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 Brandin Cooks and Mike Williams. 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.
This first QB is taking on the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football. Primetime, baby! That QB is Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles. Jalen Hurts has had some solid fantasy production so far this year and I see that continuing this coming Monday against the Cowboys’ 31st ranked passing defense. The top-10 fantasy QB also has yet to turn the ball over this season, so security is something you can count on with this guy. If you don’t have Brady, Mahomes, Murray, or Wilson, then you need to start this guy.
This next QB has also had some solid stat lines in his first two weeks, Matthew Stafford. So far, he has faced some tough defenses from the Colts and Bears, well, he draws another one with Tampa Bay coming to town. In Brady’s first game in LA, I see a potential shootout here with Stafford showing off his arm strength against the injured Bucs secondary. Put Stafford in your lineup, and as a bonus, I would take the Rams in any bets you place.
The first of three RBs has found himself as the starter and as a top-25 back. Eli Mitchell quickly rose to the top of the 49ers’ depth chart and has been getting a healthy amount of work. That is all thanks to the injuries of Raheem Mostert, Trey Sermon, & JaMycal Hasty. San Francisco has no use but to feed Mitchell the ball. They take on the Green Bay Packers and their 29th ranked rush defense that just saw a quality dual performance from Jamaal Williams and D’Andre Swift of the Lions. Look for Mitchell to run the ball early and often against what has been a porous defense this season.
I was not too keen on playing Kenyan Drake last week during Josh Jacobs’ injury, but my tune is different for their game against the Miami Dolphins. There are three main points you should consider starting Drake. He is playing his former team, the Miami Dolphins that he had his breakout season with. Josh Jacobs is still not likely to play, so look for his volume to be split with Peyton Barber, but Drake should get the bulk of the touches. Finally, Derek Carr is injured and may not play this week. With Mariota also nursing an injury, that would mean Nathan Peterman would be the starter. If that happens, you can expect some check-downs and run game.
The Arizona Cardinals are red hot. After solid wins against the Vikings and the Titans, I am looking for the team to continue their success against the 0-2 Jacksonville Jaguars; and Chase Edmonds will be the star. It is clear by now that he is the #1 option in the backfield if you don’t include Murray. The Jaguars’ defense is towards the bottom of the league, Trevor Lawrence needs more help, and the coaching staff does not seem committed to success. The Cardinals will jump ahead big and early and let Edmonds carry them to victory.
Last Monday, the Green Bay Packers hosted the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football. Not the most exciting matchup, but I was able to catch the first half while drinking a pint on my Arizona vacation. While watching, I noticed a few guys that were balling. The guy I am going to talk about in this piece is Quintez Cephus. This guy is rostered in just 0.2% of fantasy leagues according to nfl.com’ fantasy app. He has caught a TD each week, is second on the team in targets, and has quickly become a reliable option for Jared Goff. Start him at flex or WR3.
The next guy you need in your lineup is Ja’Marr Chase. Henry Ruggs and the Raiders torched the 29th ranked pass defense of the Steelers last week, I would look for a big play from the Bengals with Chase being the recipient. He has over 150 yards the first two weeks, I am looking forward to seeing how the Burrow and Chase connection evolves this week.
I had this guy on here last week, if he has another Booming game, I will need to remove him as a pickable player. Tyler Lockett has been outstanding so far this season. I saw Lockett being drafted as low as the 6th round in mock (and actual) drafts. With a receiver that is #2 overall in points needs to be started. The fact they are playing the Vikings defense, who has been tormented so far by opposing QBs, is a bonus.
Last, I want to give you some insight on the Chargers #2 (actually, #1) option for the LA Chargers, Mike Williams. The former Clemson Tiger has been Justin Herbert’s most frequented target for the past two weeks and the benefits have been great. Two performances with over 80 yards and a TD. The #5 overall fantasy receiver is currently rostered in 80% of fantasy leagues, according to nfl.com, and is worth a waiver request. Pick him up and start him at WR2.
The most sought-after college TE of the last ten years is ready to break out this week. Kyle Pitts and the Atlanta Falcons are set to take on the New York Giants. This battle of 0-2 teams is going to be the catalyst for Pitts’ success. The Giants have the 25th best passing defense and with the improved connection between him and Matt Ryan, the stage is set for a boom-type performance. Don’t give up on Pitts this week.
