FanDuel Daily Fantasy Football Helper: Week 3
If you've never played daily fantasy football on FanDuel before, it's time to start. Unlike traditional leagues, you're able to select the players you want on that specific day only, giving you a different squad to root for each and every week.
Here at numberFire we offer great tools for premium members. The analysis below is meant to help you understand why some of these players are top picks in our tools and projections because we don't want you going into the weekend completely blind. We want to help you. Keep in mind, however, that things can change drastically if an injury is announced, so make sure you're double checking the tools and projections as close as possible to kickoff.
Let's break down the main slate on FanDuel for this week.
Antonio Brown (FanDuel Price: $9,000) - The Steelers are 7-point road favorites with an implied total of 25.5, and that's enough to buy into a bounce back. Brown was held to 5 catches for 62 yards in Week 2 but had 11 targets, the same number as he saw in Week 1. Of those 11 targets, 5 traveled at least 16 yards downfield; he just didn't haul in any. Against the Bears, who are 27th against the pass by our Net Expected Points (NEP) metrics, Brown should produce again.
Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper ($7,700) - Having both of these players at the same price point will do some wonky things with their ownership, but both are in a good spot. Josh Norman hasn't really been shadowing receivers this year, so both should have turns against Washington's weaker corners. Crabtree has played 73% and 61% of Oakland's snaps so far, compared to 92% and 84% for Cooper. The red zone looks went to Crabtree in Week 2, obviously, but Cooper could also feast against the 26th-ranked pass defense so far this year, by our metrics.
A.J. Green ($7,500) - Green will be popular (probably), but it's for good reason. The Packers rank 15th against the pass by our metrics, but it's boosted by the pass rush. They're 24th in Target Success Rate to wide receivers. Green has seen 18 targets over two games, including 4 deep targets and 2 red zone targets. Brandon LaFell ($4,600) makes for an intriguing tournament pivot. He's played 89% and 93% of snaps so far and has 12 total targets, 4 of which were red zone targets.
Chris Hogan ($6,400) - The Patriots offense should produce yet again. They're 13-point favorites against the Texans, whose cornerbacks are banged up (Johnathan Joseph has a shoulder issue that forced him from Week 2, and Kevin Johnson is out four to six weeks). This could be a get-right game for Brandin Cooks, especially if Rob Gronkowski doesn't play because of a groin injury. Either way, Hogan has 11 targets so far this year, including 3 in the red zone. He's also played 90% and 86% of the Pats' snaps. He'll be involved during a plus matchup.
Rashard Higgins ($5,100) - Higgins had 11 targets in Week 2 while playing 76% of Cleveland's snaps. With Corey Coleman on injured reserve, Higgins is the best bet for receiver production against a Colts team that ranks 28th against the pass by our metrics.
Devin Funchess ($4,800) - Funchess is another player who benefits from injury in Week 3, as tight end Greg Olsen is out six to eight weeks with a broken foot. Funchess outsnapped Kelvin Benjamin 57 to 43 in Week 2. Further, five of Funchess' seven targets in Week 2 came on deep attempts. At this price, one splash play is all you need for him to pay off his salary. This also is relevant.
Quarterbacks on throws 16+ yards downfield against the Saints this year: 15 of 16 for 413 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs.
— Jim Sannes (@JimSannes) September 17, 2017
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