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NFL Matchups - Week 3 Preview

New York Jets vs. Cleveland Browns

Venue: FirstEnergy Stadium(Cleveland)Thu. 9-20 @ 8:20 pm EDTOver/Under: 41


New York Jets at Cleveland Browns (-3), Thursday, 8:20 pm EST.

Last meeting (10/8/17): Jets won 17-14. Josh McCown threw for 194 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Elijah McGuire rushed for 20 yards on 11 carries. Jeremy Kerley caught four passes for 39 yards. Kevin Hogan threw for 194 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Isaiah Crowell rushed for 60 yards on 16 carries. Duke Johnson caught three passes for 63 yards and a touchdown.

New York Jets

Sam Darnold - Darnold threw for 334 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Darnold is turning into a second half QB as he struggled early, but then looked better after that. He gets a Browns defense that has allowed the 7th fewest fantasy points per game to opposing QBs so far this season. QB2.

Isaiah Crowell - Crowell rushed 12 times for 35 yards versus the Dolphins. Crowell outcarried Powell in the contest, but didn’t get the touchdown. Crowell is getting the majority of the carries on early downs, but the Jets won’t likely be leading in a lot of contests for him to grind it out late, but he is going to get enough work to keep him as a QB2.

Bilal Powell - Powell rushed only five times for six yards, but he caught five passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. Powell continues to be a force in the passing game, that alone keeps him flex viable versus the Browns.

Robby Anderson - Anderson caught three passes for 27 yards. The targets have improved from Week 1, but Anderson is struggling with the amount of weapons the Jet now have in the passing game and he is obviously not Darnold favorite target. He is now more of a boom or bust WR4.

Quincy Enunwa - Enunwa caught seven passes for 92 yards and a touchdown versus the Dolphins. Enunwa not only led the team in catches and yards, but he was easily the most targeted player. He will likely see a lot of Denzel Ward who has been fantastic, but as long as he sees this many targets, he’ll be a WR2.

Terrelle Pryor - Pryor caught four passes for 84 yards. This has been a nice start to a bounceback season for Pryor who offers a big target for Darnold in the passing game. The Jets would prefer to run the ball, so the results will likely be violiaile week to week. WR4.

Cleveland Browns

Tyrod Taylor - Taylor threw for 246 yards, one touchdown, and an interception versus the Saints. If not for a late score to Callaway, we would be looking at a much worse line. Taylor works best in the short and intermediate passing game and when they are not behind, this looks like a week that lines up well for him, but without Josh Gordon on the team, it is kind of a crapshoot. QB2.

Carlos Hyde - Hyde rushed for 43 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. It isn’t always pretty, but for now he is the man in Cleveland. The full-time workload makes him an RB2.

Duke Johnson Jr.- Not getting enough touches to be interesting.

Nick Chubb - Just a handcuff.

Jarvis Landry - With Gordon now gone, Landry will be heavily relied upon. He was already a borderline WR1, now he is easily one.

Antonio Callaway - Callaway caught a 46-yards touchdown at the end of the game to make his line look nicer. With Gordon gone, Callaway should be more involved in the passing game. That being said, he is still very raw and can struggle in routes. WR4.

Rashard Higgins - Higgins gains the most with Gordon gone. He had seven targets last week, so he is definitely on the radar of Taylor. Really interesting DFS play or deeper league flex.

David Njoku - Njoku caught four passes for 20 yards. He did get seven targets, which means he has the attention of Taylor. With Gordon gone, his production should go up. TE1.

Prediction: Browns win 24-20.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Carolina Panthers

Venue: Bank of America Stadium(Charlotte)Sun. 9-23 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 44


Cincinnati Bengals at Carolina Panthers (-3), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last meeting (10/12/14): Teams tied 37-37. Cam Newton threw for 284 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Newton also ran for 107 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Greg Olsen caught six passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. Andy Dalton threw for 323 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Gio Bernard rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Mohamed Sanu caught 10 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown.

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton - Dalton threw for 265 yards and four touchdowns. Dalton and the Ravens jumped all over the Ravens early and then was able to grind it out late. He only has one interception in the first two contests. The Panthers have been good against the run, but are giving up the 10th most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Dalton is a QB2, but is rising.

Joe Mixon - Out

Giovani Bernard - Bernard rushed for six times for 27 yards. Bernard is likely to have an increased work after Joe Mixon had to have some minor knee surgery. Many people rushed to the wires to grab Bernard, but I would be surprised to see him handle the entire load. Expect him to get about half the carries and the majority of the passing down work.

Mark Walton - Walton has been inactive, but he looked good in preseason and should step into a lot of the early down work for the Bengals. He is widely available and could end up being the short term fill in in Cincy. High risk/high reward.

A.J. Green - Green caught five passes for 69 yards and three touchdowns. Green just put on a show versus the Ravens and gets a nice matchup against Donte Jackson and the Panthers. WR1.

John Ross - Ross caught one pass for eight yards. Ross didn’t get much work, but the game was out of reach early, so that may have more to do with it. He is a boom or bust WR4.

Tyler Boyd - Boyd caught six passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. Boyd crushed the Ravens from the slot, but he likely won’t be as open against Captain Munnerlyn . WR4.

Tyler Eifert , C.J. Uzomah , and Tyler Kroft - No one is distinguishing themselves yet of this group.

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton - Newton threw for 335 yards, three touchdowns and an interception versus the Falcons. Newton got it done again for fantasy owners, this time through the air instead of the ground. He gets a Bengals defense coming off a long week of rest and that hasn’t allowed virtually anything on the ground for opposing QBs, so this matchup isn’t ideal. However, Cam can hurt defenses in so many ways that he is a QB1.

Christian McCaffrey -   McCaffrey wasn’t able to get a ton done on the ground, but caught 14 passes for 102 yards against the Bengals. mcCaffrey is getting a good amount of carries, but he does a ton of damage in the short and intermediate passing game for the Panthers. The Bengals have allowed the fifth most receiving yards and third most receptions to opposing running backs this year, so expect more good things from McCaffrey this week. RB1.

C.J. Anderson -  Anderson isn’t getting enough work to be interesting and with Newton stealing goalline carries, he has no value as long as Mccaffrey is healthy.

