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Week Three DFS Don’ts: Kicker and Defense

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As we advance further into the season, expect my pieces to get more straightforward. Kickers and Defenses are important. They can make up for a bust at another position, or, the wrong one can keep your lineups from cashing. Let’s get right into our kicker and defense edition of week three DFS Don’ts.

Younghoe Koo: $4,500

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Younghoe Koo has proven to be unreliable as a clutch kicker thus far in his young NFL career (Courtesy of; NY Daily News).

I usually reserve this spot for one of the most expensive kickers on the slate. However, I could not resist talking about Younghoe Koo. Aside from the fact that he’s bad, I really wanted to type his name in an article. In two games, he’s missed a game-winning and a game-tying field goal. One of those kicks was in Denver, which is the most kicker friendly outdoor stadium in the league.

I’m all about paying down. But, you have to avoid players who miss when given the opportunity. Koo has already proved that he isn’t a reliable kicker. Missing two field goals in two games is unacceptable for fantasy purposes. There are plenty of other options this week at his price and at $200 above it. Please keep him off your lineups, as he’s a lock for my week three DFS Don’ts.

Seattle Seahawks: $4,900

The Seattle Seahawks are in trouble. I don’t want their defense because that means I have to take their offense as well. They barely managed to squeak out a win over the below average 49ers. Why? Because their offensive line is so bad that they could not consistently move the football. Seattle is clearly the better team, but they refuse to invest in their offensive line. This allows inferior teams like the 49ers to stay in the game because they can consistently get off the field on 3rd down.

This weekend they will travel to Tennessee. The Titans are by no means a juggernaut. However, they do have one of the better offensive lines in the NFL. They will be able to sustain drives with Marcus Mariota being frugal with the football. This game will be close at halftime. But, the Titans will break away in the late third and early fourth quarter. For example, Seattle is currently 22nd in the NFL on third down percentage. Tennessee is 9th in the NFL, converting 48.1% of third downs. The Titans will wear down this Seattle defense since they will constantly be on the field.

Tampa Bay buccaneers: $4,600

Tampa Bay will be this week’s Rams defense. Don’t. Chase. Points. The Buccaneers had a great match up at home against a bad offense. Sam Bradford, even if he’s not 100% healthy, is superior to Mike Glennon. Yes, this defense is talented. Yes, they are a good value this week. However, there are subtle differences in week three that you need to take into account.

This Buccaneers defense is impressive in terms of their roster and depth. For the most part, this is the same defense from a year ago. This same defense struggled on the road. On the road in 2016, this Buccaneers defense only averaged 5.75 fantasy points.

They were pretty good at creating turnovers on the road in 2016. After their first two road games, the Buccaneers averaged two turnovers per road game the rest of the season. Key word, after, their first two road games. This team travels to Minnesota on Sunday where they will likely face Sam Bradford, an incredibly accurate passer who doesn’t turn the ball over. It’s rare that I like a road defense and this week is no different. Don’t go chasing points this week the Tampa Bay defense.


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