Fantasy Football Week 3: Everything You Need to Know for Sunday's Action
New York and Washington got Week 3 off to a sleepy start before the scoring fireworks erupted in the fourth quarter. That late flurry surely saved fantasy owners everywhere.
Hopefully, we won't have to wait that long to get rolling on Sunday. And we should hope it doesn't turn out to be another wacky one like Week 2.
If it bit you, shrug it off. It's still early after all; there's plenty of time to bounce back. To wit, let's dive into the Week 3 fantasy football action.
Week 3 Rankings
Here are my top 100 overall rankings for Week 3.
|1||Jamaal Charles, RB, KC||at GB|
|2||Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN||at Det|
|3||Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA||vs. Chi|
|4||Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN||vs. SD|
|5||Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE||vs. Jac|
|6||Antonio Brown, WR, PIT||at StL|
|7||Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT||at StL|
|8||Justin Forsett, RB, BAL||vs. Cin|
|9||Julio Jones, WR, ATL||at Dal|
|10||Mark Ingram, RB, NO||at Car|
|11||Latavius Murray, RB, OAK||at Cle|
|12||Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR||vs. NO|
|13||A.J. Green, WR, CIN||at Bal|
|14||Randall Cobb, WR, GB||vs. KC|
|15||Jeremy Maclin, WR, KC||at GB|
|16||Jimmy Graham, TE, SEA||vs. Chi|
|17||Julian Edelman, WR, NE||vs. Jac|
|18||LeSean McCoy, RB, BUF||at Mia|
|19||Tom Brady, QB, NE||vs. Jac|
|20||Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB||vs. KC|
|21||Frank Gore, RB, IND||at Ten|
|22||Brandon Marshall, WR, NYJ||vs. Phi|
|23||Eddie Lacy, RB, GB||vs. KC|
|24||Joseph Randle, RB, DAL||vs. Atl|
|25||Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT||at StL|
|26||DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU||vs. TB|
|27||Andrew Luck, QB, IND||at Ten|
|28||T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND||at Ten|
|29||Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN||at Det|
|30||Travis Kelce, TE, KC||at GB|
|31||Calvin Johnson, WR, DET||vs. Den|
|32||Allen Robinson, WR, JAC||at NE|
|33||Matt Forte, RB, CHI||at Sea|
|34||Russell Wilson, QB, SEA||vs. Chi|
|35||DeMarco Murray, RB, PHI||at NYJ|
|36||C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN||at Det|
|37||Carlos Hyde, RB, SF||at Ari|
|38||Dion Lewis, RB, NE||vs. Jac|
|39||Carson Palmer, QB, ARI||vs. SF|
|40||Peyton Manning, QB, DEN||at Det|
|41||Melvin Gordon, RB, SD||at Min|
|42||Isaiah Crowell, RB, CLE||vs. Oak|
|43||Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL||at Dal|
|44||Jarvis Landry, WR, MIA||vs. Buf|
|45||Lamar Miller, RB, MIA||vs. Buf|
|46||Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ||vs. Phi|
|47||Mike Evans, WR, TB||at Hou|
|48||Matt Ryan, QB, ATL||at Dal|
|49||Danny Woodhead, RB, SD||at Min|
|50||Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN||at Bal|
|51||Keenan Allen, WR, SD||at Min|
|52||Todd Gurley, RB, STL||vs. Pit|
|53||Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI||at NYJ|
|54||Travis Benjamin, WR, CLE||vs. Oak|
|55||Greg Olsen, TE, CAR||vs. NO|
|56||Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI||vs. SF|
|57||John Brown, WR, ARI||vs. SF|
|58||Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN||at Bal|
|59||Cam Newton, QB, CAR||vs. NO|
|60||T.J. Yeldon, RB, JAC||at NE|
|61||Doug Martin, RB, TB||at Hou|
|62||Philip Rivers, QB, SD||at Min|
|63||Brandin Cooks, WR, NO||at Car|
|64||Amari Cooper, WR, OAK||at Cle|
|65||Ameer Abdullah, RB, DET||vs. Den|
|66||Steve Smith, WR, BAL||vs. Cin|
|67||Terrance Williams, QB, DAL||vs. Atl|
|68||Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF||at Mia|
|69||Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN||vs. Ind|
|70||Marcus Mariota, QB, TEN||vs. Ind|
|71||Kendall Wright, WR, TEN||vs. Ind|
|72||Steve Johnson, WR, SD||at Min|
|73||Owen Daniels, TE, DEN||at Det|
