Here we go with the Single Game NFL DFS slate for Monday Night Football of Week 3. Tonight’s matchup is between the Bears and Redskins, as Chicago is listed as a 5 point road favorite with an over/under of 41.
We’ll highlight the top picks and best bargains to assemble a cash-inducing lineup. On top of that, the “additional notes” section will feature several tournament selections while adding context to the rest of this slate.
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David Montgomery - RB - Chicago
The Bears feature a run-heavy approach, and that should remain the case with Chicago checking in as five-point favorites in this Monday Night Football matchup. That’s a great sign for rookie RB David Montgomery, especially considering Washington allowed 6.3 yards per carry last week against Dallas. As Hayden Winks broke down in his Week 3 Fantasy Football Forecast article, Montgomery took 18 of 25 carries last week, and he has handled all of Chicago’s rushing attempts inside the five yard line (4). With his volume trending up for this promising matchup, along with a lack of opportunity cost on this single game slate, Montgomery is an excellent pick worth MVP/Captain consideration.
Mitchell Trubisky - QB - Chicago
Trubisky has been pretty terrible to begin the season while averaging 7.4 FPPG over the first two weeks. To be fair, facing Green Bay and Denver doesn’t set up for fantasy success, but you’d like to see a glimpse of competency from the Bears’ QB. If he can’t make some noise against this Washington defense, then we can officially press the panic button. Carson Wentz (313-3) and Dak Prescott (269-3) were able to shred Washington in previous weeks, and this is a strong “get right” spot for Trubisky. That goes a long way in this otherwise murky single game slate.
Vernon Davis - TE - Washington
Jordan Reed is still out for Washington, so Vernon Davis should maintain another healthy snap rate. He has seen 11 targets with seven receptions, 88 yards, and a touchdown (two games) in that role, and this seems like a spot where QB Case Keenum will rely heavily on his safety valves. Davis is somewhat touchdown-dependant, but he’s a respectable bargain filler for those looking to round out their single game lineups.
I’ve already mentioned several times how desperate this slate is for legitimate fantasy options. That really starts to set in when the kickers from both sides are listed as featured recommendations. Eddy Pineiro is the better lift of these two, assuming he’s given the green light while dealing with a knee injury. The Bears have a higher team total with a better chance to move the ball against a softer Washington defense. Although the fantasy ceiling is lower than similarly-priced skill players, you could argue that Pineiro and Hopkins are safer DFS picks than guys like Tarik Cohen (RB - CHI), Paul Richardson Jr. (WR - WAS), and Trey Quinn (WR - WAS).
Case Keenum (QB - WAS) has to be mentioned due to a lack of opportunity cost tonight, even though the matchup is brutal against Chicago. Keenum should see plenty of volume as a five-point underdog without much of a running game to support him. However, I’m looking towards Trubisky in an easier draw when decided between these two quarterbacks.
Chris Thompson (RB - WAS) is a legitimate bargain candidate who probably deserves to be listed in that category above. I’m not forcing him into any lineups, but if he fits in my last two spots, I’m all for it. Thompson leads Washington with 18 targets through the first two weeks, and he should see plenty of receiving looks when considering the game flow and lack of a legitimate rushing attack from his offense. It goes without saying that he’s a better option on full PPR sites.
Can the rookie Terry McLaurin (WR - WAS) keep it up? He has established himself as the top receiver for Washington, recording 10 catches (16 targets) with 187 yards and a pair of scores through two weeks. However, his salary has ascended as a result, and I’m not sure Keenum will be as efficient in this contest. “Scary Terry” is a tournament-only acquisition in my book.
I don’t think you have to pair Trubisky with a receiver, but Allen Robinson (WR - CHI) is the most logical choice if that’s your cup of tea. In fact, you could argue Trubisky, Robinson, and Montgomery for the same lineup. Robinson should see coverage from CB Josh Norman, but he’s still the best Chicago receiver in terms of targets and overall skill.
If you are looking for a deep (and cheap) tournament sleeper, then Taylor Gabriel (WR - CHI) could be your guy. The Bears haven’t been able to make anything happen on offense through the first two weeks, but this is a favorable matchup to finally hope for a breakthrough. If Robinson gets tangled up with CB Norman, Gabriel could find open space to make a big-play and provide an immediate return on his minimal salary.