We’ve reached Week 3 of the NFL season, and there are some DraftKings value plays that all DFS players need to consider when constructing their rosters.
This seems like a week where paying up at running back is the best strategy, especially considering the matchups for elite players like Ezekiel Elliott and Dalvin Cook.
If you go with that strategy, you’ll need to plug in value plays at other spots.
Here are the best DraftKings Week 3 picks that can offer the value needed to build a winning lineup.
Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills, $5,900)
Allen continues to improve his skill set, and he has a tremendous matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. He should be able to use his arm and his legs to rack up points against the worst tackling team in the NFL, and makes Allen a great option if you don’t have the room for Patrick Mahomes or Lamar Jackson.
Jameis Winston (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $5,400)
One is never truly comfortable playing Winston in any fantasy football format. However, he’s facing off against a New York Giants team that is simply not good on defense. If there’s a matchup where Winston may be able to limit mistakes and have major touchdown potential, it’s this one.
Mason Rudolph (Pittsburgh Steelers, $4,800)
Winning GPP’s is all about risk, and there’s undoubtedly risk involved in playing a quarterback making his first career start on the road. But Rudolph didn’t look bad at all in taking over for the injured Ben Roethlisberger in Week 2, so there’s opportunity to strike big with a contrarian play. Given Rudolph’s price tag, he’s at least worth considering if you decide to load up with high-price players elsewhere.
Chris Carson (Seattle Seahawks, $5,900)
Carson has not exactly been the back most thought he’d be through two weeks, and the fumbling is a serious concern. But he’s still the starter in a favorable matchup against the New Orleans Saints, and he figures to get enough volume to at least have an opportunity for a nice game.
Raheem Mostert (San Francisco 49ers, $4,700)
Again, this is a week to pay up at running back, because there’s a lack of confidence in these first two value plays (the third is a much better option). Fantasy owners hate backfield-by-committee approaches, and that’s what you’re getting with the Niners. Still, Mostert is splitting the bulk of the workload with Matt Breida, so there’s potential in this spot at a low price.
Frank Gore (Buffalo Bills, $4,400)
It’s not something we thought we’d be saying in 2019, but Gore may be the most obvious value play of the week at any position. Devin Singletary is dealing with an injury, which means Gore is getting a huge workload against the Bengals, who have allowed more fantasy points to running backs than any other team in the NFL. Add in Cincinnati’s aforementioned tackling issues, and Gore’s upside is obvious (even if he’ll undoubtedly be highly-owned in all formats).
Marquise Brown (Baltimore Ravens, $5,900)
Remember when everyone was concerned about Brown playing only 12 snaps in the Week 1 dismantling of the Miami Dolphins? Well, he led the Ravens with 13 targets in the Week 2 win over the Arizona Cardinals, which included him racking up eight catches for 86 yards. How could you not play Brown in a potential shootout with the Kansas City Chiefs?
Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals, $5,100)
Fitzgerald has been a target machine in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. The veteran wide receiver has 24 targets through two games, and obviously, provides a ton of red zone value. This matchup sets up well for Fitzgerald since we know the Cardinals are going to throw the ball a lot.
Nelson Agholor (Philadelphia Eagles, $3,600)
We all know Agholor is going to have high ownership because of this price tag, but let’s keep in mind that it’s all about value. He should easily provide value given the expected increase in targets due to injuries to DeSean Jackson (who won’t play) and Alshon Jeffery (who still could play). Either way, this price just makes too much sense for someone who could garner double-digit targets.
Mark Andrews (Baltimore Ravens, $4,600)
In cash games, I’m confidently playing Andrews in the majority of my lineups. The guy has hauled in 16 of his 17 targets this season for 220 yards and two touchdowns, and he’s playing in the game with the highest implied point total of the week. He’s questionable to play due to a foot injury but did return to practice on Thursday. If he plays, lock him in.
Vance McDonald (Pittsburgh Steelers, $4,300)
McDonald was a popular target for Rudolph once he entered the game against the Seahawks, and that rapport could be on display against in San Francisco. McDonald all seven of his targets in Week 2, and he’s a solid value option in any potential game script.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($2,900)
Daniel Jones is set to make his first career start, and he’s doing it against a Bucs defense that looks greatly improved under new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. This isn’t a unit you’re confident in playing week in and week out, but the matchup is a good one.
Pittsburgh Steelers ($2,300)
This an option for those who think Rudolph will play well, and for those who think the Niners are only 2-0 because of their schedule. Jimmy Garoppolo’s numbers may be a little deceiving to this point in the season, and the Steelers aren’t facing the New England Patriots or Seattle Seahawks here. There’s little confidence in this play, but it’s a cash-friendly one that could pay off nicely if you aren’t buying the Niners as a true playoff contender.
More Week 3 Fantasy Advice
- Podcast: Week 2 Recap and Week 3 Waiver Wire
- Top 10 Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 3
- Week 3 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Quarterbacks
- Week 3 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Running Backs
- Week 3 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Wide Receivers
- Week 3 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Tight Ends