|74||Sam Bradford, QB, PHI||at NYJ|
|75||LeGarrette Blount, RB, NE||vs. Jac|
|76||Davante Adams, WR, GB||vs. KC|
|77||Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN||at Bal|
|78||Donte Moncrief, WR, IND||at Ten|
|79||Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA||vs. Buf|
|80||Vincent Jackson, WR, TB||at Hou|
|81||David Johnson, RB, ARI||vs. SF|
|82||Golden Tate, WR, DET||vs. Den|
|83||C.J. Spiller, RB, NO||at Car|
|84||Andre Johnson, WR, IND||at Ten|
|85||Heath Miller, TE, PIT||at StL|
|86||Allen Hurns, WR, JAC||at NE|
|87||Tyrod Taylor, QB, BUF||at Mia|
|88||James Jones, WR, GB||vs. KC|
|89||James Starks, RB, GB||vs. KC|
|90||Blake Bortles. QB, JAC||at NE|
|91||Jason Witten, TE, DAL||vs. Atl|
|92||Chris Polk, RB, HOU||vs. TB|
|93||Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA||vs. Chi|
|94||Teddy Bridgewater, QB, MIN||vs. SD|
|95||Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI||at Sea|
|96||Mike Wallace, WR, MIN||vs. SD|
|97||Anquan Boldin, WR, SF||at Ari|
|98||Andy Dalton, QB, CIN||at Bal|
|99||Torrey Smith, WR, SF||at Ari|
|100||Nick Foles, QB, STL||vs. Pit|
- Josh McCown, Cleveland Browns (concussion): Just when we were warming up to Johnny Football, Josh McCown has to come to muck things up for fantasy owners everywhere. At least his pass-catchers have a good matchup.
- Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (ribs): For a minute it looked like Dan Orlovsky time in Detroit, but Matthew Stafford is good to go. Unfortunately for him, he plays against a tough Broncos defense.
- LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles (hamstring): The news gets better out of Buffalo as LeSean McCoy is no longer iffy heading into the weekend. He could have a big week against Miami's linebackers.
- Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers (leg): Well, the Week 1 euphoria quickly turned for Carlos Hyde and the 49ers. It looks like he'll be back for more lead-back duties this week against the Arizona Cardinals, though.
- A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (knee): There is never a good time to bench Green when he's healthy, and that appears to be the case here.
- Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (shoulder): A tougher matchup against the Seahawks secondary didn't help matters for Randall Cobb last week. Kansas City's defense is no slouch, but he's looking better the further he is from his AC sprain.
- Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (hamstring): It seems big-time wideouts are dinged up early this season. Julio Jones didn't practice last week and had another big game. He should be just fine.
- Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys (ankle): As you can see in the video above, the situation looked bleak for Jason Witten to play this week. But as we know from his rapid return from a ruptured spleen, Witten is as tough as they come. The trouble is Brandon Weeden is his quarterback.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers (ankle)
Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers (ankle)
A pair of injured ankles means a pair of problems for the Packers and fantasy owners everywhere. Green Bay plays on Monday night, making Eddie Lacy and Davante Adams rather risky propositions.
Adams was able to return to action last week, so he might have a better shot to play than his cohort. But neither practiced this week until Friday, and all it involved was individual drills.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (hamstring)
We are learning what happens when you take a running back who garnered 500 regular and postseason touches last season and put him on a team with a far inferior offensive line.
It looks like DeMarco Murray will be fine to play this week, but that doesn't mean he will have a fine fantasy output. His Week 1 showing was a product of a pair of touchdowns—he is averaging 0.5 yards per attempt this season.
