Week 3 of the NFL brought another chance from DraftKings to walk away with a big payday in the $4.25M Fantasy Football Millionaire contest. As you enjoy the massive 13-game main slate on Sunday, you can keep up with all the latest results and updates throughout the afternoon right here on DK Playbook. You can also find coverage throughout the day on The Dream Stream where Leaderboard Live will keep you up to speed and offer analysis for all the big plays and injuries throughout Sunday.
The Week 3 Milly Maker turned into a race to the finish with all the top entries having players in the final game of the day between the Seahawks and the Cowboys. The entry of ‘RaisinBranMan’ was in the lead after the Cowboys briefly took the lead, but dropped to fourth after Russell Wilson ($7,300; 39.8 DKFP) hit DK Metcalf ($6,500; 23.0 DKFP) for a touchdown. Metcalf found redemption after letting up before the goal line on what should have been a touchdown earlier in the game and fumbling away the ball.
Wilson’s fifth passing touchdown put ‘clothsofheaven’ in the lead, ‘coble34’ into second and ‘canadianking0586’ into third. The following two-point conversion (on the second attempt after a penalty) gave the Seahawks a seven-point lead and moved ‘Fezdog61’ into fourth. The drama wasn’t over yet, though, because Dallas got the ball back and started to drive down the field. As they did, Dak Prescott ($7,200; 33.48 DKFP) continued to pile up yardage and it looked like a touchdown was a possibility, which would have shaken things up all over again. However, he avoided a sack on third down and lofted it into the end zone, only to have it intercepted by the Seahawks.
That interception locked ‘clothsofheaven’ into the winning spot with an impressive 249.8 DKFP. The entry was led by the Seahawks’ power trio of Wilson, Metcalf and Tyler Lockett ($6,400; 40.0 DKFP); along with the Colts D/ST ($4,100; 26 DKFP), Derrick Henry ($7,800; 30.0 DKFP) and Michael Gallup ($5,500; 28.8 DKFP). Henry was actually in the flex spot and two cheap plays at RB came through for the entry as Jeff Wilson Jr. ($4,000; 21.9 DKFP) and Rex Burkhead ($4,000; 34.8 DKFP) ended up with great production at a low ownership percentage. All those big plays were enough to overcome a stinker from Austin Hooper ($4,400; 5.5 DKFP).
Note: Leaderboard standings and results current as of 8:05 p.m. ET
Fantasy Football Highlights
4 p.m. ET games — Second Half
The second halves of the late games cranked up in intensity, as contests came down to the wire. In Seattle, Russell Wilson kept pouring it on early in the second half, throwing his third and fourth touchdowns of the game as Seattle built a big lead. Like last week, though, the Cowboys rallied with a pair of touchdown tosses from Dak Prescott — one to Cedrick Wilson ($3,000; 24.3 DKFP) and one to Michael Gallup, who caught 6-of-8 targets for 138 yards. With four minutes left, the Cowboys took their first lead of the day with a 42-yard field goal, but they left plenty of time for Wilson.
Wilson completed a 21-yard pass to Greg Olsen ($4,200; 11.1 DKFP) and hit his TE for an 11-yard pass on fourth down later on the drive. This touchdown toss to Metcalf gave the Seahawks the lead they would never relinquish and helped him join Tyler Lockett as great plays. Both WRs had over 100 yards, but Lockett was the better fantasy play since he had three of Wilson’s five touchdowns.
.@DangeRussWilson is on a tear. He throws his 14th touchdown of the year, the most ever through three games!@Seahawks lead 38-31 with 1:47 remaining.— NFL (@NFL) September 27, 2020
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In another very entertaining contest, the Cardinals and Lions traded scores in the second half, but two late completions from Matthew Stafford ($6,300; 18.5 DKFP) to Marvin Jones ($5,800; 8.1 DKFP) set up the below game-winning FG for Matt Prater. The Cardinals actually had better fantasy production, though, from Kyler Murray ($6,800; 24.7 DKFP) and DeAndre Hopkins ($7,900; 26.7 DKFP), who had 10 catches for 137 yards. Andy Isabella ($3,800; 20.1 DKFP) was also a great value with a pair of touchdown catches.
The Jets’ Sam Darnold ($5,000; 9.72 DKFP) threw his second pick-six of the game and finished with three picks in a meager showing by the Jets, who also gave up a safety. They were steamrolled by the Colts, 36-7, and Jacoby Brissett ($5,000; 0.68 DKFP) even got into the game in mop-up duty. The fantasy hero of the game, though, was the Colts D/ST, as the Jets continued to struggle overall. The Bucs held on the beat the Broncos, although Tampa Bay did lose Chris Godwin (hamstring) midway through the third quarter.
