For NFL DFS this Sunday, there are a lot of options to choose from, and I want to narrow down the top end of the player pool here. These are players that should be core plays in tournaments due to their ownership and their overall upside for the price.
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
While Mahomes had a fantastic game on Sunday afternoon, I think that he could have had an even bigger one without a few key penalties that held him back. I also think that the lack of a running game, with both LeSean McCoy and Damien Williams being questionable to play, should provide Mahomes with even more upside.
If I am paying up at QB, I want Mahomes’ super safe floor and his ultra-high ceiling against a team that gave up over 300 passing yards to a rookie last week. There are a lot of cheap QBs worth considering, but if you have the money, take the sure thing in Mahomes on this slate.
Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers
Ekeler is not being treated like an elite running back even though he has shown his ability to score like one for two straight weeks. I understand the hesitancy surrounding Ekeler, but I expect him to continue to produce at a high level when he is on the field.
The Chargers are really reliant on his proficiency in the receiving game and in pass protection, which gives him a lot of avenues to get onto the field. I expect over 20 touches and at least five catches in this game, resulting in a nice floor and an elite ceiling in this matchup.
Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers
Curtis Samuel is going to be 1.5x his price in the next eight weeks on almost every single fantasy site out there, and I am willing to continue to ride this train until I get to my desired location. Samuel was incredible last Thursday night where he put on a clinic against Tampa Bay.
The issue is that Cam Newton could not throw him the ball well enough to make him have the breakout game he is capable of having. I expect more of the same for Samuel this week, but with better quarterback play aiding his fantasy outlook.
Devin Smith, Dallas Cowboys
I am going point chasing on this deep threat who faces the worst NFL defense that I have ever seen. The Dolphins are a joke of a football team right now, and I think that Smith should be able to get open more than one time down the field.
Smith is a former second-round pick who has had multiple ACL injuries that have derailed his career. Now that he is back with an NFL team, he has flashed a lot in the preseason and early this season. Smith should now take over the outside WR2 for Michael Gallup for the next few weeks.
Smith is elite on deep targets, and I think he has a real shot at connecting on multiple 50+ yard TDs in this matchup. If Dak Prescott can hit Smith a few times down the field, we should get a huge leg up on the field with Smith’s low price and ownership around the industry.
Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens
This is almost another point chase, but I think that this is more of a price play on most sites. Andrews has quickly become the clear top option for Lamar Jackson through two games, and I expect Andrews to be featured in this offense a lot moving forward.
There is no better game than this one to chase Andrews. This total is at 55, and I think it could get even higher before kickoff. Andrews projects to see six to nine targets in this game, and that is just too good to pass up, regardless of ownership.