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Top Daily Fantasy Football Lineups to Use in Week Three of 2020 NFL Season

| September 25, 2020 6:32 am PDT
NFL DFS Lineups for Week 3, 2020

Our top daily fantasy football lineups didn’t exactly deliver the goods last week, but they still offered some rock-solid NFL DFS picks.

Whether you were gunning for a big win in a GPP or just looking to cash, I was all over Kyler Murray, Ezekiel Elliott, and Dak Prescott, while I also led you to Tyler Higbee (three touchdowns!), Jonathan Taylor, and CeeDee Lamb.

My top NFL DFS lineups did run into some bad luck, however, as they included injuries to Saquon Barkley, Parris Campbell, and Davante Adams across two different squads.

That’s the nature of the beast, but if you started your preparation last week with my squads, you were at least headed in the right direction.

For more help in daily fantasy football, join me as I break down the best NFL DFS lineups for week 3.

Week 3 NFL DFS Advice

Before we get too far into things, just be sure that you’re doing three things going into week three.

  • Not overreacting too much to the first two games
  • Citing the latest NFL betting lines
  • Stacking your players to some extent

The latter is less of an issue in cash games, as you don’t care quite as much about upside. You simply want to finish in the green.

For GPPs, though, if you’re not stacking and consider correlation to some degree, you’re selling yourself short. Whether that’s the common QB/WR stack, a full team stack, or a full game stack, is up to you.

This week, in particular, there are a few NFL DFS game environments we should feel pretty good about. We get that sense by checking out the top football betting websites, which list some interesting game totals.

Here are the ones that stand out for week three.

  • Titans vs. Vikings (49.5)
  • Bears vs. Falcons (47.5)
  • Lions vs. Cardinals (55)
  • Cowboys vs. Seahawks (55.5)
  • Packers vs. Saints (52.5)

This doesn’t mean we should only look to these games – and the Packers game won’t be on the main slate for any DFS sites – but it’s a good place to start.

We want exposure to these games because more points usually means more plays. More plays tend to equate to more fantasy points.

Beyond that, let’s not overreact too much to injury news or certain players not really producing yet. This is where tracking player news is very important, and also keeping tabs on stats like targets, air yards, fantasy points per touch, and other useful data that can get overlooked.

With that, let’s check out my favorite week three daily fantasy football lineups, both for cash games and for tournaments.

NFL DFS Cash Lineup for Week 3

  • QB: Kyler Murray – Cardinals ($6.8k)
  • RB: Miles Sanders – Eagles ($6.4k)
  • RB: Jerick McKinnon – 49ers ($4.9k)
  • WR: DeAndre Hopkins – Cardinals ($7.9k)
  • WR: Josh Malone – Jets ($3k)
  • WR: Amari Cooper – Cowboys ($6.5k)
  • TE: Logan Thomas – Washington ($3.7k)
  • FLEX: Dalvin Cook – Vikings ($7.6k)
  • DEF: New England Patriots ($3.2k)

Murray has been unstoppable through the first two weeks. He torched the 49ers, evaded an improved Washington defense, and now he gets the Lions. Run him out there naked if you’d like, but I’ll pair him with Nuk.

At running back, I love Sanders. He’s too cheap and just got done wrecking (21 fantasy points) in his first game back from an injury. Philly badly needs to win after an 0-2 start, and he gets a Bengals run defense that hasn’t stopped anyone on the ground in 2020.

I am a bit wary of news that Jeff Wilson may draw the start for the 49ers this week.

My hope is that it creates interest in Wilson, and the more explosive and versatile McKinnon loses some ownership. He’s notched 13+ fantasy points in both games this year, though, and chalky or not, he’s one of my favorite week three NFL DFS sleepers.

The other running back I like is Cook, and he’ll slide into my FLEX spot. Minnesota’s offense has been bad, and yet he still has 21 and 17 fantasy point outings to start the year. He should feast in a must-win game against a suspect Tennessee run defense.

At receiver, it all starts with what happens with the Jets, who are absolutely mangled at the position.

