OwnersBox NFL DFS: Week 3 Picks

OwnersBox NFL DFS: Week 3 Picks

This article is part of our DFS NFL series.

OwnersBox heads into the 2021 NFL season with yet another innovative fantasy product sure to enhance the typical DFS experience. OwnersBox's SuperFlex contests provide participants with a chance to roster up to two quarterbacks per lineup, opening up the opportunity for major scoring boosts and a more entertaining fantasy sweat overall.

Each week of the NFL regular season, RotoWire will break down multiple appealing candidates for OwnersBox's Sunday slate NFL SuperFlex DFS contests. 

Quarterback

Russell Wilson, SEA at MIN ($7,800)

I'm going to stake a big claim in a potential Seahawks-Vikings shootout with my two main QB picks, and there's plenty of evidence to support the notion of a high-scoring game unfolding. That would naturally benefit Wilson, who's already thrown for 597 yards and six touchdowns without an INT through two games, posting 33 and 27 fantasy points against the Colts and Titans, respectively. Wilson has achieved those gaudy totals without even getting his usually stellar ground game going, too, as he has just 25 rushing yards on the season.

The Vikings have allowed 294.0 passing yards per game and a whopping 9.3 yards per attempt through the first two games, along with an NFL-high 77.8 percent completion rate. Minnesota has also given up over five yards per carry and a rushing TD to quarterbacks over the first two games and massive 149 and 144 passer ratings in the deep left and deep right passing windows, respectively – a terrific sign for a quarterback like Wilson, who's already completed eight passes of over 20 yards, including four completions over 40 yards.

Kirk Cousins, MIN vs. SEA ($6,600)

Cousins is the other half of the QB equation for the Seahawks-Vikings tilt that has a projected total of between 55 and 55.5 points at multiple sportsbooks. The veteran has been in strong form over the first two games against the Bengals and Cardinals, generating a 5:0 TD:INT ratio, along with 595 passing yards. While head coach Mike Zimmer would undoubtedly love to limit his QB's attempts to a good bit less than the 40.5 Cousins has put over the first pair of contests, a leaky Vikings defense makes that unlikely this week.

The good news for Cousins' fantasy prospects is that the Seahawks haven't exactly been adept at slowing down opponents either. Seattle is allowing 271.5 passing yards per game, along with a solid 7.0 yards per attempt and a 66.7 percent completion rate. There's some synergy to take note of between where the Seahawks have proven most vulnerable defending the pass and where Cousins has enjoyed his most success through two games – while Seattle allows 124 and 119 passer ratings when targeted in the short/intermediate and deep middle passing windows, Cousins has generated nearly identical 128 and 119 figures himself when throwing to those respective areas of the field.

ALSO CONSIDER: Patrick Mahomes, KC vs. LAC ($8,400); Lamar Jackson, BAL at DET ($8,200) 

Running Back

Derrick Henry, TEN vs. IND ($8,100)

Henry is going to be rostered through the roof following his Week 2 performance versus the Seahawks, but he's worth eating the chalk if you can afford him in Week 3. Henry pummeled the Colts into submission over two meetings a year ago, averaging 6.1 yards per carry on his way to 281 yards and three touchdowns.

Henry gained 178 of those yards and scored all three touchdowns in the most recent contest against Indy back in Week 12 of 2020, and the Colts check in allowing 120.5 rushing yards per game and surrendering an NFL-high 5.3 adjusted line yards per carry and a robust 4.8 RB yards per tote through two games.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC vs. LAC ($5,800)

Edwards-Helaire should be all but a forgotten man in tournaments this week after a nationally televised fumble against the Ravens that capped off a non-descript 46-yard rushing night in which he didn't log a single target. However, CEH carries a salary that very much minimizes risk, and he's certainly proven capable of breaking out for big performances before.

L.A.'s stingy secondary has given up just 177.0 passing yards per game through the first pair of contests and the Chargers have had success holding Mahomes in check the past couple seasons. In turn, the Bolts have yielded 162.0 rushing yards per game and 5.5 RB yards per carry through two weeks, upping the chances Edwards-Helaire draws a more robust workload in this spot.