Devin Funchess - Funchess caught seven passes for 77 yards versus the Falcons. With the running game stalled, the Panther took to the air to try and keep up with Atlanta. Funchess lead all wide receivers in targets and is the second look for Newton on most plays (after McCaffrey.) The Bengals have allowed four passing TDs this season, but have been otherwise stingy versus opposing wideouts. WR3.

Jarius Wright - For the second straight week, Wright received the second most targets for a wide receiver on the Panthers. He is obviously a bigger part of the offense than Moore right now, but he has limited upside and shouldn’t stay as involved moving forward. WR6.

D.J. Moore - Moore got his first career catch and touchdown on a 51 yard score. It was pretty impressive and makes you wonder why he isn’t on the field more. The Panthers need offensive playmakers, so it is a matter of time. WR5.

Greg Olsen - Out

Prediction: Panthers win 24-21.

New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium(Atlanta)Sun. 9-23 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 53.5


New Orleans at Atlanta Falcons (-3), Sunday, 1:00 pm EST.

Last Meeting (12/24/17): Saints won 23-13. Matt Ryan threw for 288 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Devontae Freeman rushed for 36 yards on 11 carries. Julio Jones caught seven passes for 149 yards. Drew Brees threw for 239 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Mark Ingram rushed for 44 yards on 13 carries. Ted Ginn caught four passes for 76 yards and a touchdown.

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees -  Brees threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns versus the Browns. The Browns defense played really well against Brees, but the Saints offense still was able to do just enough to pull out the victory. He gets a Falcons pass defense that has played well in spite of injuries. He is still a QB1.

Mark Ingram - Suspended through Week 4.

Alvin Kamara - Kamara continues to get a ton of touches and while last week it didn’t result in a massive week, his ability to catch the ball and the carries he gets in the running game make him a high upside RB1.

Mike Gillislee - Gillislee rushed eight times for 18 yards. Gillislee got more carries versus the Browns, but found little in the way of running room. With Mark Ingram returning in a couple of weeks, he won’t have much time to establish a role. RB4.

Michael Thomas - Thomas continues to be the top target for the Saints. He is second only behind Antonio Brown in targets in the NFL. He has a tougher matchup this week with Anthony Alford, but he is a no doubt WR1.

Cameron Meredith - Inactive for the second straight week. Even if he is active, you can’t trust him.

Ted Ginn Jr.- Ginn caught four passes for 55 yards. He is the clear #2 wide receiver in the offense, but he has a tough matchup with Marcus Trufant and Ricardo Allen playing over the top. WR4. 

Tre’Quan Smith- Just a stash for now.

Benjamin Watson - Watson continues to get targets in the passing game, but he is the TD dependant TE category for now. TE2.

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan - Ryan threw for 272 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. He added two more scores on the ground. Ryan bounced back in a big way versus the Panthers.. With Freeman potentially out for a little while, Ryan will need to carry more of the offense. He gets a struggling Saints secondary. QB1.

Devonta Freeman - Likely out for Week 3.

Tevin Coleman - With Freeman out, Coleman becomes the workhorse of the offense. He looked good in the role versus a strong Panthers defense, now he gets the Saints, who have not looked good to start the season. RB1.

Ito Smith - Smith is the backup with Freeman out. He is best as a short-term handcuff for now. RB5.

Julio Jones - Julio had a quieter day Week 2, but he should get plenty of action to keep pace with the Saints. WR1.

Mohamed Sanu - Shockingly, Sanu only received two targets in the passing game versus the Browns. With a likely matchup versus Patrick Robinson out of the slot, he won’t have a lot of chances to make any big plays. WR4.

Calvin Ridley - Ridley made a big jump in Week 2, recording four passes for 64 yards and a touchdown after not getting a snap on offense in Week 1. Ridley will see a lot of 1-on-1 coverage with Ken Crawley with Julio on the other side. High upside WR3.

Austin Hooper - Hooper caught five passes for 59 yards and a touchdown versus the Panthers. Hooper had a great game, but until we see these kind of games repeated, it will be hard to trust. The Saints have been strong against the tight end so far. TE2.

Prediction: Falcons win 36-31.

Denver Broncos vs. Baltimore Ravens

Venue: M&T Bank Stadium(Baltimore)Sun. 9-23 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 44.5


Denver Broncos at Baltimore Ravens (-5), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last meeting (9/13/15): Broncos won 19-13. Joe Flacco threw for 117 yards and two interceptions. Justin Forsett rushed for 43 yards on 14 carries. Marlon Brown caught two passes for 25 yards. Peyton Manning threw for 175 yards and one interception. Ronnie Hillman rushed for 41 yards on 12 carries. Emmanuel Sanders caught eight passes for 65 yards.

Denver Broncos

Case Keenum - Keenum threw for 222 yards and an interception versus the Raiders. While he did add a rushing touchdown late to salvage his day, Keenum did not play well versus a juicy matchup versus Oakland. He has a much tougher matchup in the Raiders, who have ten days to prepare for the Broncos at home after being embarrassed last Thursday. Keenum is a low-end QB2.

Phillip Lindsay - Lindsey rushed for 107 yards on 14 carries. Lindsey had the majority of the carries and looked the best when he was running the ball. Freeman did get the goalline work, but this trend is starting to point to Lindsey being the workhorse and Freeman becoming the short yardage back. The Ravens have allowed the second fewest fantasy points per game to opposing RBs and the fewest points in the passing game to backs, so Lindsey falls into RB3/Flex territory.

Royce Freeman - Freeman appears to be moving more and more into handcuff territory. He really struggled running in the middle of the defense which is where he should have the advantage over Lindsey. Right now he is a low end RB3 that is becoming TD dependent.

Demaryius Thomas - Thomas only gained 18 yards on five catches. However, Thomas was targeted 11 times, almost three times that of fellow receiver Emmanuel Sanders . He struggled along side Keenum, who looked awful, but the target share is very encouraging. He may have more difficulties versus Brandon Carr , who has been great so far, but he is still a high-end WR3.

