Week 3 Preview
Week 2 was an exciting one. We saw those players who flashed in Week 1 return for an encore, and we saw some of those high scorers falter a bit. If there is one thing that is a guarantee, it is that there is no guarantee for fantasy football. Injuries took away some current legends of the game, thus in turn, affecting the fantasy value of the players on their team. I would still say you play the number 1 receivers on those teams, but the second options are going to see some more volume. Typically, the back up QBs have more reps with the second tier WRs on the team, and the chemistry shows. Especially with the case of Pittsburgh, I fully expect James Washington to get the second most targets on the team, behind Juju Smith-Schuster. Michael Thomas will still get the bulk targets in New Orleans, but don't be surprised if Teddy Bridgewater looks more for Jared Cook underneath. Taysom Hill was getting decent play in the slot, and he can be a huge dual threat as well. I wouldn't be surprised that he has 5 catches and 5 pass attempts in a game.
Lamar Jackson impressed in Week 2, and I fully expect him to do that same against the Chiefs. The Chiefs have barley improved from the 29th ranked pass defense last season to the 25th ranked pass defense this season. With the way Lamar is starting this season, I don't expect a slow down quite yet.
For running backs, I'm thinking Chris Thompson and TJ Yeldon have very underrated and clutch days. With Guice out for the year, I look for the Redskins to lean on Thompson more out of the back field. For a PPR league, he is a solid start. TJ Yeldon is a strange name to see, but with the absence of Devin Singletary this week due to injury, I fully expect to see Yeldon out there getting 40% of the snaps. Of those snaps, he will see a lot of targets in the passing game.
The wide receivers I'm looking at this week are TJ Jones and James Washington. Both of these guys are playing with the second string quarterbacks this week, but the chemistry is strong with them. TJ Jones caught a touchdown pass last week, and that was with Eli Manning throwing the ball. I believe TJ and Daniel Jones have more chemistry built up, and it will show this weekend against an iffy Tampa secondary. The same situation goes for James Washington. He has a chemistry built up with Mason Rudolph that will shine through this week for Pittsburgh.
For tight end, my heart says start Tyler Kroft in his season debut against his former team. My head says play Mark Andrews. I say, why not both? I would start Mark Andrews as your TE1 and I would dare to think to start Tyler Kroft in the Flex position. I believe Andrews can keep his hot start to the season going against the Chiefs. I also believe Kroft is going to have something to prove against his old team, and for his new team in their home opener.
For defense, just because I chose a guy against this team before, doesn't mean I believe they will totally crumble. I believe the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense will have a field day against Daniel Jones in his first NFL start. They may give up some garbage yards and a TD or two, but I believe that turnovers will be the story of the game for the Bucs,
As for kickers, go with Brett Maher against the Dolphins. The Dolphins defense is atrocious, so you know he is good for at least 4 PATs. Who knows how many field goal attempts he will have in the second half when the game is out of reach, but it could be a double digit point day for Maher.
I'm excited for what Week 3 will bring to us! Hopefully everybody is doing well in their leagues after 2 games! So, I know I've already picked two Bills players this week, but my homer picks of the week will have to be Josh Allen and Frank Gore. I believe Josh Allen will have his first 300 yard game of his career. I also believe that Frank Gore will have 2 goal line touchdowns, and possibly tack on a receiving touchdown. I expect the Bills offense to show off this weekend against the Bengals.