I’m not going to lie, I gave you the very good picks last week. In last week’s article, I advised everyone to take Ben Roethlisberger (38.98 FanDuel points), Todd Gurley (30.8 points), and Juju Smith-Schuster (24.6 points). If you follow me on Twitter, I also recommended Patrick Mahomes (38.84 points), Melvin Gordon (27.6 points), and Tevin Coleman (14.5 points).
These picks should have been a good start to get you above your competition. If the rest of your picks did decent, then you should have more money now than you did before the games. If you’re like me and put Kenny Stills in most of your lineups, then you may have finished just outside from cashing…also like me.
This week I’m going to do something a little different. Instead of playing GPP contests, I’m going to provide you my lineup for a cash contest to build your bankroll. A 50/50 (type of cash entry) means half of the contestants lose and half of them win. While it is easier to win, the payouts aren’t as rewarding. First place pays out the same amount as the guy that is in the 50th percentile. This method can be rewarding over time instead of a “get rich quick” contest.
Here is my week three cash lineup.
QB Jimmy Garoppolo ($7400)
The Chiefs have been lit up by Phillip Rivers for 424 yards and Ben Roethlisberger for 452 yards. I don’t expect Jimmy G to put up those same numbers, but he should hit value against the Kansas City Chiefs this week.
RB Tevin Coleman ($7300)
I had him in my lineup last week and I’m going to keep him there this week. Coleman had an impressive week two but failed to find the end zone.
RB Giovani Bernard ($6400)
With Joe Mixon out this week, Bernard is going to be a go-to. The Panthers held Zeke in check in week one but gave up over 100 to Tevin Coleman last week. Bernard will be a decent option and most likely a fairly high-owned player.
WR Devin Funchess ($6200)
With Greg Olsen out last week, Funchess was targeted nine times and he came down with seven catches. With Olsen out again, I’m starting Funchess.
WR Emmanuel Sanders ($6900)
Sanders has become Case Keenum’s favorite target. After only two weeks, Sanders has the eighth most receiving yards in the league.
WR Davante Adams ($8100)
Adams has already gone against two great defenses with the Vikings and Bears and has put up some decent numbers. Not the best, but consistent. Adams is one of Aaron Rodgers’ favorite red zone targets, so let’s hope he can find the end zone at least once this weekend.
TE George Kittle ($5800)
Jesse James was the top receiver for the Steelers when going against the Chiefs, so I’m looking for the 49ers tight end to do the same damage. Kittle gave us a glimpse of what he could be in week one, but he only had two receptions for 22 yards last week. However, the game wasn’t meant to be played through Kittle, as the Niners were trying to eat clock the second half.
FLEX Jordan Howard ($7400)
Howard hasn’t gotten out to a hot start, but if the defense (who I have in my lineup) can limit the Arizona Cardinals, then maybe we will see the Bears get the run game going to chew some clock late in the game.
DEF Chicago Bears ($4300)
Khalil Mack has made the Bears a tough team to play. The Cardinals haven’t been that good offensively either, as they’ve yet to get a lot of production out of David Johnson. The Bears come in at a better price than the Vikings, so if you need to save some money then pivot to the Bears defense.
If you want to tinker around with my lineup, here are a couple of other pivot plays I like this weekend.
RB Corey Clement ($5800)
As long as Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles are out this weekend, many contestants will turn to Clement. Let’s see how much the Eagles ease Wentz back in allowing Clement to get more volume. Switch out for Bernard if you have Clement as a go-to this week.
DEF Minnesota Vikings ($4900)
If you can fit them, PLAY THEM! To me, it’s the safest play of the week. The Buffallo Bills have been absolutely terrible this season and the Vikings defense has been one of the best in the league.