Saturday, September 20, 2014

Week 3 fantasy football tips for your lineup

On to Week 3 we go with the Panthers still undefeated and hopefully you undefeated as well or atop your board in total points leagues, but likely needing to do something different this week after the volume of injuries last week.  Here's a look at tips for Week 3 and sleepers to consider for your lineup. 

I mentioned last week that Jeremy Hill would (and should) get more touches. Cincinnati did just that last week giving Hill 17 touches and he responded with 96 yards. Giovani Benard had 32 touches himself - there is going to be enough work for both of these backs, and especially this week with A.J. Green likely out or at least limited. 

Green Bay's Eddie Lacy makes for a nice buy low target. Amazingly, Lacy has fewer fantasy points than Atlanta 3rd-string running back Antone Smith. Lacy may find it tough this week as well however against Detroit who sports the #2 defense against the run. That said, I still would keep Lacy in the lineup. 

Is Arian Foster ready to lead the league again? Foster has 270 yards from scrimmage for Houston through two weeks and has been super busy (27 carries in Week 1, 28 carries in Week 2). That doesn't seem sustainable (a pace for 440 carries of course is not) but Foster is a must start this week. 

It looks like former-Panther Steve Smith Sr. stole new teammate Torrey Smith’s lunch money (and his targets). Baltimore's Torrey Smith has just four catches for 60 yards through two weeks. He will hit at some point but Torrey Smith is a bench until further notice. 

Need a tight end for Week 3? I asked the same question last week and spotlighted Larry Donnell (N.Y. Giants) and Niles Paul (Washington). They both remain good options for this week if they are still on your waiver wire or you added them last week. 

DeMarco Murray is your current NFL rushing leader, and on pace for 2,280 rushing yards. That would set the NFL record (Eric Dickerson had 2,105 yards in 1984) and Murray would become just the 8th player in NFL history to crack the 2K mark. Murray should provide more good times this week for Dallas at St. Louis who is 28th against the run. 

Phillip Rivers has thrown 65 touchdown passes to Antonio Gates, the most in NFL history between a quarterback and a tight end. Look for Gates to come back to earth this week, especially as the Chargers go cross-country for an east coast game. 

Daily fantasy football: If you rolled with the lineup I had here the last two weeks you likely have done well. Let's try to go for three straight strong Week 3 lineup is: QB Russell Wilson ($8,300), RB Khiry Robinson ($4,700), RB Darren Sproles ($6,000), WR Calvin Johnson ($9,000), WR Jordy Nelson ($8,600), WR Golden Tate ($5,000), TE Jimmy Graham ($8,400), K Dan Carpenter ($5,300), Cleveland Defense ($4,700). Robinson and Sproles both seem under-priced at running back allowing the option to load up on stars Graham, Johnson and Nelson. 

It was somewhat surprising that San Diego was able to defeat the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks last week, but it was extremely surprising that they were able to do so with a time of possession of 42:15 compared to 17:45 for Seattle. Look for Seattle to come out fired up at home in a Super Bowl re-match against the Denver Broncos. I think Russell Wilson tees off this week. I have Wilson slotted as the #5 QB for the week, four spots ahead of Peyton Manning. 

I spotlighted Daren Sproles last week in this section. Sproles looks like he is running in fast motion. Sproles is the #1 running back in fantasy right now. That won't continue, and he sure isn't a "sleeper" anymore, but let's let it roll.

With Knowshon Moreno out for up to two months, Lamar Miller will start but Damien Williams is a guy to get on your radar. Miller has not shown he can carry the load. Although he went undrafted, Williams has ideal running back size and impressed with a 4.45 time in the 40 at the Combine (the best time of any back at or over 220 lbs.) and Williams had the 2nd-best time in the Shuttle drill showing off his quickness. Williams went undrafted in part because he had been kicked off the Oklahoma team last year. 

After a nothing in Week 1, Green Bay rookie receiver Davante Adams had five catches and 50 yards on seven targets in Week 2. Meanwhile, Jarrett Boykin has three targets and one catch for the year. The WR3 spot is there for the taking. Buy Adams low now before he has a big game and Adams is a good sleeper play this week at Detroit in what should be a shootout. Given Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson’s injury history, Adams could be starting at some point. In two seasons at Fresno State, Adams had an unreal 233 receptions, 3,031 receiving yards and 38 TDs. 

Eagles' tight end Zach Ertz already has 6 catches of over 20 yards in two games (last year Jimmy Graham led all tight ends with 19 catches of 20-plus yards). 

With Adrian Peterson out, Matt Asiata will start but he is simply not talented enough to be a starting NFL running back. Rookie Jerick McKinnon is worth a flier, even for this week as he could collect receptions once the Vikings fall behind at New Orleans. A former college quarterback at Georgia Southern (although he was sort of a running back really in their triple option offense), McKinnon has unique athletic ability and strength for his size. 


Anonymous said...

Ertz scored a touchdown week 1...

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