUF, vs. NYG, @WAS, @SF



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Sunday Night Football DFS Lineup Picks for FanDuel, DraftKings (Week 3)

Week 3 of the NFL season is underway and the Sunday night football showdown slate features a fantastic matchup as the Green Bay Packers take on the New Orleans Saints! This game currently has a 52.5 over/under with the Saints being favored by 3 points.

In this article, I will be providing you with daily fantasy football picks on FanDuel and DraftKings for Sunday Night Football on September 27th, 2020 (Week 3). These lineups can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel. Lineup construction can differ greatly from FanDuel to DraftKings with the biggest difference being the Captain and MVP slots. On DK, you'll pay 1.5x the salary of a player in order to roster them as your captain while the price doesn't change on FanDuel.

If you have any questions you can follow me on Twitter @jorgepucks and fire away, or sign up for a premium RotoBaller NFL package and chat with myself and other NFL DFS analysts any time you'd like! Now let's break this slate down and make some cash as we get ready for the full Sunday slate of games!

 

DFS Quarterbacks

We have a big-time battle between two potential NFL Hall of Fame candidates in Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers comes into this matchup leading the high-powered Packers offense who has scored the most points in the first two weeks of the season with a total of 85 points. Rodgers looks to be without stud receiver Davante Adams who holds a 25% target share on this team. The loss of Adams could hinder the Packer offense a bit which hurts the upside of rostering Rodgers. The Saints are coming off of a disappointing performance as they allowed 34 points to the Raiders on Monday night so with another prime time game at home, we can anticipate the Saints Defense will be bringing their "A" game.

On the other side of this game, we have Drew Brees who is looking to answer all of the critics who criticized him this week after having a slow start to the season against the Bucs and Raiders. Brees could also be without his top target in Michael Thomas but has built a solid rapport with other receivers in the Saints offense. The Packers Defense is only allowing opposing quarterbacks to throw for 251 yards per game but with the way their offense is moving the chains and scoring, it wouldn't be surprising if Brees and company will be able to get into a shootout with them in this game.

Summary: Both QBs are viable in cash and tournaments. Brees could see lower ownership due to all of the talk around him being "too old" or potentially "done" which makes him a good tournament candidate. 

 

DFS Running Backs

The running back position on this showdown slate is loaded and it wouldn't be a surprise to see multiple running backs in a showdown line. For the Packers, Aaron Jones has been on fire to start the season. He is averaging 117 rushing yards per game while also seeing seven passing targets per game as well. Jones is highly involved in the offense and while the Saints have not allowed a 100- yard rusher in 45 straight games, Jones will be used in all facets to where he is viable in all formats. Backing up Aaron Jones is Jamaal Williams who is seeing a solid amount of snaps for a backup running back. Williams is on the field for 41% of snaps but has only seen four total targets on the year.

Alvin Kamara is the go-to man for the Saints offense. While he hasn't been the most effective running back in terms of yardage, he has notched three total rushing touchdowns and has been a focal point in the receiving game. In the first two games, Kamara recorded 14 catches on 17 targets while also hauling in a touchdown. He has been one of the primary beneficiaries of Thomas being out and Green Bay is allowing five completions to other running backs. Latavius Murray was hardly used against the Raiders but one could argue that was potentially due to game script and for the Raiders taking control of the clock for the second half of the game. Murray is in a good bounce-back spot as a lot of attention will gravitate towards Kamara and the Saints receivers.

Summary: Kamara and Jones are both great options for both cash games and tournaments lineups. Williams and Murray are great salary saving options for tournaments as they serve as great secondary pieces in both the passing and running games. 

 

DFS Wide Receivers

This could be a really weird week as both Michael Thomas and Davante Adams could miss this game which leaves the door open for another receiver to step up and make a play. For the Packers, Marquez Valdez-Scantling and Allen Lazard seem to be the top two targets outside of Adams. They combine for 33% of the target share on the Packers and are second and fourth respectively when it comes to total targets. A few lower owned receivers that could get more time are Malik Taylor and Equanimeous St. Brown. While neither has seen much time on the field so far this year, they could be big-field tournament plays that open up salary for your roster.

For the Saints, we saw Tre'Quan Smith take the most snaps from the receiving group during Monday night's game. He was on the field for 88% of the offensive snaps and hauled in five catches on seven total targets which were second-most targets on the team. Emmanuel Sanders had a relatively quiet night on Monday as he only hauled in one catch on three targets. This will need to change in order for the Saints to find success in the passing game. If looking for some potentially lower owned Saints receiving options, Deonte Harris and Marquez Callaway would be the ones to look at. Harris saw 52% of offensive snaps on Monday while seeing five total targets. Callaway only saw 13 total snaps but his low salary and potentially lower ownership are enticing.

Summary:  If Thomas and Adams cannot go, it is tough to really peg several receiving options for cash game lineups. Smith and Valdez-Scantling seem to be the most reliable with Lazard and Sanders being the other two options to consider. Other options that could diversity your lineups in tournaments are Harris, Callaway, Taylor, and St. Brown.  

 

DFS Tight Ends

With all of the running back and receiving options in this game, it is difficult to really want to invest in any tight ends. The Saints have the most notable tight end in Jared Cook who would be the main one to target and look at with confidence. Cook is averaging 11.2 DK points per game and has seen 12 total targets over two weeks. He is seeing roughly 66% of offensive snaps so far this year and with Thomas being out, Cook could be in line for another solid outing. Josh Hill sits behind Cook on the depth chart and while he is seeing 33% of offensive snaps, he only has three targets on the season which is tough to trust unless you plan on multi-entering this slate.

For the Packers, the tight end position isn't as involved in the passing game as one would hope. On the season the Gren Bay tight ends group has seen eight total targets and that is divided out by four players. Robert Tonyan leads the group with three targets on the year and has played on 61% of all offensive snaps. Long time NFL veteran Marcedes Lewis is second on the team as he has played on 43% of offensive snaps for the Packers but has only seen one target.

Summary: Jared Cook is the best option for both cash games and tournament builds. Tonyan is worth a look in tournament builds while Hill and Lewis are nothing but fliers in multi-entry lineups. 

 

DFS Defense/Special Teams

With this game also carrying a high total, it doesn't seem like it would be best to consider any of the defenses. Both of these offenses know how to generate points and with two of the best quarterbacks in the game leading these squads, it's hard to imagine them turning the ball over.  If we are projecting lots of points scored, that means kickers could be involved. Both Will Lutz and Mason Crosby are viable options on this showdown slate and will be kicking in perfect conditions with this game being in the dome.

Summary: Fading both defenses seems to be the best move on this slate. Both Will Lutz and Mason Crosby are in play for tournament lineups as they could see plenty of opportunities. 

 

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Thursday Night Football DFS Lineup Picks for FanDuel, DraftKings (Week 3)

Week 3 of the NFL season is underway and the Thursday night football showdown slate features the Miami Dolphins and the Jacksonville Jaguars! This game currently has a 48 over/under with the Jaguars being favored by 3 points.

In this article, I will be providing you with daily fantasy football picks on FanDuel and DraftKings for Thursday Night Football on September 24th, 2020 (Week 3). These lineups can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel. Lineup construction can differ greatly from FanDuel to DraftKings with the biggest difference being the Captain and MVP slots. On DK, you'll pay 1.5x the salary of a player in order to roster them as your captain while the price doesn't change on FanDuel.

If you have any questions you can follow me on Twitter @jorgepucks and fire away, or sign up for a premium RotoBaller NFL package and chat with myself and other NFL DFS analysts any time you'd like! Now let's break this slate down and make some cash as we get ready for the full Sunday slate of games!

 

DFS Quarterbacks

This might not be the sexiest of matchups from a quarterback standpoint but both of the quarterbacks in this game are interesting in their own right. The Dolphins are starting wily veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick who is one of the more tenured quarterbacks in the league. So far this season, Fitzpatrick has started two games and has been the typical Fitzpatrick that we have grown to know. In the opening game against the Patriots, he threw three picks and finished with only 8.44 DK points. In his second start against the Bills, Fitzpatrick threw for over 300 yards and two passing touchdowns while racking up 27.32 fantasy points. Dolphins fans are getting excited to see their rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa get some action at some point this season but it most likely looks like tonight will not be the night so it is best to fade Tua.

