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FanDuel DFS Football Tournament Plays for Week 3

Armando Marsal goes over some tournament plays to consider in Week 3.

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FanDuel/SB Nation Fantasy Football League: Week 3

Quarterbacks

Stud: Andrew Luck $9,000 at TEN

Luck is off to an underwhelming start as he’s thrown three touchdowns and five interceptions through the first two weeks. However, to his credit, he has faced two very good defenses. I would be surprised if at the end of the season, the Bills and Jets are not both ranked as a top five pass defenses. This week, Luck finally has a favorable matchup against the Titans. On paper it appears the Titans are a solid pass defense, but don’t be fooled as they played rookie Jameis Winston and second year quarterback Johnny Manziel. Luck threw four or more touchdowns in four games last season and one of them was against the Titans. He threw six touchdowns in two games against them last year and averaged nearly 277 yards per game. Being between Rodgers and Brady in the price range helps out too because people may overlook Luck because of his recent struggles. Therefore, his ownership percentage should be much lower than it normally would be in a matchup like this one. A bounce back game is inevitable, so why not against a below average secondary?

Other Studs: Aaron Rodgers $9,100, Andrew Luck $8,700, and Russell Wilson $8,400

Value: Ryan Fitzpatrick $6,800 vs. PHI

Fitzpatrick is holding down the fort in New York as he has led the Jets to a 2-0 start. He has a solid Week 2 game against the Colts, throwing for 244 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. While his season opener was not impressive by any means, he still threw two touchdowns in that game. Keep in mind, the Jets led for most of the second half and didn’t pass the ball much. His opponents this week, the Eagles, have a solid run defense despite showing otherwise early in this season. What they don’t have is a good secondary. They're allowing 270 passing yards per game, a passer rating of 98, three touchdowns and two picks. Chris Ivory is a game time decision and if he misses, Fitzpatrick could rely on his arm a bit more this week. This is not only a great matchup for him, but it’s a very affordable price. He likes to sling it down field at times and this would the defense to do it against.

Other Values: Blake Bortles $6,700 and Nick Foles $6,500

Running Backs

Stud: Le’Veon Bell $8,800 at STL

After serving a two game suspension, Bell will return to the field this week against the Rams. At first glance, you may be thinking the Rams defense, and steer away. However, the Rams have allowed the most rushing yards to running backs this season (275), have yielded two touchdowns, and are giving up six receptions per game to running backs. Bell was targeted 105 times last season and caught 82 passes. He’s a dual threat running back that is a big part of this offense and game flow doesn’t affect him. The Steelers can be leading in a game or behind, but he’s on the field. They’ve done a good job running the ball the first two weeks, so he should step right in and pick up where he left off last season. Being that he comes back from a suspension and not an injury, I’m not too concerned that the team will ease him in. He’s arguably the best back in the game and makes a solid tournament play. He offers both a high ceiling and safe floor. Oh and one last thing, the Steelers are the favorite and that usually bodes well for backs.

Other Studs: Adrian Peterson $8,900, Marshawn Lynch $8,700, and Jamal Charles $8,700

Value: Latavius Murray $7,000 at CLE

Murray is coming off of a nice game against the Ravens and has a favorable matchup against Cleveland. The Browns are surrendering 105 yards and a one touchdown per game through the first two weeks. Chris Ivory ran for 90 yards and two touchdowns against them in Week 1 and Dexter McCluster rushed for 98 yards against them in Week two, this week it’s Murray’s turn. Murray is averaging over four yards per carry this season and has one touchdown. He has also been targeted 10 times and caught all 10 of his targets. Murray is the Raiders clear cut workhorse as he’s played in 66.4 percent of the offensive snaps and has received 100 percent of the red zone carries. He should be able to produce a quality stat line against the Browns this week.

Other values: Frank Gore $7,000, Jonathan Stewart $6,500, and Bilal Powell $5,200 (if Ivory sits)

Wide Receivers

Stud: Randall Cobb $8,200 vs. KC

There are a handful of high-end receivers I like this week, but Cobb is one of my favorite plays. To start the season, he was dealing with a shoulder injury that clearly affected his play. Last week that wasn’t the case as he caught eight of his 11 targets for 116 yards. Cobb plays better in Green Bay than he does on the road. Last season, seven of his 12 touchdowns where in Lambeau Field. This is also a great matchup as the Chiefs have allowed the most receiving yards to opposing receivers and have surrendered four touchdowns. In Week 1, DeAndre Hopkins caught nine passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns and Nate Washington caught six passes for 105 yards against the Chiefs. In Week 2 the Chiefs allowed Emmanuel Sanders to catch eight passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns and Demaryius Thomas to catch eight passes for 116 yards. See the trend? Get Cobb in your lineups this week and have fun sweating on Monday night!

Other Studs: Antonio Brown $9,300, Julio Jones $9,000, and Demaryius Thomas $8,400

Value: Brandon Marshall $7,400 vs. PHI

Marshall is off to a good start this season, catching 13 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns through the first two weeks. He’s been targeted a team high of 19 times and has been targeted at least nine times in each game. The Eagles have a suspect secondary, they’re allowing 181 yards per game to opposing receivers and have surrendered three touchdowns. Marshall has now scored in each of his first two games and looks to continue that streak against below average secondary. The targets are there and so is the efficiency. He’s reasonably priced and shouldn’t struggle to hit value. With Decker a true game-time decision, Marshall could see a significant amount of targets this week if Decker can’t play. Ownership may be a concern, but Marshall was only owned around 17 percent in some of the tournaments that started on Thursday.

Other Values: Allen Robinson $6,600, Donte Moncrief $6,000, and Kendall Wright $5,900

Tight Ends

Stud: Jimmy Graham $6,300 vs. CHI

I obviously wanted to write up on Rob Gronkowski, but by now it’s pretty clear that he is in play every week. Seattle will play at home for the first time this season and have a great matchup against the abysmal Bears defense. The Seahawks are 0-2, so I’m expecting them to come out with a lot of energy and bring their A game. Graham expressed his unhappiness with the way the Seahawks are utilizing him on offense, so chances are they will get him more involved this week as they don’t need him to stay and block against the Bears. He was targeted eight times in Week 1, but just twice last week. However, it was against the Packers and so far they’ve shut down Martellus Bennett and Graham. That being said, if there’s a week to get Graham into your tournament lineup it’s this one. His ownership percentage could be low and he has a great matchup. He got in the end zone the first week of the season and has a good chance to do so again this week.

Other studs: Rob Gronkowski $8,400, Tyler Eifert $5,900, and Greg Olsen $5,900

Value: Jared Cook $5,400 vs. PIT

There are two defenses you want to play your tight ends against, the Steelers and Raiders. Cook will play the Steelers who have surrendered four touchdowns to tight ends this season. They’ve also given up 178 yards, 14 catches and 20 fantasy points per game. Cook has been targeted 13 times this season and has five catches in each of his game. The one thing he hasn’t done is get in the end zone, but that can change this week as the Steelers have surrendered the most touchdowns to tight ends this year. At an affordable price, it’s tough to skip on Cook this week.

Other values: Vernon Davis $5,400, Kyle Rudolph $5,300, and Coby Fleener $4,900