FanDuel lineup advice: The best plays of Week 3

Up and down the FanDuel salary list for Week 3, Pat Thorman identifies the top names for this week's lineups.

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FanDuel lineup advice: The best plays of Week 3

After the running back injury apocalypse that was Week 2, a handful of former afterthoughts have been pushed up their depth charts. Unfortunately, for our purposes, few have full control of their backfield’s workload or are in an attractive Week 3 spot. A quick look around the league shows only a dozen or so lead running backs not trapped in a timeshare or part of an injury-induced quagmire.

Until we receive greater clarity on touch distribution in Miami, Atlanta, Minnesota, or several other ambiguous backfields, it will be worth investing in workload certainty — even in tournaments. Paying up also offers lineup differentiation, as others sift through the rubble of toppled running back depth charts. Fortunately, at least for this week, we can unearth required value at other positions.

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The wide receivers spot offers highly involved options at prices that allow us to splurge elsewhere. As always, there are intriguing quarterbacks up and down the salary list. At tight end, however, looks like a week to swallow chalk or punt altogether. As always, there are several ways to skin this cat, and we have some knife-sharpening options below to help you carve up FanDuel GPPs. Good luck, everybody.


Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks, $8,700

If you want to pay up for an elite quarterback at light ownership, Wilson stands out this week. After Cam Newton ($9,200) lit up the 49ers — more on that below — he will be chased. Aaron Rodgers ($8,900) and Andrew Luck ($8,700) are in games with high projected totals. A handful of passers with juicy matchups are significantly less expensive. Plus, Wilson’s sprained ankle — which he is practicing on fully — will scare folks away. Luckily, he gets a home matchup with a 49ers’ defense that only touched Newton twice last week.

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Pat Thorman is a lead writer for PFF Fantasy and a Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner.

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