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Daily Fantasy Football: DraftKings Values and Lineup – Week 3

Josh Collacchi breaks down his top daily fantasy football value plays and his full DraftKings lineup for Week 3.

Matt Asiata

After a successful Week 2 in daily fantasy football, we’re already beginning the third week of the season. The Falcons take on the Bucs tonight, and everyone is looking at the status of Doug Martin. As far as daily fantasy is concerned, DraftKings has another week of exciting contests, and money to be one. Get your lineups set right away.

XN Sports will present values and picks for DraftKings each and every week throughout the season for all your daily fantasy needs. Check out all the contests at DraftKings here, and be sure to enter the Week 3 freerolls right away.

If you have not played on DraftKings yet, be sure to make your first deposit which will earn you a free spot in a paid tournament. Why play DraftKings? In addition to being one of the most aesthetically-pleasing websites on the internet, DraftKings offers user-friendly scoring and rules which can be found in full here. In addition, there is no kicker so any of those six field goal days will not ruin your weekend.

The details of this week’s contest:

Contest Details

-$100,000 Play-Action Fantasy Football Contest

-$10,000 to first place – Free entry with your first deposit

-$2 entry fee Top 11,500 places paid out

-BUT make any deposit on DraftKings and you get free entry to this $100,000 Contest

You are given $50,000 in cap money to start a quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, a tight end, a flex, and a defense/special teams. There is no right or wrong strategy, but there are many ways to win. Be sure to check DraftKings out today to be the next big winner in daily fantasy football.

Without further ado, Week 3 values and picks.

Value Plays


Matt Cassel, MIN $5,400

With some Vikings fans calling for Teddy Bridgewater to start, Cassel will have to earn his spot in addition to attempting to help his team win a football game. Regardless, Cassel is a good start this week against the Saints, who rank 31st in the NFL against the pass. In addition, there are only three starting quarterbacks cheaper than Cassel, so selecting him as your quarterback allows flexibility for the rest of your lineup.

Running Back

Matt Asiata, MIN $4,600

With Adrian Peterson suspended indefinitely, the Vikings will look to feed Asiata as they did last week. The Saints added a few pieces on defense in the offseason, but have not vastly improved against the run. New Orleans is 25th in the NFL in allowing fantasy points to running backs, and Asiata is one of the cheapest starting options available. Last week in a losing effort, Asiata saw 18 touches (including five catches) and a touchdown. If the Vikings refrain from getting down in the game early like last week, Asiata could see 20 touches this week. That’s a bargain for $4,600. In addition, the other player in Asiata’s price range that has scored as many fantasy points in a week is Steve Smith, who faces Joe Haden and the Browns. The potential value for Asiata is there, and it adds cap flexibility to your lineup.

Wide Receiver

Justin Hunter, TEN $3,600

Is this the week Hunter explodes for 25 fantasy points? The fantasy football community has been waiting for two weeks, but this could be the week. At just $600 over the minimum, he is worth the risk in GPP play like the $100K Play-Action on DraftKings this weekend. Hunter has the lowest catch rate in football with players over 10 targets this year at 36 percent, but after seeing him drop two passes and Locker missing him, it’s easy to tell that the volume is there. Hunter leads the Titans in targets, and is ready to burst onto the scene. The Titans face the Bengals, who are 30th in the NFL in allowing fantasy points to wide receivers.

Tight End

Jared Cook, STL $3,400

Does that name make you cringe? Last year, Cook’s Week 1 performance was one for the ages. The rest of the season, he was nothing more than a streaming option and a fade in daily fantasy lineups. But, at just $400 over the minimum, Cook is a good play against the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas has faced Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker this season, and has allowed three touchdowns and well over 150 yards to tight ends in just two weeks. In Week 1, Davis caught two touchdowns on his first two receptions, and last week Delanie Walker caught 10 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown. Cook is next in line, so be sure to get him into your lineups at tight end.


QB – Aaron Rodgers, GB $9,200

RB – Matt Asiata, MIN $4,600

RB – Lamar Miller, MIA $5,000

WR – Jordy Nelson, GB $8,400

WR – Alshon Jeffery, CHI $6,400

WR – Justin Hunter, TEN $3,600

TE – Jared Cook, STL $3,400

FLEX – Julius Thomas, DEN $6,600

DST – Dolphins $2,800


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