Week 3 Fantasy Football Preview
You’re sitting in your office on a miserable Monday morning. You have a lingering hangover and some dreadful meat sweats. Your coffee is too hot … Now it is too cold. You check your computer to see how your fantasy squads faired on Sunday. And then it hits you.. You lost not one but TWO of your top fantasy RBs over the weekend. You punch your laptop, spit your coffee on the ground, and scream in utter frustration. You are now out of a job and your fantasy team sucks.
Live look in at Peterson fantasy owners.
If this was an accurate recap of your Monday morning then I’m here to offer you three pieces of advice:
1) Don’t take fantasy football too seriously. It’s not the end of the world (unless you took AP in the first round) and there is no reason to have a mid life crisis over losing Doug Martin for a couple of short weeks.
2) Do not give up on the season!!! I have heard countless stories of fantasy underdogs sneaking into the playoffs and going all the way to the ship (this was me 2 years ago). Keep setting your lineups, watching the waiver wire, and try to make a big trade or two.
3) Finish reading this article! In this post you will learn about some salivating week 3 matchups and some guys that are hurting. You should also read my blog from Tuesday entitled “Week 2 Recap and Waiver Wire Scoops” for information on players you can target to fill your team’s depleted roster.
The content of this article will be similar to the last two Fridays. First, I will report on any fantasy news and notes from Thursday nights matchup between the Pats and the Texans. Next, I will give you an in depth injury update on all players with significant fantasy value (no one cares about that one backup QB on the Niners kneeling down during the National Anthem… oh wait). Then I will touch on some QBs with favorable matchups, and some defenses that are facing bad offenses.
The Pats exploited the Texans in a rousing 27-0 shutout. New England’s defense dominated, generating 18 fantasy points. Their kickoff team was eating ribs last night as they forced two fumbles. Lamar miller had a couple nice runs and catches, but was mostly held in check throughout. DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller did not do much as Osweiler never quite settled in. LeGarrette Blount had a very nice game scoring 2 TDs on 104 yards as the pats were constantly sitting in the red zone. Gronk started the game, but that was about it. He only played 14 snaps and received 1 target. I’m sure some fantasy teams are really hurting with the injury plagued start to the season for big Gronk.
Injury Updates – Order is QB, RB, WR, TE
Andy Luck – QB Indianapolis Colts
Barring an actual injury, I’m going to stop including Andy in this section. The Colts list him as questionable every week (dumb Indiana people) for whatever reason. He will 100% play this weekend and is a top notch start against the Chargers.
Jimmy Garoppolo – QB New England Patriots
He has a Grade 2 AC joint injury (what the hell is that?) and will be sidelined 2-4 weeks. It won’t matter though because Tom will be making his triumphant return in week 5. The Pats are sitting pretty at 3-0 which is just about the perfect scenario for their time without Tommy.
Jay Cutler – QB Chicago Bears
Cutty sprained his right thumb (throwing hand) in Monday nights drubbing by the Eagles. He will be sidelined 2-3 weeks and veteran Brian Hoyer will take over the reins for the time being. It’s not like Jay was doing much when he was on the field as he ranked just about last in fantasy points for QBs through week 2.
Jonathan Stewart – RB Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panther’s feature back is expected to sit out a couple of weeks with a bad hamstring. Fozzy Whittaker performed admirably in his absence, logging 16 carries for 100 yards and 3/4 receptions for 31 yards. He was one of the top waiver wire scoops this past week, but there is another RB that you should be targeting in this backfield as well. Former Auburn RB, Cameron Artis-Payne will likely split time with Whittaker during Stewart’s absence. At 5 ft. 10 and 215 lbs, the stocky half back is more conducive to the Panther’s running style and could take over the job. He is a speculative RB add in deeper leagues.
