FantasyDraft Week 3 DFS Plays: Running Backs and Wide Receivers
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Week 3 in DFS is here and we are starting to have enough data to make educated decisions when constructing our lineups. Throughout the season, I will identify cash game options and tournament plays at each position so you can set a winning lineup.
Cash Game Option:
Philadelphia Eagles Corey Clement ($9,000) – The highest priced running back in Week 3 belongs to New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara at $17,600, but we have a chance to roster a starting running back for almost half that price. The Eagles backfield is hurting with Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles dealing with injuries that will make them unavailable for Week 3. Clement should be locked in for at least 15 touches which him makes a strong cash game option. The Eagles are facing the Indianapolis Colts who allowed six receptions to the Cincinnati Bengals running backs in Week 1 and an incredible 16 catches in Week 2 to Washington Redskins running backs. Going back to the Eagles playoff run of last year, Clement has hauled in 15 passes. Clement will be chalky, but that is fine as the salary relief allows us to construct a strong lineup. Clement does have a questionable tag after practicing on a limited basis Friday, but the injury isn’t considered serious and we should feel confident with the running back in our lineup.
San Francisco 49ers Matt Breida ($10,300) – On the surface, Breida looks like he can be a cash game option as he currently leads the league in rushing yards through two games with 184. However, if we take a closer look, teammate Alfred Morris has played more snaps than Breida in each of the first two games. I think that will eventually change, but we want to lock in security in our cash game lineups and it’s hard to do that with Breida since he isn’t the main ball carrier. This is why he makes a great tournament option as the upside is huge, evidenced by his 66-yard touchdown run in Week 2. The 49ers face the Kansas City Chiefs in a game that has the highest over/under according to Vegas at 55. We want a piece of this game, especially in tournaments if we do a game stack. Breida’s price is fair and it’s an added bonus that he has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
Cash Game Option:
New England Patriots Chris Hogan ($12,600) – The FantasyDraft Sunday slate includes the primetime match-up between the Patriots and the Lions and it should not go unnoticed. Vegas has set the over/under at 53.5 which is on par with the Falcons-Saints game. The Patriots are 6.5 point favorites and projected to score 29 points. We need to have exposure to this game and it can come in the form of Hogan. The receiver let us down in Week 1 as he only caught one pass, but bounced back in a difficult match-up in Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars as he found the endzone twice. The good news is he’s been targeted five times in both contests and I expect that to rise and it could happen this week. If we just look at the total passing yards allowed, the Lions rank fourth in football, but in defense DVOA according to Football Outsiders, the Lions are ranked 27th so the stats on the surface is misleading. Hogan is in a nice spot and not overly expensive when constructing your lineup.
Houston Texans Will Fuller (11,000) – If wanting to go a little cheaper to fit in other high priced studs, Will Fuller is not a bad option. The wide out has been extremely effective when Deshaun Watson is under center as he has scored eight touchdowns. Fuller missed Week 1, but didn’t miss a beat in Week 2 as he caught eight passes on nine targets for 113 yards and a touchdown. I like the Texans offense a lot this week and I think a lot of people will team Watson with fellow wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins so Fuller even makes sense in tournaments as he will come with lower ownership.
Chicago Bears Allen Robinson ($11,200) – Robinson made his presence known in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks as he converted 14 targets into 10 catches for 83 yards. Through two games, Robinson has been targeted 21 times. Robinson also ranks in the top 10 in the league among receivers in market share at 30 percent. This stat shows us how much a team is relying on players throughout the game so the Bears are focused on utilizing the wide out which shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Bears now go up against a Cardinals defense that is ranked 30th in defense DVOA and allowed Jared Goff to throw the ball for 354 yards in Week 2. Robinson has just as much upside as many of the receivers this week, but comes at a discount and lower ownership.