Monday Night Football for Week 3 features a showdown of two 1-1 teams in the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles. These two NFC rivals both have eyes on the division and opening up a lead over 1-2 Washington after this. The game line has swung between –3 and -3.5 in favor of Dallas all week and currently has an over/under of 51.5. There are no big injuries on offense for either side, but Keanu Neal (COVID) is missing this game, and that could open things up down the middle for the Eagles. Other than that, there should not be too much to watch here on the injury front. Based mainly off the Awesemo site projections, I have listed below top targets for the third Monday Night game of the year.
Week 3 Monday Night Football NFL PrizePicks
DeVonta Smith Over 4 Receptions
Both of these offenses will move the ball right from the get-go due to the lack star power in the secondaries. DeVonta Smith tore up a weaker secondary in Week 1 and leads Philadelphia in targets with 15 (the next highest on the team has 11). Generally yardage props are better for going over with receivers since one big play can get them there, but Smith is projected for nearly one catch more than his current total on PrizePicks, making this over a great target.
Dallas has also given up 32 receptions already to the wide receiver position, and both of these teams play at top-10 paces, meaning there should be lots of possessions and a few extra targets due to the game flow alone. It should be a voluminous night here for Smith, who is the Eagles’ only real all-purpose receiver, and he projects for a nice night in what should be a faster-paced game.
Amari Cooper Over 70.5 Yards Receiving
Amari Cooper is in the same boat as his counterpart (Smith) on the other side, as he followed up a massive Week 1 game with a dud in Week 2. Cooper was battling some rib issues this week but returned to a full practice Friday and is not on the injury report. It is great news for fantasy purposes, as Cooper has traditionally been a near lock to go off when the Cowboys are at home. He averaged 14.65 yards per catch at home last year, compared to under 10 in road games. He also averaged well over 80 yards per game receiving, which again goes to show how much he likes the indoor turf in Dallas.
The Eagles secondary has played out of their minds to start the year and are second in yards per pass attempt allowed through two weeks. Still, Philadelphia is without a true shutdown corner and allowed Deebo Samuel to go for 93 yards on just eight targets, and Cooper has similar after-catch upside. Even with his prop set at a healthy 70.5 yards, Cooper projects to go well over this mark, and with his past home splits being so positive, it is hard to argue with being on anything but the over here.
Jalen Hurts Over 23 Fantasy Points
Jalen Hurts is coming off a weaker start in Week 2, where he only completed 52% of his passes and ended with just 190 yards passing. The thing is, despite the slow passing day, Hurts still finished with 21.8 fantasy points, which emphasizes his upside as a rusher. He has averaged 8.5 carries and about 7.8 yards per carry this year, as he has continued the dominant rushing he showed at the end of 2020 into 2021.
Some rushing points from Hurts are almost automatic, but expect a bounce back from him in passing here too. Dallas has allowed over 350 yards passing per game and a 70% completion rate to opposing quarterbacks. Hurts has thrown for over 260 yards in three of his five full-game starts in the NFL and picked apart a weaker secondary in Week 1. Dallas’ offense should also put Philadelphia in lots of late-game passing situations, which makes this a great spot to get bullish on Hurts’ fantasy totals. Awesemo projects Hurts to go for a point more than his current PrizePicks total, which makes him a good over candidate.
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