Week 3

Note: The charts show my comfort level for starting each player at that position.  If you see a “+” sign next to a player, that means I can see them playing better than the level I have them listed at.  I tend to rank players at their floors, so no minus signs will be necessary.  Read through the comments for each game to get the detail behind the charts.  Good luck!

Thursday Night Football:

Titans

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Jaguars

QB1
Marcus Mariota – QB2

Gardner Minshew

RB1
Derrick Henry + RB2

Leonard Fournette +

WR1

WR2

WR3 DJ Chark +
Delanie Walker

TE1

Flex
Startable

Defense

Startable
Davis, Brown, Humphries Toss Up Conley, Westbrook

Comments:

AFC Divisional matchup for this Thursday night.  We’ll see if Mariota is cleared to play, he missed practice on Monday.  Even if he does play, he’s not an exciting QB2 option in Superflex leagues.  Ryan Tannehill wouldn’t be any better.  This makes all passing options for Tennessee less than desirable.  Delanie Walker might be the only option worth a shot as your TE1.  Derrick Henry will be the only one we can somewhat trust as our RB2.  He ran wild through the Jaguars last year, so I’m open to RB1 upside here.  I’ll be most interested in watching how Corey Davis gets treated by this Jaguars defense.  AJ Brown will be another player to monitor.  Perhaps Adam Humphries is the preferred dump off target in this one.  Either way, it’s Derrick Henry or bust.  The Houston Texans and Carlos Hyde were able to find some success on the ground, so there’s optimism here.

The Jaguars had a chance to win at the end of the game last week, but came up short on their two point conversion.  We get to see Gardner Minshew in the spotlight on a short week.  He’ll be a QB2 option for us in Superflex leagues.  He’s been playing very well in his first two games, especially with DJ Chark.  Chark is now a fringe WR3 option for us and could cement that status with a good showing here.  It is a little worrisome seeing that Dede Westbrook statline from last week, with one catch for three yards on 5 targets.  I’m open to him being an emergency flex play in PPR leagues, but I’d rather watch him from the bench and see what we have going forward.  In my experience, it’s usually when you bench the guy you’ve been starting that he goes off, so I’m nervous about Westbrook on my bench still. Chris Conley might be the better big play option.  He’s been in double digits for two straight games, finishing 4 for 73yds last week.  These are 3 solid targets for Minshew, so I’m liking his chances for a QB2 finish this week.  Leonard Fournette is the only true must start on this unit though.  He’s caught 4 passes in each game and has scored in double digits as well.  Good chance he finds the end zone for the first time this year as well.  The Jaguars played well enough to win last week, so I’m sure they’re extra hungry to get the W this weekend.


Sunday Early Games:

Bengals

@

Bills

QB1

Josh Allen

Andy Dalton QB2
RB1

Joe Mixon

RB2 Frank Gore
WR1

WR2
Boyd, Ross WR3

 John Brown +

TE1
Flex

Cole Beasley

Nope Defense Startable
Gio, Eifert, Uzomah

Toss Up

Devin Singletary

Comments:

The Bengals head to Buffalo with an 0-2 record, hoping to get on track.  Buffalo is currently 6th in yards allowed on defense, also ranking 5th in points allowed with just 15 per game.  Andy Dalton will have his work cut out for him in this one, but will remain a solid QB2 option.  If you’re streaming the position in 1QB leagues, I would look elsewhere.  He’ll be feeding Tyler Boyd and John Ross enough for us to use as WR3/Flexes, but we’ll need to temper our expectations this week. Buffalo is allowing 198 passing yards per game with 2TDs and 2INTs so far, with a 73.1 passer rating and 5 total sacks.  You’re starting Joe Mixon as your RB2 but again, expectations should be limited. Mixon has disappointed through two games, so if you have a better option to start, I’m open to it. The tight ends will continue to be hit or miss with Tyler Eifert and CJ Uzomah.  Eifert got the touchdown last week but has struggled to accumulate yards, going 8 for 36yds so far. Uzomah was shut out last weekend, so I’m not sure I can recommend either this week.  It’s just not looking good for the Bengals right now, outside of garbage time.

