Week 3 DFS Plays – Ryan Skolrud

Matt Ryan. Photo by Keith Allison (CC by 4.0)

When setting up your DFS lineup, you are always trying to find the player or two that is really cheap but could explode for huge production. While some of my picks over the frst two weeks of the season have been a bit less than stellar, lets see if we canmake some improvements or week 3.

Matt Ryan ($5700)

Last season the Saints DST made huge strides thanks to the great play of some of their rookies after a slow defensive start. This season has started off in much the same way with the Saints giving up a league worst in QB rating, bottom 5 in pass yardage and bottom 3 in points per game. Ryan also has a pretty high ceiling against the Saints historically averaging 325yd 2TD 1INT a game over the last 5 years at home. Ryan’s home and away splits are also much like Big Ben in being drastically better at home.

Latavius Murray ($5800)

Murray may be chalk for today’s slate but there is good reason for it. The Buffalo defense has been torched so badly in their first two games that teams have abandoned the pass and stuck with the run game. Murray already had a good game script for him with previous teams pulling their starting RBs and letting their #2s pad their stats in the second half of games. Now, with Dalvin Cook out, expect Murray to play the entire game and get a lot of work as the explosive MIN offense jumps out early on a Bills defense that is worst in scoring and bottom third in rush yards (even when staking the box and knowing teams are no longer passing on them). The value is hard not put in your lineup, even with how chalky the pick is.

Dante Pettis ($4300)

This one is what you would call a “post-hype” kind of pick. Pettis was figured to get a huge bump in playing time and production last week against a less than stellar Detroit defense when Marquis Goodwin was unable to play. This week the Niners go against a Chiefs team that has practically been unstoppable. San Francisco will be playing from behind all day today and will need big plays to have a prayer. Its a risky play, but one that could pay off big time.

Will Dissly ($3300)

Dissly has come out of nowhere this year as a rookie TE that no one saw coming. He was drafted out of the University of Washington because of his blocking ability in order to help the struggling offensive line jump start the running game. However, Dissly has shown soft hands, the ability to run after the catch, to break tackles, and to find a way to get into the end zone. Had Russell Wilson had a little more touch on his passes in Week 1, Dissley would have had 2 TDs. Wilson has praised Dissly in practice, comparing him to a young Jason Witten. With Doug Baldwin still out and Wilson needing a big receiver Dissly is a solid play against a Dallas defense that is 23rd against TEs in giving up fantasy points.


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