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Thursday Night Football offered more action than expected, with the San Francisco 49ers hosting the Los Angeles Rams in what turned out to be quite a barn burner of a game.
With a full slate ahead on Sunday, Week 3 presents plenty more opportunities for excitement, especially for daily fantasy players looking to make a quick buck on DraftKings, FanDuel, or wherever you choose to play.
When forming your daily fantasy lineup, it’s always important to look for value plays in the mid- to lower-tier price ranges. Everyone wants to load their teams with studs sure to light up the box score, but it’s finding the undervalued players that allows you to max out your budget on the likes of Julio Jones and Matt Ryan this week.
Below we’ve picked some of our best value plays for daily fantasy players. Consider them when trying to find a few extra dollars to upgrade elsewhere in your lineup.
QB: Matthew Stafford, $6,200
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Matthew Stafford and the Lions looked like a professional football team against the Giants in Week 2, jumping out to an early lead and protecting it comfortably. Against the Falcons this week, they’ll likely be forced to throw to keep pace in a shootout. Stafford currently leads the league in touchdown passes and has an arm that can throw just as much as Matt Ryan will. At $6,200, he’s a solid value play if you’re looking to save at quarterback.
RB: Isaiah Crowell, $4,800
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The Browns have shown a desire to establish the run in both of their games so far this season, a desire that is often quickly distinguished thanks to an early deficit. Against the Colts, football fans can expect more of a back-and-forth match between fairly equally matched teams, meaning the Browns can execute their gameplan with Crowell as the likely beneficiary.
RB: Chris Thompson, $4,500
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Chris Thompson proved a valuable weapon for the Redskins last week, scoring two touchdowns including taking one rush 61 yards to the house. He’s also involved in the Washington pass game, giving him added value in fantasy. Jay Gruden always has multiple rushing threats, but with Rob Kelley listed as questionable and taking limited snaps in practice, Thompson could see the lion’s share of the action against a vulnerable Raiders defense.
WR: Davante Adams, $5,600
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The Packers injury woes continue but Davante Adams remains a solid target for Aaron Rodgers. At home and up against a Bengals team that hasn’t shown much this year, the Packers will want to bounce back from their loss at Atlanta with a blowout to assure Green Bay fans they can R-E-L-A-X.
WR: DeSean Jackson, $4,600
DeSean Jackson is a feast-or-famine type play in fantasy most weeks. With the Buccaneers sitting out in Week 1 and Jackson relatively contained in Week 2, on the road at the Vikings feels like a spot where Jackson could ruin some defenders days.
WR: Jermaine Kearse, $4,600
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While the Jets loss to the Raiders wasn’t pretty, Jermaine Kearse and Josh McCown had a few good pitch-and-catches that left Kearse with 64 yards and two touchdowns. You can’t count on two scores every week from a receiver like Kearse, but it’s good to know that he’s a red zone target for McCown.
TE: Jack Doyle, $3,600
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Jack Doyle was the Colts leading receiver in Week 2 and this week Indianapolis is taking on the Cleveland Browns. Against the Browns at home, Jacoby Brissett will have even more opportunity to move the ball.
DEF: Eagles, $3,000
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The Eagles’ front four have been some of the most physical in the NFL through two games of the season, and the Giants’ offensive line has done little to protect Eli Manning. Look for a sack fumble returned for a touchdown, and then more sacks.
Now check out all our picks for the best bets against the spread Week 3
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