The Bills are eyeing up the 3-0 start with Josh Allen playing at a QB1 level. Through two games, Allen has thrown for 507yds and 2TDs while adding 59 rushing yards and 2TDs.  These games were against both New York teams though, so not exactly tough defenses to score on.  The Bengals defense might even be worse than those two, so Allen is a QB1 this week.  Allen has showed good chemistry with his new weapon John Brown.  Brown is now entering the safe zone at WR3 for us, catching 14 passes for 195yds and 1TD so far.  With 7 catches in each game, Brown appears to have a safe floor and high ceiling going forward.  Cole Beasley will be a WR3/Flex with upside this week after catching 4 for 83yds last week.  He’s seen 13 targets through two games and might be entering our safe zone in PPR leagues.  Zay Jones seems to be the odd man out, so leave him on the waiver wire.  The running game will continue to be lead by Frank Gore.  He rushed 19 times for 68yds and 1 TD last week, adding 2 catches for 15yds.  Rookie Devin Singletary is dealing with a hamstring injury, potentially limiting his snaps this week if he plays.  This makes Gore a solid RB2 option. We should probably leave Singletary on our benches this week, just make sure to monitor his practice reports leading up to the game.  I’m liking Buffalo’s chances to go 3-0, along with their core players helping us in fantasy.


Lions @ Eagles
QB1
Matthew Stafford + QB2 Carson Wentz
RB1
Kerryon Johnson + RB2
WR1
Kenny Golladay + WR2
WR3
TJ Hockenson TE1 Zach Ertz
Marvin Jones + Flex Nelson Agholor
Maybe Defense Nope
Toss Up Sproles, Sanders, Howard

Comments:

The undefeated Lions head to Philly with Matthew Stafford playing at a QB1 level.  He’ll be within our streaming options this week in 1QB leagues and should be owned.  He’s a QB2 with upside in Superflex leagues.  The Eagles are allowing the second most passing yards per game so far at 340yds, so I’m liking all Lions weapons this week.  Kenny Golladay can be your WR2 with upside.  Marvin Jones should even be in our lineups this week as a potential WR3/Flex.  He’s been steady in PPR leagues with 4 for 56yd and 5 for 43yds so far.  TDs are coming, stay patient.  TJ Hockenson gave us a dud last weekend, but I’m willing to go back to him as your TE1 option.  Kerryon Johnson is a rock solid RB2 in PPR leagues now with CJ Anderson being released.  He’ll likely get anywhere between 15-20 touches going forward.  Danny Amendola is a question mark but could perform well for us in PPR leagues as a Flex, but I’m not so confident in his consistency.  We should be excited about this Lions pass offense this week, and the offense in general going forward.

The Eagles are 1-1 and hurting.  Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Dallas Goedert are all unlikely to play, so monitor the practice reports throughout the week.  This is bad for Carson Wentz and the offense as a whole.  Wentz will be a mid to low QB2 this week and could be benched in 1QB leagues if you have a better option.  He did show nice chemistry with Nelson Agholor, who was likely added in most leagues this week.  I’m open to Agholor as your WR3/Flex and probably the only Eagle not named Ertz that I’m confident in this week.  We’ll see more from rookie JJ Arcega-Whiteside this week.  You can add him to your bench and see what you have in him this week.  The running backs here will continue to be a mess.  I’m not confident in starting any of Miles Sanders, Jordan Howard and Darren Sproles. If I had to choose one, give me Sproles in PPR.  With the injuries at WR, he could see more work.  I’m not feeling too good about the Eagles this week, but they still have Zach Ertz to rely on.  He’ll likely be the overall TE1 this week with the high volume coming his way.  This game could go either way, but it feels like Detroit’s offense will have their way, making the Eagles play from behind and needing to keep up.


