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2020 Daily Fantasy Football: DraftKings NFL Week 3 Stacks & Value Picks

Welcome back to Week 3 of our season-long DFS battle.  Week 2 was absolutely riddled with injuries. A few marquee players got hurt including the likes of Saquon Barkley and Christian McCaffrey, but this just means there should be a TON of value to be found in this week’s slate of games. If you played either of our lineups in Week 2, you made a pretty penny. 

Week 2 Recap:

Unfortunately for Kendall, Parris Campbell got hurt on one of the first plays of the game, and while it didn’t kill his lineup, that made the difference in our matchup. Once again, he was unable to outlast Tino. 

Tino’s lineup put up 189.7 points and finished in the top 3,500 of the Draftkings “Milly Maker” contest, which had over 255k entries. He lost 2-3 hours of sleep on Sunday night thinking about what could have been if he had played Aaron Jones over Allen Robinson. His student loans would have pulled a 2011 Peyton Hillis and disappeared. 

Hayden Hurst bounced back this week (as Kendall predicted) and Tino’s value of the week, Diontae Johnson, is proving to be the lead receiver in Pittsburgh. We have another exciting week of football ahead so… 

Without further ado, here are our Week 3 DraftKings lineups:

Kendall’s Lineup Tino’s Lineup
QB Mitch Trubisky, $5,700 Russell Wilson, $7,300
RB Derrick Henry, $7,800 Kenyan Drake, $6,000
RB James Conner, $6,700 Jerick Mckinnon, $4,900
WR Tyler Lockett, $6,400 DK Metcalf, $6,500
WR Allen Robinson, $6,200 Allen Robinson, $6,200
WR DeSean Jackson, $5,200 Diontae Johnson, $5,400
TE Jordan Akins, $3,400 Hayden Hurst, $4,800
Flex Jerick McKinnon, $4,900 CeeDee Lamb, $5,400
DST Buccaneers, $3,700 Chargers, $3,600

Stacks of the Week

KB: I’m going back to the well with Allen Robinson this week. Robinson is still dominating the target share in Chicago and has garnered 9 targets in each of his first two games. We all know the saying, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease?” Well, Robinson has not been shy about expressing that he is unhappy with Chicago and I anticipate about another 10 targets in a juicy matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. 

Don’t look now but his QB, Mitchell Trubisky, is on pace to throw 40 touchdowns. We know that isn’t likely, but Trubisky has been pretty solid to start the 2020 season. We’ve seen that he has the ability to scramble and pick up a few points on the ground (which is always nice out of your fantasy QB) and he gets a FIRE matchup against the porous Falcons defense, in a dome.  

Vegas projects this game as one of the higher O/U’s of the week and has the Bears as 3 point road dogs. I like the shot at a couple of Trubisky to Robinson touchdowns and maybe some garbage time, as this Chicago team will definitely have to score to keep up with this Falcons offense. 

If you’re going to run it back with someone on the Falcons, pick literally any receiving option. Matt Ryan has been slinging the ball all over the yard, averaging over 350 YPG! Something to monitor is the health of Julio Jones. He’s banged up with a hamstring injury and is listed as a game-time decision. Even if Julio does play, it could just be more as a decoy to keep the focus on him rather than on breakout STUD, Calvin Ridley. With that being said, you could see people fading Julio which could make him a pricey, but lower ownership (than usual) option. Ridley is already a great option this week, but if Julio is in fact out, Ridley becomes a good chalk play at $7,200 DK dollars. 

Projected Ownership

Allen Robinson ($6,200) – 5.97%

Mitchell Trubisky ($5,700) – 1.60%

Julio Jones ($7,400) – 9.27%

Calvin Ridley ($7,200) – 10.20%

JT: I’m in the same boat as Kendall with the Chicago vs Atlanta game.  Definitely want skin in the game in that matchup, and I’ve got some in Hayden Hurst and Allen Robinson. 

However, my stack of the week comes straight out of Starbucks city with Russell Wilson and DK “Decaf” Metcalf.  I project the Seahawks to be on the winning side of an absolute shootout with the Cowboys this week, and I am willing to pay the premium to get Russ. He is the most expensive QB this week at $7,300 on Draftkings, however, I’m willing to eat the extra $500-$700 in order to be fully confident that my QB is going to be a top 5 option at the position this week.

In terms of stacking Russ with either DK or Lockett, it comes down to the blowup upside for me.  If I were playing a head-to-head game, I’d take the safety of Lockett.  In a “swing for the fences” type of lineup going into a large competition, I’ll take the 2+ touchdown upside of DK Metcalf.  He absolutely burned all-pro Stephon Gilmore on his 54-yard touchdown catch last week, and I don’t see either of Chidobe Awuzie or Trevon Diggs being able to contain him on the outside.  

