FanDuel DFS Picks: Studs and Sleepers To Consider For Week 3 Lineups

We’re highlighting several studs and sleepers among our FanDuel DFS picks for NFL Week 3. Build your tournament lineup around Justin Jefferson or save some budget by including rookie Garrett Wilson. Either way, let us help you put together a winning Week 3 FanDuel squad.

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FanDuel DFS Picks Week 3


Stud: Kirk Cousins, Minnesota ($7,600) vs. Detroit Lions

“Stud” and “Kirk Cousins” are not an appropriate match on paper. Don’t let his Week 2 Monday night dud cloud the positive factors present Sunday. Chief among them is the Vikings are playing in a potentially high-scoring home matchup.

Sleeper: Jared Goff, Detroit ($7,100) at Minnesota Vikings

We’re going to the opposite sideline for this one. The Lions have demonstrated that they’re capable of putting points on the board. Their first two contests came at home, so DFS players will have to trust Goff on the road, but he could be forced to throw plenty in a potential shootout.

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Running Backs

Stud: David Montgomery, Chicago ($7,100) vs. Houston Texans

Montgomery has received healthy volume over the season’s first two weeks, and he’s taking aim at what has been a porous run defense. Last week’s 14.6 FanDuel points don’t jump off the page, but if he can produce a similar line and add a touchdown, you’ll be in business.

Sleeper: Dameon Pierce, Houston ($5,800) at Chicago Bears

Pierce has neither set the world on fire nor established himself as the leader in the Offensive Rookie of the Year race. However, his playing time and touches increased from Week 1 to Week 2, and bigger performances are on deck as he continues to claim a larger share of the team’s backfield pie.

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Wide Receivers

Stud: Justin Jefferson, Minnesota ($9,500) vs. Detroit Lions

Jefferson is going to put a dent in your budget this week, but there are a few appealing lower-priced running backs with increasing volume, so it’s not a particularly difficult fit. Going back to the well on a player after he lays a dud is often a great way to enjoy a little bit of differentiation in large tournaments. Jefferson’s salary and his modest 6-catch, 48-yard Monday night performance might nudge DFS players away from Jefferson and on to another stud at the position.

Sleeper: Garrett Wilson, NY Jets ($6,100) vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Ups and downs are likely to be a part of Wilson’s rookie season, but just look at the way Joe Flacco keyed on him throughout Week 2. Another 14 targets may not necessarily be in order this week, but he’s rapidly establishing himself as the top target on an improved Jets team.

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Tight End

Stud: Kyle Pitts, Atlanta ($5,600) at Seattle Seahawks

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting new results. Well, as they say, “if the shoe fits”. Pitts is too good, and produced at too high of a level as a rookie to give up on him. He’s going to deliver monster performances this season, and we’ll be invested in him when he does. The Seahawks should present more opportunities for Pitts to show his true colors.

Sleeper: Irv Smith Jr., Minnesota ( $5,000) vs. Detroit Lions

Smith saw a significant increase in playing time in Week 2. He parlayed that into eight targets the second-highest total on the team. There was still some rust left for Smith to knock off, evidenced by the drop that almost surely would’ve resulted in a long touchdown, but he finished with a 5-36-1 line, and more quality outings should be in store.

Defenses Below $4,000

This week we’ll offer a few defenses worth considering for those who prefer to shop in the ‘sale’ aisle. It’s not always necessary to shop bottom-of-the-barrel defenses. However, it’s often not worth splurging for a premium defense.

  • Jacksonville Jaguars ($3,200) at Los Angeles Chargers: This is more about the Chargers than the Jaguars. The Bolts will either send quarterback Justin Herbert (ribs) at far less than 100% or turn to backup Chase Daniel.
  • Carolina Panthers ($3,900) vs. New Orleans Saints: The Panthers haven’t performed well statistically. Well, they haven’t produced fantasy points. They have talent, though. They’re playing at home against a Saints team dealing with key injuries. Among them, is quarterback Jameis Winston, who’s struggling with four back fractures.
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Craig Williams

Craig Williams is a Charlotte-based sportswriter who has worked professionally in the gaming, fantasy, and sports business industries. He’s an avid fantasy football player, managing over 100 leagues across multiple formats. When he’s not pouring over Vegas odds and statistics, he’s indulging in soccer and enjoys anything from LigaMX to Champions League.