Jets @ Patriots
QB1 Tom Brady
QB2
Le’Veon Bell RB1
RB2 Sony Michel
WR1
WR2 Antonio Brown +
WR3 Julian Edelman
TE1
Flex James White +
Nope Defense START
Toss Up Burkhead, Gordon

Comments:

We’ll be quick here.  The Jets are starting Luke Falk at QB with Trevor Siemien now on IR. We can only start Le’Veon Bell here.  The WRs Jamison Crowder and Robby Anderson have too much risk for my liking as a WR3/Flex. Look away, please.

Another BYE week joke type of game here for the Patriots.  We’re starting Tom Brady as our QB1.  You have to start Antonio Brown if you have him. Julian Edelman takes the back seat with AB on the team, but he’ll still be a WR3/Flex play.  Josh Gordon and Phillip Dorsett are boom/bust Flex plays at best, so I’d probably leave them on the bench.  We will see a lot of the running backs in this one.  Sony Michel can be your RB2/Flex, good chance he scores again. James White continues to have a high floor in PPR leagues as your RB2/Flex. Rex Burkhead is more of a dice roll but could see more snaps again this week, so I’m open to him as your Flex or RB2 if you went 0RB. Start the Patriots D if you have that luxury.  I can see the Patriots spreading everything out fairly even and getting everyone involved, kind of like a preseason game, so limit your expectations but make sure your studs are in.


Raiders @ Vikings
QB1
Derek Carr – QB2 Kirk Cousins
RB1 Dalvin Cook
Josh Jacobs – RB2
WR1
WR2 Adam Thielen +
WR3 Stefon Diggs +
Darren Waller TE1
Tyrell Williams Flex
Defense Start
Toss Up Rudolph

Comments:

The Raiders offense played well for one quarter last week against the Chiefs, but bottomed out after the first quarter.  Travelling to Minnesota, I’m not very optimistic about the offense getting back on track.  Derek Carr is a low end QB2 at best against a very good Vikings defense.  He’ll rely on Tyrell Williams and Darren Waller, as usual.  I feel best about starting Waller at TE because of the scarcity at the TE position.  Williams could be blanketed by Xavier Rhodes, so if you have somebody with a better matchup, I’d lean the other way. Josh Jacobs has a hip issue so I’m not very excited about him as an RB2.  Monitor the practice reports leading up to the game.  Overall, not excited to start any Raiders.

The Kirk Cousins project reared it’s ugly head last weekend against the Packers, with his play ultimately costing them the game.  Cousins will be a low QB2 for me this week in Superflex leagues.  The Raiders pass defense got lit up by the Chiefs last week, so I’m open to some big plays in the passing game with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.  You’ll be starting both guys, but we have to limit our expectations for them going forward.  The only Viking I will continue to trust will be Dalvin Cook as long as he is healthy.  Expect the Vikings to continue to lean on the run and their defense.  Kyle Rudolph is droppable in all leagues and will be too inconsistent to trust.  This will be one of the least exciting games of the week.


Ravens @ Chiefs
Lamar Jackson QB1 Patrick Mahomes
QB2
RB1
Mark Ingram RB2
WR1 Sammy Watkins
WR2
Marquise Brown WR3 Demarcus Robinson
Mark Andrews TE1 Travis Kelce
Flex Mecole Hardman
Nope Defense Nope
Toss Up Monitor RBs

Comments:

Fantasy Bonanza of the Week!  Lets Go!

Congratulations if you drafted Lamar Jackson.  He’ll continue to be a top 5 QB play every week.  Congrats again if you drafted Mark Andrews.  He’ll be Lamar’s favorite target every week and looks like he has Top 5 TE potential this year.  Start with confidence.  I’ll be most interested to see how the Ravens decide to attack the Chiefs on offense.  I’m expecting a slow moving, run the ball approach and take deep shots every now and then.  They’ll want to keep Patrick Mahomes on the sideline as much as possible.  This makes Mark Ingram an RB2 with upside.  The only other must start for the Ravens is Marquise Brown as your WR3 with upside.  I’ll be watching to see if any other WRs step up this week, so monitor Willie Snead and Miles Boykin.  This is all about Lamar though.  The Ravens could end up writing the script on how to beat the Chiefs.

