As I mentioned in last week's DraftKings Discounts column, bargains are getting harder to come by, but they're out there if you're willing to do a little homework. And you are, that's why you're here.
Here are a few of the bargains on DraftKings for NFL week 3.
Derek Carr, Matthew Stafford, Philip Rivers, and Blake Bortles are all priced under $7000, and all have good matchups. So take your pick. I would suggest Rivers for tournaments and Carr or Stafford for cash games. However, the true bargains are:
- Joe Flacco (Bal) - $6100. Flacco is hard to trust on a week-to-week basis, but he invariably has a few big games every year. If this week isn't one of them against Jacksonville, something is wrong.
- Marcus Mariota (Ten) - $5900. He plays Oakland, and the rumors about the Raiders defense being better this year are false.
- Dak Prescott (Dal) $5700. From week 1 to week 2, his salary jumped $800. After a better week 2 performance, his salary dropped $100, and he plays the Bears.
Melvin Gordon is going to be the chalkiest of chalk this week at $5800 with Danny Woodhead out for the season, and rightfully so. He's a fine cash-game play this week. Honestly, this is a week to spend up at running back because the cheap options are ugly. If you need someone dirt cheap, however, give these guys a whirl:
- Jerick McKinnon (Min) - $3800 or Matt Asiata (Min) - $3000. Asiata will get the goal line work, but McKinnon is probably the more talented back. The Panthers matchup is tough on paper, but they haven't been the Panthers yet this year.
- Kenyan Drake (Mia) - $3600 or Jay Ajayi (Mia) - $4000. The Dolphins draw the Browns at home, but they don't seem to be all that impressed with Ajayi.
- LeGarrette Blount (NE) - $4400. The Texans defense is a tough matchup on a Thursday night, but the Pats are on QB number 3, so Blount could be in for a lot of work.
There are plenty of mid-priced wide receivers to choose from, so you may not be as desperate for bargains at this spot. However, just in case:
- Nelson Agholor (Phi) - $3500. The Eagles defense has been impressive. Of course, it's been against the Browns and the Bears. Against the Steelers, however, they should be chasing points.
- Cole Beasley (Dal) - $3200. This is the third week in a row Beasley has appeared in this column, and this is the third week in a row his salary has remained constant at $3200. As long as his salary remains that low, and as long as Dak is the Dallas QB, Beasley will remain a bargain.
- Greg Salas (Buf) - $3000 or Marquise Goodwin (Buf) - $3000. I'm not a big believer in either, but the Bills should be chasing points against the Cardinals. Last week, that proved beneficial for both. Tourneys only, please.
Believe it or not, the terrible tight end situation we find ourselves in means there are a lot of good value plays. Here are the best for this week:
- Dennis Pitta (Bal) $3400. Pair him with Flacco in a stack this week, and you'll have money to spend elsewhere.
- Jacob Tamme (Atl) $3200. Have I mentioned that he draws the Saints? Throw Tamme into your Matt Ryan-Julio Jones stacks.
- Clive Walford (Oak) $2800. Have I mentioned that he draws the Titans? I might sneak him into a Carr-Cooper/Crabtree lineup.
- Dolphins (Mia) - $3000. That's right, the Dolphins. Cleveland is also on their third QB. The Texans are priced the same, but it's a Thursday Night Game in New England, which is unpredictable. I like them both at the price point, but the Dolphins have more upside.
- Cowboys (Dal) - $2500. That's right, the Cowboys. This is one of those tournament plays that could pay off big time. Cutler is officially questionable but likely out. This could be a 17-10 type of game, and a turnover or two is likely.
- 49ers (SF) - $2400. That's right, the 49ers...against the Seahawks, who have put up all of 15 points in two games...against the Dolphins and the Rams. Again, a tourney play that could pay off big time.
When you're looking for discounts, you have to leave no stone unturned. As always, may your DFS lineups be profitable.