DFS Three And Out 2016 week 2

By Bob Harris
Bob Harris I'm in:

Josh McCown, QB, Cleveland Browns
Yes, we all want a piece of the big New Orleans-New York Giants shootout this week. Drew Brees (7) and Eli Manning (6) combined for 13 touchdowns in their last meeting. Brees is coming off a 423-yard, four-TD passing game in a loss to Oakland. Manning was also productive last week and clearly has the weapons to put up huge totals against a still-struggling Saints defense. In addition, the winning team in the last four Giants-Saints games scored 48, 49, 52 and 52 points, making it the first time in NFL history two teams played four consecutive games in which the winner scored at least 48 points in each. So I get wanting to roll with either QB. That’s exactly why I'm going a different direction. But will I get the big totals with McCown? Remember, as the Cleveland Plain Dealer noted this week, the veteran signal caller played lights out in two games against the Ravens last season. In a 33-30 overtime victory in Baltimore, McCown threw for a Browns single-game record 457 yards with two touchdowns for a 111.3 rating. He also rushed for a TD. And it wasn’t an isolated success. In fact, that game marked the first time a Browns quarterback had thrown for 300 yards in three straight games, and McCown’s 1,154 yards over that stretch broke Brian Sipe's three-game mark of 1,038. In the rematch, a 33-27 Browns loss, McCown threw for 212 yards and earned a decent 80.2 rating, but he broke his collarbone and spent the final five weeks on injured reserve. Still, in those two games, he completed 64 percent of his passes for 669 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Better still, McCown is priced right ($5,000 at DraftKings, $6,000 at FanDuel). Feel free to stack McCown with Gary Barnidge ($4,000 at DraftKings, $6,000 at FanDuel), who averaged close to six catches, 80 receiving yards and a touchdown in eight games with McCown under center in 2015.

Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints
All right. I get it. You really, really want a piece of that Saints-Giants game. Snead ($5,800 at DraftKings, $7,200 at FanDuel) works for me. As ESPN.com pointed out, it's more than looking back to last week when Cowboys slot man Cole Beasley ate the Giants' secondary alive with eight catches for 65 yards -- although it's comforting to know Snead worked out of the slot on the majority of his snaps in Week 1. Even more encouraging, Snead’s nine targets last week tied Brandin Cooks giving both a team-high 23 percent share of Brees' throws. But the most telling stat is this: In his last 16 games, Sneak has 78 catches for 1,156 yards and five touchdowns. For perspective, ESPN's Matthew Berry pointed out this week that Jarvis Landry was WR15 last season with 1,159 yards and four touchdowns.

Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants
So I'm told everybody wants a piece of that Saints-Giants game. But does it have to be the passing side of things? Could there be a running back worth playing? Glad you asked, because I believe there is. In case you missed it, New Orleans allowed Oakland to gain 167 yards rushing last Sunday. Given that, I'll suggest those wanting to get in on this one look beyond the aerial hijinks and at Jennings ($5,600 at DraftKings, $6,300 at FanDuel). It's not just the great matchup (because it is a great matchup); it's also that Jennings leads the NFL in rushing (507 yards) and in rushes of 10-plus yards (15) since Week 14 of last season.

I'm Out

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints
Did I mention we all want a piece of that Saints-Giants shootout? I did? Okay then. Let's narrow that down. Don't we really want Brees? I do. You do. Everybody you know wants to play Brees. And a lot of them will. That’s the problem, right? Heavy usage and price ($8,200 at DraftKings, $9,200 at FanDuel) should make tournament players leery. You need to differentiate. You need to find a quarterback capable of putting up Brees-like numbers at a lower price. Josh McCown anybody? You get the idea. Brees is the most expensive quarterback in both the major contests this week. So it's not that I don't like him. It's that everybody likes him.