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Best Week 3 DFS lineup strategy features Gore, Washington, Sanders

The NFL saw some serious turnover at the quarterback position following Week 2, and injuries are creating issues elsewhere. We break down some key options to optimize your Week 3 DFS lineup.

Frank Gore of the Buffalo Bills carries the ball during the fourth quarter of the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on September 15, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

Welcome back for Week 3! Thursday Night Football is a wrap, and it was certainly a stinker. The Jacksonville Jaguars hung on behind a strong first half performance from Gardner Minshew to beat the Tennessee Titans by a final score of 20-7.

And with that, we move on to Week 3 DFS prep. Sunday is just around the corner, and while final injury reports will dictate some decisions, we’ve got a lot of solid options that can provide you with optimal value.

Something Old, Something New

Devin Singletary may be the future in Buffalo, but Frank Gore ($4,400) is the Week 3 Bills running back you want. As of Thursday, Singletary had not practiced due to a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 2. Even if the rookie suits up, Gore should be Buffalo’s option for goal line work against a vulnerable Cincinnati Bengal defense. If Gore gets the volume he received in Week 2 he’s in a fantastic position to reward those who believe in his ancient secrets. Perhaps you fancy yourself a younger man? Miles Sanders ($3,900) could be on the verge of solidifying the lead role among the Philadelphia Eagles running backs. His matchup against the Detroit Lions isn’t too troubling after they gave up either over 100 yards rushing or a touchdown in their first two games.

Danny Dimes’ Doomed Debut?

After two weeks the Tampa Bay Buccaneer defense ($2,900) looks much improved. The Bucs face the New York Giants this week who will be starting their rookie quarterback, Daniel “Danny Dimes” Jones, for the first time this season. There’s no guarantee that Jones will implode in his debut, but the odds are stacked against him.

Finding Opportunity in the QB Fallout

We’ll be without the services of Drew Brees for at least a month and Ben Roethlisberger isn’t coming back this season. This throws both the New Orleans Saints and Pittsburgh Steelers passing attacks in a bizarre limbo. We now have to sit back, wait and adjust. If you want to take on the risk of being an early adopter to the new-look Steelers, James Washington ($3,500) could play an early role in getting Mason Rudolph adjusted to the NFL. The two were teammates at Oklahoma State and if the chemistry still exists Washington could be an inexpensive FLEX play that yields major rewards.

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