DraftKings NFL: Best Week 3 Fantasy Football Contests for New Players

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Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle Seahawks host the Chicago Bears in Week 3. (Getty)

Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle Seahawks host the Chicago Bears in Week 3. (Getty)

Week 3 of the NFL season is here and Heavy’s partners at DraftKings are back with some of their most popular fantasy football contests, which begin Sunday, September 27.

For the third-straight week DraftKings will be hosting the Millionaire Maker and the Play Action contests.

Click here to sign up for the $7M Millionaire Maker contest and here for the $1M Play Action.

The Millionaire Maker has a $20 entry fee, while the Play Action is free when you sign up with DraftKings for the first time.

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But keep reading to get all the important details for both contests and fantasy lineup advice for Week 3.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular Week 3 fantasy football contests for new DraftKings users:

Week 3 $1M Play Action Contest

Sign up for DraftKings here and receive a voucher for free entry into the Week 3 $1M Play Action contest. First prize wins $100,000.

What is the contest called?

$1M Play Action contest

How much is the entry fee?

If you are signing up for DraftKings for the first time, you will receive a voucher, which you can use to play in the contest for free. You don’t need to use the voucher for this game, though. The voucher expires in 1 year. If you choose to use the voucher for another contest, the entry fee is $3. You can enter this contest contest multiple times for the $3 buy-in.

When does the contest begin?

The Play Action contest begins Sunday, September 27, and will also include the Monday Night Football game. Lineups must be set by 1 p.m. Eastern on Sunday.

What is the top prize and total payout?

The first prize is $100,000. Second place is $50,000 and third $30K. Nearly 85,000 teams will win money in the contest which has a $1 million payout.

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Week 3 $7M Millionaire Maker Contest

Sign up with DraftKings here and enter the NFL $7M Millionaire Maker contest for Week 3. First prize is $1.2 million.

What is the contest called?

$7M Millionaire Maker

How much is the entry fee?

The entry fee is $20 for the Millionaire Maker. You can have multiple entries in the contest.

When does the contest begin?

Just like the above two contests, the Millionaire Maker begins at 1 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, September 27, and finishes after the Monday Night Football game.

What is the top prize and total payout?

The first-place prize is $1.2 million of a guaranteed $7 million total purse. Second place wins $500,000 and third takes $250K. The top 83,000 teams will win cash.

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Week 3 Lineup Advice

I haven’t come to any final decisions on my all Week 3 DraftKings’ rosters yet, but here is a sample of one lineup I will be using:

QB Tom Brady, Patriots: at Jaguars, $7,700 — Hands down best in the league right now and the onslaught is just beginning methinks.

RB Devonta Freeman: at Falcons, $4,600 — With Tevin Coleman out, Freeman is the lead back and will dominant the touches.

RB Danny Woodhead, Chargers: at Vikings, $4,400 — Woodhead works because he’ll get you 40 yards rushing, but also 5 or so receptions and maybe a TD. DraftKings awards a point per reception. It adds up vs. a shaky Vikings D.

WR Julian Edelman, Patriots: at Jaguars, $7,000 — Edelman has gone back-to-back 11 catches for 97 yards. He scores big in DraftKings because of the PPR format.

WR Brandon Marshall, Jets: vs. Eagles, $6,200 — QB Ryan Fitzpatrick looks Marshall’s way often and will continue to do so vs. the Eagles, who have been torched by No. 1 WRs.

WR Allen Robinson, Jaguars: vs. Patriots, $5,200 — Robinson had a huge Week 2 and should pick up where he left off as the Jags look to play catch-up with the Pats. Garbage points count in fantasy football.

TE Rob Gronkowski, Patriots: at Jaguars, $7,400 — Gronk is actually a bargain at $7,400. He’s as close to a lock as you can get. He can’t be covered. I’m not worried starting both Gronk and Edelman — they’ll both get theirs.

FLEX Doug Baldwin, Seahawks: vs. Bears, $4,000 — Baldwin has caught 7 balls in each of the first 2 games, a sign he’s getting a lot of targets. Expect more of the same vs. the Bears, who have been dreadful against the pass.

DST Seattle Seahawks: vs. Bears, $3,400 — Lots of reasons here: Jimmy Clausen is starting at QB, WR Alshon Jeffery might miss the game, Kam Chancellor is back at safety for Seattle, the Seahawks are 0-2 and it’s their first home game. Yup, it could get ugly.

Salary cap used: $49,900 out of an allotted $50,000

And remember to bookmark our fantasy football rankings 2015 page as we’ll be doing weekly rankings and offering weekly advice posts for your season-long leagues. Keep up-to-date on who to start and who to sit every weekend.

DraftKings NFL Scoring & Rules

The concept of the game is simple. Your roster will be comprised of 9 players — 1 quarterback, 2 running backs, 3 wide receivers, 1 tight end, 1 FLEX (RB or WR or TE) and 1 defense/special teams unit.

Then with a $50 million salary cap choose the 9 players you think will perform the best during Week 3 of the NFL season.

The better your selected players do on the field, the better your fantasy team does, the more money you make.

Offensive players will accumulate points as follows:

Passing TD = +4PTs
25 Passing Yards = +1PT (+0.04PT/ per yard is awarded)
300+ Yard Passing Game = +3PTs
Interception = -1P
10 Rushing Yards = +1PT (+0.1PT per yard is awarded)
Rushing TD = +6PTs
100+ Yard Rushing Game = +3PTs
10 Receiving Yards = +1PT (+0.1PT per yard is awarded)
Reception = +1PT
Receiving TD = +6PTs
100+ Yard Receiving Game = +3PTs
Punt/Kickoff Return for TD = +6PTs
Fumble Lost = -1PT
2 Point Conversion (Pass, Run, or Catch) = +2PTs
Offensive Fumble Recovery TD = +6PTs

Defense/Special Teams will accumulate points as follows:

Sack = +1PT
Interception = +2PTs
Fumble Recovery = +2PTs
Kickoff Return TD = +6PTs
Punt Return TD = +6PTs
Interception Return TD = +6PTs
Fumble Recovery TD = +6PTs
Blocked Punt or FG Return TD = +6PTs
Safety = +2PTs
Blocked Kick = +2PTs
0 Points Allowed = +10PTs
1-6 Points Allowed = +7PTs
7-13 Points Allowed = +4PTs
14-20 Points Allowed = +1PT
21-27 Points Allowed = 0PTs
28-34 Points Allowed = -1PT
35+ Points Allowed = -4PTs

— The following scoring plays will result in Points Allowed (PA) by your Defense/Special Teams (DST):
Rushing TDs, Passing TDs, Punt Return TDs, Kick Return TDs and Blocked Punt TDs
2pt conversions
Extra points
Field goals

*Note: Points Allowed (PA) only includes points surrendered while DST is on the field — it doesn’t include points given up by team’s offense (i.e. points off offensive turnovers).