How’s it going everyone. Alex here, and I am back with my DraftKings NFL Sleeper Picks for Week 3. These are some of my favorite cheap plays of the week that should hopefully come with low ownerships. Like every NFL week, there are injury situations that you need to monitor all the way up until Sunday kick off. So be sure to be on Twitter all weekend and watch all the other major news outlets to see which players are active or inactive. As always if these picks help you win or if you need any advice, just let me know on Twitter. @Hunta512.
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WR: Devin Funchess: (4,200) Surprisingly, after two weeks of football, Funchess, not Kelvin Benjamin, is The Panthers WR that has led the team in snaps during their first two games. Week 1 was a dud for the third year man out Michigan, as it was for most of The Panthers offense in their blowout win, but last week, we saw Funchess produce with these high snaps (83.8%), hauling in four catches on seven targets for 68 yards vs The Bills. (10.8 DK points) It seems The Panthers are set on making Funchess a primary weapon in the offense and his role should grow even more with TE Greg Olsen out with a broken foot. He should lead this offense in snaps again in Week 3 vs everyone’s favorite defense to pick on in DFS, The Saints. Even though Saints rookie CB Marshon Lattimore has been great (82.4 PFF Grade), this secondary has still been awful, allowing 47.9 DK points a game to opposing WRs, showing you how bad the rest of these Saints CBs have played.
Assuming he suits up, Lattimore (head) will mostly defend Benjamin, leaving Funchess matched up with the likes of De’Vante Harris or Sterling Moore who both have PFF grades under 50 so far this season. (30th in DVOA vs #2 WRs) Newton should be looking Funchess’ way frequently in this game and he may lead this team in targets, as QBs have only thrown it towards the WR that has been played by Lattimore seven times total this season. The one concern is how bad Newton has looked as a QB in these two first weeks. But at home, vs this defense that they have always dominated with Newton under center (33.5 PPG vs NO since 2011), there is plenty of room for improvement, and at a cheap price of $4,200, Funchess is the easiest way to get a piece of this Panthers offense. (26.5 implied team total)
RB: Chris Thompson: (4,500) Thus far, The Redskins’ offense has underachieved, but Thompson has been the lone bright spot as the team’s primary receiving back. His 20.6 DK points a game average is inflated after two TDs last week, but nonetheless, Thompson has been very productive in this pass heavy offense, averaging six targets a game and producing 1.75 DK points per target. And no matter if its Rob Kelley (questionable, ribs) or rookie Samaje Perine getting most of the carries, neither of these backs are taking away from Thompson’s role, with these two backs only catching one pass on two targets combined this season. He and The Redskins now will play The Raiders at home, in the game that has the highest total of the week at 55 points.
This Oakland defense has been good against the run, giving up the third least DK points to backfields, but they have allowed a 70% catch rate to RBs, and Thompson should remain busy in the passing game if The Redskins have to play catch up as they are three point underdogs in this contest. He should see a few carries, with the potential for more if Kelly is out, and his usual five plus targets through the air. I like his chances in this high scoring affair and Thompson is one of the better cheap RB values, given how tough the pricing is on DraftKings this week.
QB: DeShone Kizer: (5,100) Kizer plain and simple looked bad last week, but in his defense, the rookie was playing in his first professional road game vs one of the best defenses in all of football, The Ravens. (1st Defensive DVOA) This week he is in a far better situation going against the terrible Colts defense, that ranks 29th in overall DVOA and 27th in pass DVOA up until this point of the season. There is a chance this defense may be even more vulnerable this Sunday, with the availability of starters CB Vontae Davis (groin), CB Quincy Wilson (knee), and Safety Darius Butler (head) all in question.
Yes, Kizer just lost Corey Coleman due to a broken hand, but this Browns team is still favored in this game and have a decent implied team total of 21.25 points. The Browns’ QB also created a connection with WR Rashard Higgins in the loss to The Ravens (7/95) and there has been plenty of talk and hope from The Browns that WR Kenny Britt will step up in the wake of losing Coleman. We all know Kizer has plenty of upside with his legs and if he can avoid turning the ball over multiple times, he should return value in this dream matchup.
QB: Andy Dalton, Sam Bradford (if active), DeShaun Watson, and Trevor Siemian.
RB: Darren Sproles (led this backfield in touches and played 69% snaps last week), Dalvin Cook (better if Bradford plays), C.J. Anderson, Derrick Henry (great value if Demarco Murray is out), Ameer Abdullah (17 touches in the MNF win over The Giants and should continue to lead this backfield with RB Dwayne Washington now out), Duke Johnson Jr., Joe Mixon (risky, but could see an increased role with a new offensive coordinator).
WR: Demaryius Thomas, Adam Thielen (if Bradford plays), Desean Jackson, Terrelle Pryor (boost if Jordan Reed is out), Davante Adams (bump up if Cobb is out), Geronimo Allsion (only if Cobb is out), Jermiane Kearse, Paul Richardson (slight bump if Jimmy Graham is out), Josh Bellamy, and Marvin Jones.
TE: Travis Kelce, Kyle Rudolph, Jack Doyle (caught all eight of his targets last week and is going against The Browns who have given up 23.7 DK points a game to TEs), Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Vernon Davis (if Reed is out), and Ed Dickson.
D: Broncos, Browns, Chiefs, and Titans.