NFL DFS Top Plays for Draftkings lineups Week 3
Welcome to another exciting week of NFL Fantasy Football! If you’re looking for the best picks for your Draftkings NFL DFS lineup, you’ve come to the right place. I’m here to break down the top plays for Week 3, focusing on each position to help you build a winning roster. I’ll try to keep it short and sweet, I know I can get carried away sometimes. Let’s dive right into it!
Patrick Mahomes (QB – KC): $8,300 vs. CHI
Patrick Mahomes is back in top form after a strong Week 2 performance. He’s facing the Chicago Bears, a team that’s struggling on defense, especially in the passing game. Mahomes rarely disappoints in fantasy, and with Travis Kelce by his side, he’s poised for another impressive outing. The Bears’ secondary is vulnerable, ranking 25th against opposing quarterbacks. Start Mahomes with confidence and expect a high floor in terms of fantasy points.
Kirk Cousins (QB – MIN): $6,900 vs. LAC
Kirk Cousins may not be a running quarterback, but his recent stats make him an appealing option for Week 3. Priced at just $6,900 in a game with a high 54-point total, Cousins has the potential to deliver excellent value. He’s been averaging 350 yards and 3 TDs per game in the early season. The matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers, who have struggled against the pass, further boosts Cousins’ fantasy outlook. This game has shootout potential, and Cousins should benefit from it.
Justin Fields (QB – CHI): $7,100 at KC
Justin Fields offers intriguing upside at a reasonable salary on DraftKings. Despite the negativity surrounding him, Fields was a fantasy star in the latter part of the previous season. Facing the Kansas City Chiefs, who had the worst defense in the NFL last year, Fields has an opportunity to shine. While his numbers haven’t been stellar this season, Fields can create big plays, especially deep passes. The Chiefs have struggled against deep throws, making Fields an interesting GPP option.
Dak Prescott (QB – DAL): $6,600 at ARI
Dak Prescott may not have put up huge fantasy numbers yet, but his matchup against the Arizona Cardinals is enticing. The Cardinals’ defense has been vulnerable, and Prescott’s pricing at $6,600 makes him an attractive choice. Prescott has the talent to exploit Arizona’s weaknesses, and this game has the potential to be high-scoring. While Prescott has been somewhat conservative this season, he could have a breakout game in Week 3.
Russell Wilson (QB – DEN): $5,900 at MIA
Russell Wilson is showing that he’s far from washed up with his early-season performance. Averaging 23 DraftKings points per game, Wilson is back in the fantasy QB conversation. Facing the Miami Dolphins, who have surrendered the most passing yards in the NFL, Wilson has a chance to continue his strong start. The Dolphins have struggled to generate pressure on quarterbacks, giving Wilson time to work his magic. Keep an eye on Wilson as a value play for Week 3.
Running Backs (RB)
Now, let’s shift our focus to the running backs, a crucial position in any NFL DFS lineup. We’ve identified the top running backs for Week 3, considering their matchups and potential to deliver big fantasy points. Here are our picks
Tony Pollard (RB – DAL): $8,000 at ARI
Tony Pollard is set to thrive in Week 3 as the Dallas Cowboys take on the Arizona Cardinals. Dallas is a massive favorite with a -12.5 point spread, and Pollard should play a key role in building an early lead. The Cardinals’ defense has shown vulnerabilities against both the run and pass, making Pollard an attractive option. He’s already proving his worth with a strong start to the season, offering both rushing and receiving production. With Pollard expected to handle a full starter’s workload, he’s an enticing choice for your lineup.
Javonte Williams (RB – DEN): $5,500 at MIA
Javonte Williams is on the rise, and this week, he faces the Miami Dolphins, a defense that ranks 28th against the run. While Williams is still getting acclimated to the NFL, his potential is evident. He’s been steadily increasing his snap share and touches, making him an intriguing option for Week 3. Williams could be the bellcow back Denver needs, and this matchup provides an opportunity for him to shine. Keep an eye on his usage and expect him to make an impact.
