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FanDuel NFL Week 3 Picks

Hey Guys, I’m back again for another week of the Power Plays here at the Sports Geek. Week 2 was a solid week for us if you forget about the suggestion to roster Eli Manning. That happens though if you’re a seasoned fantasy and DFS player you know sometimes a guy just doesn’t show up no matter how good the match up is on paper.

We hit nicely on Deangelo Williams and CJ Anderson at the running back position last week, Danny Woodhead was a bit of a bust. But I mean come on how are we supposed to know he would only play half of a quarter (Get well soon Danny)! OBJ was a bit of a disappointment but he still reeled in 8 catches for 85 yards. Snead and Fuller both had great games especially for their price, along with Tyrell Williams who was in my value plays article that comes out on Thursday nights. A few other players mentioned in my value plays article were Marcus Mariota and Dennis Pitta who both had great games especially for their price. Let’s get into this week’s Power Plays!

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Quarterbacks

IND – Andrew Luck ($8700) – The other Quarterback in the NFL who suffers from the Drew Brees syndrome. Luck is in a great spot at home, Vegas has this total over 50. Luck threw for 300+ yards and 4TDs in his last home game, and the Chargers defense has given up back to back 300 yard passers. I look to lock in Luck as my cash game quarterback this week.

*Tournament* SEA – Russell Wilson ($8700) – Last year when coming off a loss, then playing the 49ers at home. Wilson threw for 270 yards 3TDs and rushed for an additional 30 yards. The tempo of this game will be fast paced thanks to Chip Kelly, which means additional plays for the Seattle offense. My gut call of the week.

Running Backs

DEN – CJ Anderson ($8000) – The Bengals are currently giving up over 100 yards a game on the ground to opposing team running backs. CJ is getting the volume to the tune of 20 carries p/g along with 3 receptions. Vegas says the game should be close throughout which means CJ will be a factor all 60 minutes.

SD – Melvin Gordon ($7100) – The chalk play of the week, and the surprise breakout player of the season so far. Everyone coming into this season, including myself thought Gordon was another first round bust, and he still has much to prove. But right now he has the hot hand and is in a great spot playing the Colts who have given up a total of 5 TDs to opposing running backs, and back to back 100 yard rushers.

DET – Theo Riddick ($6400) – The Chronicles of Riddick start now in Detroit, with the news of Abdullah going to IR. I love Riddick even more on DK than I do on FD this week, simply because of his pass catching ability. The Lions come in as 8 point underdogs, which means Riddick will be even more heavily involved in the passing game. He showed his 20 point upside in week one against the Colts, and should see 75% of the snaps this weekend.

Wide Receivers

JAX – Allen Robinson ($7900) – Reduced price, at home, questions at running back, and a nice Vegas total. This sounds like the makings of a bounce back for the fantasy darling of 2015. I think the lack of production these first few weeks will drive ownership down a bit, but he gets a plus matchup against the Ravens who just got burned by Josh McCown and a rookie named Corey Coleman. Still has seen 20 targets this year, and last year against the Ravens he scored on the road.

TB – Mike Evans ($8000) – The loss of Doug Martin will certainly help Mike Evans, who last week saw a whopping 17 targets last week, and now has 24 on the year to go along with his 2 TDs. The Bucs are at home, and with the Rams losing Jenkins in the off season they have no one who can cover Evans and it shows as the Rams are ranked 27 in pass DVOA. I expect a minimum of 10 targets on Sunday.

MIA – Jarvis Landry ($7000) – We’d have to go back to early December to find a game where Landry hasn’t seen 10+ targets and a minimum of six receptions. This year he already has 23 targets and nearly 200 yards receiving. The loss of Foster will certainly lead to Tannehill dropping back and throwing even more even with the lead. Landry will be a popular play this week and for good reason he is facing the browns who have given up 4 TDs this year to WRs.

*Tournament* KC – Jeremy Maclin ($7000) – Is Revis Island a thing anymore? Well running on the Jets is something that is still not allowed as they have given up less than 100 yards to opposing running backs on the year. The Jets have a flashy offense which will force the Chiefs to keep up with the scoring, and I forsee Alex Smith throwing quite a bit in this game. Maclin has 22 targets this year, and the Jets have been giving up big games to opposing teams number one WR.

TIGHT END

TENN – Delanie Walker ($6900) – The Raiders have been one of the worst teams at defending the tight end dating back to early 2015. Last week was no different giving up 75 yards and touchdown to Tamme. Walker is a much better player than Tamme, and is one of Mariota’s favorite targets in the red zone.

BAL – Dennis Pitta ($5000) – The jaguars look to be again a defense you target week in and week out, especially in the pass game. If you read my value plays article then you knew I was high on Pitta last week. This game looks to have even more points scored and until Pitta price catches up with his production I will continue to roster him. Last week he received 12 targets, 9 receptions 102 yards.

Defenses

Miami Dolphins ($4500) – The dolphins are in a great spot at home against a rookie QB making his first start, who has a rookie WR and a former QB (Pryor) transitioning to WR. The Dolphins always struggle in Foxboro so I’m making this play based on more of the talent they on the defensive side of the ball, the low total, and how they slowed down the Seahawks in week one. I also love that PRICE!

Tampa Bay Bucs ($4500) – The stats won’t suggest this is a good play. But sometimes in fantasy we look for plus situations or spots for a defense since the position is so volatile. This is the Bucs home opener and they played two of the better offenses in the NFL on the road. They now get the Rams who have yet to score a TD, and Case Keenum who loves turning the ball over.

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