Thomas Rawls – RB Seattle Seahawks
The Rawls saga continued this week as he is still suffering from leg problems. As my good friend Andrew Ward put it, Rawls needs to “pull his head out of his ass”. This is spot on as Christian Michael has been trending upwards each week and could secure the lone starting job as early as week 4. Rawls rushed 7 times for -7 yards last week and should be benched until further notice.
Rashad Jennings – RB New York Giants
Jennings hurt his thumb in the week 2 win over the Saints. He will likely play this weekend against a porous Redskin’s defense. Jennings has underwhelmed through two weeks in the pass heavy Giants offense. Pass catching backup, Shane Vereen is available in many leagues and has higher upside especially in PPR formats.
Arian Foster – RB Miami Dolphins
The injuries continue to pile up for the talented back out of Tennessee. He hurt his groin in week 2 and is expected to be sidelined for at least 1 week. Jay Ayaji will receive a bulk of the carries in this enticing matchup against the Browns. Backup RB Kenyan Drake is an interesting add and stash option in deeper leagues.
Doug Martin – RB Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Martin suffered a hamstring injury and is going to be out for at least three weeks. This is certainly a huge blow to fantasy owners. Charles Sims will now be the lead bell-cow back for the Bucs and is a viable starting option each week Martin is out. I would absolutely hold onto Martin though, as he is going to miss 3 of the toughest matchups in the league (L.A., Denver, and Carolina), as well as a bye week. His schedule starting in week 7 is absolutely ideal for fantasy owners as he faces San Fransisco, Oakland, Atlanta, Chicago, San Diego, Dallas, and the Saints…twice.
Adrian Peterson – RB Minnesota Vikings
The future hall of famer absolutely blew out his knee Sunday night against the Packers. He may need to have it amputated for all I know. AP will likely be out for the rest of the season as he underwent surgery to repair his torn meniscus. He is droppable in all formats and backups Jerrick McKinnon and Matt Asiata should be added.
Danny ‘Good ole boy’ Woodhead – RB San Diego Chargers
Danny tore his ACL this past weekend and is done for the season. Melvin Gordon certainly gets bumped up in RB rankings as Woodhead will no longer be there to take away reps or vulture TDs. Veteran scat back Dexter McCluster was picked up by the Chargers and he will likely try to fill some of the void that Woodhead left.
Chris Ivory – RB Jacksonville Jaguars
Ivory is still listed as questionable for week 3 as he is still dealing with a “general medical condition”. This sounds sketchy if you ask me. Reports make it sound like Ivory will start, but will be on a limited snap count.
Jamaal Charles – RB Kansas City Chiefs
Charles himself has claimed that he is not fully 100% recovered from his ACL tear. His outlook is gloomy for week 3. Even if he starts he will be on a limited snap count (similar to Gronk). I wouldn’t start him unless better news emerges before his game.
Willie Snead – WR New Orleans Saints
The explosive receiver for the Saints is suffering from a toe injury and has a large chance to miss this weeks game against the Falcons. Keep an eye on his status, as it is likely to be a game time decision.
Brandon Marshall – WR New York Jets
Bmarsh hasn’t really practiced at all this week. He has a sore knee from the face mask tackle last Thursday night, as well as a bad foot. Head coach, Todd Bowles, says that Brandon will be a game time decision. See the video below of Marshall’s injury vs. the Bills. Mute the video because the music sucks.
Sammy Watkins – WR Buffalo Bills
Watkins is looking less and less likely to play week 3 against the Cardinals. His foot injury will likely hold him out. Regardless, he has one of the toughest matchups in the league this week against shut down corner Patrick Peterson.
Corey Coleman – WR Cleveland Browns
The Browns rookie WR broke his hand this week in practice and is likely to miss 4-6 weeks. Is that not the most classic thing to happen to the Browns?? He had been having a lot of success so far in the season and should be stashed on the IR in most leagues.
DeVante Parker – WR Miami Dolphins
Parker caught 8/13 targets for 108 yards in a breakout game against the strong Patriots defense. He tweaked his hamstring, but was involved in practice on Thursday and is likely to play this weekend. Look for another big game against the Browns.