I don’t need to tell you to start Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce.  I should also not have to tell you to start Sammy Watkins. With the explosions from Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman, we might see the numbers roll back to Watkins this week. Both Robinson and Hardman are WR3/Flex options and can make our week with just one play.  Robinson has more experience in the offense and with Mahomes, but Hardman is the more interesting talent.  The biggest questions here are at the running back position.  Both LeSean McCoy and Damien Williams are dinged up. Monitor the practice reports leading up to Sunday.  If Williams plays, start him.  If both play, McCoy is worth a Flex spot with DWill still your RB2.  If one or both are out, Darwin Thompson comes into play. Please don’t forget about Darrel Williams either.  This Chiefs RB spot is one of the most important roles in fantasy football, so follow closely.  This is the most exciting game of the week, so start your studs, sit back and enjoy.


Falcons @ Colts
Matt Ryan QB1
QB2 Jacoby Brissett
RB1
RB2 Marlon Mack +
Julio Jones WR1
Calvin Ridley WR2
WR3 TY Hilton +
Austin Hooper TE1
Devonta Freeman + Flex
Nope Defense Maybe
Mohamed Sanu Toss Up Ebron

Comments:

Interesting game here between two 1-1 teams, both looking to step up in their Divisions.  Matt Ryan can be your QB1 as usual.  The Colts have a sound defense, so limit expectations.  We should be excited about starting Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley though.  Ridley looks fantastic, and has perhaps stepped into the steady WR2 tier.  Austin Hooper is still a boom/bust TE1 and can go off any given week. The biggest disappointment so far has been with Devonta Freeman. I’m bumping him down from an RB2 to a Flex play.  His backup Ito Smith looked spry last week and could begin to earn more work going forward.  Mohamed Sanu should be owned in most leagues, but is best left on our benches for now.  We should continue to rely on this Falcons pass offense, with hopes for a quick turnaround in the run game.

Jacoby Brissett is playing well enough to be a QB2 for us in Superflex leagues. His yardage output is low, but he’s thrown 5 TDs so far.  He’s going to do enough to keep TY Hilton in our lineups as a WR3 with upside.  He can go off at any moment, so don’t shy away.  Marlon Mack has a nice matchup here and should be your RB2 with upside.  Mack is dealing with a calf injury, so monitor his practice reports.  If Mack were to miss any time, Jordan Wilkins would be the guy to own.  I’ve actually scooped up Wilkins in a few of my leagues to stash just in case.  The only other Colt worth considering would be TE Eric Ebron.  He caught a TD last week and has a good chance to catch one any Sunday.  His volume will be low, but if you need help at TE, Ebron could be your guy.  We can’t trust any of the secondary WRs just yet, but it was nice to see rookie Parris Campbell score last week.  The Colts will continue to be a balanced offense and take their shots with Hilton.  This game could go either way, so expect a competitive battle between two teams looking to take advantage within their divisions.


Broncos @ Packers
QB1
QB2 Aaron Rodgers +
RB1
RB2 Aaron Jones +
WR1 Davante Adams
WR2
Emmanuel Sanders WR3
TE1 Graham ?
Freeman/Lindsay + Flex MVS
Maybe Defense Start
Sutton Toss Up Allison

Comments:

The Broncos head to Green Bay at 0-2, tail between their legs.  The Packers defense appears to be legit, so we need to limit expectations for all of our Broncos here.  Emmanuel Sanders seems to be the safest guy to bank on as a WR3 in PPR leagues.  He is clearly Joe Flacco‘s favorite target and should continue to be a fantasy asset for us. Flacco is not an exciting QB to watch, but has actually scored more fantasy points than Aaron Rodgers through two games.  I’m open to him in Superflex leagues, but his ceiling is in the QB20-24 range.  I’m not sure we can trust Courtland Sutton in this one.  If matched up against Jaire Alexander, Sutton’s size could come in to play, but Alexander was able to hold steady against Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs last week.  The running game might be more interesting this week.  Royce Freeman took a step forward in the passing game, perhaps stepping into the RB2/Flex range for us. Dalvin Cook had a big game last week, so I’m open to Freeman finding success here.  Phillip Lindsay remains a low end RB2/Flex in PPR leagues and should be used often in the short passing game in this one.  The Packers defense has been impressive so far, so if you have better options, it might be a better idea to roll with them.

