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DFS guide: Week 3 in DraftKings tournaments

By Tyler Buecher
Sep 22, 2017

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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) runs after a catch against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

DraftKings did a great job with pricing this week. Without any egregious mispricing of must-play values, this week is shaping up to be one where it could pay off to be a little contrarian.

Each week, I’m offering up my overall strategy for tournaments on the site for that week, identifying which positions make sense to spend up for and where you might find values. Let’s look at how to approach Week 3.

(For the DraftKings cash game guide, click here)


In tournaments, we are looking for upside, plain and simple. I think you could make a case for each of the top-12 priced quarterback on the main slate as fitting that criteria.

I really like the idea of paying up for either Tom Brady ($7,700) or Aaron Rodgers ($7,300) with both playing at home against beatable secondaries. The Texans defense will be without starting corner Kevin Johnson and Johnathan Joseph has been limited in practice all week. The Bengals defense has allowed just one passing touchdown so far this year, but that’s more likely a result of playing against a Ravens offense that ran it down their throats and an inept Texans offense that couldn’t move the ball. Both Brady and Rodgers are playing with well-publicized injured receivers. I’m not expecting very high ownership, but could certainly see a path for them scoring multiple touchdowns on Sunday.

Many people will be gravitating towards the WAS-OAK game with it holding the highest game total of the week, but I’d argue the DET-ATL game could provide more paths to fantasy success. Both Matt Ryan ($7,100) and Matthew Stafford ($6,200) square off against each other’s defense that finished 2016 top-three in most passing touchdowns allowed and most fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. The Lions defense can easily be picked apart by Ryan given his plethora of weapons at each position. The Falcons defense gives up a ton of yardage in the slot and to receivers out of the backfield, which just so happens to be Detroit’s strength on offense. I’ll be finding creative ways to gamestack this one in many of my tournament lineups.

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