ALSO CONSIDER: Dalvin Cook, MIN vs. SEA ($8,000); Ty'Son Williams, BAL at DET ($5,500)

Wide Receiver

DK Metcalf, SEA at MIN ($6,900)

The various weaknesses of the Vikings pass defense were already spotlighted in Wilson's entry earlier, and it's worth noting Minnesota has allowed five TDs to wide receivers and a 73.2 percent catch rate to the position through two weeks. The Vikings' previously cited struggles defending the deep areas of either sideline also bode very well for Metcalf, who's yet to really get going while amassing a modest 16 and 11 fantasy points over the first two games, which could make him lower rostered than usual. Metcalf is still commanding a hefty 30.8 percent of the Seahawks' targets and 32.8 percent of the team's air yards, so it's only a matter of time before the breakout game comes.

Julio Jones, TEN vs. IND ($6,100)

One player who's no longer waiting on his first big performance of the season is Jones, who racked up 128 receiving yards on six catches in the Week 2 shootout with the Seahawks. Jones has now logged a solid 14 targets through two games, and his average figure in that category should begin nudging upward the longer he plays with Ryan Tannehill. Jones sets up well for a good encore performance Sunday, as the opposing Colts have allowed 255.5 passing yards per game and 9.6 yards per attempt through the first two games, along with a 69.8 percent completion rate. Indy's secondary was exploited by Cooper Kupp in Week 2, and Jones could similarly thrive.

Marquise Brown, BAL at DET ($5,200)

Brown has rather quietly gotten his 2021campaign off to an encouraging start, bringing in 12 of 16 targets for 182 yards and two touchdowns. The solid catch rate and attention from Lamar Jackson are both very encouraging for the third-year speedster. Brown is dealing with an ankle injury as of Thursday afternoon, so that will naturally have to be monitored; however, if he does suit up, he'll be in excellent position to continue his early-season ascent versus a Lions defense that's surrendered 269.0 passing yards per game, an NFL-high 10.2 yards per attempt and a 75.5 percent completion rate through two weeks.

ALSO CONSIDER: Calvin Ridley, ATL at NYG ($7,000); Marvin Jones, JAC vs. ARI ($4,900)

Tight End

Darren Waller, LVR vs. MIA ($6,700)

Much like Henry, Waller is one of the biggest chalk plays at his position, yet he's still worthy of consideration, especially considering the discount one gets when rostering him over tight-end salary pace-setter Travis Kelce. Waller brings as much upside as his Chiefs counterpart and has opened the season with 15 receptions for 170 yards and a touchdown on a hefty 26 targets. The Dolphins roll out a pair of intimidating cornerbacks in Xavien Howard and Byron Jones, meaning that there should be plenty of action filtered toward Waller against a Miami defense that's given up a 10-90-1 line to the position through two weeks.

Rob Gronkowski, TB at LAR ($5,600)

Gronk's inclusion, especially at his modest salary, likely needs little explanation after his first two games. The future Hall of Famer has already produced a 12-129-4 line through two games, and his team's passing game will find itself in a similar situation to Waller's Raiders in Week 3. With the Rams featuring the ball-hawking duo of Jalen Ramsey and Darious Williams and giving up a measly 9.3 yards per catch to wide receivers through two games, Gronk could be called on to fill another robust role, especially when also factoring in the Bucs could be down Antonio Brown (COVID-19) as well. Los Angeles has given up 12 catches to tight ends through two games and saw Jack Doyle generate a 5-64 line against them in Week 2, suggesting Gronk could be in line to expound on those types of numbers given his ability to get downfield.  

ALSO CONSIDER: Travis Kelce, KC vs. LAC ($8,000); Kyle Pitts, ATL at NYG ($5,100)

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Juan Carlos Blanco plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: DraftKings: jcblanco22, FanDuel: jc_blanco22, DraftPot: jc_blanco22, FantasyDraft: jc_blanco22, OwnThePlay: jcblanco22.
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Winner of the FSWA 2016 Newcomer of the Year Award, Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports for over 20 years and covers NBA, MLB, NFL, CFL and Arena Football for Rotowire.com, including serving as the beat writer for teams in multiple sports. He has previously written for KFFL.com and remains an avid season-long and daily fantasy player in multiple sports as well.
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