Man Up/Step Aside Week 3
This season has started off full of emotions. Many fans are happy to have football back, but with all the injuries early on it kind of sucks if you’re a fan of a team that’s dealing with a huge QB loss, or any other injury to a beloved player.
But with injuries, come players who are thriving and hungry to start and lead their team. Just check out this cool dude who’s already got a nice fan base supporting him.
— NFL (@NFL) September 20, 2019
Not only is Minshew rocking a nice stache, he’s also got a big arm.
— Justin Valentine (@JV_Sports_Talk) September 20, 2019
Talk about manning up! That’s exactly what this piece represents. But just like Minshew, he’s just one of many players that are willing to MAN up and take that next step to fantasy goodness for your roster, and here’s what we’ve got cooking for you in Week 3 over at MFST.
It would be nice to see Montgomery start to get more carries in this Chicago offense. The run game would balance out perfectly with their style of defense, but although he’s been off to a slow start, it Doesn’t mean that Montgomery isn’t worth of flex consideration.
In week 2 Montgomery ended up with 72% of the carries for the Bears. In week 1 he also go 5 goal-line carries. This is a Washing team that’s a little desperate for a win right now, and the best way to keep the Skins offense off the field is to give #32 a full workload.
RBs with 100% of his team's inside-the-five carries:
David Montgomery (4 carries)
Austin Ekeler (3)
Josh Jacobs (2)
Derrick Henry (2)
Joe Mixon (2)
James Conner (2)
Adrian Peterson (2)
Chris Carson (1)
Ito Smith (1)
Damien Williams (1)
Aaron Jones (1)#FantasyFootball
— Hayden Winks (@HaydenWinks) September 17, 2019
If you ended up with Brown late in the draft or beat your other buddies to him in the waiver, you’ve got to be thrilled from what you’ve seen so far. After an explosive week 1, his fantasy value was still a bit blurry considering that he had such a monster stat line with only four catches.
We’ve seen receivers put up similar numbers then disappear the following weeks. In week 2, Brown did have fewer yards and no touchdowns but the targets and catches went up. Now with a juicy matchup against Kansas City Brown is a must-start in week 3, and in your DFS line up as well.
This is the year of the old dudes. Don’t believe me? Look at how consistent Larry Fitzgerald has been, and what about the ageless wonder in Frank Gore? Even Adrian Peterson has found the endzone this season, but here’s why Jason Witten should be started in week 3.
One, Witten has had 8 targets through two games. But on those 8 targets he’s had seven receptions for 40 yards, and two touchdowns. With Dallas facing a horrendous Miami team that’s on full tank mode already, the run game, defense and short passes has got to be their priority and that when Witten comes perfectly into that game plan.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) September 15, 2019
We’re only two weeks into the NFL season, but already it seems like the need for quarterback is slowly rising as each week goes by. After week 2, fantasy managers are now without Big Ben, Brees, Darnold, Foles and now Cam Newton. Yes, two of those guys didn’t do you much to begin with, but Roethlisberger, Brees and Newton are guys that you drafted as potential top ten guys.
Looking at Murray he hasn’t been a player to be excited for yet in fantasy football, but here’s where it gets good, through two games the Panthers defense has allowed 50 points!! Without Newton playing this week, it could be a great scenario for a breakout game for Murray. Now if only we could see him rush the ball a bit more.
In ppr, Smith-Schuster has been just fine for you, but there’s still a little panic here. I also know that the 49ers defense has been really good through the first two games, and this could turn around and blow up in my face, but the Pittsburgh Steelers are in need for a big one, so there’s a lot of hope when it comes to the rapport between Smith-Schuster and Mason Rudolph. If Schuster can’t get it done this week, it’s going to be hard trusting him as a high-end WR going forward.
Agholor’s problem in recent years has been a lack of targets, but drops are to blame for that. Last Sunday against the Falcons Agholor also had a huge drop, but was able to wipe out all the negativity when he stepped up and made a huge play to keep his team in the game on a crucial 4th down.
Nelson Agholor, you just TOTALLY REDEEMED YOURSELF.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) September 16, 2019
With Alshon Jeffrey being out due to injury as usual… Agholor is in a nice position to set himself up for another huge week in fantasy and daily play as well. From what we’ve seen, the Eagles are getting owned through the air by teams, and Stafford will do enough to feed Kenny Golladay and his receivers. I like Agholor a lot in week 3.
Williams may not be a WR 1 on paper, but for the Oakland Raiders, he’s an important piece for their team this season. Unfortunately, Williams is dealing with a hip injury and on top of that he’s likely going to be shadowed by Xavier Woods this week. Definitely a flex consideration, but you can’t feel too good about Williams this week.
— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) September 10, 2019
While Bell should not be benched any week that he’s able to go, you’ve got to lower him from an RB 1 against the Patriots. Bill Belichick loves to take away the opposing teams best weapon, but on top of that, Bell has an awful supporting cast around him.
Le’Veon Bell trying to carry the Jets offense pic.twitter.com/tjDnNeMdDB
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 17, 2019
Bell is a competitor and will stay on the field if he needs to, but if this game gets out of hand early on, which is a strong possibility, then you could see Adam Gase sit his start running back as he’s still nursing a banged-up shoulder.
The Lions just haven’t had any luck in finding a true running back in years. Kerryon is an excellent football player, but looking at his fantasy forecast is very cloudy. Going into week 3, Johnson only has twenty-eight carries for 90 yards and one touchdown.
Keep calm and Kerryon Johnson 🙏
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) September 15, 2019
Many fantasy managers spend a third or fourth-round pick on Johnson, so there are not many options that you could bench him for, but Philadelphia still presents one of the best fronts in the NFL when it comes to defense. Hopefully Johnson is able to find the endzone in week 3.
We were all hoping for a shootout with Kansas City last week, and that didn’t happen. In a league that’s getting shallow at QB, Carr is being started in a higher percentage in fantasy leagues, but Carr isn’t looking like he’s going to be a league winner for those who have to start him against Minnesota.
Ross has been a surprising player, thus far into the fantasy season. But going up against a tough Buffalo defense it’s hard to expect another huge performance for Ross, this time on the road. Most of the production will go to Tyler Boyd, but is you do want to play Ross in week 3, hes a good play in daily. You might just get another junk time score.
John Ross shot out of a cannon 💨.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 15, 2019
It’s been a 50-50 split between Linday and Freeman, but Freeman has been the better runner so far. A positive that Lindsay has going on for him is that he’s a better pass-catcher. Last season Lindsay was one of the many gems that helped you long term with your fantasy team, but it hasn’t been too pretty early on. If Freeman continues to do more with the carries he’s been getting, then Lindsay will slowly decline in production each week.
Advanced stats among intriguing RB tandems:
Royce Freeman (4.0 YAC/att), Phillip Lindsay (2.46)
Chris Carson (2.37), Rashaad Penny (4.00)
Frank Gore (2.00), Devin Singletary (4.00)
Matt Breida (4.33), Raheem Moster (4.45) #FantasyFootball
— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) September 16, 2019