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NFL Core Plays Sheet | Week 3

Updated on September 25th, 2021.
By Dylan Bell (@LiberDBell)

Core Plays:

Core Analysis:

QB Pay Up – There’s a lot of different ways to play the QB spot in week 3. If you’re looking to spend up, Kyler Murray is the clear-cut QB 1 on most slates due to his incredible rushing upside. Murray has 34+ DraftKings points in each of the first two games on the season. He also has 9 total TD’s in the two games. Murray has been dominating teams so far this season and I don’t expect the Jaguars defense to slow him down at all.

QB Mid-Range – When we go down to the mid-range QB’s is where things start getting interesting for me. Justin Herbert is looking like the chalky cash game QB in the mid-range. Even going back to his entire rookie season, Herbert has been the ideal cash game quarterback. He seems to always find a way to put up at least 18-20 DraftKings points, which is always fine for cash games. He does always have tournament upside as well.

Also at mid-range we have Tom Brady, my personal favorite QB on the slate. I love Brady in tournaments this week because everyone seems to be overlooking him on this slate. The Bucs have a tough match up vs the Rams defense, so everyone seems to be focusing on other similarly priced QB’s. While it is a tough match up, Brady has thrown 9 TD’s in two games and has put up 30+ DraftKings points in each match up as well. He’s playing amazing football and anytime I have a chance to get the GOAT at low ownership in tournaments, I’m going to be all over it.

QB Value – Then we go down to value QB’s where we have Daniel Jones and Justin Fields. Justin Fields will be a popular cash game QB on this slate and for good reason. His amazing rushing ability gives him a pretty high floor at only $5,200, and a lot of upside as well. Then we have Daniel Jones as my preferred value QB for GPP’s. Jones has been quietly playing really good football this season. He has 22 and 29 DraftKings points through the first two games on the season and also has a rushing TD in each game. His rushing upside makes him great for tournaments and the match up vs the Falcons, who have been torched on defense to start the season, is very enticing.

RB Pay Up – My favorite pay up at RB is Derrick Henry. He demolished the Seahawks last week and got back on his 2020 track. He also had 6 catches for 55 yards last week. Henry is getting a lot more opportunity in the passing to start the season and take makes him a lot more viable on a PPR site like DraftKings than in years past.

RB Mid-Range – In the mid-range at RB I have Najee Harris, Saquon Barkley and D’Andre Swift. Starting with Najee Harris, he hasn’t been able to get much going on the ground through his first 2 NFL games, but the Bengals will be his easiest match up yet. This is a great spot for Najee to finally break out a big game on the ground. We seen last week the upside that Harris has in the passing game. He caught 5 passes and took one of them in for a touchdown. If he can stay involved in the passing game and pick it up in the running game against the Bengals, it could be a breakout game for the rookie RB.

Saquon Barkley is my favorite play at RB this week. He’s finally fully recovered from his injury and should be back to playing his full role in the Giants offense. Saquon played about 40% of the snaps in week 1 and then over 80% of the snaps in week 2. That number should go up even more this week. Now that he’s fully healthy, the price on Saquon is only going to go up. This is a guy who was one of the top few backs in the league. Getting him at $6,500 this week in a great match up is a steal.

Lastly at RB we have D’Andre Swift. He’s been very involved in the Lions passing game, with 16 targets in two games. Lions head coach Dan Campbell also just came out and said they need to get Swift more involved after the Lions loss to the Packers in week 2. The Lions should be trailing in this one and forced into more passing situations, which works out great for D’Andre Swift.

WR Pay Up – Starting with pay up WR’s, there’s not much I have to say about DeAndre Hopkins and Tyler Lockett. Everyone already knows these guys are top plays at the position every single week. You can never go wrong with them.

WR Mid-Range – At mid-range, Cooper Kupp is actually my favorite WR on the slate. Even at $6,800 Kupp is one of the best values available. $6,800 is just too cheap for someone getting as much opportunity as Kupp is getting. He has 21 targets through 2 games and has made 16 catches for 271 yards and 3 TD’s. Kupp should be high 7k’s minimum.

Keenan Allen is another guy who just gets a ton of targets and opportunity. It’s hard not to love the price tag of $6,600 for someone getting this many targets. Pair Allen with Herbert in cash and you’re set. OBJ is my last mid-range WR and I’m a big fan of his in tournaments. He didn’t play great last season before the injury, but I’m buying in on OBJ having a bounce back season and he’s the #1 WR in this Cleveland offense with Jarvis Landry on IR. $5,300 is just too cheap for someone with OBJ’s upside.

WR Value – Moving onto value WR’s with James Washington of the Steelers. With Diontae Johnson missing this week due to injury, James Washington steps up as the #3 WR in Pittsburgh. Diontae Johnson is a guy who’s been targeted 22 times through the first two games of the season, so there’s a lot of opportunity that has to go somewhere with him out. A lot of people are looking towards Chase Claypool due to the injury, but Chase is more of a big play, deep pass kind of guy for the Steelers. I think there’s a good chance James Washington is the guy who takes a lot of Diontae Johnson’s targets, and at only $4,000 there’s a lot of upside for him.

K.J. Osborn is going to be the chalk at value WR this week, especially in cash games. He’s been playing solid football as the #3 WR for MIN so far on the season. I think he’s great for cash due to the ownership, but I do think he’s worth fading in tournaments.

And finally, my favorite value on this weeks slate, Scotty Miller at $3,100. I had a lot of interest in Antonio Brown this week before he got put on the COVID list specifically because Jalen Ramsey should be primarily focused on Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, leaving AB in a good spot to get a lot of work. Even with AB out, the plan still goes on. Scotty Miller should take over AB’s slot role in this game and get plenty of playing time. And as I mentioned, with the best CB in the league worried about the #1 and #2 receivers, Scotty could be in for a lot of opportunity as the #3.

TE – Only two guys I have much interest in at TE this week. Travis Kelce and Rob Gronkowski. They’re both great plays and it really just comes down to how much salary you want to spend at the position. 

DST – Big fan of spending all the way up to DEN’s D/ST this week against rookie QB Zach Wilson. It’s a great spot for the unit and I think there’s enough good value and mid-range plays on this slate to easily find the salary to pay up at D/ST. U


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