Emmanuel Sanders - Sanders caught all four of his targets for 96 yards. Sanders was responsible for almost half of Keenum’s passing production in spite of receiving seven less targets than Thomas. He has a very nice matchup with Tavon Young out of the slot and should be able to have a nice day as Keenum seems to really have a good chemistry going with him right now. WR2.

Courtland Sutton - Sutton has separated himself from the other wideouts not named Thomas and Sanders, but there isn’t enough in this offense for him to be viable yet in fantasy. Stash in keeper and dynasty.

Jake Butt - Butt has separated himself from Jeff Heuerman . Butt had a lot of promise coming into the NFL, he just needed to get healthy. Now that he is, he should start to break out and be a nice big target for Keenum, especially in the Red Zone. TE2.

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco - Flacco threw for 376 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. He stuck himself behind the eight-ball early and was never able to fully recover. He gets a really poor pass defense, if he can not get swallowed up by the elite rushers. QB2.

Alex Collins - Collins rushed for 35 yards on nine carries. He did catch three balls for 55 yards in the passing game. It is encouraging to see Collins get work in the passing game. However, he split the workload in both departments, which is troubling. The Ravens will need to run the ball to help keep the defensive ends honest. RB2.

Javorius Allen -  Allen rushed for eight yards on six carries and a touchdown. He did not look good on the ground, but did get the goal line carry. Week 3 will give us a better idea of both their usages RB5.

Kenneth Dixon - On IR.

Michael Crabtree - Crabtree caught five passes for 56 yards. He got 10 targets from Flacco and appears to be highly trusted in spite of the shoddy numbers. The outside corners are not good in Denver so Crabtree is an interesting play this week. WR3.

John Brown - Brown caught four passes for 92 yards and a touchdown. Once again all three wide receivers received similar target numbers, but Brown got the touchdown pass when the Ravens were trying to come back. Brown should be able to burn Bradley Roby for some big plays. WR3.

Willie Snead - Snead caught five passes for 54 yards. Snead plays out of the slot and will have to beat Calvin Harris Jr, who has played very well so far this season. WR4.

Maxx Williams - Williams caught three passes for 31 yards. There are too many other mouths to feed and Hurst is working his way back. TE3.

Prediction: Ravens win 31-18.

Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Venue: EverBank Field(Jacksonville)Sun. 9-23 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 0


Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars (No Line), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last Meeting (12/31/17): The Titans won 15-10. Blake Bortles threw for 158 yards and two interceptions. Leonard Fournette rushed for 69 yards on 19 carries. Allen Hurns caught three passes for 38 yards. Marcus Mariota threw for 134 yards and a touchdown. Derrick Henry rushed for 51 yards on 28 carries and caught a 66 yard touchdown pass.

Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota - Will be reevaluated on Wednesday. Seems unlikely to play.

Blaine Gabbert - With Gabbert as QB, the offense is going run first and really attempting to use defense to pull out victories. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, that hurts the Titans WRs and anyone foolish enough to stream Gabbert. QB3.

Dion Lewis - Lewis received 14 carries, but only one target in the passing game. With Gabbert as the QB, Lewis got some uptick in carries, but it hurt him where he is special, as a receiver. If Gabbert is the starter this week, Lewis is just a low end RB2.

Derrick Henry - Henry benefited a bit from Gabbert as QB as he got more carries than anyone expected. The Jaguars are best beat up the middle, so Henry should get a lot of run. RB2.

Rishard Matthews - Matthews appears to still be rusty after missing so much time in the preseason. Going up against AJ Bouye won’t help either. WR4.

Corey Davis - Davis has been very productive so far, but gets a matchup with one of the premier corners in football, Jalen Ramsey . He will be very boom or bust because of it. WR3.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Blake Bortles - Bortles threw for 377 yards, four touchdowns and an interception versus the Patriots. With Fournette out last week, Bortles put the offense on his shoulders and led the Jaguars to victory. He did a good job, especially in the intermediate and short passing game. He get a Titans defense that is better than it has played so for this season. QB2.

Leonard Fournette -  Questionable for this week, but if he plays, you start him. RB1.

Keelan Cole - While the majority of targets were spread around, Cole led the way in both yards and catches. Cole is the perfect receiver for Bortles because he can take short passes for a long way. Adoree Jackson should be a good test of his skills, but his target share and upside keep him as a WR2.

Donte Moncrief - Moncrief led the Jaguars with nine receptions, but only hauled in four for 34 yards and a score. Moncrief has been outplayed by both Cole and Westbrook, but the Jaguar are paying him more than them so they will keep running him out there to get their money’s worth apparently. WR5.

D.J. Chark - Just a stash.

Dede Westbrook - Westbrook caught four passes for 83 yards and a touchdown versus the Patriots. Westbrook tends to run a ton of his routes out of the slot and that has become a favorite spot for Bortles to target. He will see a fair amount of Logan Ryan there, so it isn’t a great matchup and with Fournette back, the Jags will look to pound the ball more. WR4.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins - ASJ  scored a touchdown in the contest versus the Patriots, but in a contest in which Bortles threw 45 times, he only received four targets, which doesn’t bode well for the majority of games where Jacksonville pounds the rock. TE2.

Prediction: Jaguars win 24-6.

Buffalo Bills vs. Minnesota Vikings

Venue: U.S. Bank Stadium(Minneapolis)Sun. 9-23 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 41


Buffalo Bills at Minnesota Vikings (-17), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last Meeting (10/19/14): Bills won 17-16. Teddy Bridgewater threw for 157 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Jerick McKinnon rushed for 103 yards on 19 carries. Greg Jennings caught six passes for 77 yards. Kyle Orton threw for 283 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. C.J. Spiller rushed for 53 yards on one carry. Sammy Watkins caught nine passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns.

Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen - Allen threw for 245 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Allen looked better than in his first action as an NFL QB, but that isn’t saying too much. He gets an elite Vikings defense, so he is probably the worst possible QB to start. QB3.

LeSean McCoy - Is probably the only startable player on the Bills, but even that is questionable. RB3.

Kelvin Benjamin and  Zay Jones - Nope. 

Charles Clay - Nope.

Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins - Cousins threw for 425 yards and a four touchdowns versus the Packers. Cousins has looked great since signing with the Vikings, but has yet to face a decent defense. That won’t stop this week as the Bills have been so bad the VonTae Davis retired mid-game last week. Seriously. That happened. QB1.