The Packers got things rolling on offense last week, but that only lasted for roughly one quarter.  The Vikings defense is a much better unit than the Broncos, so we might see another step forward from this offense.  You’re starting Aaron Rodgers if you have him, but keep him at QB2 expectations.  He’s played better than his numbers suggest, so I’m open to him returning to QB1 status this week.  You’re starting Davante Adams and Aaron Jones.  The questions begin with Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison.  MVS is the more exciting WR3/Flex play, with Allison more of a Flex play in PPR. I can see MVS getting his first TD of the year in this one (along with Davante), so I’d lean towards him over GMO.  The Broncos have been awful defending the tight ends for year, so I’m open to Jimmy Graham being a TE1 streamer.  There are some reports of a groin injury for Graham, so keep an eye on that.  If Graham is out, Robert Tonyan could be a nice pickup. HC Matt LaFleur mentioned getting Jamaal Williams more work going forward, so he’s worth an add off the waiver wire, especially for Aaron Jones owners.  Everything is looking good here for a potential 3-0 start.


Dolphins @ Cowboys
H QB1 Dak Prescott
O QB2
W RB1 Ezekiel Elliott
RB2
B WR1 Amari Cooper
O WR2
U WR3 Randall Cobb
T TE1 Jason Witten ?
Flex
N Defense START
O Toss Up Devin Smith

Comments:

I’m not even going to waste any words on the Dolphins besides this sentence.

We’re starting Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper without hesitation.  The questions come in when thinking about Randall Cobb, Jason Witten and Devin Smith.  Now keep in mind, this game should get out of hand at some point, so we are taking a risk with the three complimentary players here.  I’m most optimistic about Randall Cobb in PPR leagues as your WR3/Flex.  Witten will be a dud without a touchdown, but could be worth the gamble.  Devin Smith is a guy who can make our week with one big play, but could also give us a goose egg.  I’d lean towards just using the Dallas studs and staying away from this game, besides the Dallas defense of course.


Sunday Late  Games:

Giants @ Buccaneers
QB1
Daniel Jones – QB2 Jameis Winston +
Saquon Barkley RB1
RB2 Peyton Barber +
WR1
WR2 Chris Godwin/Mike Evans
WR3
Evan Engram TE1 OJ Howard ?
Flex
Nope Defense Startable
WRs Toss Up Brate/Jones

Comments:

Alright Daniel Jones, let’s see what you got.  We’re starting Saquon Barkely, no doubt.  We’re also starting Evan Engram.  The Giants are an easy fantasy offense to evaluate, but we’ll have much to learn from Jones’ first game.  Who does he target the most?  Sterling Shepard is looking likely to play, but is best left on our benches until we see what Jones can do.  Monitor all WRs to see if there are any signs of fantasy life.  If you picked up Jones in Superflex leagues, I’m open to him being usable as a QB2 because of his rushing upside, but it still feels best to wait and see. The Bucs Defense has been impressive through two games, so I’m not very excited about the Giants here.

Jameis Winston played well last week, managing the game in the win over Carolina.  Winston can be your QB2 in Superflex leagues this week.  He’ll continue to heavily target Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. I’ve put both as WR2s in this one.  Godwin has the safe floor in PPR leagues and might end up being the better fantasy receiver this year, but I also like Evans’ chances of getting on track this week.  The lack of OJ Howard production has been confusing, but I think we have to go back to him one more time with this plus matchup.  Peyton Barber confirmed his lead back duties last week and should be an RB2 for us here.  We’ll keep an eye on Ronald Jones and Cameron Brate.  I’m liking Tampa’s chances of controlling this game from the start and getting Barber some good volume in the second half.  Start your Bucs! Yes, even the Defense.


