Week 3 Daily Fantasy Football: Top Picks at Each Position
Sometimes the studs just don’t get it done in daily fantasy football. That’s why it’s good to have someone to look at the top-priced, would-be “sure things” to let you know who is a total lock.
Week two was definitely a mixed bag. In a week where DeAngelo Williams, Larry Fitzgerald and Travis Benjamin all scored three touchdowns and Eddie Lacy, Jimmy Graham and Jeremy Hill all had under four fantasy points, you were bound to have some bad misses.
We certainly did, as the likes of Marshawn Lynch, Jason Witten, Justin Forsett and our team defense picks (Rams and Ravens) didn’t live up to their “top pick” billing.
Where they failed, though, our other picks crushed. Russell Wilson was a mild win, while Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Julio Jones and Odell Beckham Jr. all went nuts.
In a week like last week, we’ll take a 5-5 record. Let’s see if we can’t do a lot better in week three, as we try to block out the craziness of week two and win some cash in daily fantasy football leagues:
Quarterback: Tom Brady (New England Patriots) and Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos)
The record shouldn’t be changed when it comes to Brady, who just torched the Bills and now welcomes the Jaguars into town. It might be boring, but why stray from the Pats in week three? Brady could hang another 300+ yards and 3-4 scores as he continues his tirade against the NFL.
Peyton Manning proved he’s not done just yet and in week three he goes into Detroit to face a Lions defense that lost all of its bite. In week one Philip Rivers hung over 400 yards on this Lions pass defense and in week two Teddy Bridgewater had his way, as well. I like Manning to post another 250+ yard game and 2-3 scores in a win.
Running Back: Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks) and Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings)
Lynch made me feel like a fool last week despite a sweet matchup with the Packers, but I just can’t quit him. In all seriousness, he’s at home for the first time this year and Beast Mode can’t stay grounded forever. That, and he draws a bad Bears defense. I like him to get his first 100+ yard day of 2015, along with a touchdown or two.
Peterson isn’t far behind Lynch and heck, he might even be ahead of him. We got to see vintage “All Day” last week, as he dominated the Lions for 192 total yards. With his role (and swagger) back, I like Peterson to run all over the Chargers in week three.
Wide Receiver: Demaryius Thomas (Denver Broncos) and Randall Cobb (Green Bay Packers)
Emmanuel Sanders has been the leading man in Denver with 16 grabs through the first two weeks (two touchdowns in week two), but DT is too good to take a backseat for too much longer. I really like Denver’s Sunday night matchup with Detroit, and I’m looking for Thomas to be the main recipient of Manning’s scoring production this week.
I could make it easy on everyone and pick Julio Jones or Antonio Brown here, but that’s not trying very hard. Cobb serves as a mild risk, but remains a stellar pick for week three. He closes the week on Monday Night Football at home, where he’ll go up against a Chiefs defense that let the slipper Emmanuel Sanders score twice last week. They also couldn’t contain DeAndre Hopkins in week one. I like Cobb to get 100+ yards and a score.
Tight End: Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots) and Jimmy Graham (Seattle Seahawks)
Gronk needs no introduction or argument, but here goes: the Bills couldn’t stop him so he just might be matchup proof. Jacksonville did stifle Greg Olsen in week one but that was against a Panthers defense that had no other threat. New England has plenty to work with and is at home. Besides, the drop off from Gronk to anyone else is just too great.
Graham or Kelce are the guys to go with if you are indeed fading Gronk this week, but if you’re doing that it’s best to just scrape the bottom of the barrel and hope for the best (Richard Rodgers, Jared Cook, etc). If not, Graham has as good a chance as any of the top level tight ends, as he debuts at home and gets a bad Bears defense. It wouldn’t be all that surprising if he scored three touchdowns this week.
Team Defense: New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks
Jacksonville showed in week two that they’re not total slouches anymore, but that was at home against the Dolphins. Doing that on the road against the Patriots is an entirely different story, which has me liking the Pats quite a bit for week three.
The story is very much the same in Seattle this week, where Jimmy Clausen is likely to have a tough outing against the Seahawks. Seattle is the top defense of choice this week for obvious reasons.
Those are our favorite picks for daily fantasy football leagues in week three. Be sure to stop back next week to see how our picks did and let us know if they helped you win!
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