Dalvin Cook - Cook rushed for 38 yards on 10 carries and caught three passes for 52 yards versus the Packers. He left the game with a hamstring issue, but it has been characterized as minor. RB1 this week versus one of the worst defenses in the game.

Stefon Diggs - Diggs went off on the Packers secondary catching nine passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Diggs was Cousins favorite target in the preseason and they got back on track after not being on the same page Week 1. Diggs should be a WR1 this week versus Buffalo.

Adam Thielen - Thielen tied with Diggs for the most targets at 13. He has been the top target in the offense as Cousins loves those short and intermediate routes out of the slot. There is no reason for that to change. WR1.

Kyle Rudolph - Rudolph got a ton more targets versus the Packers, catching seven passes for 72 yards. Cousins loves the tight end, especially in the red zone, so this is another nice matchup versus the Bills. TE1.

Prediction: Vikings win 38-3.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Venue: Arrowhead Stadium(Kansas City)Sun. 9-23 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 55.5


San Francisco 49ers at Kansas City Chiefs (-6.5), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last Meeting (10/5/14): 49ers won 22-17. Alex Smith threw for 158 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Jamaal Charles rushed for 80 yards on 15 carries. Travis Kelce caught two passes for 15 yards and a touchdown. Colin Kaepernick threw for 201 yards and a touchdown. Frank Gore rushed for 107 yards on 18 carries. caught three passes for 76 yards.

San Francisco 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo - Garoppolo was very effective versus the Lions, but played more like a game manager than an elite QB as the Niners relied upon an effective running game. Kansas City has allowed the most points per game to opposing QBs so far this season, largely on the power of their offense and the need for teams to throw. Garoppolo is a QB1 this week.

Alfred Morris - Morris had the most carries in the running game, but was outshined by Breida. As the season goes on he will likely lose more and more carries to him as well. The Chiefs have given up the fourth most fantasy points to opposing RBs so far this season, so look for a decent enough workload to provide low-end RB2 numbers.

Matt Breida - Breida was fantastic versus the Lions. He had 11 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown. While 66 yards and the touchdown came on the back of one play, he is a home run hitter with a ton of upside. RB2 with upside. 

Marquise Goodwin - Goodwin missed last week’s game and is questionable for Week 3. If he plays he will fall into the WR3 camp as a high upside play.

Pierre Garcon - Garcon is the top receiver on the team if Goodwin is out, but his upside is still limited as we saw Garoppolo is good at spreading around the targets, so outside of Goodwin all of the wide receivers are lottery tickets. WR4.

George Kittle - Kittle is still a favorite target of Jimmy G, so while Garrett Celek got the TD last week, Kittle is still the better play. TE2.

Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes : Mahomes threw for 326 yards and six touchdowns versus the Steelers. Mahomes has been unstoppable so far early in the season and the Niners defense is not very good either. Should be another big week. QB1.

Kareem Hunt : Hunt was better in Week two an used a bit more, but he has yet to get involved much in the passing game. That being said the Niners were atrocious versus the run last season and while they have been better this year, that may have more to do with the level of competition so far. RB1.

Tyreek Hill : Hill went off once again, catching a TD among the seven passes for 90 yards versus the Steelers. He gets a bad SF secondary this week. WR1.

Sammy Watkins : Watkins didn’t get a touchdown, but he did receive the second most targets on the teams and caught six passes for 100 yards. He should get more work versus the Niners as well, but there is a low floor. WR3.

Travis Kelce : While Kelce struggled in Week 1, he was great in Week 2, catching seven passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns. The niners have struggled defending the tight end so far. TE1.

Prediction: Chiefs win 40-19.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Venue: Lincoln Financial Field(Philadelphia)Sun. 9-23 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 47.5


Indianapolis Colts at Philadelphia Eagles (-6), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last Meeting (9/15/14): Eagles won 30-27. Nick Foles threw for 331 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. LeSean McCoy rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Darren Sproles caught seven passes for 152 yards. Andrew Luck threw for 172 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. Trent Richardson rushed for 79 yards on 21 carries. T.Y. Hilton caught six passes for 65 yards.

Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck - Luck threw for 179 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions versus the Redskins. The Colts really focused on trying to run the ball versus the Redskins who really struggled to get anything going on offense. Luck has yet to look like the old Andrew Luck as he has tried to stretch the field in the first two games. He gets an Eagles secondary that has been great against the pass yet, but can bring pressure. QB2.

Marlon Mack - Mack rushed for 34 yard on 10 carries versus Washington. This was Mack’s first action of the season and the Colts used a committee approach. It will be interesting to see if he continues to split carries or emerges as the #1 back once the rust shakes off. RB3.

Jordan Wilkins - Wilkins has looked like the best back and that appears to be one of the reasons for the committee early in the season. Philly has an elite run defense, but Wilkins is definitely a guy to stash if possible. RB3.

Nyheim Hines - Is currently relegated to the pass catching back role. RB5.

T.Y. Hilton - Hilton is easily the top target i the passing game for Luck. He gets a great matchup with corner Jalen Mills , who has struggled mightily this year so far. WR1.

Ryan Grant - He is the #2, but right now there isn’t enough in the offense to roster Grant in most formats.

Chester Rogers - See above.

Jack Doyle - Doyle was forgotten about versus the Redskins, but that should return to normal and Eric Ebron should fall back into the #2 TE role. TE1.

Eric Ebron - Ebron was impressive with the first quarter touchdown, running a good fade route and going up over the corner to get the ball. He has had short hot streaks before. I am watching him, but I can’t buy in right now.

Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz - Cleared to start. Gets a Colts secondary that has played surprisingly well and the Eagles will likely want to protect him with the running game and shorter, quick throws. QB2 for his return.

Nick Foles - Back to the back up role

Jay Ajayi - It sounds like Ajayi may not play versus the Colts. Would be limited even if he did most likely. RB3.

Corey Clement - Clement looks like he will handle a big workload versus the Colts on Sunday. He has looked great in stretches this year and the Colts haven’t been great versus the run. RB2.

Darren Sproles - Questionable and could get more work in the passing game with Clement already finning in for Ajayi. RB3. .

