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NFL DFS “Box Checkers” Week 3 | Key Picks for Winning Fantasy Football 2022

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Back by popular demand, NFL DFS Box Checkers shows you to quickly identify key players for this week’s fantasy football slate in minutes.  The DFS Army NFL Research Station is a very powerful suite of statistical analysis with fully customizable, filterable, sortable functionality.  What used to take days or hours now takes mere minutes to discover!  Follow along as @Choppodong rips these core plays to shreds every week in less than 15 minutes…

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Week 3 NFL Box Checkers for 2022


5 categories lead to making value historically.  Home NFL QBs perform better than road QBs.  Favored teams are implied to score more points, and their QBs do the scoring.  Game totals make sense to follow, the higher the better.  And, efficiency trumps volume!  Volume is nice, but efficient QBs are proven to put up more fantasy points than those banking on volume alone.  To finish, salary.  You can price yourself out of making value unless putting up a true ceiling performance.  In the NFL, we find staying under $8000 in Draftkings salary (9k on Fanduel) helps…in fact, the cheaper the better in many cases.


Remember, blue is very strong.  Green is pretty strong.  Yellow is like an honorable mention.  When it comes to checking boxes, we are tracking those typically leading to a DFS NFL player paying off his salary.

Lots of decent choices, some not listed.  Don’t forget this guide isn’t all-inclusive.  It’s a teaching ground for you to use our NFL Research Station and find other players fitting these categories that make them strong plays.

Recap – Lamar Jackson and Jared Goff….will wonders never cease?

This week – Only Herbert ticks all the boxes, and we should expect nothing less from a pretty consistent QB these days.  Josh Allen is a beast, but as our first QB over the 9k price tag, are there better values out there to build around?  Jalen Hurts would like a word…he seems like the cheat code yet again this year.  How long will he stay lower priced?  Patrick Mahomes, Tua from last week, Kyler Murray….all capable of breaking a slate.  My biggest concern is Matt Stafford….he appears over-owned early week for his spot and like a quality fade candidate.

Lots to choose from at QB this week. Cash games could be quite spread out.  When all else is relatively equal, price dictates….and we tend to pay down here to pay up when things get more scarce.

Running Backs

Once again, home teams matter for RBs, and being favored obviously affects game scripts in a positive way.  High scoring game environments help push those touchdowns around, landing on running backs.  We want volume at all positions not QB.  18 touches (rushes + receptions) is the goal here.  Passing game work gives us safety when the game script flips.  Red Zone work matters…especially inside the 10 and 5.  And, salary works here again.  Staying under $8000 like our NFL QBs helps the running backs, too.

Fantasy Football Picks

NFL DFS RB is often where Box Checkers shines.  These guys are safe enough for a cash game, but you might not use them there if you find 30% or 40% NFL RBs.  They do, however, make sneaky high-quality pivot plays in tourneys or even multipliers and leagues.  My “Ladder System” absolutely feasts off plays like these.

We are not looking at backups getting starting roles in this guide, but they are easy to find and filter in our research station with an additional 5 minutes of work.  That’s the beauty of these tools.  They are very simple to use once you have just a basic understanding of them.

Dalvin Cook week?  He checks all the boxes and projects chalky…usually a good indicator of a cash game RB.  Plenty of others worth considering this week.  Note Miles Sanders has had 3 goal line carries already but doesn’t check the box for RZ….his 3 carries are still only 38% of the work inside the 5 for PHI.  That’s the Jalen Hurts effect…and it does hurt Sanders’ value/ceiling.  Also, an error…..Mixon should be yellow, not green.  He’s on the road.  Only a slight downgrade, but a downgrade nonetheless.

Wide Receivers

Home field advantage proves negligible for NFL WRs.  But, being favored is still important to hitting fantasy value.  High totals matter, but when favored, we want team totals over 25 points.  When the dog, we want UNDER 21 points indicating garbage time potential.  Volume matters again. We’d like to see more than 7 targets per game on the average, and we want to see more than about 25% usage in the Red Zone…especially on Fanduel.  Salary is key again, so we stay under $7000 here.  Remember, this position is volatile as hell.  But, we have backtested 250+ contests and found the top 3 Milli-Maker lineups contain someone meeting these criteria almost 60% of the time…..good odds for a crapshoot like WR.

NFL DFS Strategy

WR is typically our crapshoot position. When we don’t get a lot of green and/or blue plays, I will just spend down most times.  If the position is going to be volatile, why spend money?

Again, look at the game total category and how much it hurts these guys.  We need high scoring games for WRs to be even remotely predictable.  When we look at the implied team total (25+/21- column), things quickly fall back into line.  The favorites should score points and the dogs should get some garbage time.  I’m still looking to spend down where I can because I don’t pay up for lack of predictability.

Another great tool to consult is our coaching NFL Cheatsheets!  If you wind up torn on a couple players, sometimes the words in the blurbs by another coach can help you tip the scale.  In the case of this week, when Box Checkers isn’t helping a lot, those cheatsheets might become more important to your research.

Note – there are NO yellow receivers this week.  There is no need to give them importance.  With the blue and green all over the place from high to lower priced, just stay in this area and you should be just fine.  And, this is another week there isn’t a big need to pay up.  We have a lot of depth from which to choose.

Tight Ends

Here we go with the home and favorite stuff again.  NFL TE depends on it.  We want volume, so focus on 7+ targets again, too.  Red Zone work goes without saying at TE.  And, we’ve discovered they also benefit from closer games, under 7 point spreads.  If favored, you want ITTs over 26 points, and if the dog, under 24 points.  Cheap plays, too!!  On Draftkings, $3000-$5000 seems to be landing in the Milli a ridiculous 68% of the time…..and until week 1 this year, we had no recorded example of an 8k TE appearing in the Milli winner.  That changes with Travis Kelce, and you can speculate all the previous slates he might not have been a part of due to prime time or Monday Night games.  Fact is….the super high-priced TE is rare and likely cost prohibitive most times.  Tend to pay down.

NFL Winning Lineups

Mark “Big Game” Andrews delivered, and we hopefully got you away from Kyle “my life is” Pitts.  Pitts was double covered on every snap last week.  He had no chance.

You have some great options this week at lower prices than Kelce or Andrews.  While TE targets, especially red zone targets, are a bit volatile early in the season, we are starting to see some emergences from the usuals.  And, we have some newer additions that will either become staples or forgotten misfits over the next 2-3 weeks.  Conklin, Hurst, even Juwan Johnson need some time to stabilize.  This might not be a week we need to straight up punt the TE spot.

Remember, these boxes are set up by Shark Autopsy’s analysis of what players typically land in the Milli-Maker lineups, too.  We have our safety plays, but we are also shooting for upside.

Where to Use These DFS Players

Box Checkers players are typically obvious, chalky (see our NFL Chalkboard Tool) and highly owned.  Occasionally, we get some that slip under the radar (see our Leverage Stacks components).

However, these players can be used in ANY format from NFL cash games to big tourneys (or “Ladder Lineups” combining both!).  The key to tourney play is using a core of these players and adding in some other lower owned pieces to give your lineup some uniqueness and creativity with the upside to beat a lot of competitors.  As the DFS NFL world becomes more and more advanced, sometimes simplifying our process actually goes a little against the grain.

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NFL Ladder

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