DraftKings NFL Week 3 Buy Sell + Optimal DFS Lineups

Week 2 was the unofficial week of injuries in the NFL and it’s left the DFS landscape uncertain heading into Week 3. Plenty of players will be thrust into full-time roles for the first time this season, creating some massive values. Targeting those cheaper players who have recently been promoted due to injuries will allow us to maximize the lineups with high-priced, consistently high-scoring players. Make sure to keep an eye on the injury report before making your DraftKings lineup this week – there are a handful of players I will discuss who have cloudy injury statuses at the moment. Here’s to hoping Week 3 brings plenty more fantasy scoring and far fewer injuries around the NFL.

Quarterbacks

Players I’m Buying

High-Priced Tier ($6,500+): The two most expensive quarterbacks this week are Russell Wilson ($7,300) and Dak Prescott ($7,200). Wilson is completing an absurd 82.5% of his passes this season and his adjusted completion rate (without drops, batted balls, throwaways, etc.) is at an astounding 95%. As long as the Seahawks are encouraging Wilson to throw the ball early and often, he’s going to be one of the best fantasy options at his position. The Seahawks have allowed the most passing yards in the NFL so far, so Dak Prescott should have a great opportunity on the other side of the ball. This game has one of the highest projected points totals on the week and there are great opportunities to stack Wilson or Prescott with one of their many receiving options. Kyler Murray is the only other quarterback I would consider in this tier as he plays the Lions’ defense that has been awful against the pass. Desmond Trufant could return this week and Jeff Okudah will get better and better as the season goes on, but Murray is still going to be an elite option every week, especially with his rushing production. Cam Newton ($6,700) is also an excellent play given his recent rushing production. Don’t be fooled by the Raiders’ matchup grade against QBs – they’ve faced Teddy Bridgewater and a Michael Thomas-less Drew Brees so far, neither of whom are as dynamic as Newton.

Mid-Priced Tier ($5,900-$6,400): My favorite quarterback in this tier is Tom Brady ($6,100) who has been spectacular this season despite what the raw stats might suggest. He’s suffered from a ridiculous amount of drops out of his wideouts, reminiscent of last season with the Patriots, but the Buccaneers are expected to have Mike Evans and Chris Godwin fully healthy for the first time this week. The Broncos’ pass defense is suspect, especially without A.J. Bouye, and I’m expecting Brady to have his strongest game of the season. Ryan Tannehill ($5,900) is the other standout in this tier and he might be my favorite quarterback play this week. The Vikings’ pass defense has been abysmal so far and they’ve given up the 12th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this year. Even if A.J. Brown doesn’t play, Tannehill is playing very well right now and should take advantage of this favorable matchup.

Low-Priced Tier ($5,000-$5,800): Well, hello Mitchell Trubisky ($5,700). The Bears’ quarterback followed up an incredible Week 1 with a mediocre Week 2 game. He still ranks as the QB14 so far this season, though, and he gets a phenomenal Week 3 matchup against the Falcons who have allowed the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Atlanta’s secondary is a mess and the offense is capable of putting up plenty of points, even against Chicago’s defense, forcing Trubisky to air it out throughout the game. Baker Mayfield ($5,700) is also worth a look as Washington has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this year. The Browns’ offensive line is capable of keeping him upright even against an elite pass rush and he has the receiving weapons around him to take advantage of a mediocre Washington secondary. Mayfield is also likely a great contrarian play for larger tournaments as he will have minimal ownership.

Players I’m Selling

High-Priced Tier ($6,500+): There are a ton of guys in this tier I’m staying away from this week. Josh Allen ($6,900) is far too high-priced based on his excellent play against two poor defenses in the Jets and Dolphins, and the Rams will offer him a much tougher challenge this week. Deshaun Watson ($6,500) also faces a tough matchup in the Steelers, a team that has an elite pass rush and dominant front seven. Allen and Watson are both capable of producing enough on the ground, but I’m worried about their respective downside this week given the matchups. I would also stay away from Matt Ryan ($6,600). The Falcons’ offense is going to be among the league’s best most weeks, but they face their toughest challenge of the season so far against a stout Bears’ defense. The potential absence of Julio Jones this week is another reason to stay away from Ryan.

