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Des Boodram

There’s a ton to think about when constructing your roster in Week 3, so there’s no time to lose.  There are bunches of high dollar and value plays at each position, so you have many options this week.  Sometimes having many options is not that great, so there still has to be an effective vetting process when deciding whom to roll with.  The goal this week…. Win your weekly matchup, or cash in the daily game, so let’s sort through the injury issues, and equally important the healthy guys too.

QUARTERBACK – Where The Rivers Flows

Philip Rivers travels to Indianapolis to face one of the softest defenses in the league.  A defense that gave up a bucketful of fantasy points to Matthew Stafford and got handled by Trevor Semian, though the Denver defense made it so the offense didn’t have to stretch the field.  This game has shootout potential written all over it, with Andrew Luck and company being able to move the ball as well.  The running game for San Diego has been consistent, but Rivers is going to have throw ball all game long, so roll with Rivers with confidence.

If you want stay high end and love Monday plays like I do, Drew Brees has a favorable matchup at home against the Falcons.  It almost doesn’t matter whom they are playing, but the Falcons makes the upside even better.  I love Ryan Tannehill at home to the Browns as well.  At $7400 on FanDuel, look for the Dolphins to go buck wild in the pass game while struggling to get yards on the ground.

WIDE RECEIVERS – Getting Your Phil

Philip Dorsett has paid his dues, and we will now get to see him in a featured roll as the WR2 in a high-powered offense.  Dorsett will get single coverage and should see 9-10 targets in this one.  Dorsett is great in space and has great hand, and if it wasn’t for Dwayne Allen moving in and stealing targets I would recommend him as a cash game play in the daily game.  He has GPP written all over, but if you feel strongly about it, no one will blame you for giving him a shake in the daily game.

Willie Snead is the real deal, and if you got him late in the draft or of the wire, kudos to you.  I could recommend him every week, as he is at least the number two WR in one of the most efficient passing attacks over the last year.  His ceiling is high every week, but especially at home against a weak Falcons secondary.  This game also has shootout potential, so Snead provides exceptional value in all formats.

Possible cash game play are Amari Cooper and Julio Jones, who both represent a high number of targets on teams that are likely going to have to throw a lot in Week 3.


This week I’m going big at the RB position in the daily game.  Both David Johnson and DeAngelo have decent matchups, but should get 20-25 touches combined.  Williams is LeVeon Bell, but he sure has been producing like him.  There is enough value at every other position for you to be able to spend big on this weeks highest priced RBs…, which also includes Ezekiel Elliot.

So what are you going to do about injuries in traditional formats?   Charles Sims gets a home match-up against a tough Rams defense… or maybe not.  The truth is, no one knows how good this defense is, but after getting man handled by the 49ers, my bet is on Sims.  Sims is a must play if you have an uncertainty at the position, and you’ll likely regret leaving him on the bench in a PPR formats.

Jerrick McKinnon scares me so much more.  The O-line is not trustworthy, as Adrian Peterson’s numbers were less than impressive.  His match up this week is a tough one, and we really haven’t seen that much from in a while.  I’m taking the wait and see approach, though his upside is regardless of Asiata’s roll in the offense.

My ninja play of the week is Frank Gore.  He’s a little thinned out $5700, meaning he doesn’t even need 14.5 points on FanDuel to hit value.  He’s got a great match up, he’s at home, and he’s still very much a focal point the offense. 

TIGHTENDS – Dennis The Menace

Denis Pittia has been a nightmare for opposing LBs so fare this season, and there’s no reason to think he would be any difference when the Ravens take on the Jaguars.  Pittia makes for a big red zone target, and his price on FanDuel is an absurd $5000.  Hitting value for Pittia should be that difficult, as the volume should be there.

Kyle Rudolph is the trendy pick against the Panthers.  Many have already made the bold claim that he’ll go off this week and truth be told, he could very well.  All variables are set up nicely for Rudolph who should see a high volume of target with the pressure defense that Carolina will bring.  I’m of Stephon Diggs this week against a tough defense, but Rudolph should have an easier time.

DEFENSE – Hoyer Does Dallas

Pay attention Hoyer can throw, and has had big targets in his career to throw to including DeAndre Hopkins.  The problem is, with Alshon Jeffrey hobbled, whom’s he going to throw to.  I like Dallas at home in prime time, against a Chicago team that couldn’t do much against Philadelphia at home.  I expect the Cowboys to get out in front with long drives and a heavy focus on the run game, while the defense takes the field fresh and with the lead.  If you’re streaming, go with the Cowboys, and if you want to put Dallas in some GPPs in daily, have at it.
The Miami Dolphins are at home against a rookie QB making his first start and without his best receiver.  This is a no brainer slam-dunk, so make it happen.