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Fantasy Football: Week 3 Stars and Stiffs Report

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As some superstars were on life support after the first week, it was nice to see some relevant performanceS from guys who were taken towards the top of our fantasy draft boards. Mike Evans, Tom Brady, and Todd Gurley were all among the players who offered the top ROI in Week 2. Just like a wild ride on Wall Street, this year has all the makings of a volatile market, leaving us to wonder when the right time is to buy extra shares. If you really want to get technical, with the growing amount of spot start candidates, penny stocks may be the best investment in 2017!


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As always, I look forward to your opinions and feedback. You can tweet me with any lineup questions (@TCutillo23) and leave your comments below. I am always looking for new views and opinions. That’s what makes the world of fantasy sports so great!

Here are my picks for Week 3:

STARS

RUSSELL WILSON @ TEN Seattle is searching for an identity and Mr. Wilson is grasping at straws. As confidence in the running game grows, the offense will begin to click. Stay tuned for the coming out party!
DREW BREES @ CAR Brees hasn’t been on point so far, but I have a hunch his time has come.
JAY AJAYI @ NYJ An offense built around him and a matchup against Team Moneyball is all that has to be said. Big days are ahead for Ajayi.
TY MONTGOMERY VS. CIN He was here last week and now he’s back again. Marvin Lewis continues to hoard pictures of someone in Cincy’s front office, and Green Bay will expose the Bengals at home. A three-TD game isn’t out of the question.
JONATHAN STEWART VS. NO Ron Rivera gave the dreaded ride the hot hand speech. Stewart has been the best back in Carolina so far, and this week he will show why.
JJ NELSON VS. DAL I told you to pick this guy up! With John Brown missing more games, Larry Fitzgerald warranting a double teams, and DJ sitting on IR, Nelson will be running free and helping you win games.
KELVIN BENJAMIN VS. NO New Orleans is still looking for a secondary and Greg Olsen broke his foot. Guess who is primed for more targets?
 

STIFFS

ALEX SMITH @ LAC No, Alex Smith is no Aaron Rodgers. No, he cannot discount double check in the end zone. This’ll be the “Alex gonna Alex” week.
DAK PRESCOTT @ ARZ No, Dak Prescott doesn’t stink. However, Prescott hasn’t shown us the 2016 Prescott yet. The ‘Boys are rusty and still haven’t hit their stride. Until then, Prescott is only average and not a great play.
TREVOR SIEMIAN @ BUF 450 yards in two weeks still doesn’t do it for me. This will be a week Siemian tastes reality once again.
DEMARCO MURRAY VS. SEA A gimpy hamstring and a guy named Derrick Henry is finally finding his stride. Oh, and against Seattle D who still knows how to get up on Sundays.
MARSHAWN LYNCH @ WAS Beast Mode is back. However, he may not offer RB1 credentials on a weekly basis. The Raiders figure to be up in a lot of games and will use Lynch more as a clock eater than a featured back. Jalen Richard will get his fair share, keeping Lynch’s numbers limited.
LAMAR MILLER @ NE Miller has been steadily average so far and a young buck named D’Onta Foreman is starting to cut into his time. Until Deshaun Watson grows into the QB we think he can be, Miller will continue to swim in Lake Mediocrity.
BRANDIN COOKS VS. HOU I, for one, thought Cooks would shine in NE. However, he hasn’t shown us anything more than an undrafted rookie free agent could do. Maybe New Orleans did have a plan after all.
TERRELLE PRYOR SR. VS. OAK Are we seeing why he had a hard time finding a multi-year offer? Looks like Pryor Sr. is having a hard time living up the the #1 WR bill. Too early to be concerned, but not enough confidence to start.
JEREMY MACLIN VS. JAC Maclin has scored in both games so far, but only has nine targets in an offense that has put up 44 points. Traveling to London against a stout Jacksonville defense won’t help put these concerns to rest.

 

TRIPLE THREAT PICK OF THE WEEK

 

CAM NEWTON VS. NO Did everyone see what Tom Brady did in New Orleans last week? As the Saints try to draw up a Pop Warner defensive scheme, Newton will be flashing the on his chest with authority!
KAREEM HUNT @ LAC I am a Hunt believer! Big Red has shown he is committed to running the ball and when called upon, and the rookie has delivered.
MICHAEL THOMAS @ CAR Before everyone starts to panic about the lack of big games from Mr. Thomas, remember it’s only been two weeks. He has compiled 18 targets in two games and is still Brees’ #1 guy!

 

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