Week 3 DFS Building Blocks
DegeNation fam – welcome back! It’s the Week 3 DFS Building Blocks and we don’t have a quarterback featured this week. Just two running backs, two wide receivers, and, surprisingly, a defense that I absolutely love on DraftKings. These are the players I’m looking to start builds with across my lineups on both DraftKings and FanDuel. Follow me on Twitter @RyanAlexander_W to see where my exposures lie on Sunday for these players before lock. Let’s get to the plays!
(Price $6400 on DraftKings, $7400 on FanDuel)
Miles Sanders is the lock of the week. Stevie Wonder – Signed, sealed, delivered. There’s little to nothing to think about here. You’re playing him, especially on DraftKings where he’s egregiously underpriced for the workload he just saw, off of injury! In week 2, Sanders garnered a 78 percent snap share with 23 touches and seven targets. Three of his touches came within the 0-10 yard lines as some in the fantasy community refer to as the “Green Zone” – we love seeing our guys get touches in the “Green Zone.” I actually like getting to some Wentz on my lineups this week to hedge exposure, but I’m starting with Sanders on every lineup. This matchup versus Cincinnati for Sanders screams “play me” versus a team that is allowing the most rushing attempts, most rushing yards, and second-most rushing touchdowns. Our guy Matt Dickason preaches line adjusted yards every week and Philly has a stout advantage there. The Eagles OL ranks eighth in offensive line adjusted yards, with the Bengals DL coming in at 28th in defensive line adjusted yards. Sanders should absolutely eat in this matchup and that makes him my favorite play of the week and the poster boy for the week 3 DFS Building Blocks.
(Price: $5000 on DraftKings, $5900 on FanDuel)
He’s going to be lower owned than he should be on Sunday, and I want to be overweight here. We are getting a high-priced 5K back, potentially even 6K depending on how Sunday goes, for five-flat on DK. The price is just way too cheap which is why I’m going to the Kelley well. Look, you gotta love that the kid Justin Herbert is getting a second start in this game. He should be able to have his way against a Carolina defense that just looks lost. They allow the most targets to opposing running backs, which makes Austin Ekeler extremely appealing this week and I’ll touch on that in my YouTube video this week), but Kelley even saw three targets of his own in Week 2. When you factor that this Carolina defense has also given up the most rushing touchdowns, it’s no wonder why they are allowing nine more DraftKings points and seven more FanDuel points to teams backfields. Kelley should have multiple chances to hit pay dirt in this one.
(Price: $5400 on DraftKings, $5600 on FanDuel)
No surprise here, Ceedee Lamb finds his way into the DFS Building Blocks article for the week. He’s playing in what could be the highest-scoring affair on the slate, and on DraftKings he’s the third-highest price of the Dallas group. Gallup is only $100 more and will see less, but considerable ownership and he has a more snap share. When you look at last week, though, Lamb only had seven fewer snaps than Gallup and has just as many more targets, too, compared to Gallup. This Dallas team is currently running 3-WR sets at well over 80 percent which is astounding so this entire trio is in play. Lamb and Gallup for both tied at three for Red Zone looks, but what all this tells me is as a rookie, Lamb’s role is at least just as important as Gallup’s. $5600 on FanDuel for Lamb seems awfully low, but I love him equally on both sites.
(Price: $5200 on DraftKings, $5300 on FanDuel)
Corey Davis has a dream matchup heading into Sunday. This Vikings defense is not what we once knew and was torched in Week 1 by Green Bay and while the Colts only managed 26 points, it could have been a bigger day if they’re wideouts weren’t banged up or dropping touchdowns. For this week, two of the starting corners for the Vikings are out in Mike Hughes and Cameron Dantzler, leaving Holton Hill and Jeff Gladney to fill in. Another Vikings corner in Kris Boyd is questionable with a hamstring injury. Sometimes you just don’t have to overthink things. This matchup jumps off the page, and with A.J. Brown not being out there, even with Ryan “Mr. Efficient” Tannehill, it’s hard to see Davis let down in this spot. He may not have the upside you need to take down a GPP on DraftKings where volume is king, but on FanDuel where touchdowns carry so much more weight, at $5300 (WR49) if he scores you’re golden.
New England Defense
(Price: $3200 on DraftKings, $4900 on FanDuel)
On a slate like Sunday’s where there is seemingly so much value that is presenting itself on the slate, I won’t feel the need to pay down for my defense (though I do like some exposure to the Jets at the minimum price on DK). I’m also not loving the Giants D as chalk, despite Nick Mullens suiting up at QB. Instead, I’m going to pick on the Raiders here and take the Pats D for my week 3 DFS building block defense. They’ve had a tremendous start to the year, and now they’ll be put to the test in Foxboro. The Patriots are the second-most expensive defense on FanDuel but only the 10th-most on DraftKings. A huge discrepancy in price, but I love them on both sites. This Raiders team is playing on a shorter week having played on Monday, and it’s showing on the injury report. As of writing this on Friday night, Henry Ruggs has been ruled out and Josh Jacobs and Darren Waller have both been on the injury report all week. It sounds like Jacobs plays but you don’t love the matchup as the Patriots have only allowed three 100-yard rushing performances since Week 9 of last year, and only three touchdowns over that same span. Even with their defensive injuries and sit-outs for fear of COVID, they have yet to allow either one of those things this year. I’m all in on the Patriots D for Sunday.
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