Welcome back for another week of cashing in here at Razzball. I am here with your weekly DFS-focused article laying out my favorite options to target at each position for the Sunday daily fantasy sports (DFS) main slate. This article goes position by position, giving you my favorite pay-up option and my favorite pay-down or dart-throw option at each position to help you build out a winning DFS lineup.
I use DraftKings (DK) pricing as a point of reference to seek out some values, and the goal is to help you “double up” in a 50/50 cash game with solid plays. Of course, you can use the dart throws to try to win the guaranteed prize pool (GPP) tournaments, but at the end of the article, I give you my “double up” lineup using the players discussed in this article. So, let’s get right into it, build this lineup, and make some money.
Pay up – Patrick Mahomes – $7,900 – I like a bunch of these top-tier quarterback’s matchups this week. If you are going to pay up at QB, you can play Josh Allen, Mahomes or Jalen Hurts. I like Mahomes, who sits in the middle of the trio price-wise in a matchup against a struggling defense. Mahomes gets Indy this week, a team still without Shaq Leonard, still banged up in the secondary, and just allowed Trevor Lawrence to light them up last week. Zaire Franklin and EJ Speed at linebacker should slow down the run game, putting the ball in Mahomes’ hands to take advantage of the secondary. Mahomes should be able to throw for at least three touchdowns this week and be a solid “pay up” option in DFS this week if you go that route.
Pay Down – Jared Goff – $5,800 – I was tempted to go with Tua Tagovaiola here in a game that should be a shootout, but I think that Jared Goff could also have a sneaky shootout on his hands. The Lions’ offense has put up at least 35 points in each of the first two weeks, and they play a Minnesota team that has given up an average of 275 passing yards per game. The run game has really opened things up for Goff, and he has a really solid connection with Amon-Ra St. Brown. At this price, a 220-yard game with two touchdown passes gives us a triple return on our investment.
Pay Up –Dalvin Cook – $7,900– Taking a bit of a discount here off the top-priced backs on the slate, Cook sits under $8K with a solid matchup. I just talked about how this game has sneaky shootout potential, and Detroit has been getting gashed on the ground in their shootouts thus far. The Lions are giving up over 150 rushing yards per game and have also allowed five rushing touchdowns, so that should make Minnesota plan to keep Cook heavily involved in the game plan this week. I look for him to be involved early and often and put a lot of points on the board for our lineups.
Dart Throw – Tyler Allgeier – $4,400– Strictly a salary-saving dart throw option, Allgeier offers us a ton of upside at this price this week. We saw him make his debut last week, and he immediately led the team in carries. Atlanta does not want to use Cordarrelle Patterson as much as last season as a traditional running back, and they drafted Allgeier to play that traditional role. With Damien Williams going to the injured reserve list (IR), the door was opened for the rookie, and now he has an opportunity. If he gets the early down work and can break one off, or if he can get the goal line hard runs, he can find his way to his first NFL touchdown this week. If he finds the end zone, he could pay off handsomely as a dart throw at this price.
Pay Up – Stefon Diggs – $7,700 – Pretty much all of the top-tier WRs also have great matchups, so you can’t go wrong paying up for any of them. Cooper Kupp, Justin Jefferson, Davante Adams, Ja’Marr Chase and Diggs all have positive matchups and are some of the league’s best players. Diggs is the lowest priced of the group and is a $2,200 savings from the top-priced receiver. He is the same guy who has 24 targets and 20 receptions through two games and is coming off a 12 for 148 performance with three touchdowns. The connection with Josh Allen is legit, and I look for them to pick up where they left off last week against a Miami defense that allowed a lot of big plays against Baltimore last week and ranks 22nd against the wide receiver position.
Pay Down – DeVonta Smith – $5,200 – After a quiet week 1, Smith bounced back last week with seven catches on seven targets for 80 yards while putting up 15 fantasy points on DraftKings. He is getting a nice matchup this week against a Washington defense that ranks 28th against the wide receiver position and has allowed about 250 passing yards per game. While AJ Brown may be the alpha in Philly now, Smith runs more routes out of the slot, and THAT is where you can destroy Washington. Benjamin St. Juste may be the worst slot corner in the league, and he just got destroyed by Amon-Ra St. Brown last week. I look for Philly to take advantage of him, line Smith up against him and play that mismatch all game.
*Bonus Pay Down – Curtis Samuel – $5,100 – If it weren’t for the St. Juste matchup, I probably would have used Samuel as my pay down, so I don’t want you to miss out on him. Samuel has seen 20 targets in the first two games and is clearly a focal point of the Washington offense. You can play Smith AND Samuel and get a piece of both sides of this matchup this week.
Pay up – Travis Kelce – $7,900 – With great pay-up options at other positions, I will personally pay down at TE this week. If you are going to pay up, though, you can use Kelce and pair him up with Mahomes. I already said earlier that I think Mahomes will throw for at least three touchdowns in this matchup, and Kelce will undoubtedly have at least one of those. Indianapolis does not cover the tight end well, and Kelce will always be the prime target for Mahomes. I like saving some money on mid-tier options like Zach Ertz or Kyle Pitts this week, but Kelce is your pay-up option.
Dart Throw – Juwan Johnson – $2,900 – Here is another valuable dart throw based on the opportunity he is getting at a super cheap price. Johnson is seeing a ton of snaps for the Saints operating as their top tight end. He is playing 80% of the offensive snaps and running routes on 70% of his snaps. You LOVE to see that from a tight end, and he was targeted seven times by Jameis Winston last week as well. As long as he is priced this cheap and is out there running routes and keeping his quarterback’s attention, Johnson is very worthy of a dart throw in our lineups. If he catches a few passes and finds the end zone, he will pay off nicely for us.
Pay Down – Buccaneers – $3,100 – With so many solid players to pay up for this week, I’ll definitely look for a discount on defense. Tampa Bay is priced around the middle of the pack, has forced six turnovers, and has 10 sacks through two games. These playmakers can get points for us even in a tougher matchup.
Dart Throw – Jaguars = $2,300 – Don’t look now, but Jacksonville looks like a legit contender in their division. Their defense just shut out Indianapolis and has six turnovers and six sacks so far on the season. At this price, we only need seven points from them for a three times return on our investment, and they could do that against a banged-up Chargers offense.
JB’s Example “Double Up” Lineup:
That will do it for Week 3. Thanks for checking in, and I look forward to seeing you here every week to build out a winning DFS lineup. Make sure you check out all the fantastic new tools on Razzball.com and sign up for a FREE TRIAL of the Razzball tools subscription as you get ready to set the rest of your Week 3 fantasy lineups. You are always invited to follow me on Twitter @FantasyCoachJB and ask me any questions you may have. Good luck in your upcoming matchups, and I’ll see you in the winner’s circle!