Best Daily Fantasy Football Picks to Roster in Week 3 (2021)

| September 22, 2021 5:18 am PDT

The week three NFL main slate starts this Sunday, and I’m hopeful in pointing my readers to some stellar NFL DFS picks.

That was the case last week, as Justin Herbert, Kyle Pitts, Mike Evans, and the Broncos defense were all fine options, and Derrick Henry was the smash play of the week.

Henry alone may have helped you cash. If you tossed in Cooper Kupp, you may have won all of the money.

You can do that by heading to the top NFL betting sites, too, but my goal each week is to help you build winning daily fantasy football lineups. Let’s get things started on the right foot with my favorite NFL DFS picks for week three.

Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens ($7.8k)

Kyler Murray and Patrick Mahomes are smash plays, too, but Jackson is a human cheat code, and he costs $400 and $500 less than those guys on DraftKings.

Jackson reminded us of his DFS upside on Sunday Night Football, when he notched 37.26 fantasy points. Here was his final stat line.

  • 239 passing yards
  • 107 rushing yards
  • 3 total TDs

Jackson feels discounted when you look at his past, his ability, and his matchup.

This week he gets the Lions, who got carved up on the ground in week one and then allowed four passing scores in week two.

Detroit is not a defense to fear, so I’ll be dialing up plenty of Jackson, potentially at low ownership.

Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings ($8.4k)

Derrick Henry is just $200 more, but he’s got a tougher matchup by the numbers, and his amazing performance was last week.

It isn’t really chasing since I touted him last week, but he isn’t the running back catching my eye this time.

That’s going to be Cook, who is closing in on one of his coined blow-up outings, and he gets the very defense Henry just ate alive.

It’s not like Cook has been bad. He’s averaging 20 fantasy points on the year, and his 0-2 Vikings are scoring almost 29 points per game.

Minnesota has yet to fully lean on Cook as a scorer, and you just know that epic game is right around the corner. I think it comes this week.

A.J. Brown, WR, Titans ($6.5k)

Cooper Kupp ate the Colts up last week, and I don’t think this is a Derrick Henry week. Translation? Fire up your Titans’ passing game stacks.

Ryan Tannehill and co. have to get it going eventually, and we know how explosive A.J. Brown can be.

He hasn’t done much of anything through two weeks, but a showdown at home against a division rival is a pretty good time to explode.

The price is too cheap, given his talent, role, and upside. With many flocking to Henry, I’ll pivot and go hard at Brown in week three.

Kyle Pitts, TE, Falcons ($4.9k)

Pitts could honestly qualify as a sleeper this week, but I’m going back to the well here. It’s a dicey call on a slate that includes two studs in Travis Kelce and Darren Waller, but you’ll need the savings.

I like Pitts here beyond the discount, too. His talent is obvious, and he’s got a terrific role for a Falcons offense that is going to be throwing a ton.

Here’s his stat line through his first two games.

  • Week 1: 8 targets, 4 catches, 31 yards
  • Week 2: 6 targets, 5 catches, 73 yards

Pitts should only be getting more looks as the season wears on, and this matchup with the Giants is a bit better than advertised.

Baltimore Ravens Defense ($3.6k)

I don’t like the idea of paying all the way up for my defense, so I’ll shave off $700 from the top-priced unit and go with the Ravens.

Baltimore’s defense hasn’t been amazing through two weeks, but they get a gift when they travel to Detroit to take on the Lions.

The Packers have a terrible defense and held the Lions to 17 points last week, so just imagine what the Ravens can do.

I will likely just pay down as much as possible at this spot in week three, but you’ll have to wait for my week three NFL DFS sleepers to see which punt play stands out.

NFL DFS Advice for Week 3

I am all about value. I don’t have a problem with paying for the top stud in any given week, but if someone is too cheap, it’s hard for me to get away from them.

That was the case with Derrick Henry last week, and for week three, that’s how I feel about Lamar and Cook.

Hopefully, my top NFL DFS picks for week three serve you well. Beyond these picks, be sure to note the week three NFL line movement and also pay attention to the top week three NFL matchups.

It never hurts to get a head start on your NFL DFS preparation, and doing so with my breakdown of the early week three NFL odds isn’t a bad idea.

Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at 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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