Panthers @ Cardinals
QB1 Kyler Murray
Kyle Allen ? QB2
Christian McCaffrey RB1 David Johnson
RB2
WR1
WR2
DJ Moore – WR3 Larry Fitzgerald
Greg Olsen – TE1
Curtis Samuel – Flex Christian Kirk
Nah Defense Nah
Toss Up Byrd/Johnson

Comments:

No Cam Newton this weekend, and who knows when we’ll see him next.  Kyle Allen will get the start, and could be considered in Superflex leagues.  Allen has played in the Air Raid offense in college, so I’m open to seeing some good things here.  We’re starting Christian McCaffrey without worry.  Perhaps we need to lower expectations, but he’ll still be an RB1.  It’ll be hard to predict which pass catchers Allen will favor, but I think we are safe with DJ Moore as our WR3 in PPR leagues.  Curtis Samuel caught a touchdown from Allen last year in Week 17, so I’m even open to him as a WR3/Flex.  Is it weird if I’m actually excited about seeing this offense with Kyle Allen?  He isn’t afraid to take risks, so Samuel could surprise us.  Greg Olsen might take a hit without Newton, but he should still be a TE1.  The Panthers are facing an 0-3 start, so they need to all be on their game this weekend.  Who knows, maybe Allen can improve everyone’s fantasy output.

Kyler Murray was impressive last weekend in Baltimore, much better than Week 1 in Detroit.  He’ll be a QB1 for me.  He’s making Larry Fitzgerald a trust-able WR3 with upside, so fire up ol’ Larry.  Christian Kirk also had a nice game last weekend, so he might be worth a Flex this week. David Johnson will continue to be the centerpiece of the offense, so feel good about him as your RB1. He had a little wrist injury last weekend, so keep an eye on that and monitor Chase Edmonds.  The Cardinals are running the most 4WR sets in the league, technically making Damiere Byrd and KeeSean Johnson starters. Johnson is the big play high risk/reward play, with Byrd being the steady 8-10 points floor guy.  Both should be owned.  They’re getting the Panthers at the right time right now, so we just might see the Cardinals get their first win of the season.  I think we’ll see the Murray led offense take another step forward this weekend, so enjoy.


Steelers @ 49ers
QB1
Mason Rudolph QB2 Jimmy Garoppolo +
RB1
James Conner RB2
WR1
Juju Smith-Schuster WR2
WR3
Vance McDonald TE1 Kittle
James Washington Flex Breida/Moster/

Samuel/Goodwin

Maybe Defense Startable
Toss Up Pettis

Comments:

Let’s pour one out for Big Ben.  The Steelers will transition to Mason Rudolph, who should have been picked up in Superflex leagues.  I’m open to him performing as a QB2 for the rest of the season, leaning heavily on Juju Smith-Schuster.  We’ll have to lower expectations for Juju going forward, but he’ll still be a WR2 at worst.  Vance McDonald seems to get a bump with Rudolph at QB.  He caught 2 TDs from Rudolph last week and should see more opportunities going forward.  We’ll be most excited about seeing what James Washington can do with Rudolph.  If JWash was dropped, go ahead and scoop him up.  He could be a WR3/Flex play going forward, but might be best kept on the bench for this week until we see more.  James Conner is now an RB2.  He’s nursing a minor knee injury, making Jaylen Samuels someone to keep an eye on.  I’m actually cautiously optimistic for the Steelers with Rudolph, so I’m excited to see what a full week of game-planning and prep does for this offense.  This is a winnable game that could inject Pittsburgh with a lot of much needed hope.

