If you listened to us last week, you got some serious studs in Jahvid Best and Larry Fitzgerald for cheap via our Week Two Value Buys column. There are tons of talented players that slip below the radar each week, and we’re here to uncover them and inform you of the best deals to help complete a winning fantasy roster.
Go check out this week’s fantasy football games and player salaries for yourself to see what we’re cooking up, as we dissect the top value buys below.
Here’s the top NFL fantasy football value buys for Week Three:
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals ($129k)
Most people don’t get excited about his name, but Dalton has looked very sharp so far this year, while tossing three touchdowns to zero picks. He even threw for over 330 yards last week. This week he faces a San Francisco 49ers pass defense that got obliterated by the Dallas Cowboys’ passing attack last week, and wasn’t even dominant against Tarvaris Jackson in Week One. Dalton is dirt cheap this week, and I like his chances at finding success for the third week in a row.
Kevin Kolb, QB, Arizona Cardinals ($162k)
Kolb has gotten his Cardinals’ career off to a solid start, going 1-1 and throwing four touchdowns. He faces a so-so Seahawks defense this week, but Seattle’s offense is so horrible that you have to think Kolb gets some nice field position by default (stagnant/turnovers). His chemistry with Larry Fitzgerald last week can’t be ignored, either. Considering you can get Kolb for almost $130 less than the top-priced quarterback (Tom Brady), I think you’re getting quite the deal.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($85k)
Blount scored two touchdowns last week and finally got rolling after a horrid start to the season in Week One (five attempts, 15 yards). He should be able to find some running room against a supposedly bend-but-don’t-break Atlanta Falcons defense, and with divisional matchups, you can generally throw defensive and offensive rankings out the door. It looks like he’s back to his 2010 form and he can be trusted again going forward.
Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans ($129k)
Chris Johnson is taking his time to get going this year (under 80 rushing yards through two games), but everyone knows it’s only a matter of time before he has a huge game and announces to the NFL world that he’s officially back from his holdout. This week against a Denver Broncos run defense that got carved up by Darren McFadden in Week One could very well be that week. And for this value, he’s absolutely worth the risk.
Santana Moss, WR, Washington Redskins ($86k)
I know Moss doesn’t make your hair stand up when you hear his name, but the guy has great chemistry with Rex Grossman, and he’s been solid. In a big divisional contest with the Dallas Cowboys, I like his chances to break a big play and score a touchdown. Besides, for under $90k, you can’t do a ton better.
Mike Wallace, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers ($141k)
Wallace made some comments about chasing 100 receptions and being the first NFL wide receiver to eclipse 2,000 receiving yards way back before the NFL Lockout was lifted. If he keeps up his current pace, he might have a chance. Obscene/unrealistic records aside, Wallace is still the elite receiver he was hyped up to be prior to the season, and he’s considerably cheaper than other guys that are on his same level. Look for him to do some more damage this week against the Colts.
Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers ($75k)
Without a doubt, Davis is the best overall tight end value when it comes to salary this week. He’s an elite talent going up against a suspect Bengals pass defense, and he’s due for a breakout game. This could be his week, and you could get it on the cheap.
Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys ($99k)
Witten needs to be everyone’s first fantasy tight end choice this week. Miles Austin is out and Dez Bryant is banged up, which means Witten will be deployed even more than usual (which was already a lot). He’s been hot to start the year, and he could have insane numbers this week.
Stephen Gostowski, K, New England Patriots ($84k)
Gostowski continues to be priced low, so take advantage of a kicker in a very potent and high-scoring offense.
San Diego Chargers Team Defense ($90k)
Easily the best team defense value buy this week, as the solid Chargers defense takes on a Kansas City Chiefs offense that has mustered just 10 total points through two weeks. It’s a divisional game, so logic could go out the window, but KC is just so bad that you have to play the realistic angle in this one. The Chargers should be an elite defense this week.
Baltimore Ravens Team Defense ($95k)
Baltimore was suspect last week in a loss to the Titans, but I think they’ll bounce back a bit against the Rams. St. Louis has been a mess to start the season and if they’re still without both Steven Jackson and Danny Amendola, it could get ugly.
Remember to check out this week’s lineup of fantasy football games, and check back tomorrow and Sunday for more daily fantasy football advice!