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If you are new to a salary cap format, here are the basics. You get a fake budget to spend on your players/team. Your weekly lineup strategy is completely up to you. You can target a group of medium-priced players, or play some higher-priced studs mixed with lower-priced value plays. All you need to do is stay under the salary cap.
You’ll need to save money on at least a couple of positions if you want to roll with any high-priced studs in your lineup. With that in mind, let’s take a look at several bargain bin picks that I like for Week 3.
Kirk Cousins was hit or miss last year, but a hit last week. Although Cousins is a risk/reward play, he offers up solid upside. With DeSean Jackson added this year, his offense is loaded. It’s sink or swim time for Cousins.
Playing at home and without Knowshon Moreno, Miami could be more pass-happy this week. While Tannehill hasn’t be overly impressive, he does offer a low enough price to make a few upgrades into your lineup.
Assuming Ben Tate isn’t back this week, Terrance West finds himself on the value list again. Of course the Ravens will stack heavy against the run, but the volume alone in the Cleveland run game makes me think West is a value play again this week.
It’s a tougher run matchup this week for the Colts, but I like Bradshaw to stay active in the passing game for good value. Already outperforming Trent Richardson, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Colts involved Bradshaw more this week.
With Mark Ingram out, Khiry Robinson could be a nice value RB2 play. Although Robinson will be splitting a workload with Pierre Thomas, I could see the Saints ahead late in this matchup and using Robinson to run out the game. Robinson is also likely to land goal line duties, which can’t be ignored on a high powered offense.
This could be a big day for the Patriots in general. With a soft matchup and playing at home, Brady should shine this week. Edelman and Gronkowski should dominate targets, making Edelman a solid play with upside.
Maclin has been camping out in my lineups each week. The value and WR1 upside combination should keep Maclin in my lineup yet again this week. I like Maclin for a high amount of targets as well as some deep shots down the field.
With Jordan Reed out, Niles Paul has stepped into a solid role. It’s worth noting that Paul lead his team in targets Week 2 with Cousins at QB. He also lead the Washington passing game for yardage both Week 1 and Week 2. If Jordan Reed is out again, I like Niles Paul for solid value.
Similar to Niles Paul, Larry Donnell lead his team in targets last week. He also led his team for targets Week 1. The 6′ 6″ big fella is a solid go-to target and could dominate red zone targets from Eli Manning this season.
New England Patriots
This game could be pretty lopsided. I like the chances for the Patriots to be ahead early in this game and playing very aggressive against the rookie QB, Derek Carr. The Patriots also are playing at home for icing on the cake.
The Bengals should be a solid play at home this week. Strong against the run, they’ll test Jake Locker early and often this week.
Punting on 3rd Down
Care to Take the Punting on 3rd Down Challenge?
This week’s punting challenge will be with Shaun Hill ($5,000) if he starts this week. If Hill is out again this week, then Brian Hoyer ($5,800) will be the fallback play. The challenge is to play a $1.00 game with Shaun Hill or Brian Hoyer at QB. I’ll be posting my punting lineup in the forum later this week. Highest score wins bragging rights as the Week 3 Champion!
Alright FST Community, I’d love to hear who YOU love (or hate) this week. Post your FanDuel stud, dud or value plays in our Fantasy Football Forum.