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DFS Guide: Week 3 advice for DraftKings cash games

By Tyler Loechner
Sep 20, 2018

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Dec 17, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) signals against the Houston Texans during the first quarter at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The new football season is forging ahead, and Week 3 brings with it the tightest pricing yet as early-season superstars see needed bumps in price.

Below are some of the players I’m considering for my cash lineups in Week 3. Some things may change between now and Sunday (injury news later in the week is one of the most important things to pay attention to for DFS), but this should give you a good starting point when building cash lineups for this weekend.

The “Top Value” charts above show the top values based on projections and salary. However, not all of the players included in the charts should be considered cash game options. The charts are meant to show you — at a glance — which players have the most favorable salary-to-projection ratios, but when selecting players for your cash lineup, other factors need to be considered.

Quarterbacks

Week 3 cash QB strategy in one sentence: There are multiple viable cash-game quarterback options in the high-$5,000 or low-$6,000 range this week.

DraftKings – Top QB Values – Week 3

Player Team Matchup $ Projection Value
Matthew Stafford DET NE $5,900 21.4 3.63
Sam Bradford ARZ CHI $4,500 16.3 3.62
Cam Newton CAR CIN $6,000 21.6 3.60
Alex Smith WAS GB $5,800 20.6 3.55
Andrew Luck IND @PHI $5,600 19.6 3.50
Ryan Fitzpatrick TB PIT $6,000 20.9 3.48
Ben Roethlisberger PIT @TB $6,300 21.3 3.38
Russell Wilson SEA DAL $6,000 20.1 3.35
Carson Wentz PHI IND $6,200 20.7 3.34
Deshaun Watson HST NYG $6,100 20.3 3.33

Cam Newton catches my eye down at just $6,000. He was $6,900 in Week 1 and $6,600 in Week 2. That’s a big price drop for a player like Newton. The Panthers are three-point home favorites against the Bengals, who have given up over 300 passing yards in each of their first two games.

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