DFS 3 and OUT 2017 WEEK 3

By Bob Harris
Bob Harris

Three DFS players I'm investing heavily in for tournament (GPP) play this week. ... And one I'm not.

I'm in:

Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts
With Dwayne Allen now a Patriot and Erik Swope recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery, Doyle is essentially the last man standing at tight end in Indianapolis. And even with Andrew Luck nowhere to be found, Doyle, who caught 59 passes on 75 targets for 584 yards and five touchdowns in 2016, already has 10 catches on 11 targets for 120 yards in two games this season. Eight of those 10 catches came (on eight targets) with Jacoby Brissett under center against the Arizona last Sunday. Brissett is starting again this week against the Browns, who rank 31st in the league in fantasy points given up to tight ends (after giving up two TD passes to Pittsburgh's Jesse James in the opener and allowed Ravens tight end Ben Watson to catch eight passes last week). And Doyle’s price ($3700 on DraftKings, $5300 on FanDuel) is right.

Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins
Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker may be the big names in Miami's wide receiving corps, but as BleacherReport.com's Doug Farrar noted this week, there's no better deep threat on the team than Stills. He led the Dolphins in 2016 with 19 targets and nine catches on passes of 20 or more yards for 380 yards and eight touchdowns. And those skills put him in good stead with Jay Cutler, who can be a solid deep-ball passer. Drawing nearly 15 percent of the targets so far this season, Stills ($3800 on DraftKings, $5100 on FanDuel) is getting enough action to get the job done against the Jets. Not surprisingly, he's way cheaper than his teammates, Parker ($5300 on DraftKings, $6500 on FanDuel) and Landry ($5400 on DraftKings, $6800 on FanDuel) and likely to be much lower owned.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos
Like last week with Carolina's Kelvin Benjamin, Buffalo's 5-10, 190-pound cornerback E.J. Gaines will be at a severe size disadvantage against the 6-3, 229-pound Thomas. Thomas is excellent at using his body to gain position, and Gaines will have to be sound in his technique. And the same holds true for 5-11, 192-pound rookie CB Tre'Davious White, who will face a similar size disadvantage when Thomas comes to his side of the field. In addition to the favorable coverage, Thomas's QB, Trevor Siemian, already has two career four-touchdown games and two career three-touchdown games in 16 career starts. If the Broncos protect him and produce in the run game, Siemian's production will remain consistently good and Thomas ($5900 on DraftKings, $7100 on FanDuel) will be a big part of it. And yes, I'm hoping the two TDs that went Emmanuel Sanders' way last week, wind up in Thomas' hands this week.

I'm Out

Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
So far this season, Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes has limited opposing receivers to seven catches for 86 yards. Considering he spent most of the first two games (70 percent of his snaps, per ESPN) going up against New Orleans' Michael Thomas and Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown, that's saying something. With Rhodes shadowing him most of the game last Sunday, Brown caught only three passes for 28 yards. Assuming Rhodes shadows Evans this week, those counting on the third-year wideout might be disappointed when all is said and done. Remember, a strong Vikings pass rush will also be a factor here. Given the cost ($7800 on DraftKings, $8600 on FanDuel), I'll be looking elsewhere.