4 NFL FanDuel Value Plays to Target in Week 3
Identifying key value plays are of paramount importance when it comes to Daily Fantasy Football. Luckily for you, our NFL projections are ready to roll, and our value category is brimming with potential slate-winning targets. If you're needing a salary saving option, consider plugging in one of these options into your lineup.
Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills ($7,500)
While both Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes will likely be quite popular as the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs collide this Sunday, I see a fantastic pivot to a lower owned quarterback with similar upside. Enter, Josh Allen. This is the second week in a row that he has entered this column. Am I a biased fan of the Buffalo Bills? Probably. However, our projections also highlight his value in Week 3, as he is the third highest-rated value play at the quarterback position (2.69 rating).
Allen has looked improved as a passer this season, completing 64.9% on 37 passing attempts in Week 1 and then 63.3% completion in Week 2 on a healthy 30 passing attempts. The Bills clearly are comfortable with him being the focal point of the offense dating back to Week 13 of last season. Since then, he has thrown the ball 26 or more times in 7 straight games.
This has resulted in superb production using the FanDuel scoring system. He has scored 26.30, 30.74, 20.34, 19.76, 13.68, 41.46, 17.96, and 22.22 FanDuel points in those contests. I wanted those listed in this article so you could see exactly how consistent he has been and also to highlight his significant scoring ceiling. I am investing in the young quarterback once again and doing so with confidence.
Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks ($7,000)
If this scenario comes to fruition, then Chris Carson could potentially be fed the rock as Seattle controls the clock and wears down the Saints front-seven on defense. Carson is no stranger to big workloads either. In the first two weeks of the season, Carson has 9 receptions, 30 carries, and a total of 167 total yards and 2 touchdowns.
The beautiful thing about Carson's production this year is that he has done all of this on just 84 out of the 132 snaps that Seattle has taken on offense. When he is on the field, the coaching staff clearly makes it a point to get him the ball. In a game flow that likely will cater to his skill set, Carson has significant upside at a very affordable $7,000 price tag.
Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles ($4,800)
With the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiving corps falling apart in Week 2, Nelson Agholor vaulted to number one wide receiver status for the Carson Wentz led offense. He had a couple of drops in the game but still managed to put together a fantastic stat line of 8 receptions for 107 yards receiving and 1 touchdown on 11 targets.
While both Mack Hollins and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside have redeeming value in Week 3 as well due to their depth chart movement upward, we have a long track record to lean on when choosing between the two young wide receivers and the former 1st round and 20th pick overall, Nelson Agholor.
Surprisingly, the Eagles have a 27.00 point implied team total and are strong 7.0 point favorites at home as they are hosting the visiting Detroit Lions. While the running game is hard to pin down on whom will succeed on any given week for the Eagles, the wide receiver position is thin and outside of Zach Ertz, Agholor does not have a lot of competition for targets.
Darren Waller, TE, Oakland Raiders ($5,900)
While we have better points per dollar plays using our projections, targeting someone like Darren Waller at just $5,900 could alleviate some salary constraint you might be feeling by the time you plug in your tight end.
He has a couple of strong trends going for him so far this season. The first is that he is playing a ridiculous amount of snaps. Tight ends need to be on the field to get points and Waller is a nice size and speed combination athlete, meaning he doesn't come off for obvious running downs and then back on for passing downs. He has played 58 out of 58 snaps in Week 1 and then 62 out of 65 snaps in Week 2.
He also is garnering plenty of looks from Derek Carr. So far this season, Waller has 15 targets in the first two games and he has hauled in 13 receptions for 133 receiving yards but zero touchdowns. While we want touchdowns from our tight end, he did get a red zone target in Week 2, resulting in a 9-yard reception. His price likely will keep climbing as the year progresses, plug him in with confidence at this price tag.
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