Alshon Jeffery - Out until Week 4 most likely.

Nelson Agholor - Agholor is one of the few piece of the offense not hurt. He should be very involved in the passing game, especially in shorter routes. WR2.

Mike Wallace - Headed to IR.

Mack Hollins - IR

Zach Ertz - Ertz will be a huge part of the passing game for Wentz as he was for Foles. The Colts have yet to allow a TD to the tight end, but Ertz should challenge that. TE1.

Prediction: Eagles win 20-13.

Oakland Raiders vs. Miami Dolphins

Venue: Sun Life Stadium(Miami Gardens)Sun. 9-23 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 44.5


Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins (-3.5), Sunday, 1:00 pm EST.

Last Meeting (11/5/17): Raiders won 27-24. Derek Carr threw for 300 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 57 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. Jared Cook caught eight passes for 126 yards. Jay Cutler threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns. Kenyan Drake rushed for 69 yards on nine carries. Julius Thomas caught six passes for 84 yards and a touchdown.

Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr - Carr threw for 288 yards and a touchdown versus the Broncos. The offense does still not look great, but the fact that he didn’t throw any picks, speaks volume for the Raiders moving forward. He gets a surprisingly good Dolphins secondary that has allowed the third fewest points per game to opposing QBs. QB3.

Marshawn Lynch - Lynch rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown versus the Broncos. He will likely get another big workload as the Dolphins have not been as good against the run. RB2.

Doug Martin - Just a handcuff.

Amari Cooper - A week after being largely ignored, Cooper received 10 targets in the passing game and caught every pass of 116 yards. He gets a nice matchup versus Xavien Howard, but will likely see a lot of double coverages. Hard to predict what we will get from Cooper. WR2.

Jordy Nelson - Nelson was overshadowed by Martavis Bryant and Seth Roberts in the game versus Denver. It appears that all of the receivers in Oakland’s offense will be hit or miss this season. WR5.

Jared Cook - Cook did not get a ton of targets like in Week 1, but he caught all four he did receive and was able to gain 49 yards on them. He should be the most consistent target in the passing game week-to-week. TE1.

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill - Tannehill threw for 168 yards and two touchdowns versus the Jets.  He also added 44 yards of rushing during the game. Tannehill did most of his damage early and then the Dolphins put it into cruise control a bit. He gets bad Oakland secondary, but is still a QB2.

Kenyan Drake - Drake rushed for 53 yards on 11 carries. He virtually split carries with Frank Gore and while he is obviously the better back, the Dolphins aren’t going to give him the full load apparently. He is an explosive player and should be fine against the Raiders, but the usage is something to monitor. RB2.

Frank Gore - Looks old, but still getting 10+ touches. RB4.

DeVante Parker - Apparently, Parker could have played last week, but the Dolphins held him out. Even if he plays, he is too risky to start. WR5.

Kenny Stills - In spite of a down week. Stills is still the top receiver in the offense. Game script may be similar to last week, so he comes in as a WR3.

Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola - With Parker coming back, it will be hard for these guys to maintain viability.

A.J. Derby and Mike Gesicki - Meh.

Prediction: Dolphins win 23-13.

Green Bay Packers vs. Washington Redskins

Venue: FedEx Field(Landover)Sun. 9-23 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 45.5


Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins (+3), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last Meeting (11/20/16): Redskins won 42-24. Aaron Rodgers threw for 351 yards and three touchdowns. James Starks rushed for 25 yards on nine carries. Jared Cook caught six passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. Kirk Cousins threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns. Robert Kelley rushed for 137 yards on 24 carries. Pierre Garcon caught six passes for 116 yards and a touchdown.

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers - Rodgers threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns versus the Vikings. He clearly struggled with his mobility a week after injuring his knee versus the Bears, but still put up good numbers against a good Vikings defense. He gets a Washington secondary allowing the second fewest points per game to opposing QBs, but is still a must start QB1.

Aaron Jones - Jones returns from suspension, but it is unclear what his role will be now that he is back. That being said, Jamaal Williams has not been good in the first couple of games and this is a nice matchup versus a Redskins defense struggled versus the run last season. Jones is a risky play, but has the highest upside out of these running backs in Green Bay. RB3.

Jamaal Williams -   Williams has not been good in the first few games. Part of that is matchups versus strong defenses and part of that is line play. However, with Jones back, he is bound lose some carries, the question is how many? RB3.

Ty Montgomery - Just not involved enough in the offense.

Davante Adams -  Adams played despite being injured and put up another very good line. The Redskins secondary has played pretty well and he will see a fair amount of Josh Norman , but that shouldn’t stop one of the best QB-WR combos in the league. WR1.

Randall Cobb - Cobb hada bit of a let down versus Minnesota, but while the Redskins has played well against the pass, their weak spot in the secondary is against the slot where Cobb excels. Look for another big week. WR2.

Geronimo Allison - Allison continues to get a bunch of looks in the passing game and has fared very well. This one may be a bit different against Quinton Dunbar , who has been great for Washington. WR4.

Jimmy Graham - Graham rebounded after a disappointing game one for six catches on eight targets for 95 yards. The Redskins have traditionally been awful against opposing tight end, so it is now or never for Graham owners. TE1.

Washington Redskins

Alex Smith - Smith out  threw Andrew .Luck last week,  but lost the game because he couldn’t get the Redskins into the endzone. Smith has not shown any desire to air it out so far, even when down late last week. Smith has a safe floor, but no upside whatsoever. QB2.

Adrian Peterson - Peterson really struggled to get anything going versus a Colts defense that stacked the box the majority of the game. The Packers have yet to allow a rushing touchdown and are allowing the ninth fewest points to opposing RBs. RB3.

Chris Thompson - Having Captain Checkdown at QB may be bad for the offense as a whole, but it is great for Thompson. Thompson received 14 targets versus the Colts and racked up 92 yards on 13 catches. A PPR stud, Thompson is largely overlooked in fantasy. He should get plenty of chances once again this week. RB1.

Jamison Crowder , Josh Doctson , Paul Richardson - Alex Smith has spread the ball around well the first three games and none of these guys are getting enough targets regularly to make much of a difference. All are WR4 lottery tickets.