Travis Etienne (RB – JAX): $6,900 vs. HOU
Travis Etienne may have had a quiet Week 2, but Week 3 presents an ideal scenario for a bounce-back performance. The Jacksonville Jaguars are heavy favorites (-9.5) against the Houston Texans, and Etienne should see plenty of opportunities. Houston’s run defense has struggled in the past, and Etienne has the potential to exploit their weaknesses. He’s a versatile back who can contribute in both the running and passing game, making him a valuable asset for your lineup.
Bijan Robinson (RB – DK $7,800)
Bijan Robinson has been impressive with a growing snap share and significant touches. He’s averaging nearly 20 touches and over 127 total yards per game. Robinson excels in gaining yards after contact and as a pass-catching threat. Despite facing a tough Detroit run defense, Robinson’s pass-game involvement provides him with a valuable role. Keep an eye on his usage and expect him to continue delivering solid fantasy production.
Jerome Ford (RB – DK $4,800)
Jerome Ford steps into a prominent role for the Cleveland Browns following Nick Chubb‘s injury. While Kareem Hunt is back in the mix, Ford is expected to lead the backfield, at least for this week. Priced at just $4,800, Ford is a value play with high ownership potential. He could be a popular choice in cash games due to his affordability and expected workload.
Wide Receivers (WR)
Now, let’s dive into the wide receiver options for your Week 3 Draftkings lineup. These wideouts offer a mix of talent, opportunity, and favorable matchups that could lead to big fantasy points:
Justin Jefferson (WR – MIN): $9,700 vs. LAC
Justin Jefferson is a must-consider player for your lineup in Week 3. He’s been a target machine with 25 targets in the first two games, ranking second in the league. Facing the Chargers in a game with a massive total of 54 points, Jefferson is in an excellent spot to shine. He’s already accumulated 150+ receiving yards in both of Minnesota’s games this season, showcasing his elite talent. The Chargers’ defense has struggled against wide receivers, making Jefferson an attractive option, even at his premium price. If you’re looking for a high-floor + high-ceiling receiver, Jefferson is that dude.
Tyreek Hill (WR – MIA): $9,000 vs. DEN
Tyreek Hill continues to be a reliable option for your cash games. Leading all players with 31 DraftKings points per game, Hill is a game-changer. Facing a struggling Denver defense that allowed 35 points in Week 2, Hill has the potential for another explosive performance. Denver has been using man coverage, and Hill excels against it. With a 32% target share, 39% TPRR, and 4.1 YPRR against man coverage, Hill is poised to have a big day. Don’t hesitate to roster him in Week 3.
Nico Collins (WR – HOU): $5,300 at JAX
Nico Collins presents great value in Week 3. He’s seen 20 targets in the first two weeks, showcasing his importance in Houston’s pass-heavy offense. Facing the Jaguars as underdogs, the Texans may need to rely on their passing game, providing Collins with ample opportunities. Priced at just $5,300, Collins is a steal considering his target volume. He’s been productive, scoring 14 and 31 DK points in the first two games. Don’t overlook him as he could be a key contributor to your lineup this week.
Amari Cooper (WR – CLE): $5,700 vs. TEN
Amari Cooper offers both value and upside in Week 3. Cooper leads the Browns in receptions, receiving yards, and targets through two weeks, making him a favorite target of Deshaun Watson. While running the ball effectively against the Titans may be challenging, Tennessee’s vulnerability lies in defending the pass. Cooper’s price tag below $6,000 is enticing, and he has a history of performing well through injuries. Assuming his health holds up, he could deliver a strong outing against a susceptible Titans secondary.
Mike Williams (WR – LAC): $6,000 vs. MIN
With Austin Ekeler potentially sidelined, Mike Williams could see an uptick in targets in Week 3. Williams received 13 targets in his previous game against the Chiefs and has been used more in the slot this season. This versatility adds to his appeal, especially considering his price is lower than Keenan Allen‘s. He has a 24.3% target share and a 32.1% air yard share, making him a valuable asset in the Chargers’ passing game. Williams is a cost-effective way to get exposure to the LAC passing attack.
