Daily Fantasy Sports is the most common way that people in America win cash from their sports picks, especially during football season. Many players prefer DFS to traditional fantasy football teams for many reasons, including the ability to be paid out instantly and to have different players on your roster each and every week.
Every week during the National Football League schedule, Daily Fantasy Sports platforms like FanDuel Sportsbook are mobbed by players looking to get in on the action. Before you build your team, however, take a look at our suggestions for your lineup this week!
Daily Fantasy Sports: How To Play FanDuel
You might be one of the many sports fans looking to get into daily fantasy and wondering: how does FanDuel work? Luckily, you've come to the right place to find out. Players have the option of choosing from hundreds of fantasy games, narrowing down options by preferences like experience level, game style, contest type, entry fee, and game schedule.
Examples of some game styles for NFL daily fantasy lineups are:
- Full Roster
- Single Game
- Gemini Man
- QuickPick Kickers
This week, we are focusing on using a full roster on the FanDuel DFS App, which features a classic nine-player team to be fit under a $60,000 salary cap. All styles have achieved their own popularity, but the largest prizes are being doled out for a full roster game in Week 3 called the ‘$3M NFL Sunday Million', which costs $9 to enter.
Once you've found the contest that's perfect for you (and trust us, there is one out there), it's time to select a roster. Below we'll detail the top targets at each position before building out a pair of lineups for Week 3.
FanDuel NFL Lineup Week 3
After combing through each position looking for the best team our $60,000 salary cap can buy, we have constructed two lineups below. Each features the rationale behind the selection, with one lineup providing more balance and the other relying on multiple star players to carry the load.
NFL Daily Fantasy Lineup Week 3: Falcons Star On Balanced Roster
- QB Matt Ryan (ATL, $7,800) - The value is great after Ryan and the Falcons bounced back last week and the Colts are susceptible to allowing damage through the air.
- RB Christian McCaffrey (CAR, $8,900) - Without Cam Newton, Carolina should rely on their star RB in the rushing and passing game in Week 3. A true workhorse effort.
- RB Chris Carson (SEA, $7,000) - After seeing 30 carries and nine receptions in two weeks, Carson could take advantage of a struggling Saints defense in the rain.
- WR Kenny Golladay (DET, $7,000) - The Eagles rank last against the pass so far this season and Golladay has seen 19 targets in two games.
- WR Adam Thielen (MIN, $7,000) - The Vikings WR has yet to break out, but this playing Oakland at home may be his chance after leading his team in targets last week.
- WR Emmanuel Sanders (DEN, $5,700) - Sanders performed well against the Bears' elite defense and comes with great value against a strong, but beatable Packers defense.
- TE Vance McDonald (PIT, $5,900) - McDonald has already proven valuable to new QB Mason Rudolph and should continue serving as a safety blanket in San Francisco
- FLEX Calvin Ridley (ATL, $6,500) - Ryan has found Ridley while defenses focus on Julio Jones, resulting in two scores so far this season.
- DEF Minnesota Vikings ($4,200) - The Vikings are a different team (and defense) at home, and that should ring true against an inferior opponent in Oakland.
NFL Daily Fantasy Lineup Week 3: Star Power At The Top
- QB Deshaun Watson (HOU, $8,200) - The Chargers have been susceptible through the air, so if Watson is protected, he can do damage on Sunday.
- RB Aaron Jones (GB, $6,900) - Jones may not see the same amount of action he did last week, but he was effective, so he's one of our value picks at running back.
- RB Phillip Lindsay (DEN, $6,400) - Lindsay needs a big game to keep his touches in the offense, so it's a risky selection, but his versatility makes him capable.
- WR DeAndre Hopkins (HOU, $8,900) - If Watson gets a little bit of time, Hopkins is nearly unguardable, so we are pairing him with his QB in a bounce-back game.
- WR Calvin Ridley (ATL, $6,500) - Ridley has shined in the first two weeks, scoring in each game while the Falcons' offense always plays better indoors
- WR Sterling Shepard (NYG, $6,000) - He may be catching balls from a rookie, but he's the clear-cut No. 1 receiver for the Giants due to injuries and Golden Tate's suspension.
- TE Travis Kelce (KC, $8,000) - The best tight end currently in the game, Kelce should see even more action without Tyreek Hill in the lineup for several weeks.
- FLEX Larry Fitzgerald (ARI, $5,900) - Fitz has gotten 24 targets in two games from Kyler Murray, so a No. 1 receiver for this price is something we'll take when we can.
- DEF Arizona Cardinals ($3,200) - Forced to go cheap on defense with three stars in the lineup, but Carolina isn't starting CamNewton, so there's that.
NFL Week 3 DFS Rankings At FanDuel
Depending on the week, projections and expectations are constantly shifting for players all over the league, and those playing FanDuel DFS should be aware of where prices for players are prior to making any selections.
Below, we'll lay out the top Week 3 DFS lineup options at each position by how much they'll cost to add.
Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes (KC, $9,200), Lamar Jackson (BAL, $8,500), Dak Prescott (DAL, $8,400), Deshaun Watson (HOU, $8,200), Aaron Rodgers (GB, $7,900)
Running Back: Saquon Barkley (NYG, $9,200), Christian McCaffrey (CAR, $8,900), Ezekiel Elliott (DAL, $8,800), Dalvin Cook (MIN, $8,300), Alvin Kamara (NO, $8,000)
Wide Receiver: DeAndre Hopkins (HOU, $8,900), Julio Jones (ATL, $8,300), Davante Adams (GB, $8,200), Michael Thomas (NO, $8,000), Keenan Allen (LAC, $7,800)
Tight End: Travis Kelce (KC, $8,000), Zach Ertz (PHI, $6,900), Mark Andrews (BAL, $6,800), George Kittle (SF, 6,600), Evan Engram (NYG, $6,400)