Written by Rob Schwarz Jr., Writer and DFS Expert, @chiruxin on the Fantasy Life App and @chisportsnut25 on Twitter
Yeah, so Week 2 was the complete opposite of Week 1. Did you see that shootout between the Giants and Saints? Wasn't that exciting? Yeah, I put too many eggs in that basket, but luckily I played more Carson Palmer lineups which allowed me to profit by just a couple dollars.
None of the big names like Antonio Brown, A.J. Green or Allen Robinson performed well. Instead you had Travis Benjamin scoring two touchdowns with over 100 yards receiving.
I will be the first...okay probably not the first, but definitely not the last...well that may not be true either since you could die tomorrow. Wow, that escalated quickly! Anyway, the point I am trying to make in a horrible way is that we cannot chase points. I'm not saying Travis Benjamin is a bad play. I'm saying don't fall into the trap of guys having bad games so you don't play them the following week, or vise versa.
If Matthew Berry has ingrained anything into my head from his podcasts it is that fantasy is a weekly game and the same holds true with daily fantasy.
Well, I'm feeling good about Week 3, which means you should probably just ignore all of the advice I give you.
We have some great matchups on paper again. That said, I'm going to ignore some of them. Matt Ryan looks like a great play, but I think this is the time Ryan falters like usual. I like Carson Palmer again, but I’m looking at Rivers to be my cash game focal point in Week 3.
Aaron Rodgers - $7,700 (GB vs. DET)
One of the most consistent quarterbacks, A-Aron is great for cash games. He is also playing in a divisional game at home. Detroit’s defense is not great and Rodgers should be a lock for two touchdowns.
Philip Rivers - $6,700 (SD @ IND)
I am not a Chargers believer. Whenever I think they are good, they usually let me down. I cannot foresee the game playing out in the fashion it did against the Jaguars last week. That said, I think Rivers could throw at least two touchdowns in this game. At his price, I love his value for cash games.
Alex Smith - $5,800 (KC vs. NYJ)
Here is my GPP play for the week. The Chiefs will hopefully have Jamaal Charles back and I can see him scoring through the air. Not to mention that Revis Island has sunk and Jeremy Maclin makes for a sneaky play to pair with Smith.
Want a super cheap option with upside? Brian Hoyer is minimum salary and has weapons in Chicago to put up points against a beatable Dallas secondary.
I gave you David Johnson for Week 2 and I go back to him in Week 3. He wasn’t off the charts last week, but he performed well for cash. He is facing against a Buffalo defense that has not done well against running backs thus far.
David Johnson - $7,700 (ARI @ BUF)
He will be in most, if not all, of my cash lineups this week. His ability to both run and catch the ball makes him a great dual threat and perfect for DraftKings scoring.
Melvin Gordon - $5,800 (SD @ IND)
Melvin Gordon looked better in Week 2 than he did in Week 1. With the unfortunate news about Danny Woodhead going down for the season with a torn ACL, Gordon should be a featured back and I love him for cash this week.
Jeremy Hill - $3,700 (CIN @ DEN)
Shane Vereen is another good choice at this price, but I’m recommending Hill in hopes he scores a touchdown. Touchdowns are fluky and yes in a way this would be chasing points, but for technically a starting running back at this price, I’ll take my chances in GPP.
Antonio Brown - $9,600 (PIT @ PHI)
I like Brown this week because he is coming off a down week and facing an opponent who has played better on paper than they are talentwise. I think Brown bounces back from his 39 yards last week and puts up big numbers. The down week plus the opponent ranking of the Eagles should keep his ownership levels down.
Jeremy Maclin - $6,000 (KC vs. NYJ)
Like I said earlier, the Revis Island is somewhere in the bottom of the Atlantic. Maclin is a consistent and steady receiver. He is perfect for cash games and I think the matchup will still keep some people away. His price allows me to pair him with other top receivers.
Eddie Royal - $3,500 (CHI @ DAL)
People may shy away from Royal with Brian Hoyer starting for an injured Jay Cutler. At this price, I am not afraid to go to him again. The Bears have only been playing three receivers and Royal is one of them. He is playing out of the slot and with the Bears’ offensive line Hoyer will not have much time for deep balls. Royal should benefit from quick crossing routes and although he may not rack up yards, he should see at least six targets.
Delanie Walker - $5,000 (TEN vs. OAK)
Walker was my top tight end choice for yearly leagues this year. I only snagged him in one of my leagues, but that is because I do not value the TE position as much in yearly. He is the top option in the Titan’s offense and Marcus Mariota loves to throw to him. Walker is great for DraftKings scoring settings and has a favorable matchup against the Raiders.
Jason Witten - $4,300 (DAL vs. CHI)
Witten is a great option at this price. Dallas faces a Chicago defense that just lost their starting safety, their top defensive lineman and one of the better inside linebackers to injury. Not to mention a few reserves will also not be ready for Week 3. Dallas will likely run a lot, but Witten should be able to carve up the midrange and inside routes.
Eric Ebron - $3,700 (DET @ GBI)
Ebron is starting to prove me wrong. I was down on him going into the year, even with Calvin Johnson out of the picture. Over two games he has nine catches on 12 targets, including one for a touchdown. Ebron will have the opportunity to catch the ball again this week going against the Packers. A team that let up 31 yards and a touchdown to Kyle Rudolph last week.
Here we go again! I love this game even when I’m not hitting big profits! Super fun and exciting!