We are hours away from the start of the third week of the 2013 NFL season as Andy Reid returns to the City of Brotherly Love with the Kansas City Chiefs to take on the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s also the kickoff of the third week of the fantasy football season. Here’s a look at players that should be in your lineups tonight.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is a must-start. He has been a force with his arm, throwing for 631 yards and four touchdowns against the Washington Redskins and the San Diego Chargers. He has returned to his old form with his legs, adding another 88 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. As long as he can stay healthy, he’s a fantasy force.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has thrown for a modest 396 yards, but he has four touchdowns and 82 rushing yards to make him a viable fantasy option. He has also played mistake-free football.
He’ll have to dial it up against the Philadelphia Eagles due to their high-powered offense. Fortunately, they have yielded 748 yards and five touchdowns through the air. He is a must-start in two-quarterback leagues. He’s a good sleeper option if you’re waiting for a guy like Robert Griffin III to come around.
LeSean McCoy has over 350 total yards in two games for the Eagles. Shady has just one touchdown, but that can be forgiven when you average 175 total yards per game. Kansas City has been stout against the run, giving up 54 yards per game at 2.8 yards per carry, but the Philadelphia Eagles bring a much more explosive run game. Bryce Brown is only a desperation flex play.
Jamaal Charles has 203 total yards and a pair of touchdowns in two games for the Chiefs. The Eagles have struggled defensively, giving up 200 yards on the ground and 748 yards through the air. The dual-threat Charles should have a big day. Knile Davis does not have any fantasy value barring an injury to Charles.
DeSean Jackson has been a monster for the Eagles, racking up 297 yards and a pair of touchdowns already, so he's a must-start. Jason Avant is good at extending drives, but he doesn’t have much fantasy value. Riley Cooper scored last week, but he isn’t a quality play either.
Dwayne Bowe has 86 yards and a touchdown for the Chiefs. He should easily build on those numbers against the Philadelphia Eagles, who have struggled against the pass. Neither Dexter McCluster nor Donnie Avery offer much appeal despite a favorable matchup.
This game offers little in the tight end department. The Eagles got a decent game from Brent Celek in the first week (56 yards, touchdown), but he didn’t catch a pass last week. Zach Ertz had 58 yards last week, but had 11 in Week 1. Neither have shown the consistency to use for fantasy purposes.
Meanwhile, Anthony Fasano has four catches for 34 yards. Look elsewhere.
The Chiefs have been solid defensively, but I don’t trust them against Philly’s high-octane offense. The Eagles have been dreadful. This isn’t the game to use a streaming defense.
Alex Henery has four field goals and seven extra points, as the Eagles have scored at least 30 points in both games. The Chiefs have allowed three field goals and an extra point. He’s a solid play this week.
Ryan Succop has one field goal and six extra points. The Eagles have allowed four field goals and six extra points, making him a sleeper play. I would look elsewhere.
Also check out Lester's Legends Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings.