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James’ DFS Tips – NFL Week 3 by James Platt


My Tips This Week

Quarter Back

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Been better, been worse!

Ryan Tannehill


The fact that Ryan Tannehill has clawed his way back into a starting position and actually looks good pleases me to no end. Going back to last season he has nine straight games where he’s passed for two TDs or more.Henry hasn’t looked his dominant self quite yet (but I assure you, it’s coming) and the onus falls on Tannehill to push this team into the playoffs with a suddenly resurgent Corey Davis. This week they face Minnesota who might be the most disappointing team of the season. Their offence looks bad, but their defence might just be worse.

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What was I thinking…

Daniel Jones


Danny Dimes is one of the cheapest QBs on the slate (unless you want to trust Driskel against the Bucs) and I’m quite excited for him in this matchup. Going into the season, Jones would have been a player to stay away from vs the Niners, but they are missing Sherman and Witherspoon which mitigates the loss of Sterling Shepard. They are also now missing Bosa and Solomon Thomas which mitigates just a little bit against this terrible offensive line. The Steelers and Bears were able to get after the Giants young QB all day long, but he should have more time to throw in week 3. From a phychological standpoint, I think the 49ers play a little slower this week, having seen so many of their teammates sustain injuries on this field. Not to mention the Giants had the fifth most passing attempts before Barkley was lost for the year, there’s no way that goes down with Freeman in the backfield.

Running Back

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Not such a great choice…

Kenyan Drake


We are yet to see a big game from Drake that we expected coming into the season but, even according to his twitter, it’s coming. Murray and Hopkins are obviously going to be the focal point of the offense but people have been saying Chase Edmunds appears to be more of a focal point than Kenyan Drake which just isn’t true. With 40 touches to 15 touches, Drake is still the man in Arizona and this week he should be able to knock off the dust against a Lions defence which has the worst rushing defence in the league. I’m sure we could see a blazing run such as the one Aaron Jones broke off against them last week. With 408 yards and 4.3 yards after contact per attempt number, Drake should be dropped from fantasy teams immediately if he doesn’t put up 20 points. The Lions are actually not terrible at defending the pass which should hopefully give Drake a few more chances too.

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Good Tip!

Jerrick McKinnon


This could be quite a chalky obvious pick but I’m allowed to say it because he is in my fantasy league teams and has been from week 1. Add in the fact that he’s $4,900 and he should definitely find a spot in your lineup for week 3. With Coleman and Mostert out the next few weeks, it’s finally time for McKinnon to earn that contract the Niners shelled out to him two years ago. He showed that he still has the speed and the skills on that 55-yard burst and he’s extra fresh with only nine touches thus far (for over 120 yards and 2 TDs). When talking about the other running back opportunities due to injuries, there is none that really offer the upside of McKinnon with Nick Mullens in at QB and still a gluttony of injuries at receiver we could see a big big game from McKinnon.

Wide Receiver

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Awesome Tip!

Allen Robinson


For the love of god, I hope that Trubisky doesn’t trap the Bears into giving him a long-term deal. He’s made some good throws, but some are just great catches by Allen Robinson. AR12 had 9 targets thrown his way in both week 1 and 2 but has hauled in just 8 of those for a total of 107 yards. I don’t expect the Bears to be in with a shot of winning this game against Atlanta but they are giving up the most points in the league and Robinson will more than likely be up against the Falcons first-round reach at cornerback in A.J. Terrell. If he see’s the same amount of targets in week 3 he should be able to convert it more often and into some points.

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What was I thinking…

John Brown


The time of Josh Allen has come and he is starting to look like a true franchise QB. Stefon Diggs seems to have left his diva past behind and is leading league in receiving yards. John Brown was the man in Buffalo last season with over 1,000 yards and has 150 yards this year through two weeks. I’m really liking this undefeated Rams v Bills game to be a shootout and Ramsey will more than likely be tasked with keeping Stefon Diggs quiet. That means that Brown will get one of the other Rams corners and that defence is top heavy, meaning he should have a great matchup.

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Not such a great choice…

N’Keal Harry


The difference between the way Brady treated Harry and the way Newton is treating Harry is worlds apart. Brady shunned Harry if he ran the wrong route, Newton is taking this young receiver under his wing and he had 12 targets in their loss to the Seahawks, putting up 15 points. I’ve been waiting for the perfect time that I can tip Harry because I do like him as a player, but the Patriots seem to only want to give him short passes. However, we now know that Newton is willing to throw for 400 yards a game, giving us enough volume that we hope will trickle down and get Harry some good targets downfield, especially against the Raiders. Las Vegas are currently 30th against the pass and it might not get much better, Harry can continue to build on his second season at a really nice price.

Tight End

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Been better, been worse!

Noah Fant


There may no longer be Drew Lock in Denver, but there is also no Courtland Sutton and, therefore, a stark lack of experience for receiving options. Fant might only be in his second year but he’s looking like an absolute beast, Driskel seems to like him even more than Lock did. If Bortles sees time starting we might have to pull this tip but Fant should have a big season this year with Sutton out and this week they face the Bucs who are bottom third in terms of giving up yards to tight ends.

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Not such a great choice…

Jordan Akins


Somehow Akins has put up an average of 12 points the first two weeks of the season. Fells has finally taken the backseat and Akins has come into his own a little bit. Watson has gone through the shredder a little bit against the Cheifs and Ravens but Akins has been his safety valve and shown some moves in space. He only had 2 catches in week 1 but came up big against the Ravens with 7 catches, I could see a similar outing vs the Steelers who will likely hand the Texans their third loss of the year. But for $3,400 I like his price and I like hisopportunity to be Watson’s bailout when TJ Watt comes steaming off the edge and Will Fuller is in the medicstent.


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What was I thinking…

New York Jets


So, me and Tyler have long been proponents of choosing the cheapest viable defence. The Jets are far from a good defence, but they’re not the worst by a long shot and this Colts offence isn’t exactly a juggernaut with Rivers at the helm. They currently rank 11th overall and have put up 4 and 7 points, so who knows why the DraftKings gods made them this cheap. If I’m getting 5.5 points for $2,000, I’m more than okay with that.

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