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NFL Prime Time Games: Showdown Week 3 Monday Night Football (FREE)

Eric MacPherson



Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen had a telling message to any Chicago Bears fan who boos Mitchell Trubisky at Soldier Field on Saturday

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Week 2 saw the chalk wash away like tears in the rain. Some was a result of poor play and some was due to rampant injuries affecting key players. Let’s turn our focus to Week 3 and see what the single game prime time matchups have to offer.

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Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins +5.0 / 41.0

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Chicago Bears 23.0 implied points


So for the real burning question… is Mitchell Trubisky bad, unlucky or mediocre at best? This is a phenomenal matchup for him with Washington having both a bottom-five rushing and passing DVOA. This matches up with the Redskins also allowing the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers and the third most to opposing signal-callers.

This is the second-straight road game for the Bears, having won a controversial nail-biter in Denver last Sunday. Coach Matt Nagy has made Trubisky look phenomenal in games, so I have not yet given up hope. For the full week, Trubisky ranks as QB20-25, which feels right for the matchup and his recent performances.

Running Back

It looks like rookie David Montgomery already has the edge in the running game and last week he had the most snaps. We saw a drop for Tarik Cohen, but keep in mind he was used quite a bit out of the slot in Week 1. That was not the case in Denver and he was back to his more “traditional” role as the change-of-pace back.

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Veteran Mike Davis is lurking and will probably pop up a time or two this season even with everyone healthy. Keep in mind he dropped to 15 snaps with three carries and no targets in Week 2, but he is still in play on Monday night.

Wide Receiver

It is nice to see Allen Robinson recovering from his knee injury now that he is beginning his second season healthy. The former Carolina Panther has absolutely dominated the target share and it is not even close. Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller are fine as differentiation plays in the single game contests.


Snaps Snap % Tgts Recpt Rec Yds TDs
Allen Robinson WR 125 93% 20 11 143 0
Tarik Cohen RB 74 55% 15 10 56 0
Taylor Gabriel WR 120 90% 7 3 35 0
David Montgomery RB 55 41% 4 2 33 0
Adam Shaheen TE 55 41% 5 4 30 0
Ben Braunecker TE 25 19% 3 2 24 0
Mike Davis RB 56 42% 7 6 17 0
Trey Burton TE 26 19% 3 2 5 0
Cordarrelle Patterson WR 35 26% 3 1 3 0
Anthony Miller WR 48 36% 2 1 2 0
Total 134 Team 72 42 348 0

Tight End

There are now three healthy tight ends in the mix and the trio each saw three targets last week. The snaps were split Trey Burton 26/43%, Adam Shaheen 21 / 34% and Ben Braunecker 15 / 25%.

Defense/Special Teams

Last season, Chicago was first in both rushing and passing DVOA. Through two games, they are fifth and seventeenth, but this is a cherry matchup for the Monsters of the Midway.

Washington Redskins 18.0 implied points


Case Keenum has been in the bottom-five signal-callers of every projection system I looked at this week. This is going to be one of the toughest matchups for him all season and he will again be without Jordan Reed.

Running Back

It is likely that Washington does their best to feed Adrian Peterson, but just how long will that plan last? We won’t be alone in looking towards Chris Thompson, who will likely see the bulk of the work receiving as well as rushing when/if the Bears get a decent lead.

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Last week Peterson saw 18 snaps with 10/25/1 on the ground and his first two targets of the season which he hauled in for seven yards. Wendell Smallwood saw 16 snaps in his first action on offense and Thompson had 28 snaps.

Wide Receiver

Terry McLaurin, Trey Quinn and Paul Richardson are not exactly household names. This is going to be an uphill battle from the jump, but at least their roles are locked in.


Snaps Snap % Tgts Recpt Rec Yds TDs
Terry McLaurin WR 118 91% 16 10 187 2
Chris Thompson RB 71 55% 18 12 116 0
Vernon Davis TE 101 78% 11 7 88 1
Trey Quinn WR 114 88% 13 8 69 1
Paul Richardson WR 106 82% 10 7 52 1
Kelvin Harmon WR 21 16% 2 2 31 0
Derrius Guice RB 24 19% 3 3 20 0
Jeremy Sprinkle TE 36 28% 2 2 19 0
Wendell Smallwood RB 16 12% 2 2 9 0
Adrian Peterson RB 18 14% 2 2 7 0
Steven Sims Jr. WR 5 4% 1 1 3 0
Total 129 Team 81 56 601 5

Tight End

Vernon Davis is entering his fourteenth season and once again is being asked to carry the load in the absence of Jordan Reed. He can still keep the defense honest and does have a quick burst on tight end seem routes. Jeremy Sprinkle is the backup, though he has just one target in each of the first two games.

