DFS Core 4: Week 3

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September 20, 2019 by squish

Written by Gerry Leung

We had some pretty solid picks last week. Tyrell and Andrews both found the endzone on Sunday while Kupp racked up 120 yards through the air. The one downfall was Kamara and it didn’t help that Brees got injured early in that game. Overall it was a solid weekend in DFS and I hope you guys took advantage of some of my picks. Let’s continue it this week with another edition of the core 4.

Ezekiel Elliot RB – ($8900 DK/$8800 FD)

Since returning from his holdout it seems like the Cowboys are slowly easing Zeke in. In week 1 he played about 54% of the snaps and 76% in week 2. Kellen Moore came out saying that there will be no more cap on Zeke’s snap count. Expect him to eat against this Miami Defense which allowed 265 rushing yards to the Ravens and 124 rushing yards to the Patriots. Zeke makes a nice stack with the Cowboys defense this week. Even if this game does blowout, we expect Zeke to be doing most of the damage on the ground for them. Plug Elliot into your lineups and move on this week.

Austin Ekeler RB – ($7200 DK/ $7600 FD)

Although Ekeler doesn’t get the volume on the ground that we all wished he would, he makes up for it in the Chargers’ passing game. He has 12 catches on 13 targets through 2 weeks and they are without Tight End Hunter Henry. He brings an outstanding floor each week and looks to be Rivers’ favorite check down option. Ekeler’s work load is very similar to Alvin Kamara’s. When the saints faced the Texans in week 1 Kamara posted 13 carries for 97 yards and 7 catches for 72 yards and a TD. Expect a very similar outcome for Ekeler this week.

Greg Olsen TE – ($3700 DK/$6100 FD)

We are going straight back to the well here and targeting Tight Ends against the Cardinals. They failed miserable to cover Mark Andrews last week and I don’t see that changing this week with Olsen. I’m not worried that Newton is missing this game. The Cam Newton we saw last week looked awful yet Olsen still finished with 6 catches on 110 yards. Through 2 weeks the Cardinals have given up 3 TDs to Tight Ends. They’re looking like a strong weekly streamer for Tight Ends this year. Given his cheap price tag, I’m willing to take a chance on Olsen this week in a juicy matchup.

James Washington WR – ($3500 DK/$5200)

Before you all start ripping me to shreds on my Donte Moncrief call this year, the process was still correct. Moncrief played on 90% of snaps in Week 1 and was heavily targeted against the Patriots. His issue was dropped balls. Week 2 he saw 32% of before getting basically benched. Note Big Ben also left this game with an injury. So the projected volume was there in the first week and even in preseason when he was running with first team offense. Nobody projected Moncrief to have the yips this season, but in comes second year wide out James Washington.

Mason Rudolph and Washington have some great chemistry together. The 3 years together at Oklahoma State Washington racked up 198 catches for 4016 yards and 33 touchdowns with Rudolph under center. In the previous 2 preseasons, Washington has caught 17 passes for 366 yards and 3 touchdowns with most of that coming from Rudolph. There is no doubt they have elite chemistry and with Moncrief benched expect Washington to take on a bigger role. He looks like a great value this week in DFS and should be low owned across all formats.

Being successful in DFS comes down to your ability to identify news, matchups, and value. Each week, I’ll go through my top 4 core plays highlighting players with the most volume and value. While things may change leading up to kickoff, please be sure to check lineups following injuries or inactives. Good luck this week and feel free to hit me up on twitter with any questions @GK_Leung.

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