FanDuel Bargains: Week 3 September 19, 2012  |  Jeff

As week 3 quickly approaches, The Fake Football and FanDuel are back with The Fake Football’s Week 3 $250 Freeroll.The two most important takeaways from the previous sentence are $250 and freeroll. If you put together a quality FanDuel lineup, you can pocket some money for nothing. And your chicks for free. So get your thinking cap snug on that melon and craft the finest lineup 60k can buy in our Week 3 FanDuel Freeroll!


Now that you’re all signed up, let’s check out some of Week 3’s best bargain buys. The players below will provide the most bang for your FanDuel buck, which is the recipe for success, and of course cash! Stick with me, and you’ll be the weather man with Pacman Jones in no time.




Robert Griffin III ($8,500): We touched on RG3 here last week as well, but let me break it down one more time: The top scoring QB for the 8th highest QB price is a good deal. The ‘Skins return home this week to meet the Bengals, and RG3 should do his thing once again.

Ryan Fitzpatrick ($6,900): Fitz looked solid in a bounce back effort in week 2, before the Bills slowed things down while hammering the Chiefs. This week, Fitz gets the Browns, who have served up a juicy 300 passing yards per game this season. Fitzpatrick will save you nearly $3,000 compared to the top tier quarterbacks, leaving extra dough in your budget for a couple top running backs.


Running Back


Doug Martin ($6,700): Martin has been a solid play in weeks 1 and 2, and gets Dallas in week 3. The Cowboys got manhandled by Seattle last week while allowing Marshawn Lynch to rumble his way to a big game, and Martin will do the same. The best way to target running backs in FanDuel games is to make sure the backs will touch the football. Sounds simple, but a back that isn’t guaranteed a large workload can CRUSH your team on Sunday. Martin is the top dog in Tampa and the Bucs will force feed him again this week. 17 running backs are priced higher, making Martin a nice buy.

Michael Bush ($6,300): With Matt Forte’s ankle troubles, Bush will be the man in Chicago. Granted, Chicago’s offensive line was pathetic last week against Green Bay, but a talented back with guaranteed work is a mighty fine combination for $6,300. The Rams defense is nothing to be scared of, and Chicago gets them at home as well. A Bush/Morris backfield would allow some serious flexibility at other positions.

Alfred Morris ($6,000): Morris isn’t anything special, but a workload like his for a mere 6k is a steal. Just sit back and think of what you could do with the extra $3,700 you would save if you chose Morris over Arian Foster. That may sounds strange, but $3,700 is the difference between Earl Bennett and Megatron at wide receiver. If you need a cheap option at RB, or prefer to go big at QB and TE, Morris is a solid value.


Wide Receiver


Percy Harvin ($6,700): Harvin will be in this column until FanDuel prices him at an appropriate level. Harvin is tied for 5th among NFL receivers in targets, and his goose egg in the touchdown department is the only thing keeping his price down. 21 targets through 2 games is very solid, and Harvin also gets touches in the run game. Keep Harvin in your lineup, even against San Francisco this week.

Danny Amendola ($6,000): Amendola’s 15 catch, 160 yard week 2 performance is the stuff FanDuel dreams are made of. After that outstanding game, Amendola is still carrying a cheap price tag, which means there is value to be mined from the hills of St. Louis. A week 3 game HALF as good as Amendola’s week 2 would be a solid buy for $6,000. Do it.

Dexter McCluster ($4,800): McCluster didn’t do much to follow up his impressive week 1 performance last week, but he should get another shot against a horrendous New Orleans defense in week 3. $4,800 is a microscopic price for a guy who could easily rack up 7 catches this week. If you’ve filled all your other roster spots and are left with a few bucks, some pocket lint, and a paper clip…go with Dexter.


Tight End


Jason Witten ($5,400): Witten hasn’t done much this season, but the Cowboys get Tampa Bay in week 3, who got absolutely roasted through the air by the Giants in week 2. Look for Witten to break out this week, and $5,400 isn’t a bad price.

Dennis Pitta ($4,800): 20th among FanDeul tight ends in price, but first in NFL tight ends in targets? You get the idea. Flacco loves him and so should you for a bargain basement price of $4,800.




Once again, keep your kicker at $5,000. Dan Bailey and Nate Kaeding are fine 5k options this week.




Miami Dolphins ($5,000): The Dolphins are giving up a stingy 53 yards rushing per game through 2 weeks, and play the Jets in week 3. With the Jet’s questionable run game, that will leave things in the hands of Mark Sanchez, making the ‘Phins a nice score at 5k.

Arizona Cardinals ($5,000): The Cardinals held the Patriots in check in week 2, after stifling Seattle in week 1. I am willing to take a look and see what this defense can muster up against Philly at home in week 3. Not much of a risk at $5,000.



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