FanDuel NFL Week 3 Lineup Picks – 9/24/2017 Slate

Our favorite plays, bargains, and lineup strategy for FanDuel’s week 3 slate of contests.

FanDuel NFL Week 3 Lineup Strategy

With week 2 completely in the books, we turn our attention to the week three slate of contests on FanDuel. While FanDuel reduced the size of some of it’s more popular GPP’s, there are still a ton of intriguing contests posted for the week.

For those of you that missed it, we did a rough overview of this slate, the contests currently up in the FanDuel lobby, as well as a look at current Vegas lines, target leaders, and our favorite positional matchups for the week. Click here to pull that article up in a new window.

Before we jump right into our picks for the week 3 slate of contests on FanDuel, let’s take a look at the winner from FanDuel’s week 2 Sunday Million contest. As is so often the case, the winner had a fairly balanced lineup, with all six RB/WR/TE players finding the end zone last week.

There isn’t anything too crazy here. We all had these players in our pool for the week. It’s just a matter of getting the right combination, and a little bit of luck.

Top Week 3 FanDuel QB Plays

PlayerOpponentDraftKings PriceProj. Value
Cam NewtonNew Orleans$8,1003.15
Kirk CousinsOakland$7,6003.45
Deshone KizerIndianapolis$6,9003.6

Cam Newton is clearly the chalk QB play for week 3, and I would expect his ownership % to be well over 20% despite the bad start. That being said, the value is too good here to pass on him this week. The Saints are allowing 28.16 FanDuel PPG, which isn’t terrible considering their opponent QB rating through the first two weeks is 141.4, with 17 plays over 20 yards, 389 YPG and a 6/0 TD/INT ratio. Go ham Cam.

It’s just a matter of time before Kirk Cousins and co get clicking in Washington. This has been one of the more prolific passing attacks in the NFL over the past few seasons, and while there are new faces, it’s still a loaded group of pass catchers. The Raiders secondary gave up 35 points to the Titans and Jets, and I expect Cousins to put up a bigger number than Mariota’s week one 19 point total.

The Cardinals offense is a dumpster fire right now, yet Carson Palmer was able to throw for 330+ yards on just 19 completions against the Colts. Deshone Kizer isn’t Carson Palmer, but he has a considerably better offensive line, and I would argue Hue Jackson is getting more out of this Browns offense than Arians is out of Arizona right now. Additionally, Kizer looks like he will get you 3-9 points per week on the ground.

Top Week 3 FanDuel RB Plays

PlayerOpponentDraftKings PriceProj. Value
Jay AjayiNY Jets$8,2003.2
Ty MontgomeryCincinnati$7,2002.69
Isaiah CrowellIndianapolis$6,6002.53
Ameer AbdullahFalcons$6,1002.59

We are all in on Jay Ajayi and his matchup with the Jets this Sunday. Anytime you get a guy that has averaged 22 touches per week over his last 13 games, facing a defense that is giving up 33 PPG to opposing RB’s, it’s as close to a lock as you’re going to find. Ajayi will hit 100 yards and score at least one touchdown this week.

It’s tough to make an argument for the guys that we like priced around Ty Montgomery (Gordon, McCaffrey, and Lynch) when this guy has been so consistent through the first two weeks. He plays virtually every snap, and put up 43.3 fantasy points while averaging just 3 ypc on his 29 carries. He hasn’t been a good RB, but his skill as a receiver and the fact that he gets all of the goal line work in this offense has been more than enough to make him a solid start every week.

We were higher on Isaiah Crowell heading into this season than most experts would admit after two lackluster performances. However, he is running behind a loaded offensive line, and after facing Baltimore and Pittsburgh in back-to-back weeks, Indy’s defense should seem like a walk in the park.

Ameer Abdullah flashed the upside that Detroit has been raving about through the offseason, but the game flow didn’t give him quite the number of opportunities he would generally see in the passing game. Expect that to be where he does his damage against the Falcons on Sunday. While it was promising to see him rush for nearly 90 yards on just 17 carries against a tough defense on Monday night, we want to target Abdullah in volume matchups where the Lions are expected to go more uptempo and run more plays. They spent the majority of the second

Top Week 3 FanDuel WR Plays

PlayerOpponentDraftKings PriceProj. Value
A.J. GreenGreen Bay$7,5002.68
Keenan AllenKansas City$7,2002.64
DeVantae ParkerNY Jets$6,5002.87
Devin FunchessNew Orleans$4,8002.92
Markus WheatonPittsburgh$4,6002.78

A.J. Green is our top play at receiver for this week 3 slate. The Packers continue to give up huge, efficient production to opposing number one receivers. The move to Bill Lazor can only help get Green back to the guy that looked like the best receiver in football for stretches of last season.

Another player who is due for a breakout game is Keenan Allen. Allen has seen 20 targets in the first two weeks, and put up a solid 9/100 on 10 targets against the Dolphins. This is clearly his first great matchup of the season, facing a Chiefs defense that is giving up 33 FanDuel PPG to opposing receivers.

DeVante Parker is going to be a 10 target/game, top 20 receiver this season and that starts this week against a Jets secondary that he should shred. The Jets have issues all over the field, but it’s clear the Dolphins want to get their uber-talented receiver rolling early this season, and we expect to see Parker break at least one long touchdown.

We were already all aboard the Funchess-mobile heading into this season, and now that Olsen is out, I think there is a chance we get to see just how off the charts his potential is. Throughout the offseason, all we heard from every member of the Panthers staff was that they needed to get Funchess more involved in 2017. What better time from a fantasy perspective than against the Saints?

If you are looking for an off the radar play, Markus Wheaton is an intriguing option. The Bears view Wheaton as a big play receiver with game breaking speed, and given the thin group of receivers around him he could be busy on Sunday if he indeed is active and a starter. At just $100 above the FanDuel minimum, Wheaton could be a huge bargain this week if he sees 10+ targets in another game that the Bears will likely trail in.

Top Week 3 FanDuel TE Plays

PlayerOpponentDraftKings PriceProj. Value
Travis KelceLA Chargers$7,1002.21
Jack DoyleCleveland$5,3002.48

For the second week in a row, Kelce is really the low hanging fruit at the tight end spot in this slate. The Chargers are already 32nd in the NFL in DVOA vs tight ends, and it’s likely going to stay that way throughout the season. The strength of this defense is the pass rush and corners on the outside. So, where do you attack them? With the tight end… and Andy Reid clearly knows that and knows how to get Kelce involved.

Agent Jack Doyle is clearly the guy Jacoby Brissett is most comfortable with in this Colts offense, and he should be busy once again this week. The Browns are starting some of the youngest safety/linebacker groups in the NFL, and it’s showing in their tight end defense numbers. On the year, they are allowing a 90% completion percentage on targets to opposing tight ends, and have given up 19 PPG to the position through the first two weeks. The Colts offense can’t do much, but the plays they ran for Doyle against the Cardinals were their best weapons last week and should be the focal point once again in week 3.

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Written by Chris Lollis

Chris is the lead researcher and writer for The Daily Audible. He has a decade of experience in sports gambling, handicapping, daily fantasy sports, scouting, and analysis.

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