Mid-Priced Tier ($5,900-$6,400): You might see Ben Roethlisberger ($6,400) playing the Texans and be tempted to use him in DFS lineups as a cheaper option, but I have concerns about him this week. The Texans have allowed the third-fewest passing yards this year despite facing Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson in the first two weeks as their defense has been so bad against the run that opposing teams don’t need to throw. The Steelers play at a slow pace on offense and emphasize field position and efficiency to complement their elite defense, so I’m not sure he has anything more than a middling game this week. I’m also staying away from Matthew Stafford ($6,300) as he plays the Cardinals’ defense this week, a surprisingly stout group this season. Even if Kenny Golladay comes back this week, I’m going to wait another week before using either of them in DraftKings lineups. I’m excited about using Joe Burrow ($6,200) later in the season, but this isn’t a great matchup on the road against a Philly defense that has allowed the 11th-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks thus far.

Low-Priced Tier ($5,000-$5,800): Carson Wentz ($5,800) and Kirk Cousins ($5,500) are absolutely off my radar until we see something resembling good quarterback play from either of them. After recently being great fantasy options, both players have been awful this season. Justin Herbert ($5,900) looked great in his rookie debut, but he faces a much tougher defense in the Panthers this week. Carolina has surprisingly allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks this season as opposing teams have been able to run all over them. Herbert is a rookie still adjusting to the NFL game, and it’s likely in the Chargers’ best interests to minimize his responsibility early on as he develops. I would also stay away from Derek Carr ($5,400) despite his strong game last week as he travels to play the Patriots’ elite secondary on a short week – his toughest test of the season.

Running Backs

Players I’m Buying

High-Priced Tier ($6,800+): Christian McCaffrey, the perennially highest-priced player in DraftKings, is out for the foreseeable future, so we will have to look elsewhere in this tier. Ezekiel Elliott ($8,300) is now the highest-priced running back and while he’s obviously elite, he is facing a Seattle defense that has allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to running backs this year. There are too many factors in his favor – elite offense, three-down role, red-zone proficiency – as well as his obvious talent to strongly suggest fading him, but just be aware of that matchup. Derrick Henry ($7,800) has a tremendous opportunity for a bounce-back game against a Minnesota defense that has been mediocre against the run this year and just lost Anthony Barr, arguably their best run-stopping linebacker. I’m also looking to feature Jonathan Taylor ($7,000) in a lot of lineups. He’s more appropriately priced now on DraftKings, but the Jets’ run defense has faltered without Jamal Adams – they’ve allowed the 8th-most fantasy points to running backs this year. Taylor is an elite talent running behind one of the league’s best offensive lines in a plus matchup with a guaranteed workload – start him. Austin Ekeler ($6,800) also seems like a great play this week – the Chargers play the Panthers who have allowed the most fantasy points to running backs this season and Ekeler will likely be more involved in the passing game with Herbert as a quick outlet receiver.

Mid-Priced Tier ($5,500-$6,700): James Conner ($6,700) is a hit-or-miss player but as long as he’s fully healthy, which he appears to be, he should dominate touches. The Texans’ run defense has struggled this year – they have allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to running backs – and are susceptible especially against a strong Steelers’ offensive line. Benny Snell Jr. has now fumbled in both games this season and I expect Conner to be the lead guy after getting 17 touches last week. After just 6 carries for 21 yards in Week 1, Chris Carson ($6,600) had 17 carries for 73 yards in Week 2 and maintained a strong role in the passing game. He also has three receiving touchdowns in two games. With Carson’s level of involvement in an elite offense, DraftKings has him priced too low. Dallas has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs so far so Carson should have a great game. Miles Sanders ($6,400) faces the Bengals’ defense that has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to RBs and Kenyan Drake ($6,000) faces the Lions who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to RBs – both are extremely talented players who can play on all three downs and should have great games given their matchups.