Jordan Reed - Reed has benefited from Smith as QB as well. As long as he stays healthy he is a stud. TE1.

Prediction: Packers win 37-27.

New York Giants vs. Houston Texans

Venue: NRG Stadium(Houston)Sun. 9-23 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 42


New York Giants at Houston Texans (-6), Sunday, 1:00 pm EST.

Last meeting (9/21/14): Giants won 30-17. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 289 yards, pone touchdown, and three interceptions. Alfred Blue rushed for 78 yards on 13 carries. DeAndre Hopkins caught six passes for 166 yards. Eli Manning threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns. Rashad Jennings rushed for 176 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries. Victor Cruz caught five passes for 107 yards and a touchdown.

New York Giants

Eli Manning - Manning threw for 279 yards and a touchdown versus the Cowboys. In what should have been a really nice matchup for Eli, he was under constant pressure and the Giants struggled to get the running game going for him to help open up the play action. The Texans have been mediocre defensively, but the talent around him keeps him fantasy viable. QB2.

Saquon Barkley - Barkley struggled to find running room behind one of the worst offensive lines in football, but was able to catch 14 passes for 80 yards versus the Cowboys. Saquon is multidimensional and should be productive pretty much every week whether through the ground or air. The Texans have been decent against opposing RBs, but he is still an RB1.

Odell Beckham Jr.- Beckham was largely held in check by the Cowboys by the pass rush, but he should have more chances versus a Johnathan Joseph who’s skills have been in decline the last few years. WR1.

Sterling Shepard - With so many mouths to feed in the offense, it is hard to think Shepard will find much consistency. WR4.

Evan Engram - Engram had a nice game catching all seven of his targets for 67 yards and a score versus Dallas. It was nice to see him bounceback after struggling in Week 1 versus Jacksonville. He gets a Texans defense that struggled Week 1 versus GRonk, but played well against the Titans tight ends that lack talent. Hard to predict what will happen, but Engram is so talented, it is hard not to put him in the TE1 tier.

Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson - Watson was better, but still struggled some versus the Titans. This is in larger part due to his offensive line which looks like a sieve. Having Fuller back gives him another big play threat and three receivers that can work all three levels of the field, but while the upside is still there, it is foolish to think he can put together big games regularly until Houston learns to block. QB1.

Lamar Miller - Miller rushed for 68 yards on 14 carries versus the Titans. Miller also is struggling at times as the line doesn’t get much push. That being said, Miller is getting the larger majority of carries and the Giants have really struggled against the run. RB1.

D’Onta Foreman- Out until after Week 6.

DeAndre Hopkins - Hopkins is a WR1 whenever he steps on the field. If the Texans can run the ball more effectively, it will open up some more opportunities in the passing game as well.

Will Fuller - Fuller returned with a bang versus Tennessee. He caught eight of nine targets for 113 yards and a touchdown. While he is normally know for his big plays, he also worked shorter routes very well which would be a nice step forward for the second year player. He has a tough matchup versus Eli Apple , who has been playing well so far this season. WR2.

Bruce Ellington - Not nearly as interesting now that Fuller is back. WR4.

Prediction: Texans win 30-27.

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Los Angeles Rams

Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum(Los Angeles)Sun. 9-23 @ 4:05 pm EDTOver/Under: 48


Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams (-7), Sunday, 4:05 pm EST.

Last Meeting (11/23/14): The Chargers won 27-24. Shaun Hill threw for 198 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Tre Mason rushed for 62 yards on 16 carries. Stedman Bailey caught seven passes for 89 yards and a touchdown. Philip Rivers threw for 291 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. Ryan Mathews rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Keenan Allen caught six passes for 104 yards and a touchdown.

Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers - Rivers threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns versus the Bills. The Chargers jumped on the Bills early and then then Rivers was able to throw it into cruise control much of the second half. Rivers gets a great defense in the Rams so sledding won’t be as easy in this one. QB2.

Melvin Gordon - Gordon left last week’s game with an injury, but it does not appear to be serious and the lack of return has been characterized as precautionary. The Rams have a great front seven, so Gordon may struggle to find running room especially with the Chargers offensive line struggling a bit. Still an RB1, but there is some risk.

Keenan Allen - Allen has been great again and should get a ton of targets, but the Rams are allowing the fewest points per game to opposing wide receivers. Still Allen is pretty much matchup proof. WR2.

Mike Williams - Williams becomes a boom or bust type play this week against a defense that excels against the passing game. He is the only receiver outside of Allen that is startable for the Chargers against the Rams, but he falls into risky flex territory. WR4.

Antonio Gates - Shockingly, the one position the Rams have not played well against this year is the tight end which makes Gates a sneaky TE1 this week.

Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff - Goff gets his first real test versus the Charger after slicing up the Raiders and Cardinals poor excuses for defenses. The Chargers haven’t played great without Joey Bosa either though, so the Rams shouldn’t have too much trouble rolling in this one. QB2.

Todd Gurley - Gurley continues to roll after just running over the Cardinals defense with three scores. He gets a Chargers defense allowing the ninth most fantasy points per game versus opposing RBs. RB1

Brandin Cooks - Cooks put doubters to rest for the second straight week after catching seven passes for 159 yards versus the Cardinals. While the amount of mouths to feed hasn’t affected the Rams receivers yet, at some point they should play a worthy defense and someone will be the odd man out. Right now it doesn’t look like Cooks though. WR1.

Robert Woods - Woods tied Cooks for most targets on the team, but only managed to get 81 yards on six catches. Woods is a boom or bust prop at this point and could be the most affected in close games. WR3.

Cooper Kupp - Kupp continues to be a safety valve for Goff in the short passing game. I don’t expect this to change. WR3.

Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett - The Chargers have been very good against the tight end this season and you wouldn’t be playing either of these guys anyhow.

Prediction: Rams win 31-27.

Chicago Bears vs. Arizona Cardinals

Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium(Glendale)Sun. 9-23 @ 4:25 pm EDTOver/Under: 38


Chicago Bears at Arizona Cardinals (+6.5), Sunday, 4:25 pm EST.

