So in honor of Baker Mayfield’s coming-out party this week, replacements will be the theme this week. Every player below has been elevated due to some change in the depth chart. It might be regaining their starting role, a temporary fill-in for an injured starter, or even a more permanent change. So when I realized we could fill an entire lineup with replacements, I decided to go whole-hog.
Just because these are replacements, please don’t think of them as “spare parts”. Every one of these players presents either great value or the potential for huge production.
The other beauty of this lineup is that on most sites it should give you some flexibility to make changes as you see fit. And speaking of making changes, let me know what you think of this format and/or the format of the previous two DFS pieces. We are probably going to rotate as I mentioned previously, but we want to make the format one you want. After all, we can make replacements too!
Week 3 Lineup: The Replacements
When I decided to go with the replacements theme, I definitely considered Shane Falco references or references to the Replacements “All or Nothing” album. But I decided to spare you those since we were already talking about replacement pieces. Anyway, onto the picks…..
QB Carson Wentz, Eagles (DK $6200)
Wentz is back and taking on a defense allowing quarterback the sixth highest completion percentage (73%). Let’s not overthink this, ok?
RB Latavius Murray, Vikings (DK $5800)
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With Dalvin Cook out, Latavius Murray should get the majority of the carries against a team tied for giving up the most rushing touchdowns. Again, not overthinking this.
RB Corey Clement, Eagles (DK $4300)
With this being Wentz’s first game back, I don’t think the Eagles want him dropping back to pass 40 times on Sunday. Against the Colts, the Eagles should not need to, and with Ayaji out, expect Corey Clement to have a strong day.
WR Keelan Cole and WR Dede Westbrook, Jaguars (DK $5600 and $4600 respectively)
Marqise Lee went down in the preseason but the Jacksonville aerial assault has not missed a beat. Tennessee has given up the second most fantasy points to wide receivers. These two receivers should combine for over 200 yards and least a couple touchdowns.
WR Tyler Lockett, Seahawks (DK $5300)
Something tells me that Doug Baldwin is going to fall short of some of the bolder predictions made by some of us here. But I can’t shake the feeling that Russel Wilson gets on track this week and Tyler Lockett finally shows why Seattle likes him so much.
TE Zach Ertz, Eagles (DK $6800
We know Wentz loves throwing to his tight ends, especially his buddy Zach. We have plenty of savings elsewhere. I am happy to spend up for one of the costliest TEs on the board this week.
Flex Tevin Coleman, Falcons (DK $6100)
Unlike Clement, Tevin Coleman is one of the replacements I have preferred over the starter for years. Coleman had over 100 rushing yards and four catches last week. Consider that the minimum that he does this week, especially given that this game has one of the highest O/Us of the week.
DST Vikings (DK $4300)
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The Bills offense has 23 points in two games. Going with the various replacements over studs gives us plenty of salary cap room to go with the obvious pick at DST. Is three times too many times to say don’t overthink it?
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