The Chargers tried to rally behind rookie Justin Herbert ($5,900; 19.34 DKFP), who threw a very impressive touchdown highlighted below to Keenan Allen ($6,100; 34.2 DKFP), who finished with a monster 13 catches for 132 yards and the touchdown. Austin Ekeler ($6,800; 31.3 DKFP) had a big game as well with 59 yards on the ground and 11 catches for 84 yards. Unfortunately for the Bolts, though, they ran out of time and lost 21-16. Mike Davis ($5,100; 23.1 DKFP) had a big game for the Panthers filling in for Christian McCaffrey.
4 p.m. ET games — First Half
Five games kicked off at around 4 p.m. ET to close out the Sunday afternoon slate with plenty of great fantasy options in play. The marquee matchup of the afternoon was the Cowboys and Seahawks facing off in Seattle. Russell Wilson ($7,300) hit Tyler Lockett ($6,400) for this 43-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Ezekiel Elliott ($8,300) punched in a score at the end of the first quarter to tie the game up at 9-9. The Wilson-to-Lockett connection answered back, though, with their second score of the day as the Seahawks got back out in front.
Further down the West Coast in Los Angeles, the Chargers hosted the Panthers. While an Austin Ekeler ($6,800) score got the Chargers the early lead, Mike Davis ($5,100) caught this 13-yard touchdown to bring the Panthers a 18-7 lead at halftime.
In Denver, the Buccaneers built a 23-10 lead thanks to three first-half passing touchdowns from Tom Brady ($6,100). He hit Mike Evans ($6,800) for two short scores, including the highlight below which was set up by a long catch from Scotty Miller ($4,000), who got off to a strong start after putting up a dud last week.
The banged-up Jets visited the Colts and Sam Darnold ($5,000) got off to a rough start throwing a pick-six on the opening drive. Philip Rivers ($6,000) threw his 400th career touchdown at the start of the second quarter, as the Colts built a 17-7 halftime lead.
In the other late game, the Cardinals hosted the Lions. Kyler Murray ($6,800) overcame an early interception with this beautiful throw to Andy Isabella ($3,800). Matthew Stafford ($6,300) answered with a touchdown drive of his own, capped by a short touchdown pass on fourth down to Jesse James ($2,500). Murray answered with a rushing touchdown, but Stafford found Kenny Golladay ($6,200) for a touchdown just before half to give the Lions a 17-13 lead in the back-and-forth battle in the desert.
1 p.m. ET games — Second Half
To start the third quarter, Josh Allen ($6,900; 36.24 DKFP) threw his third touchdown of the day to a third different receiver—this time going to star WR Stefon Diggs ($7,000; 14.9 DKFP). At that point, the Bills appeared to be comfortably ahead, 28-3, but Jared Goff ($5,600; 31.28 DKFP) and the Rams had other plans. Goff scrambled for a score later in the quarter and later connected with Robert Woods ($6,100; 21.5 DKFP) on another touchdown. At the start of the fourth, he connected on a 16-yard touchdown to Cooper Kupp ($6,300; 28.7 DKFP), who went over 100 yards on the day with his touchdown catch. The Rams took a 31-28 lead on a rushing touchdown from Darrell Henderson ($5,400; 22.0 DKFP), who ran for over 100 yards. Allen led the Bills on a fourth-quarter drive, though, that culminated in this game-winning touchdown to Tyler Kroft ($2,900; 18.4 DKFP). The Bills improved to 3-0 with their exciting win, while the Rams took their first loss of the year.
While the Rams’ big rally fell short, the Bears turned things around and handed the Falcons a third-straight brutal loss. After the Falcons got a touchdown from Todd Gurley II ($5,800; 15.2 DKFP) to expand their lead, the Bears benched Mitchell Trubisky ($5,700; 12.62 DKFP) and went to Nick Foles ($5,000; 18.22 DKFP). Foles led a great comeback, focusing on Allen Robinson II ($6,200; 31.3 DKFP) and Jimmy Graham ($3,400), who had two scores on the day. Foles went back to Robinson in the fourth quarter for a touchdown which pulled the Bears within three and hit Anthony Miller ($5,600; 13 DKFP) for the game-winning score.
In New England, Rex Burkhead ($3,400; 34.8 DKFP) got his second and third touchdowns of the day on the ground after scoring on a receiving TD in the first half. The Patriots’ DST ($3,200; 15 DKFP) also had a late touchdown and finished with three fumble recoveries in a 36-20 win over the Raiders.
