Last week was the tale of two lineups, and this week I hope both lineups hit with our Week 3 Daily Fantasy Football FanDuel Picks. The lineup with Sam Bradford may have cashed in most contests, while the Drew Brees lineup struggled a bit more. Each contest is different so because I cash in a few 50/50’s doesn’t mean it will in every contest.
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 targetting 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 FanDuel for this post, and will be sharing other Draft Kings and Draft Day lineups over on Athlon Sports as well as Twitter. 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 Daily Fantasy Football: FanDuel Picks and Lineups
Week 3 DFS Targets (Sunday and Monday Games)
Remember a Starting DFS Lineup on Fanduel consists of 1-QB, 2-RB, 3-WR, 1-TE, 1-K, and 1-DST
Scoring: ½ point PPR
Offense: RuY = 0.1pts RuTD = 6pts PaY = 0.04pts PaTD = 4pts I = -1pts ReY = 0.1pts ReTD = 6pts Re = 0.5pts KR/TD = 6ptsPR/TD = 6pts FU/L = -2pts FU/TD = 6pts 2PC/S = 2pts 2PC/P = 2pts FGu20 = 3pts FGu30 = 3pts FGu40 = 3pts FGu50 =4pts FGo50 = 5pts PAT/P = 1pts
Defense: DE/S = 1pts DE/FR = 2pts DE/RTD = 6pts DE/FRTD = 6pts DE/BRTD = 6pts DE/XPR = 2pts DE/RTD = 6pts DE/RTD= 6pts DE/SF = 2pts DE/B = 2pts DE/I = 2pts DE/PA0 = 10pts DE/PA1-6 = 7pts DE/PA7-13 = 4pts DE/PA14-20 = 1ptsDE/PA28-34 = -1pts DE/PA35+ = -4pts
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 quarterback.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay vs. Kansas City Chiefs ($9,000)
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 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 ($7,000)
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 servicable.
Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys ($6,500)
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 ($7,000)
Murray has a favorable matchup and as we saw last season, he can have a breakout run and game at any point. I am thinking this is the week.
LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins ($7,500)
McCoy hasn’t had a big time game yet this season but he may be leaned on more this week facing Miami. His ability to make plays and catch passes out of the backfield should also be in play this week.
Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys ($9,000)
Julio is definitely an expensive buy this week. He is, however, $300 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 Julio.
Julian Edelman, New England Patriots vs. Jacksonville Jaguars ($7,700)
Edelman is like the anti- WR1 in the NFL. He simply makes himself open anywhere on the field and 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 ($7,400)
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 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)
Andy Dalton and Crockett Gilmore are living the hell out of the stream.
— Adam Pfeifer (@APfeifer24) September 21, 2015
Crockett Gillmore, Baltimore vs. Cincinnati ($5,400)
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.
Mason Crosby, Green Bay vs. Kansas City ($5,000)
Kickers are kickers, but with Lacy a little gimpy and possibly not playing, they may not be as efficient in the red zone this week.
Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans ($4,600)
The Saints may be without Drew Brees and the Panthers defense has been doing well as it is. If Brees is in fact out this week, the Panthers should be poised to take advantage of a backup quarterback. Silly and awesome commercial or not, Luke McCown is no Brees.
The Cash Lineup (I would play this in some GPP Games as well)
The GPP Lineup (I would play this in a few Cash Games as well)
NOTE: Please replace Jordan Reed with Crockett Gilmore, or another TE in that price range as he is playing Thursday night.
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