I’ll save you some time and let you know that Russell Wilson, Metcalf, and Tyler Lockett are also my triple stack of the week.  If this game goes in the direction I think it will, Russ very likely could score 4-5 TDs with DK and Lockett being first in line to feed.

Projected Ownership

Russell Wilson ($7,300) – 16.23%

DK Metcalf ($6,500) – 12.84%

Tyler Lockett ($6,400) – 14.18%

Triple Stack of the Week

KB: This pick is a bit out there and I understand why people will disagree with me but just hear me out on this.

Justin Herbert impressed in his first-ever NFL start and was able to keep his team in the game against the Super Bowl Champion, Kansas City Chiefs. He didn’t have crazy big numbers, but he showed promise and had instant chemistry with Keenan Allen who caught 7 of 10 targets for just shy of 100 yards. Last week, we saw Mike Evans put up over 100 yards and a touchdown against a weak Panthers secondary and I think Allen is poised to do the same this week. 

And despite being out-touched by rookie RB, Joshua Kelley, 25 to 20 in Week 2, Austin Ekeler bounced back after a bit of an alarming start to the season in Week 1. He received 16 carries and ran at a clip of 5.8 YPC. We know the prowess Ekeler has in the receiving game which is also trending in the right direction after a 4-for-4 game for 55 yards. Just last week, Leonard Fournette ran for over 100 yards and 2 touchdowns against this Panthers defense while hauling in 4 of 5 targets. The Panthers defense just isn’t that good and it hasn’t been for some time now. In the Panthers last 18 games (so dating back to last season), they have allowed over 140 yards rushing per game and over 2 rushing touchdowns all while allowing over 5 YPC. 

The Panthers have allowed 30+ points in each of their first two games which bodes very well for fantasy points so I’m pretty okay with any Charger this week. If you’d like to save a little extra on this triple stack, look Joshua Kelley’s way. We saw his usage jump 17% in Week 2 and I think it’s safe to say that he has solidified himself as the goalline back having received 75% of the team’s carries inside the 10-yard line. 

If you want to run this back with anyone, I would target Robby Anderson. He leads the NFL in receiving yards and his18 targets (same as Keenan Allen) ranks 12th in the NFL. At about a 4% ownership projection and only $5,200 DK dollars, Anderson certainly has that boom potential to score a long touchdown at a moment’s notice. 

Projected Ownership

Justin Herbert ($5,900) – 1.78%

Keenan Allen ($6,100) – 5.59%

Austin Ekeler ($6,800) – 6.23%

Joshua Kelley ($5,000) – 4.50%

Robby Anderson ($5,200) – 3.98%

JT: As mentioned above in my stack of the week, my triple stack is Wilson, Metcalf, Lockett. Smash play against the Cowboy’s susceptible secondary in a game that I think could definitely clear 60 total points. Lock those 3 studs in as the foundation of your Week 3 lineup.

I’m running it back on the other side of the ball with CeeDee Lamb. I think the outside weapons and rushing attack will draw attention from the Seahawks defense, and Lamb will continue to receive a high volume workload in the slot.  In a game in which I expect Dallas to trail, look for Lamb to be a chain-moving focal point in the second half.

Projected Ownership

CeeDee Lamb ($5,400) – 8.11%

Values of the Week

KB’s Value of the Week: Jerrick McKinnon, $4,900

This one is a pretty easy one. With both Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman out in Week 3, Jerrick McKinnon is primed to step up and take over the role as the lead back in San Francisco. Shanahan signed ‘Jet’ back in 2018, but knee injuries have kept him out of the rotation for the last couple of years. Shannan is showing confidence in McKinnon which gives me the confidence to start home without hesitation. 

This will be a chalky play as his ownership is projected at about 17%, but at only $4,900 DK this is the good kind of chalk. He has an excellent matchup against Tino’s New York Jets and the opportunities and usage will be there. McKinnon is an excellent way to save some money this week to be able to get some more value in your lineup. 

Projected Ownership

Jerrick McKinnon ($4,900) – 16,56%

Tino’s Value of the Week:  Kenyan Drake, $6,000

I get it. How can someone at $6,000 be a “value of the week”? Because Kenyan Drake is a bell-cow RB in an explosive offense who should cost DFS players $7,000 instead of $6,000. 

If you want to spend on places like QB and TE this week while still having bell-cow exposure, then Kenyan Drake is your guy.  Chase Edmonds is a talented back who slightly cuts into Drake’s workload, but what isn’t mentioned enough is how massive the overall backfield workload actually is. In the first two weeks of the season, Drake has carried the ball 36 times for 146 yards and 1 TD.  He also added 4 receptions.  His 40 touches dwarf the 15 total touches of Edmonds through two games. 

I expect some positive touchdown regression after Kyler has gotten into the endzone 3 times using his legs these past two games, and I expect Drake to slice through this Detroit front 7.  Drake is a luxury tailback currently available for midsize sedan type prices.

Projected Ownership

Kenyan Drake ($6,000) – 17.04%

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