Marquise Brown (WR – ARI): $4,900 vs. DAL
Marquise Brown may seem like a wildcard pick, but there’s method to the madness. He’s the top receiver in Arizona’s offense and could benefit from garbage time production in a projected blowout against the Cowboys. Arizona is expected to throw the ball frequently to keep up with Dallas. Brown’s price tag of below $5,000 makes him an affordable option with potential upside. While the Cowboys’ defense is intimidating, Brown’s opportunity could lead to valuable fantasy points.
Jayden Reed (WR – GB): $3,800 vs. NO
For those looking to save money at the wide receiver position, Jayden Reed is an intriguing choice. Priced at just $3,800, Reed offers significant value. Despite limited route volume, he has a 25% target share from Jordan Love in the first two weeks. While the Packers may not be a pass-heavy team, Reed’s affordability allows you to allocate more budget elsewhere. He has the potential to provide a solid return on investment.
Tight Ends (TE)
Navigating the tight end position in DFS can be challenging, but we’ve got some options for you to consider in Week 3. Here are the top tight ends to target for your DraftKings lineup:
Sam LaPorta (TE – DET): $4,000 vs. ATL
Sam LaPorta has been a pleasant surprise, stepping into the role left by TJ Hockenson and producing well. He’s recorded five catches in each of the first two games, a feat not many tight ends are achieving right now. At just above $5,000, LaPorta offers great value, especially in cash games. Facing the Atlanta Falcons, who rank 23rd in OPRK against opposing tight ends, makes this matchup even more enticing. LaPorta is showing early promise as a rookie tight end, and he’s worth considering for your Week 3 lineup.
Taysom Hill (TE – NOS): $3,300 at GB
Taysom Hill‘s versatility is on full display in Week 3. With rumors of him getting more carries and potential goal-line work, Hill becomes an intriguing option at the tight end position. Priced at just $3,300, he’s an absolute bargain. While he’s not your traditional tight end, his role in the Saints’ running game could provide significant value. With injuries to other key players, Hill’s involvement in various facets of the game makes him an intriguing fantasy option.
Kyle Pitts (TE – ATL): $3,900 at DET
Kyle Pitts, despite some early-season struggles, remains one of the most talented tight ends in the NFL. Priced below $4,000, he’s a worthwhile punt play for Week 3. The matchup against the Detroit Lions is favorable, as they’ve allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. While Pitts may not have lived up to expectations yet, his potential for a breakout game is still there. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly tight end with upside, consider rostering Pitts.
Defense can make or break your DFS lineup, so let’s take a look at some of the defenses worth considering for Week 3:
Dallas Cowboys D/ST: $4,400 at ARI
The Dallas Cowboys’ defense has been on fire in terms of fantasy production, averaging an incredible 26 DraftKings points per game. This level of performance has made them a popular choice in DFS, and for good reason. They are facing the Arizona Cardinals, who are struggling offensively and have one of the worst offenses in the NFL. The Cowboys’ defense should be in a prime position to capitalize on the Cardinals’ struggles, making them an attractive option despite their higher price tag.
New York Jets D/ST: $2,800 vs. NE
While the New York Jets may have their struggles on offense, their defense has shown promise. They are facing the New England Patriots in a game with a low 37-point total, indicating a defensive battle. Both teams have struggled offensively, and this matchup provides an opportunity for the Jets’ defense to shine. Priced below $3,000, they offer good value, especially considering that the Patriots have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing D/STs. The Jets’ defense could prove to be a solid budget-friendly choice for Week 3.
Kansas City Chiefs D/ST vs. Chicago Bears
The Chiefs’ defense faces the Chicago Bears in what could be a favorable matchup. If they can create turnovers and put pressure on the Bears’ offense, they have the potential for a strong fantasy performance.
New England Patriots D/ST vs. New York Jets
The Jets and Patriots both have struggled offensively, and this game could turn into a defensive battle, making the Patriots’ defense an intriguing option.
That’s all I’ve got for today
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