With FanDuel changing their main slate to cover the Sunday games only, this DFS lineup will follow suit. Because the Monday night game is expected by a high scoring affair you will only want to use this in Sunday only contests and target Drew Brees and others for your Sunday/Monday contests.
QB – Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans, $7,700 (Opponent: Oakland Raiders)
The Titans’ signal caller has not played well through two weeks of NFL action. Yet he is still averaging 17.6 FanDuel points per game. And even better yet he is facing the Oakland Raiders this week. Opposing defenses so far in 2016 have gouged the Black and Silver defense.
They have allowed 819 yards and seven passing touchdowns. And if that is not enough, the game script should work in Mariota’s favor as the Raiders are scoring 31.5 points per game this year. So the Titans will likely need to throw to keep pace.
**** UPDATE: With the Titans’ Walker inactive, upgrade the Philip Rivers.
RB – DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers, $8,800 (Opponent: Philadelphia Eagles)
On the season the best backup runner in the league is averaging 26.65 FanDuel points per contest. The Steelers will be getting Le’Veon Bell back next Sunday so expect Mike Tomlin to continue to feed Williams again this week. The running back received 36 touches last week. And is in line to see plenty more again on Sunday.
While the Eagles have held opposing runners in check so far this season they haven’t faced a running back like Williams yet either. Philadelphia has played the Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears to start their 2016 campaign.
RB – Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers, $7,100 (Indianapolis Colts)
With Danny Woodhead on the IR, the running back will see his workload increase starting this week. After Woodhead left last week’s contest, Gordon touched the football 27 times.
And that is good thing for a guy already averaging 0.91 FanDuel points per touch. Particularly this week, as his opponent has had trouble stopping ball carriers this season. Indianapolis is allowing the most fantasy points to running backs in 2016.
WR – Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders, $7,700 (Opponent: Tennessee Titans)
Cooper is averaging 10 targets per week this season. So you know the opportunity will be there for the Raiders’ pass catcher in Week 3. Oakland’s No. 1 pass catcher will be covered by Jason McCourty this week so look for him to take advantage of that opportunity. The Chargers’ cornerback was exposed by Marvin Jones last week as the wideout caught eight balls for 118 yards.
WR – Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals, $7,600 (Opponent: Buffalo Bills)
The Cardinals’ pass catcher has scored 40.7 FanDuel points in 2016. And now faces a Buffalo Bills’ defense that struggled against wide receivers in the NFL’s first two weeks, having allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to the position.
The Bills have particularly struggled against slot receivers. In Week 2, Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa thrashed the Jets from the slot for a combined 12 receptions for 218 yards and a touchdown. With Fitzgerald running from the slot in 60 percent of the Cardinals’ plays this season, he certainly is positioned to shine this week.
WR – Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings, $6,400 (Opponent: Carolina Panthers)
Sure he is playing the Carolina Panthers but don’t hesitate to play the wide receiver in Week 3. Diggs has 16 catches on 20 targets this season. His precision route running is a perfect match to combat the Panthers three-deep zone defensive scheme.
TE – Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens, $5,000 (Opponent: Jacksonville Jaguars)
Pitta has the third-most targets by a tight end this season and is tied for first in catches. While they have been good against the position so far, the Jaguars did allow the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends in 2015.
K – Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens, $4,800 (Opponent: Jacksonville Jaguars)
Tucker is averaging 12 FanDuel points per game this season.
D – Miami Dolphins, $4,600 (Opponent: Cleveland Browns)
The Dolphins will face the Browns’ third quarterback of the season in Cody Kessler. The Cleveland coaching staff has made it no secret that the rookie is not ready for the NFL game. In addition to a rookie quarterback taking snaps for the Browns, Cleveland has also lost their top playmaker in Corey Coleman to injury. With Cleveland’s lack of skill players, Miami should have themselves a nice showing Sunday.