Browns vs. Texans daily fantasy football projections
The Houston Texans (2-6) are traveling to the great state of Ohio to take on the Cleveland Browns (5-3) this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Along with this game having AFC playoff implications, there is still money to be made on the fantasy side of things. Here are the top choices at each position.
All prices based on DraftKings
Quarterback: Deshaun Watson- $6,900
Watson has the opportunity to be a top five scorer at his position this weekend. Despite having a less than ideal start to 2020, Watson has been on fire recently. He’s scored at least 24 fantasy points in each of his last four contests, landing him in the top ten for each of those weeks. With Cleveland allowing their opponents to average a whopping 68.1 plays per game and the total set high at 54, it is safe to assume one of these quarterbacks is going to benefit. It should be Watson with an offense more reliant on throwing the rock. Projection – 24 points
Running Back: Kareem Hunt – $6,700
Hunt has the potential to be a top-five scoring back this week even with Nick Chubb entering the fold. He has not lived up to expectations in Chubb’s absence only gaining a high of 86 rushing yards and 26 receiving yards during the last two games, but the Houston run defense is borderline pathetic allowing 1,159 rushing yards, which is the most in the NFL. That is a ton of yards and that leads the NFL even with them already having their bye week. Projection- 24 points
Wide Receiver: Will Fuller V – $6,700
We talked about Watson being the better option at quarterback, so it only makes sense to include his number one option as the best receiver. Fuller has top 15 scoring potential for his position and has appeared to knock off his feast or famine reputation as he has been a top-36 receiver in seven of the last eight games and even top-15 in three of his last five outings. The Browns haven’t exactly been shutdown either as they have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game for wide receivers. Projection- 20 points
Tight End: Austin Hooper – $3,900
It is not unrealistic for Hooper to be a top ten tight end this week after returning from an appendectomy that resulted in two missed games. Few have benefited from the bye week like Hooper as his target share percentage was steadily rising the last few weeks before the injury. His target share has gone from 5% to 17% to 23% to 27% and now he gets to face Houston who has allowed the eight highest catch rate to tight ends at 73.6% and the ninth- highest yards per target at 7.92 yards. Projection- 10 points
Diontae Johnson is flourishing with Ben Roethlisberger at QB and is the Steelers DraftKings player to start in Week 3 against Houston.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 2-0 and getting back to their balanced offensive attack with future of Hall of Fame quarterback Ben Roethlisberger healthy and resuming his climb up the NFL record books.
The Steelers returned to practice on Wednesday to prepare for the Texans in Week 3, and both wide receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) and Diontae Johnson (toe) sat out practice. Johnson currently leads the Steelers with 14 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown and with Pittsburgh facing a Texans defense that currently ranks 25th in defensive efficiency, the young wideout is the Steelers player to pick up in DraftKings’ DFS format.
Fantasy football managers on Draftkings and all platforms should not only roster but start the second-year wideout who led the team with 59 receptions last season, and has become one of Roethlisberger’s most reliable targets.
Johnson has reached double-digit targets in each of the first two weeks including eight passes for 92 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos last Sunday. Johnson and Smith-Schuster are looking like one of the top wide receiving duos in the league and the second-year pro should flourish while continuing to fly under the radar.
After Joe Burrow tossed three touchdown passes in a Week 2 loss, he’s is the one Bengals player you need to start in Week 2 on DraftKings.
Week 3 of the 2020 NFL season is upon us and the one Bengals star who has passed the eye test and is deserved of a must-start against the Philadelphia Eagles is quarterback Joe Burrow.
Burrow ($6,200) is a nice value option at 23 in the Week 3 quarterback rankings as he leads the NFL in attempts (97) through the first two weeks of the season.
Burrow’s most important fantasy attribute through two weeks is his innate ability to pick up yards with his legs, rushing for 65 yards and a touchdown thus far. Burrow is a must-start in Week 3 because fantasy scoring is based on a players’ individual performance. The Bengals star has 509 yards passing with 3 touchdowns and one interception. Last week, Burrow attempted 62 passes in the loss to the Browns, proving that Zac Taylor has full trust in his rookie quarterback. The Eagles struggled against Jared Goff and the Rams in Week 2, and even more importantly, they aren’t causing turnovers on defense, while allowing opposing offensive skill players to feast on mismatches in the open field. Add in the fact that the Eagles allowed 9.6 yards per Goff pass attempt in Week 2’s loss and it’s a recipe for fantasy success.
