Fantasy Football

Week 3 Fantasy Football stars and stiffs

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The world of Fantasy Football continues to be a a rocky roller coaster ride that goes through many loops. Julio Jones has already showed his true colors of inconsistency, while Antonio Brown has opened his mouth early since he played second fiddle to guy named Ju-Ju. This is just a sample of what’s it’s been like over the last two weeks. Here are some other interesting questions:

Will Carson Wentz regain form right away? Is Patrick Mahomes the real deal? Is Shady McCoy done as a relevant fantasy player? Can Josh Gordon be Randy Moss 2.0 in New England? Will James Conner continue to produce in Pittsburgh?  These are just a few of the topics left up for debate. Bring on Week 2!

As always, I look forward to your opinions and feedback. You can tweet me with any questions (@TCutillo23and leave your comments below. Here are my [PPR] picks for Week 3:

WEEK 3 STARS (Last week: 3/7)

QUARTERBACKS

MATT RYAN (vs. NO)

 

The Saints couldn’t stop their old coordinator Rob Ryan if he threw on a uniform and lined up behind center. This games reads blowout from both ends.

 

KIRK COUSINS (vs. BUF)

 

While Buffalo has become the land of the misfit toys, Kirk is showing why he deserved his big money contract. How you Vike that?

 

RUNNING BACKS

KAREEM HUNT (vs. SF)

 

I know he hasn’t been electric so far, but this week he will break out. With Pat slinging fastballs all over, Andy will commit to the run this week to keep his young QB grounded.

 

CARLOS HYDE (vs. NYJ)

 

He has scored in both games so far, but has been silent in the pass game. This is because of a guy named Duke. However, this week he will go over 100 yards and find the endzone against a Jets team who is till trying to find a defense identity.

 

LAMAR MILLER (vs. NYG)

 

The Giants seem unable to stop anyone on either side of the ball, while Lamar continues to be the silent “rock” in  Texas. All he does is run and gain yards. He is averaging 4.9 ypc and will look to make a statement while Deshaun finds his touch.

 

WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS

T.Y. HILTON (@PHI)

 

Until Philly show they can stop a wide receiver, I will be going against the grain. Luck has showed he is back and T.Y. will always be his #1 guy.

 

ADAM THIELEN (vs. BUF)

 

Adam is showing 2017 was no fluke. He is riding the accurate arm of Kirk all the way to the Pro Bowl. Start with ease!

 

AMARI COOPER (@MIA)

 

Cooper did his best to put Week 1 behind him. The question is, will it be another inconsistent year or will he build on his Week 2 performance? I am picking the latter, especially in Week 3.

 

WEEK 3 STIFFS

QUARTERBACKS

ANDREW LUCK (@PHI)

 

It will be a Super Bowl type atmosphere in Philly and Andrew will be running for his life. I still can’t believe they haven’t fixed the line yet in Indy!

 

DAK PRESCOTT (@SEA)

 

Dak just isn’t a fantasy starter right now. He may be able to methodically win a game, but 160 yards isn’t helping any GM win their matchup.

 

RUNNING BACKS

ALEX COLLINS  (vs. DEN)

 

Baltimore has developed a revamped aerial attack and Harbaugh still has a man-crush on Buck Allen. Not to mention Denver at home is tough to beat.

 

GIOVANI BERNARD (@CAR)

 

I think the Bengals are going to have a tough time moving the ball on the ground against Luke, which will lead to a pass first offense. This game will belong to Green and Ross!

 

WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS

KENNY GOLLADAY (vs. NE)

 

He was on everyone’s radar last week and had a decent game. However, Bill always likes to take away the best opposing player each week. In my opinion, this week it’s KG. I am staying away.

 

MICHAEL CRABTREE (vs. DEN)

 

Even though he caught a TD in Week 1, he was barely relevant in Week 2. John Brown looks to be the ahead of him in the target wars and until this changes he will be a spot starter for me all year.

 

KEELAN COLE (vs. TEN)

 

Fresh of his amazing one handed catch and solid statistical week, I think he takes a step back against Mike Vrabel and the Titans. I feel Jacksonville will run a more conservative type game plan that feature the run more and limits Bortles’ shots down the field.

 

SLEEPERS (Last week: 2/2)

COREY CLEMENT (vs. IND)

 

Jay and Darren are banged up and Carson Wentz returns. CC will get the rock early and often showing he more than capable to be the lead dog.

 

QUINCY ENUNWA (@CLE)

Could Quincy be Jarvis Landry 2.0? All he does his rack up targets and catches in New York. He is transitioning form sleeper to weekly start with each passing week.

 

BUST ALERT (Last week: 1/2)

JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER (@TB)

 

AB yells and complains in week 2. AB gets 15 targets in week 3. It’s my theory and I am sticking to it.

 

PHILLIP LINDSAY (@BAL)

 

Even though it looks like Lindsay is the Cinderella story in Denver, I would hold off one more week before making him a starter. Baltimore is always tough against the run and this game could be a Freeman vulture contest.

 

THE WEEK 3 HEAT GAUGE

Three players who are kicking up the temperature

RYAN TANNEHILL (vs. OAK)

 

The Raiders have ZERO pass rush and Kenny Still is rejuvenated. This could be a three touchdown day for Mr. T.

 

MARSHAWN LYNCH (@MIA)

 

He gets stronger each week and has no one to threaten his position. Beast mode keeps producing.

 

NELSON AGHOLOR (vs. IND)

 

Carson is back and Nelly is the #1 guy. This could be a career day for Agholor.

 

Three players who are lowering the setpoint

ELI MANNING (@HOU)

 

Poor, Poor Eli. He may not make it out alive this season.

 

TEVIN COLEMAN (vs. NO)

 

Freeman may be out and this could be a blowout. However, that doesn’t always add up to running back production. Ridely, Jones and Sanu will be racking up the point on Sunday.

 

DEMARYIUS THOMAS (@BAL)

 

He has been the forgotten man in Denver and still is dropping balls. The trend will continue in Week 3.

 

 


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