Man Up/ Step Aside Week 3
Welcome back ladies, gentleman and whoever cares to give me a click on my weekly column. After a few Shiner’s I’m home safe and I’m absolutely thrilled from the Thursday night game I witnessed yesterday at my friendly neighborhood pub. To be fair, I’m always going to get calls wrong each week. It’s not like I’m Tony Romo on commentary (Houdini) and could foresee everything that’s about to unfold before it even happens.
So Week 2 I’m off to a decent start. I mean that is if you benched Brian Hoyer and Sammy Watkins then you’re probably cursing me out or sending a hate message to our site right now. Look even if I had Hoyer as ‘manning’ up you’d laugh at me. As for Watkins I actually think someone forwarded him my article and he went off just to make me look stupid although I have had nothing but praise for him heading into the season even when he was traded to the Rams—heck I even wrote a column praising that deal.
With that said looking ahead to Week 3 there’s so many good match ups all across the league from more revenge games, to an early morning snooze fest, defensive games, and games that are promising as high scoring, but now are looked at mediocre at best.
We start Sunday off with a London game and as usual they get…. the Jags. If you ask me if I were an Englishman I’m disgusted by the fact that I only have very little chances to attend an NFL game each year and 80% of the time the Jaguars are going to be involved. That’s atrocious if you ask me. Why can’t they constantly get the Patriots? Or how about the Green Bay Packers? I’m no Packers fan, but each time I see a London game there’s always a sea of fans in Aaron Rodgers jerseys. With that said, sadly we’re almost at a quarter of the way done with the 2017 NFL season so here are your candidates for the Man up/ Step Aside Week 3 edition.
This is obviously for the early games, but it seems as if we’re about to ship a 13-9 game to the English Sunday morning. Both defenses are going to be stubborn towards each other, and either way this game doesn’t scream shoot out, but more of a time controlling pound the rock kind of game.
Kenny Britt who? It’s all about Hollywood Higgins as they say and with Corey Coleman sidelined with a broken hand, Higgins should be rostered in all leagues as he looks to continue to be the No.1 WR for Cleveland, and could continue to see his rise in targets.
Here’s all you need to know. For the past two seasons tight ends have killed the Browns, and last week Jack caught all eight of his targets for 79 yards. Doyle is a must start for me. Doyle rules!
Parker is dealing with an ankle injury, but is expected to be full-go come Sunday. Parker is a top-notch man up for me, especially in daily plays against a struggling Jets defense.
I have Michael Thomas listed on here because several fantasy owners have somewhat given up on Thomas and have even started to trade him away for ‘nothing’ after two games. New Orleans has opened up the season with two tough matchups and nothing changes in Week 3 against a ferocious Panthers defense, but based on the volume, Thomas is sure to break out and put your worries of taking him as a high-end pick in the draft to rest.
A tough game for Bills coming up on Sunday, but it shouldn’t scare you away from picking up and streaming Charles Clay. Old man Witten had a huge game in the Cowboys loss last week, and if the Bills need anybody they can rely on it’s Charles Clay.
Seems nasty I know, and I would gladly accept any trash talk and discouraging messages from you all, but Washington is starting to gel together, and looking at what Jermaine Kearse was able to do with Josh McCown against the Raiders last week, Crowder is an interesting player for this week’s Man up edition.
If I’m wrong on this I can sustain that all day, but with Maclin facing elite corners in AJ Bouye and Jalen Ramsey I’m saying that Maclin steps aside this week, even after scoring two touchdowns through two weeks.
The D’Onta Foreman show is upon us I can feel it in the air, okay maybe not as soon as I would like but Lamar Miller has been getting the touches, but hasn’t produced as an RB1 should thus far. Going into Gillette Stadium I understand if you have to start Miller, but I’d look at other options if you have any available for Week 3.
Much like Miller we all already know about Murray, and how Derrick Henry is right behind him breathing down his neck for extra carries in case anything were to happen. With the Seahawks on deck I’m staying away from the Titans backfield unless of course it is Henry who I think can have a sneaky good game.
Regardless of the matchup a starting running back should always be a start in your lineup, but the fact that Todd Bowles is preferring Matt Forte over Powell is a joke.
After his electrifying Week 1 performance we’re starting to see the real Hooper. The big play capability is definitely there. It’s even more encouraging that the Falcons/Lions could be a high scoring games, but I want to see some more consistency out of Hooper, especially if I’m chasing touchdowns and red zone targets from my tight end.
Derrick Henry/Chris Carson
The time is now for both of these young running backs. If I’m a fantasy owner I’m honestly reaching out to the owners who have these backs if they’re not available in your league, and I’m doing what I can to acquire one of these backs or both. Both provide RB1 status, but temper expectations if both backs don’t have a huge Week 3. The Seahawks line is horrible, and the Titans won’t surprise me if they decide to stick with Murray a few more weeks, but don’t be the idiot in your league who drops them immediately.