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    NFL DFS Value Plays - Week 3

    By Mark Dankenbring
    DFS Football Value Plays – Week 3

    With Week 3 of the NFL season upon us, let's take a look at who sets up to have the most value based on their salary in daily fantasy for DraftKings and FanDuel. With injuries opening up expanded roles for certain players, and favorable matchups starting to be determined after two weeks, we have a solid list of value plays this week. Value plays are centered around players who are below the average salary cost for their position and will produce the most points per dollar spent. Below are a list of some highlighted players on both platforms, but to see a full ranking of players and their value this week, visit our Optimizer tool for full control over your lineup.

    Each player is listed with their salary and projected points for the week.



    Tannehill squares off against the Cleveland Browns this Sunday at home after throwing for 387 yards and two touchdowns against the Patriots last week. He comes in at only $6,200 and tops the list of DraftKings QBs at $295/pt for us. In two games so far, the Browns have given up 580 passing yards and four touchdowns, making Tannehill a good threat to post a 300+ yard passing game which would trigger a 3-point bonus on DraftKings. He can also add a few points on the ground, as he's rushed for 52 yards and a touchdown over the first two games.

    The Raiders travel to Tennessee to play the Titans this Sunday after having given up the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks after two weeks. After two games, the Raiders have allowed 719 passing yards and seven touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks. Mariota has thrown for at least 238 yards and two touchdowns in each of his first two games, so look for him to spread the wealth between Tajae Sharpe, Delanie Walker, and Rishard Matthews against the Raiders' weak secondary.

    Running Backs

    McKinnon enters the weekend as our best value play at the running back position. With the injury of Adrian Peterson, McKinnon is in line to receive the majority of the touches in the Vikings backfield. The Panthers stifled the running game in a blowout against San Francisco last weekend, but managed to allow C.J. Anderson to rush for 97 yards and touchdown and catch four passes for 47 yards and a score. With McKinnon's pass catching skills out of the backfield and increased workload, look for him to provide a lot of bang for his buck this weekend.

    The Browns' running back has had some great early season success with new head coach Hue Jackson at the helm. Crowell has carried the ball 30 times for 195 yards and two scores this year, including an 85-yard touchdown run last weekend. Crowell will face the Dolphins on Sunday, who just gave up 123 yards and a touchdown to LeGarrette Blount last weekend. With Cody Kessler under center and a depleted receiving core, expect Crowell to get a lot of action on Sunday.

    Wide Receivers

    Beasley has been Dak Prescott's favorite target through two weeks, catching 13 passes for 140 yards. With a measly salary of $3,200, Beasley is a very cheap alternative against a Bears defense who allowed 167 yards and two scores to receivers Week 1, and if it wasn't for a Jordan Matthews drop would have allowed 150+ yards and a touchdown in Week 2 as well. Beasley comes in as our top value play for Week 3 Wide Receivers.

    The Chargers head to Indy on Sunday to square off against a Colts team that allowed 340 yards and 3 touchdowns to Matthew Stafford at home Week 1. With the injuries to Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead, Williams saw an uptick in involvement Week 2, playing 51 snaps while getting targeted six times, hauling in three of those for 61 yards and a touchdown. Williams has established himself as the big play threat for the Chargers, so look for him to potentially get loose and score a touchdown against a banged up Colts secondary.

    Dorsett figures to be the number two wide receiver for this weekend after the injury to Donte Moncrief. He enters the week having caught five passes for 124 yards this season, but played 10 more snaps in Week 2 compared to Week 1. In an offense that loves to throw the ball, Dorsett is likely to see around 10 targets this week with Justin Verrett likely to shadow T.Y. Hilton all game. If Dorsett can haul in a majority of those targets and potentially find the end zone, you have yourself a great value play at wide receiver in Week 3.

    Tight Ends

    The Vikings' tight end comes into Week 3 as our highest valued tight end at $279/point. Through two weeks, Rudolph has seen 16 targets, catching seven of those for 96 yards and a touchdown. Rudolph is a nice big body for Sam Bradford to target in the red zone, as the rest of the Vikings pass catchers lack size on the perimeter. Therefore, look for him to be a safety net all game for Bradford and receive around eight targets once again.

    Tamme enters Week 3 in third place among tight ends in DraftKings points. Tamme has seen eight targets in each of the first two games, hauling in 11 of them for 126 yards and a score. New Orleans has been relatively stingy against the tight end position so far, but in a game that is likely to feature a lot of passing from each team, Tamme is in line to get plenty of looks.



    Smith is trying to bounce back from a sub 4-point FanDuel performance last week after posting 29 in Week 1. He'll face a Jets defense that has allowed 673 yards passing and four touchdowns over the first two weeks. With Jamaal Charles expected to be active this weekend, Smith will gain another target out of the backfield. Also, with a defense that loves to get after the quarterback, Smith will likely have to scramble and pick up some yards on the ground, which is always a nice bonus in fantasy scoring.

    *See Explanation Above*

    Running Backs

    Gore enters this weekend having scored 23.6 FanDuel points on the year. He comes in as our highest value at running back with $404/pt this week against a San Diego defense who allowed Spencer Ware to score 29.4 points against them in Week 1. Gore has averaged nearly four yards a carry this year, and has also caught seven passes out of the backfield. If the Colts can build any kind of lead, look for Gore to get around 20 carries and have good production against the Chargers.

    Wide Receivers

    The Saints' rookie wide out comes into Week 3 having caught 10 of his 11 targets for 114 yards. He'll face an Atlanta defense who has allowed 288 yards and three touchdowns to opposing wide outs thus far. New Orleans will be at home, where Drew Brees threw for 423 yards and 4 TDs in Week 1, and where Brees threw 23 of his 32 touchdowns in 2015. Thomas will likely see the same amount of targets, if not more this week, and if he can find his way into the end zone he'll make for a great value play at only $5,200.

    *See Explanation Above*

    Tight Ends

    After missing all of 2015, Pitta finds himself as one of Joe Flacco's favorite targets once again. After a mediocre three catches for 39 yards in Week 1, Pitta caught 9 of 12 targets in Week 2 for 102 yards. He squares off against Jacksonville who hasn't allowed many yards to tight ends, but gave up a touchdown last week to Antonio Gates. As a great red zone target and one of Flacco's favorites, it's no surprise Pitta tops our tight end value plays in Week 3 at $543/pt.

    *See Explanation Above*
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