The 49ers are eyeing up a 3-0 start here.  Jimmy Garoppolo is a steady QB2 with upside at home.  Continue starting George Kittle, big days are coming.  The running game has a lot of juice with Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert.  Start Breida as an RB2/Flex, with Mostert being more of a Flex.  The Steelers are better against the run than defending the pass, so limit expectations for these two.  Mostert is more involved in the passing game and just might be the safer play in PPR leagues.  The WRs will remain difficult to figure out.  Marquise Goodwin and Deebo Samuel both caught touchdowns last week, but we did see Dante Pettis get more involved.  Goodwin is the boom/bust big play guy and could find himself getting behind the Steelers secondary, so I’m open to him as a Flex.  Deebo Samuel is probably the safest WR in PPR leagues as your WR3/Flex. I think we need to hold onto Pettis for at least another week, but is best left on the bench.  The 49ers have a lot of moving parts here, but they appear to be a stable offense for fantasy.  This game could go either way, but could be sprung with a big play downfield from Garoppolo.


Saints @ Seahawks
QB1 Russell Wilson
QB2
Alvin Kamara – RB1
RB2 Chris Carson +
Michael Thomas – WR1
WR2 Tyler Lockett
WR3 DK Metcalf
Jared Cook TE1 Will Dissly
Flex
Nah Defense Start
Bridgewater/Hill/Murray Toss Up Penny

Comments:

With Drew Brees out, we are about to see a QB tandem of Teddy Bridgwater and Taysom Hill.  Because of this unknown usage, I’m not willing to start either of them until we see what happens.  I actually feel better about owning Hill over Bridgewater in Superflex leagues.  Because of the QB play without Brees, we must lower our expectations for Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas. If anyone were to get a bump here, it would be Jared Cook.  Give him another shot as your TE1, we can figure things out next week if need be. Latavius Murray becomes nearly useless for us with Brees out, so we’re not starting him.  I’m hoping to be wrong with this negative outlook for the Saints, but here we are.

The Seahawks lucked out with getting the Brees-less Saints in this part of their schedule.  We’re starting Russell Wilson as our QB1.  He’ll continue to pepper Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf with targets, so both WRs should be in your lineups.  Chris Carson had two fumbles last weekend so we should be a little nervous there, but still fire him up as your RB2 with upside.  Will Dissly caught two TDs last week and was likely picked up in leagues this week.  He’ll be a TE1 streaming option until proven otherwise.  We’ll keep Rashaad Penny on the bench, but if Carson loses another fumble, we might see an uptick in his usage going forward.  If he was dropped or went undrafted, feel free to scoop him up and stash.  It’s probably a good idea to start the Seattle Defense at home. This one feels like a low-scoring, run the ball type of game.


Texans @ Chargers
Deshaun Watson QB1
QB2 Philip Rivers
RB1 Austin Ekeler
RB2
DeAndre Hopkins WR1
WR2 Keenan Allen +
Will Fuller WR3
TE1
Hyde/Johnson Flex Mike Williams
Maybe Defense Maybe
Coutee/Stills Toss Up Jackson

Comments:

Both of these teams will be eager to avoid a 1-2 start.  The Texans travel to LA after a tough win over Jacksonville.  Deshaun Watson had a rough game and will continue to be one of the league’s most sacked quarterbacks.  If you’re a Watson owner, it might be a good idea to have a steady backup in place. For this week though, fire Watson up as your QB1.  No questions with stud DeAndre Hopkins.  The Chargers have been toasted by TY Hilton and Kenny Golladay through two games, so Hopkins is worth the price in DFS. We saw a nice game from Carlos Hyde last week, rushing 20 times for 90yds.  I’m open to Hyde performing as a low end RB2/Flex, with a good chance at getting his first touchdown this week.  Duke Johnson is a low end Flex play in PPR leagues and can also make our week with a touchdown. Will Fuller remains healthy so he should find his way into your lineups as a WR3 with upside. I’ll keep an eye on Keke Coutee in PPR leagues as he looks to get more snaps and targets as he gets healthier.  Lots to like here in this offense, so start Watson and Hopkins with full confidence and consider the rest as Flexes.

