(Note: Keep an eye out for my top point-per-dollar play)
WR – Antonio Brown (PIT@CHI, FDPPG: 16.2, FD Salary: $9,000, DKPPG: 22, DK Salary: $9,000):
My top pick of the day at WR is Antonio Brown. I'm sure no one is surprised at how much he's going for either on both DFS sites since he's just about as good as it gets at the WR position (as his past stats have shown since the 2013 season). Brown has yet to catch a TD pass this year, but he's already been targeted 22 times and has caught 16 passes for 244 YDS. It's only a matter of time before he catches a TD pass and I expect him to catch at least one of those this week, with several catches and well over 100 REC YDS against a Bears D that shouldn't be able to slow him down much. Brown is the type of receiver that can shine against just about any defense. Pony up the cash if you want a stud at WR this week.
WR – Mike Evans (TB@MIN), FDPPG: 18.8, FD Salary: $8,600, DKPPG: 22.3, DK Salary: $7,500):
Here's my close second favorite WR pick of the day. Mike Evans was clearly one of the best WRs in the league last season with 96 REC, 1,321 REC YDS and 12 TDS and his upside hasn't even't been reached yet potentially. After all, this is a receiver who is still only 24 years old and is only in his fourth NFL season. His starting QB Jameis Winston has one less year of age and NFL experience under his belt, too, so as these two players grow and mature which they're already doing, so should Tampa Bay's wins in the win/loss column year in and year out. Evans had a solid 93 REC YDS and a TD on seven catches in Week 2 and faces a solid Minnesota secondary next that was one of the best in the league last year, but has looked a little more flawed at the start of this season. Evans is good enough, though (and a lot like Antonio Brown), where he can make even the best of secondaries look pretty average at best. He's a decent cost but should be worth the expense.
RB – Kareem Hunt (KC@LAC), FDPPG: 33.7, FD Salary: $8,300, DKPPG: 37.8, DK Salary: $8,000):
The rookie phenom Kareem Hunt is now averaging ridiculous fantasy points per game on both FanDuel and DraftKings (as you can see above and is well ahead of the next highest scoring RB in fantasy points on both sites) thanks to the solid all-around performances he's had at the start of the season (particularly in Week 1 where he was outstanding running for 148 YDS and finished with three TDS). He will now take on a Chargers D next that has given up plenty of fantasy points to the two previous RBs they've already faced this year (C.J. Anderson and Jay Ajayi). Hunt is a runner that can break free at any point, so he has potential to finish with high RUSH yard totals week in and week out and can add REC YDS to the mix as well. He's also no stranger to finding the end zone (already has five on the season), so this is a particularly safe cash game play seemingly every week now.
QB – Ben Roethlisberger (PIT@CHI, FDPPG: 17.1, FD Salary: $8,000, DKPPG: 17.1, DK Salary: $6,200):
It's only natural for me to want to pair up my top receiving pick for Week 3 with their team's starting QB. Now, of course, that's not always going to be the case but let me explain why I think Ben Roethlisberger is the best top-tier QB to go with this week. For starters, he'll have arguably the best 1&2 receiving core to throw to again (Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant) and also has arguably the best receiver in the game to throw to still (Antonio Brown). Next, he now has a couple of regular season games under his belt this year with his second favorite receiver and that's key because Martavis Bryant was suspended all of the 2016/2017 season, so the two players' timing should be much better now with each other. Finally, Roethlisberger faces a Bears team next that has easily started off as a top 10 worst defense in the league this year in PASS YDS against, so now you can see why this my top-tier QB pick. You should also be able to see now why he is my top point-per-dollar play because many fantasy points should be scored by this pick this Sunday.
RB – Ty Montgomery (CIN@GB, FDPPG: 21.6, FD Salary: $7,200, DKPPG: 24.2, DK Salary: $6,900):
My surest mid-tier RB pick is Ty Montgomery this week. He's a pass catching back who has one of the NFL's best QBs throwing his way (I'm referring to Aaron Rodgers, of course). It's clear that Cincinnati is tough against the pass, but Montgomery is a perfect safety net for his QB due to the amount of dump-off passes he'll likely receive. He should also see an increase in his workload on the ground, too. The Bengals don't tend to do as well against the run as they do against the pass. Montgomery is averaging 57 REC YDS/G and 44.5 RUSH YDS/G with three TDS on the season, so he's had a nice start to 2017 already and shows to have potential to thrive this Sunday.
WR – Michael Crabtree (OAK@WAS, FDPPG: 20.1, FD Salary: $7,700, DKPPG: 23.2, DK Salary: $7,400):
Raiders starting QB David Carr's favorite TD target seems to once again be Michael Crabtree this season. Crabtree started off slow and didn't haul in a single TD catch in Week 1, but he made up for it by catching three TD passes in Week 2. He's now averaging six REC/G and a 81.5 REC YDS/G in his first two contests on the year. He goes up against a Redskins D next that's typically poor at stopping ample REC YDS from opposing receivers and they're also just barely better than average typically at stopping REC TDS. This is an ideal time to plug Crabtree away in any cash game lineup(s) on both FanDuel and DraftKings while he's really clicking with Carr offensively.
