Week 2 was a tough one for running backs. Many of us (me included) saw our cash game chances blow up with Danny Woodhead’s blown ACL. Many other running backs bit the dust last week, creating some intriguing low-priced RB options in Week 3.
So the Brees-Manning matchup turned into a bust. This week’s “no-brainer” goes to Luck vs. Rivers with the highest game total on the regular slate. The high priced quarterbacks are easy to fit into lineups with value all across the board.
|QB||Cam Newton||Car||7800||Must always be considered - all offense runs thru him|
|QB||Andrew Luck||Ind||7600||Indy defense is proving to be as bad as advertised|
|QB||Carson Palmer||Ari||7200||Potent offense with many receiving options|
|QB||Eli Manning||NYG||7000||Had two TDs dropped by OBJ vs Saints|
|QB||Matthew Stafford||Det||6800||Not much of a running game|
|QB||Philip Rivers||SD||6700||Highest total on the board|
Must find running backs that can make it through the game. That proved tough in Week 2. The last four on the list below all saw their values rise for Week 3 with injuries to the other back. Johnson and DeAngelo clearly lead the way. Murray has the added benefit of playing against a disappointing Raiders defense.
|RB||David Johnson||Ari||7700||Guaranteed 20 touches|
|RB||DeAngelo Williams||Pit||7500||Panthers kept the wrong back|
|RB||DeMarco Murray||Ten||6300||Consistent receiving threat|
|RB||Melvin Gordon||SD||5800||Should see all the touches with Woodhead out|
|RB||Theo Riddick||Det||4900||Will be a fantasy star if he can handle the load|
|RB||Charles Sims||TB||4900||Tough matchup vs. Rams but is the main man|
|RB||Fozzy Whittaker||Car||3800||Top dog will finally have a real chance|
Antonio Brown rarely disappoints as he did last week, so expect a big rebound against the Eagles. After a couple of weeks we start to get a good sense of which receivers are in good positions for big targets (and we know that higher targets usually translate to more receptions).
|WR||Antonio Brown||Pit||9600||Quiet last week - that won't last|
|WR||Kelvin Benjamin||Car||7200||Still underpriced|
|WR||Jarvis Landry||Mia||6600||At least 10 targets with Foster out|
|WR||Marvin Jones Jr.||Det||6200||Has hit it off well with Stafford|
|WR||Sterling Shepard||NYG||5500||Norman expected to shadow OBJ|
|WR||Travis Benjamin||SD||5200||Heavily underpriced after recent volume|
|WR||Stefon Diggs||Min||5100||Prices did not have enough time to account for Sunday night|
|WR||Quincy Enunwa||NYJ||4800||Heavily involved in Jets offense - up if Marshall is out|
|WR||Jamison Crowder||Was||3800||Cheap source of targets - up more if Jackson is out|
|WR||Cole Beasley||Dal||3200||Continues to be Dak's security blanket|
The pricing on the upper-tier of tight ends is still very reasonable. In a week where there is a ton of value at RB and WR, you can easily justify Jordan Reed or Greg Olsen. But it will be hard to pass up Dennis Pitta after the volume he saw in Week 2. One of my hidden gems, Trey Burton, made the big-time on Monday night filling in for Zach Ertz. Tough to believe how both Burton and Reed were misused together just a few years ago as Florida Gators.
|TE||Jordan Reed||Was||6500||Top tight ends are underpriced|
|TE||Greg Olsen||Car||5800||Cam targets two people|
|TE||Dennis Pitta||Bal||3400||Cheap with great rapport with Flacco|
|TE||Clive Walford||Oak||2800||Near min price - involved in Raider offense|
|TE||Trey Burton||Phi||2500||Worthy of consideration if Ertz is out as min price|
Defensive scoring was up in Week 2, with the pre-season projected top defenses rising to the occasion. There are some big home favorites to strongly consider this week.
|DST||Seahawks||Sea||4100||At home vs. sub-par offense|
|DST||Panthers||Car||3800||Panthers should be able to pressure Bradford|
|DST||Cardinals||Ari||3600||Bills just fired their offensive coordinator|
|DST||Dolphins||Mia||3000||Browns on third QB already|
|DST||Jets||NYJ||2900||Jets control ball on ground and pressue Smith|
|DST||Browns||Cle||2300||Dolphins commit mistakes - even against Cleveland|
My projected lineup (predominantly in DraftKings cash games) as of this writing: