DraftKings Picks Week 3: Best NFL DFS lineup advice for daily fantasy football tournaments

If you’re 0-2 and starting to lose hope in your season-long fantasy football leagues, never fear — daily fantasy is here. To help you start earning some of your entry fee back, we offer up our Week 3 DraftKings lineup picks, which feature a high-floor stack, high-volume RBs, and some boom-or-bust WRs, including a big value sleeper who could really give us some differentiation.

We’re picking on three of the four games with initial over/unders north of 50; however, our D/ST comes from one of those contests, so let’s hope for a defensive touchdown, right? We’re also game-stacking our RBs, but that’s mostly based on value.

Before we break down all of our picks, here are the most notable scoring rules for DraftKings contests: Full-point PPR, four-point passing TDs, three-point bonuses for 100 rushing yards, 100 receiving yards, and 300 passing yards.

DraftKings Picks Week 3: NFL DFS lineup for GPP tournaments

Sunday main slate, $50,000 budget

QB Kirk Cousins, Vikings vs. Lions ($6,700). The Lions have shown signs of a decent pass rush, but they’ve struggled to contain both Jalen Hurts and Carson Wentz, two relatively average passing QBs. Cousins ​​can definitely better the 273.5 passing yards per game that Detroit is allowing, and with his go-to guy Justin Jefferson as part of this stack, we should be dancing in points all afternoon.

RB David Montgomery, Bears vs. Texans ($5,900). Montgomery bounced back with an impressive performance on Sunday night, and for all the hand wringing about his mediocre Week 1 in which he was outplayed by Khalil Herbert, he still received 20 touches. Montgomery is a volume lock, and with the Texans’ 29th-ranked run defense coming to town, we have our eyes on that 100-yard bonus.

RB Dameon Pierce, Texans @ Bears ($5,000). Pierce is a bit of a risk in DK’s full-point PPR format, but he’s remarkably affordable despite getting all of Houston’s RB carries (15) last week. The Bears were gashed by Green Bay’s RBs in Week 2 and had issues with Elijah Mitchell on a sloppy track in Week 1 before he got hurt, so we’re thinking Pierce can make some headway and find his way into the end zone for the first time in his career. Let’s hope for a combined 25 passes in Chicago this weekend.

WR Justin Jefferson, Vikings vs. Lions ($9,300). Obviously, right? Jefferson is 1B to Cooper Kupp’s 1A in terms of reliability, and against the Lions’ 28th-ranked pass defense, we have to pay up for the chalk.

WR Marquise Brown, Cardinals vs. Rams ($6,000). Brown is coming off an 11-target game, and even with Greg Dortch emerging, it’s clear that Hollywood is the top WR option for Arizona. That could mean a steady dose of Jalen Ramsey, but Brown can move around and play in the slot, so we don’t expect Ramsey to shadow him. He’s always a candidate for a big play, and in what should be a high-scoring affair, we’ll take our chances for the 100-yard bonus at this price.

WEEK 3 STANDARD RANKINGS:
QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | D/STs | Kickers

WR Allen Robinson II, Rams @ Cardinals ($5,700). This game projects to be a shootout with an early O/U of 50.5, and while we’d prefer other pieces of the Rams’ side (read: Cooper Kupp, Tyler Higbee), it’s tough to afford them with Jefferson already in tow. Robinson is a decent consolation prize after catching four passes for 53 yards and a score in Week 2. He should’ve had another touchdown, but a late whistle stopped a play as the ball was in the air to a wide-open Robinson standing in the end zone. Either way, he’s definitely involved in the Rams’ offense and should find himself busy against a porous Cardinals’ pass defense.

TE Evan Engram, Jaguars @ Chargers ($3,700). Engram hasn’t produced much this year, but with 12 targets and 11 catches in two games, he’s more consistently involved than a lot of tight ends. The Chargers have faced Darren Waller and Travis Kelce this year, holding up decently against both, so we can’t say if this is a favorable or unfavorable matchup. But we know Engram will get chances, and at his price, he should be able to return value.

WEEK 3 PPR RANKINGS:
QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | D/STs | Kickers

FLEX Chris Olave, Saints @ Panthers ($4,500). Here’s a boom-or-bust tournament special. Olave hauled in just five-of-13 targets last week, but the latter number is more important. He’s clearly involved in the Saints’ offense, and it seems like only a matter of time before he has a breakout moment like former college teammate Garrett Wilson had last week. The Panthers look great against the pass on paper (second-fewest yards per game), but keep in mind they’ve faced the Browns and Giants — two of the poorest passing offenses in the NFL. We’re banking on low ownership and differentiation with this pick. Let’s hope it hits!

DEF Eagles @ Commanders ($2,900). “Revenge Game” against turnover-machine Carson Wentz? We wish this game was in Philly, but otherwise, the combination of price, narrative, and matchup are too good to ignore.

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