Tue, Oct 15, 2019

With FanDuel hosting a $3M Sunday Million and DraftKings hosting a $4.25M Fantasy Football Millionaire, nailing your NFL DFS strategy in Week 3 is critical. It’s all about squeezing the most out of every salary cap dollar you have and optimizing your lineup. Chargers running back Austin Ekeler has been an NFL DFS dynamo, with 63.7 points on DraftKings the first two weeks as Melvin Gordon continues to hold out. But can Ekeler be trusted this week against J.J. Watt and the Texans, who allowed just 12 points to the Jaguars last weekend? Or is it time to look at another strong pass-catching running back stepping into an expanded role like the 49ers’ Raheem Mostert against the Steelers? Before you set your Week 3 lineups on daily Fantasy sports sites like DraftKings and FanDuel, see the Week 3 NFL DFS picks from SportsLine’s Mike McClure.

McClure is also a predictive data engineer at SportsLine who uses a powerful prediction model that simulates every minute of every game 10,000 times, taking factors like matchups, statistical trends and injuries into account. This allows him to find the best NFL DFS values and create optimal lineups that he shares only over at SportsLine. They’re a must-see for any NFL DFS player.

McClure rolled through the 2018 NFL season, cashing in the top 5 percent of tournaments on FanDuel and DraftKings multiple times. His optimal lineups cashed as high as the top 0.1 percent on FanDuel and as high as the top 1 percent on DraftKings. Then in Week 1 of the 2019 season, he was all over Seahawks running back Chris Carson as he returned almost 4x on DraftKings. 

McClure cashed in on his FanDuel and DraftKings lineups in Week 2 thanks to standout performances from players like Tyler Boyd (10-122), Christian Kirk (6-114) and Patrick Mahomes (443-4). Anyone who has been following him has seen some huge returns. Now, McClure has turned his attention to Week 3 of the NFL season and locked in his top daily Fantasy football picks over at SportsLine. 

One of McClure’s top Week 3 NFL DFS picks is Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey at $8,900 on FanDuel and $8,700 on DraftKings. McCaffrey struggled in a rain-soaked loss to the Buccaneers last week on short rest, but he’s had three extra days off heading into Week 3 and the volume will be there for him to make a major impact.

The former Stanford star has 47 touches through two weeks and generated 262 total yards and a pair of scores already. He’s running more authoritatively, with seven broken tackles after recording 15 during the entire 2018 season. His ability to create additional yards by breaking or evading tackles against an Arizona defense that is allowing 4.6 yards per carry should create a tournament-winning ceiling for McCaffrey in Week 3. The Ravens gashed the Cardinals for 5.5 yards per carry last week and rushed for nearly 200 yards. Lock in McCaffrey as one of your top NFL DFS picks for Week 3.

Part of McClure’s optimal NFL DFS strategy for Week 3 also includes rostering Bills receiver John Brown at $5,500 on FanDuel and $5,900 on DraftKings. 

Brown caught seven of eight targets for 72 yards in Sunday’s 28-14 win over the Giants. He led the team in targets against New York and showcased his big-play ability throughout Sunday’s contest, averaging over 10 yards per reception. He’s a threat to break a big play every time he touches the ball, and Brown has a mouthwatering matchup in Week 3 against a Cincinnati defense that is giving up over 400 yards per game thus far this season. The Bengals have coughed up rock solid receiving lines to players like Deebo Samuel (5-86-1), Marquise Goodwin (3-77-1), and DK Metcalf (4-89) already.

Overall, the Bengals gave up three receiving touchdowns in last week’s blowout loss to the 49ers and two more in Week 1. Brown is a complete steal at this price point, so lock him in for Sunday’s NFL DFS slate.

McClure is also targeting a player who could go off for tournament-winning numbers in Week 3 because of a dream matchup. This pick could be the difference between winning your tournaments and cash games or going home with nothing.

So who is DFS pro Mike McClure putting in his optimal NFL DFS lineup for Week 3? Visit SportsLine now to see the full optimal tournament lineups from a professional DFS player who has almost $2 million in career winnings, and find out.

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