Against the Jets, it's best to stay away.
Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets (quadriceps)
We first heard of Chris Ivory's injury in the middle of Week 2, and he was questionable until he was declared active on Monday. Ivory had a mediocre outing against the Indianapolis Colts, posting just 57 yards on 14 rushing attempts after a big Week 1.
The extra rest probably helped him get into the starting lineup, but he won't have such a luxury this week. Instead, Ivory is gimpy heading into Week 3 on a short week.
He did practice, which is a good sign for his availability this week. But that quad might render him ineffective until it heals up for good.
Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins (ankle)
Jordan Cameron, TE, Miami Dolphins (groin)
Miami's offense sputtered in the second half as key players exited the game with injury. Lamar Miller and Jordan Cameron were two of those guys, and they remain question marks heading into Week 3.
They both have a good chance of playing, but the matchup is less than ideal. Miller hasn't been utilized as much as promised this season, and Cameron is simply not Rob Gronkowski. Though who is, really.
Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints (ankle)
With Drew Brees sitting out and cornerback Josh Norman lurking, Brandin Cooks should be out of lineups everywhere regardless of his injury status. The fact he has barely practiced this week on a balky ankle should be the final nail in his Week 3 coffin.
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (shoulder)
This should make it easier on you to bench every Saint on your roster not named Mark Ingram. Brees' absence simply makes everyone else too risky.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears (hamstring)
It's probably best that Alshon Jeffery is out heading into the weekend. With Jimmy Clausen at quarterback and Richard Sherman and Co. backed by the 12th Man in Seattle this week, the Bears offense is in for a long Sunday. There was no need to tempt fate with Jeffery in your lineup.
Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts (ankle)
Perennially banged up, Dwayne Allen is going to miss this week's matchup against the Tennessee Titans. The softer matchup would have been nice, and Coby Fleener figures to benefit from Allen's absence.
Sleepers and Busts
Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
You can chalk last week's nice performance up to a fluke. Or you can view it as a preview of things to come for Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles.
The second-year starter torched Miami's supposedly vaunted defense deep on several occasions, showcasing rapport with nascent wideout Allen Robinson.
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets
This is mostly dependent on Chris Ivory's availability after a short week with a quad injury. Should Ivory be unable to go—or if he is even just limited—Bilal Powell becomes a real nice option, particularly in points-per-reception leagues.
Cecil Shorts, WR, Houston Texans
Cecil Shorts was a decent sleeper option last week against the Carolina Panthers, but he couldn't parlay 12 targets into a big game.
This week he gets another shot against a Tampa Bay defense that was destroyed by the Tennessee Titans just two weeks ago. While the Buccaneers certainly looked better against the New Orleans Saints, they aren't going to become the Seahawks anytime soon.
Another healthy target count for Shorts could see him go boom in the fantasy realm.
Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Allen Robinson had a huge week and figures to build on that against a weak New England secondary. His teammate hasn't quite gotten things going from a fantasy perspective, though. This could be the week he scores a big game.
Allen Hurns, you may recall, opened up his career with a massive game against a soft Philadelphia Eagles defense. He has a great ability to get open deep, which could come in handy as the Jaguars try to keep up with the Patriots.
Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears
Without the benefit of their starting quarterback or No. 1 receiver, the Chicago Bears are traveling to Seattle to face a presumably angry Seahawks defense welcoming safety Kam Chancellor back into the fold and backed by the 12th Man.
What do you think is going to happen?
Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions
The Denver Broncos have simply stonewalled opposing offenses thus far this season. Led by cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris, that unit has allowed just 10 receptions for 102 yards to all opposing wideouts combined through two games.
With Matthew Stafford hurting, look for Wade Phillips' unit to bring the wood this week. Sadly, Calvin Johnson hasn't been a weekly fantasy staple for a while now, and this week will be tough on his owners.
Every week we'll take a look at one player from each position who you should be starting, looking beyond the obvious guys of course.
Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
The only reason Andrew Luck is listed here is because I got a question about starting him this week. Unless you also have Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or another elite option, the answer is a resounding yes.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers
He's a bit banged up heading into this week, but Jonathan Stewart has a real nice matchup against the Saints this week. Not only has the New Orleans defense given up the 10th-most fantasy points to running backs over the first two weeks, but Carolina could make this a laugher early against quarterback Luke McCown.
A bigger lead means more rushing attempts, which is good news for Stewart.
Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The stars are coming out for this week's Start 'Em.
An injury stalled Mike Evans out of the gate in 2015, and his big goose egg scalded his fantasy owners last week. Have no fear, though—he will get on track soon enough.
With no setbacks, Evans should be on the field for most of the game this week.
"I'm looking forward to it. I'm full-go. I won't be on a pitch count. It's exciting, and hopefully we'll get the win."
Those words from Evans, courtesy of Andrew Astleford of ESPN.com, refer to his limited snap count in Week 2. More snaps and a healthier practice week make for a bounce-back performance from the big wideout.
Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks
In a similar boat to Andrew Luck, Jimmy Graham had an awful Week 2 showing, and his fantasy owners panicked.
Never fear, the Bears are here!
Graham's one-reception outing against Green Bay didn't just have fantasy owners frustrated—the man himself wasn't happy, per Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times: "It’s just the way it’s worked out. I’m not panicked by that at all. It maybe sounds like some other people are really worried about it, but we are working on it and it’s going to get worked out."
You shouldn't be too worried either, though his days as the top tight end were numbered as soon as he was traded to the run-happy Seahawks.
Philadelphia Eagles D/ST
You may recall the Eagles defense going off for huge fantasy scores several times last season. Takeaways and big returns drove those big outputs despite a relatively poor defense.
That hasn't been the case so far this season. The Jets may have looked good against the Indianapolis Colts last week, but Ryan Fitzpatrick was throwing up plenty of interception-worthy passes. Philadelphia's return game could also strike at any given moment.
Every week we'll take a look at one player from each position who you should be sitting, looking beyond the obvious guys of course.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
For a while it looked like Matthew Stafford might have to miss this week with a rib injury. He'll be starting, though, which is good news for the Detroit Lions.
Unfortunately, Stafford gets to face a vaunted Denver Broncos defense that has allowed just 8.5 standard fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks in the young season. That is by far the stingiest in the league.
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
If there is a running back you don't want, it's a mediocre rookie going up against a team that is probably going to put up a ton of points.
As soon as the New England Patriots get out to that 17-point lead, T.J. Yeldon is going to disappear like a David Copperfield prop.
Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Ever the boom-or-bust proposition, Torrey Smith is more likely to be the latter this week against cornerback Patrick Peterson and the Arizona Cardinals. You might be tempted to roll with him after his big Week 2 last week, but this will be a closer game against a much better defense.
In other words, quarterback Colin Kaepernick isn't going to be slinging it all second half long against the Steelers secondary.
Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys
Sure, he's tough, but Jason Witten shouldn't be in lineups with comparable alternatives this week. His injury aside, Tony Romo—the biggest reason for Witten's fantasy success over the years—is out with a broken clavicle, and Brandon Weeden is a far cry from Kyle Orton as a backup.
St. Louis Rams D/ST
You probably drafted the St. Louis defense early if the Rams are on your roster. That doesn't mean you should start them no matter what. Stubbornness killed the fantasy owner, after all.
The Rams face a potent Steelers attack that eviscerated the 49ers last week. That's the same San Francisco defense that throttled the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1.
Granted, there is no commutative property in football, but Le'Veon Bell's return only adds to the danger here. This is going to be a high-scoring affair.
The DraftKings Scoop
Here is the Week 3 rundown for DraftKings, if you are of that persuasion.
chalk (n.)—a player considered to be a consensus pick or a “must-start” option for a given DFS contest, especially in cash games.
Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots ($4,200)
Any minute now Bill Belichick is going to spring his fantasy football trap. Fortunately for DFS players, you'll have good company if Dion Lewis gives way to LeGarrette Blount this week.
