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Week 3 FanDuel Tournament Picks

By Kevin English | Updated on Fri, 22 Sep 2023 . 11:28 PM EDT

NFL DFS Picks for Tournament and GPP Play


Kirk Cousins, Vikings ($7,800) vs. Chargers

Ownership projection: 15%

The Vikings sit second league-wide in pass rate over expectation. So it’s no mystery why Cousins ranks top-3 in total attempts (and fantasy points).

Minnesota enters the weekend implied for a strong 27.5 points. Cousins might even catch a break with EDGE Joey Bosa listed as questionable (hamstring).

Also consider: Justin Herbert

Running Back

Kenneth Walker, Seahawks ($7,600) vs. Panthers

Ownership projection: 10%

Carolina heads out west following a Monday nighter. They enter the weekend as 6-point underdogs, which portends four quarters of rushing for Walker.

Through two games, the 22-year-old ranks 4th among RBs in Pro Football Focus’ Elusive Rating (min. 25 attempts).

Jahmyr Gibbs, Lions ($7,000) vs. Falcons

Ownership projection: 9%

With David Montgomery sidelined, HC Dan Campbell confirmed a larger role is ahead for Gibbs.

OC Ben Johnson feels this run game is close to breaking out.

“We’re very close from not just having these 2, 3-yard gains, but having explosive runs,” Johnson said.

Gibbs’ price has crept up, but I think this matchup (and overall game environment) aids his breakout case. Our current projections have the rookie for nearly 16 opportunities (carries + targets).

Also consider: Joshua Kelley, Javonte Williams, Raheem Mostert

Wide Receiver

Mike Williams, Chargers ($7,200) at Vikings

Ownership projection: 18%

DC Brian Flores’ aggressive defense could lead to a couple of big plays here. 

Williams enters this one in fine form, notching 12 catches, 128 yards, and a 25.7% target share through two games. Same for Justin Herbert, whose underlying metrics paint a rosy picture. He ranks top-10 in passing success rate and completion rate over expectation. 

Christian Kirk, Jaguars ($6,500) vs. Texans

Ownership projection: 10%

Kirk rebounded from an ugly opener to post 11-110 (14 targets) in Week 2.

Now, he projects in a prominent role again with the Jags missing Zay Jones (knee). He’ll draw a Texans defense down CB Derek Stingley and S Jalen Pitre.

Elijah Moore, Browns ($6,100) vs. Titans

Ownership projection: 5%

Moore’s totaled 69 routes and 14 targets. Pretty sweet for a two-game sample, right?

Sure … until you see his 1.14 yards per route run and 4.9 yards per target.

And his 0 TDs.

While improved play from Deshaun Watson is critical, Moore’s usage should stay in focus against Tennessee. The Titans have erased opposing running games this year, allowing just 2.64 YPC. Cleveland’s rush efficiency already figured to decline following Nick Chubb’s season-ending injury.

I like Moore as part of a stack with Watson, but I think he also makes sense as a low-owned, standalone option.

Also consider: Tyreek Hill, D.J. Moore, CeeDee Lamb, Jahan Dotson

Tight End

Sam LaPorta, Lions ($5,200) vs. Falcons

Ownership projection: 3%

This week, LaPorta sits tied for fifth in TE ceiling projection. 

Part of that stems from Detroit’s implied total (24.75 points). But he also sits near the top of the position in yards per route run (1.82) and yards after catch per reception (5.3). Essentially -- the rookie's met expectations early on.

Now, Amon-Ra St. Brown’s toe injury brings the potential to limit effectiveness vs. Atlanta. Even if not, LaPorta’s target projection (5.6) is enough play him in tournaments.

Also consider: Dalton Kincaid (if Dawson Knox is out), Taysom Hill


New Orleans Saints ($4,100) at Green Bay Packers

Ownership projection: 2%

Also consider: New England Patriots


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