Week 3 Value Players
FANDUEL VALUE PLAYERS
Quarterback ($7500 or less)
Ryan Tannehill ($7400) vs. CLE: Tannehill quietly finished as the fourth highest scoring quarterback last week. This week he gets a cake matchup with the Browns. Through two weeks, the Browns rank 22nd in defensive DVOA according to FootballOutsiders.com. The Miami quarterback seems to be in a prime spot to pay off his price tag.
Running Back ($7000 or less)
Isaiah Crowell ($6900) @ MIA: Miami is one of the worst defenses in the league against the run. Cleveland is on their 5674632 quarterback over the last few years and will most likely have him just game manage. If this game stays close, I can project Crowell to get about 18 carries and he has the potential to turn those carries into 100 yards and a touchdown against a terrible run defense.
Wide Receiver ($7000 or less)
Travis Benjamin ($6900) @ IND: The Colts defense is just ahead of the Raiders as the worst against the pass in the league. Everybody knows about the situation in San Diego but Benjamin had 6 catches for 115 yards and two scores. He has the potential to do that again against the Colts.
Jarvis Landry ($7000) vs. CLE: Jarvis Landry is a target monster. 23 targets in two games this season is no joke and he is already proven to be a favorite of Tannehill. I think he is a must in cash games due to the volume alone. If he can somehow get into the end zone vs. a bad Browns defense, he could be in for a big day.
Stefon Diggs ($5100) @ CAR: The price on Diggs has not yet adjusted to his showing on Sunday night. This price is simply just too cheap for a guy who is averaging 10 targets per game. The Vikings should be losing this game, forcing them to throw. The Panthers secondary is still good, but it is not elite like last year with the departure of Norman. I expect another 8-12 targets for Diggs and there is definitely upside for a big game just like we saw on Sunday night.
Tight End ($5200 or less)
Dennis Pitta ($5000) @ JAX: Pitta saw 12 targets and caught nine of them for 102 yards receiving. This week Baltimore gets the Jaguars defense that looked terrible this last weekend against the Chargers. Pitta seems like the consistent target for Joe Flacco and should remain a part of your plans throughout the weekend.
DRAFTKINGS VALUE PLAYERS
Quarterback ($6000 or less)
Marcus Mariota ($5900) vs. OAK: The Titans should be losing this game and the Raiders have a “Funnel” defense which leads to more pass attempts for Mariota. Oakland has given up over 800 yards in the air over TWO games, and Mariota is in a prime spot to pay off his $5900 price tag.
Running Back ($5000 or less)
Jerick Mckinnon ($3800) & Matt Asiata ($3000) @ CAR: Mckinnon should get about 65% of the carries this week. Asiata gets most of the goal line work though, limiting the upside of Mckinnon. Another worry is the matchup. The Panthers have only given up 186 yards on the ground this year. At these low prices, you aren’t asking for much and I think both of these players will be able to hit value this week based on opportunity if you need an extreme punt.
Wide Receiver ($5000 or less)
Tyrell Williams ($4300) @ IND: The Colts defense is just ahead of the Raiders as the worst against the pass in the league. This game could be a shootout with two teams who love to pass. Last week, Williams had 3 receptions for 61 yards and a score. He also had 6 targets and has a large size advantage over the entire Colts secondary. He should easily reach value.
Phillip Dorsett ($4400) vs. SD: Dorsett should see the biggest increase of workload with the injury to Moncrief. He is already having a solid year and will only improve with the increase in targets. His 11.3 yards per target is the 10th-highest rate among all wide receivers. Throw in a potential shootout with San Diego at home in a dome. Yes please.
Cole Beasley ($3200) vs CHI: I am still not sure why DraftKings has no raised Beasley’s price tag. He has emerged as a favorite target for rookie Dak Prescott and has 13 receptions for 140 yards through two games. He should easily pay off his near minimum price tag against a Bears defense that did not look good at all on Monday night. He is near a must play if you want to be paying up for multiple studs.
Tight End ($4500 or less)
Trey Burton ($2500) vs. PIT This pick hinges on the status of Zach Ertz. With Zach Ertz out this last week and potentially again for Week 3, Trey Burton stepped right in with no problems. He was on the field for 41.9% of snaps. In these snaps he ran a route on 26 of Wentz’s 39 drop backs and he caught 5 out of 7 targets for 49 yards and a very great 15.9 fantasy points. You aren’t asking for much from a guy who is min salary, but he has the upside to really crush his value in week 3.
Author: Rob Mazeika (Twitter)