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FanDuel NFL Lineup Advice: Week 3 (Full Slate)

by Elliott Baas | @ElliottBaasBB | Featured Writer
Sep 18, 2019

After an exciting Week 2, we move on to Week 3 of action in the NFL. This week doesn’t boast one or two games with huge expected totals, meaning the chalk should be more spread out and that we’ll have plenty of options to choose from on this slate. This article covers the full NFL slate for Week 3, which covers every single NFL game beginning on Thursday with TEN @ JAX.

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Quarterback

Tom Brady (NE): $7,800 vs. NYJ
The Patriots have steamrolled their first two opponents for a combined differential of 73 points. New England should be in line for another big victory on Sunday, as they are a -23 favorite over the Jets. While the Pats will likely be grinding clock in the second half of this one, Brady has played a huge role in building these massive leads, with six touchdowns over his first two games. The Jets allowed the sixth-most FanDuel points per game to opposing quarterbacks last season, and they just got shredded by Baker Mayfield for 325 passing yards, 161 of which went to Odell Beckham Jr. Brady is a solid bet to rack up some points in an easy matchup.

Running Back

Dalvin Cook (MIN): $8,300 vs. OAK
Cook has been a monster to start the season, averaging 25.79 FanDuel points per game through the first two weeks. Cook has been fed in these first two games as well, with over 20 carries and over 120 total yards in each performance. Minnesota is a -7 home favorite against Oakland, who allowed the third-most rushing yards in 2018. The Vikings should build a sizable lead doing what they do best, running the ball. If the game script flows as expected, Cook will have another huge week on the ground.

Marlon Mack (IND): $7,000 vs. ATL
Mack had a disappointing Week 2 against the Titans, rushing for just 51 yards on 20 carries, but he draws a much better matchup this week at home against Atlanta. The Falcons were tied for third-highest YPC in 2018, and they allowed the fourth-most FanDuel points per game to opposing running backs last season. Owners may be scared off Mack after a lackluster Week 2, but Mack is still the undisputed workhorse in this backfield, and he proved that he’s capable of big performances in Week 1. He is in a great position to pile up yards and to reach the endzone in what could be a high-scoring affair with Atlanta.

Wide Receivers

Antonio Brown (NE): $7,700 vs. NYJ
It’s hard to pick one receiver to stack with Tom Brady, but Brown is the best bet based on talent, volume, and opportunity. Brown is one of the best wide receivers in all of football, let alone in New England. He also led the team in targets last week, an encouraging sign since it was his first game with the team. Owners might shy away from Brown or any Patriots stack due to the plethora of options in this receiving corps, and that could lead to premium talent going under-owned in an excellent matchup.

Kenny Golladay (DET): $7,000 @ PHI
The Eagles have been atrocious against wide receivers this season, allowing the second-most FanDuel points per game to receivers in 2019, and the fourth-most to receivers in 2018. Sure, we can cut them some slack for getting shredded by Julio Jones, but they were also torched by the likes of Terry McLaurin and Vernon Davis in Week 1. Golladay has averaged 16.95 FanDuel points and 9.5 targets per game in the first two weeks and should be in line for a heavy volume of targets and the production that comes along with it in this one.

John Brown (BUF): $5,900 vs. CIN
Through the first two weeks, Brown has proven that even bad offenses can produce fantasy value. He’s averaged 16.25 FanDuel points and nine targets per game thus far, and he draws an excellent matchup against the Bengals. The Bengals have allowed the third-most passing yards per attempt this season and are coming off an absolute drubbing at the hands of the 49ers. The Bills are a decent contrarian offense to look at in Week 3 GPPs, but Brown makes for a nice value in either GPP or cash games.

Tight End

Austin Hooper (ATL): $5,800 @ IND
Hooper has seen a solid amount of targets and red-zone opportunities in the first two games, and he takes on a weak defense against tight ends with Indianapolis. The Colts have allowed the third-most FanDuel points per game to tight ends, and with a 48.0 O/U, there should be plenty of scoring to go around in this one. Hooper gives us good touchdown potential at a cheap price on this slate.

Flex

Peyton Barber (TB): $6,100 vs. NYG
The Bucs escaped with a Thursday night win in Week 2 thanks to Barber’s reliability on the ground, and Barber did a great job separating himself from Ronald Jones in Tampa Bay’s backfield. He racked up 82 yards on 23 carries with a touchdown, and Barber will ride that performance against one of the worst teams in the NFL on Sunday. Tampa Bay is a whopping -10 favorite in this one, and rather than leave the ball in the hands of turnover-prone Jameis Winston, the Buccaneers will likely elect to sit on the lead and ride Barber to victory.

Also Consider: Frank Gore (BUF): $5,700 vs. CIN

Defense

Minnesota Vikings: $4,200 vs. OAK

This is a great price for a solid defense in a strong matchup, as Minnesota is a -7 favorite at home against a subpar Oakland offense. The Raiders have scored just 26 points in their first two games, and they have committed two turnovers over that stretch. With a 43.0 O/U, this game has the second-lowest expected total of the week, and to get the favorited defense at this price is a steal.

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Elliott Baas is a correspondent at FantasyPros. For more from Elliott, check out his archive and follow him @elliottbaasbb.

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