25 Sep Stromme’s Selections: Striking Draftkings Gold, Week 3 Picks
By: Mike Stromme
Man, last week was ROUGH! A.J. Green, Gary Barnidge, Jonathan Stewart all failed to come through! Had big shares in those guys… Anyways, It’s a new week this week! Let’s get those cash games into the black this week!
Here’s a look back at this season’s average points per position:
QB: 26.52 (Gold: 35.11, Silver: 27.03, Bronze: 17.43)
RB: 16.09 (Gold: 16.45, Silver: 7.93, Bronze: 23.9)
WR: 14.78 (Gold: 12.97, Silver: 15.95, Bronze: 15.43)
TE: 7.06 (Gold: 1.6, Silver: 10.0, Bronze: 9.6)
D/ST: 8.67 (Gold: 9.0, Silver: 8.0, Bronze: 9.0)
24-Karat Player of the Week: Cam Newton
Fool’s Gold: A.J. Green, Emmanuel Sanders, Jonathan Stewart, Gary Barnidge.
Let’s make like Taylor Swift and shake, shake, shake that one off. Week 3 is a new challenge, let’s get at this!
Gold: Ben Roethilsberger, Pittsburgh Steelers ($7,300)
In what should be a high-scoring all Pennsylvania affair, Big Ben should play a major role. While the defensive front in Philly is much-improved, the secondary is still suspect at best. A strong Steeler O-Line should hold-off the pass rush enough for Ben and Antonio to hook-up early and often. This one will be a fun one to watch.
Silver: Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers ($6,700)
No, Keenan, no Woodhead, no Gates(?)? No problem. The injuries to this Charger offense should scare off enough players from taking Phillip Rivers in most contests. However, you shouldn’t be afraid to start him. He and his Chargers are going up against a depleted and porous Indy defense. This game should have tons of scoring, so get behind Captain Phillip, he knows the way.
Bronze: Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles ($5,500)
Almost everything I said about Big Ben applies to the Wentzylvania Wagon. We should see a ton of points in this game. Like the Eagles, the Steelers have some concerns in the secondary. Wentz should find Matthews multiple times in a game where the Eagles will try to keep-up with this prolific Steeler offense. At $5,500, you really can’t go wrong.
Gold: Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams ($7,100)
This one is a total gut-feeling, but I think this is the game the REAL Todd Gurley stands-up and delivers. No Robert Ayers or Lavonte David for the Bucs, the Rams are dying to get this running game humming on all cylinders. And personally, I think this game might be that surprise barn-burner of the week. There was 50+ points total scored between these two teams last December, the rosters haven’t changed that much. I have a feeling that Gurley will enter the end-zone not once, but twice. That’s right, A double-dong folks!
Silver: Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers ($5,800)
Like I mentioned above, get as many players going up against the Colts as you can. They’re hurting on that side of the ball, and aren’t exactly stalwarts when healthy to begin with. With Woodhead done for the season, I can see an uptick in playing time for Gordon. He had the double-dong in Week 1, why can’t he be productive in a downright juicy matchup this week?
Bronze: Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins ($4,000)
With Arian Foster missing this game due to injury, Ajayi assumes the role as the feature back for the Miami Dolphins. In the offseason, the Dolphins mentioned that whether it was Ajayi or Foster, they wanted a workhorse-like back. With Foster out of the picture, Ajayi becomes that back. The Browns were one of the worst teams against the run last season, while they’ve improved a little bit so far in 2016, they’re due to relapse. With the Dolphins projected to be winning this game by a wide margin late, I’m guessing that Ajayi will get some nice garbage-time carries. Well worth the value.
Gold: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers ($9,600)
All the reasons why I’m telling you to start Roethlisberger apply to Antonio Brown. Needless to say, he’s Ben’s target numero uno. Expect big things from AB this Sunday.
Silver: Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars ($7,500) Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($7,000)
Personally, I feel like that Baltimore-Jacksonville tilt will be a high-scoring affair. The Jags are closer to the team we saw in Week 1 than the team that failed to show up in San Diego last week. Robinson has averaged 10 targets a game from Blake Bortles this season, look for to be aimed at early and often against a susceptible Ravens secondary… Like I mentioned in the Todd Gurley breakdown above, the last time these two played turned into a high-scoring affair. Evans had 9/157/0 on 17 targets! The Rams have some injuries in the secondary to boot. Look for Evans to have a day!
Bronze: Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings ($5,100), Mike Wallace, Baltimore Ravens ($5,000), Kenny Britt, Los Angeles Rams ($3,900)
Anyone else see how many times Sam Bradford looked in the direction of Stefon Diggs? This week, he gets to go against an inexperienced Carolina secondary. At $5,100, it’s too good to pass up… I’m not gunna lie, I thought Mike Wallace was done last season, he’s had a career renaissance through two weeks with Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens. He’s reached the end zone three times in two games and has been targeted six times each week. He’s worth a shot in a game that figures to have a ton of points… Again, I like this LA-TB game for points. Britt has 16 targets through two games and had a long touchdown the last time these teams played.
Silver: Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions ($3,700)
He had a couple of touchdowns called back due to penalties last week. The Packers have given up a touchdown to tight ends in both games this season (Julius Thomas, Kyle Rudolph). Let’s make it three in a row with Ebron.
Bronze: Jordan Cameron, Miami Dolphins ($2,900)
More of a gut feeling with this one, but I have a feeling that Cameron does some damage against his former team. The talent is there and the price is right. Worth a flyer if you’re looking to get thrifty at the tight end position.
Silver: Bengals ($2,800)
Let’s face it, Trevor Siemian isn’t exactly the most talented QB in football. In fact, he might be the least physically gifted QB starting today. Pair that with a starting tackle in Donald Stephenson and one of the best blocking TEs in football Virgil Green out, going up against a nasty Bengals defensive front, look out. The Bengals should force their fair share of turnovers this Sunday.