Week Three concludes with an NFC East matchup that will determine the leader of the division. The Philadelphia Eagles will be playing the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football. Philadelphia has looked great in both of their first two games. The Eagles dominated the Falcons in Week 1 and came close to defeating a San Fransisco 49ers team that has high expectations this season. The Dallas Cowboys lost a heartbreaker in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But Dallas won a close game against the Los Angeles Chargers last week.
These are two offenses that have shown the potential to be explosive. Both teams have dual-threat quarterbacks, playmakers on the perimeter, and a committee of running backs that could take over a game. Since it is a divisional matchup both teams are expected to lay it all out on the line to get a win. There will be a lot of opportunities for fantasy points to be scored in DraftKings DFS lineups. For those struggling to set their DraftKings lineups for tonight here are the best players to insert into lineups.
Captain: QB Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
DraftKings value: $14,700
There are a couple of great options for the captain slot this week and have the 1.5x multiplier. The player with the best odds of scoring the most points Monday night is Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts. Last week against San Fransisco Hurts showed that he can still have a great fantasy day with his legs when he struggles in the passing game. He is averaging 25.3 fantasy points per game which were the fourth-highest going into the week.
This is a great matchup against a poor Dallas Cowboys defense that is dealing with a lot of injuries and some COVID-19 issues. The Cowboys have given up the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Dallas will be without multiple defensive starters this weekend including Keanu Neal and DeMarcus Lawerence. This should increase Hurts’ odds of having a great game. The biggest obstacle for Hurts this weekend will be his offensive line. Philadelphia will be without starters Jordan Mailata and Brandon Brooks. This should mean more scrambles for Hurts when Dallas applies pressure to him in the pocket.
Flex: QB Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
DraftKings value: $11,200
Based on what Dak Prescott has shown in the past, last week feels like an exception to how he will play throughout the season. Prescott only had 237 passing yards and didn’t throw for a touchdown. That was because the Cowboys were able to beat the Chargers on the ground with their running back combo Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard. Under Mike McCarthy, Dallas have abandoned the run on multiple occasions. They have done it at times to a fault making their offense seem one-dimensional. It is unlikely that Dallas is run-heavy against the Philadelphia Eagles stout defensive line. In Week one against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers elite front-seven the Cowboys abandoned the run and threw the ball 58 times. Prescott scored 31.4 fantasy points in that game.
The Eagles have given up the second-fewest fantasy point to quarterbacks. But they have not played a quarterback the caliber of Dak Prescott. Philadelphia made additions to this secondary this offseason, but are still not a great unit. Amari Cooper’s health is a big factor in this game. But regardless of if Cooper is active or not Prescott should be throwing the ball often racking up fantasy points. He is also a threat to rush for a touchdown when they get in close.
Flex: WR CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys
DraftKings value: $9,800
It is early in the season, but it appears that 2020 first-round pick CeeDee Lamb has made his claim to be the number one wide receiver for a loaded Dallas Cowboys offense. In both games, he has had consistent targets and production. He leads the team with 24 targets. What stood out last week was that he was the only pass-catcher to have more than five targets and had more than double the amount of receiving yards than anyone else on the team. It looks great that Lamb was able to have great production even though in a game dominated by the team running attack.
Many think a major con for Lamb would be that he would see a lot of Darius Slay especially if Amari Cooper misses time. However, it was likely that Lamb was going to see a lot of Slay anyways. If anything it benefits Lamb that Cooper’s targets are now up for grabs. It was beneficial that both of them were splitting Michael Gallup’s targets after he landed on IR. Now it is extremely likely that Lamb sees over ten targets in this game. There is a great chance that Dallas uses Amari Cooper as a decoy and features Lamb as the team’
s primary playmaker. It would be foolish for Philadelphia to not give Cooper a lot of attention after how badly this has burned them in the past. This should open things up for Lamb to have a great game.
Flex: WR Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles
DraftKings value: $6,200
The head-scratching pick of the 2020 NFL Draft was when Philadelphia decided to take Jalen Reagor instead of Justin Jefferson with their first-round pick. In his second season with the Eagles. Reagor has been the team’s second-most targeted player in each of the Eagles’ first two games. He also showed the potential to be the burner-type receiver that Philadelphia drafted two years ago. In what should be a high-scoring game Reagor could benefit from a pass-heavy game script and the need for some big plays.
Being the number two receiver against the Cowboys could benefit Reagor in a major way this week. In both of Dallas’ first two games, second-year cornerback Trevon Diggs has shadowed both of the top receivers for the Buccaneers and Chargers according to ESPN’s Mike Clay. He held Mike Evans to two receptions for 15 yards on 38 routes. The following week he held Keenan Allen to two receptions for 72 yards on 19 routes. However Anthony Brown, the Cowboys’ number two cornerback, has up to four receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown to Antonio Brown on 27 routes in Week 1. Then the next week, Mike Williams had four receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown on 22 routes against Brown. Based on how Dallas plays, it is likely that DeVonta Smith will be shadowed by Trevon Diggs which is a tough matchup. While Reagor should see a lot of Brown who has given up the second-most fantasy points among defenders this season.
Flex: K Greg Zuerlein, Dallas Cowboys
DraftKings value: $4,000
When a DFS lineup is as top-heavy as this adding a kicker to the lineup is a great safe option to throw into the lineup. Greg “The Leg” Zuerlein has a brutal start to his season against Tampa Bay missing two field goals and an extra point. However, Zuerlein got right and finished the day with 12 fantasy points. The following week Zuerlein had ten fantasy points against the Chargers. A talented kicker like Zuerlein at $4,000 is a great play for DFS lineups this week because this game will likely be high-scoring and is extremely cheap. His average of 11 fantasy points per game would be great output for his price.
Flex: TE Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
DraftKings value: $2,200
Former Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz’s fantasy production has spiraled over the last couple of seasons. The once elite top-3 tight end is now considered the second-best tight end on his team. His past gives fantasy managers reason to select him last if they need a cheap player to round out their lineup. Ertz still has a role in this offense despite not being a featured threat anymore. Expectations should not be super-high because he has only had three receptions and four targets in two games. But the fan-favorite is always a threat to score a redzone touchdown. If Ertz were to finish the game with two receptions for 25 yards and a touchdown that would be outstanding production from a player with an extremely cheap price.
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