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Anyway, this article will focus on the more traditional salary cap DFS lineups that we’re all accustomed to. The best part about OwnersBox is their DFS product is a Superflex format with no defense.
I’ll be highlighting my favorite play at each position using our NFL projections inside our NFL Player Models.
NFL DFS Quarterback Pick
Patrick Mahomes ($7,800) vs. Chicago Bears
Given the salary structure on OwnersBox, there’s no need to get cute when selecting a quarterback. While Mahomes is the most expensive one available, he’s only a little bit more than the other top options and brings the highest median projection, ceiling projection, and floor projection of all quarterbacks this week. He’s also tied for the lead for the most projected points per salary with Geno Smith, who is also an option if you go with an affordable QB.
Mahomes and the Chiefs bounced back from their Week 1 loss to the Lions and beat the Jaguars on the road in Week 2. Getting Travis Kelce back from a knee injury helped Mahomes complete 70.7% of his passes (after just a 53.8% completion rate in Week 1). He threw two touchdowns and one interception in each contest while also adding 30 and 45 rushing yards in the two games.
In Week 3, Mahomes gets a great home matchup against the Bears, who have been beaten badly by Jordan Love and Baker Mayfield. Chicago has given up the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season, and since Mahomes is significantly better than the options they have faced, he should be able to find the space to put up a monster game.
The Chiefs have the highest implied team total on Sunday’s slate, so you’ll want to use the Superflex setup to get plenty of Chiefs in your lineup, starting with Mahomes. Travis Kelce is the obvious stack partner with Mahomes, and you can also consider Richie James and Justin Watson, especially if Kadarius Toney is limited or out due to his sprained toe.
NFL DFS Running Back Pick
Raheem Mostert ($5,600) vs. Denver Broncos
While the Dolphins’ passing game has definitely drawn plenty of deserved attention, don’t overlook how great Mostert has been in the first two weeks of the season. Mostert comes at a bit of a bargain on OwnersBox as the 15th-most expensive running back. He has the 10th-highest median and ceiling projections and brings the highest ceiling and median projection of any running back under $6K.
He also has the third-highest projected points per salary of the running backs on the slate behind just stud plays Tony Pollard and Bijan Robinson.
Mostert had a touchdown in Week 1 against the Chargers with 37 rushing yards, but in Week 2 against the Patriots, he exploded for 121 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Since that monster game was on Sunday night football, his salary didn’t change from Week 2 to Week 3, leaving him underpriced for this contest against the Broncos.
In the last two weeks, Mostert played 73% of Miami’s snaps, and he could be in store for even more work in Week 3. Salvon Ahmed (groin) is banged up, and Jeff Wilson (abdomen) isn’t eligible to return from the PUP list until Week 5.
This matchup against the Broncos should be a good spot for him to keep rolling since Denver’s defense has allowed 146 rushing yards and 114 receiving yards with two rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs over the first two weeks of the season. They have been one of the 10 easiest matchups for running backs, and Mostert should be poised for another big game, especially if more work comes his way. The Dolphins have the third-highest implied team total on the slate.
Throughout his career, the problem with Mostert in fantasy has been that he constantly seems to be battling injury, but so far this year, he has been very healthy and productive.
NFL DFS Wide Receiver Pick
Chris Olave ($6,400) at Green Bay Packers
Olave has the highest ceiling projection of all receivers priced under $6.5K on this week’s slate and is tied for 10th in points per salary along with his teammate Michael Thomas, who is a cheaper option if you’re short on salary. His big-play ability gives Olave the edge on Thomas, though, and also the eighth-highest ceiling projection of all receivers on the slate.
Only three wide receivers in the NFL have more targets than Olave through two weeks of the season. He has 21 targets and a 32.3% target share and obviously has a strong connection with new QB Derek Carr. Last season, Carr made Davante Adams a top fantasy option as the focus of his targets and is on his way to doing the same for Olave this year.
After eight catches for 112 yards in the season-opener, Olave posted six catches for 86 yards on Monday night in the Saints’ win over Carolina. There’s the potential for even more production since the 2-0 Saints have struggled in the red zone. Olave has yet to catch a touchdown, but that could definitely change this week since he’s getting so many opportunities.
The Packers don’t leap off the page as a great matchup for opposing receivers, but part of that is due to soft matchups against the Bears and Falcons, who lack dynamic passing attacks. They did let Drake London catch six passes for 67 yards and a touchdown as the WR1 last week, and Olave will look to put up even better numbers than that in what should be a fascinating NFC matchup at Lambeau Field.
NFL DFS Tight End Pick
T.J. Hockenson ($5,600) vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Both the Chargers and Vikings are 0-2 and desperately seeking their first win of the season. The Chargers’ pass defense has been a mess, so look for the Vikings to rely on one of their favorite options in the passing game, T.J. Hockenson. Hockenson is the second-most-expensive tight end on OwnersBox behind only Kelce, but he brings such a high ceiling that he’s worth considering, especially since the Superflex setup doesn’t force you to choose just one tight end option.
Hockenson’s salary puts him around wide receivers like Gabe Davis and Christian Kirk and running backs like AJ Dillon and his Vikings’ teammate Alexander Mattison. Given how consistently involved Hockenson is, he stands out as a reliable option in this salary range but still brings great upside as well.
In his two games, Hockenson has gotten eight and nine targets and produced seven and eight catches. In Week 2, he found the end zone twice as the Vikings tried to rally against the Eagles. He leads all tight ends in receptions and fantasy scoring this season and trails only Zach Ertz in targets.
Since this desperation matchup has the highest over/under on the board, there should be plenty of points available. You’ll definitely want some exposure to this contest, and Hockenson should be one of the first options to consider.