In this article, we will go position by position, highlighting my favorite plays for both cash games and single-entry/three-max GPP contests. These plays are also viable in large field tournaments but do not focus on ownership percentages.
NFL DFS Cash Game + Single-Entry GPP Locks
NFL DFS Quarterback Picks
Josh Allen ($8,200 DraftKings, $9,000 FanDuel) Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins
This will not be long, as you likely don’t need me to tell you that Josh Allen is the best quarterback play on the slate, but let me just illuminate you on why that is for one second. The Bills have scored eight offensive touchdowns so far this season, guess how many Allen has accounted for? That’s right, all eight! No quarterback accounts for more of his team’s touchdowns than the Bills’ signal caller, as they truly have no interest in running the ball, nor are they that effective when they try.
This week he gets a Miami defense that was just gashed by Lamar Jackson for 318 yards through the air, 119 yards on the ground, and four total touchdowns. Buffalo is expected to have WR Gabriel Davis back for this contest, which only makes its offense that more horrifying.
Allen would likely be closer to $9,000 on DraftKings if Week 3 pricing came out after he eviscerated the Titans on Monday night.
This game has the highest total on the slate, setting up Allen to destroy once again. No need to overthink this.
Jalen Hurts (7,600 DraftKings, $8,100 FanDuel) Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Commanders
Hurts also played on Monday night, otherwise, he would be priced where Josh Allen is priced. He went nuclear against Minnesota, throwing for 333 yards and rushing for an additional 57 while posting three total touchdowns (two rushing). Washington got lit up by Jared Goff last week for four touchdowns, and this Eagles offense is absolutely clicking on all cylinders right now. Hurts’ floor, much like Allen’s, is so high due to his rushing ability, and when you’re getting two rushing touchdowns from your quarterback, it’s just so hard to make up those points elsewhere.
The Eagles have a very healthy 27-point implied team total in this game, putting Hurts on the short list of cash game options this week.
The $600 difference between him and Allen might be quite important, so one could not fault you for dropping to Hurts in a spot where you need the salary.
NFL DFS Running Back Picks
Leonard Fournette ($6,500 DraftKings, $7,200 FanDuel) Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Green Bay Packers
Fournette’s role has been absurd to start the year, as it’s abundantly clear Tampa Bay does not trust any other running back to play significant snaps. Uncle Lenny has seen 45 of the team’s 53 running back rush attempts while also receiving a team-leading 19 targets. For some reason, he’s only $6,500 on DraftKings this week, despite Mike Evans being suspended and Chris Godwin already ruled out.
It’s also possible Julio Jones sits this one out as well, and we know it’s much easier to attack Green Bay on the ground than through the air. Expect another massive workload for Fournette in this spot, with much more efficiency than he showed last week. Green Bay just got gashed by David Montgomery (more on him in a second) for 122 yards on just 15 carries.
If you fade Fournette in cash games this week, it may be time to find a new hobby.
David Montgomery ($5,900 DraftKings, $7,100 FanDuel) Chicago Bears vs. Houston Texans
As just mentioned above, Montgomery looked great last week against the Packers, averaging over eight yards a carry while catching both of his targets for 14 yards. After Khalil Herbert siphoned off nine carries in Week 1, his workload was reduced to just five total touches last week, as it’s clear Chicago wants to feature D-Mont.
Houston has gotten gutted on the ground to begin the season, allowing 177 and 149 in its two games to begin the season. We know the Bears have no interest in letting Justin Fields sling it around, as he has the fewest pass attempts in the NFL, meaning we can expect a heavy dose of Montgomery in a home game where the Bears are actually three-point favorites.
At just $5,900 on DraftKings, he is way underpriced for his role.
NFL DFS Wide Receiver Picks
Stefon Diggs ($7,700 DraftKings, $8,300 FanDuel) Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins
Along with Leonard Fournette, Diggs is by far the most underpriced player on the entire slate, as he also got the benefit of playing on Monday night after pricing already came out. He would be priced right alongside Cooper Kupp, Justin Jefferson and Davante Adams, otherwise, as the former Maryland product is coming off a 12-catch, 148-yard, three-touchdown masterclass against the hapless Titans
Diggs ranks top-three in the NFL in both yards and targets per route run, and he’s about $1,500 too cheap in what could turn into a shootout.
Even with Gabe Davis expected back, it’s really hard to fade Diggs at this price point.
Amon-Ra St. Brown ($7,200 DraftKings, $7,800 FanDuel) Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings
St. Brown has been a monster so far this season, posting a combined 17 catches for 180 yards and three touchdowns. He has 12 targets in both of the Lions’ games this season and even had two rushing attempts last week, which he turned into 68 yards.
He ranks third in the NFL in target market share, trailing only Cooper Kupp and A.J. Brown, and with the aggressive style in which the Lions play, his floor and ceiling both are incredibly high. Detroit’s defense is absolutely brutal, in turn leading to a ton of potential shootouts, which should be the case this week in what looks like a get-right spot for the Vikings offense.
Jared Goff only has eyes for St. Brown it appears, and while his price remains palatable like it is this week, he will continue to rank among the best WR plays on the week, regardless of matchup.
Breshad Perriman ($3,900 DraftKings, $5,300 FanDuel) Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Green Bay Packers
Tampa Bay is absolutely depleted right now in their WR corps, as Mike Evans will be serving his one-game suspension and Chris Godwin is already ruled out. Julio Jones is also listed as questionable for this game, leaving the only healthy Bucs receivers as Scotty Miller, Russell Gage, and Breshad Perriman.
Miller did just about zero on his eight targets last week, and we know Gage has absolutely no explosiveness, leaving Perriman as the lone threat. Against the Saints last week, he posted a 3/45/1 line on five targets.
Green Bay has a tough pass defense, but Tom Brady has to throw to someone, and Perriman is just $3,900, putting him firmly in play in all formats.
NFL DFS Tight End Picks
Tyler Higbee ($4,500 DraftKings, $5,700 FanDuel) Los Angeles Rams @ Arizona Cardinals
Higbee is about as high as I would pay for a tight end on cash builds this week. He’s seen the second most targets on the Rams behind Cooper Kupp and has been very involved in the offensive game plan through the first week weeks. He posted seven catches for 71 yards against the Falcons last week and was a yard away from a touchdown as well.
He ranks second among tight ends in target share and third in routes run. Arizona is dead last in fantasy points allowed to tight ends through the season’s first two weeks after giving up a 6/50/1 line to Darren Waller last week and an 8/121/1 line to Travis Kelce in Week 1.
Irv Smith Jr. ($3,100 DraftKings, $5,000 FanDuel) Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions
If you prefer to pay down at the position, which is usually the way to go about things, look no further than Smith Jr., who played very well against the Eagles in Week 2, posting five catches for 36 yards and a touchdown on eight targets. He would likely be priced in the upper $3,000 range if pricing came out after Monday, so we get a decent discount in a great spot against the Lions.
The target tree is incredibly condensed for Kirk Cousins as we know, and Smith gets targeted quite often in the red zone as well.
He’s a nice way to save salary this week.