Lewis has looked great thus far, but Belichick is notoriously capricious with his running backs. Still, it's hard to ignore the value he presents this week, especially with his pass-catching ability.
Travis Benjamin, WR, Cleveland Browns ($4,200)
It's hard to believe Benjamin's price considering he's No. 3 in fantasy scoring on the season so far.
Sure, he's no Josh Gordon, but two weeks of big-play production hasn't won him much respect yet. A great matchup against the Oakland Raiders combined with a $4,200 price tag is going to put him on a ton of DFS rosters this weekend.
In other words, you'll be sailing or swimming with a crowd this week in cash games.
Incidentally, you should absolutely fade Benjamin in GPP contests, where you want differentiators in your lineups.
Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots ($7,000)
He's priced much higher than Benjamin, but Edelman has a fantasy pedigree and a fantastic start himself. So why is he just $7,000?
Whatever the case may be, he is a great value in this PPR format because he'll catch a lot of passes. Even if he doesn't get into the end zone, Edelman has a high floor.
New England Patriots D/ST
Are you sensing a theme? All Patriots are just fantastic options until further notice.
The Cash Plays
cash game (n.)—a contest in which at least 40 percent of the entrants earn a prize. High-floor players are desirable in cash games.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos ($8,000)
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos ($7,600)
Two receivers from the same team as cash guys? You betcha.
While the Lions didn't give up nearly as many fantasy points to Vikings wideouts last week, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are a bit tougher outs. They are certainly better than Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson, who torched Detroit's secondary in Week 1.
Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons ($9,000)
He might be listed as questionable on the injury report, but this is shaping up to be a weekly theme for Julio Jones and the Atlanta Falcons. He should be a go, and Jones is the new Megatron—a top-10 fantasy option every week who is worthwhile fitting into cash lineups wherever you can.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs ($7,400)
How will the Chiefs keep up with the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field? One way would be to try to control the clock and keep the ball out of reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers' hands.
Good luck with that—the Packers will eventually have the ball, and they will score points.
That's what makes Charles such a beautiful cash game option for Week 3—the Chiefs will turn to him to either grind clock or play catch-up. The latter would be particularly tantalizing from a PPR standpoint.
stack (v.)—rostering two to three players from the same NFL team with the hope that if one player performs extremely well, then the other one to two players will also benefit.
Tom Brady, QB ($7,400) and Julian Edelman, WR ($7,000) or Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots ($7,400)
It's debatable whether stacking in cash games is a good idea. When so many people are utilizing an offense's players, though, the optics improve. When it involves Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, well, how much better-looking can that get?
The Patriots look like a team scorned, and the Jacksonville Jaguars are next on the hit list. It's going to be a bloodbath in Foxborough this weekend. You'll want in on the fantasy scoring.
Peyton Manning, QB ($7,400) and Demaryius Thomas, WR ($8,000) or Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos ($7,600)
We've already been over why Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are good cash plays. You could pair them with vintage Peyton Manning—perhaps opening up a can circa 2003—for some nice fantasy scoring all around.
Of course, Manning is no spring chicken. But the Lions secondary gave up a ton of fantasy points to Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and his pass-catchers in Week 1, and we could see more of the same against Manning and Co.
Blake Bortles, QB ($5,100) and Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars ($5,100)
It might be a bloodbath in Foxboro, but that doesn't mean Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson won't score you some fantasy points. If the Patriots get out to a huge lead, garbage time will come early.
Even if that doesn't happen, the Patriots defense isn't exactly one of the best in the league. That unit has given up the third-most fantasy points to receivers and fourth-most to quarterbacks thus far this year.
As GPP stacks go, this is a juicy one both for combined price and upside.
Marshawn Lynch, RB ($7,400) and Seattle Seahawks D/ST ($3,400)
Using the highest-priced defense might be difficult to stomach, but this stack could pay huge dividends in both cash and GPP contests.