Low-Priced Tier ($4,000-$5,400): Joshua Kelley ($5,000) is the big standout in this group for me as he has 35 carries through two games and has been very impressive in taking over Melvin Gordon’s former early-down and goalline role. The Panthers have been abysmal in defending the run this season as they’ve allowed the most fantasy points to running backs. There should be enough touches in this game for both Kelley and Ekeler to succeed, and at such a low price Kelley is one of my favorite DraftKings targets. D’Andre Swift ($5,000) is priced in a range where you can stomach the three-headed monster of an RBBC in Detroit. I’m expecting the Lions to be trailing against the Cardinals, so Swift could be in for another hefty target share after five catches on five targets last week. The Lions should look to get Swift involved on the ground more and more as the season goes on, and the Cardinals have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to running backs this year. Jerick McKinnon ($4,900) is suddenly going to be thrust into a lead role in the 49ers’ backfield with Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman both injured, and he is talented enough to take advantage with a huge game. Devin Singletary ($4,900) also has a great opportunity with Zack Moss expected to miss – the Rams have allowed the tenth-most fantasy points to RBs this season.

Players I’m Selling

High-Priced Tier ($6,800+): Dalvin Cook ($7,600) scares the hell out of me right now and while he’s scored 17+ points in each of his first two games, I’m not sure if it’s sustainable. He’s only had 26 carries through two games after averaging just under 18 carries per game last year. Cook has been scoring touchdowns, but the Vikings’ offense has been putrid and with Kirk Cousins unable to move the ball down the field, it’s tough to bank on red-zone looks for Cook. On paper, the matchup against the Titans is solid, but I’d stay away from Cook in DFS right now. I would also be fading Josh Jacobs ($7,300) as he’s one of the higher-priced running backs out there and has a tough matchup against the Patriots’ defense on the road after a short week. Jacobs will likely still be a fine season-long start, but I’m looking elsewhere at that price. I’m also looking to stay away from Nick Chubb ($6,900) this week – the passing game work is never guaranteed in a given week as long as Kareem Hunt is active and Washington has a stout front seven that has allowed the 2nd-fewest fantasy points to running backs this season.

Mid-Priced Tier ($5,500-$6,700): Leonard Fournette ($6,200) is the absolute definition of a stay-away this week for me, even after his monster 30-point week against the Panthers. He had a 46-yard run for a touchdown that contributed to over half of his fantasy points last week and I don’t see that continuing. The Broncos have had a solid run defense and have allowed the ninth-fewest fantasy points to running backs this year. Bruce Arians has also shown that he’s willing to ride the hot hand over everything else, making this backfield very volatile. Kareem Hunt ($6,100) is also someone I’m looking to avoid against a stout Washington front seven and in a game that I expect to be lower scoring. Todd Gurley ($5,800) has a tough matchup against Chicago and he hasn’t been involved enough in the passing game so far to give him a great baseline. Melvin Gordon ($5,800) is the lone back in Denver now, but don’t be fooled by the strong matchup grade – the Buccaneers allowed the fewest fantasy points to running back last season and have actually performed quite well against the run this year, especially given they’ve faced Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey in the first two weeks. Rounding out this tier, Devonta Freeman ($5,500) is not someone I’m looking to play as San Francisco should still have a solid defense in spite of all of their injuries and I’m not confident Freeman is going to step into a 15+ touch role right away.

