NFL DFS Week 3 optimal lineup

Eddie Brown, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

Published in Football

Devising the perfect Daily Fantasy Sports strategy for the NFL can be a challenge, which is why I'm here weekly to assist.

On DraftKings, it's important to remember you're playing full-point PPR with bonuses if a player surpasses 300 passing yards, 100 rushing yards or 100 receiving yards.

Here is my optimal lineup for Sunday's $3.5 million Fantasy Football Millionaire contest, but it can be utilized as a foundation in other games and platforms.

All prices listed are courtesy of DraftKings with a $50,000 budget.

Last week's lineup netted $10, so I'm in the black $20 with an average score of 155.91 points through two weeks.

— QB: Kirk Cousins, Vikings ($6,900)


I'm targeting the highest game total (54 implied points) on the slate for the third straight week. Why fix it if it isn't broken? Nine of the last 11 games at U.S. Bank Stadium, including the playoffs, have seen at least 49 combined points scored. Both the Chargers and Vikings offenses move at warp speed, while both defenses appear to be feckless, so the volume should go to 11 for fantasy purposes. I'm building my stack around Cousins (the overall QB1 in fantasy through two games) because he's $600 cheaper than Justin Herbert, but either will provide a solid foundation for your lineup.

— RB: Travis Etienne Jr., Jaguars ($6,900)

Jacksonville is a heavy favorite and the Texans have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to running backs this season. This is a smash spot for Etienne after the Jaguars' offense struggled last week against the Chiefs in their home opener.

— RB: Kendre Miller, Saints ($4,300)


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