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Scott Barrett’s daily fantasy focus: Top plays, strategy, and advice for Week 3

Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) celebrates after scoring on a 7-yard touchdown run in overtime against the Indianapolis Colts at Dignity Health Sports Park. The Chargers defeated the Colts 30-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

This article is long, so I’ll spare you a lengthy intro. Here’s all the fantasy football information need to know in order to dominate your Week 3 DFS tournaments and cash games.

Note: All numbers in brackets refer to a player’s salary rank on FanDuel or DraftKings.

Running backs

Expensive running backs

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers

(DK: RB1, FD: RB2)

McCaffrey scored only 7.3 fantasy points last week (the second-worst outing of his career) and is now saddled with an undrafted sophomore quarterback making his second career start. Should we be worried? No way – embrace this as a blessing in disguise because McCaffrey will draw lower than typical ownership this week. Heading into Week 2, McCaffrey was averaging 31.4 fantasy points per game across his previous 10 full games, or what would be the third-most by any player at any position in any season all-time. This week he gets an ideal matchup up against an Arizona defense that surrendered the most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs last year. McCaffrey led the position in snaps last year, and should lead the position in snaps again this week, in what should be the fastest-paced game of the slate.

Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

(DK: RB6, FD: RB7)

If it keeps working, why stop? For the second straight week Ekeler is a top value and a near-lock-button play. Ekeler ranks second among running backs in expected fantasy points per game (21.1), and first among all players in PPR points per game (32.4). Expect high-end volume and elite production again this week, in what should be a pass-heavy home shootout against the Texans.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys

(DK: RB2, FD: RB3)

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