It is shaping up as another strong week for value options with RBs dropping like flies leading up to Week 3 of the NFL season. There is also a nice mix of reasonably priced pass catchers and QBs that offer solid floors with some upside.
So onto the value plays for Week 3…
The DailyFantasyNerd FanDuel Value Plays for Week 3
DK | Matt Ryan (ATL) vs. NO $5,700
The Falcons are playing in the game with the second highest Vegas point total on the main Sunday slate and Matt Ryan is the cheapest QB among the quartet of signal callers in those matchups. Don’t count on more rushing TDs like last week but he offers a solid floor of about 260 yards and 2 TDs and could go up from there against a Saints pass defense that has allowed the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing QBs through the first two weeks. Plus with Drew Brees tossing the rock on the other side, Ryan and the Falcons will need to keep their foot on the gas.
- Alex Smith (WAS) vs. GB $5,800
- Blake Bortles (JAX) vs. TEN $5,600
FD | Blake Bortles (JAX) $6,700 vs. TEN
Truthfully, I not in love with any of the under $7,000 QB options on FanDuel this week as I’ll likely be looking at the group of QBs in the $7,500 range. That said, if I did want to dip down and save a few more bucks, then Blake Bortles is the guy I’m looking at. He put up 376 yards and four scores last week against the Patriots and gets a decent matchup at home against the Titans this week who have allowed at least 230 passing yards and 2 TD passes in each of their first two games this season. You could do a lot worse than 230 yards and 2 TDs down in this price range.
- Joe Flacco (BAL) vs. DEN $6,700
DK | Corey Clement (PHI) vs. IND $4,300
With the news that both Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles will be out for this Sunday’s game against the Colts, Corey Clement should be in line for a big workload at a minuscule price. The Colts defense has allowed the 11th most fantasy points to opposing RBs through the first two weeks and the Eagles will welcome Carson Wentz back which should be a lift for the entire offense. Clement will be the uber chalk on DK and maybe also FD.
- Kenyan Drake (MIA) vs. OAK $5,600
- Jalen Richard (OAK) @ MIA $3,400
FD | Latavius Murray (MIN) vs. BUF $5,200
The other big RB news to drop on Friday is that Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has also been ruled out for Week 3. This should drop a full workload on Latavius Murray in a dream matchup playing at home as more than two-touchdown favorites over the Bills. The Bills have allowed the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing RBs through two games and a positive game script should allow Murray to have himself a day. Note that I still don’t love Murray’s price ($5,800) on DK for a back that might not be involved in the passing game. Want a deep sleeper, watch to see if Vikings 3rd string RB Mike Boone ($4,500 on FD, $3,000 on DK) is active. If he is, you could pair him with Murray in a GPP as the rookie ran well in the preseason.
- Giovani Bernard (CIN) @ CAR $6,400
- Corey Clement (PHI) vs. IND $5,800
DK | Cooper Kupp (LAR) vs. LAC $4,900
Looking for a consistent PPR option that comes with a very reasonable salary, then look no further than Cooper Kupp. Kupp has accumulated 15 targets over the first two weeks reeling in five and six receptions respectively for over 50 yards per game. He is also looked to in the red zone by Jared Goff for a Rams offense that has scored 33 and 34 points during their first two games. They’ll face a good Chargers secondary Kupp will still get a bunch of targets to pay off his salary on a PPR site like DraftKings.
- Sammy Watkins (KC) vs. SF $5,100
- Tyler Boyd (CIN) @ CAR $3,700
FD | Sammy Watkins (KC) vs. SF $6,200
The Chiefs offense has been too explosive to not have at least one of the lower priced option on the list this week. Sammy Watkins had his breakout game for the Chiefs last week with seven receptions for 100 yards and even added a carry for 31 yards. Don’t bank on the rushing yards again but Watkins could find his way into the end zone this week against a 49ers defense that has allowed three TDs to opposing WRs through the first two weeks.
- Pierre Garcon (SF) @ KC $5,600
- Tyler Boyd (CIN) @ CAR $4,700
DK | Austin Hooper (ATL) vs. NO $2,900
Austin Hooper has been a reliable target for Matt Ryan early on this season catching 8-of-9 balls thrown his way for 83 yards and a TD. Hooper leads the Falcons in red zone targets through two games and won’t be afraid to go back to him after he converted one for TD last week. All Hooper needs is five receptions for 40 yards to triple his salary and a TD would just be icing on the cake while allowing you to pay up at other positions.
- Trey Burton (CHI) @ ARI $3,900
- Will Dissly (SEA) vs. DAL $3,300
FD | George Kittle (SF) @ KC $5,800
I know, you played George Kittle last week and he burned you, but I’m going right back to him in a strong matchup against the Chiefs who just allowed Jesse James to put up five receptions for 138 yards and a TD against them. The 49ers were able to take their foot off the gas and focus on the running game last week as they preserved a lead but they will likely not have that luxury this week against the high-flying Chiefs offense. Give Kittle another shot, I don’t think you’ll regret it.
- Austin Hooper (ATL) vs. NO $5,200
- Will Dissly (SEA) vs. DAL $4,600