Here we go with the Single Game NFL DFS slate for Sunday Night Football of Week 3. Tonight’s matchup is between the Rams and Browns, as LAR is listed as a 3.5 point road favorite with an over/under of 47.
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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Jared Goff - QB - LA Rams
Goff hasn’t impressed through his first two games of this season, and his splits are usually worse on the road. So why is listed as a top pick on this slate? Cleveland’s defense is vulnerable with CB Denzel Ward, SS Morgan Burnett, FS Damarious Randall, and OLB Christian Kirksey all likely out. CB Greedy Williams is banged up too, but he’ll have a chance to play. That could be enough to get the Rams’ QB going in this primetime draw, and it certainly gives him a fantasy boost to propel him towards MVP consideration.
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Odell Beckham Jr. - WR - Cleveland
Beckham is another MVP candidate on this slate, as he has been fantastic with 13-232-1 on 21 targets through two games. That’s with Baker Mayfield’s shaky play at quarterback, so imagine OBJ’s fantasy ceiling if his QB found a rhythm. The game script lends favorably towards Beckham drawing double-digit targets again, even though the matchup doesn’t look great on paper.
Nick Chubb - RB - Cleveland
Chubb is too good to ignore in this single game slate, as he’s a true workhorse running back with the skill set to break off a long run at any given moment. The fact that he has seen four targets in each of the first two games serves as a nice little bonus. The game flow and matchup aren’t ideal in this spot, but I fully expect Chubb to see 20+ total touches, which goes a long way given the lack of opportunity cost for a single game contest.
Gerald Everett - TE - LA Rams
I’m not expecting Everett to burst onto the scene here, but he should record another heavy snap rate (50 last week) with a handful of targets given that fellow TE Tyler Higbee has been ruled out. Who knows, maybe he’ll find the end-zone? Everett certainly has the profile that screams for red-zone targets (athletic 6’3” 239 lbs), and he’s a dirt-cheap commodity that will help you blend together the top targets.
At the time of writing this article, Higgins was still listed as questionable. If he plays, he’ll check in as Cleveland’s WR3 in a game where they should be slinging it. The same can be said for Ratley, who would serve as the Browns’ third receiver if Higgins can’t go. Higgins went 2-46 in Week 1, while Ratley posted a 2-50 line last week in his absence. That can be considered their floor moving forward, and the upside lies in more targets if LAR devotes their defensive resources to Beckham.
As mentioned earlier, Baker Mayfield (QB - CLE) has been very shaky to begin the season. It’s entirely possible that he turns things around in this primetime home game, but the matchup doesn’t look great on paper. His offensive line probably won’t improve either, and that’s a big problem. You could certainly look to combine Mayfield and Goff in this slate, but I’m siding with the Rams’ QB (for reasons listed above) when comparing them head-to-head.
Which version of Todd Gurley (RB - LAR) will we see tonight? He was vultured at the goal-line in Week 1, but the Rams gave him four carries inside the 11-yard line last week, per Hayden Winks’ Week 3 Fantasy Football Forecast. We can bet on Gurley to see around 15 carries and three or so targets out of the backfield, and I believe he’ll be the first choice for goal-line attempts, assuming he’s fresh at that stage in the drive. In other words, he's a solid addition to any DFS line in this single game slate.
Cooper Kupp (WR - LAR) is my favorite receiver of the Rams, as Goff has peppered him with 19 targets through two games (12-166). Due to those aforementioned injuries in the Cleveland secondary, the Browns may be vulnerable in the middle of the field - where Kupp does most of his work. Gurley is probably the safer choice for a similar salary, but Kupp is a legitimate option (great for tournaments), especially on full PPR sites.