For the Jaguars the legend of Gardiner Minshew II continues to grow and develop. Minshew mania has picked up in Jacksonville in year two as he has gotten off to a great start and looks to be settling in comfortable as the Jaguars starting quarterback. He has scored 20+ DK points in both of his starts this season and has thrown for three touchdowns in each game so far. The Dolphins Defense has struggled so far this season against the pass as they are allowing 276.5 passing yards per game which make Minshew II a great play.

Summary: Minshew II has the higher upside of the two quarterbacks but both he and Fitzpatrick are viable in cash and tournaments.  

 

DFS Running Backs

Both teams running back situations started out rocky to begin the season but are starting to become more clear as the season progresses. For the Jags, they moved on from Leonard Fournette and have opted to roll with James Robinson to start as the featured back. Robinson has been averaging 16 rushing attempts per game so the volume is there for him. In addition, he is averaging 17 DK points per game and is one of the more underrated fantasy players to start the season. The Dolphins are allowing 164 yards per game on the ground and with the Jags being favored, the game script could go in Robinson's favor. Backing up Robinson in the Jags depth chart is DFS star Chris Thompson. The former Redskin running back hasn't gotten quite the same run as he did in Washington but is worth a look in tournaments should he get on the field on pass-catching downs.

The Dolphins backfield is a bit messier than the Jaguars backfield situation. They have Jordan Howard, Matt Breida, and Myles Gaskin all in the mix with Gaskin being the most productive back out of the bunch. Gaskin has accrued double-digit DK points in both games so far and is featured in the passing game as well as he has seen 11 total targets combined for the first two games played. The Jags have a stingy run defense as they are averaging 105.5 rushing yards per game to opposing teams which 10th in the league. With the Dolphins projected to be behind in this game, Gaskin could be a viable asset in the passing game making him the preferred Dolphins running back target.

Summary: Robinson is the best running back option for both cash and large tournaments. Gaskin is a tad riskier due to the crowded backfield in Miami but should still be considered as a solid play regardless of contest choice. Howard, Breida, and Thompson warrant tournament consideration but all carry some sort of risk. 

DFS Wide Receivers

This game features some young receivers that are fun to watch. On the Dolphins, they are led by Preston Williams and DeVante Parker. While Parker got off to a slower start with his career, he is finally starting to emerge as the playmaker they thought he would be when he was drafted back in 2015. He has been targeted 12 times on the year and is averaging 12.5 DK points per game this season. On the opposite side of the field is Preston Williams who really came on strong last season. He has seen 12 targets on the year and while he hasn't found the end zone quite yet, he is a big body that the Dolphins can rely on once they get into the red zone. Outside of those two targets, the only other Dolphin receiver to truly consider is Jakeem Grant. He is a speedster that can take it to the house at any moment but he does have a more limited role when compared to Parker and Williams.

For the Jags, they have several receiving options that we can look at for tonight's slate. DJ Chark Jr. is listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision but if he is good to go, he is one of Minshew's top targets on the slate. Chark has caught all seven targets that have come his way and has produced double-digit DK points in his first two games played. Jags rookie Laviska Shenault Jr. has done a great job inserting himself into the Jags offense as he too has caught six of his eight targets in his first two games played. A cheaper option that could see an uptick in targets should Chark miss the game tonight is Keelan Cole. He saw seven total targets in their second game of the season against Tennessee and has hit above 15 DK points in both of the Jags games this season.

Summary:  Parker and Chark are the top receiving options when it comes to rostering receivers in this game. They are all viable for cash and tournament builds with Williams, Shenault, and Cole being other options that could diversity your lineups in tournaments.  

 

DFS Tight Ends

The landscape of the tight end position on this slate is not the most appealing but there is one name that truly stands out above the rest. Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki has gotten off to a great start on the season and would make a great play in all formats. He has seen 16 targets in the first two weeks of the season while hauling in 11 of those for 130 receiving yards. Geskicki has obviously been a main target of Fitzpatrick early on in the season and it is hard to see that role changing anytime soon. The Jags defense is the worst in the league in covering tight ends as they have allowed a league 198 receiving yards to the position while also allowing two touchdowns.

On the Jaguars side of things, they have two tight ends that are being involved in the offensive game plan. Tyler Eifert is the known commodity from a pass-catching standpoint but right behind him on the depth chart is James O'Shaughnessy. Eifert has only seen seven total targets on the season while O'Shaughnessy has seen five targets over the same timespan. Eifert does have a touchdown to his name on the season but when factoring in the price points of both individuals, O'Shaughnessy looks to be a better fit in lineups since the volume and target share is close while he offers tremendous value on his price.

Summary: Gesicki is the best option for both cash games and tournament builds. Eifert is in play but O'Shaughnessy offers tremendous value based on his low salary with similar production as Eifert. 

 

DFS Defense/Special Teams

With the game total near 48, it doesn't seem like the defenses will be strong candidates for cash games. Both have struggled defensively defending the pass as they both have allowed over 550 passing yards through the first two games which makes both of them in the bottom seven teams against the pass. From the kicking perspective, Jags kicker Josh Lambo has landed on the IR and will be unable to go in tonight's game but the replacement, Brandon Wright, was not included in the DK player pool which leaves Jason Sanders the only viable kicker in tonight's game. Sanders has been perfect on all field goal attempts and with projecting to be a back and forth game, he is worth taking a stab at his price point.

Summary: Fading both defenses seems to be the best move on this slate. Jason Sanders is the only kicker in the DK player pool which makes him a solid option at just $4,200 for cash and tournament lineups. 

 

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Monday Night Football DFS Lineup Picks for FanDuel, DraftKings (Week 2)

Week 2 of the NFL season is underway and the Monday night football showdown slate features the Las Vegas Raiders and the New Orleans Saints! This game currently has a 48.5 over/under with the Saints being favored by 5.5 points.

In this article, I will be providing you with daily fantasy football picks on FanDuel and DraftKings for Monday Night Football on September 21st, 2020 (Week 2). These lineups can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel. Lineup construction can differ greatly from FanDuel to DraftKings with the biggest difference being the Captain and MVP slots. On DK, you'll pay 1.5x the salary of a player in order to roster them as your captain while the price doesn't change on FanDuel.

If you have any questions you can follow me on Twitter @jorgepucks and fire away, or sign up for a premium RotoBaller NFL package and chat with myself and other NFL DFS analysts any time you'd like! Now let's break this slate down and make some cash as we get ready for the full Sunday slate of games!

 

DFS Quarterbacks

This matchup features the top two completion percentage leaders from the 2019 season. Drew Brees will be a popular choice on this slate and rightfully so. The Raiders defense allowed Teddy Bridgewater to throw for 269 yards and one touchdown while completing 22 total passes. The biggest knock on the Raiders defense is that they struggled to rush the passer and with having such a young inexperienced secondary, that could lead to success for Brees. I would be remiss if I didn't mention Taysom Hill in a showdown slate article. The offensive wild card for the Saints does it all and is worth consideration in large-field tournaments due to his multiple roles in the Saints offense.

On the other side of this game sits Derek Carr. Carr has personally improved since Jon Gruden took over as the head coach and now has the best support he has had in his entire career.  The Saints Defense presents a very tough challenge for Carr as they are a very aggressive unit and are able to get after the opposing quarterbacks. In week 1, they were able to get to Brady three times while also generating two turnovers so in order for the Raiders to compete in this game, Carr will need to protect the ball and the offensive line will need to block to the best of their abilities. The Saints know that the Raiders offense will run through Josh Jacobs which means they might force Carr to beat them with his arm.

Summary: Brees has the higher upside of the two quarterbacks and is viable in both cash and tournaments. Carr draws lower ownership by far which means he would be a deep flier in large-field tournaments. 

 

DFS Running Backs

This game features some of the better running backs in the league. On the Saints side of the ball, they have a great 1-2 punch in Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray who will both be heavily involved in the gameplan with Michael Thomas most likely being out for this game. The Raiders defense went up against the top running back in the league against Christain McCaffrey in week 1 and now have to turn around and face an elite running back in Kamara. With the Saints potentially being out of their top receiver, we could see more pass-catching opportunities for Kamara which also means Murray could also see an uptick in snaps as well (nice little revenge narrative for Murray who first started his NFL career with the Raiders).

