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Daily Fantasy Football QB Pick: Jared Goff – $5,900
Coming off his worst stat line of the season with 277 yards, a touchdown, and an interception that earned him 14.8 points, Jared Goff is a definite boom-or-bust option. However, this is a perfect matchup for him to bounce back in. Through the first two weeks of the season, Goff and the surprisingly efficient Lions offense proved they are legitimate fantasy threats and they are playing against a Seattle defense that has allowed 17 points a game to opposing QBs.
While D’Andre Swift‘s absence is a big question mark heading into the game, it may in fact lead to Detroit leaning on the passing game even more. If you’re looking to spend money elsewhere, this is your best option for a QB bargain below $6,000.
Other QB Options: Russell Wilson vs. Las Vegas Raiders ($6,700), Trevor Lawrence vs. Philadelphia Eagles ($5,700)
Daily Fantasy Football RB Pick: Khalil Herbert – $5,700
This is probably the best pick of the week. With David Montgomery officially ruled out, Khalil Herbert is likely to be the main runner for Chicago. After Montgomery exited the game against the Houston Texans, Herbert handled 60% of the offensive snaps finishing the game with 157 yards and two touchdowns. Not to mention that the Bears have the most run-heavy offense by an absolute mile. It’s also worth noting that when Herbert stepped in for an injured Montgomery last year, he rushed for 19.5 carries for 85 yards.
Oh, and did I mention that the Giants have the third-worst run defense, allowing 126 yards a game on the ground? This is an RB1 easily and you don’t have to spend more than $6,000 to land him. Absolute steal.
Other RB Options: Breece Hall vs. Pittsburgh Steelers ($5,400), Devin Singletary vs. Baltimore Ravens ($5,900)
Daily Fantasy Football WR Pick: Amari Cooper – $6,300
The most expensive player on this list this week but with his production, he is still a bargain. Amari Cooper has rebounded incredibly well after a rough Week 1, ranking third in target share percentage and leading in air yard share. Translation: Jacoby Brissett targets him often and deeply.
The Falcons have also allowed 39.9 points per game to opposing wide receivers and we’ve seen Atlanta go toe to toe with almost every opponent they’ve played offensively. We’ve also seen the Browns struggle against lesser teams so there’s a good chance that this game turns into a shootout and one that Cooper, and your fantasy football team, can certainly benefit from.
Other WR Options: Noah Brown vs. Washington Commanders ($4,900), Jahan Dotson vs. Dallas Cowboys ($4,300)
Daily Fantasy Football TE Pick: Pat Freiermuth – $4,200
Even for a bad game, Pat Freiermuth still finished second among Steelers pass catchers in receiving yards last week. This means that while Mitchell Trubisky remains the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Freiermuth is always capable of having a good game. He is absolutely a touchdown-dependent tight end, as many are at that position, but this is a very fair price for a top receiving target going against the inconsistent-at-best Jets defense.
Other TE Options: David Njoku vs. Atlanta Falcons ($3,700), Evan Engram vs. Philadelphia Eagles ($3,400)
Daily Fantasy Football FLEX Pick: Jamaal Williams – $6,100
As stated with the Herbert pick, any RB1 with a price tag under or around $6,000 is excellent value and that is exactly what we are getting here. Swift has been ruled out officially for their game against the Seattle Seahawks but that only increases what was already good value in Jamaal Williams.
The Lions clearly believe in the two-headed monster approach with Williams being their go-to goal line back. You may need to find a discount elsewhere but a lineup with Williams, Cooper, and Herbert is a tough matchup for your opponent(s).
Other FLEX options: Garrett Wilson vs. Pittsburgh Steelers ($5,400), Rashod Bateman vs. Buffalo Bills ($5,600)
Daily Fantasy Football D/ST Pick: Tennessee Titans – $2,500
This is admittedly the riskiest pick of the week even above Goff. The Titans defense has certainly been a fantasy football disappointment for those hoping Mike Vrabel would continue to be strong on that side of the ball. This defense went into the negatives against the Bills and managed a measly three points against the Raiders. However, despite their team struggles, the Raiders offense is no easy task and the Bills offense is, well, the Bills offense.
When the Titans played a weaker Giants team in the first week of the season, they put up a respectable nine points. The Colts are coming off an impressive upset against the Chiefs but even with the win, their offense still looked stunted at best. Indianapolis has allowed the third-most points to opposing defenses by giving up 12 sacks, four picks, and two fumbles so far this season. Even if the Titans don’t win this one and let up a fair amount of points, the stats should be on their side to make up for that.
Other D/ST options: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Jets ($3,600), Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers ($3,000)