Low-Priced Tier ($4,000-$5,400): There are a ton of running backs in this tier who could have a great opportunity to succeed if not for a brutal matchup. David Johnson ($5,400) is appropriately priced, but the Steelers’ front seven has been dominant in holding RBs to the fifth-fewest points this season. Darrell Henderson ($5,400) is in line for a sizable workload with Malcolm Brown and Cam Akers both expected to miss, but the Bills have a great run defense and I expect Henderson’s ownership to be very high in tournaments. Mike Davis ($5,100) was a popular waiver wire pickup this week as Christian McCaffrey is expected to miss at least a couple of weeks, but Davis is not nearly as talented as CMC and the Panthers play the Chargers’ defense that has allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to running backs this year. I would also be staying away from Ronald Jones ($5,000) as he only had 9 touches in the last game and faces a Broncos’ defense that has been very good against the run this year. I would also stay away from Nyheim Hines ($4,800) after he only had one catch and no carries. The Colts play the Jets this week and I’m expecting a similar game script to their last game.

Wide Receivers

Players I’m Buying

High-Priced Tier ($6,400+): DeAndre Hopkins ($7,900) is slated as the most expensive wide receiver this week and has a phenomenal matchup against the Lions’ defense that has been poor against the pass this year. Desmond Trufant could return to play and Jeff Okudah will only get better every week, but Hopkins is matchup-proof and with the dominant target share he receives, he’s a locked-and-loaded elite option every week. Adam Thielen ($6,900) had a disappointing game last week – 3 catches for 31 yards – but I’m expecting a bounce-back effort from him. The Titans have been a middle-of-the-pack passing defense and with Adoree Jackson out, the Vikings’ passing game should do much better this week. Mike Evans ($6,800) and Chris Godwin ($6,700) are expected to be fully healthy and on the field together for the first time this season. They have a great matchup against a struggling Broncos’ secondary that is missing A.J. Bouye and has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to wideouts this season. I would also play all three of the players from the Cowboys Seahawks game in this tier. Amari Cooper ($6,500) should have a great opportunity against the defense that has allowed the most passing yards so far this season. On the other side of the ball, as long as Russell Wilson is balling out like this, D.K. Metcalf ($6,500) and Tyler Lockett ($6,400) will continue to be great DraftKings targets. I also love stacking Wilson with either of those guys this week.

Mid-Priced Tier ($5,300-$6,300): Julian Edelman ($6,200) has been limited in practice all week, but it sounds like he will be good to go on Sunday. The Raiders have been a middle-of-the-pack defense this season and I still don’t trust their cornerbacks to cover well. LaMarcus Joyner, the Raiders’ most commonly used slot cornerback, has been bad this season and Edelman will line up in the slot on a majority of snaps. If Cam Newton is going to continue to air it out like he did last week – Edelman got 11 targets – then Edelman could be a WR2 this week and in most weeks going forward. Allen Robinson ($6,200) is perhaps my favorite target in this tier as he draws a phenomenal matchup against the Falcons’ defense that has struggled to defend the pass all year on their way to allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to wideouts. I love the Trubisky and Robinson stack in this matchup. I also love Terry McLaurin ($5,900) against the Browns. Cleveland’s secondary has been facing injuries and inefficient play from starters to start the year and has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to WRs. Dwayne Haskins hasn’t given you a real reason to trust him, but McLaurin is an elite talent and could have a massive long-bomb touchdown against this shaky secondary. You might be tempted to fade Michael Gallup ($5,500) as his production has been underwhelming to start the year, but he faces the Seahawks’ secondary this week, a unit that has allowed the most passing yards in the NFL. He’s still playing on a higher percentage of snaps than CeeDee Lamb and Dallas uses a ton of three-wide personnel anyways. Gallup should have a nice bounce-back game and will have lower ownership after his first two disappointing outings. Of course, CeeDee Lamb ($5,400) is well worth considering given his elite talent and the high-value matchup.

