Under the Radar Week 3 Daily Fantasy Football Players on FanDuel
Every week there are always value plays to make the best lineup, but this will give you a slightly different approach for Week 3 in daily fantasy football for FanDuel. For under the radar possibilities, these players could be priced at any level, but guys that we are forgetting about if they haven’t exploded in the first two weeks. There also also won’t be obvious value plays like Khiry Robinson (Mark Ingram out) or Golden Tate (very under-priced and a great matchup). Lastly, don’t use these guys in 50/50s or heads-up tournaments and keep it strictly for GPPs.
I’ll give you a couple plays at each position that fit this criteria. You should only use one or two guys from this list when making a FanDuel GPP lineup.
Russell Wilson $8,300 – The Seahawks are projected to score the fourth-most points this week. Even though it’s a sexy matchup with the Broncos, not many people are giving the Seahawks players attention after their letdown at the Chargers last week, but you can’t let one bad week in the extreme heat change your mind. The Seahawks offense actually did okay since they only had the ball for a little over 17 minutes. The upside on Wilson is a bit limited, but he’s certainly capable of three TDs and 300 yards passing.
Andy Dalton $7,900 – This is a good matchup that most people are probably aware of, but a lot are jumping on Giovani Bernard after last week. There are two facts about the Bengals passing game that will probably surprise you. The first is that Dalton posted the sixth-most fantasy points last season of all QBs. The second is that the Bengals are third in passing yards this season! These are both points towards passing yards and TDs. Again, no love for Dalton. With A.J. Green back, Dalton’s FanDuel price is certainly more than reasonable. Plus, Bernard caught the most passes last week and caught the second-most all of last season.
Andre Ellington $6,700 – Remember this guy? He quietly has totaled 28 carries for 144 yards in his first two games, but keep in mind that’s also with Jonathan Dwyer in the picture. With Dwyer now gone and the unknown of Stephan Taylor, we could see increased Ellington carries. Worried about the SF defense? The Cowboys ran the ball for 127 yards on them (5.5 YPC), and the Bears only ran it 12 times with Matt Forte since they were down early (no other RB carries). The Cardinals are only +3 at home. Ellington should get 20-25 carries with his PPR value, and he has a great chance for a good day.
Trent Richardson $6,200 – He might be the most criticized RB in the NFL for his performance on the field. Still, he got 21 carries for 79 yards last week against the Eagles. The Jaguars have the second-worst run defense in the NFL so far (weren’t good last year either), and that speaks to how bad their front seven is instead of the strength of the opposition. He doesn’t have outstanding potential, but this would be the perfect scenario for Richardson to have a career-high of 100 yards and two TDs.
James Jones $5,500 – The Raiders were blown out in their home loss to Houston, but Jones totaled 112 yards and a TD, despite his weird fumbling fiasco that made C’Mon Man! He also caught a TD in Week 1. The Raiders should have to throw a lot since they are expected to play from behind against the Patriots. Jones could get a ton of garbage points, and he’s being heavily targeted in the red zone by Derrick Carr.
Riley Cooper $5,400 – The Eagles have the second-most passing yards through two weeks, and the main weakness of the Redskins is their secondary. Riley Cooper has only caught five passes for 37 yards, but Cooper has been targeted 11 times and many of those coming in the red zone. It’s a mistake to run away from Cooper since he’s playing nearly all snaps as the No. 2 receiver. We all know about his upside from last season, so this is your perfect buy-low opportunity.
Kyle Rudolph $5,400 – The Vikings will likely be trailing in this game and Rudolph is one of the main targets in this offense, even if he’s struggled a little through two games. Remember the Saints had a bad pass defense last year, and they look potentially worse through the first two games of this season. Rudolph is the primary option on bootlegs inside the 5-yard-line, and Adrian Peterson being out helps some too.
Derek Carrier $4,500 – If you watched the Sunday Night Football game last weekend, you know who I am talking about. He’s the No. 3 TE on San Francisco. Vernon Davis is out and Vance McDonald is unlikely to play as well. Carrier caught three passes for 41 yards after Davis went down last week. The Cardinals have a great pass defense in the secondary, but they struggle against TEs, especially since they lost Karlos Dansby. He’s minimum salary and could be a very nice GPP play.
Caleb Sturgis $4,900 – No Knowshon Moreno, and that could play a role in the Miami goal line offense. Sturgis is already a perfect 5-for-5 this year, and the Dolphins are -4.5.
Robbie Gould $4,600 – This is being picky, but Gould is underpriced. He has an outstanding leg and is one of the most accurate kickers in the league. He’s made a ton of FGs over 50 yards and has never missed more than six FGs in a season for his career (five if you exclude his rookie season). His price is this low since he’s only attempted two FGs this year, but that’s more due to being down against the 49ers for most the game and finishing drives against the Bills. This is a Jets defense that bends but doesn’t break so far. Gould could easily get four FGs being a slight underdog. Again, GPP only.
Cleveland Browns $4,700 – Joe Flacco on the road, outdoors and against a good pass defense that already has a pick-six against Drew Brees? This is the same offense than couldn’t handle Cincinnati’s defense at home and threw more than 60 times? The upside here is outstanding with the Browns as only 1-point dogs at home in an O/U of 41.5.
New Orleans Saints $4,600 – Had I done this article before Thursday, I would have said the Atlanta Falcons. Therefore, we shift to the Saints, which is a little more obvious. The Saints don’t have a great pass defense, but they typically force a lot of turnovers under Rex Ryan and have nearly the same unit back as last season. It’s also the first Saints home game, and they are -10.5. Add that the Vikings don’t have Peterson and were a turnover machine last week, there’s great upside here too.View all posts by Nick Juskewycz