Today’s Pigskin daily fantasy plays — Week 3

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Week two was brutal. If you survived the week without any major injuries to your lineups, you probably fared pretty well. We saw several top running backs go down, so the position is even more scarce then it was when we started the season. This week, one of the goals should be to try to find two running backs you feel really good about. For this week, there are three games I’m looking at in terms of players I want to target for Daily Fantasy:

Atlanta at New Orleans – 54

San Diego at Indianapolis – 52

Detroit at Green Bay – 48

These just so happen to be the three games that Vegas has the highest over/unders on, so that always helps as well. Again, try to scoop up at least a few players from these three contests as there will likely be a lot of scoring, but more importantly, a lot of fantasy scoring. Let’s get to some of my favorite plays of the week.

Drew Brees – $7,900

  • After a very disappointing game in week two, look for Drew Brees to rebound against the Falcons at home and their pathetic pass-rush. Brees is electric on Monday Night Football, posting 39 touchdowns to only 12 interceptions. On top of that, he’s also much better at home than on the road:

Brees has thrown at least three touchdowns in four out of his last six games at home on Monday Night. Put him into your lineups this week and rest easy knowing that you will get elite production from your quarterback.

Ryan Tannehill – $6,200

  • If you decide to fade Drew Brees this week, I really like Ryan Tannehill at home against the Browns. Tannehill has been surprisingly competent, especially considering his first two opponents. The Dolphins will likely be without Arian Foster, so expect Tannehill once again to be the entire Dolphins’ offense. His rushing ability gives him a nice floor, but expect a big passing performance versus the Browns and their awful pass defense.

Ezekiel Elliott – $6,900

  • Elliott hasn’t gotten off to as fast of start as many expected, but he’s tied with David Johnson for the most rushing yards in the NFC. On top of that, he has scored in each of his first two starts. Chicago had a bad loss on Monday night and now it is traveling to Dallas on a short week. The Bears will also be without their nose tackle, best edge rusher and best linebacker. Look for Elliott to get a monster workload despite his two fumbles last week.

Theo Riddick – $4,900

  • With the Ameer Adullah injury news, Riddick is a really solid RB2 this week at a reasonable price. With a floor of five targets in the passing game, Riddick is a good bet in 50/50 leagues. However, this is a game-script that sets up really nice for him. I think this could be a game when he touches the ball 18+ times and if he scores, he’s already out-produced his price.

Julio Jones – $9,500

  • Quickly, name the starting cornerbacks for the New Orleans’ Saints. Can’t come up with their names, can you? Neither can I, but more importantly, neither can Julio Jones. Which sets him up for a monster game on Monday night.

Willie Snead – $6,500

  • I like Brandon Cooks more, but Willie Snead is cheaper and in for a fantastic match-up Monday night versus the Falcons. Snead will likely avoid Desmond Trufant and he’s got the eye of Drew Brees in the end zone. Snead did miss practice on Thursday, so check back in on him throughout the weekend. But he’s a great WR2 this week on Monday night.

Marvin Jones – $6,200

  • Another one of my favorites the past two weeks, Jones has already seen 21 targets. Matthew Stafford clearly loves Jones as he has the most targets on the team and this is a game that sets up well for him. Expect a lot of scoring in this NFC North match-up and expect Jones to see close to ten targets again this week.

Today’s Pigskin daily fantasy plays — Week 3

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