The Chargers lost an ugly game in Detroit last weekend and will give Houston their best shot.  Philip Rivers is just a QB2 for me though, as both Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are a bit dinged up. I think both are good to go this weekend, just monitor their practice reports.  Austin Ekeler continues to be the best weapon on this team. He’s now entrenched as an RB1 for me, so congrats if you snagged him on draft day.  Justin Jackson had a nice game last week and had a 60yd TD called back.  He should be owned in all leagues and could even be flexed if you need to.  The Chargers might lean on the run here with Deshaun Watson on the other sideline.  This should be one of the more exciting games of the day, so try to get a piece of this in DFS.


Sunday Night Game:

Rams @ Browns
QB1
Jared Goff QB2 Baker Mayfield
RB1
Todd Gurley RB2 Nick Chubb
WR1 Odell Beckham Jr.
WR2
Woods/Kupp/Cooks WR3
TE1
Flex
Startable Defense Maybe
Brown, TEs Toss Up Landry, Harris, Higgins

Comments:

Both teams here are pretty straightforward when it comes to fantasy lineups.  The Rams remain a balanced offense, but Jared Goff has not performed very well through two games so far.  He’ll just be a QB2 for us Superflex leagues.  We’re starting Todd Gurley as our RB2 without questions.  The WRs in Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks all have the same WR3 with upside value and should be in our lineups. I’ll continue feeling the safest with Cooper Kupp.  We can’t trust any of the TEs, and should probably not be starting Malcolm Brown with any confidence unless Gurley has a setback.  The Browns have a solid pass rush and defense overall, so I’m wondering if this game is going to be lower scoring than we would expect.

The Browns offense continues to show some good and bad.  Baker Mayfield has been inconsistent in both games and should be viewed as a QB2 for now.  Odell Beckham Jr will be in our starting lineups without question, so feel good about him this week.  I’m not sure we can trust any other pass catcher at the moment, so err on the side of benching Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins.  David Njoku has a wrist injury and should be out for at least a month, making Demetrius Harris the next man up.  Go ahead and scoop up Harris if you need TE help.  He was successful in Kansas City as Travis Kelce’s backup and could be a starting TE1 for us.  I’d probably wait and see what happens in this game before trusting him, but I’m open to him impressing us.  Nick Chubb will be the only other Brown we can trust in our starting lineups as an RB2 with upside.  They were giving D’Ernest Johnson a lot of passing down work last week, so that hurt’s Chubb’s PPR upside, but not enough for us to worry.  This offense is not clicking on all cylinders just yet, so hopefully we see more consistent play from Mayfield in this one to boost Chubb and OBJ.


Monday Night Game:

Bears

@ Redskins
QB1
QB2
RB1
David Montgomery RB2
WR1
WR2
Allen Robinson WR3
TE1
Tarik Cohen Flex Terry McLaurin
START Defense Startable
Toss Up Chris Thompson

Comments:

Yeesh.  Another ugly MNF game here.  The Bears will continue to be a hard offense to watch with Mitchell Trubisky.  I’m not even sure he’s reliable enough in Superflex leagues.  His lone target we feel OK about is Allen Robinson as our WR3.  I guess we can call Tarik Cohen his second WR option that can be in our lineups as a Flex.  I’m actually most optimistic about rookie RB David Montgomery. The Bears defense is Elite and will be able to handle the Redskins offense, giving us a positive run game script.  Montgomery got the majority of carries last week and was able to get in the endzone.  Expect similar production in this one.

Will this be the last we see of Case Keenum?  I’m not expecting the Redskins to move the ball at all on offense, so please don’t rely on any of the options here.  Terry McLaurin is a low end WR3/Flex play but still feels too risky to start.  Chris Thompson is an RB2/Flex candidate in PPR leagues but again, major risk here for not much reward.  Kinda hoping we get to see Dwayne Haskins next week.

 

Thanks for reading,

Good Luck!!

– KGB