NFL Week 3 Underdog Pick’ems for Monday Night Football include Ezekiel Elliott, Michael Gallup, and Sterling Shepard

Monday Night Football is your last chance to get in on some fantasy football action. What are my top Underdog Pick'em plays for MNF?

Fantasy football is more than just the weekly head-to-head games we’ve all grown to love. On Underdog, fantasy managers can put their player-projection skills to the test by predicting player stat lines. Here are my top Underdog Pick’em plays for the Monday Night Football Pick’em contest.

Top Underdog Pick’ems for Monday Night Football

Underdog Pick’ems allows fantasy managers to predict stat lines and fantasy point totals for almost all fantasy-relevant players. You can make two picks that pay out 3x even money or add more selections to your entry for higher payouts. The levels are 3x, 6x, 10x, and 20x, progressing with each additional pick’em you add to your entry. Let’s take a look at this week’s NFL pick’ems.

Cooper Rush lower than 31.5 pass attempts

The last thing Mike McCarthy wants to do is have Cooper Rush air it out as much as possible. In his first start, Rush attempted 31 passes in the Cowboys’ win over the Bengals.

This game against the Giants projects to be lower scoring. I don’t anticipate either team running away with it. A competitive contest should allow the Cowboys to keep things balanced and not put too much on Rush’s shoulders, keeping him below 32 pass attempts.

Ezekiel Elliott lower than 73.5 rush + receiving yards

Through two games, Ezekiel Elliott hasn’t come close to 74 rushing + receiving yards. The reason I like this, though, is because I really just view it as an extension of his rushing yards, but with a higher number.

Elliott just isn’t part of the passing game. He’s seen just a 5.5% target share thus far. If Zeke is going to go higher than 73.5, he will need to do it on the ground. Currently, you and I have more receiving yards than Elliott does on the season.

The Giants are allowing 119.5 rushing yards per game, but they’ve also faced Derrick Henry and Christian McCaffrey. Elliott is not quite as good as either of them.

Michael Gallup lower than 32.5 receiving yards

It’s awesome to see Michael Gallup back on the field. The Cowboys certainly need him given how little they have at receiver behind CeeDee Lamb. But it’s his first game back. The team has already made it clear he will not be an every-down player.

I’m expecting Gallup to play sub-50% of the snaps. If he catches a bomb and ends up higher than this number, so be it. I’m banking on Gallup being eased back in and not seeing enough volume to surpass 32.5 receiving yards.

Update: The Cowboys decided to hold Gallup out at least one more week as he recovers from his ACL tear. If you took this pick’em, it will be voided and your entry will be reduced by one pick’em.

Daniel Jones higher than 0.5 interceptions

Daniel Jones has started 39 games in his career. He’s thrown an interception in 20 of them and 30 interceptions total for his career.

The Cowboys led the NFL in turnover differential in 2021. Although this defense isn’t quite as good, Micah Parsons can force Jones into mistakes on his own. I like Jones to throw at least one pick in this one.

Sterling Shepard higher than 4 receptions

I was torn on whether to take Sterling Shepard to go higher than his receptions or his yardage. I went with receptions because I’m more confident in the targeting than the efficiency.

Last week, Shepard caught six passes for 34 yards on 10 targets. His snap share went from 72% in Week 1 to 88% in Week 2. It should be over 90% this week.

Shepard is the Giants’ WR1, and he will only be more involved as he gets more games under his belt following his return from his torn Achilles. When Jones throws, he looks for Shepard. In 2020 — Shepard’s last mostly healthy season — he caught at least four balls in 75% of his games played. He should catch at least four tonight.

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