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Daily Fantasy Football Week 3: Picks and Lineups for DraftDay and DraftKings

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Latavius Murray

Last week's daily fantasy football picks and lineups fared well for DraftDay and DraftKings. This week I am hoping for more of the same, and if you are following and using my lineups best of luck to you!

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Either way, each week is different, the NFL remains completely unpredictable, but using value picks, matchups and Vegas odds are all ways to minimize your risk, or know which risks you should feel comfortable taking.

Several quarterbacks are injured this week and their statuses are in the air. Needless to say that thins the herd a bit, so going with a QB who has been as reliable as they come, and then taking a risk (If you want to call it that) with Tyrod Taylor is certainly in the cards for me this week.

Each week I will be listing players at each position I am targeting and likely using in many lineups. I will also be sharing my actual lineup(s), perhaps not all of them, but at least one cash game (50/50 & H2H leagues) and one GPP game (Tournaments/Guaranteed contests.)

I will be focusing on DraftKings and DraftDay for this post, and will be sharing other lineups over on as well as Twitter for FanDuel. If you are new to the game have fun, don’t go overboard, and hopefully we will win some moolah together this season.

Week 3 DFS Targets (Sunday and Monday Games)

Remember a Starting DFS Lineup on DraftKings and DraftDay consists of

DraftKings: 1 QB; 2 RB; 3 WR; 1 TE; 1 FLEX; 1 DST

DraftDay: 1 QB; 2 RB; 2 WR; 1 TE, 2 FLEX; 1 DST


Much like pitching in DFS Baseball, quarterbacks are an important and vital part to your lineup each week. However, you do not always need to spend up on quarterbacks. In cash games it is recommended to target a top-5 QB.

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Mon.) (DD $20,550    DK: $8,000)

Rodgers is elite, matchup-proof and therefore he costs a very pretty penny. It should be worth it this week though. Last week I spent up for Drew Brees, who played hurt and didn’t fare well at all. This week I think Rodgers should be able to shred the Chiefs defense and if Eddie Lacy is in fact out Rodgers will have more on his shoulders. That isn’t a bad thing for this quarterback.

Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins (DD: $15,300   DK: $5,800)

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Taylor has been surprisingly good, and last week he was very, very good. I am not expecting the same production this week, but in a few GPP lineups and even a few cash games Taylor’s feet, accuracy (so far) and weapons make him more than serviceable.

Running Backs

Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys (DD: $10,350    DK: $4,600)

Freeman is poised to be the primary back this week with Tevin Coleman having some sore ribs. Freeman has been productive in reduced carries as it is but this week could be very productive for his price. I am using Freeman in almost every one of my lineups. He actually should have cracked into my 3 Value Running Backs post this week.

Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns (DD: $11,150   DK: $5,800)

Murray has a favorable matchup and as we saw last season can have a breakout run and game at any point. I am thinking this week is the week.

LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins (DD: $14,000   DK: $6,100)

McCoy hasn’t had a big time game yet this season but he may be leaned on more this week facing a stout defense in Miami. His ability to make plays and catch passes out of the backfield should also be in play this week.

Wide Receivers

Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys (DD: $21,350   DK: $9,000)

Jones is definitely an expensive buy this week. He is however 300 bucks less than Antonio Brown and in a matchup that should lead to another typical big game from Jones. The Cowboys have been surprising this season, but there is rarely a cornerback in the game who can contain this Falcon.

Julian Edelman, New England Patriots vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (DD: $14,750    DK: $7,000)

Edelman is like the anti-wide receiver in the NFL. He simply makes himself open anywhere on the field and Tom Brady finds him. What happens is you get a consistent and productive player each week. I love this matchup and if you can pair Edelman with Jones you are sitting pretty in either format.

Brandon Marshall, New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles (DD: $12,000   DK: $6,200)

Marshall should be in a good matchup this week no matter what, but if Eric Decker is unable to go Marshall should bear the brunt of most the targets from Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Eagles have looked discombobulated this season, and if it continues one more week, Marshall is sure to capitalize.

Tight End (If you can’t afford Rob Gronkowski)

Crockett Gilmore, Baltimore vs. Cincinnati (DD: $10,550   DK: $3,300)

Gilmore has become favorite target of Joe Flacco and making the best of his opportunities so far. This week I like his price and his matchup enough to roll him out there.

The Cash Lineups (I would play this in some GPP Games as well)



The GPP Lineup (I would play this in a few Cash Games as well)



— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.