Want to know the latest trends, matchups and injury news? We've got you. Want to know where the public has money this week? We've got you. Want to know which teams to play, whom to roster in DFS or whom to pick in your Eliminator pool? We've got you there, too. Here's everything you need to know as you prepare for your fantasy football matchups and potential bets on the NFL games this weekend.
Matt Bowen's matchups to exploit
WR Justin Jefferson vs. Chargers' man-coverage schemes: Through two weeks, the Chargers have played the most man coverage in the league (68.9% of opponent dropbacks), with a mix of Cover 1 and 2-Man. Look for the Vikings to use motion and formation variations to give Jefferson free access off the ball to attack the L.A. secondary.
QB Patrick Mahomes vs. Bears' Tampa 2 defense: The Bears have played Cover 2 on 37.3% of opponent dropbacks this season, the highest total in the league. With two safeties deep, expect Andy Reid to have pass game answers here, creating coverage voids for Mahomes to work the intermediate levels of the field.
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Mike Clay's Eliminator Challenge advice
Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals: The Cowboys appear to be one of the league's top teams and, while we'll have plenty of opportunities to use them this season, their best projected win probability for the rest of 2023 falls here in Week 3. Their 91% win probability is also tops in the league this week, just ahead of the Chiefs (89%) and 49ers (89%). The 0-2 Cardinals are one of the favorites for the first overall pick in next year's draft and shouldn't be much of a threat to a superior Dallas team this Sunday.
Follow Clay's Eliminator Challenge advice all season long and read more here for other tips for Week 2.
Al Zeidenfeld's DFS plays
The Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Chargers game provides the highest total on the week (54), the fastest projectable pace of play and superstar players who correlate with one another, and it will be an extremely powerful and popular way to attack tournaments this week. Double stacking with either Justin Herbert or Kirk Cousins is Route 1 in Week 3, but you'll need to find value plays to wrap around those core stacks while also focusing on players with a lower percentage of the field to bring down your cumulative lineup percentage. Value plays such as Tank Dell ($3,600) and Isiah Pacheco ($5,400) can help you fit the premium stackable players while also being less widely held by the field.
More DFS plays here.
Seth Walder's biggest edges from ESPN Analytics
Dallas Cowboys D/ST anytime touchdown (+470 at FanDuel): This is as good of a defensive touchdown situation as you can possibly imagine. The best defense in the league against... Josh Dobbs and the Arizona offense? Dallas is going to get up big, the Cardinals will get desperate, and that's when pick-sixes happen. My model makes the fair price here +365, so you're getting nice value at this price.
De'Vondre Campbell under 8.5 tackles + assists (-125 at DraftKings): Campbell is coming off a 14-tackle game, but I have him projected for just 7.4 this week. One reason? His playing time is down. After playing 100% of defensive snaps in most games last season, he has played 74% and 83% in his two this year, respectively. That's the kind of thing that makes the difference.
David Purdum's Action Report
The two largest favorites on the board -- the Kansas City Chiefs and Cowboys -- were both attracting lopsided early action at DraftKings. The Chiefs (-12.5) had garnered 76% of the money on the spread in their game against the Bears. However, veteran Las Vegas bookmaker Chris Andrews of the South Point said the shop took influential money on the underdog Bears early in the week.
Andrews added in a text message to ESPN that he saw early sharp action on the Vikings, Browns, Texans, Saints, Broncos, Commanders, Falcons, Raiders and Buccaneers.
The Cowboys, who were 12.5-point favorites on the road in Arizona, had attracted 90% of the spread money at DraftKings as of Thursday. Double-digit road favorites this early in the season are rare. In the past 20 seasons, the only time a road team has been a favorite of at least 11 points within the first three weeks of the season was 2019, when the Patriots beat the Dolphins 43-0 as 18-point favorites.
Road teams are 19-13 straight-up this season and 20-10-2 against the spread. The 19 outright wins is the most for visiting teams in the first two weeks since 1983.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Las Vegas Raiders: Caesars Sportsbook opened the line at pick 'em Sunday night. The line grew to Raiders -2.5 on Tuesday. "Lot of that had to do with what happened Monday night [when the Steelers beat the Browns 26-22]," Adam Pullen, assistant director of trading for Caesars Sportsbook, said on the company podcast. "A lot of people were not impressed with [Steelers QB] Kenny Pickett. That makes sense why the Raiders are 2.5-point favorites."
Erin Dolan's 'Dolan Out Winners'
Chiefs -13 vs. Bears: The Bears are a mess on offense and defense. The offense has averaged only 18.5 points per game, and Alan Williams resigned as defensive coordinator this week. The Bears have lost 12 straight going back to last season, allowing 25 or more points in all 12 of those games. Justin Fields is 0-3 ATS as a double-digit 'dog and now faces an explosive Kansas City offense that should be better than it has been the past two games.
Kirk Cousins over 291.5 passing yards (-117) vs. Chargers: Cousins is averaging 354 passing yards per game this season, and just 9.3% of the Vikings' total yards have come from rushing, the fifth-lowest mark through two games since 1950. The Chargers have allowed the most passing yards per game to opposing QBs through the first two weeks. Tua Tagovailoa going for 466 passing yards in Week 1 didn't help. I think Cousins can air the ball out.
Anita Marks' NFL Confidence picks
New England Patriots at New York Jets under 37 points: The Pats' defense has owned Zach Wilson, and I see much of the same Sunday. Both coaches will play it conservatively, and the game will be played in a tropical storm scheduled to hit the area at game time.
Tennessee Titans +3.5 at Cleveland Browns: Mike Vrabel as an underdog is dangerous. The Browns lost Nick Chubb, and Deshaun Watson is a shell of his "Texans self." Short workweek for Cleveland as well, coming off a disappointing loss to the Steelers on Monday night.
Los Angeles Rams +3.5 at Cincinnati Bengals: With or without Joe Burrow, this Bengals team has issues. Meanwhile, the Rams are better than what we expected. Matthew Stafford, even without Cooper Kupp, has some fun new weapons to play with.
Tyler Fulghum's Pigskin Pick'em plays
There are some compelling games to pick in Week 3 for Pigskin Pick'em, The loser of the Chargers/Vikings game is going to be staring at an 0-3 hole to start the season, and Vegas thinks it's a literal coin flip! Can any of the surprise 2-0 teams (Washington, Atlanta, Tampa Bay) move to 3-0? Good luck this week!