For the Raiders, it really is a one-man show with Josh Jacobs. Jacobs had 25 rushing attempts for 93 yards while also logging three rushing touchdowns in a Raiders win. Coach Gruden said in the off-season that he wanted to get Jacobs more involved in the passing game and he was right as he hauled in four receptions on six targets for 46 yards. The Saints did a great job bottling up Tampa Bay's rushing attack in week 1 and limiting them to 86 rushing yards but the Raiders offensive line and rushing attack present a whole different challenge for New Orleans.

Summary: Kamara and Jacobs are the two safest options for cash games. Both warrant tournament consideration while Murray could be a lower owned tournament play if used in the same lineup as Kamara. 

DFS Wide Receivers

The biggest news as we head into this game is the status of Michael Thomas. He has been officially ruled out which means you can give bumps to Emmanuel Sanders, Tre'Quan Smith, Jared Cook, and even Alvin Kamara. Smith could have himself a big day as he actually out-snapped Sanders in week 1 and will be relied on heavily by Brees. Sanders has had experience against this Raiders defense as he has faced them over the years while he was a member of the Denver Broncos. Over his two most recent games played against the Raiders, he has combined for nine catches and racked up 182 yards and a touchdown. A deep flier for the Saints could be the Deonte Harris who is a speedster and could see an increase in snaps while Thomas is out.

The Raiders restocked their receiving room this off-season by drafting Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards while also signing veteran Nelson Agholor. Ruggs III made his presence felt early on in week 1 as he was involved in both the passing and running game (sweep plays). He did bang his knee awkwardly which seemed to affect him in the second half and comes into this game listed as questionable. With the attention going to Ruggs III, guys like Hunter Renfrow, Bryan Edwards, Zay Jones, and Nelson Agholor are all in play with Renfrow and Edwards having the most carved out roles amongst this group.

Summary:  Sanders, Smith, and Ruggs III are the best options when it comes to rostering receivers in this game. They are all viable for cash and tournament builds while Edwards, Renfrow, Jones, Agholor,  and Harris are worth looking at in tournaments to diversify your lineups. 

 

DFS Tight Ends

This game features some great tight end play which could be the position that makes or break the slate. On the Saints, you have Jared Cook going up against his former team where he got his first pro-bowl bid. If you are one for revenge narratives, this would be a matchup to target. Cook could see an uptick in targets in this matchup and with the Raiders linebacking group having their hands full with Kamara and Murray, Cook could see some favorable matchups against the Raiders safeties. Behind Jared Cook on the depth chart sits Josh Hill. Hill actually saw more snaps than Cook but is not the receiving threat that Cook is.

For the Raiders, they have one of the deeper tight end rooms in the league. They are led by Darren Waller who is a tough matchup for most defenses based on his size and athletic ability. Behind Waller, the Raiders have veteran Jason Witten and two young tight ends in Foster Moreau and Derek Carrier. Moreau led the tight end room in touchdown receptions last season with five before he suffered a season-ending knee injury. Witten looks to have surpassed Moreau on the depth chart and even saw a red zone target last week.

Summary: Both Cook and Waller are viable options for cash games and tournament builds with Waller being the safest option. Witten, Moreau, and Hill are all long shot tournament fliers if needing salary.

 

DFS Defense/Special Teams

With this being a higher-totaled game and both offenses looking good in week 1, it looks like it would be best to fade rostering a defense. If I was forced to pick rostering a defense, I would lean going with the Saints defense just because the Raiders fall behind early in the game which means the Saints defense could pin their ears back and go after Carr which would generate potential sacks and turnovers. From the kicking game perspective, both kickers are viable since this game is taking place indoors and both offenses should be able to move the ball into their opponent's side of the field.

Summary: Both defenses could be risky to use with the Saints being the safer choice. Both Lutz and Carlson have strong legs and could be lower owned tournament plays. 

 

Good luck, RotoBallers, and remember to mix it up and don't be afraid to be different in these large field GPPs on opening night!



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FanDuel NFL DFS Lineup Picks for Week 2 - Daily Fantasy Football

The NFL season continues on Sunday after Week 2 began with the Browns taking down the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night. Heading into Sunday, there will be plenty of questions surrounding some of the fantasy darlings from the season opener. Can Aaron Rodgers, Josh Allen, Nyheim Hines, Malcolm Brown, David Johnson, Will Fuller V, Russell Gage, and Dallas Goedert continue their fantasy effectiveness from Week 1? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure, things will be chaotic for fantasy managers, primarily as it relates to both season-long and DFS roster navigation.

In this article, I will be providing you with my Week 2 daily fantasy football lineup picks on FanDuel. These lineups can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel.

Be sure to also check out our weekly DraftKings DFS lineup picks and lots of other great NFL DFS articles and NFL DFS tools to help you win big! Feel free to give me a follow on Twitter @DennisMClausen. Also, check back by Sunday morning for some more updates as injuries continue to roll in through the weekend. Good luck, RotoBallers.

***Updated on Sunday, September 20, 2020 @11:07am***

 

FanDuel Quarterbacks - Week 2 Picks

Josh Allen, QB - @ MIA ($8,200)

Allen finds himself as one of the most desired fantasy quarterbacks on the board for Week 2. There is a good reason for that, nonetheless, as the 24-year-old made noise on the fantasy front by throwing for 312 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing the ball 14 times for 57 yards and an additional score against the Jets in Week 1. After Cam Newton demolished the Dolphins Defense in the rushing department by racking up two trips to the end zone using his legs, there is no doubt that Allen can do even more damage. The third-year man certainly lacks accuracy, as evidenced by the plethora of botched passes against New York, but he should be able to live up to his elevated rostering price against Miami on Sunday.

Aaron Rodgers, QB - vs. DET ($7,900

Most expected Rodgers' output to regress in 2020, and though some still do, the veteran had some changing their minds after throwing for 364 yards and four touchdowns in Week 1. Whether or not he can keep up that level of efficiency is unknown, but he has a chance to shine for the second-straight week against a team he has grown very familiar with throughout the years. Obviously, past results don't guarantee future success. However, with 41 touchdowns, eight picks, and a 104.7 quarterback rating against Detroit during his career, fantasy managers may want to think twice about rostering another signal-caller in Week 2.

Also Consider: Lamar Jackson ($9,500), Dak Prescott ($8,300), Kyler Murray ($8,000)

 

FanDuel Running Backs - Week 2 Picks

Ezekiel Elliott, vs. ATL ($8,600)

The Cowboys will welcome Atlanta to "Jerry World" after Dallas dropped its season-opener to the Rams at Los Angeles' new SoFi Stadium. Despite his team's inability to take home the win in the first game of the 2020 campaign, Elliott can't take much of the blame as he was featured heavily on the offensive end to come away with 26.2 fantasy points on the night. The Falcons Defense didn't do much to contain Chris Carson and is currently the fifth-worst fantasy team against opposing running backs as a result. Zeke's rostering cost is up there, but he can potentially finish Week 2 as one of the top options at his position based on the favorable matchup.

Melvin Gordon, RB - @ PIT ($6,700)

While mostly everyone planned for a situation like this to happen, nobody expected that Gordon would be the undisputed No. 1 option out of the backfield this soon. Granted, Phillip Lindsay is out with a toe injury, but this scenario may result in the former Charger becoming the workhorse back moving ahead, even when Lindsay does return to the fold. As far as Gordon's Week 2 outlook, although the Steelers held Saquon Barkley in check on Monday Night Football, the Broncos offensive line should give him plenty of breathing room to get the job done.

Also Consider: Alvin Kamara ($8,500), Derrick Henry ($8,300), Aaron Jones ($7,700), Kenyan Drake ($6,600), Ronald Jones II ($5,900), Jonathan Taylor ($5,800), David Montgomery ($5,600), Malcolm Brown ($5,200)

 

FanDuel Wide Receivers - Week 2 Picks

JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR - vs. DEN ($7,100)

Ben Roethlisberger and Smith-Schuster didn't miss a beat after both men dealt with injuries in 2019. In the Monday night win over the Giants, the former Trojan grabbed all six of his targets and found his way into the end zone twice. He popped up on the injury report with a knee issue, but after practicing in full on Thursday and Friday, he should be good to go in Week 2 against a Broncos Defense that ranks in the middle of the pack thus far against opposing wideouts.

