DraftKings NFL Week 3 Lineup Strategy
This is one of those weeks where matchups and injuries are 100% dictating our FanDuel and DraftKings targets, so the two sets are almost identical mirrors of one another. Given the two scoring systems are fairly similar, and pricing between the two is usually fairly proportional, this makes sense. However, given the full PPR scoring format, and the fact that we don’t love the top-end RB options, we tend to lean more towards cheaper PPR RB targets on DraftKings which allows us to load up on big name receivers.
DraftKings Week 3 QB Targets
DraftKings Price: $7,000
Eli’s price is much more attractive on FanDuel, but we will still have our share of Manning lineups this week. Washington has allowed a completion percentage of over 73 through two games, will perform better against the Giants anemic run game (32/66 last week), and this is a game we can see turning into a drawn out throw fest with 45+ attempts for both Manning and Cousins.
DraftKings Price: $6,200
Tannehill should be the top owned QB on DraftKings this week. That’s what you get when a guy who averaged nearly 22 ppg against the Seahawks and Pats is priced at just $6,200. You can’t miss here… the Browns defense is a disaster, the Dolphins can’t run the ball, and Adam Gase will have a gameplan ready for a must win week 3 matchup.
DraftKings Week 3 RB Targets
DraftKings Price: $6,300
We new Murray would run hard and score touchdowns behind this built-to-run Titans defensive line, but his pass catching has been the real money maker on DraftKings this season. Through 2 weeks, Murray has caught 12 of 14 targets, and looks poised to not only be Tennessee’s leading rusher, but to be one of the leading pass catching backs in the NFL in 2016.
DraftKings Price: $5,800
Gordon gets his first shot at becoming an every down back in the NFL, and it comes in an absolute cupcake matchup. We have relentlessly picked on the Colts defense this season, so why stop now? They are allowing 4.5 ypc, 125 ypg, and 1.5 touchdowns per game. Gordon is a lock and is clearly the top RB value on the board in week 3.
DraftKings Price: $4,900
Theo Riddick is an absolute nightmare running the ball. He spins in the hole when he doesn’t need to, misses other holes, doesn’t have the power to run between the tackles… we could continue. However, he has a knack for always making the first man miss, something he will need to do to have any production against the Packers who are allowing 1.1 ypc this season. Where he really earns his living is catching the ball not running it. We think Detroit throws it a ton in this matchup, and one of the spots they have a distinct advantage is Riddick out of the backfield. This is one of those games where he may have 12 carries for 8 yards, but goes for 8/80/1 as a pass catcher. We will take it that out of a $4,900 back, and there is always a chance he breaks one long run to give you some value as a runner as well.
DraftKings Week 3 WR Targets
DraftKings Price: $9,600
We wrote in our week one lineup article that you always start Drew Brees in out of conference home games. The same can be said for AB facing NFC defense. He has never missed value against an NFC opponent with Ben as the starting QB. As in never… pull up the game log. The matchup with the Eagles may not put a green number next to his name, but trust me this is a great matchup for 84.
DraftKings Price: $7,000
The matchup doesn’t look great on paper, but after going to Arizona to face a Cardinals defense in a must-win situation, we are betting Winston and Evans fair better against the Rams in week 2. Los Angeles doesn’t have a ton of talent in their secondary, and have relied on pressure the past few seasons. However, they aren’t getting it this year as they are 3rd to last in the NFL in sacks. Give Winston time, and Evans will have little trouble beating this secondary.
DraftKings Price: $4,900
As we wrote in our FanDuel week 3 article, we love both Parker and Landry in this week and really you could make a strong case for Jordan Cameron as well. The Dolphins desperately need a momentum shifting win, and with Foster out will likely lean heavily on the passing attack to get it. In his first appearance of the season, Parker caught 8 of 13 targets for 106 yards. I think you can add a touchdown to that line this week.
DraftKings Price: $4,400
Of the Colts pass catchers with the most to gain if Mocrief misses any time, Dorsett and Jack Doyle really jump out to us. Dorsett has flashed big play ability, but has never received enough targets to be a consistent fantasy receiver. If he does see a 4-5 target bump in week 3, it will happen to coincide with a great matchup. The Chargers have given up the 3rd most big plays and 4th most yards through two weeks this season.
DraftKings Week 3 TE Targets
DraftKings Price: $2,500
Doyle followed up his monster week one performance with what you would look for in week 2. He played well, but not well enough to come off that minimum salary line. Doyle was on the field for over 60% of the Colts offensive snaps, and caught 4 of 5 targets for 37 yards in a really, really tough matchup. Sledding will get considerably easier back at home, facing the Chargers in week 3.