DraftKings Week 3: Top Shelf and Bargain Bin Plays

These Steelers should be cornerstones of any DFS lineup. (Getty Images)

Welcome to DraftKings Week 3: Top Shelf and Bargain Bin Plays. This week features a return for an elite running back. It also features an offense looking like its former self lead led by Andrew Luck. Take a look in the Bargain Bin to finds some solid plays that really help make lineups work, especially with so many Top Shelf guys screaming to get into lineups.

Week 2 was a bumpy one for the majority of us. Lets make Week 3 a strong one and find value.

Top Shelf Plays

Tom Brady $7,900
vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Brady has been a monster thus far and there no signs it slowing it down. The Patriots are in full “eff you” mode this season. Brady should torch a Jaguars defense that has improved, but still isn’t at the level they need to be in order to slow down this juggernaut. Brady will cost you and there are other options that may be enticing, but plug him into a lineup or two. You won’t regret it.

Andrew Luck $7,700
at Tennessee Titans

Luck is not the best quarterback in the NFL but he sure is close. Although his early season production has not shown it. I think New York Jets and Buffalo Bills will continue to prove their defenses are legit. He will remind everyone this week what the Colts offense can look like. The offensive line in Indy still has a ways to go, but that shouldn’t phase Luck as much this week. The Titans struggled a week ago against Ben Roethlisberger and I expect much of the same this week.

Le’Veon Bell $7500
at St Louis Rams

Insert Welcome Back, Kotter intro here. For those who have no idea what im talking about go here. Boy does it feel good to have him back too. Some owners in season long formats have been waiting for his return. But he can provide value in DFS as well. The Rams were gashed a week ago by Alfred Morris and Matt Jones, who combined for 182 yards and two scores. While I’m not predicting Bell does that Sunday, something close would not shock me in the slightest. Bell is going to be mad and will try to make up for lost time.

Jamaal Charles $7,300
at Green Bay Packers

Charles is a stud. He has been producing against two really strong front sevens in the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos. While the Packers defense has improved and B.J. Raji has regained his old form, Charles is still a play for me. He is a huge part of what the Chiefs do on offense. He will have one of his monster games in the coming weeks and this feels like as good of a spot as any.

Julio Jones $9,000
at Dallas Cowboys

At this point, Jones has become a must play every single week. Yes, he expensive and yes, it makes you go a little cheaper on other spots, but with value to be had quarterback, running back and tight end it’s too hard to pass up. There are going to be weeks where he doesn’t absolutely destroy the other team and it may be a little frustrating but sitting him while he goes off would be way worse.

Antonio Brown $8900
at St. Louis

I mean, I could just copy and paste what I wrote about Julio Jones right here and be done with it. Brown has been incredible. Le’Veon Bell is back this week and will demand work, but DeAngelo Williams has seen the ball plenty in Bell’s absence and Brown has still produced. Brown and/or Jones will be cornerstones of every lineup this week.

Julian Edelman $7,000
at Jacksonville Jaguars

Edelman has been a target monster this season and has produced thus far. In each of his first two games, he has 11 catches. I expect another huge catch total for Edelman, who will be on the other end of many on Tom Brady’s passes. At a $2,000 savings, Edelman could be a nice play and provide a cost savings.

Rob Gronkowski $7,400
vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Ground is destroying teams thus far and that shouldn’t slow down this week. Expect a Gronk Spike or two. You will have to pay up for him but he should be worth the investment once again. Don’t overthink it.

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Bargain Bin Finds

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Cam Newton $6,800
vs New Orleans Saints

Cam Newton is the Carolina Panthers offense thus far. He is starting to revert to his old style, utilizing his athletic ability and running the ball. This week he faces a Saints team that is having issues and is still missing half of their starting secondary. I expect Newton to have a strong performance on Sunday. 300 yards of total offense and three plus touchdowns is very much in the cards for Newton.

Carson Palmer $6,600
vs 49ers

As long as Palmer continues to play like he has and has a price tag that saves me over $1,000 versus the top quarterback options, he will have a spot in my lineup. Through two games, Palmer has 492 yards and 7 touchdowns. I don’t expect him to slow down this week when the 49ers come to the desert.

Leonard Hankerson $3,800
at Dallas Cowboys

Hankerson continues to make himself a part of this offense. Over the first two weeks he has 22 less snaps yet has twice as many catches as Roddy White on 6 more targets. He also produced big time in Week 2 with 6 catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. I expect the Cowboys to focus their attention on Julio Jones and for Hankerson to produce.

Stevie Johnson $4,300
at Minnesota Vikings

Johnson has been awesome thus far with the San Diego Chargers. He has 11 catches for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns. Numbers that are good enough for WR13 in PPR scoring. This week he faces a Vikings secondary that isn’t the most intimidating in the league. I expect another five plus catch game from Johnson and a good shot at a score. At $4,330, his price tag makes it very easy to make work with most lineups.

Jonathan Stewart $4700
vs New Orleans Saints

Jonathan Stewart hasn’t been great to start the season and is still inside the top 15 in terms of rushing yards. Against a poor New Orleans Saints defense, I expect a big game from him. The Panthers need to give quarterback Cam Newton some help and provide balance. Stewart should get the ball early and often, possibly finding the end zone more than once.

T.J. Yeldon $4400
at New England

This is a bit of a risky play, but the potential upside is there. The Jaguars will have to keep this game somewhat close, at least early, for Yeldon to get his touches. With Denard Robinson out there is one less mouth to feed for the Jaguars. This Patriot team has been gashed by DeAngelo Williams in Week 1 and LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams in Week 2. I like Yeldon to find the end zone at some point in this game.

Gary Barnidge $2,500
vs Oakland Raiders

By no means is the play safe, but the upside versus the minimum cost is worth the risk especially in GPP. The Oakland Raiders have been torched in two consecutive weeks by Tyler Eifert and Crockett Gilmore. Each has scored two touchdowns. While I doubt we see a two touchdown performance from Barnidge, 4 or 5 catches for 50 yards and a touchdown isn’t crazy.

Seahawks $3,400
vs Chicago Bears

Jimmy Clausen will be under center for the Chicago Bears. Kam Chancellor is back for the Seahawks. This game is in Seattle. Everything lines up to make the Seahawks the overwhelming play this week. They are the most expensive but are worth every bit of what it will cost you.

Atlanta Falcons $2,900
at Dallas Cowboys

I’m going to give Ty Miller the credit with this one. If you want to be different or are in a GPP, the Atlanta Falcons face a Cowboys team led by Brandon Weeden who will be without Dez Bryant and potentially Jason Witten. Dan Quinn has helped to revamp the Falcons defense. They have pass rushers and a decent secondary that should slow the Cowboys down, even in Jerry World.

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