NFL DFS: Week 3 Value Plays

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Now lets get into the picks.


Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers (FD $7,400 / DK $6,500): After a shaky Week 1 performance against the Vikings, Jimmy G bounced back in Week 2 against the Lions with over 200 yards and two touchdowns. He posted a QB rating of 118.4, his best since Week 12 of last season. That should continue in Week 3 against the Chiefs, who gave up 424 yards and three touchdowns to Philip Rivers and 452 yards and three touchdowns to Roethlisberger in Week 1 and 2 this season. Since the Marcus Peters trade, this Chiefs secondary has been of the worst in the NFL. In Week 1 and 2 they also allowed big games for tight ends, this opens up the game for TE George Kittle (FD $5,800 / DK $4,500), he can be a nice stack with Garoppolo.


Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (FD $6,400 / DK $5,900):  With the Bengals starting RB Joe Mixon set to miss the next few weeks with a knee injury, Bernard can have the opportunity to shine. The matchup can be difficult because of the Panthers very strong front 7, but Bernard should have no problem meeting value based on a high amount of touches alone. Bernard also has the ability to seamlessly fill in for Mixon in the passing game, and he could be in line for a bunch of targets in the air as well. Bernard has the chance to make some big plays against this defense.

Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins (FD $6,800 / DK $5,600): Coming into this season, there was quite a bit of hype surrounding Kenyan Drake but he has been pretty disappointing so far this season. Having only 48 and 53 yards on the ground in the first two weeks is not what people were expecting heading into the season. But, he has been active in the passing game with four catches each week and a TD catch last week. This week against the Raiders may be his breakout opportunity as they traded Mack on defense, since then they have allowed over 124 rushing yards per game. With the pressure on Drake to perform, this week could be the week he can breakout.

Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons (FD $7,300 / DK $6,400): Last week in Coleman’s first start of the season, he ran for 107 yards on 16 carries. With Devonta Freeman set to be out again this week, the door can be open for him to be great this week again. This week he faces Saints. His high usage gives him great value at running back.

Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles (FD $5,800 / DK $4,300): Clement is prepared to step in for an injured Jay Ajayi, and backup running back Darren Sproles also banged up, could mean a heavy work load for Clement this week, who had a 85 total yards and a touchdown on 11 touches against Tampa Bay in Week 2 despite being the backup RB. Don’t forget how good of a pass catcher he is, in Super Bowl 52, he caught four passes for 100 yards and a score. Clement will take aim at a Colts defense that already gave up big numbers to Mixon (95 yards and a TD) and let Redskins running back Chris Thompson reel in 13 catches. With Carson Wentz back, look for Clement to bring a many catches and return on a safe investment in Week 3.


Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals (FD $4,700 / DK $3,700): I was high on Boyd coming into the season and drafted him in the last rounds in a couple of my fantasy leagues, I recommend picking him up if no one in your league has not done so yet. The second year receiver out of Pitt had a breakout game against the Ravens on Thursday last week (91 yards and a TD), and he looked really good. With defenses still focused on his teammate Aj Green and him getting more involved in the offense, he can have big games this season. I feel that he will use the momentum from last week to have another big game this week. Also, the Bengals have had three extra days to gameplan against a Panthers secondary that is kinda average.

Randall Cobb (FD $6,100 / DK $5,200) & Geronimo Allison (FD $5,000 / DK $4,500), Green Bay Packers: Both Cobb and Allison have had solid starts to the season averaging 14.9 and 12.4 fantasy points each respectively. After last weeks tie against the Vikings, Aaron Rodgers and company are going to come out angry vs. the Redskins. With Redskins number one corner Josh Norman having his hands full with Davante Adams, one of these guys, if not both will have a great game against a secondary that is average outside of Norman, and you need to be better than average to slow down Aaron Rodgers.


Thank you for reading and best of luck this week!

– Manick Thind (@BleedPurpleDFS)

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