John Brown, WR - @ MIA ($6,400)

Brown had arguably his best season in 2019, but when the team opted to acquire the services of Stefon Diggs, it was expected that he would play second fiddle in 2020 to the former Viking. That couldn't have been farther from the truth, at least based on last week's results, as the 30-year-old received plenty of love from Josh Allen, who looked his way 10 times on the afternoon. He also had a touchdown reception and nearly had a second if virtually any quarterback in the league other than Allen threw him the ball. While Diggs could easily have some weeks where he is more productive than Brown, he played too well in Week 1 to ignore.

Also Consider: Davante Adams ($8,600), Julio Jones ($8,200), Adam Thielen ($7,300), Terry McLaurin ($6,500), Will Fuller V ($6,100), Emmanuel Sanders ($5,700), Darius Slayton ($5,300), CeeDee Lamb ($5,200)

 

FanDuel Tight Ends - Week 2 Picks

Mark Andrews, TE - @ HOU ($7,500)

As expected, the Cleveland defense did all it could to prevent Lamar Jackson from breaking out and picking up significant gains on the ground. While that plan worked to some degree, it opened things up for the Ravens receiving corps, especially for Andrews, who pulled in two touchdown receptions on the day. The Texans Defense will likely have the same plan heading into Week 2, so it's highly likely that Andrews could get some more space to finish with another splendid fantasy week.

Zach Ertz, TE - vs. LAR ($6,300)

As the Eagles continue to deal with the void left by the injured Alshon Jeffrey, others can potentially step up to earn some extra production. While many fantasy managers would usually look to another wide receiver to get more involved, others with experience know that this is when Ertz usually steps it up a notch. Jeffrey is no stranger to missing time, as he missed five games last season. During that span, Ertz was targeted 48 times, catching 34 of them while scoring two touchdowns. He didn't have the most productive performance in Week 1 outside of a trip to the end zone. However, he still got plenty of looks from Carson Wentz and should continue to do so as long as Jeffrey is out. That same notion should hold as it relates to Dallas Goedert, who had eight grabs for over 100 yards receiving and a touchdown of his own last Sunday.

Also Consider: Travis Kelce ($7,800)



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OwnersBox NFL WFS Lineup Picks for Week 2 - Weekly Fantasy Football

Hey there RotoBallers! If you haven't had a chance to check out the weekly fantasy offerings over at OwnersBox, now is the time! OwnersBox is a new weekly fantasy platform that offers plenty of game setups to fulfill your desire to draft throughout the season! Over at OwnersBox,  you can participate in snake drafts and select 1, 2, 3 or 4 week tournament-style bracket contests.

In this article, I will be providing you with my weekly fantasy football lineup picks on OwnersBox for contests that start in Week 2. I will pick out two players at each position: a short-term option (for one-week drafts) and a long-term option (for drafts lasting between two and four weeks).

Be sure to also check out our other great NFL DFS articles and NFL DFS tools to help you win big no matter what your preferred weekly fantasy platform happens to be. If you sign up for OwnersBox this week, you'll get $25 free in OwnersBucks, which can be redeemed to play in real money games.

 

OwnersBox Quarterbacks

One-Week Drafts:

Dak Prescott, (Dallas Cowboys) vs. ATL

Lamar Jackson should be the first quarterback off the board in any fantasy format, OwnersBox snake drafts included. That being said, Prescott is a fine consolation prize assuming your opponent takes Jackson before you do. The Cowboys will welcome a leaky Atlanta pass defense to Dallas in a plus matchup for Dak and all of his pass-catchers. The Falcons coughed up 38 points, 322 passing yards, and four TDs to Russell Wilson in their Week 1 loss.

Also consider: Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs) @ LAC

Two-to-Four-Week Drafts:

Kyler Murray (Arizona Cardinals) vs. WAS, vs. DET, @ CAR, @NYJ

Murray has a beautiful set of opponents over his next four games as not a single pass defense coming up can be considered a tough matchup. The Washington Football Team's defense is tough along the defensive line but they are burnable in the secondary. The Lions were skewered to the tune of 242 yards and three scores by Mitchell Trubisky in Week 1. Murray's Week 4 game on the road against Carolina should turn into a shootout and fantasy gamers should be targeting the Jets Defense in fantasy all season long. Kyler Murray's four-game stretch here will put those who roster him at a significant advantage, especially when you factor in his rushing upside. Murray rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown in Week 1.

Also consider: Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills) @ MIA, vs. LAR, @ LV, @ TEN

 

OwnersBox Running Backs

One-Week Drafts:

Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans) vs. JAC 

Henry had a relatively quiet Week 1 performance, mostly because he was unable to find the end zone. Of course, that's how high he has set the bar that Henry can rush for 116 yards and have it be a disappointment. On a promising note, Henry caught three balls in the passing game after seeing just 18 catches in all of the 2019 season. Henry also loves to face the Jaguars posting lines of 17 rushes for 238 yards and four touchdowns, 17/44/1, and 19/159/2 over the past three meetings between the Titans and Jaguars.

Also consider: Jonathan Taylor (Indianapolis Colts) vs. MIN

Two-to-Four-Week Drafts:

Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys) - vs. ATL, @ SEA, vs. CLE, vs. NYG

Elliott gets an excellent slate of opponents over the next four weeks. While the Falcons have been decent against the run in 2019, they are not a unit to avoid, especially in a game with a 53.5-point over/under. The Cowboys are four-point home favorites, meaning Elliott should enjoy a favorable game script. He then will face a leaky Seattle run defense in a game that should be a shootout in Week 3. His opponent in Week 4, the Browns, showed flashes of being a competent run defense against the Bengals in Week 2 but the Dallas offensive line is significantly better than Cincy's. A Week 5 matchup against the Giants is another plus matchup for Zeke as New York gave up 119 rushing yards to suspect talent Benny Snell Jr. in Week 1.

 

OwnersBox Wide Receivers

One-Week Drafts:

Davante Adams (Green Bay Packers) vs. DET

Adams will be a popular wide receiver this weekend after a massive Week 1 performance. He is likely to be the first wideout off the board in snake drafts but he's certainly in play as your first-round pick in drafts this weekend. The Lions shipped top corner Darius Slay to the Eagles in the offseason, leaving unproven rookie Jeff Okudah as the top talent in the secondary. Okudah missed Week 1 with a hamstring injury and will be at a disadvantage in trying to slow Adams in his first NFL game.

Also consider: Allen Robinson (Chicago Bears) vs. NYG

Two-to-Four-Week Drafts:

JuJu Smith-Schuster (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. DEN, vs. HOU, @ TEN, vs. PHI

JuJu Smith-Schuster was happy to see quarterback Ben Roethlisberger back under center as the two connected for six receptions and two touchdowns in a Week 1 win. In Week 2, JuJu will face off against a Broncos Defense that placed top cornerback A.J. Bouye on injured reserve earlier in the week and gave up a seven-catch, 101-yard performance to Corey Davis last week. Smith-Schuster's Week 3 opponent, the Texans, may be one of the worst defenses in the league when all is said and done. Of his Weeks 4 and 5 opponents, the Titans and Eagles, only Philly presents a bit of a concern as Darius Slay has been a force in coverage over his career. That being said, Smith-Schuster runs the majority of his routes out of the slot so he should avoid Slay most of the afternoon.

Also consider: Adam Thielen (Minnesota Vikings) @ IND, vs. TEN, @ JAC, @ SEA

 

OwnersBox Tight Ends

One-Week Drafts:

Mark Andrews (Baltimore Ravens) @ HOU

Andrews smashed in Week 1, going for two touchdowns and making it look easy against the Browns. He remains Lamar Jackson's favorite target in the passing attack and was in on 71.2% of his team's offensive snaps in Week 1, well above his 43.2% snap share in 2019. The Texans gave up 50 yards and a touchdown to Travis Kelce in Week 1.

Also consider: T.J. Hockenson (Detroit Lions) @ GB

Two-to-Four-Week Drafts:

Mark Andrews (Baltimore Ravens) @ HOU, vs. KC, @ WAS, vs. CIN

Andrews remains the primary target in two to four-week drafts on OwnersBox. His slate of opponents after the aforementioned Texans is worth attacking in fantasy. Texans tight end Jordan Akins surprised with 39 yards and a score against the Chiefs, the Week 3 opponent of the Ravens. Washington was shredded by Dallas Goedert in Week 1 and struggled against the tight end position in 2019. Andrews torched the Bengals in 2019, going for six catches for 99 yards and six catches for 59 yards and two scores in their two meetings.

