FanDuel value plays NFL Week 3
Daily Fantasy is becoming more popular every year and is becoming more of a science than ever before. I went hard at DFS specifically FanDuel in Week 2, playing five different lineups and taking home a cool $85 (placed in all five contests).
In Week 3, these are some of the value plays I will be entering into my lineup…
Jay Cutler- $7,400
There are 15 quarterback’s who are more expensive than Cutler in Week 3, showing just how much of a “value” play Smokin’ Jay is. Going up against a Jets pass defense that allowed Derek Carr to pass for 230 yards, three touchdowns and a 136.6 QB Rating is reason enough to start Cutler. Carr would have had an even bigger game, but the Raiders were up by a lot and focused on the running game in the second half. I expect the Dolphins to win the game, but it should stay close between these two division rivals–enough for Cutler to put up a lot of fantasy points.
Isaiah Crowell- $6,600
If you are a Crowell owner is a year-long league you are probably cursing my name as you see the Browns starting running back on this list, but there is reasoning behind the madness. Yes, Crowell has been bad to start the year—and by bad I mean 70 total rushing yards on 27 carries in two games with zero touchdowns. So why is he worth a play this week? The Browns are playing the Colts, who lack anyone on the defense who I would label as a “good player”. Not only is the matchup stellar, but the Browns are committed to the run–Crowell is the only between the tackles running back on the roster and if the Browns goal is to help out their rookie QB and control time of possession, Crowell will continue to receive a heavy workload–the only difference is this week he will do something with those touches. I expect at least one touchdown and 100+ rushing yards.
Chris Thompson- $5,600
Thompson has been a fantasy gem the first two weeks of the season and despite that, his salary on FanDuel hasn’t increased at all. He won’t get many carries in the running game, despite the fact he owns a whopping 13.5 yards per attempt. He’ll do most of his damage in the receiving game where has already been targeted 12 times, catching seven of those targets for 83 yards and three total touchdowns.
Jordy Nelson is a 50-50 chance to play on Sunday and Randall Cobb is nursing a shoulder injury. Cobb is expected to play but might not be at 100%. In Sunday night’s game after Nelson went out and Cobb left with his bum shoulder, Adams carried the load catching five balls for 99 yards and a score. With his little price tag and the high volume of targets about to come his way he is not only a value play but a smart play on Sunday.
Kendall Wright- $5,600
I wouldn’t classify the Bears as a good football team, but they have serviceable pieces that can help your fantasy squad. Facing the Steelers, I expect the Bears to be playing catch up most of the afternoon and that means a lot of passing. Mike Glennon threw 45 passes with ten targets going Kendall Wright’s way—he was able to catch seven of those for 69 yards. Not great, but solid numbers. The only season Kendall Wright had any type of success was with former Titans OC and current Bears OC Dowell Loggains, and he is the Bears No.1 WR. For his cost, he is worth the play so you can fill your other two WR spots with legitimate options.
Hunter Henry- $5,500
Now that Antonio Gates broke the record for most touchdown receptions by a tight end, the Chargers will now turn to Hunter Henry as their main TE target. The team said over the summer that Gates would take a backseat to Henry once he eclipsed that record. It happened last week and almost instantaneously Henry was a major part of the Chargers offense catching all seven of his targets for 80 yards. Expect similar results this week and for the 12th most expensive TE that’s a steal.
Now don’t go putting all six of these guys in the same lineup, but if you pick two you are saving money to spend on your big-hitters who rarely have “bad” weeks. I also love to receive feedback from those who use my value plays, so hit me up on Twitter @FFSportsTalk or on the MFST Facebook page.
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