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Get the award-winning strategies, insight and analysis you need to win your league, every week. The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast has you covered with the analysis of Jake Ciely, Brandon Funston, Nando Di Fino, Michael Beller, Emory Hunt, Eric Moody, and Derek VanRiper.

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Get the award-winning strategies, insight and analysis you need to win your league, every week. The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast has you covered with the analysis of Jake Ciely, Brandon Funston, Nando Di Fino, Michael Beller, Emory Hunt, Eric Moody, and Derek VanRiper.

    Week 3 DFS plays and picks against the spread

    Week 3 DFS plays and picks against the spread

    There are a few monster totals on the board in Week 3 (55.5 in Lions-Cardinals and Cowboys-Seahawks), and that always makes for interesting DFS and gambling weeks. Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the DFS slate, then Beller welcomes on Vic Tafur to discuss their favorite picks against the spread, on this hybrid episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast and The Athletic Football Show.

    Rundown
    1:20 Games to target for DFS in Week 3
    3:47 Quarterback targets in Week 3
    7:55 No shortage of ways to attack the running back position
    15:17 Stars and scrubs at wide receiver
    24:14 Finding bargains at tight end
    26:14 No obvious options at defense
    29:47 Week 3 picks against the spread
    30:18 Week 2 audit
    31:57 Patriots (-6.5) vs. Raiders
    33:23 Bills (-2.5) vs. Rams
    34:30 Steelers (-4) vs. Texans
    36:41 49ers (-4) at Giants
    38:51 Titans (-2.5) at Vikings
    40:26 Browns (-7) vs. Washington
    42:14 Eagles (-4.5) vs. Bengals
    44:24 Falcons (-3) vs. Bears
    46:10 Colts (-11.5) vs. Jets
    47:18 Chargers (-6.5) vs. Panthers
    49:03 Cardinals (-5.5) vs. Lions
    51:08 Buccaneers (-6) at Broncos
    53:02 Seahawks (-5) vs. Cowboys
    54:37 Saints (-3) vs. Packers
    55:38 Ravens (-3.5) vs. Chiefs
    56:58 Recapping our Week 3 picks
    58:01 Week 3 survivor picks

    Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller
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    James Robinson, Leonard Fournette and a game of Agree/Disagree

    James Robinson, Leonard Fournette and a game of Agree/Disagree

    The third week of the NFL season is upon us, and as we start to figure out some situations, other questions arise. Is Jacksonville's new starting running back, James Robinson, better than their old one, Leonard Fournette? Did people just waste a whole bunch of FAB money on Nyheim Hines? Can Jerry Jeudy be a WR3 for the rest of the year? Nando Di Fino poses the questions, and Jake Ciely and Eric Moody answer them, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast.

    Rundown
    2:48 Today's topics
    4:28 Fill in the blanks on James Robinson
    8:11 James Robinson vs. Leonard Fournette
    10:28 What happened to Matt Breida?
    14:05 Reason to believe in Brandon Aiyuk?
    17:23 Nyheim Hines vs. Jordan Howard
    20:10 Cutting your FAB losses
    22:09 Emmanuel Sanders vs. Sony Michel
    31:21 Is Jerry Jeudy a top-36 WR this week?
    32:27 Is Jerry Jeudy at top-36 WR for the season?
    33:06 A K.J. Hamler tangent
    37:33 Is Russell Gage a top-50 WR this season?
    39:18 Will A.J. Green top 850 receiving yards?
    40:12 Will Devonta Freeman hit 1,100 total yards?
    40:55 Mike Davis vs. Jeff Driskel in PPR Superflex leagues

    Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino
    Follow Moody on Twitter: @EricNMoody
    Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid
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    • 44 min
    Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings

    Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings

    Week 3 has arrived, and with it a new batch of rankings questions. What's your concern level on Drew Brees, Carson Wentz and Tom Brady? Are all of this week's waiver-wire RB darlings must-starts? Is CeeDee Lamb going to be in the top two on the Cowboys in targets? Has any tight end made the "if-you've-got-him-you-start-him" leap? Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston answer those questions, and more, all while discussing the Week 3 prospects for more than 50 players or so on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast.Rundown1:26 The Consensus Start-Every-Week QBs4:48 Concern Level for Drew Brees?8:04 Concern Level for Carson Wentz?10:39 Concern Level for Tom Brady?13:35 A Regular QB Starter You'd Sit This Week14:30 A Fringe QB You'd Start This Week17:28 Are We Auto-Starting the New Starting RBs?19:49 Can Darrell Henderson Run Away with the Rams' Job?22:07 Has Leonard Fournette Taken Over Tampa Bay's Backfield?24:31 Is James Robinson Locked Into RB2 Territory?26:39 The Mess in Baltimore29:06 Antonio Gibson Expectations31:19 A Regular Starting RB You'd Bench This Week32:47 A Fringe RB You'd Start This Week35:12 Players to BUY HIGH or SELL LOW38:00 Is CeeDee Lamb a Must-Start Receiver?41:03 Jerry Jeudy's Standing for the Rest of the Season44:00 Tre'Quan Smith's Role for the Saints46:47 Forcing Robby Anderson and Corey Davis Into Lineups This Week?52:39 A Regular Starting WR You'd Bench This Week54:20 A Fringe WR You'd Start This Week56:08 Have Any Tight Ends Made the Leap This Year?57:05 Noah Fant vs. Dallas Goedert59:22 A Fringe TE You'd Start This WeekFollow Beller on Twitter: @MBellerFollow Jake on Twitter: @allinkidFollow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston
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    The Uncovered Fantasy Football Stories from Week 2