Defense/Special Teams

Through the first two games, the Bears have allowed five sacks and one interception. Washington has just two sacks and one takeaway. We are hoping for a lucky return touchdown for this unit to have value.

Strategy: this should be an interesting build as there really is no true “standout” option and things get thin rather quickly. A lot of gamers will look to play both quarterbacks, which is a fine idea. Keep in mind that will probably be 75-80% of the field, so in the large field tournaments, do consider some lineups with just one built around an outcome with your other players. The obvious one would be Keenum and a couple of his receivers with David Montgomery on the other side along with a defense or kicker.

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Single Game Ranking (taking into account projected production, pricing and popularity)

Top 10

  1. Mitch Trubisky: while I agree that he is not exciting and he needs to prove his worth, he is the best quarterback in this game.
  2. Case Keenum: this is an interesting price point for Keenum, who is $1,000 more than Trubisky on FanDuel and just $200 less on DraftKings.
  3. David Montgomery: speaking of which, here we go with the rookie who should be commanding the best workload among all running backs in this tilt.
  4. Allen Robinson: this is a good matchup for him to break off a long one… assuming Trubisky can accurately get him the ball.
  5. Terry McLaurin: until this season, I had never heard of him, but he is the undisputed WR1 for Washington. He is on the field for most of the snaps and seems to be developing a nice rapport with Keenum.
  6. Chris Thompson: it is nice that he is “priced up” on both sites, taking into account the limited offensive options in this affair.
  7. Chicago D/ST: they are actually in contention as a “Captain” on DraftKings Check out the Awesemo Player %s to see how popular that gambit will be.
  8. Adrian Peterson: the hope is that he gets a touchdown on the first or second drive. The other possibility is a close or low scoring game that would help him stay on the field.
  9. Taylor Gabriel: he has been on the field for 90% of the Bears offensive snaps. This is a great discount, we just need a few more opportunities than what he has seen so far. He is best when getting the ball in space.
  10. Tarik Cohen: much like Gabriel, he can score from anywhere on the field. Unlike Gabriel, he can create his own opportunities. He returns punts and kickoffs for the Bears as well.

Secondary Options

  1. Vernon Davis: a phenomenal price point on FanDuel, a much more difficult decision on DraftKings.
  2. Dustin Hopkins: legitimately a decent option for Washington at home.
  3. Eddie Pineiro: dealing with a sore knee – practiced on Saturday so he should be okay.
  4. Trey Quinn: a better option in full-PPR, but fairly priced on FanDuel. A steal on DraftKings, he will be popular. Keep in mind he returns punts.
  5. Paul Richardson: not getting many looks, but he is a burner and it just takes one.
  6. Mike Davis and Wendell Smallwood: third running back for each team, purely a price play.
  7. Washington D/ST: keep in mind that you can only lose -4 points from scoring, that said this unit could end up negative.

Lottery Tickets

  1. Chicago Tight End: literally a grab back with a slight order of preference being Trey Burton, Adam Shaheen and Ben Braunecker.
  2. Anthony Miller: well down the pecking order, needs an in-game injury for relevance.
  3. Cordarrelle Patterson: backup kick returner, will see a handful of snaps on offense.
  4. Steven Sims Jr: returns kickoffs for Washington.
  5. Jeremy Sprinkle: go buy some scratch off tickets instead of playing showdown tonight.

As always, you can reach out to me in Premium Slack or Twitter @EMacDFS if you have any questions.

Good Luck Gamers! ~ EMac


Eric "EMac" MacPherson won the 2007 Fantasy Baseball grand prize (trip for two to the MLB All-Star game) in the Roto format on ESPN. He won again in 2008, this time in the H2H format. As one of the early adopters of daily fantasy sports, EMac has been providing content for baseball and basketball as well as both professional and college football since 2012 for a variety of websites including DraftKings Playbook, FanVice, RotoWorld, Daily Fantasy Bootcamp, and RotoGrinders. He is well into his third decade of fantasy sports and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Follow him on Twitter @EMacDFS or contact EMac by emailing [email protected].

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