Low-Priced Tier ($3,000-$5,200): The guy who really stands out in this group for me is Corey Davis ($5,200). Even after being bumped up from $3,400 to start the season, I still see him as underpriced. He’s either had 100 yards or a touchdown in both of his two games and gets a favorable matchup against a terrible Minnesota secondary this week. The Vikings have allowed the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers so far and with A.J. Brown out, Davis should see a ton of targets. Golden Tate ($4,500) is also an interesting target. The Giants play the 49ers this week, not typically seen as a plus matchup, but the 49ers are missing key players from all three levels of their defense. In his season debut, Tate caught five of five targets for 47 yards and he should see a significantly increased role in the offense moving forward with Saquon Barkley out for the season. Curtis Samuel ($4,000) does not have the best matchup as he plays a stout Chargers’ secondary, but with Christian McCaffrey out for the foreseeable future, I expect Matt Rhule and Joe Brady to find creative ways to develop Samuel as a runner and receiver. Adam Humphries ($3,900) is also a great value as he has seen an increased target share with A.J. Brown out – Humphries has 13 targets through the first two games. The Vikings’ defense is very susceptible to the pass and Humphries has a locked-in role as the WR2 for this team. Anthony Miller ($4,900) could also provide some sneaky value in a matchup against the Falcons’ secondary, one of the worst in the NFL.

Players I’m Selling

High-Priced Tier ($6,400+): I’m fading the entire Falcons’ passing offense last week in the toughest matchup they’ve faced all year by far against Chicago. The Bears’ cornerbacks, Kyle Fuller and rookie Jaylon Johnson, have performed incredibly well this season and will draw primary coverage on Julio Jones ($7,400) and Calvin Ridley ($7,200). Julio is dealing with a hamstring injury so I’m not looking to play him in any format this week. Ridley has a solid baseline but touchdown regression is coming and both of these players are too highly-priced. I’m also fading Stefon Diggs ($7,000) this week as he faces his toughest test of the season in Jalen Ramsey and the Rams. Diggs leads the NFL in receiving yards this season as Josh Allen has excelled, but the Rams are a much better defense than the Dolphins or Jets. JuJu Smith-Schuster ($6,600) has been dealing with a knee issue all week, and while he’s been cleared to play, the Texans have given up minimal passing production to this point despite playing the Chiefs and Ravens. The Steelers shouldn’t need to throw the ball a ton to win this game and the volume may not be there to justify JuJu’s price.

Mid-Priced Tier ($5,300-$6,300): Cooper Kupp ($6,300) and Robert Woods ($6,100) are rightfully among the higher-priced receivers, but the Rams face the Bills’ elite secondary this week and I’m fading their receivers given the matchup. I’m also fading Odell Beckham Jr. ($6,300), at least for DFS purposes. The Browns are clearly a team that wants to establish the run early and I’m not confident the downfield passing volume will be high in this game with Washington’s elite pass rush bearing down on a shaky Baker Mayfield. For similar reasons, I’m fading Jarvis Landry as well ($5,500) Needless to say, I’m fading Kenny Golladay ($6,200) who is still hopeful to return against the Cardinals as Arizona has allowed the fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this year and I want to see Golladay back in action before we trust him. D.J. Moore ($6,100) had a great bounce-back performance last week with 8 catches for 120 yards, but I’m fading him against a tough Chargers’ secondary that has allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to WRs this year. A.J. Green ($6,000) and Tyler Boyd ($5,900) are going to be solid options as the year goes on and Joe Burrow gets more comfortable, but I’m fading them in a matchup against a Philadelphia secondary that boasts two strong cornerbacks in Darius Slay and Nickell Robey-Coleman.

Low-Priced Tier ($3,000-$5,200): Deshaun Jackson ($5,200) may be an enticing play with Jalen Reagor injured, but the Bengals have been surprisingly stout against the pass this season as they’ve allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. Jackson will see a lot of William Jackson, one of the most underrated cornerbacks in football, and I don’t trust Carson Wentz to deliver the ball downfield with how poor he’s been lately. I’d also be hesitant to play Hunter Renfrow ($4,300) even with Henry Ruggs ruled out as the Raiders take on one of the league’s best secondaries in New England on a short week. Larry Fitzgerald ($4,600) could be in for a larger target share with Christian Kirk out, but the 37-year-old receiver isn’t the same dynamic downfield threat he once was and this offense doesn’t have a ton of passing volume to go around. Fitz has a solid baseline, but with his limited upside in a game I expect the Cardinals to be ahead in throughout, I’m looking for other options.

