Week 3 sets up a big week for some of the top offenses. Dallas gets a home matchup against the Miami Dolphins, while a showdown between top fantasy quarterbacks occurs in Kansas City. It is going to be interesting to see the ownership drop on the Saints and Steelers offenses this week. FanDuel lineup construction is set for a pay up at running back type of week, at least for cash games. We also don’t have to worry about much weather throughout the slate. Below is the downloadable cheat sheet with projections and a narrowed down player pool for cash games and tournaments.
Downloadable Week 3 FD Cheat Sheet
Lineup Building Analysis
The cash game build this week is going to set up very similar for a lot of people. Because of the drop in price to a lot of wide receivers, and even extremely cheap wideouts, you can open the salary up for the top running backs. Ezekiel Elliot is going to be a popular play going up against Miami, as he should be. He comes in as the top projected back this week. Dalvin Cook has seen 20+ touches in each week, and gets a home matchup against the Raiders. These are the guys I like for cash games, and will sprinkle in GPPs. They are going to be chalky, so for tournaments you are going to have to differ at other positions. Both Christian McCaffrey and Saquon Barkley are going to be top backs each week, and their volume is going to make them strong plays regardless. Both have enticing matchups in games that could turn into shootouts. As for cheap running backs David Johnson and Devonta Freeman are high upside names that have dropped significantly in price. We also think of Austin Ekeler as a PPR back, but he is very playable on FanDuel with the workload he is enduring with Melvin Gordon out.
As far as tight ends and wideouts go. There is a range in the low $7,000’s and 6,000’s that you can sit in and feel confident about. Sammy Watkins is a high target name to keep an eye out for, but Kenny Golladay has had an overlooked start and gets a Philadelphia secondary that has struggled against the pass dating back to last season. It is also a good buy low spot on Mike Evans for an insanely cheap price. Both him and Chris Godwin are in great spots, as the Giants pass defense has been one of the worst in the league dating back to last season. As far as cheap cash game plays, the Cardinals wideouts are in a strong spot. Given the Cardinals passing attempt volume, both Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald are strong values. I like Kyler Murray as a cash game play because of the volume and the fact he is hitting a strong floor despite not having any rushing production. The top three listed quarterbacks are all playable in all formats. But names like Murray, Wilson, and Allen all have strong cash game floors for cheaper as well.
Evan Engram is my favorite tight end this week, going up against a pedestrian Buccaneers defense against tight ends. He has seen 22 targets over the first two weeks. Zach Ertz is going to be a target hog this week without the two starting wideouts. We can also expect Travis Kelce and Mark Andrews to produce in a likely shootout game. If you are looking for cheaper options, TJ Hockenson is a bounce back play this week, and OJ Howard is a recency bias GPP play. Defense is simple, Patriots or Cowboys in cash games against the Jets and Dolphins offense. Anyone else is just a tournament pivot.
Given Miami is just allowing a ridiculous amount of points already, Dallas checks in as a fantastic stack. Dak Prescott is airing it out under Kellen Moore. Devin Smith is a name to potentially include as well. Amari Cooper and Elliot are the easy targets, and we know they are a pretty centered offense when it comes to fantasy production. The Jets defense isn’t bad, but the Patriots offense is one to always consider for a stack. The Antonio Brown usage was shown last week, and Josh Gordon still has upside potential. Narrowing down the running back is the tough spot, as James White can always sneak into a stack too. We can talk about the usual Chiefs offense, and of course the Ravens on the opposite side.
Talking more contrarian stacks, The Giants, Cardinals, and Lions are three very cheap stacks that are in great spots to produce. Arizona is putting up a ton of volume, and a ceiling game is coming soon. Detroit’s passing attack against Philly is something to target. Dating back to last season, the Eagles are bottom five in fantasy points allowed to WRs and bottom ten to QBs. The Giants are starting Daniel Jones this week, and that gives the pass-catching options an upgrade. Sterling Shepard is back from a concussion, and he fits in with Barkley and Engram as options.