    The Uncovered Fantasy Football Stories from Week 2

    Injuries were the main story of Week 2, but there were plenty of side plots that will roll on as we turn the calendar to Week 3. Nando Di Fino and Emory Hunt dive into some of those—including Washington's offense, Nyehim Hines' usage, and old quarterbacks throwing the deep ball—on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast.Rundown5:30 What's up with Mitch Trubisky?7:10 The Giants' (Unfortunate) New-Look Backfield11:43 How Does a Back Fix a Fumbling Problem?18:31 Dwayne Haskins and the Washington Offense23:39 Checking in on Antonio Gibson32:43 Nyheim Hines' Week 2 Usage35:52 The Cowboys' Decision to Go for Two38:51 Tampa Bay's Backfield40:05 Tom Brady's and Drew Brees' Arm Strength40:53 Curtis Samuel's Role Without Christian McCaffrey42:08 No Time to Fade Austin Hooper44:15 Buying Washington's Pass RushFollow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifinoFollow Emory on Twitter: @FBallGameplan
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    • 47 min
    Week 3 Waiver Wire Targets after a Particularly Brutal Week 2

    Week 3 Waiver Wire Targets after a Particularly Brutal Week 2

    The good news? The waiver wire is filled with intriguing players ahead of Week 3. The bad news? It's only because so many players suffered injuries in Week 2. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston break it all down on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast.Rundown1:16 Josh Allen is Taking Off5:02 Justin Herbert Makes a Successful Debut7:01 Another Curveball from Sean McVay in the Backfield11:13 Christian McCaffrey out 4-to-6 Weeks15:02 The Giants' Backfield Without Saquon Barkley17:58 Raheem Mostert Has a Sprained MCL20:04 Myles Gaskin Drawing Our Attention21:54 Ranking the Waiver Wire RBs28:43 Courtland Sutton Out for the Season32:07 Another Big Game for Robby Anderson34:28 Russell Gage Proving Himself Viable37:33 Time to Buy Corey Davis41:05 Sterling Shepard's Injury Opens the Door for Golden Tate44:04 Any Interest in Allen Lazard or Marquez Valdes-Scantling?49:04 Keelan Cole Shows up Again for the Jaguars52:39 Jordan Reed Delivers in George Kittle's Absence53:57 Time to Drop Rob Gronkowski55:15 Tight Ends to Stream in Week 356:36 Quarterbacks to Stream in Week 358:25 Defenses to Stream in Week 3Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBellerFollow Jake on Twitter: @allinkidFollow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston
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    • 1 hr
    Week 2 DFS Plays and Picks Against the Spread

    Week 2 DFS Plays and Picks Against the Spread

    Falcons-Cowboys dominates the Week 2 DFS slate, but there is plenty of goodness to be found outside that game. Michael Beller and Brandon Funston help you find it...while also talking plenty about that likely scoring bonanza. Then, Beller and Vic Tafur highlight their five favorite picks against the spread among the 15 remaining Week 2 games.Rundown1:34 Games to Target in DFS Contests3:21 Dak Prescott Tops the QB List4:59 A Case for Kyler Murray6:42 Going Cheap at QB with Mitch Trubisky and Kirk Cousins8:27 Jonathan Taylor a DFS Free Space10:09 The RBs to Back if You Spend Big at the Position12:09 The Ronald Jones Argument13:41 Believing in Miles Sanders Right from the Jump16:35 Playing all the Falcons' and Cowboys' Receivers19:01 Emmanuel Sanders Climbs the Ranks20:46 Tampa Bay's Receivers with Chris Godwin (Concussion) Likely Out22:16 A Bounceback for Tyler Higbee24:06 Brandon Beats the Drum for Jared Cook25:21 Defense/Special Teams Plays29:52 Week 2 Picks Against the Spread32:03 Rams-Eagles33:15 Panthers-Buccaneers34:25 Broncos-Steelers36:10 Falcons-Cowboys37:55 49ers-Jets39:29 Bills-Dolphins41:13 Vikings-Colts42:36 Lions-Packers43:49 Giants-Bears45:45 Jaguars-Titans47:42 Washington-Cardinals49:51 Ravens-Texans50:58 Chiefs-Chargers53:06 Patriots-Seahawks54:41 Saints-Raiders57:23 Recapping our Picks, Plus a Look at Survivor
    Vic's Week 2 Picks Column
    Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBellerFollow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunstonFollow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur
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    • 59 min

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