It was another solid week for my Daily Fantasy Football (DFS) lineup picks so hopefully I can get keep the momentum going as we enter Week 3. This week we have some high-scoring games on tap according to Vegas and these contests always lead to some fantasy goodness.
Trying to mix it up and have some unique players in your DFS lineups isn’t a bad thing, especially in GPPs, and this week I am trying to do a nice mix of chalk and low-owned plays.
I will be focusing more on the cash game strategy, and by default may be intending these posts for the more novice DFS players. I am not a high-stakes tout, nor will I pretend to be and I am not intending for someone to read these posts and enter high entry tournaments expecting a big win.
What I will be doing each week is listing some top plays for the week at each position as well as a few value plays to help you start building your DFS lineup(s) for the upcoming week. More often than not I will not focus on the Thursday night games, although this week’s offering is one filled with fantasy goodness. I will be entering some lineups for those slates as well, but be forewarned this post will not include the Los Angeles Rams-San Francisco matchup this week.
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 of the week. 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. New Orleans ($8,100 FanDuel/$6,600 DraftKings)
If you are not feeling the risk this week, the staples and there more expensive players are guys like Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. Cam’s mediocre play to start the season has dropped his price as some have already cast him off to side, but I see a golden opportunity in his matchup with the Saints. Not having favorite target Greg Olsen will be something Newton will have to compensate for, but his could open up more opportunities for Christian McCaffrey underneath.
There is plenty of risk here, but in a game projected to total 47 points and facing a defense that allows nearly 360 yards a game so far, Newton should be a solid play. Newton had no touchdowns in Week 2, but threw the ball 32 times so the opportunity is certainly here.
RB: Jay Ajayi, Miami at New York Jets ($8,200 FanDuel/$7,700 DraftKings)
Ajayi carried the ball 28 times last week and racked up 122 yards on the ground. He is clearly the focal point of the offense, and the Jets have proven to be one of the more inept offenses in the league this year. This makes the likelihood of the Dolphins leading the game and grinding it out with Ajayi high. His salary makes him the third when it comes to price point among RBs, and for good reason. LeSean McCoy scorched the same Jets in Week 1 for 110 yards on 22 carries. Ajayi may be a chalky play, but in cash that is fine.
WR: A.J. Green, Cincinnati at Green Bay ($7,500 FanDuel/$8,100 DraftKings)
Green has been bogged down with a horrific offensive display by the Bengals in the young season. This week however he faces a Packers’ secondary that I have been targeting this season often along with the Saints.
Although the Bengals have been terrible, this game in Lambeau should be do or die for the team and it wouldn’t surprise me if they air it out early and often. Who better to stretch the field and force-feed the ball to Green? Also, if Tyler Eifert (back/knee) is not able to go or is limited, then Green’s red-zone targets may see an uptick as well. Touchdowns are coming, and so is that monster yardage game.
WR: Keenan Allen, LA Chargers vs. Kansas City ($7,200 FanDuel/$7,200 DraftKings)
Allen was mentioned in this space last week and although he didn’t find the end zone he was on the receiving end of 10 targets from Philip Rivers. The Chiefs have been allowing yardage through the air, and if the Chargers are going to keep up with the Chiefs and Kareem Hunt they will need to utilize Allen. Double-digit targets and a touchdown are not out of the question this week.
TE: Eric Ebron, Detroit vs. Atlanta ($5,200 FanDuel/$3,300 DraftKings)
Five targets and a touchdown for the big guy is a nice jump from his Week 1 usage. Ebron continues to remain a potent red-zone threat and in a game that should have massive yardage through the air on both sides Ebron is a cheap and worthwhile flyer at the tight end position. Per DraftKings the Falcons rank 14th amongst DSTs against the position this season.
Value Plays of the Week
QB: Andy Dalton, Cincinnati at Green Bay ($6,800 FanDuel/$5,100 DraftKings)
As mentioned above for A.J. Green, the Packers’ secondary is more than vulnerable, the key is if Dalton can hit his targets and the Bengals’ offensive line can give him enough time to throw. The Bengals hope to be in this game and passing is the only way this will likely happen. Dalton may not finish among the top five at his position in fantasy scoring this week, but can he meet his value of 3X this week? Absolutely, in fact I like him to come close to that coveted 4X mark.
RB: Theo Riddick, Detroit vs. Atlanta ($5,600 FanDuel/$5,100 DraftKings)
The Falcons’ defense has been vulnerable this season, especially to pass-catching running backs. We saw what Ty Montgomery and Tarik Cohen were able to do to them in the first two games. Riddick is a pass-catching specialist and I look for him to be used heavily and frequently this weekend. This is a modest price for a player who can come close or exceed that 3X mark. He has yet to have a big game yet but even in Week 1 he had six targets for 27 yards and a touchdown which was still good for 14.6 DraftKings points.
WR: Eric Decker, Tennessee vs. Seattle ($5,900 FanDuel/$4,000 DraftKings)
Decker has yet to do much of anything with his new team but he did see five targets last week, and his ability to get open in the end zone should still be considered a strength. Decker hasn’t done much to get excited about this season, and Seattle remains a formidable defense, but when looking at values his combination of price, injuries to the Titans team, and upside is worth a shot this week. This will allow me to get two other top-tier receivers in my lineup.
— 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.