Week 3 Longshots and Callouts
Week two was a rough week for some future Hall of Fame quarterbacks. Drew Brees left the game early against the Rams and will now be out for about six week with a thumb injury. Ben Roethlisberger is on IR with a right elbow injury. And the Eli Manning era appears to be over in New York, as the Giants are giving the keys offense to his rookie lookalike Daniel Jones.
Before looking ahead to week three and who I’m giving a longshot and callout to this week, let’s stay in the past a little longer and look at who I gave a longshot and callout to last week.
While Derek Carr and T.J. Hockenson were longshots that would’ve disappointed you, you would’ve been happy John Ross. And Devin Singletary salvaged his fantasy day with a touchdown.
And speaking of touchdowns, callouts Stefon Diggs and Todd Gurley each got in the endzone and that alone made them worth the start. But Cam Newton once again looked awful, and I had as many catches as O.J. Howard.
Now looking ahead to week three, maybe you need help picking out your second running back for the week. Or maybe you have an embarrassment of riches and have too many options this week at wide receiver. So let’s take a look at my week three longshots and callouts!
Despite only being only in the beginning of year three, it feels like Mitch Trubisky needs to have a big performance on Monday night this week. He’s laid duds so far in weeks one and two, but he did face a much improved Packers defense in week one and a tough defense on the road in Denver. And while he is on the road once again this week, he’s facing a Redskins defense that has given up three passing touchdowns in each of the first two weeks so far this year. A primetime game against a poor defense is as good a time to prove that you’re the guy going forward for your franchise.
Antonio Brown’s stint with the Patriots came to an end on Friday. The Patriots tend to run up the score on teams, especially if there’s controversy surrounding them. And with both things considered, James White could be in for a huge game. The Jets won’t have linebacker C.J. Mosley, so that will help the Patriots running backs in this game. White should be in line for a big week.
Marquise Brown has been impressive the first two weeks of his NFL career. He broke two long touchdowns in week one and led the Ravens in targets last week. Baltimore is facing Kansas City this week, and this game should be a shootout. Kansas City has a bad defense, and the explosive Brown is as good a bet as any to break a long touchdown. And not to mention, Brown is already the number one option for Lamar Jackson. If Baltimore is able to win this game, Hollywood Brown will probably have something to do with it.
The Dallas Cowboys host the Miami Dolphins this week, and this should get ugly quickly. Miami has given up 102 points so far this year. Dallas should continue this trend. And another trend I expect to continue this week is Jason Witten finding the end zone for a third consecutive week. If Witten does that, he’ll be worth the start this week. And it’s the Dolphins. I expect nearly every Cowboy on offense to find the endzone this week.
Aaron Rodgers has had a tough start to the season. While the Packers are 2-0, it’s not because of the typical Aaron Rodgers brilliance we’ve been accustomed to seeing. The Packers host Denver this week, and it’ll be the third time already this year that they’ve faced an elite defense. Maybe he’s still learning the new system, but this system does use the running game more than what Rodgers use to under McCarthy. I’m expecting another run heavy, time management game from the Packers here and thus another disappointing game for Rodgers.
One of the most disappointing players so far this year has been last years hero James Conner. A touchdown last week salvaged a poor game. Part of that poor game can be attributed to Big Ben leaving early. But Big Ben is done for the year now. And he’s now facing a surprisingly good 49ers team. I’d look for someone else to start for Conner this week, and I’d even start entertaining trade offers for him.
Speaking of disappointments, Mike Evans might be the biggest disappointment among receivers you took in the first two or three rounds. Chris Godwin has two more targets than Evans so far this year, and Godwin also appears to be a better fit in the new Bruce Arians system. In Evans defense, he has been sick to start the year. And against the Giants, he could be in for a big week. But Godwin appears to be the guy, and I doubt Jameis can support more than one fantasy relevant receiver.
Austin Hooper had a good week one, but last week took a step back. While Hooper is one of the better tight ends in the league, the Colts have a sneaky good defense. And the thing with tight ends in fantasy is that they almost always need a touchdown to be worth the start each week. Ultimately, I don’t think that Hooper ends up in the endzone this week. And with Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley being the number one and two options for Matt Ryan, I’d start someone else this week.