Also consider: Jared Cook (New Orleans Saints) @ LV, vs. GB, @ DET, vs. LAC



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RotoBaller's Garage Guys Week 2 NFL DFS Preview Show : NFL DFS Player Picks for DraftKings

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Who To Target in Week 2 NFL DFS

Garage Guy Chase and Chef BoiRDeen discuss some of their favorite NFL DFS lineup picks on DraftKings and FanDuel for Week 2 of the NFL season.

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Sunday Night Football DFS Lineup Picks for FanDuel, DraftKings (Week 2)

Week 2 of the NFL season is underway and the Sunday night football showdown slate features the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks! This game has a 44.0 over/under with the Seahawks being favored by 4 points.

In this article, I will be providing you with daily fantasy football picks on FanDuel and DraftKings for Sunday Night Football on September 20th, 2020 (Week 2). These lineups can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel. Lineup construction can differ greatly from FanDuel to DraftKings with the biggest difference being the Captain and MVP slots. On DK, you'll pay 1.5x the salary of a player in order to roster them as your captain while the price doesn't change on FanDuel.

If you have any questions you can follow me on Twitter @jorgepucks and fire away, or sign up for a premium RotoBaller NFL package and chat with myself and other NFL DFS analysts any time you'd like! Now let's break this slate down and make some cash as we get ready for the full Sunday slate of games!

 

DFS Quarterbacks

The quarterback position features some of the higher upside quarterbacks throughout the league. Both Russell Wilson and Cam Newton have proven that they can make plays with both their arms and their legs which makes this matchup so intriguing. Cam Newton was heavily involved in all facets of the offensive gameplan for the Patriots in week 1. He had 19 total passing attempts and completed 15 for 155 yards but his involvement on the ground game is what really stands out. He carries the rock 15 times for 75 yards while scoring twice which shows us the Patriots are preferring to grind it out with Newton and company.

Russell Wilson had himself a monster week 1 but did most of his work through the air. Looking back at his week 1 performance, Wilson completed 31 of 35 passes for 322 yards and 4 touchdowns. Wilson has one of the best arms in the league and it seems as if Seattle is willing to open up the passing playbook with the weapons that Wilson now has. While Bill Belichek has always been known for defensively scheming for the opposing team's best offensive weapon, it is truly hard to gameplan for a talent like Wilson.

Summary: Both QBs are viable in tournaments and stacking them together to be different. Both make viable captain/MVP choices with Wilson being a better option in cash games while Newton draws lower ownership in tournament lineups.

 

DFS Running Backs

The running back tandems on both teams are really hard to gauge with just one week in the books. We know that Chris Carson is the main feature back for the Seahawks but he actually saw fewer rushing attempts than Carlos Hyde. While it was only one rushing attempt that separated the two, Carson was heavily involved in the passing game as he hauled in six catches on six targets for 45 yards and two scores. If there is a running back to target in this game for a captain standpoint, it would be Carson.

The Patriots are always tough to figure out when it comes to their running back situation. They have a plethora of backs that they love to use so it is tough to fully rely on one to do most of the work. Sony Michel saw more carries in week 1 against the Dolphins but James White is more involved in the passing game. From a game script standpoint, it wouldn't be a surprise if Seattle got up on the Patriots which phases out Michel and only allows for more playing time for James White. Another thing to remember, Cam Newton had the highest rushing attempts for New England so if you decide to roster Newton, you will also be grabbing a big piece of their rushing attack as well.

Summary: Carson is the safest back on the slate for cash. Hyde is $3,400 which is great value for tournament lineups. White is the preferred back for cash games with his involvement in the passing game while Michel is better off in tournaments. 

DFS Wide Receivers

The receiving group is really an interesting group to look at on this showdown slate. One the Seattle side of things, there are two known commodities in Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. They saw the most snaps in game 1 (61 Metcalf, 58 Lockett) and were each targeted eight times throughout the game. Both of them offer tremendous floors as they are the main receiving options in this offense and see large volumes in terms of targets. If looking for a lower owned tournament plays from Seattle David Moore and Phillip Dorsett are both cheaper options that can play a role if the Patriots Defense decides to go all out and shutting down Metcalf and Lockett. Dorsett is dealing with an injury so this situation will need to be monitored before kickoff.

The Patriots really focused on the ground game in their win against Miami so it was tough to really gauge who would be Cam's go-to receiving targets. The obvious and well know receiving option for the Patriots is Julian Edleman who is the safest option in the Patriots passing game. In his first game with Newton under center, Edelman saw seven targets and hauled in five of those for 57 yards. In 2019-2020, Edelman held a 24.7% target share and in week 1 of the 2020 season, Edelman held a 36.8% target share. While this number is not sustainable, we can anticipate him staying involved in the offense and getting his own each and every week. Outside of Edelman, N'Keal Harry is a viable tournament option that saw six targets in the opening week and is reasonably priced at 7,800. Damiere Byrd is a low-floor tournament option as he saw the most snaps out of all of the New England receivers but did not see any targets himself.  With the high-snap count, he is worthy of a look for tournament lineups in hopes he is able to get some targets thrown his way.

Summary: DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are the two safest receivers when it comes to targets so they are viable for both cash and tournament builds. If healthy and good to go, Edelman has one of the best floors on the slate and is great for cash games as well. David Moore, N'Keal Harry and Damiere Byrd are all viable tournament options at lower price points that can open up your roster construction. 

 

DFS Tight Ends

The tight end position is not fantastic on this showdown slate and will be more viable in tournament builds than cash game builds. The Seahawks added tight end veteran Greg Olsen in the offseason who would be the main tight end option to focus on for this slate. Once considered a top-5 receiving tight end in the league, age and injuries have slowed Olsen down a bit but he can still be a solid floor type of player for Seattle. He saw four targets in week 1 and even recorded a receiving touchdown but with the other offensive weapons that Seattle has, it will be tough for Olsen to once dominate like he used to.

New England is a team in transition and while they relied heavily on tight ends in the past, it seems as if they are looking elsewhere for their production. The lone Patriot tight end that saw the most action was Ryan Izzo who saw 98% of snaps in week 1. While he saw plenty of action, the target number was less than desirable as he only saw two targets and hauled in one of those for 25 yards.

Summary: Olsen provides a solid floor that is viable for cash games. Izzo is dirt cheap and worth consideration in tournaments.

 

DFS Defense/Special Teams

It seems as if the offenses are ahead of the defenses so far in the early portion of the NFL season. With no pre-season games, defenses are still trying to gel together as units which are resulting in higher scores from opposing offenses. Seattle allowed over 400 passing yards to Atlanta in week 1 but only 72 rushing yards. The Patriots combined for 217 rushing yards in week 1 against Miami while passing for a league-low of 140 yards. If Seattle can contain the Patriots rushing attack, that will put pressure on Newton to beat the Seahawks secondary with his arm and unproven receiving corps. On the flip side, the New England defense was able to limit the Dolphins offense as a whole and generate three interceptions. With it being a much tougher task this week against the Seahawks, it is better to fade the Patriots defense against a Seahawks offense that looks to be in mid-season form.

The kickers for both squads look to be tournament options only with giving a slight edge to Jason Myers. The Seahawks have a better overall offense and should be able to have better field positioning throughout the game which means more opportunities from a field goal standpoint.

Summary: With the Seahawks at home and the lack of receiving options for the Patriots, the Seattle defense gets the edge on the slate. Jason Myers is the better kicking option but both kickers remain as tournament options.

 

Good luck, RotoBallers, and remember to mix it up and don't be afraid to be different in these large field GPPs on opening night!



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Thursday Night Football Week 2: DFS Lineup Picks for FanDuel, DraftKings

Week 2 of the NFL season is underway and the Thursday night football showdown slate features the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns! This game has a low 43.5 point over/under with the Browns being favored by 6 points. Looking back at the 2019 season, the season series was split 1-1 as both Cleveland and Cincinnati won when they were hosting the matchup. Another interesting thing to note is that both games last year hit the over when comparing to this year's total of 43.5

In this article, I will be providing you with daily fantasy football picks on FanDuel and DraftKings for Thursday Night Football on September 17th, 2020 (Week 2). These lineups can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel. Lineup construction can differ greatly from FanDuel to DraftKings with the biggest difference being the Captain and MVP slots. On DK, you'll pay 1.5x the salary of a player in order to roster them as your captain while the price doesn't change on FanDuel.

