The Starting 5: Expert Fantasy Football Lineup Picks to Build a Winning NFL DFS Roster on FanDuel for Week 3 of the 2018-2019 Season.
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.
QB – Patrick Mahomes, KC vs SF, $8,900
This is the chalkiest of chalk recommendations for a column like the Starting 5, however I had a hard time coming up with too many reasons to fade him outside of being contrarian for the sake of… well… being contrarian. With 10 TDs through his first 2 starts of 2018-19, and QB ratings of 137.3 and 190.(143.3 YTD rating, second only to Ryan Fitzpatrick) – there is simply so much to like about what the young QB has brought to the table thus far. He has a solid 69.1% completion rate, is being given plenty of time to throw by the O-line (2.67 seconds per attempt) and has one of the healthier and fantasy-friendly average intended air yards (12.1) – tops in the league in that department. I certainly want KC exposure here given the elite game total (game stack is viable in GPPs) – and I expect that Mahomes will continue his strong play to start the year. He may not throw for another 6 TDs here, but 300+ yards and 3 TDs is certainly within scope – not to mention being highly stackable with a couple KC receivers. This is a week to pay up at QB.
RB – Tevin Coleman, ATL vs NO, $7,300
I’m not sold on ATL’s passing attack as the coaching staff just doesn’t seem to have figured out the right way to unleash that part of the offense. Not only that, but Julio Jones has a very difficult match-up with Marshon Lattimore likely to shadow him all afternoon. NO will continue to be a tough offense to throw on and play elite WRs against in 2018. So, when you look at the Vegas numbers for this one and see a big game total for the home team vs NO – you have to figure that a strong value RB like Coleman, who has a solid match-up and positive game script behind him, makes for a great play on the slate. With Devonta Freeman already ruled out, he should see 20+ touches in a game script-friendly situation here. He is an excellent RB option on this slate in all formats.
WR – Tyreek Hill, KC vs SF, $8,200
I already talked about how much I like Mahomes and the passing attack for KC in week 3. It may be chalky, but you have to get your points somewhere – and when the chalk goes off you certainly need exposure. Tyreek has been top 10 in terms of team touch% YTD (15.6%) and will continue to see plenty of action in this one. He has one of the highest catch% in the league (85.7% thus far), and although he isn’t going to be a target hog like an Antonio Brown or Michael Thomas – he makes the most of his opportunities and is truly an explosive player in every sense of the word. The price is up a little, but still in a spot where I love him for the week – particularly as a part of a KC stack.
TE – George Kittle, SF @ KC, $5,800
He wasn’t exactly the darling of week 2 at the TE position like many across the industry projected him to be. However, Jimmy Garoppolo and company didn’t need to throw the ball a ton in their week 2 victory against the Lions – so I would take that outing with a grain of salt. Kittle is only one week removed from a 9 target outing in their week 1 loss to the Vikings – and we shouldn’t forget the additional fantasy point opportunities not made that didn’t show up on the scoresheet due to penalties, drops, overthrows, etc. In a potentially elite game-stack here between KC and SF, especially with SF likely to fall behind and need to use the air to move the chains, Kittle should be heavily targeted and good for 7+ targets with the potential for 60+ yards and a score.
DEF/ST – Minnesota Vikings vs BUF, $4,900
The strategy of rolling with the DEF/ST playing the Bills is right back in play once again here. The Chargers were a strong play last week with 5 sacks and 2 INT against Josh Allen and the Buffalo offense in week 2 – and the Vikings have an even better situation getting BUF at home in MIN here. They have a ridiculous 12.5 team total (yes, check the numbers) as MIN is a -16 favorite – and I don’t need to go much further on this topic to make the case for getting them active. Their floor is easily 3+ sacks and 2+ turnovers against a highly uncomfortable rookie QB that is clearly not ready for the NFL.