Week 3 is upon us already and it’s starting to become easier to tell which teams to pick on when setting your Fanduel lineups. The Saints/Giants game last weekend was a major letdown to a lot of people, but I still managed to cash thanks to playing a number of guys I wrote up in last weekends NFL article. My article format will be the same this week as it was last week. Any dfs or fantasy football questions I’m available @MonstarsDFS.
Cash Goat: Philip Rivers @ IND $8000
Based off of initial projections, Rivers is projected to score the same as, or more than every quarterback ahead of him on Fanduel. I’ll gladly save the money and take him over guys like Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers this weekend. The Colts secondary is depleted and they have not been getting much pressure on opposing quarterbacks either. This game has an over/under of 52, and quite frankly if it doesn’t get close to this number, I will be completely shocked. Expect a good old fashioned shootout in this one.
Other options: Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Palmer, Cam Newton
GPP Goat: Ryan Tannehill vs CLE $7400
Last weekend Tannehill threw 45 times for 389 yards and 2 touchdowns largely because they were getting murdered to New England. With no Arian Foster this weekend (shocker there) and decent weapons in Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker, look for Tannehill to put up decent numbers against a Cleveland Browns defense that ranks 21st against the pass so far in 2016. My survivor pool pick last weekend was the Ravens against Cleveland, (you’re welcome) and I’ll stick with picking on the Browns and tell you to take Miami this weekend. You can once again thank me later.
Other Options: Marcus Mariota, Joe Flacco
Cash Goat: Melvin Gordon @ IND $7100
Gordon is off to a nice start in his sophomore season and it appears that a Wisconsin Badgers running back might actually be relevant in the NFL. With Danny Woodhead sidelined for the season, Gordon is going to be asked to pick up the load and should see a bulk of the carriers in San Diego from here on out. Gordon ran 24 times for 102 yards and a score last weekend, and should be in line for another nice outing against a Colts defense that just isn’t good. He’s a RB1 based off of my projections this weekend, making him a must start in cash at his cheap price tag.
Other Options: DeAngelo Williams, Ezekiel Elliot, DeMarco Murray, Isaiah Crowell
GPP Goat: Theo Riddick $6400 @ GB $6400
For GPP I like to look for running backs that are skilled pass catchers because the extra PPR points are very helpful. Riddick fits this description and could see a lot of work against Green Bay with Ameer Abdullah sidelined for this game. The Packers defense is actually pretty good, but Riddick is arguably the most talented player on the Lions when he has the ball in his hands, and I think the Lions will have a game plan built to get him as many touches as possible on Sunday.
Other Options: Jerick McKinnon, Fozzy Whittaker, Ryan Mathews, Charles Sims, Kenyan Drake
Cash Goat: Antonio Brown @ PHI $9500
Brown should be considered in cash every week, but this week I am making sure to fit him in my lineups. I faded him last week and it paid off, but this week I’m going right back to him. He did not have a good game last weekend and I’d be shocked if he put up back to back below average games. Brown saw 11 targets last weekend but only hauled in 4 catches. We can chalk that up to mother nature. Look for Brown to see double digit targets again this weekend, but expect him to turn those into some big plays against an Eagles secondary that hasn’t faced any talent so far this season.
Other Options: Jordy Nelson, Kelvin Benjamin, Larry Fitzgerald, TY Hilton, Jarvis Landry
GPP Goat: Travis Benjamin @ IND $6900
More Chargers here and you should be starting to get my hint. As stated before, Indy’s secondary is atrocious. Benjamin has 14 targets through 2 games, and he appears to be Phillip Rivers favorite target with no Keenan Allen. Benjamin is a borderline cash play, but I’m sticking him in the GPP section for now because two weeks is a small sample size and I don’t fully trust his target consistency yet.
Other Options: Mike Wallace, Randall Cobb, Allen Robinson, Phillip Dorsett, DeVante Parker, Quincy Enunwa
Cash Goat: Jason Witten vs CHI $6000
Wittin saw a dramatic decrease in targets last weekend, but he still made the most of his opportunities hauling in 3/4 targets for 51 yards. Rookie Dak Prescott looks comfortable with the offense and Witten will continue to be one of his first reads when he’s dropping back in the pocket. He’s a safe cash play this weekend if you don’t want to pay up for one of the top guys at the position.
Other Options: Greg Olson, Delanie Walker, Jordan Reed, Dwayne Allen, Antonio Gates
GPP Goat: Virgil Green @ CIN $4800
Green is questionable this weekend with a calf strain, but if he suits up I want to play him in a few tournament lineups. Since the start of last season, Cincy ranks dead last against tight ends and they gave up a score to Pittsburgh’s Jesse James last week. Green has yet to find the end zone this season, but he makes for a solid GPP play because of the Bengals inability to cover opposing tight ends.
Other Options: Eric Ebron, Jared Cook, Jimmy Graham, Kyle Rudolph
Dan Bailey vs CHI $4700
Every article I will reiterate how dumb it is that you have to pick a kicker but that’s life on Fanduel. I’ve played Bailey both weeks so far so I might as well stick with him again since Dallas has a chance to score a lot of points Sunday night against the Bears. Bailey is 5/5 on FGs this season, and the Dallas offense is more than capable of moving the ball. With a rookie QB however, the chances of having to settle for a field goal increase inside the redzone.
Other Options: Justin Tucker, Mason Crosby, Graham Gano, Chandler Catanzaro
Arizona Cardinals @ BUF $5100
I love the Cardinals defense this week against the Bills. Rex Ryan can’t figure out how to move the ball (as usual) and Buffalo ranks 30th in passing and 24th in rushing so far this season. Mix in the fact that the Cardinals have one of the best defenses in the NFL and you get very high upside.
Other Options: Seattle, Carolina, Dallas, Miami, Baltimore
Hopefully this article helps you find some value plays for your lineups this weekend. Good luck!