Julio Jones – WR Atlanta Falcons
The stud receiver has been playing through injury the whole year. His calf is bothering him this time, but luckily for fantasy owners head coach Dan Quinn is optimistic that Jones will play this weekend.
DeSean Jackson – WR Washington Redskins
Streaky WR, DeSean Jackson is suffering from both knee and ankle injuries. He is facing off against a team he has had a lot of success against in the past in the Giants (see video below, S/O Davidoff). He is a boom or bust option if he plays this week. ‘Boom or bust’ means he can either go off for 100 yards and a TD or be virtually nonexistent fantasy wise.
Alshon Jeffery – WR Chicago Bears
Alshon, Alshon, Alshon.. Why do you always seem to be hurt? He has a nagging knee injury right now, but it seems that he is likely to play this weekend against the good ole’ Cowboys on Sunday night (please Bears, score a touchdown or something so we’re not completely embarrassed two weeks in a row on national television).
Rob Gronkowski – TE New England Patriots
Gronk played last night, but was a non-factor. He should be 100% for next weeks matchup against the Bills and will hopefully have his first productive fantasy game of the season.
Tyler Eifert – TE Cincinnati Bengals
Eifert began practicing again on Thursday. This is a great sign for Eifert owners as he was originally expected to be sideline until about week 5. Although he will most likely remain inactive this weekend, it looks like he may start against the Dolphins in week 4.
Antonio Gates – TE San Diego Chargers
Gates (hamstring) seems unlikely to play this weekend. Fantasy owners need to be looking into potential streaming TEs. Some options this week include: Jack Doyle (Colts), Vance McDonald (49ers), Dennis Pitta (Ravens), and Kyle Rudolph (Vikings).
QB Streaming Options
Ryan Tannehill’s Dolphins vs. the Cleveland Browns
The Dolphins put up a solid effort against the Patriots in their 31-24 comeback loss. This comeback was led by talented, but at times heady QB Ryan Tannehill. The Browns have a middle of the pack defense, but their offense will struggle to move the ball with third-stringer QB Ryan Kessler getting the start. Look for Ryan to have the ball a lot and get a lot of passing opportunities. Bold prediction: 309 yards, 3 TDs.
Marcus Mariota’s Titans vs. the Oakland Raiders
The Raiders have had the worst defense in the NFL through the first 2 weeks beating the Saints 35-34 in week 1 and losing to the Falcons 35-28 in week 2. Mariota has had strong performances in weeks 1 and 2, but I could see him really busting it open this weekend. What the Raiders lack in grit and toughness defensively, their fans sure as hell compensate for week in and week out. Bold prediction: 319 yards passing, 2 TDs, 44 rushing yards.
Eli Manning’s Giants vs. the Washington Redskins
Eli has let us all down so far fantasy wise. He is making his pops, Archie Manning’s decision for favorite son quite easy. Look for Eli to have a redemption game in this favorable weekend matchup against the skins. Bold prediction: 4 TDs, 321 yards.
D/ST Streaming Options
Miami Dolphins vs. the Cleveland Browns
As mentioned in the Tannehill section, the Browns are not a good football team. They are now starting rookie third-string QB Cody Kessler and there will probably be a couple turnovers and sacks. Sorry Cleveland fans, the Browns flat out stink.
L.A. Rams at the Tampa Bay Bucs
The Rams are basically in the ‘start every week’ category. They are facing a Tampa offense that only put up 7 points against the Cardinals last week. Expect more of the same against a tough Rams D. Sorry Cleveland fans, the Browns flat out stink.
Thanks for reading my blog. Get hammered tonight and have a good weekend. Remember if you have any specific questions for your team you can reach out to me via Facebook, Twitter (@lockdog5000), or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I only received one question so far and it was from fellow LMBF blogger, Johnny Cooney.