Chris Hogan and Braxton Berrios will be more popular, but if Hogan is out or limited – and maybe even if he’s fine – I like Malone at the bare minimum at DraftKings.

Malone has nice straight-line speed, as well as solid size. He didn’t do much with his five touches last week, but if he gets 5+ touches again at this price, I’ll roll the dice.

Not much needs to be said about Cooper and the aforementioned Nuk. Both can be studs, and Cooper is in one of the best NFL DFS game environments of the week.

I am likely punting tight end this week. There is a light argument for spending up to get George Kittle or Tyler Higbee, but Logan Thomas is being targeted a lot and has the size to be a factor in the red zone.

Against a weak Browns defense that has gotten murdered by tight ends through two weeks, Thomas feels like a lock to me.

I like a few team defenses for week three, but the Pats are hard to pass up. The Raiders have two key offensive players banged up, and New England’s defense should still be pretty good when they’re not facing Russell Wilson.

You can pivot to the chalkier Eagles, too, as they cost $400 less.

NFL DFS GPP Lineup for Week 3

  • QB: Dak Prescott – Cowboys ($7.2k)
  • RB: Miles Sanders – Eagles ($6.4k)
  • RB: Jerick McKinnon – 49ers ($4.9k)
  • WR: Allen Robinson II – Bears ($6.2k)
  • WR: Amari Cooper – Cowboys ($6.5k)
  • WR: DK Metcalf – Seahawks ($6.5k)
  • TE: Logan Thomas – Washington ($3.7k)
  • FLEX: Antonio Gibson – Washington ($4.7k)
  • DEF: Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($3.7k)

I would honestly toss that cash game lineup into GPPs, too, but this team does get away from some chalky spots, and should overall be contrarian enough to climb the ladder if it pans out.

Dak is not going to be unowned. The dude has insane upside, and he’s in one of the most explosive games of the week. However, he isn’t cheap, and he should garner less ownership than Murray or Russell Wilson.

Tournaments are a good spot to punt at quarterback with guys like Mitch Trubisky or even Nic Mullens, but I’ll get the reliable Prescott. I’ll also pair him with Cooper, who is due a huge game.

Cooper is so explosive, and after the Seahawks got torched two straight games, I have to think he and the rest of his Dallas teammates have a lot of success here. This is one of the top NFL DFS environments, so I’ll complete the game stack by running back Metcalf from the other side.

Allen Robinson completes my wide receiver trio. He’s in another explosive contest, and the guy is destined to pop off when you look at his ability and role. Facing a bad Falcons defense helps, too.

At running back, I’ll stick with Sanders (who is among my favorite week three NFL DFS picks) and McKinnon for obvious reasons. There is a real argument in pairing Sanders with Kenyan Drake (or just pivoting there), though, and the same could be said for Jeff Wilson over McKinnon.

Gibson is my third back and I’ll slide him into the FLEX spot. Due to the volatility in D.C., he is not a lock for major ownership. That said, he’s a good price, is very explosive, and has a growing role after scoring 12 fantasy points last week.

This could be a terrific spot to “buy low”, and with Washington likely training, we can stick with a nice tight end value in Logan Thomas here, as well.

For my defense, I like the idea of paying up for the Buccaneers in week three. They’re not cheap, which should help lower their ownership. The idea here will be that the chalky Eagles defense fails, and facing a Jeff Driskel-led offense is a good thing.

Hint: it is.

Week 3 NFL Betting

I love both of these week three NFL DFS lineups, but as always, I encourage you to enter many lineups in a variety of contests. Be sure to make pivots off of these plays, too, but get as much exposure to those key games as you can.

For the betting realm, we’ve got you covered with previews and a betting pick for every week three NFL game. Just stop by our sports betting picks page to get access to that.

In addition to my daily fantasy football advice content, I also offer a lot of NFL betting insight. This week, I love the Over in a slew of games, and also think the spreads for the 49ers and Bucs are a bit too thin.

The idea we can get the Chiefs as a sizable underdog also feels laughable to me.

If you agree, consider rolling with my week three NFL parlay picks.

Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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