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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Football Helper: Week 3

It's Week 3, everyone, and just like we all drew it up, Ryan Fitzpatrick is leading all of fantasy with 36.6 FanDuel points per game.

Okay, maybe that's not quite what we were all predicting back in August, but there's been no shortage of fantasy points to go around through two weeks, from both expected and unexpected places. Playing on Monday night, FitzMagic won't be joining us on the main slate this week, but it's looking like we'll still be seeing plenty more fireworks on this 13-game offering, particularly with one of our featured games reaching a 56.0 over/under.

We'll dig into that and more in our weekly FanDuel primer, where we give you an overview of the Sunday main slate to help you get started on your research. As always, we recommend checking out all of numberFire's premium tools at your disposal. In particular, the heat map is a great way to get a general overview of the slate's implied totals, and every team's strengths and weaknesses. You also have access to numberFire's weekly projections, which can assist you in nailing down who might be the slate's top scorers and best values.

Be sure to also pay attention to inactives prior to Sunday's games, which can often completely change the makeup of a given slate. After all, injuries can have a huge impact on playing time, where an otherwise low-priced backup can suddenly find his way into a feature role and become an excellent play.

Now, let's run through some of this week's top plays on the FanDuel main slate.


Patrick Mahomes ($8,900 on FanDuel): Fitzpatrick has gotten plenty of attention for his early-season heroics, but he's not the only quarterback lighting up the box score. Patrick Mahomes is looking like the real deal, roasting the Los Angeles Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers on the road for a combined 582 yards and 10 touchdowns. Mahomes has posted a ridiculous and unsustainable 14.2 adjusted yards per attempt, so as exciting as he's been, we should probably pump the breaks before crowning him as the next Peyton Manning. That being said, as you likely knew from the get-go, the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers comprise that aforementioned 56.0 over/under, and the home favorite Chiefs are also boasting a slate-best 31.25 implied total. Through two games, the 49ers have shown the 11th-worst pass defense, per our schedule-adjusted metrics, so there's little reason to think Mahomes won't keep this offense humming for at least one more week as another potential shootout looms. However, Mahomes' price tag has seen an astronomical spike, since he cost a mere $6,700 in Week 1, which makes him more suitable for tournaments.

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