FanDuel NFL Week 3 Sunday Million Picks and Optimal Lineup

Zane Harris  |  September 23, 2021

FanDuel is back with another big contest for week three of the NFL season. This week, they are hosting a $3,000,000 Sunday Million contest that gives a $1,000,000 payout to the first-place winner. There is a $5 entry fee, however, if you place in the top 177,640, you will receive at least $8. At this moment, there are only around 86,000 entries, and this may be the first week we see a little overlay in this contest.

Not sure how to set up your roster for this contest? Keep reading to get a look at our optimal lineup for Week Three as well as a more in-depth look at the rules of this contest. Feel free to piggyback on some of our picks and trade out positions that you may not agree with.

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FanDuel NFL Salary Cap Contest Rules

If you are new to FanDuel, you will want to familiarize yourself with the lineup structure, salary cap rules, and scoring system. Below are some of the more important takeaways with a link to review the full rules and scoring breakdown at Fanduel.

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  • Each team must have eight players and a defense ( 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 FLEX, and 1 defense).
  • You must stay within the $60,000 Salary Cap.
  • Your lineup must include players from at least two different NFL games.
  • Half point PPR scoring and there are no bonuses. Check out the rules and scoring breakdown before entering.

Our Week 3 FanDuel Sunday Million Targets

As we mentioned earlier, this is not a recommended lineup, rather some players to target at each position. Because this is a $3,000,000 contest, we lean towards players with high upside and low projected ownership. Here are a handful of names to keep an eye on when building your week three FanDuel lineups:

QB: Baker Mayfield, $6,800

Starting up our picks for the week is Baker Mayfield. Mayfield is a very good value play for this week. Since Kevin Stefanski took over as head coach of the Cleveland Browns, the team has adopted a very run-heavy offense. However, they may have to change the game plan a bit against the Chicago Bears.

The Bears have the 5th best rushing defense in the entire league. Mayfield and the Browns’ passing attack will decide who wins or loses the game. Although he has not put up big numbers so far this year, Mayfield has looked accurate and efficient. With him playing a bigger role in the offense this week, he may light up the scoreboard.

RB 1: Derrick Henry, $9,700

Derrick Henry is the most expensive player in the entire contest this week. While this may be a deterrent for some, there is a reason he has the salary he does. Henry showed up in full form in the second half of the Tennesee Titans game against the Seattle Seahawks.

This was great to see after his slow start to the season in week one. Henry is facing off against a middle-of-the-road Colts rushing defense this week. However, when you have a player of Henry’s caliber, it does not make too much of a difference who they play against.

RB 2: Austin Ekeler, $7,000

The second running back to keep an eye on is Austin Ekeler. With this being a half-point PPR contest, Ekeler will thrive. He is a huge part of the Chargers game plan. Along with this, he is facing off against the Kansas City Chiefs who have struggled against the run so far this year.

The only question mark for Ekeler is how much the Chargers will run the ball, they will likely be playing from behind for most of the game. However, with Eckler playing such a big role in the passing game, he should still have a major impact regardless.

WR 1: Mike Williams, $6,000

Another Charger to keep in mind is Mike Williams. Taking over the Mike Thomas role in Lombardi's offense, Williams has had a great start to the season. He is currently averaging 18.39 fantasy points per game. If the Chargers are playing from behind, Williams will be eating up targets and has found his way to the endzone fairly often so far this year.

Tee Higgins, $6,200

Tee Higgins is another quality and relatively cheap wide receiver this week. He is playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which is a bit of a concern, however, it will be a big point of the Bengals’ game plan to keep the ball in the air. Higgins leads the Bengals in targets through week two. This is a trend that should continue against the Steelers.

WR3: Corey Davis, $5,900

Corey Davis had a very rough week two after exploding for two touchdown receptions in the opening week. Most of this was due to very poor quarterback play from Zach Wilson, finishing the game with four interceptions. If Wilson is able to get it together this week against the Denver Broncos, look for Davis to bounce back and be back to putting up remarkable numbers considering his salary.

TE: T.J. Hockinson, $6,300

T.J. Hockinson has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Los Angeles Rams trading for Matthew Stafford. The two have made a connection early and it is clear that Stafford looks his way whenever the opportunity arises. Hockinson is arguably the best tight end play this week from a value perspective. Along with this, they are taking on the Baltimore Ravens who rank last in passing defense against tight ends.

FLEX: Alvin Kamara, $8,000

Alvin Kamara has had a very rough start to the season, however, he is still one of the most talented backs in the league. Because of this, he is someone to keep an eye on this week. He is facing off against a tough New England rush defense, however, with his versatility, he is able to get you points as a pass-catcher as well.

DEF: Las Vegas Raiders, $4,000

Finally, for the defense, we have the Las Vegas Raiders. The only way you should play the Raiders this week is if Tua Tungaviloa is confirmed to miss this week’s game. This is no slight against the Raiders, however, we saw last week just how helpless the Dolphins’ offense looked with him on the sidelines. This is a trend that will continue if he misses week three as well and Las Vegas’s defense will thrive from it.

Zane Harris

Zane has extensive experience in both the DFS and sports betting markets. His past work has been featured on Browns Nation and FanSided, among others. Follow him at @ZaneHarris20.

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