If you have any questions you can follow me on Twitter @jorgepucks and fire away, or sign up for a premium RotoBaller NFL package and chat with myself and other NFL DFS analysts any time you'd like! Now let's break this slate down and make some cash as we get ready for the full Sunday slate of games!

 

DFS Quarterbacks

While this isn't as exciting of a matchup as Mahomes and Watson were last week, Baker Mayfield and Joe Burrow should have some opportunities to put up points here in week 2. Baker is coming off of a lackluster performance against the Ravens but once again, he was facing a top defense in a brand new offensive system so that does play a factor. Joe Burrow got his first official start in the NFL and while his team did get the loss, Burrow did enough to put his team in a position to possibly tie the score at the end of the game (thanks a lot Randy Bullock).

With the low total, people might gravitate away from playing these quarterbacks but a contrarian move is to roll both guys in tournament lineups. Baker had 39 passing attempts against Baltimore and while a lot of that was in the second half trying to catch up to the Ravens, it showed that they are not afraid to rely on Mayfield's arm talent to keep them in games regardless of the opponent. Joe Burrow attempted 36 passes against the Chargers in week 1 and while he didn't light it up in terms of passing touchdowns or even passing yardage, Burrow showed his upside by rushing eight times for 46 yards and a touchdown.

Summary: Both QBs are viable in tournaments and stacking them together to be different. Both make viable captain/MVP choices.

 

DFS Running Backs

Both teams have young stud running backs that should be in consideration for your showdown lineups. Joe Mixon had himself a field day last season against the Browns as he rushed for over 300 yards and three rushing touchdowns in just two regular-season games. On the other side of the ball, Nick Chubb carried the rock for the Browns 28 times while accumulating 147 yards in his two games against the Bengals.

In the first game of the 2020 season, Kareem Hunt actually had more rushing attempts (13) than starting running back Nick Chubb (10) which is worth noting. The Browns signed Hunt to a two-year extension before the start of the season so this means we might see a little bit less of a workload for Chubb and an increased workload for Hunt. For the Bengals, Mixon saw a bulk of the carries as he had 19 rushing attempts but accumulated only 69 rushing yards. Backing him up is the long-time vet Gio Bernard. While Bernard is not a threat to take any rushing attempts away from Mixon, he was targeted five times in the passing game which tells us he is still finding ways to be involved in the offensive gameplan.

Summary: Mixon is the safest back on the slate for cash. Gio Bernard is an excellent value on DK. The Browns RB situation is a little more split with the workload so both are better off in tournaments.

 

DFS Wide Receivers

There are some really intriguing receiving options on this slate that could be viable for both cash games and tournament lineups. When looking at the Bengals side of things, A.J. Green is the first guy to mention. In his first game back in action since 2018, Green saw nine targets and hauled in five catches from rookie QB Joe Burrow. While it wasn't a monster type of performance we are used to seeing from him, it was encouraging to see Green back out there and being involved in the Bengals offense.  Behind Green, Tyler Boyd and John Ross III saw five targets each with Boyd hauling four of those targets while Ross was only able to bring in two of them for catches.

For Cleveland, Odell Beckham Jr. led all receivers with 10 targets but was only able to haul in three of them for catches in game 1. Jarvis Landry hauled in five catches on six targets and is still viewed as one of the better points per reception receivers in the league based on his shorter routes and consistent hands. Outside of the big two receivers, the running backs were involved in the passing game and so were the tight ends so other receivers like KhaDarel Hodge are nothing more than tournament fliers.

Summary: ODB and Green are the two safest receivers when it comes to targets so they are viable for both cash and tournament builds. Landry has one of the best floors on the slate and is great for cash games. Boyd and Ross provide high-upside options in tournament builds while Hodge, Higgins, Tate, and Thomas are all low-floor tournament options.

 

DFS Tight Ends

The tight end position isn't as strong as last week's Thursday showdown but there are still some viable options. With David Njoku getting placed on the IR, this opens the door for Austin Hooper to really emerge as the top tight end option in Cleveland. In the opening game against the Ravens, Hooper was limited to just two targets and 15 receiving yards while Njoku recorded three catches for 50 yards and a touchdown.

On the Bengals side, CJ Uzomah saw a solid volume of passes as he hauled in four catches on five targets while recording 45 receiving yards. In 2019, Uzomah racked up six catches for 29 receiving yards and a touchdown against the Browns but with the Bengals spreading the ball around more, Uzomah could end up being in some favorable mismatches.

Summary: Play Hooper in all formats. Uzomah makes for a solid GPP value option, especially when pairing with Burrow.

 

DFS Defense/Special Teams

Defenses do get overlooked when it comes to showdown slates but when glancing at this matchup, I think we can avoid these defenses entirely. Even though Vegas is projecting the over/under to be a lower scoring game, something tells me this could end up being a higher-scoring affair like we saw in 2019. Both teams faced very good defenses in week 1 and with little turn around time to fully prepare, it might be tough to see either defense be full prepared for the opposing offenses.

If you like dealing with kicker drama, this game is full of it. Austin Seibert had a rough week 1 against Baltimore as he missed both a field goal and an extra point attempt and was released yesterday afternoon. He was picked up by the Bengals to back up Randy Bullock who was dealing with a calf issue (yes, the calf issue that flared up on the game-tying attempt that he missed) against the Chargers. Cody "Double Doink" Parkey was swept up by the Browns after releasing Seibert and will take over the field goal kicking duties for Cleveland come Thursday night.

Summary: Both defenses look to be nothing but tournament fliers.  Parkey looks to be the best option is looking to use a kicker.

 

Good luck, RotoBallers, and remember to mix it up and don't be afraid to be different in these large field GPPs on opening night!

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DraftKings NFL DFS Primetime Slate Picks for Week 1

We have finally arrived at week 1 of the NFL season and we are excited to see the primetime slate back up over on Draftkings. Below, I will go over my favorite plays from this three-game slate. We have some great matchups with some big-time names and I look forward to breaking this down for you!

All of these options are cash game and tournament viable unless I specifically say otherwise. If you have never played NFL DFS, here are a few thoughts that will help you construct your lineups. Stacking has been a staple in DFS for quite some time now and it is important to consider stacking when it comes to building tournament lineups. When playing NFL DFS, there are a lot of things to consider especially the game script and the overall flow of each game.

If you feel that a certain will be behind in the game, that could mean that there will be more passing plays which result in PPR points and yards. If a team is up early, you could anticipate a heavy dose of the running game in the second-half which means the featured running back could see more touches. Best of luck with your lineups and let's get to it!

 

NFL DFS DraftKings Primetime Slate

  • Dallas Cowboys (-134) @ Los Angeles Rams (+125)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (-250) @ New York Giants (+210)
  • Tennessee Titans (-154) vs. Denver Broncos (+140)

 

NFL DFS Quarterbacks

Dak Prescott ($6,900 DK) - Dak carries the highest price point out of all of the quarterbacks on this slate but he also has arguably one of the best-receiving trios in the league. In the off-season, the Cowboys added college stud receiver CeeDee Lamb to their receiving room which already had two young receiving stars in Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. The Rams do have a solid secondary led by Jalen Ramsey but with much of the defense's attention going to Zeke and the ground game, this should allow for Dak and company to take several shots downfield. 

Ben Roethlisberger ($6,400 DK) - Roethlisberger is back for the 2020 season and the Steelers offense as a whole is ready to go. Roethlisberger’s 2019 season was cut short due to an elbow issue but the longtime Steelers QB is ready to show that he is healthy and can still sling it. He is in a very favorable matchup against the Giants as they allowed 30 passing touchdowns in 2019 which was tied for the second-most allowed in the league. 

Jared Goff ($5,600 DK) - While Goff might not carry the highest upside out of all of the quarterbacks on this slate, he is certainly viable for your lineups. He is one of the lower-priced quarterbacks but Goff presents a good floor which could be good for your cash game lineups. In his last five games of the 2019 regular season, Goff averaged 23.3 DK points per game while throwing 11 touchdowns and only four interceptions during that stretch. 

