NFL Fantasy: Starter Jones makes giant impact in £3million contest

So, it's about three years overdue, but Eli Manning's no longer New York Giants starting QB. That was great news for at least one fantasy manager in Week 3


What does it take to win the £3million Sunday daily fantasy tournament on Paddy Power Fantasy? A rookie quarterback making his forst ever start in the league may not seem the obvious place to begin setting your line-up, but it made all the difference on Sunday for one lucky so-and-so.

Here’s the team that scooped the top prize on Week 3’s Sunday slate…

QB – Daniel Jones, NYG: 34.24pts

The rookie’s name was a preseason punchline, but he’s the one laughing now after a stunning first NFL start against the Bucs. His 236-yard, four-touchdown performance came as the Giants slid past the Buccaneers by a single point as their kicker failed on two XP attempts and a last-minute field goal to win the game.

RB – Mark Ingram, BAL: 33.5pts

Before the season everyone thought it’d be Lamar Jackson running up-and-down the field for the Ravens, but free-agent signing Mark Ingram’s had a few big days already in Baltimore’s black and purple. Sunday saw him post 135 combined yards and three touchdowns as he topped the RB charts on Sunday’s main slate of games.

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – AUGUST 08: Running back David Johnson #31 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the football during the NFL preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Chargers 17-13. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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RB – David Johnson, ARI: 15.5pts

The Cards offence has found a new lease of life under first overall pick Kyler Murray and new coach Kliff Kingsbury. It wasn’t enough to take them past the Panthers on Sunday, but David Johnson showed some signs of fantasy life with a touchdown, six receptions and 65 all-purpose yards in their 38-20 loss.

WR – Mike Evans, TBB: 41pts

The Bucs touchdown magnet made a stumbling start to 2019, but Sunday’s monstrous fantasy performance – 190 yards on eight receptions for three touchdowns – planted him firmly back in the hearts of fantasy managers everywhere who had him in their line-ups in week 3.

ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 29: Mike Evans #13 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up before a NFL preseason game at AT&T Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

WR – Keenan Allen, LAC: 37.1pts

Evans outdid a similarly spectacular day for Keenen Allen on the West Coast. He posted a career-best 183 yards on 13 catches and a pair of scores as his Chargers team fell to the Texans, not that anyone who had him in fantasy will care.

WR – Sterling Shepard, NYG: 23.6pts

The Daniel Jones bump lifted several performers for the G-Men, with Sterling Shepard, the man tasked with filling Odell Beckham’s cleats in NYC, seeing the benefit of, dare-I-say-it, competent quarterback play on Sunday evening as he totalled 100 yards, seven receptions and one touchdown as part of the prize-winning team.

TE – Evan Engram, NYG: 20.3pts

Ditto for tight end Engram, who hadn’t started the season badly, but has always been capable of much more than Eli Manning allowed in recent seasons. His big Sunday statline was chiefly down to one 75-yard catch and TD run, but he’ll be a safety blanket for the rookie QB in weeks to come and should see plenty of targets.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 29: Tuzar Skipper #51 of the Pittsburgh Steelers tackles Jordan Scarlett #20 of the Carolina Panthers during the first half of their preseason game at Bank of America Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

FLEX – Christian McCaffrey, CAR: 26.3pts

The Panthers Running back enjoyed a return to form after his Thursday night shutdown versus Tampa in week 2. That must partly be down to Kyle Allen stepping in for the injured Cam Newton, giving the Carolina offence more of a downfield threat and opening up space for the muscular back to barge through.

D/ST – San Francisco 49ers: 7pts

Just seven points were required from the D/ST slot this week for the jackpot prize winner, as the Niners defence didn’t have things all their own way against the Big Ben-less Steelers in a 24-20 win in Santa Clara.

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