Tight Ends

Players I’m Buying

High-Priced Tier ($5,000+): With Travis Kelce and Mark Andrews playing on Monday Night and George Kittle out this week, the elite tight end group is a little limited. The majority of players in this group face tough matchups (which I’ll break down below) and with a handful of low-priced, high-quality options, I’m not looking to spend up on a tight end this week. That being said, Jonnu Smith ($5,100) is one of my favorite targets this week against a weak Minnesota secondary and with A.J. Brown out. Smith had four catches for 84 yards and two touchdowns last week and is one of the most dynamic players at his position with the ball in his hands. I also think Zach Ertz ($5,100) is a fine play against an exploitable Bengals’ secondary as he’ll still be Carson Wentz’s first or second read for much of the game even with the emergence of Dallas Goedert. We all remember T.J. Hockenson ($5,300) dominating the Cardinals in Week 1 of last season, but their defense has gotten much better at defending the tight end. Still, Hockenson is quickly turning into an elite talent at his position and should be a decent play for DFS this week.

Mid-Priced Tier ($4,000-$5,000): Dallas Goedert ($4,900) is turning into a vital part of the Eagles’ offense and he’s seen 17 targets through the first two games of the season. He faces a beatable Bengals’ defense this week and has enough of a guaranteed target share to make him worth considering for DFS. Hunter Henry ($4,800) showed a great rapport with Justin Herbert in the quarterback’s rookie debut and was on the field for 86% of the team’s snaps. He was limited in practice this week, but he should be ready to go for Sunday. My main concern is how much the Chargers will actually need to throw the ball in this game, but I think the Panthers can find ways to score and keep it close throughout. The Falcons’ passing game as a whole faces their toughest test of the season this week, but it could be a great spot for Hayden Hurst ($4,700). The Bears have been most beatable by opposing tight ends this year and they’ve given up the 12th-most fantasy points to the position so far. I’m also willing to play Jordan Reed ($4,000) given the target share he should receive, but it’s worth noting that the downgrade at quarterback and across the rest of the offense due to injuries could hurt his bottom line.

Low-Priced Tier ($2,500-$4,000): Mo Alie-Cox ($3,800) was phenomenal last week and came down with 5 catches for 111 yards. Jack Doyle could return this week, which would obviously make me pivot away from Alie-Cox, but if Alie-Cox is the starter he’s a great value play in DraftKings. The Jets’ pass defense is pretty beatable and Philip Rivers loves utilizing his tight ends in the passing game. Logan Thomas ($3,700) is also a great target if you’re going cheaper at the position – he has 17 targets through two games and faces a Cleveland defense that has given up the most fantasy points to tight ends this year. Drew Sample ($3,500) is now the starting tight end for the Bengals and had 9 targets in that role last week. He faces the Eagles this week who have given up the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends this year. Jordan Akins ($3,400) is also an interesting target after he caught all seven of his targets last week. The Steelers’ secondary is stout, but I’m expecting the Texans to be trailing in this game and have the need to air it out. As a top option for Deshaun Watson, Akins should have another strong week.

Players I’m Selling

High-Priced Tier ($5,000+): Tyler Higbee ($5,900) had an awesome game last week with three touchdowns, but this week he has to go on the road to face a tough Buffalo secondary. I’m fading most of the Rams’ offense in this matchup, and Higbee is no exception – as the highest-priced active tight end, he’s overpriced this week. Darren Waller ($5,700) is also coming off a monstrous effort in Week 2 with 12 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown, but he’s been limited in practice this week. Even if he does play in full, I have concerns about this matchup as the Raiders go on the road on a short week to face a stout Patriots’ secondary that has allowed virtually nothing to the tight end position so far this season. The Patriots are elite at taking away the opposing team’s best offensive player, and for the Raiders that’s Waller. Noah Fant ($5,400) isn’t a total stay-away, but his price is now reflecting his elite talent and opportunity. He faces a Tampa defense that has allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to tight ends this year and I have concerns about the Broncos’ ability to keep Jeff Driskel upright against a top-end front seven. Rounding out this tier, Evan Engram ($5,000) is not someone I’m looking to play in DFS or most fantasy formats right now – he has been completely underwhelming to start the season and faces a 49ers’ defense that, while banged up, can still take away the tight end.

