Week 3 of the NFL season is finally here which means it is time to dig into our NFL DFS Week 3 projections and rankings. Each week we will break down our top plays, values and fades at the QB position to help you build your NFL DFS lineups for the DraftKings and FanDuel main slate.
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NFL DFS QB Top Tier Picks
Well, we just saw Jordan Love and Baker Mayfield rip apart this Chicago Bears defense and now they have to go on the road to face Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs offense that got Travis Kelce back in Week 2. Sometimes things seem too good to be true but I'm not sure there will be a better matchup for Mahomes this season.
Jackson looked much better in Week 2 than he did in Week 1 and it's probably no coincidence that Mark Andrews was active for the team's Week 2 game that Jackson went and completed 73% of his passes for 237 yards and two scores. In Week 3 the Ravens are home against a pretty bad Colts defense that has allowed some solid numbers to the Jaguars and Texans passing attack over the first two weeks of the season.
You really can't be upset with what you have gotten out of the Chargers offense over the first two weeks of the season under new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and more importantly you can't be upset with what you've seen from Justin Herbert over the first two weeks of the season. In Week 2 Herbert threw for 305 yards and two touchdowns against the Titans. He now draws one of the best matchups for QB's in Minnesota Vikings in a game that has a slate high 54 game total. With Austin Ekeler injured, the Chargers may continue to lean more on the arm of their talented QB.
NFL DFS QB Mid-Tier Picks
Believe it or not Kirk Cousins leads all DFS QB's in fantasy points per game as the Vikings signal caller has thrown for an average of 350 yards and three touchdowns per game this season. In Week 2 he faces a Chargers secondary that allowed Tua Tagovialoa to throw for 466 yards and three touchdowns in Week 1 and in Week 2 they let Ryan Tannehill complete 83% of his throws for 246 yards and a passing touchdown. Cousins is going to be a pretty popular play this week for those not looking to spend all the way up.
Listen, I get it, Watson has not looked good at all so far this season. But, as we always say, real football and fantasy football are two different things and while his Week 2 performance against a tough Steelers defense left much to be desired we did see him finish with nearly 22 fantasy points in Week .1. In Week 3 the Browns are at home against a Titans defense that is pretty stout against the run but allowed 305 yards and a touchdown to Derek Carr in Week 1 and 305 yards and two touchdowns to Justin Herbert in Week 2. With Nick Chubb out for the season the Browns will still work in their running attack but we saw Amari Cooper making plays and I think Watson could easily give us another 20+ fantasy point performance this week.
NFL DFS QB Value Picks
The disrespect here is real over on DraftKings where Smith had his price drop this week after going out and completing 78% of his passes for 328 yards and two touchdowns against the Lions in Week 2. Sure, on paper the Panthers defense is better than the Lions but this is also a home start for the Seahawks and I feel like we are more likely to see a repeat of Week 2 out of Geno than we are to see a repeat of his Week 1 performance against the Rams.
So, as of now Anthony Richardson is in the leagues concussion protocol but he could be cleared prior to Sunday's game so please don't just plug Minshew in your lineups on a Tuesday and not think to check to make sure he is still indeed starting. Ok, disclaimer out of the way. Lets talk about Minshew Mania and why I'm always a sucker for it. After coming into the Colts Week 2 game against the Texans Minshew completed 83% of his passes for 171 yards and a touchdown. Sure, the Ravens are definitely a tough draw, but I think Minshew is a starting caliber QB in this league and at what is essentially a min-price for starting QB's I'd be willing to give him a look this week in MME tournaments.
NFL DFS QB Fade
While the touchdowns have been nice, throwing three in each of his first two starts, Love is also completing only 55% of his pass attempts. In Week 3, though at home, Love will face a pretty tough New Orleans Saints defense, the toughest test Love will have faced so far this season.