 

NFL DFS Running Backs

James Conner ($6,300 DK) - Mike Tomlin came out and announced that James Conner is the bell-cow back for the Pittsburgh Steelers this season. Conner is a do-it-all kind of back that when healthy, excels in both on the ground and in the passing game. Before Conner was injured last season, he recorded over three catches per game and saw double-digit rushing attempts in his first eight games played. The matchup against New York is favorable as the Giants allowed opposing teams to gain 113 yards per game on the ground last season. 

Derrick Henry ($ 7,500 DK) - Derrick Henry could be one of the best overall plays on the slate. Even with him being priced up at $7,500, he has monster upside in this matchup. The Broncos will be without defensive star Von Miller which hurts both their rushing and passing defense. The Broncos allowed 111 yards per game on the ground while Tennessee while Henry averaged 110 yards per game in 18 games played last season. Tennessee is a run-heavy team and with the game script likely being in Henrys’ favor, he could see more touches as they drain the clock late in the game. 

Ezekiel Elliott ($7,700) - If you are looking to spend up at running back, Zeke could be the way to go. He offers a little bit of salary savings compared to Saquon but has one of the higher ceilings on the slate. Zeke totaled over 1,300 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns in 16 regular-season games last season. Dallas is more improved on offense by adding CeeDee Lamb to their receiving corps which will now force defenses to make the tough choice of stopping Zeke and the ground game or shift the focus to the big-time playmaking ability of the receivers. The Rams struggled defensively against the run last season as they were the 24th ranked defenses against opposing running backs. 

 

NFL DFS Wide Receivers

JuJu Smith-Schuster ($6,400)- With Big Ben back in the saddle at quarterback, JuJu could have a monster game. In the two games last year that they played together, JuJu was targeted 16 times for over 150 receiving yards. In the 2018 season, JuJu set career highs in receptions, yards, and touchdowns so the rapport and chemistry with Roethlisberger is there. The Giants secondary really struggled last year as they allowed the second-most receiving touchdowns in the league (22) and the fifth most receiving yards (2,680) to opposing receivers.

Cooper Kupp ($6,300)- Cooper Kupp must be in good spirits heading into this game Sunday night. He just finalized an extension for three years, $48 million which ensures that Goff will have his favorite pass-catching option for years to come. Kupp had a very strong season last year going for 1,161 receiving yards and hauling in 10 total touchdowns. He was on a hot streak as he closed out the final five games of the season recording a touchdown in every game. The chemistry with Goff is undeniable as he led the team in both receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns in the 1029 season. 

Jerry Jeudy ($4,300)- Jeudy was one of the top receivers in college at Alabama and could be thrust into the spotlight rather quickly come Monday night. The top receiving option for the Broncos, Courtland Sutton, suffered an injury earlier this week and is questionable for the game so this is a situation that is worth monitoring. Knowing this, Jeudy could be one of the bigger beneficiaries in terms of targets and snaps as he would replace Sutton as the top receiving threat for Denver. 

 

NFL DFS Tight Ends

Evan Engram ($4,300) - Engram is coming off of a Lisfranc injury but was a target monster last season for the Giants. In his nine games played last year, Engram saw 68 targets which means he saw an average of 7.5 targets per game. The Giants will lean on Engram with the lack of true receiving weapons on the outside which makes Engram a great play in all formats. 

Jonnu Smith ($4,300) - With Delanie Walker out of the picture, Jonnu Smith could see a larger role in this Titans offense as he assumes the starting tight end job. Last season, Smith averaged 6.5 DK points per game which isn’t stellar but factoring in that the Broncos Defense allowed the fourth-most receiving yards last season to opposing tight ends (974 yards), he could have a nice week 1 game at his price point.

 

NFL DFS Defense/Special Teams

Pittsburgh Steelers ($3,800)- The Steelers had one of the better fantasy defenses all last season. They averaged 11 DK points per game but a lot of those points came from their ability to create turnovers. They were second in the league when it came to interceptions (20) and were the best defense when it came to generating sacks (54).

Tennessee Titans ($3,000)- At $3,000, the Titans look to look to be in a great spot to use from a fantasy standpoint. While they were an average defense in terms of points allowed and yardage, they square off against a Denver offense that struggled in both the ground and passing game. Denver addressed their needs at the receiver position by drafting Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler but Tennessee added a strong defensive presence in Jadaveon Clowney which should help their pass rush. 



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FanDuel NFL DFS Lineup Picks for Week 1 - Daily Fantasy Football

After an eventful offseason, the NFL returns on Thursday night. Not only will things look different as teams will either be playing without fans or at a limited capacity, but Tom Brady will be wearing a different uniform after spending two decades in New England. In the first game of the new season, the Texans will meet up with the defending champs in Kansas City. With a projected combined total of 56 points, the highest of the week, according to our friends in Vegas, expect some of those involved to put up a healthy amount of fantasy points.

In this article, I will be providing you with my Week 1 daily fantasy football lineup picks on FanDuel. These lineups can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel.

Be sure to also check out our weekly DraftKings DFS lineup picks and lots of other great NFL DFS articles and NFL DFS tools to help you win big! Feel free to give me a follow on Twitter @DennisMClausen. Good luck RotoBallers!

 

FanDuel Quarterbacks - Week 1 Picks

Dak Prescott, QB - @ LAR ($8,400)

Of all the quarterbacks with something to prove, Prescott may have the biggest chip on his shoulder after an offseason filled with unsuccessful contract negotiations. Having one the best running backs in the league behind him and plenty of options to throw to, the former fourth-round pick has all of the tools needed to succeed. With the 2020 campaign potentially being Prescott's last shot at earning big money, at least in Dallas, he could be heading toward his best season to date.

Josh Allen, QB - vs. NYJ ($7,900)

Allen hopefully improved as it relates to his accuracy as his decision making was questionable at times in 2019. However, even if that area of his game doesn't get better, the 24-year-old has no issues getting it done on the ground. He led the league with nine rushing touchdowns last season, two more than reigning MVP Lamar Jackson. While playing against the Jets Defense isn't a walk in the park, the third-year signal-caller may go unnoticed by many fantasy managers, making him the perfect option for those looking to make a run in tournament contests.

 

FanDuel Running Backs - Week 1 Picks

Josh Jacobs, RB - @ CAR ($8,200)

There may not be another player with as much hype as Jacobs heading into the 2020 campaign. He battled a shoulder ailment last year but was still able to surpass the 1,000-yard mark on the ground while running it into the end zone on seven occasions. With the 22-year-old seemingly back to full-strength, he has the luxury of going up against a Panthers Defense that gave up the most fantasy points to opposing backs in 2019. Although Las Vegas (and Oakland) fans aren't expecting much from quarterbacks Derek Carr, Nathan Peterman, or Marcus Mariota, the running back position should be something they will be excited about.

Joe Mixon, RB - vs. LAC ($7,300)

While there are a plethora of options that have a rostering cost higher than Mixon's, he may have one of the most elevated ceilings in the league. After battling migraine headaches a few weeks back, the former Sooner is expected to be ready to roll in Week 1 against the Chargers. It's no secret that Cincinnati has one of the most horrendous offensive lines in the league; however, Mixon can make plays on his own, as evident by some of his stellar performances in 2019. With quarterback Joe Burrow having never played a professional snap, Mixon may get plenty of touches against Los Angeles in addition to being the recipient of a few short passes from the No. 1 overall pick.

 

FanDuel Wide Receivers - Week 1 Picks

Michael Thomas, WR - vs. TB ($8,800)

Thomas has one of the highest rostering costs on the slate, but there is a good reason. He finished 2019 at the league's most efficient fantasy wideout by compiling 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns off of a record-breaking 149 catches. He reached double-digit receptions in nine appearances during the regular season and amassed over 100 yards 10 times. Although the Buccaneers are ushering in a new era, Thomas has historically played well against Tampa Bay, compiling nearly 13 catches for 118.7 yards per game in seven meetings with the club throughout his career.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR - @ NYG ($7,100)

The Steelers didn't have the best season in 2019. The team was plagued with injuries through much of the year, including top offensive options like Ben Roethlisberger, James Conner, and Smith-Schuster. With a new year underway and "Big Ben" healthy, Smith-Schuster will have a quarterback he has built a rapport with over the years, opening the door for his potential return to prominence. The Giants also allowed a second-worst 41.08 fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts last season, and while they have a new coaching staff, it may be yet another rough season on the defensive end for New York.