Mid-Priced Tier ($4,000-$5,000): Dalton Schultz ($4,500) had a great Week 2 against a Falcons’ defense that has allowed the third-most fantasy points to tight ends but he gets a much tougher matchup this week against Seattle who has given up the fourth-fewest fantasy points to tight ends. Schultz isn’t a necessary piece of this offense given how much talent Dallas has at receiver, and I can envision him getting phased out against a Seattle defense that can throw great cover guys at him. I’m also pretty much done with Austin Hooper ($4,400) for fantasy purposes after he’s only had 4 catches through the first two games. Washington has been beatable against tight ends this season, but the Browns’ passing volume is the complete opposite of Atlanta’s last season and it’s going to cap Hooper’s upside all year. I’m also fading Greg Olsen ($4,200) after he only saw one target last week. He’ll obviously more involved in the offense than that moving forward, but the Seahawks’ receivers have been playing so well that they may not need Olsen to be a consistent threat. The Cowboys have been solid against the tight ends this year, much better than they’ve been against wide receivers, so I’m looking for other options than Olsen this week.

Low-Priced Tier ($2,500-$4,000): O.J. Howard ($3,500) only saw one target last week and while he is facing a beatable Broncos’ secondary this week, I’m looking for other options. Chris Godwin is set to return this week and if we can’t even count on Howard to get targets when Godwin is out, I don’t feel great about trusting him when the offensive pieces are fully healthy. Jimmy Graham ($3,400) is also an unexciting player after he had just one target last week. He faces the Falcons’ defense this week who have given up the third-most fantasy points to tight ends this year, but I don’t trust that he’ll get enough targets or do enough with them to be valuable for DFS. Finally, I’m fading Chris Herndon ($3,400) after he only had one catch last week. Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman are going to be out again this week, but Adam Gase doesn’t seem particularly in utilizing Herndon, arguably the team’s best receiver, in a way to maximize his productivity.

Sample Lineups

In this section, I’m going to build a couple of sample lineups using the players I discussed above for you to reference when making your lineups this week. As always, I’m going to build a stack into all of these lineups with a quarterback and wide receiver/tight end. I believe stacks are the best way to maximize your potential to dominate in tournaments and win cash prizes on DraftKings. Here are a few ideas for how you can build your lineup this week.

Lineup #1:

QB: Russell Wilson $7,300
RB: Jonathan Taylor $7,000
RB: Joshua Kelley $5,000
WR: DK Metcalf $6,500
WR: Corey Davis $5,200
WR: Anthony Miller $4,900
TE: T.J. Hockenson $5,300
FLEX: Jerick McKinnon $4,900
DST: Tennessee Titans $3,900

Lineup #2:

QB: Ryan Tannehill $5,900
RB: Miles Sanders $6,400
RB: Kenyan Drake $6,000
WR: Tyler Lockett $6,400
WR: Terry McLaurin $5,900
WR: Allen Robinson $6,200
TE: Jonnu Smith $4,200
FLEX: CeeDee Lamb $5,400
DST: Cincinnatti Bengals $2,600

Lineup #3:

QB: Kyler Murray $6,800
RB: Austin Ekeler $6,800
RB: Devin Singletary $4,900
WR: DeAndre Hopkins $7,900
WR: Golden Tate $4,500
WR: Anthony Miller $4,900
TE: Hayden Hurst $4,700
FLEX: David Montgomery $5,700
DST: Tampa Bay Buccaneers $3,700

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