Week 3 DFS NFL DraftKings Wide Receiver Plays & Picks

Written By Nate Lawson on September 21, 2017

Week 3 DraftKings.com DFS NFL Wide Receiver GPP & Cash Game Plays

Week 3 NFL is upon us and everyone is looking to cash in on the big money at DraftKings. Every week, we’ll bring you our top DFS NFL picks at each position, separating them into Cash Game and GPP plays.

Cash game options generally come with less risk and a more stable floor, while the best GPP plays can come with tons of risk and upside. Taking a chance on players with high ceilings and low floors is a good way to separate from a large tournament field.

As with any DFS sport, the advice below is relevant for fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than they are in real life due to matchup, price, game flow, etc. This is important when constructing a roster. And if you’re looking for new ways to play DFS, be sure and give BOOM Fantasy and DRAFT a try!

In DFS NFL, predicting game flow can be vital towards success. Teams that are heavily favored and come through with a comfortable win will be far more likely to lean on their running game, while two teams with poor defenses and high-powered offenses could pay off by getting into a shootout. Later in the season, especially, weather will play a key factor in NFL games, so make sure to check the forecast for each Sunday.

In general, GPP plays are high-risk, high-reward prospects that can fizzle out and leave you empty handed. That said, if you want to win the big money, you have to take big chances and sometimes that means fading a safer choice for a risky play with more upside.

Week 3 DFS NFL Wide Receivers for Cash Games

Jarvis Landry @ NYJ ($6.8k DraftKings)
It didn’t take long for Jay Cutler to look Jarvis Landry’s way when the Dolphins debuted with their new QB last Sunday. The veteran gunslinger fed his top wideout 15 times, with Landry hauling in 13 of those. While Landry managed only 78 yards (or 6 yards per catch), the volume is certainly there, and that type of efficiency is what we love in cash games.

This week, Landry is up against a terrible Jets team that allowed Michael Crabtree to find the endzone three times last week. Don’t bank on incredibly large yardage numbers from Landry (or three touchdowns for that matter), but given the DraftKings PPR scoring format, his insane target numbers, and the Jets inability to stop anyone, the Dolphins no. 1 wideout is a safe entry in your week 3 cash game lineup.

Keenan Allen vs. KC ($7.2k DraftKings)
This was supposed to be Devante Adams, but then Jordy Nelson mysteriously logged a full practice on Wednesday. But don’t worry – Keenan Allen was probably a better decision all along. The Chargers wideout has two 10-target games under his belt thus far in 2017, which, somehow, given his history, seems a little low (he averaged 11 targets per game in 2015). Don’t be surprised if his target number eclipses 10 this week against a Kansas City team that will likely force the Chargers into a come-from-behind situation.

Devin Funchess vs. NO ($4.2k DraftKings)
Admittedly, I don’t often look this low on the salary chart for cash options unless a major injury has occurred. It just so happens one has, as Cam Newton has lost his top receiving threat for an extended period of time after Greg Olsen broke his foot last week. Now, Newton hasn’t looked good so far this year, but given the Olsen news, the fact that Kelvin Benjamin is banged up, and the continuously “blah” running game from Carolina, yards and catches will have to go somewhere.

Enter Devin Funchess, who broke into double-digits on DraftKings last week with four catches on six targets (after just two targets in week 1). Newton doesn’t really have a lot of choices this Sunday against an exploitable Saints defense. Funchess is one of them, and may very well be the best Panther to roster this week. Take the savings. Use them on one of these expensive running backs.

Week 3 DFS NFL Wide Receivers for GPPs

Terrelle Pryor Sr. vs. OAK ($5.9k DraftKings)
Pryor has failed to accomplish much in the new season after upgrading to a playoff contender with a legitimate quarterback. However, Kirk Cousins has not been terribly efficient the first two weeks, and in week two there weren’t enough touchdowns to go around. Chris Thompson was scoring all of them. Looking past the stellar Thompson performance, it’s obvious that Cousins was able to work through some early season issues. I expect week three to be a breakthrough performance for the Washington signal caller, and Pryor should have the opportunities to have a breakthrough of his own against Oakland in a high scoring affair.

Amari Cooper @ WAS ($7.1k DraftKings)
It’s all about Michael Crabtree in Oakland right now. The Texas Tech product looked like the guy everyone thought he could be last week, finding the end zone three times on six receptions. Two weeks into the season, it seems like everyone’s forgotten about Amari Cooper, the real no. 1 receiver in Oakland.

My biggest gripe with Crabtree is really his lack of opportunities. Through two weeks, he has 13 targets. Cooper had 13 targets in week one alone. Now, production is a different story. Crabtree has delivered. Cooper has not. There’s plenty of reason to roll with Crabtree here, especially if you aren’t about that regression to the mean business. But I am, and in week 3, I expect Crabtree to take a step back and Cooper to return to form in what should be a shootout.

Jordy Nelson vs. CIN ($7.8k DraftKings)
Nelson was thought to be in bad shape after exciting week 2 with an injury, but the Packers wideout somehow managed to practice in full on Wednesday. The anticipated severity of the injury was probably enough for a good amount of DFS players to remove Nelson from consideration before even setting lineups this week. And where there’s fear from the masses, there’s opportunity. I’m betting on a big week from Nelson at low ownership as the Packers try to right the ship.

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Nate began playing DFS back in 2013, focusing on low stakes MLB contests over at DraftKings. Now, the vast majority of his DFS time is spent identifying optimal picks and player exposure for NBA and NFL GPPs, though MMA and eSports are his DFS guilty pleasures. With a focus on constant iteration, Nate spends a lot of his non-DFS time reading books and essays by leaders in finance and entrepreneurship for application to his DFS strategies...with a bit of cryptocurrency trading on the side.

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