Last Meeting (9/20/15): The Cardinals won 48-23. Carson Palmer threw for 185 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception. Chris Johnson rushed for 72 yards on 20 carries. Larry Fitzgerald caught eight passes for 112 yards and three touchdowns. Jimmy Clausen threw for 121 yards and an interception. Matt Forte rushed for 61 yards on 15 carries. Martellus Bennett caught four passes for 48 yards.

Chicago Bears

Mitchell Trubisky -  Trubitsky threw for 200 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He was super uneven which has been his M.O. throughout his short career. He gets an atrocious Cardinals defense which keeps him in the QB2 territory for Week 2.

Jordan Howard -  Howard struggled to get much going against the Seahawks, running for 35 yards on 14 carries. However, he still is getting the majority of the work in the passing game out of the backfield. He gets a Cardinals defense that is allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, so he should get a ton of work this week in Arizona. RB1.

Tarik Cohen - Cohen left Monday’s game with an ankle injury, but reports are good that he should be fine for the matchup versus the Cardinals. However, he is nothing more than a change of pace back at this point and Howard should continue to carry the load. RB5.

Allen Robinson - Robinson caught 10 passes for 83 yards and had more than double the targets of anyone else on the offense. That hasn’t translated to a huge game yet, but it will eventually. However, in this game it is likely that the Bears ride Howard making Allen a lower end WR2.

Anthony Miller - Miller hasn’t been a big part of the offense, but he did get into the end zone versus the Seahawks. As the season goes on, Miller should start getting more snaps and targets. Stash him, but don’t start him for now. WR5.

Trey Burton - Once again, Burton wasn’t a huge part of the offense, but he did catch all four of his targets for 20 yards and a touchdown. Burton signed a big deal in the offseason, so it is a matter of time before they get him more involved. When that happens likely depends on Trubitsky development. That being said, he is still a TE1 because of the lack of depth at the position.

Arizona Cardinals

Sam Bradford - Bradford has looked like one of the worst quarterbacks in the league and it doesn’t help he is behind one of the worst lines as well. The Bears have been great defensively this season, shutting down Aaron Rodgers (for a half) and Russell Wilson (for three quarters.) They should have no problem shutting down Bradford. QB3.

Josh Rosen - Any day now...

David Johnson - The lack of line and QB play is killing Johnson. He has a ton of upside which keeps him playable, but right now he is not an RB1. RB2.

Larry Fitzgerald - After getting a ton of targets Week 1, Fitzgerald received only before exiting in the third quarter. He is questionable for Week 3, but the Bears defense keeps him as a low end WR3.

Christian Kirk - Kirk becomes a WR4 if Fitz is out. Otherwise he is unplayable with the way this offense is rolling.

Prediction: Bears win 29-0.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Seattle Seahawks

Venue: CenturyLink Field(Seattle)Sun. 9-23 @ 4:25 pm EDTOver/Under: 41.5


Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks (-1.5), Sunday, 4:25 pm EST

Last Meeting (12/24/17): Seahawks won 21-12. Russell Wilson threw for 93 yards and two touchdowns. rushed for 25 yards on 15 carries. Doug Baldwin caught four passes for 35 yards on a touchdown. Dak Prescott threw for 181 yards and two interceptions. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 97 yards on 24 carries. Dez Bryant caught three passes for 43 yards.

Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott - Prescott continues to defer to Elliott, who is the focal point of the offense. That being said, as teams begin to put everyone in the box, Dak will have to air it out. Last week the Seahawks loaded the box to force Chicago to throw so I would expect them to do it again. With no viable receivers and a conservative game plan, Dak is a QB3.

Ezekiel Elliott - Elliott continues to run against stacked boxes with no passing game supporting him, but he keeps on chugging away. Better defenses will make him struggle, but the Seahawks shouldn’t keep him out of RB1 territory.

Michael Gallup , Allen Hurns , Cole Beasley , Terrance Williams - They should have traded for Josh Gordon . There is no one to trust.

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson - Wilson continues to run for his life behind a terrible offensive line, but somehow makes it work. He gets a Dallas defense that has allowed the fifth most rushing yards to opposing QBs and can be burnt  in the passing game. QB1.

Chris Carson - After it looked like Carson may get the full load after Week 1, he only received six carries and had zero catches. Penny appears to have grabbed the larger part of the share, but it is a committee and it could change on a dime again as neither player has been particularly good. RB4.

Rashaad Penny - Penny rushed for 30 yards on 10 carries. Penny has athleticism, but has yet to be able to show it behind the line in Seattle. He will likely begin to increase his carry count, but is not startable in most formats. RB3.

Doug Baldwin - Doubtful

Tyler Lockett - Lockett stepped up for the Seahawks following the loss of Baldwin to injury. However, he is going to see a lot of Byron Jones who has been the second best corner in the league so far according to Pro Football Focus. He should still see a lot of targets and the Seahawks will likely try and move him around for better matchups. WR2.

Brandon Marshall - Marshall caught four of his six targets for 44 yards. Marshall will continue to be involved, but it was disappointing to see Lockett get the red zone target when Marshall has the big body for a jump ball. Chidobe Awuzie will likely take away a lot space for him, so he is a WR4 this week.

Will Dissly - Dissly caught three passes for 42 yards and a touchdown. Dissly was thought of a pass blocking tight end, but with Baldwin out, he is getting an opportunity to confound expectations. So far, so good. Low-end TE1.

Prediction: Seahawks win 20-18.

New England Patriots vs. Detroit Lions

Venue: Ford Field(Detroit)Sun. 9-23 @ 8:20 pm EDTOver/Under: 53


New England Patriots at Detroit Lions (+6.5), Sunday, 8:20 pm EST.

Last Meeting (11/23/14): Patriots won 34-9. Matthew Stafford threw for 264 yards and an interception. Joique Bell rushed for 48 yards on 19 carries. Golden Tate caught four passes for 97 yards. Tom Brady threw for 349 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. LeGarrette Blount rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns. Brandon LaFell caught nine passses for 98 yards.

New England Patriots

Tom Brady - Brady really struggled versus the Jaguars defense, throwing for only 234 yards and two touchdowns. He rebounded in the second half after falling behind early, but he struggled against the pressure and with the lack of running game. He gets a Lions defense that has now been beaten by Tampa Bay and San Francisco. QB1.

