We’re In This Together
My goal is to make the tough decisions for you. You won’t see the obvious starts or sits on these lists. I want to help you choose who to flex between guys like Damien Harris and Henry Ruggs. Or help you pick which QB to start while Kyler Murray is on a bye. Or, maybe even help you decide which defense you should stream for a given week. I want YOU to win a championship. Let’s do this together!
The first start “hurts” me to say, but Jalen Hurts needs to be in your lineup this weekend. The Eagles take on the porous Kansas City defense this weekend, and I expect Hurts to flourish the way Lamar Jackson, Justin Herbert, and Baker Mayfield have. The Chiefs are bottom-ten in the league in pass yards and rushing yards allowed as well. Not favorable for my favorite team, very favorable for a dual-threat QB like Hurts.
This next guy has not been able to meet the expectations set for him from a fantasy perspective, but I expect him to work the New York Jets this weekend. Ryan Tannehill takes on Gang Green this weekend and he will be putting up some numbers against their defense. The Jets have allowed the third-least points to QBs. This is mostly due to how they have fallen behind quickly in games, however, the Titans’ defense is awful too. The Titans will win this easily, but look for them to hang around long enough for Tannehill to put up some major points.
David Montgomery and the Chicago Bears had a ROUGH week against the Browns last week. That all changes for him this week. The Bears play the Detroit Lions this week, who just allowed Aaron Jones to score four total TDs in Week Two. Nagy did not game plan well for Justin Fields last week, but expect him to rely more on the run game this week as they determine who to start at QB.
You will also want to make sure Antonio Gibson of the Washington Football Team is in your lineup this week. The Football Team takes on the Atlanta Falcons in what I expect to be a shootout between two bottom-tier teams. Gibson has kept himself in the top-20 conversation for fantasy backs, and we won’t see him fall from that this week.
Finally, you will want to keep Miles Sanders in your lineup if you can help it. I already mentioned how the Chiefs have a terrible run defense, so that is obvious. What I did not mention is that Miles Sanders received just five touches in Monday night’s game against the Cowboys and gained 55 yards. That is some incredible efficiency, and you cannot afford to miss out when he bounces back.
This next guy just became the best option in the passing game for the Tennessee Titans. His name is Julio Jones. AJ Brown is day-to-day with an injury and is not expected to play this upcoming game against the Jets. Look for Julio to take advantage as the only truly reliable option in the passing game. When Derrick Henry isn’t plowing over the opposition, look for Julio to burn it up in the secondary.
Henry Ruggs has been the hottest receiver on the Raiders roster the last two weeks and I expect that to continue in what aims to be a shootout against the Chargers. The Chargers’ defense has allowed a TON of yards to opposing QBs and they just so happen to be playing the leading passer, Derek Carr. Get Ruggs in there on Sunday!
The Carolina Panthers play the 31st ranked passing defense of the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday. That means DJ Moore is poised for a big game. Darnold has made it a point to get Moore involved, not only is he leading all wide receivers in targets on the team, but CMC is going to miss some time as well. That means more opportunities for Moore against a weak secondary.
This last guy is QB-proof. Davis Mills? No problem. Tyrod Taylor? He can take care of business there too. Regardless of who plays QB this weekend, expect Brandin Cooks to produce. He has worked his way into the top-ten of fantasy receivers. The Texans play the Bills, and even though they have the league’s leading defense, watch for the Texans to air it out early and often. Especially if they fall behind in a hurry.
I already mentioned that the Bills could jump ahead early. I would make sure you have this guy in to benefit. Dawson Knox had a rough week one but has been solid the last two weeks with TDs in each game. He deserves a spot in the game this week against a weak Texans defense.
Kyle Pitts has had a slow start to the season as well. He is a top-ten TE, but he has not produced up to his ADP quite yet. Do not give up on him yet! Pitts and the Falcons take on Washington this week in what looks to be a perfect opportunity to repeat his solid Week Two performance.
Kicker & Defense
Daniel Carlson of the Las Vegas Raiders has been phenomenal. Not only has he knocked down every field goal attempt, but he is the #1 overall fantasy kicker through three weeks. Make sure to keep him in the lineup against what looks to be a potential shootout with the Los Angeles Chargers.
On Thursday, the Cincinnati Bengals will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in what will be a National Championship QB rematch between Trevor Lawrence and Joe Burrow. Burrow won the game back then, look for him and the Bengals to dominate again. The unit has mustered a top-five performance so far in fantasy, so be sure to stream this matchup this week.
