Week 3 Daily Fantasy Football is upon us and this is great news given that Week 2 is finally over.
I am still in shock at all the odd things that happened last week in football.
I could list a dozen examples of crazy things but I am sure everyone can too. To be honest though, it happens several times a year, so I guess that’s where the phrase “Any Given Sunday” came from.
So let’s all take a deep breath and focus on this new week.
Here are my FanDuel WR value picks for the week, as well as a few to avoid in your Week 3 Daily Fantasy Football game.
Week 3 Daily Fantasy Football: 3 Value Plays At WR, 3 To Avoid
Value Wide Receivers
Julian Edelman, New England Patriots ($7,700)
Boy does Tom Brady look like a man on a mission. Edelman is clearly his top WR by averaging 15 targets and 11 receptions per game. The Patriots don’t really have much of a running game, so Edelman is a steal in my eyes because I could see Brady continuing to target Edelman often. Eight receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown could be an average week for Edelman. Ride him until the price gets too high.
Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders ($6,000)
Crabtree is in a contract year and finally has a traditional pocket passer for a QB. Playing opposite Amari Cooper helps a lot, too. Crabtree is averaging 12 targets and seven receptions per game. Throw in the fact that the Raiders could be playing in a lot of high scoring games and Crabtree seems like a great value at $6,000.
Cecil Shorts, Houston Texans ($5,200)
Shorts went from being the No. 1 WR in Jacksonville to a No. 2 WR across the field from Deandre Hopkins in Houston. Hopkins will command a lot of attention by opposing teams defenses and Houston has shown they can’t run the ball. Shorts targets went up this past week when Ryan Mallett took over at QB. Shorts could be a nice tournament play at this price tag.
Wide Receivers to Avoid
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($7,400)
Evans missed most of the preseason as well as the first game of the season. In Week 2, Evans got on the field but wasn’t able to do much. Evans saw only three targets and failed to haul in any of them. I personally feel he’s nowhere near 100% and Evans is not worth a roster spot until we see a solid game or two, especially at this price.
Steve Smith, Baltimore Ravens ($7,100)
I know Smith had a huge game last week, but it was against the Raiders. Now that Smith will be facing a solid defense against a secondary that has shut down Keenan Allen and Amari Cooper the past two weeks, I can’t see Smith putting up good enough stats to return value at his price.
James Jones, Green Bay Packers ($5,200)
This one is very simple in my eyes. Jones is just not seeing enough targets to put up a big game. For the year he has five receptions on seven targets, but he does have three TDs. Jones can not catch a touchdown every week and it doesn’t appear he will get enough targets to be useful at this time.
Good luck everyone and here’s to great success in your Week 3 Daily Fantasy Football game.
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