Burrow should perform solidly as a QB1 worthy start, with TE Drew Sample, WR Mike Thomas, and WR Tyler Boyd most likely to benefit the most.
After shredding the Texans offense in Week 2, Ravens star Lamar Jackson is the one Baltimore player you must start in Week 3 on DraftKings.
This week’s edition of Monday Night Football offers Game of the Year potential when the undefeated Baltimore Ravens host the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in a matchup of the past two NFL MVPs.
Both teams are heavy favorites to win the Super Bowl this season and it’ll be on the backs of their quarterbacks. Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes are the two most exciting signal-callers in the NFL and the 2020 matchup marks the third straight season they’ll face off against one another.
Jackson is the one Ravens player you need to start in Week 3 on DraftKings because outside of his all-world rushing ability, the 2020 version is producing historic passing numbers that are on pace to rewrite the NFL’s record books. Last week, Jackson became the first player in league history with at least 45 touchdown passes (45) and fewer than 10 interceptions (9) over his first 600 pass attempts.
In last week’s win over the winless Houston Texans, Jackson went 18 of 24 passing for 204 yards and one passing touchdown. Jackson did his part on the ground as well, carrying 16 times for 54, and amassing 254 total yards of offense.
The Ravens star has worked on his deep-ball accuracy since last season. Jackson has completed 58.3 percent (7 of 12) so far this year, up from the 39.5 percent he completed last season.
Jackson’s a must-play against the Chiefs’ defense because he has just one interception over his last 29 touchdown passes and Kansas City, susceptible to the pass, have also allowed 301 rushing yards so far in two games, while also struggling to create pressure or turnovers.
With the Washington’s pass protection not up to par, the Cleveland Browns defense and a special team is a must-start in Week 3 on DraftKings.
The Cleveland Browns are looking to build on their Week 2 success and the key to keeping the good vibes going is a Washington offense that is allowing a pressure rate of 28% on offense, something that should allow Myles Garrett and the Browns defense to feast in the Sunday matchup.
The Cleveland defense and special teams are the best Browns to start in Week 3 on DraftKings. The Washington Football team has allowed a sack on 9.9 percent of their passing plays so far this season, the third-highest mark in the NFL, and that was before losing Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff to injury.
After playing well in spurts against the vaunted Ravens offense, Cleveland will face a more inexperienced offense in Washington, that’s still working to develop continuity and an identity outside of Terry McLaurin.
For their part, the Browns have recorded a pressure on 28.6 percent of opposing dropbacks (No. 6 in the NFL), and with the Cleveland offense starting to find an identity with their two head monster at running back, the home team could find an early rhythm that forces The Football Team to turn into a one-dimensional passing offense.
That would allow Myles Garrett, Sheldon Richardson, and Larry Ogunjobi to pressure Dwayne Haskins, causing errant throws or much-needed sacks.
A.J. Green is going to benefit from both solid quarterback play and a struggling Browns’ secondary in Week 2.
With a Thursday Night Football matchup against the Cleveland Browns just hours away, veteran wide receiver A.J. Green is the Cincinnati Bengals’ must-start player. The Bengals are looking for their first win after a hard-fought 16-13 season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Joe Burrow played well in his debut, logging a 23-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter, while finishing 23 of 36 for 193 yards with one interception and no touchdown passes. A stronger performance from the rookie passer should make Green the biggest benefactor.
Green returned from a lost 2019 season and had a solid debut against a strong Chargers secondary, reeling in five catches for 51 yards. The most inspiring stat was his team-leading nine targets and a touchdown reception called back by penalty. It’s obvious that Burrow and Green have strong initial chemistry and they’ll match up against a banged-up Browns secondary that suffered injuries on Sunday and could be susceptible to the big play on a short week of preparation.
The Browns have already ruled out cornerbacks Kevin Williams and Greedy Williams.
Green was targeted twice in the end zone last week and the matchup is supremely favorable for Green, as the Browns allowed four end-zone targets in Week 1.
Add in the fact the Browns allowed the second-most plays of 15 yards or more to the wide receiver position last week, and the Bengals star is a must-play on the outside.
J.K. Dobbins is the one Ravens player you need to start in Week 2 on DraftKings
The Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans face off in Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season, a week after both starting quarterbacks had polar opposite debuts.
The Ravens started off their 2020 campaign by exacting swift revenge on their division rival Cleveland Browns, while the Texans, without DeAndre Hopkins, had no answer for Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.
