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DraftKings Fantasy Football Sleepers: NFL DFS Pivot Picks for Week 3

Garion Thorne goes position-by-position to find overlooked players on Week 3’s main slate, which locks at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sept. 27.

It’s hard to know what a sleeper even is anymore when it comes to Fantasy Football, but, for the purposes of this article, we’ll use the term to mean an asset that’s likely to be undervalued heading into a given week. A player that’s going to be overlooked when it comes to ownership, yet one that has a reasonable path to make people regret that decision. Someone who might set your lineup apart from the pack in a GPP, if you will.

With that in mind, let’s go position-by-position for an early look at Week 3’s slate on DraftKings.

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Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles, $6,200

Burrow is in a unique situation on this Sunday’s 13-game slate. The top-end of the quarterback pricing list is absolutely stacked with duel-threat QBs in reasonably enticing spots, while most people searching for a “value” option might try to turn to the likes of Ryan Tannehill ($5,900) or Mitch Trubisky ($5,700) in plus matchups below $6K. That could leave the first-overall pick with a lower ownership than warranted after a three-touchdown performance on Thursday night in primetime. We know one thing for certain when it comes to Burrow’s DFS value: Volume isn’t going to be an issue. Thanks in part to the Bengals running the league’s second-highest paced offense through two games, the LSU product enters Week 3 leading the NFL in drop backs (112) and attempts (97). I’d look for that trend to continue as a road underdog in Philadelphia, which could be a fortuitous script considering the Eagles just allowed 9.6 yards per opponent pass attempt in Week 2’s loss.

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Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans at Minnesota Vikings, $7,800

Alright. Raise your hand if you were burned by “Derrick Henry Chalk Week” on DraftKings. Now, raise your hand if you want to go back to Henry this Sunday versus the Vikings. I know that I technically can’t see who did what with their hands, yet I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that Henry won’t be a particularly popular play in Week 3. Not only did Henry leave a sour taste in the mouths of a lot of people, but with the amount of RB injuries we saw last weekend, there’s enough obvious value on this slate where prospective owners are going to try and pay down at the position. To me, that’s a mistake. For as good as Henry is, his fantasy viability is still as subject to script as any other running back in the league. It just so happened, on the Titans’ four red zone scoring drives against the Jaguars, the aforementioned Tannehill threw for a touchdown to end each one. It’s not like it was at the expense of Henry goal line carries, either, as Tennessee ran but a single play inside Jacksonville’s five-yard line. Henry simply ran into some unlucky sequencing. I’ll take my chances that it doesn’t happen in two consecutive weeks, especially with an asset that garnered 25 touches and a pair of targets on Sunday. It’s also a nice matchup, with the Vikings having surrendered a whopping 5.13 adjusted line yards per opponent carry in 2020.


John Brown, Buffalo Bills vs. Los Angeles Rams, $5,700

With Josh Allen’s ($6,900) salary continuing to rise, Brown might provide a more fiscally responsible path to getting some exposure to the Bills’ passing attack in Week 3. Plus, while Stefon Diggs ($7,000) is the receiver coming off the huge performance versus the Dolphins, this feels like a Brown game. Brian Daboll showed in Week 2 how Buffalo might look to exploit secondary matchups this season, consistently picking on rookie CB Noah Igbinoghene after a first quarter injury to Byron Jones. Well, with the expectation that Jalen Ramsey is going to be shadowing Diggs, that might leave Brown as the preferred target. It’s not like the 30-year-old is a charity case, either. Brown comes into this meeting with Los Angeles having run 85 routes through two games — the sixth-most of any WR in football — and, at 3.75 PPR fantasy points per touch, Brown’s also been one of the most efficient high-volume wideouts in the league. This could be a sneaky spot for him to thrive.


Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team at Cleveland Browns, $3,700

I’d say Thomas’ projected Week 3 ownership is going to follow a similar path to Henry’s, but at least we all have a history with the inconsistent RB. For Thomas, he was bust last Sunday with no prior relationship, and one that hurt even worse with the performances of Jordan Reed ($4,000) and Mike Gesicki. I’d expect most people to move on pretty quickly, maybe without realizing that Thomas is still sitting third-overall in targets (17) at the position, only trailing the likes of Darren Waller ($5,700) and Travis Kelce. That’s not the type of volume you can turn your nose up at, especially with a matchup against Cleveland on the horizon. Through two games, no team has conceded more targets to opposing TEs than the Browns (24). If Thomas can find the end zone like in Week 1, suddenly he’s everyone’s favorite new toy once again.

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