Week 2 was a hit-and-miss week when it came to my Daily Fantasy Football (DFS) advice. I hit with Adam Thielen and Kirk Cousins but a pedestrian Alvin Kamara performance hurt the chances to cash. I managed to fare decently in a few cash lineups, but barely. Let's hope for a bounce-back performance in Week 3 so we can stay in the green!
For Week 3 we have some high-scoring projections and it may be a great week to try some game stacks.
Saints vs. Falcons with a game total of 53
49ers vs. Chiefs with a game total of 56
Patriots vs. Lions with a game total of 51.5
Steelers vs. Buccaneers with a game total of 53.5
These games should have loads of fantasy goodness so I would consider getting players from these games as much as possible.
So, now that my synopsis is out of the way let’s get into my Week 3 DFS Picks shall we? If this is one of your first times playing DFS feel free to check out my "10 Tips to Win at DFS."
As always any questions, arguments, or glowing praise can be sent to me via Twitter @fantsychillpony.
Week 3 Core Plays
These will be my top plays for the Sunday-Monday slate of games. These are players who I will try to have in as many lineups of mine as possible. If I can, I will use three or all four in one lineup. A reminder that for cash games going with an elite quarterback is typically recommended. If you go value at quarterback he MUST meet value for your loaded lineup to be worth it.
QB: Cam Newton, Carolina vs. Cincinnati ($8,300 FanDuel/$6,000 DraftKings)
The Bengals have shown no ability to stop a passing game so far this season, and amazingly they are only the 30th-ranked defense in that respect. Either way through two weeks they have allowed a whopping 332 yards per game through the air. Newton may not be throwing the ball as much, but with a pass-catching back like Christian McCaffrey and a young receiving corps, Newton should be able to have his way in this one.
As always he is a threat for rushing yards, and touchdowns so that is an added bonus. I like his price, ceiling and floor this week.
RB: Alvin Kamara, New Orleans at Atlanta ($8,700 FanDuel/$9,500 DraftKings)
Kamara is in a fantastic spot this week, and although he did not explode in Week 2 or find the end zone, this matchup looks much better. Last week, Christian McCaffrey shredded the Falcons' defense with 107 receiving yards. He added 47 on the ground, and we all know how much more explosive Kamara is with the ball. He should be able to do damage as both a runner and receiver. He will cost you dearly, but I can’t foresee him falling short of 22 points this week.
WR: Julio Jones, Atlanta vs. New Orleans ($8,700 FanDuel/$7,900 DraftKings)
Jones is coming off of a weak performance in a game where the Falcons scored 31 points. He will need to show up again this week in a big way if Atlanta wants to defend home turf against New Orleans. The Saints are currently 29th in the NFL in passing defense at 325 yards per game allowed. Jones should be able to improve on the five catches he had last week, and I'm hoping for a trademark performance in the latest installment of this divisional rivalry.
WR: Allen Robinson, Chicago at Arizona ($6,500 FanDuel/$5,400 DraftKings)
Robinson had 10 catches for 83 yards Monday night against Seattle and has been the focal point of the Bears' passing game as expected. Now Mitchell Trubisky faces off against the Cardinals' defense, which is 27th against the pass (295 ypg). If Arizona can turn around its sluggish start and keep this game close, Robinson getting 10-plus targets again is a certain lock. His price is fair and makes him a solid complement to Julio Jones.
TE: Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota vs. Buffalo ($5,900 FanDuel/$4,100 DraftKings)
Rudolph has been clicking with Kirk Cousins early on along with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Last week, Rudolph finished with seven catches for 72 yards. He caught a TD pass in Week 1, so he has been consistent to start the season. Cousins has always relied on his tight end, and Rudolph has been as safe as they come in the early going.
Value Plays of the Week
Note: No QB value play since Cam Newton is affordable enough this week. I would either pay more for Kirk Cousins, Aaron Rodgers, or Patrick Mahomes if you prefer to not use Newton, but he will be my top-owned QB.
RB: Kenyan Drake, Miami vs. Oakland ($6,800 FanDuel/$5,600 DraftKings)
Drake has been disappointing to say the least so far this season. Posting 48 yards on 14 carries and then 53 on 11 is not what you want out of a guy who was being touted as a potential RB1 heading into the season. He has been active in the passing game with four catches each week and a TD last week.
This week against Oakland may be his breakout opportunity as the Raiders have been gashed to the tune of 124 rushing yards per game. Drake has put together some monster games and this week could produce another one.
WR: Corey Davis, Tennessee at Jacksonville ($5,900 FanDuel/$4,400 DraftKings)
Davis was somewhat quiet last week with only five catches for 55 yards. But keep in mind his quarterback was Blaine Gabbert. If Marcus Mariota misses another game, going with Davis could backfire. One positive to this matchup is that the Titans will likely be playing from behind, which means more passes and hopefully more targets and catches for Davis.
If you don’t trust this pick consider Jamison Crowder ($5,700 FanDuel/$4,200 DraftKings) at home against a Green Bay secondary that just got scorched by the Vikings last week.
— 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 socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.