With Baltimore having a boatload of fantasy football options, rookie running back J.K. Dobbins is the Ravens’ must-start player for this week on DraftKings with a reasonable salary of $5,100.
The Ravens running back situation is a bit complicated coming off a 2019 season that saw Baltimore set the single-season record for most rushing yards by a team. The weaponry was upgraded when Baltimore got a steal with Dobbins in the second round, adding him to a hard-running backfield that already included Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards.
The Ravens did the bulk of the damage to Cleveland through the air on Sunday, but Dobbins’ ability to find paydirt makes him a must-have asset this week. Dobbins made the most of his opportunities by rushing for two scores and most importantly, he ended up with more snaps than Ingram last week, while also cementing his status as the Ravens’ goalline back moving forward.
Benny Snell is coming off a great performance in relief of James Conner.
The Pittsburgh Steelers officially got their swagger back on offense and all it took was the return of a future Hall of Famer and the team’s all-time passing leader Ben Roethlisberger.
In Sunday’s season-opening road win over the New York Giants, Benny Snell Jr. played the role of workhorse back in relief of an injured James Conner, rushing for 113 yards on 19 carries in Sunday’s win.
With Connor’s status uncertain going into Week 2 against the Broncos, expect Snell ($4,500 DraftKings salary) to receive plenty of attention on the waiver wire and a healthy number of carries. The Broncos gave up 116 yards on the ground to Derrick Henry on Monday night and once Roethlisberger opens the passing lanes early on, it’ll allow Snell to exploit Denver’s defense.
Snell poses an interesting dynamic as a pass-catcher, as well, making him a must-start on Sunday.
If Connor’s injury lingers, Snell, who’s already owned by 16% percent of DraftKing participants, could see his value and cost rise as the Steelers increase his usage rates.
Hooper is going up against a Bengals defense that allowed 73 yards to tight end Hunter Henry last week, first among all Chargers pass-catchers.
The Browns’ showdown with the Bengals Thursday will be the first of three straight favorable matchups for quarterback Baker Mayfield, who needs a statement performance. To get that, he’s going to look to tight end Austin Hooper, this week’s must-start in daily fantasy football from DraftKings.
Odell Beckham has the potential to have a big game in Week 2, as Bengals left cornerback Darius Phillips struggled in coverage against Chargers star Mike Williams, but with he and Mayfield still not on the same page,
Hooper is going up against a Bengals defense that allowed 73 yards to tight end Hunter Henry last week, first among all Chargers pass-catchers.
With the Browns focusing on a committee approach at running back between Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, and tight end David Njoku now on injured reserve with a sprained MCL, Hooper has an excellent chance to lead the Browns in targets this week.
Hooper serves as a low-end TE1 while Njoku is sidelined, and he offers the best upside for Cleveland pass-catchers until Mayfield and the Browns offense truly figure out their identity and pecking order.
Look no further than the reigning MVP as the best Ravens bet for Daily Fantasy in Week 1.
The 2020 NFL season is upon us and for Baltimore Ravens fans that means seeing if the reigning NFL MVP can run it back. Jackson was named the 2019 NFL MVP at NFL Honors in February after the Raven star signal-caller earned all 50 first-place votes, making him only the second unanimous MVP in NFL history (Tom Brady 2010).
Fans and experts alike have been clamoring for fantasy football for months and we’re just days away from the Ravens hosting the Browns in the season opener. With multiple options on offense to choose from, Jackson is the obvious choice for the one Baltimore player you have to start on DraftKings fantasy site.
Jackson is the No. 1 ranked fantasy quarterback on DraftKings with a salary of $8,100, while the Browns defense is looking to gel and take the next step in a division that has seen the Steelers and Ravens dominate.
With Jackson under center, the Ravens averaged an NFL high 31.9 points per game but did struggle in the Ravens’ Week 16 win over the Browns in Cleveland.
The Browns defense was average last season, ranking 17th against the pass and 30th against the run, and will be forced to deal with Jackson and two monster running backs in Mark Ingram and the rookie JK Dobbins. With so much attention on the running game, look for the Ravens to utilize the passing game, focusing on tight end Mark Andrews and ever bulked up Marquise Hollywood Brown.
Jackson had two monster offensive performances against the Browns last season, posting fantasy points of 33.8 and 26.48 DraftKing points in his two games against the Browns last year. With the talented Miles Boykin and rookie, Devin Duvernay joining the madness, look for Jackson to explode in the season opener.