WEEK 3 PICKS: Dalton Comes Up Big

Spotting opportunities that others miss is important for PickChamps’ players each week, but it’s paramount in Week 3. Many teams look at these games as make-or-break moments, and they’ll do whatever they can to keep a winning streak alive, or turn the tide on a losing season. Here are a few players to watch as we tune into Sunday’s games.

Andy Dalton (QB) will have at least 300 passing yards

Baltimore is desperate for a win, but hosting the high powered Cincinnati Bengals offense won’t make it easy.

This is a Ravens defense that allowed 351 passing yards to Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders (let that sink in for a minute). Carr was 30 of 46 for 351 yards and three touchdowns, including a game-winning touchdown drive in the final minute.

Dalton has more experience and many more weapons at his disposal than Carr, and is used to seeing the Ravens’ defense. Without Suggs, Dalton should have plenty of time to pick apart the secondary for major yards.

Suggestion: 25 Points x 2.63 Offer = 65.75 Return

Jimmy Graham (TE) has at least 7 receptions

Seattle’s prized offseason acquisition has gotten off to a somewhat rocky start with the Seahawks.

We knew the big tight end was going from a high volume passing game to a run-based offense, but quarterback Russell Wilson has 71 pass attempts in two games and Graham has just 10 targets.

That will change this week. Seattle surely recognizes his lack of production and will look to get him involved early, but it’s what’s happening off the field that makes us even more confident in this Pick. Graham has reportedly started rumbling about his involvement, and in a prime example of “squeaky wheel gets the grease,” the Seahawks will feed their tight end.

Suggestion: 25 Points x 2.17 Offer = 54.25 Return

T.Y. Hilton (WR) will have fewer receiving yards than Donte Moncrief

With Hilton hobbled, we’ve seen Moncrief earn the bulk of the targets from Luck, and he’s looked good with his chances. Moncrief has 19 targets in two games and has turned them into 13 receptions for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Expect Moncrief to be the top option against the Tennessee Titans on a short week where Hilton might not be back to full strength.

Suggestion: 15 Points x 6.06 Offer = 90.90 Return

Richard Sherman (DEF) will have at least 1 interception

Chicago is expected to be without starting QB Jay Cutler, which means Jimmy Clausen will be commanding the Bears’ offense. Taking on a vaunted Seattle defense isn’t going to make his job easy. To put it bluntly: interceptions are likely, if not expected. Sherman, if they throw his way, should secure at least one of Clausen’s errant throws. And remember, this is an offense likely without top receiver Alshon Jeffery, as well. Don’t overthink it—put some points on this Pick and move on.

Suggestion: 10 Points x 5.00 Offer = 50.00 Return

Carlos Hyde (RB) will have at most 50 rushing yards

One of the biggest surprises of Week 1 was Hyde rushing for 168 yards against the Minnesota Vikings. He came back down to earth the following week with 13 carries for just 43 yards, although he did suffer an injury and missed time in the game.

Hyde reportedly cleared concussion tests for this week but was diagnosed with a leg contusion. Still, San Francisco coach Jim Tomsula has said Hyde should be ready to play Sunday. He’ll be matched up against an Arizona Cardinals’ defense that has allowed just 81.5 rushing yards per game and held Chicago’s Matt Forte to 61 yards rushing. It’s unlikely he’ll be effective—but that doesn’t mean you can’t capitalize. Put points on Arizona stopping the 49er’s ground game for a solid offer.

Suggestion: 25 Points x 4.00 Offer = 100.00 Return

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Written by Brian Hall
Hall has spent the past 13 years as a reporter in the Twin Cities, covering every professional team along with the University of Minnesota. For the past four years, he was a regular beat reporter covering the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Wild for FoxSportsNorth.com. He's been an avid fantasy sports player for years and has caught the daily fantasy sports bug like so many others.