Will Fuller V, WR - @ KC ($6,000)

With DeAndre Hopkins now in Arizona, Fuller has a legitimate shot to be Houston's No 1 option at the wideout spot. He spent much of 2019 on the injured list with a hamstring issue. However, he had flashes of effectiveness (at times) during the year, including a 14-catch, 217-yard, and three-touchdown performance against the Falcons. Obviously, the Chiefs Defense can hold its own against most teams, but with such an elevated projected score, Fuller could be in line for a reliable fantasy performance on Thursday night.

 

FanDuel Tight Ends - Week 1 Picks

Mark Andrews, TE - vs. CLE ($7,400)

Andrews emerged as one of the most dependable tight ends in 2019. He finished his second year in the league with an impressive 10 touchdown receptions, and though he may not hit that number again in 2020, he should still have a solid season. With opposing defenses looking to keep Lamar Jackson from accumulating significant gains on the ground, the 25-year-old will likely have some favorable matchups moving forward. Look for that trend to potentially begin against the Browns.

Evan Engram, TE - vs. PIT ($6,300)

After missing a large portion of the 2019 campaign due to a foot issue, Engram reportedly looked as good as ever over the summer. He has still yet to play an entire season during his three-year career, but in 2020, he should establish himself as a dependable target for Daniel Jones. Many fantasy managers may not take the chance on Engram in Week 1 due to his injury history and touch matchup against the Steelers. However, he should get his fair share of looks from the sophomore signal-caller and may surprise many people this season.

 

FanDuel Defenses - Week 1 Picks

Bills Defense, DEF - vs. NYJ ($4,700)

The Bills had one of the most dominant defenses last season. Buffalo allowed a third-best 298.3 yards per game to opposing offenses and may keep it going against the Jets, a team that didn't do much to improve on the offensive end heading into the year.



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Thursday Night Football Week 1: DFS Lineup Picks for FanDuel, DraftKings

Football is back! And what a way to welcome back the NFL to our lives than with the defending Super Bowl Champs taking on the Houston Texans in Kansas City. This game has a lofty 54.5 point over/under and we should see some fireworks from these offenses on opening night. The Texans got the best of the Cheifs in the regular season 31-24 and had a 21-0 lead on KC in the AFC playoffs before the Chiefs came storming back to beat them 51-31 in an incredible offense performance.

In this article, I will be providing you with daily fantasy football picks on FanDuel and DraftKings for Thursday Night Football on September 10th, 2020 (Week 1). These lineups can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel. Lineup construction can differ greatly from FanDuel to DraftKings with the biggest difference being the Captain and MVP slots. On DK, you'll pay 1.5x the salary of a player in order to roster them as your captain while the price doesn't change on FanDuel.

With both FanDuel and DraftKings hosting Milly-maker contests on opening night, there's some serious money being wagered on this game! If you have any questions you can follow me on Twitter @ThunderDanDFS and fire away, or sign up for a premium RotoBaller NFL package and chat with myself and other NFL DFS analysts any time you'd like! Now let's break this slate down and make some cash right out of the gates!

 

DFS Quarterbacks

It's not often we have a single-game slate where the opposing quarterbacks are both potentially elite plays, but that's absolutely the case in this game as Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson are both top options. Opposing QBs actually correlate well and there's a case to be made for playing both in a lineup if you think this game shoots out and stays close.

Mahomes should be the more popular play and for good reason. The Super Bowl MVP is the better passer of the two and has better weapons around him as well as a better offensive line. While I usually don't play QBs at captain or MVP very often in single game/showdown, you can absolutely play either of these guys as they both have the ability to run the ball and score rushing TDs (Watson ran for 3 TDs total in the two meetings between these teams last year).

Summary: Play Mahomes in cash, Watson in GPPs. Stack them together to be different. Both make viable captain/MVP choices.

 

DFS Running Backs

There's a number of viable options at running back in this game, but probably only one relatively "safe" play in Clyde Edwards-Helaire. We don't know how Andy Reid is going to divvy up the touches amongst his backs, but we do know that CEH is the starter and easily the most talented of the bunch. Andy Reid schemes the ball to his backs better than most NFL coaches and therefore CEH is a top play even with 50-60% of the RB touches. He's an explosive back who's great in space and that skillset should translate well to way in which the Chiefs will want to utilize him.

Backing up CEH will be Darrel Williams (only 1800 on DK) and I'm definitely interested in rostering him as a pivot off CEH or actually using them together to try to grab as much of the running back production as possible. He didn't see all much action last season but did score 4 TDs and is reportedly ahead of DeAndre Washington in the pecking order.

Houston's lead back will be David Johnson. After a disappointing year in Arizona, he came over in the trade that sent DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals. Coach Bill O'Brien will definitely want to get him involved often, but he be facing a negative game script if the Texans get down early. He has been a solid pass catcher in his career but the Texans also have an effective third-down back in Duke Johnson who should see his share of touches as well. I'm not all that high on David Johnson at his price and there's no way to know if Duke Johnson is on the field enough to make value, but I'd rather roll the dice on him if I had to take a Houston back.

Summary: CEH is the safest back on the slate for cash. Darrel Williams is an excellent value on DK. The Houston RB situation is a bit of a mess that I am likely to avoid if possible.

 

DFS Wide Receivers

The WR position might be the hardest spot to figure out on this slate. The Chiefs' top pass-catching option is their tight end, Travis Kelce, followed closely by the speedy Tyreek Hill. Hill is fairly expensive on both sites but has explosive playmaking ability and the ability to rip off huge chunks of yardage at a time. He's definitely worthy of some GPP exposure, but not a priority for me in cash games.

Sammy Watkins is the WR2 for KC and also has shown big-play ability with Mahomes at times. He's way too inconsistent for cash but a solid GPP option as a pivot off Hill/Kelce. Both Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman have occasionally popped off for long TD receptions but are low floor plays that are best reserved for large field GPPs.

For Houston, we have four receivers who are all worthy of consideration to be paired with DeShaun Watson. With Hopkins' departure, we should see more targets for incumbents Will Fuller and Kenny Stills, both of whom can be solid threats in the vertical passing game.

The arrival of Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb muddies things a bit as both should get a number of looks their way, too. My favorite plays from this group are Fuller (for his ability to stretch the field and his prior success with Watson in the last few seasons) and Cobb (for his track record doing work underneath in the short passing game).

Summary: All the WR options on this slate carry some risk and none of them have very safe target floors. Hill has the most upside but is expensive. Fuller will be popular but is my favorite Houston WR while Cobb is a nice cheap play with some volume upside.

 

DFS Tight Ends

There are not many tight ends (or receivers, really) with the talent and playmaking ability of Travis Kelce. He's easily one of the best plays (if not THE best play) on this slate and I will have a healthy share of him in my captain/MVP slot. He's not just a safety blanket for Mahomes who can pile up a bunch of catches in the short passing game, he's an athletic freak who can rip off huge gains on seam routes and do plenty of damage after the catch on patterns in the flat or across the middle. In the 51-31 playoff comeback against Houston, he piled up 10 catches for 134 yards and three scores. He's an elite play in all formats and a hard guy to fade on this slate.

Houston actually has a few really compelling plays here at the TE position, too. Starter Darren Fells caught 9-91 and a TD between the two contests against KC last season. It remains to be seen where Hopkins' vacated targets go, but Fells is certainly worth a look at his price, as is their TE2 Jordan Akins who is the better athlete of the two and more of a big-play threat.

Summary: Play Kelce in all formats. Houston TEs are solid GPP value options.

 

DFS Defense/Special Teams

In high total games like this one, defenses are often overlooked on DraftKings (not available on FanDuel) and that can be a mistake. The Chiefs D/ST is 3400 and is in a nice spot to produce here if the Texans are trailing and playing catch up. That would equal more chances at sacks and interceptions as Watson is trying to make things happen in the passing game. It's a contrarian play with some nice upside if they score a defensive touchdown or a special teams TD (also a strength of KC).

Harrison Butker is an excellent kicker, but in order for him to be an optimal play he's going to need to make probably three field goals and a few extra points. It's certainly well within the range of outcomes, but I think KC converts more of their drives into TDs than FGs and therefore I won't have too much exposure, at least not when there are other position players cheaper on both sites.

Summary: KC defense is in play on DK. Butker is decent floor play on either site. 

 

Good luck, RotoBallers, and remember to mix it up and don't be afraid to be different in these large field GPPs on opening night!

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