Last week was a heartbreaker for many in the Fantasy Football community. Only Brangelina’s inevitable rupture could knock the injuries off the headlines. Whether you’re team Aniston, team Jolie or forgot this was even still a thing, you were probably somewhat impacted by last week’s devastation. Let’s go through the slate and see how our Week 3 DFS lineup can help us move forward and forget our troubles.
There are eight games in Week 3 with a projected point total of 46.5 or higher. Typically we’d be focusing on games around that 50 range but this may end up being something we can use to our advantage.
With only two games on the docket with a point total projection of 50 or more, there aren’t as many obvious choices for the average fan to make. As a DFS player, this is a good thing. More options = more people being wrong.
Last week a number of the big names in Fantasy were what you are to your stepfather, an utter disappointment. As a DFS player, this is also a good thing. The less people who want to roster players like Drew Brees, Brandin Cooks and Antonio Brown the better.
Feel free to check out our SoCalledFantasyExperts staff rankings for Week 3 here
Week 3 DFS Lineup: QB Options in Cash Games
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers vs. Minnesotta Vikings
When Cam Newton is a home favorite it’s tough to stay away. High ceiling plus a high floor = great cash option. The average fan may stay away from Cam this week because of the Vikings defense, making Cam a slight contrarian play vs. his typical ownership.
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons
The DFS community collectively sighed last week as Brees disappointed in an epic fashion. Like Cam, this will turn some players off, giving you a slight advantage vs. the general ownership percentage. Drew Brees, at home in a prime time game? Yes please.
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals @ Buffalo Bills
The Cardinals travel east and play an early game vs. Buffalo. Typically, this would be a stay away for me but the Bills defense hasn’t shown any reason to fear them. Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald are bigger WRs, who typically match up well against Buffalo.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers
The Packers secondary is banged up. This game could be a high scoring contest. The Lions running game is in question after the Ameer Abdullah injury. This smells like a classic Stafford game where winds up with 40 attempts.
Week 3 DFS Lineup: RB Options in Cash Games
David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals @ Buffalo Bills
No explanation required. If you need an explanation you already lost this week.
DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers @ Philadelphia Eagles
This is your last week to roster Williams before Le’Veon returns. The Eagles defense looks legit but Williams has been outright dominant over the last year, regardless of the matchup.
Ezekiel Elliot, Dallas Cowboys vs. Chicago Bears
The Bears are so bad. I think Zeke is a tad overrated but this could be the week he announces his presence with authority.
Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers @ Indianapolis Colts
I have to eat crow and say it’s looking like I was dead wrong on this guy. Gordon has not only put up numbers but looks good doing it. Microfracture surgery concerns appear to be overblown and this week’s matchup against the lowly Colts is delicious. No Keenan Allen. A banged up Antonio Gates. No Danny Woodhead.
Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angelas Rams
Sims is 80% the talent Doug Martin is as a runner but is the more gifted receiver. You’re going to want to target Sims as an option in PPR lineups. Even if Sims has a subpar rushing performance he could easily wind up with 5+ receptions to balance it out.
Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers
Ameer Abdullah is on the shelf and while I don’t think Riddick miraculously becomes the feature back in Detroit, they were already using him more often than they did a year ago. The Abdullah injury may increase his snap percentage by a good enough amount to make him a legitimate cash option this week.
Week 3 DFS Lineup: WR Options in Cash Games
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers @ Philadelphia Eagles
He’s Antonio Brown.
Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons
At home. On turf. High projected point total. Prime time game. Desmond Trufant can’t cover everyone all the time. (Insert lame cooking joke but use Cooks instead)
Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders @ Tennessee Titans
The Fantasy community still has doubts about Cooper. Not me. This is a guy who has looked poised to explode for some time. There’s no one on the Titans squad who can cover Cooper. Derek Carr tends to target Michael Crabtree in the redzone, which is my only concern.
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals @ Buffalo Bills
See what was said about Carson Palmer above. Fitzgerald could have a classic 10 catch, 100 yard game this week.
Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins vs. Cleveland Browns
Jarvis Landry is the poor man’s Antonio Brown in PPR DFS. I play him virtually every week. The Dolphins run game is in shambles but they’re playing against a horrid opponent in the Cleveland Browns. Ryan Tannehill could very well end up with a career high in pass attempts in this one, most of those tend to go Landry’s way.
Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Jets
The guy formerly known as Darrelle Revis is about to get smoked for the third week in a row. The JMac attack is back!
Stefon Diggs, Minnesotta Vikings @ Carolina Panthers
I mean … did you see this dude ball last week? I don’t care that it’s on the road against a talented defense. If Diggs is healthy (check that first before you roster him), he’s quickly ascending into a weekly must play at his current DraftKings and FanDuel price.
Week 3 DFS TE Options for Cash Games
Jordan Reed, Washington @ New York Giants
Best tight end on the board. The Giants are historically putrid against the tight end. They’re better this year than in the past but not enough to scare me off.
Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans vs. Oakland Raiders
Last week’s game was evidence the Titans still view Delanie as their top pass catcher. Oakland was a gift to the tight end position in the first half of last season, they’ve done nothing to dispel that narrative thus far in 2016.
Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts vs. San Diego Chargers
I will be fully transparent. This is not my take. I’ve seen “play Dwayne Allen this week” in enough places by enough people that I’ll bite. My job is to give the readers advice I’d take myself. I’m playing Allen this week based off of other’s suggestions. Maybe you should too.
Week 3 DFS Lineup: Tournament Options
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins vs. Cleveland Browns
Miami can’t run and Cleveland can’t stop the pass. Tournament gold.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans @ Oakland Raiders
The Raiders defense hasn’t stopped anyone this season. Are they suddenly going to start now? Doubtful.
Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals @ Buffalo Bills
The Bills would be smart to try and take Larry Fitzgerald out of the game plan for Palmer and the Cardinals. If that happens, this could be a heavy target game for Floyd.
Jerrick McKinnon, Minnesotta Vikings @ Carolina Panthers
Google, “Jerick McKinnon Sparq”. That guy could get 20 touches this week. The sky’s the limit.
Dwayne Washington, RB, Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers
I will officially go on record as saying I think Washington is the best RB on the Lions squad as of today. This might be the last week of the 2016 season he’s a major contrarian play.
Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants vs. Washington
Washington has two good corners. Josh Norman will most likely be on Odell Beckham. Bashaud Breeland should cover Victor Cruz. Who’s going to cover Sterling Shepard?
Phillip Dorsett, WR, Indianapolis Colts vs. San Diego Chargers
Donte Moncrief is out. Frank Gore stinks. Jason Verrett may shadow T.Y. Hilton all game. Dorsett has the ability to break a long play every week. Lottery ticket.
Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Joe Flacco loves him some Dennis Pitta.
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