With just hours until the third Sunday of the NFL season, it's time once again to start preparing our DraftKings lineups for the week.
In Week 2, our picks of JuJu Smith-Schuster and Phillip Lindsay vastly outplayed their prices, giving DraftKings players quality production at a solid value.
Budgeting can get tight fast in daily fantasy — it's tough to leave Odell Beckham Jr. out of your lineup when you're SURE he's going to go off against the Texans. With this in mind, below are some potential value plays for Week 3 daily fantasy players.
QB: Matt Ryan, $5,700
The Falcons and Saints are set for a shootout on Sunday, with Las Vegas setting the total at 53.5 — second only to Chiefs-Niners game. Still, Ryan is outside of the top 10 most expensive quarterbacks this week. If you can't splurge on Patrick Mahomes or Jimmy Garoppolo, Ryan is a fine way to secure solid quarterback production while saving some salary space for elsewhere on your roster.
RB: Matt Breida, $5,400
After rushing for 138 yards on 11 attempts in Week 2, it's pretty clear that Matt Breida is the man for the starting job in San Francisco. There should be a lot of scoring when the Niners head to Kansas City to play the Chiefs, so maybe Breida can steal a touchdown or two after his teammates are tackled at the goal line.
RB: Corey Clement, $4,300
The Philadelphia Eagles have made use of a multi-faceted running attack in recent years, and with Carson Wentz back in the lineup, one might expect the Birds to run a pass-heavy scheme this week. Still, with injuries to Darren Sproles and Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement will be the featured back, and he's proven he can make an impact even with limited touches.
WR: Sammy Watkins, $5,100
Again, another value player to snag in a game that's expected to be a high scoring affair. Last week, we took JuJu Smith-Schuster under a similar logic, and he wound up outscoring highly touted teammate Antonio Brown. This week, maybe Sammy Watkins is the secondary receiver that benefits from an over-covered teammate.
WR: Devin Funchess, $5,000
With Greg Olsen out, Devin Funchess takes on an even more important role in the Carolina Panthers' offense. Funchess had seven receptions for 77 yards on nine targets last weekend — a solid day that could be matched and capped with a score this week.
WR: Calvin Ridley, $3,700
Just two games into Calvin Ridley's NFL career and he is already a valuable contributor to the Atlanta offense. Ridley led the team in receiving on Sunday with 64 yards and a score — he's an interesting player to pair with Matt Ryan for those looking for a cheap way to invest a quarterback-receiver stack.
TE: Trey Burton, $3,900
Allen Robinson is Mitch Trubisky's favorite receiver in Chicago, but tight end Trey Burton might be his greatest red zone target. Burton found the end zone last Sunday and caught all four of his targets for 20 receiving yards on the day. If you expect the Bears to roll through the Cardinals, Burton is a solid bet to have himself a day.
DEF: Houston Texans, $2,800
The Cowboys defense was able to sack Eli Manning six times on Sunday night, and now the Giants are heading to Houston to face down J.J. Watt and the Texans pass rush. New York still has enough weapons to give you some pause, but if you're down to your last dollars, Houston feels like a steal at under $3,000.