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If your season-long league is tanking because you drafted Eddie Lacy and Doug Martin, Week 3 is the perfect time to draft a daily fantasy football team. With low buy-ins and huge prizes, anyone who puts in a little research and work has the chance for a big pay day.
Understanding how your players can accumulate points is one of the most important aspects of daily fantasy games, and I will provide you with a few players who will help you rack up the fantasy points needed for a victory. Like I said, you can win daily leagues with the right research, and you definitely came to the right place to start building a dominant roster.
*All prices are courtesy of FanDuel*
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts, $9,500
He is only $400 cheaper than Peyton Manning, but Andrew Luck has a much better matchup. The defense for the Jacksonville Jaguars ranks 25th against the pass, and Luck already has thrown for 370 yards in just one game this season. Passing touchdowns are only worth four points in this format, so Luck’s ability to accumulate rushing yards and score rushing touchdowns gives him a distinct advantage over most of the other quarterbacks. Here is a fun little fact for you fantasy football fans: From the 2012-2013 seasons, Cam Newton only has five more rushing touchdowns than Luck. With the ability to get the job done with his legs and with his arm against a terrible defense, Luck is one of the best quarterbacks money can buy in Week 3.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, $8,600
I know I already mentioned that Newton only has five more rushing touchdowns than Luck, but he is a solid starter in Week 3. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense has not been able to contain any sort of rushing attack, allowing the Cleveland Browns’ offense to rush for 183 yards in Week 1, and the Baltimore Ravens’ rushing attack to gain 157 yards on the ground in Week 2. Newton mostly relied on his arm strength in Week 2, but he was still able to score FanDuel owners 19.14 points. I think he is too talented for the Steelers’ defense to contain, and he will make some big plays happen with his legs.
Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins, $7,600
You need to pay for a solid quarterback, so that means finding values at other positions. The only fault I find in Morris’ game is his lack of involvement in the passing attack. This is going to be a high-scoring affair against the Philadelphia Eagles, and I think Morris automatically benefits from having a quarterback who is a better fit for Jay Gruden’s new offensive scheme. He has averaged 88 rushing yards the past two games, and the 25-year old running back should see a steady workload in Week 3.
Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts, $5,200
Take advantage of Bradshaw while he is still dirt cheap. Don’t be scared away because of Trent Richardson, as Bradshaw saw 46 snaps on Monday compared to Richardson’s 31 according to Pro Football Focus. As a dual-threat back, Bradshaw has provided his fantasy owners on FanDuel with a total of 35.2 points in the past two weeks. The Jaguars are the not-so-proud owners of a defense that has allowed an average of 168 rushing yards per game, so with this price tag, you almost have to be crazy not to start Bradshaw.
Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions, $9,000
If you are able to get Calvin Johnson in your lineup, do it. Even though the Lions’ offense only scored one touchdown in Week 2, Johnson was still able to haul in six receptions for 83 yards. He also had a 40-yard touchdown catch nixed by the refs, so he had potential for an even bigger day than what he finished with. Johnson should go crazy against a soft Green Bay Packers’ defense.
Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins, $6,500
With running back Knowshon Moreno out for several weeks and Lamar Miller facing an injury of his own, Ryan Tannehill may be given(or forced with) a bigger workload. Wallace leads the team in targets, and with his current role as Tannehill’s favorite receiver, he give owners a big boost in PPR formats.
Julian Edelman, New England Patriots, $6,900
I still don’t know why Edelman is so cheap, as he has the most receiving yards, and the second-most targets for New England’s offense. Yes, the Oakland Raiders’ defense currently ranks second against the pass, but the defense has only faced Geno Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick. If Tom Brady throws the ball, chances are it is going to Edelman.
Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers, $6,100
Olsen is Newton’s most trusted target, and he is critical to the success of the Carolina Panthers. Tight end Owen Daniels was able to haul in two touchdown catches against this same defense, and Olsen should see similar success. Olsen has been able to provide his owners with a combined total of 14 points just in receptions from Week 1 and Week 2. Plug him in and go to bed worry free.
Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams, $5,000
Backup quarterback Austin Davis didn’t force any turnovers in his last game, but he didn’t create much of a spark either. The St. Louis Rams came up short and were stuffed on several occasions against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Zuerlein benefited greatly. The defense for Dallas is a little less stout than Tampa Bay, but I don’t see this Rams’ offense producing a ton of scoring opportunities either. Look for Greg “the leg” to be the main source of scoring for the Rams in Week 3.
Baltimore Ravens $4,900
This is a new Ravens’ defense, and if it can hold off Big Ben, don’t expect anything special from Brian Hoyer. It is impossible to predict how a defense will perform, but the possibility of a few turnovers is why I am rolling with the Ravens in Week 3.
If you start Cam Newton as your quarterback, you can create this exact same lineup with $200 left to spare that you can play around with. If you want to get Andrew Luck into the mix, you can switch Olsen with Zach Ertz, and you can add Robbie Gould as your kicker.
This lineup is great for 50/50 leagues, as it provides you with safe and reliable options. You will want a little more variance for a tournament, but you should find success rolling with this lineup in several formats.