FanDuel GPP Picks Week 3

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My Mom called me up this past Sunday, something only she can get away with during football season. To be honest I was so zoned in on the games that I don’t even remember what the call was about, just that at some point she picked up on some distress the way mothers always can. “I don’t know what’s going on this week”, I told her. “Games that were meant to be high scoring are low, low games are high. Great players in good match-ups are stinking it up or otherwise getting injured, while middle of the road players in tough match-ups are going off.”

“Oh, I wouldn’t worry about it”, she said. “Mercury is in retrograde, things were bound to be crazy.”

Now I don’t normally entertain this kind of nonsense. I have never read a horoscope and don’t intend to start, but I need something to explain Week 2, and that’s best I have at the moment. So I’m washing my hands of last week, blaming Mercury, dusting myself off and looking anxiously to Week 3. Here are the long shot/bargain priced GPP picks that some of the writers and I are targeting in larger tournaments.

TE Dennis Pitta vs JAX. $5,000

Ben“With Ben Watson out for the year, Dennis Pitta has stepped up as the go-to tight end in Baltimore. Pitta was the only tight end in the league to see double-digit targets (12) in Week 2 and only trails Jason Witten by 2 for the tight end league lead in targets through two weeks. It sure seems like Joe Flacco and Pitta are re-establishing the connection they once had before Pitta’s injuries started to pile up. He’s currently healthy and is the one position player on the Ravens that seems to have a defined role as of right now. Pitta gets a Jaguars defense that gave up the 4th most pass yards in 2015 and that has been lit up by the Packers and Chargers to begin the season. At a price of just $5,000, Pitta is an extreme value heading into Week 3.”
Ben Cummins, @BenCumminsFF

WR Cole Beasley vs CHI, $5,100

brandon“The man that has inherited the Captain Planet ‘heart ring’ himself, Cole Beasley has been very successful in DFS the past 2 weeks with 10 pts per game. He also happens to be one of rookie Dak Prescott’s favorite targets to look for. Another tasty matchup against the Bears secondary could equal you steady production on the cheap!”
Brandon Sanders, @brandontsanders

WR Phillip Dorsett vs SD, $6000

Keaton“First round talent who was already leading the Colts in receiving yards, now steps into a more prominent role in the absence of Moncrief.  He should avoid Jason Verrett in coverage in Vegas’ highest over/under game at 52 points.”
Keaton Denlay, @keatondenlay

QB Alex Smith vs NYJ, $6800

Kyle“Give me Smith against a vulnerable NYJ secondary that gave up tons of big plays against Buffalo last week. Revis Island clearly is not a thing anymore and I expect this game to be a back and forth high scoring affair. Coming off a dreadful Week 2 performance, I expect Smiths ownership percentage to be under 3% so he seems like a perfect GPP candidate. He could totally repeat his Week 1 numbers when he finished as the QB3. And that price is dirt cheap. Less than a low-upside Dak Prescott and a partially deceased Josh McCown? Yes please.”
Kyle Borgognoni, @kyle_borg

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RB Darren Sproles vs PIT, $5200

Nick“The Philadelphia Eagles surprised everyone when they made Sproles the focal point of the offense on Monday night against the Chicago Bears. Sproles led the team with 12 carries, and caught both of his 2 targets. He faces a Pittsburgh Steelers team that gave up 9 catches for over 100 yards to Giovani Bernard last week. It’s safe to say that the Eagles will be playing from behind against the Steelers’ high-powered offense. With quarterback Carson Wentz looking more than capable to run the offense, wouldn’t surprise me if they utilized Sproles once again when they’re trying to play catch up.”
Nick Martinez-Esquibel, @THENickMartinez

WR Tajae Sharpe vs OAK, $5900

Ryan“Not too often you can get a team’s #1 WR at this price. Even less often that they are facing the league’s worst defense against the WR. The Raiders have allowed 3 WR to go over 100 yards and a TD in only 2 games this year. Sharpe has clearly established himself as the team’s top WR and should see plenty of targets on Sunday. He was stifled by two teams that have played well against fantasy WRs this year, the Raiders have not.”
Ryan Weisse, @TheFantasyFive

WR Jamison Crowder vs NYG, $5000

TravisThe Washington Redskins are currently tied for first with the Jaguars for the most pass attempts per game. Jamison Crowder has quietly had 6 receptions per game in the first two weeks and is starting to feel every bit as reliable as any other pass catcher on that offense. At $5000 he is a steal for a receiver with plenty of upside in a great matchup.
Travis Strickland, @DFF_Travis

Again I want to emphasize that we are selecting picks that can help in large tournaments with guaranteed prize pools. They are picks that we believe have the benefits of being both very cheap to roster as well as giving you possible tournament winning upside. Anytime you’re scrolling this far down the list of players, selections become a bit of a dart throw. Hopefully this article helps you take at least some of the guess work out of that huge pool of players towards the bottom.

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