The Starting 5: Expert Fantasy Football Lineup Picks to Build a Winning NFL DFS Roster on DraftKings for Week 3 of the 2018-2019 Season.
Welcome to the FC Insights Starting 5 column for FanDuel. In this post, we highlight 5 key plays (one at each position) that we recommend for the given week of the 2018-2019 NFL DFS season. The focus of this week’s article covers the week 3 Main slate.
The goal of the DraftKings Starting Five is to cover the best plays for the upcoming week. It does have a cash game bias, so you will see some chalk recommendations below – but the purpose of it is to help you get a solid core foundation when it comes to building line-ups for the Week. Make no mistake, where opportunity presents itself, we will pivot away from the chalk – but again, we want to recommend a core build that can set you up in good position for cash game success!
QB – Pat Mahomes, $7,000 vs. SF
The second year QB continues to make waves throughout the league, fresh off of a 6 TD performance that saw him pass the 40 DKP mark. There is a ton of talk about how he is due for regression, and that cannot be argued, but even if he were to go out and throw for 250 yards and 3 TD’s, adding in a few rushes to rack up a few more DKP, he is a fantastic play at this price. The over/under in the game against SF is set at 56 as of today, meaning points will be plentiful, and I think Mahomes has another week where he provides those that roster him with one of, if not the highest ROI at the QB position.
RB – Corey Clement, $4,300 vs. IND
Editor’s Note: Should we receive news later on in the week indicating that Jay Ajayi seems healthier than early reports this week, I will make an edit here.
With that said, based on the information available at current, it’s hard not to love the spot that Clement is in this week. Sure, the Colts defence looked stronger than many thought it would be in Week 2’s win over the Redskins – but that is not enough to scare me off of Clement this week. He is priced very cheap, and should see massive workload, given the current injury stats surrounding Ajayi and Darren Sproles. Look for him to approach 20 touches, and given his ability to make inroads in the passing game, given the full PPR scoring – I think he has an outstanding Week 3.
WR – Nelson Agholor, $6,100 vs. IND
Agholor has been a PPR monster, and in Week 2, he saw more snaps outside. With Carson Wentz returning, it should only help the top option in the passing game for the Eagles. You have a chance to get low end WR1 production from a WR priced at $6,100, and he provides a very strong floor due to his high reception totals. Look for double digit targets in this one, and a chance to be a top 10 scorer at the position, not factoring in price into the equation. I love the value here with Agholor.
TE – George Kittle, SF $4,500 @ KC
Kittle was a complete dud in Week 2, but I have no problem going back to the well in Week 3. The 49ers are travelling to Arrowhead to take on the Chiefs in a game that has a whopping over/under of 56, as mentioned earlier. Unless the 49ers are shockingly able to contain the Chiefs offence, they will be forced to turn to the air, and they face a Chiefs defence that is fresh off being gauged by Jesse James for a line of 5-138-1. Look for Jimmy G to feed Kittle the ball early and often in this one, and I like his chances of a bounce back effort in Week 3.
DEF/ST – Minnesota Vikings, $4,300 vs. BUF
In a game with a projected total of 42, the Vikings check in as 16.5 point favourites. You don’t need to be a math whiz to tell that the Buffalo offence is in for a world of hurt in Week 3, facing an elite defence that will be playing at home. Look for the Vikings to take full advantage of a suspect OL and a raw, rookie QB, and although they are expensive, there are plenty of places where you can find value this week in order to fit in a dream match-up for an elite defensive unit.