Week three is in full swing and there are multiple situations that need to be monitored up until lock on Sunday. Dalvin Cook is currently questionable with a hamstring injury. If he were to miss Latavius Murray would almost become a lock button play against Buffalo. T.Y. Hilton and Jack Doyle are both questionable as of now. If either player were to miss, Eric Ebron could become a chalky option at tight end. Another key situation to watch involves the injuries in the Eagles backfield. Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles are both battling injuries which could lead to an increased workload for second-year back Corey Clement. With that said, let’s take a look at where the prices are friendly this week. Let’s jump into Week 3 value plays.
QUARTERBACK – Matt Ryan
7th Priced Quarterback on Fanduel ($7,700 out of $60,000)
13th Priced Quarterback on Draftkings ($5,700 out of $50,000)
Matt Ryan and the Falcons bounced back in a big way last week as they got the better of the Panthers in week two. In week one Ryan did not look himself whatsoever. His play did a complete 180 in week two though as he posted 31.68 fantasy points. He and the Falcons are at home again in week three as they welcome the Saints into town. The Saints defense has not looked like the dominant unit we came to know during last season so I think Ryan is in play here at his price on Draftkings. It is also reassuring that Ryan was able to get some other parts of the offense involved last week outside of Julio Jones. This game between the Falcons and Saints is also pegged with one of the highest totals of the week at 53.5 which is another feather in Ryan’s cap.
RUNNING BACK – Lamar Miller
15th Priced Running Back on Fanduel ($6,700 out of $60,000)
25th Priced Running Back on Draftkings ($5,000 out of $50,000)
The Texans fell just short of the win in week two against the Titans. This week they will welcome the Giants into NRG Stadium as both teams look to get their first win. Lamar Miller seems too cheap on Draftkings given their PPR format. He is averaging 10.5 DK points over the first two weeks and that is without doing much damage in the passing game. Miller has a clear handle on the rushing duties in Houston and if he can pitch in around 2-3 catches, I like his chances of reaching value with the possibility for much more.
WIDE RECEIVER – A.J. Green
4th Priced Wide Receiver on Fanduel ($8,600 out of $60,000)
8th Priced Wide Receiver on Draftkings ($7.500 out of $50,000)
I think you can tell there is a pattern here. The pricing on Draftkings this week seems to be giving us a few extra buying opportunities. After A.J. Green’s three touchdown performance last Thursday against the Ravens, he checks in as only the eighth priced receiver on Draftkings. He will face a porous Panthers secondary and will have a chance to continue his strong start to the season. Green is averaging 25.1 DK points over the first two weeks despite totaling under 100 receiving yards in both games. Rolling with Green in this spot against the Panthers seems like a safe bet as he remains the centerpiece of the Bengals attack.
TIGHT END – Will Dissly
20th Priced Tight End on Fanduel ($4,600 out of $50,000)
20th Priced Tight End on Draftkings ($3,300 out of $60,000)
If you are interested in paying down at tight end this week, Dissly could be your guy. He did do most of his damage in garbage time against the Bears on Monday, but he has had 5 targets each of the past two weeks. The Seahawks are scraping the barrel for competent receivers with Doug Baldwin out. Dissly seems to have earned the trust of Russell Wilson to start the season and this spot against Dallas isn’t bad either. They were torn up last week by Giants tight end Evan Engram who went for 7 catches, 67 yards, and a touchdown.
DEFENSE – Chicago Bears
8th Priced Defense on Fanduel ($4,300 out of $60,000)
3rd Priced Defense on Draftkings ($3,500 out of $50,000)
It is no secret that the Vikings will be the popular play against the Bills this week. If you don’t feel like paying all the way up for them there is one other option I would consider. The Chicago Bears are loaded on the defensive side of the ball and have shown the ability to get to the quarterback early in the season. They travel to Arizona this week to take on a Cardinals team that has proven themselves to be one of the worst in the league to start the season. If Sam Bradford is under center, I am always interested in the defense lining up across from him.