Sony Michel , Rex Burkhead , James White , Jeremy Hill - Welcome to the clusterf that is Bill Belichick running games! Michel looked good in his debut and should start to get more work, but this situation is too difficult to predict at this point.

Julian Edelman - Suspended through Week 4.

Josh Gordon - Traded for next to nothing and probably won’t play this week, but keep an eye out just in case.

Chris Hogan - Hogan bounced back in a big way, snagging both of his touchdowns in the second half versus the Jags. With Gordon arriving and Edelman halfway through his suspension, he will have more competition for targets, but less attention afforded to him by the defense. This week he gets an atrocious Lions defense. WR2.

Phillip Dorsett - Dorsett struggled to get free versus the Jags, but will get a Lions defense that has been torched a lot this season by deep threats. It is risky especially if game script gets more conservative as the lead build, but he is a WR3.

Rob Gronkowski - Was held in check last week, but that shouldn’t happen again. TE1.

Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford - Stafford bounced back versus the Niners to throw for 347 yards and three touchdowns. Stafford has had to throw a lot this season due to game script, but that shouldn’t change versus New England. The Patriots have allowed the 8th most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs and were just torched by Blake Bortles . QB1.

LeGarrette Blount - Blount rushed for 38 yards on eight carries. Blount was able to go after dealing with an injury after Week 1, but he was not effective. As the season goes on, expect to see less and less of him as the Lions hand the running carries off to Kerryon Johnson . RB4.

Kerryon Johnson -  Johnson carried eight times for 43 yards and caught five passes for 23 yards. Johnson didn’t get a ton of run as the Lions fell behind and needed to throw it more, which is Riddick’s role. Johnson has been impressive at times in the running game, but against the Patriots, they will likely be behind, so tempter expectation for him. RB3.

Theo Riddick - Just a passing down back at this point, but that could mean something versus a Patriots team that will likely run up the score after getting embarrassed by Jacksonville. RB3.

Golden Tate - Tate continues to quietly lead the passing game and offense. His 13 targets were a team high and that should continue in the game versus New England. WR2.

Marvin Jones - Jones has been a bit overshadowed by Golladay, but he actually had a few chances to make it a much bigger day for himself. That being said, he is a viable WR3 because of how much the Lions may have to throw.

Kenny Golladay - Golladay has been everything as advertised. He caught six of nine targets for 89 yards and a touchdown. With the amount the Lions are having to throw, Golladay is punching to breakout. It will be interesting to see what happens as the league slow down. WR2.

Prediction: Patriots win 38-13.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Venue: Raymond James Stadium(Tampa)Mon. 9-24 @ 8:15 pm EDTOver/Under: 54


Pittsburgh Steelers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1), Monday, 8:15 pm EST.

Last Meeting (9/28/14): Buccaneers won 27-24. Mike Glennon threw for 302 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Doug Martin rushed for 40 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Louis Murphy caught six passes for 99 yards. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns. Le’veon Bell rushed for 63 yards on 19 carries. Antonio Brown caught seven passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger - Big Ben threw for 452 yards and three touchdowns versus the Chiefs and ran in another. Ben was fantastic in the shootout versus Kansas City rebounding after an ugly game versus the browns. He gets a surprising 2-0 Bucs squad that is allowing the 6th most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. QB1.

Le'Veon Bell - When will you come back to us?!?

James Conner - Connor didn’t do much on the ground, but he made up for some of it in the passing game with five catches for 48 yards. He did score a short rushing TD as well. With Bell out, he is the workhorse of the running game and should find plenty of running room versus a poor Tampa rush defense allowing the third most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs.

Antonio Brown - Brown got an astounding 17 targets in the passing game and still is the focal point of the offense with Bell out. He should flourish against a Tampa defense that can’t defend. WR1.

JuJu Smith-Schuster - Juju outshined everyone in the Pittsburgh offense with 13 catches on 19 targets for 121 yards and a touchdown. Smith-Schuster will continue to be a big part of a game that should be a shootout once again in Tampa. WR2.

James Washington - Even Washington got into the scoring against Kansas City as the Steelers attempted to dig themselves out of an early hole. However, he won’t be as involved every week with so many mouths to feed. WR4.

Jesse James - James caught all five of his targets for 138 yards and a touchdown versus the Chiefs. He gets a Bus defense allowing the sixth most fantasy points per game to the tight end, so he sneaks into the TE1 tier.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston - Suspended through Week 3.

Ryan Fitzpatrick - Fitzmagic has been unbelievable through the first two games. This is his last chance to solidify his starting role with Winston out one more week. That being said, Cinderella will turn into a pumpkin at some point, it just is a matter of when. The Steelers have been awful against the pass so far allowing the second most fantasy points to opposing QBs so far. I still am skeptical to start him over proven studs, but he is worth a stream in some leagues. QB2.

Peyton Barber - Barber turned back into a pumpkin in Week 2 against a good Philadelphia front seven. While the Steelers aren’t as good in that department, it seems like a matter of time before the Bucs give Ronald Jones a shot. Until then, Barber is a low-end RB2.

Ronald Jones - Was inactive a second week in a row. When will he get his shot?

Mike Evans - Evans doubled down on Week 1 to put up great numbers again on the back of 12 targets. He gets a Steelers defense that has been burned repeatedly this year. WR1.

DeSean Jackson - Jackson wasn’t a guarantee to even play, but still went off for four catches for 129 yards and a touchdown. He is boom or bust, but the Steelers have been allowing receivers to boom all over them, so he is a worthy gamble as a low-end WR2.

Chris Godwin - Godwin continues to excel in the Bucs offense with Fitzmagic, but there is only so long that Tampa Bay can keep this up. Godwin has a safer floor than Jackson, but the upside is not quite there. Still a risky play as a WR3.

O.J. Howard - Howard has apparently passes Cameron Brate with his second straight week outperforming him. He caught three passes for 96 yards and a touchdown on four targets. He has a ton of upside and with this offense clicking like it is, he is an easy TE1 against a defense allowing the third most fantasy points to tight ends so far this year.

Prediction:  Steelers win 38-27.


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