The NFL season is in full swing and week 3 provides a really nice mixture of buy low plays and underpriced studs in great spots. Let’s go position-by-position through the main slate of afternoon games.
I love Patrick Mahomes in this spot, but the weather in Kansas City looks to be a bit sketchy as of right now. Mahomes is a unique talent and I think that his downfield passing style could be hindered by a true downpour. If the weather is horrible here, I will stay away. If we can be confident that the passing game should be relatively unhindered, I think Mahomes is the best play on the slate.
If you want to avoid the major total in Kansas City, I think you may want to go all the way down to the bottom of the barrel with the backup quarterbacks playing this week. You can go to guys like Josh Allen, Jameis Winston, or Kyler Murray in the mid-tier, but I think I prefer to go to a completely different lineup build.
My favorite of the bunch is Kyle Allen, the Panthers backup behind the injured Cam Newton. Allen has a little mobility to him and he has a few elite playmakers at receiver and running back. The Cardinals defense is not going to be able to keep up with Moore and Samuel on the outside and I think that Allen will be able to take advantage of these playmakers.
I am looking to spend a lot of money at running back in most lineups and I think that I will lean heavily on the safety that Ezekiel Elliott provides in this spot. The Dolphins may be one of the worst NFL teams in recent history and Zeke is one of the most reliable players in the league.
While the Cowboys offense has looked better and more explosive in the first 2 weeks, that does not mean that Zeke has gotten phased out of the offense. Zeke should see a lot of touches in this game and I expect a lot of goal-line work for Zeke this week.
If you want a cheap option that is not going to be super popular with a ton of opportunity, look no further than Frank Gore. While Gore lacks all of the things that you like from a from a fantasy back from a physical standpoint, Gore should see 20 touches in a game where the Bills are favorites. I think it sounds just as bad as you do, but a 2 touchdown game at a cheap price is nothing to scoff at.
If the weather is good, I love Sammy Watkins against Baltimore. If we cannot use Watkins, I like taking shot on Michael Thomas with a backup QB. Thomas is expensive and his ownership will be next to nothing with Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill throwing him the ball. However, I think that the Seattle defense is so bad in the secondary that this could still be a huge game for Thomas.
Curtis Samuel is my favorite play to go along with Kyle Allen and I expect Samuel to be a great buy-low option. Samuel has been great at getting open through two weeks, but Cam has struggled to take advantage of Samuel’s 99th percentile speed. I think Allen connects on a big play or two to Samuel in this one.
Evan Engram is the safest option on the slate from a target per $ option and he now has a new QB throwing him the ball. Daniel Jones was really successful throughout the preseason and I think that he will garner more respect than Eli did because we don’t know that he sucks yet. Engram is in a great spot with so few options in this Giants’ offense.