QB – Carson Wentz (NYG@PHI, FDPPG: 22.9, FD Salary: $7,700, DKPPG: 26.4, DK Salary: $5,900):
Carson Wentz is off to a hot start this season. He's now top three in TD passes (tied with two other players) and is fourth in PASS YDS. He faces a Giants team next that's not off to the best of starts this year. They're beginning the 2017 season with a disappointing 0-2 record and their D might be vulnerable facing an Eagles offense next that seems much more capable of putting up some points on the board now. Wentz is really hitting his stride with starting TE Zach Ertz at the moment (18 targets, 13 REC and 190 REC YDS) and looks to be finally be gelling with his new top WR Alshon Jeffery, too (20 targets, 10 catches, 130 REC YDS and 1 TD). Wentz's price tag for this week doesn't hurt either compared to some of the other price tags you're going to have to shell out for a top QB right now and it makes him look even better option to consider on both DFS sites.
RB – Christian McCaffrey (NO@CAR, FDPPG: 7.7, FD Salary: $6,800, DKPPG: 10.5, DK Salary: $6,100):
This pick may be off to a slow start this season, but this is exactly the type of matchup rookie Christian McCaffrey should be able to take advantage of because the Saints are just brutally bad against the pass and aren't a very good team against the run either. He also has to help make up for the loss of starting TE Greg Olsen (foot) in Carolina's passing game.These are solid combinations of plus factors for him and negative ones for New Orleans' D because this is a back that caught an abundance of passes in college and needs a little help getting his running game started this year in the pros. I think this will be the week McCaffrey has his first standout game. DFS owners brave enough to give him a go in Week 3 should be ready to get a nice reward in return (fingers crossed).
WR – Kelvin Benjamin (NO@CAR, FDPPG: 6.8, FD Salary: $6,600, DKPPG: 8.6, DK Salary: $6,700):
Here's another pick that's not for the faint of heart but this one, just like the last one, has solid upside. Kelvin Benjamin is another Panthers player not off to the greatest of starts in 2017, but as you know, he faces a team (Saints) that has an awful secondary next. Benjamin should finally see the end zone with at least one TD grab in this one and I'm also expecting him to finish with his first 100+ REC yard game. After all, this is a WR that had 73 catches for 1,008 YDS and nine TDS in his rookie season in 2014/2015. He also had close to a 1,000 YDS REC last year (941) with seven TDS. Benjamin is also in line see extra targets thrown his way this week with his team's starting TE Greg Olsen out with an injury (as you know), so he should be his team's main target on Sunday.
TE – Zach Ertz (NYG@PHI, FDPPG: 12.8, FD Salary: $6,500, DKPPG: 16, DK Salary: $5,000):
Now that you know how well Zach Ertz and his starting QB Carson Wentz are doing this year for Philadelphia, here's another thing to keep in mind as to why I really like this pick this week at the TE spot. Ertz faces a Giants D next that wasn't particularly effective against stopping opposing TE's from hauling in a good chunk of REC YDS last year. In fact, they were actually one of the top 10 worst defenses in the league last season against TEs in REC YDS against. That factor should play a big role again this week in this matchup and should make anyone looking for a solid TE at a reasonable price look directly at this pick.
RB – Chris Carson (SEA@TEN, FDPPG: 7.9, FD Salary: $6,000, DKPPG: 8.5, DK Salary: $4,900):
Rookie Chris Carson carried the ball 20 times for 93 YDS and caught one pass for seven yards last week for his squad. He came in for Thomas Rawls who started the game but only ended up with four RUSH YDS on five RUSH ATT by the end of the contest. Rawls might see more time in Week 3, but the odd of that happening don't look good right now considering how good Carson looked last week and my guess is that Carson is the main man at RB for Seattle moving forward unless he starts to struggle at some point. This pick is a very nice cheap option to go with if you're looking to save some money to spend elsewhere on your FanDuel or DraftKings lineups.
WR – Rashard Higgins (CLE@IND, FDPPG: 13.4, FD Salary: $5,100, DKPPG: 16.9, DK Salary: $4,000):
Now that Browns WR1 Corey Coleman is going to be on the IR for his squad for a good amount of time, Cleveland WR2 and second-year player Rashard Higgins is going to be Cleveland's new go-to receiver. Higgins stepped it up last week for his team when Coleman went down with a hand injury by catching seven passes for 95 YDS and just missed 100 total YDS by adding in four RUSH YDS on one carry. He conveniently faces a questionable Indy D next that was easily a top 10 worst D in REC YDS against last year and actually had a hard time stopping Rams' second-year QB Jared Goff (who had a rough rookie year) in Week 1 of this season. Higgins is a big Week 3 sleeper pick who's dirt cheap.
QB: Matt Ryan, Derek Carr, Cam Newton (only if he starts), Matthew Stafford and Alex Smith
RB: Le'Veon Bell, Jay Ajayi (only if he starts), Devonta Freeman and Tarik Cohen (only if RB Jordan Howard is ruled out)
WR: Julio Jones, Amari Cooper, A.J. Green, Brandin Cooks (only if both Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola are ruled out) Golden Tate, Keenan Allen, Davante Adams and Martavis Bryant
TE: Rob Gronkowski (only if he starts), Travis Kelce, Jordan Reed (only if he starts) and Jack Doyle
K: Nick Folk, Ryan Succop and Wil Lutz
DEF: Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers
By: CD Hill (Twitter)