In another multi-touchdown performance, Joe Burrow ($6,200; 23.28 DKFP) found fellow rookie Tee Higgins ($3,900; 25.5 DKFP) for a second touchdown toss to give the Bengals the lead over the Eagles. Burrow had more highlight-reel plays in store, though, going back to Higgins on this great extended play. Carson Wentz ($5,800; 23.5 DKFP) ran for the game-tying score late, though, as the Eagles forced overtime. After an ugly overtime that included a costly penalty by the Eagles on what could have been a game-winning FG, the game ended in a tie, and both teams go to 0-2-1 on the season.
For the Vikings, Justin Jefferson ($4,200) already had 100 yards in the first half but continued his massive breakout with the 71-yard touchdown catch highlighted below. Derrick Henry ($7,800; 30 DKFP) rushed for a pair of one-yard touchdowns for the Titans as they came back and took the lead over the Vikings. Minnesota struck back, though, with a one-handed touchdown catch from Kyle Rudolph ($3,100; 9.1 DKFP). The Titans bounced back again, though, and Stephen Gostkowski hit his sixth FG of the game to give Tennessee a narrow 31-30 victory on the road in Minnesota. The Titans are 3-0, while the Vikings slid to 0-3.
Nick Mullens ($5,100; 20.72 DKFP) led the 49ers to a win in New York, piling up 343 passing yards. Jeff Wilson Jr. ($4,000; 21.9 DKFP) had a pair of touchdowns, one receiving and one rushing, and rookie WR Brandon Aiyuk ($4,100; 21.1 DKFP) had his first touchdown in the NFL.
The Browns stayed ahead of Washington by relying heavily on their running game, led by Nick Chubb ($6,900; 27.0 DKFP), who scored his second touchdown of the day while also going over 100 yards in the highlight below. Dontrelle Inman ($3,100; 18.8 DKFP) also had his second touchdown of the day on just his second catch of the day for Washington. Another AFC North team, the Steelers got a touchdown from James Conner ($6,700; 27.9 DKFP) to take back the lead from the Texans and hold on for a 28-21 win.
1 p.m. ET games — First Half
Eight games kicked off at 1 p.m. ET and the first touchdown of the day went to the 0-2 Falcons, who scored on a one-yard pass from Matt Ryan ($6,600) to Hayden Hurst ($4,700) after a 63-yard catch by Calvin Ridley ($7,200) brought the ball down to the one-yard line. In the second quarter, Atlanta built on their lead with a rushing score from Brian Hill ($4,000), who vultured the score from Todd Gurley ($5,800).
In PIttsburgh, Deshaun Watson ($6,500) connected with Randall Cobb ($4,400) on this touchdown which gave the 0-2 Texans the lead in their contest against the Steelers. David Johnson ($5,400) added another touchdown for the Texans early in the second quarter, but the Steelers answered back with Eric Ebron’s ($4,300) first score with his new team and a touchdown from JuJu Smith-Schuster ($6,600). Watson threw his second score of the game just before halftime, finding Will Fuller V ($6,000) on 14-yard score.
28-yard catch-and-run for @rcobb18 to put the @HoustonTexans ahead 7-3! @deshaunwatson #WeAreTexans— NFL (@NFL) September 27, 2020
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Josh Allen ($6,900) got the Bills on the board by connecting with Lee Smith ($2,500) on a fourth-down pass and later added a rushing score as the Bills capitalized on turnovers by Jared Goff ($5,600). Toward the end of the half, Allen threw his second touchdown, connecting with his other TE, Tyler Kroft ($2,900), and expanding the Bills lead to 21-3.
.@BuffaloBills extend their lead before the half!— NFL (@NFL) September 27, 2020
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In Minnesota, Cook had this long touchdown run early for the Vikings. Minnesota added another score later on a touchdown catch by Adam Thielen ($6,900) while rookie WR Justin Jefferson ($4,200) had over 100 yards in the first half.
The Browns and Washington traded touchdowns with Dontrelle Inman ($3,100) scoring first for Washington and Nick Chubb ($6,900) answering for Cleveland. Kareem Hunt ($6,100) found the end zone as well.
It took a little while for the first touchdown in both New England and New York, but there were points just before halftime in each contest. Rex Burkhead ($4,000) had the Patriots’ touchdown with a nifty catch-and-run highlighted below. After a pair of field goals for each team in New York, it was value play Jerick McKinnon who found the end zone with just over one minute left in the first half.
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