Outside of a week one win against the Bills, the Steelers have been dismal this season and it all starts with Ben Roethlisberger. This week, they take on the Green Bay Packers, who have played great outside of week one. Now, the Packers defense has not been top tier by any means, but with limited options and a rapidly declining arm, I do not expect Big Ben to keep up with the high-octane Packers offense. With Dionte Johnson and JuJu injured, look for forced throws, turnovers, and overall poor performance from Ben.
Kirk Cousins has put up some numbers so far this year, working his way into the top-ten fantasy QB category. However, the Browns play the Vikings this week and are coming off of an incredible defensive performance against the Chicago Bears where they allowed less than 50 total yards the whole game. Cousins and the Vikings will be facing some serious pressure and a solid secondary. Look for a few turnovers in the stat sheet for Cousins.
Before I highlight a few individuals, I just want to caution you against playing any RB for the Baltimore Ravens. The trio of Devonta Freeman, Latavius Murray, and Ty’Son Williams draws a tough matchup against a top-five run defense, the Denver Broncos. You never know who the hot hand will be in platoons like that, so best to just avoid the situation if you can help it and leave them on the bench.
You will also want to avoid Mike Davis. I had high hopes for Davis this season, especially because he was one of my favorite waiver pick-ups last year. However, the volume is just not there for the leading Falcons back and Cordarrelle Patterson has been hogging the passing downs and is starting to creep into his ground touches as well. To add insult to injury, Patterson has been more productive as well. With a tough draw against the Washington front seven, I would leave him on the bench.
This next guy was another pick I hoped would pan out better than he has thus far. Damien Harris has gotten the volume you would expect from a #1, but it was not there last week against the Saints. Just six carries and three catches for 11 total yards does not cut it. Add in the Buccaneers defense and you have a recipe for a benched RB.
I have included this guy before, and I am happy to do it again. Kenny Golladay does not have the chemistry yet with Daniel Jones. Even with Sterling Sheperd and Darius Slayton hurt, I would still leave this guy on the bench. Do not fall for the temptation to start him. They play a touch Saints defense that will likely have Marshon Lattimore shadowing the WR. Wait for a strong performance, if that happens, wait for another. Then consider starting Golladay. Until then, leave him alone.
Allen Robinson has been a disappointment for fantasy owners this season. This is due to no fault of his own. Between the Andy Dalton injury and having Nagy as a coach, the deck is stacked against him. The results have proven that so far. With the QB decision up in the air, I would leave him alone this week. Start anyone else.
These next two WRs have had some solid starts this season, but I want to highlight Emmanuel Sanders first. The 33-year old Bills receiver takes on the Houston Texans this week in what Vegas believes will be a total blowout. If this happens, you can expect the receivers to receive little attention as the RBs and TEs salt away the win. Leave Sanders on the bench this week in what I expect to be a Boom or Bust scenario.
The next guy I would suggest you leave on the bench is Mike Evans. With all of the options Brady has on that offense, you never know who is going to receive the lion’s share of the work. In Brady’s return to New England, I would expect Belichick to focus his defense on a weapon or two and let the rest beat him. That weapon will likely be Mike Evans in what will be a similar game plan the Cowboys employed in week one. If you have Evans and Godwin, I would play the latter.
Dan Arnold was part of a big trade between the Panthers and the Jaguars that sent him and a draft pick to the Jags and CJ Henderson to the Panthers. The Jaguars have not had a reliable option at TE this season, but I would expect there to be a learning curve for the TE. If you have him, leave him on the bench and let the TE us the long week going into week five to get acclimated.
The Vikings’ TE Tyler Conklin stepped up big in Irv Smith’s absence last week putting up 70 & a TD. This was his best performance of the season so far. Regardless, I do not see Cousins having a good game, and that means Conklin likely won’t have one either. Let’s leave the guy on the bench this week and give me another shot on your starting TE’s bye week.
Kicker & Defense
This kicker has been one of the better ones in the league the last few years, Wil Lutz. The Saints kicker takes on the New York Giants this week. I have little confidence in the Giants’ ability to stop an offense, especially with Blake Martinez being injured, so I do not expect many field goals.
A defense to stay away from this week is the Washington Football Team. The Falcons have a knack for racking up points late in games, so even if you see a sack or two, I expect this offense to rack up points and yards, and maybe even win the game.
Best of luck to everyone this week, go get yourself a dub!