FanDuel Week 3 Targets

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Welcome back to another week and another chance to make some money on FanDuel in week three. Coming off of a so so debut week for the season, I will review some of the mistakes I made from last week and share my guys I am targeting for the week three main slate of games.

Getting straight to the whiffs from last week, I had Nick Foles and Tyrod Taylor as starts in my column and they were definite disappointments. Follow me on Twitter @TarteDaBeast for last minute notes and players switches on Sundays as I went away from Tyrod once Josh Gordon was announced as out. Dion Lewis and Alvin Kamara were my running back misses last week as both got plenty of usage but lack of catches for Dion and no touchdowns for Kamara led them to bad weeks. Wide receiver was my worst group last week with the most misses. Keenan Allen hurt the most because he was the most expensive disappointment. Mike Wallace got hurt very early and Dante Pettis somehow only saw two targets.

I will undoubtedly continue to have both good and bad targets, the process remains the same. Keep grinding with me.

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Drew Brees – $8,500

Brees is facing a Falcons defense that is missing play makers. In one of the top projected high scoring games of the week, Brees is my top option at the position. He has the full compliment of pass receiving threats to unleash and without Mark Ingram they seemed to have abandoned the run more so than normal.

Deshaun Watson – $7,700

He seems to have knocked the rust off yet has not reached the high bar set by himself last year. He seems like he is trusting himself more to take off and gain some rushing yards. Watson should be a fine target this week in a game I feel will be more high scoring than projected.

Jimmy Garoppolo – $7,400

My favorite of the cheaper options also features the top projected scoring game. Jimmy G can replicate the line Ben Roethlisberger put up against the Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes bears mentioning as you see I did not list him, I cannot pay up for his price this week. Give me the much cheaper option in this game who should find success against this putrid Chief’s secondary.

Andy Dalton – $7,200

Dalton has earned the right to be an option in DFS and until bad Andy Dalton shows his face this year I will roll him out there in some lineups. With Joe Mixon out I think the Bengals focus on the passing game this week.

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Running Back

Alvin Kamara – $8,700

From fantasy stud week one to dud in week two, I predict another elite performance this week. As I noted in last week’s column the Falcons are struggling to stop running backs in the passing game. I wonder what is it that Kamara excels at? Pay up for him.

Kareem Hunt – $7,900

Believe it or not Hunt only has one catch through the first two weeks. One. The Chiefs have had no trouble scoring so far, but Andy Reid has been very clear he wants to get him more involved. If he adds some receptions to his stat line he could have a big day.

Jordan Howard  – $7,400

All of a sudden the Bears look like a solid team. If the Bears can keep the game close or in hand Howard could have a great day. He has been heavily involved the first two games and barring an injury that will remain the case here.

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Kenyan Drake – $6,800

I have not heard as much love for Drake as last year now that the Dolphins brought in Frank Gore to steal away touches. With that being said he has a plus match up here and isn’t too expensive.

Chris Thompson – $6,500

He already has 19 receptions. For context that is the third most in the league only behind Michael Thomas and Christian McCaffrey. When Alex Smith has needed to find a quick pass it has been Thompson a lot.

Dalvin Cook – $6,500

I am a little surprised at the price for Dalvin this week. My only concern for not putting him in all my lineups is that the Vikings could easily blow the Bills out and rest Dalvin  late because of his injury history.

Corey Clement – $5,800

He was a target of mine last week and as I have noted looks like the most complete back the Eagles have. With Jay Ajayi probably out for this game be ready to fire away with Clement.

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Wide Receiver

Julio Jones – $8,700

Julio is still getting the majority of targets for Atlanta. There was a small dip in production last week that I attribute to the Falcons simply not needing to pass as much. This week, however, there will be many passes. I also will go out on a limb and say Julio breaks his touch down drought streak this week.

A.J. Green – $8,600

The favorite target of Andy Dalton did not have a ton of catches last week, but hell his first three were all touchdowns. I feel with Gio Bernard in the offense it will have to have a heavy passing attack and it should open the field up a bit for A.J. Green.

Odell Beckham Jr. – $8,300

The Giants looked as bad as they could possibly look in a prime time game in week two. If the Giants are able to, they will get Beckham the ball this week. The Texans secondary does not scare me the biggest variable for me is whether the Giant’s offensive line can protect Eli enough.

Tyreek Hill – $8,200

I have been aboard the Mahomes hype train from the beginning. This week I will stick to some of his weapons since he was the too expensive for me this week. He is like a broken record, he keeps repeating long touch downs. When it only takes two or three catches to have a great stat line I will take that gamble.

Will Fuller V – $7,200

Fuller is another option who has the talent, but has had the injury history. While I do not think he has caught up to DeAndre Hopkins talent level, he certainly has caught up to his volume share. The targets are there.

Nelson Agholor – $6,600

I thought the deep threat of Mike Wallace was a good play last week. He subsequently broke his fibula early last week. Agholor has been very consistent and it seems like he and Zack Ertz will headline the passing options for Carson Wentz this week.

Kenny Stills – $6,400

He has not been killing in the receptions department. He flashed his skill in week one and then regressed last week. He has the deep threat ability and although the Raiders have not been terrorized by long passes this should be a plus match up.

John Brown – $6,200

He got 10 targets in the game last week where they trailed the entire game. If he continues to get this target share he will be worth his mid range price.

Marquise Goodwin – $5,800 and Dante Pettis – $5,200

If I love Jimmy G. this week then I have to love his speedsters. I would love to find out Goodwin is good to go and he would be the preferred option. If he cannot go I will roll out Pettis. He only had two targets but one was caught for 35 yards and should see more this week.

D.J. Moore – $5,300

Let me get into a couple cheap targets. Speaking of flashing potential Moore landed a 51 yard touch down. If he can get more targets he is worth the dart throw at his price.

Tavon Austin – $4,500

What do we make of Tavon Austin? From nonexistent to deep threat. He had the long score to start the game versus the Giants yet only had three touches. In a game that could go back and forth will the Cowboys deploy him more? For his price I will surely find out first hand.


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Tight End

Zach Ertz – $7,000

The receiving corps are limited to essentially him and Nelson Agholor. I am absolutely willing to pay up for him this week.

Jordan Reed $6,000

He wasn’t great last week. I feel the Redskins have to get him involved and he has been the most dependable catching threat not named Chris Thompson so far.

Trey Burton – $5,700

The nightmare is over. He scored a touchdown last week and hopefully Trubisky will keep that connection going this week.

Jack Doyle – $5,200

He has been outperformed by Eric Ebron, yet to catch a touchdown, and he is nursing a hip injury. Why am I suggesting him? He still is running more routes than Ebron. T.Y. Hilton is also banged up coming into this game and he is a player I do not feel a ton of people will trot out into their lineups. Get him while he is cheap.


Bears – $4,300

We all saw what the Bears pass rush was able to do against a bad offensive line last week. The Bears might be chalky this week because they are facing the Cardinals who have been historically bad on offense.

Cowboys – $3,400

The Cowboys got an impressive six sacks on Eli last week. I know Russel Wilson is a lot more mobile, but as i just prefaced that Seahawks offensive line is not good.


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