Last week’s FanDuel core plays couldn’t quite replicate the success from Week 1, but we still had a solid week after Josh Allen easily paid off his salary, Matt Breida rushed for more than 100 yards, Stefon Diggs caught a 45-yard touchdown, and Darren Waller had a decent day.
The week could have been so much better if Breida had gotten just one of the goal-line carries that went to Jeff Wilson Jr. and if Diggs didn’t have another touchdown taken off of the board after a questionable offensive pass interference was called after review. We’ll hope for better luck in our Week 3 NFL DFS picks.
WEEK 3 NON-PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker
Week 3 is set up to be another excellent slate, and this week will revolve around trying to fit as many high-volume running backs into your roster as possible. There are a ton of great mid-range values at wide receiver to help you do this, so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Our :Core Four” this week is Kyler Murray, Ezekiel Elliott, Nelson Agholor, and Stefon Diggs, and here we’ll give an example of how to fill in around them for cash games.
CORE PLAY:Week 3 is an interesting week at the quarterback position. I expect the majority of ownership to sway towardthe Ravens-Chiefs matchup with Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes standing out at the top of the pricing. While you’re not going to get any arguments from me if you want to play either of those two guys, I want to spend down a bit at the position to help jam in Ezekiel Elliott and another high-volume running back. Jameis Winston is an option here, but I’m going to go with Kyler Murray for $7,200.
Murray has been up and down in his first NFL season, but for fantasy purposes, he has been excellent. It’s also important to remember that the Cardinals played their first two games against teams that were two of the worst possible matchups for Murray and the Cardinals offense. The Lions play at one of the slowest paces in the league, and at Baltimore is a nightmare spot for any quarterback. Murray performed well in both of those games and now gets a much softer matchup against the Panthers at home. I can talk about the Cardinals’ extreme pace or their air-raid attack, but what’s really drawing me to Murray is the fact that we haven’t fully seen his upside on the ground as of yet. He was held to only 17 yards and no touchdownsrushing through the first two weeks, but once that area of his game gets rolling, he will have the same upsideas Lamar Jackson or Cam Newton from a few years ago.
CORE PLAY:Elliott is going to be the first name that I plug into the majority of my lineups, and I can see myself having 70-80 percent exposure to him on FanDuel in a prime matchup against the Dolphins. Elliott has yet to have a monster game after holding out during the offseason, but his usage was right back up to the elite level that we are looking for last week against the Redskins (23 rushes and tworeceptions).
It’s hard to see a scenario where the Cowboys don’t feed Elliott early and often against this pitiful Dolphins defense as massive 21.5-point home favorites. The price on Elliott is also suspect at $8,800, and I wouldn’t have had any issues paying closer to $10,000 for him in this spot. I don’t care at all that he will be extremely popular in all formats this week, as this could be a 35-plusfantasy point game with Elliott having legitimate three-TDupside.
We like the chances of Mack reaching 20-plus touches for the third straight week against a Falcons defense that looked shoddy against Dalvin Cook and the Vikings in Week 1.
CORE PLAY:We need to find some value on the slate this week if we want to jam Elliott into our lineups, and thankfully the Eagles’ wide receiver injury situation has presented us with a golden value opportunity in the form of Nelson Agholor. At the outset of the season, Agholor projected to be the four option in the offense behind Zach Ertz, Desean Jackson, and Alshon Jeffery. However, both Jackson and Jeffery were forced out of last week’s game against the Falcons leading to a role increase for Agholor, who finished with 11 targets. While Jackson’s groin injury looks mild and he may return for this week’s matchup against the Lions, Jeffery’s calf injury looks more serious, and he is a risk for a multi-week absence.
Agholor projects to see around eight targets and should play plenty of snaps in the slot, which is by far the Lions weakness on defense after allowing Larry Fitzgerald and Keenan Allen to enjoy nice outings this season. The price tag didn’t adjust at all either after Agholor’s big night on Sunday, so this is a spot where we should take the value regardless of the likely high ownership in all formats.
CORE PLAY LDiggs made my core plays last week, and it was one of the most up-and-down weeks to roster him. While he had a nice 45-yard touchdown that salvaged his day, it could have been so much better. He had another touchdown called back by a penalty after review, and QB Kirk Cousins missed him wide open a few other times. I’m going right back to Diggs this week in an even better matchup against the Raiders at home.
Last week the Raiders’ passing defense was shredded by Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, and while the Vikings passing attack is nowhere near the same level as Kansas City’s, this is still an excellent spot for Cousins to put up a 300-yard, multi-touchdown game. Diggs was much lower owned than I thought he was going to be last week, and we should expect him to be sub-10-percent owned in all formats yet again this week given all of the other good options in the $6,000-$7,000 price range on FanDuel. Diggs is a better play for tournaments given the low ownership, but I have no problem going his way in cash at $6,700, which is tied for his lowest price point on FanDuel over the last two years.
Golladay and the rest of the Lions passing attack have a great matchup against a weak group of Eagles cornerbacks, and he should rack up double-digit targets easily.
Engram could push for 10-plus targets for the Giants, who face a Bucs defense that just allowed Greg Olsen to go for over 100 yards through the air and allowed two tight TDs that were called back because of penalities against the Niners in Week 1.
Cook is another back who should push for 20-plus carries, and he’s had at least 20 for 100 yards in each of the first two weeks. There’s also dollar room to pivot at this FLEX spot.
FanDuel has a few cheap defensive options this week, and the Chargers are my preferred cash game choice at home against the Texans and their pathetic offensive line. They should be able to get after Deshaun Watson in this matchup and have a floor of three sacks.
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