The Indianapolis Colts have not had a good showing thus far. Several injuries and touch opponents have forced this team to start 0-2. However, their TE has had some solid fantasy production. Jack Doyle needs to be in your lineup. The Colts matchup against the Titans defense this Sunday. One that has been in the bottom 10. Regardless of whether Wentz plays or not, I would expect Doyle to be heavily involved again next week.
Kicker & Defense
The Panthers‘ defense has been on FIRE these first two weeks. The first week, they took on a weak Jets team, but last week, they tore apart a quality offense in New Orleans. The Panthers get another bottom-tier opponent in the Houston Texans this week. Set that roster up Thursday afternoon and plug these guys in before game time.
Matt Gay has quickly become a top-5 kicker with two strong offensive showing from the Rams. The Rams take on the Buccaneers and despite the tough defenses, I expect the offenses to take off. Grab Gay off of the waivers and get him in your lineup!
The Cincinnati Bengals and QB Joe Burrow are 1-1 after a loss to the Chicago Bears. His numbers against the Bears were not pretty. Especially when you consider the three interceptions. I have Chase on the start em because I believe Burrow has what it takes to make it happen for him. But for Burrow, I expect more poor decisions and turnovers against a mean Steelers unit.
Now, Jameis, you let me down last week. Jameis Winston got clobbered by the Carolina Panthers defense last Sunday. Now, they get to face the #1 defense in the NFL, the New England Patriots. Belichick’s stellar unit will look to force pressure on the QB and will likely minimize his impact this coming Sunday. Look or Winston to throw some picks and may not score a TD at all.
Darrell Henderson is currently a top-10 back in the league. The man was hurt towards the end of their game against the Colts, and it seems that even if he does play, Michel could get more of the workload. They also face the tough challenge of the Bucs defense. I would stay back and play someone else this week.
The Browns have the most talented backfield in the NFL, but Kareem Hunt has not played well for fantasy players so far this year. Cleveland seems to be more reliant on Nick Chubb and the number of touches Hunt has received did not improve. The Browns take on a tough Bears defense and could come into play as well. Stay away for now.
This final RB is going to be mostly a boom or bust kind of guy, Melvin Gordon. He lost a few touches to Williams this week and the numbers have shown that Williams is more productive. Look for more of that changeover to happen this week against the Jets.
Kenny Golladay has lost my support over the last two weeks. He is not the top option, cannot seem to get targets in the red zone, has dropped passes, and is currently in a fight with Daniel Jones. Leave this guy on the bench until further notice because it may not be a long tenure in New York for Golladay.
The New York Jets are playing a team with one of the best defenses in the league, the Denver Broncos. For that reason, you need to sit Corey Davis. Their QB, Zach Wilson completed four passes last week… to the other team. Don’t get me wrong, Davis had a solid week one, but week two was bad and week three will be worse.
I am a huge fan of this guy, but the Titans are not a pass-first team, and their matchup against Colts’ defense does not seem to be one that will cause them to pass too much. I can see this game getting out of hand early, but the majority of the game being left to King Henry. Let AJ Brown ride the bench this week, his 43-yard performance in week two should help give you the confidence to do so.
Will Fuller V is back from suspension and his matter that kept him out last week. However, with Tua potentially missing the game and the lack of reps with the offense, I would let Fuller sit for a bit. Wait until his game against the Texans this November.
Listen, I was rooting for Mike Gesicki, but my confidence is dropping fast. I featured him on the list last week and he did nothing to prove me wrong. His three catches for 41 yards all came in the last game. If Tua misses, do not include Gesicki in your lineup come Sunday morning.
Taylor Heinicke balled out last Thursday, but you know who did not? The answer is Logan Thomas. He was targeted well, but his 5 catches for 45 could have been better served if Heinicke wasn’t looking to pass to other targets in the endzone. The TE position – outside of Kelce, Waller, & Kittle – can only survive on TDs. They also happen to be playing the Bills and their #2 defense. The magic 8-ball says, “Outlook not good.”
Kicker & Defense
I am putting this kicker on here out of pure spite. Jason Sanders of the Dolphins was one of the top kickers in 2020. In 2021, that has not been the case. Last week, was not able to attempt a single kick and turned a fat goose egg. I would drop him and grab a kicker that can be more consistent (cough Daniel Carlson cough).
This last sit should be obvious but I want to highlight it, the LA Chargers‘ defense. They take on a Chiefs offense looking to bounce back big after a one-point loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night. The Chargers defense has been middle-of-the-pack so far, don’t expect them to move up from there this week.