The Seahawks are huge favorites at home against a maimed Bears squad. Tyler Lockett adds an exciting return dimension to an already fierce defense. With a big lead comes many rushing attempts, and Marshawn Lynch may be the best closer in the game.
The GPP Plays
GPP (n.)—stands for “Guaranteed Prize Pool.” It is a type of tournament for which the daily fantasy sports site promises a specific prize pool amount to be divided among the winners regardless of entry count.
Gavin Escobar, TE, Dallas Cowboys ($2,600)
Jason Witten is a go for this week, but Gavin Escobar has been regularly involved in the passing attack. With the opposing defense likely zeroing in on his elder teammate, Escobar could find himself running free more than a handful of times this week.
Nick Foles, QB, St. Louis Rams ($5,200)
You saw what happened last week in Pittsburgh. The Steelers got out to a massive lead against the San Francisco 49ers, and quarterback Colin Kaepernick had a fantasy field day in the second half as a result.
We could see a similar script in St. Louis this week, especially with Le'Veon Bell back with the Steelers. A high-scoring game would be the tide that lifts all fantasy boats, and Nick Foles could be the captain of your GPP squad.
Oh, and it helps that the Steelers have a terrible pass defense.
Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars ($3,700)
While Allen Robinson is probably too good a value to pass up if you must put a Jaguar into your lineup, Allen Hurns is a really nice GPP option who is $1,500 cheaper.
Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts ($3,000)
You might recall Coby Fleener was a top-10 fantasy tight end last season with Dwayne Allen missing much of the year. Well, Allen is out this week, and the Colts offense should move the ball much better against the Titans than it did against the Bills and Jets.
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets ($3,000)
Again, this is really incumbent upon Chris Ivory not playing. But at minimum salary, Powell could provide a nice return on investment regardless of Ivory's playing status.
That's because he's a pass-catching back who could be called upon more often than usual if the Jets get into a shootout with the Eagles. In this PPR format, every catch is valuable.
Daily fantasy definitions courtesy of Cracking DraftKings over at FootballGuys.com.
Last-Minute Waiver Options
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets
This is for all you Chris Ivory owners out there. If he is one of your starters, you might want to mosey on over to the waiver wire and grab Bilal Powell just in case Ivory is a scratch.
If you aren't an Ivory owner, we've talked about Powell being a sleeper this week.
Indianapolis Colts D/ST
It's likely most of the defenses with good matchups this week are taken. One of those should be on your waiver wire, however—the Indianapolis Colts.
True, the Colts defense isn't very good, but a game against inexperienced quarterback Marcus Mariota and that offensive line could yield some turnovers and a potential score.
Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
If you are desperate at wide receiver—say you drafted Alshon Jeffery and Dez Bryant, for example—then Allen Hurns could really stem the bleeding this week.
He is the No. 2 receiver for the Jaguars, so his floor should be higher than many other options in his tier. Add the upside of a game against a soft defense where his team will be playing catch-up and he very well could break into the top 20 this week.
What Other Experts Are Saying
Need more reason to stick Nick Foles in a lineup or three? Matt Harmon writes at NFL.com that the St. Louis quarterback will have a great week thanks to a fantastic matchup this week:
While there are certainly safer quarterbacks, no one has a better matchup. Through two weeks of the season, no defense has allowed more fantasy points to the quarterback position than the Pittsburgh Steelers. Of course, you can chalk up Week 1 to facing Tom Brady in the first act of his revenge tour, but that seems less excusable when you factor in Colin Kaepernick's big Week 2. Pittsburgh is currently allowing 27.1 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. It's not hard to see when you watch the film that Pittsburgh currently fields one of the worst secondaries in the NFL.
ESPN's Matthew Berry hates Matthew Stafford even more than I do this week:
Stafford is another banged-up guy going against an elite defense, as the Broncos have yet to give up a touchdown pass this season. Coming off the Thursday night game with extra time to prepare, the Broncos' four INTs this season are tied for the most in the NFL, and man, can they pressure the QB. My guess is Stafford starts this game, but I'm not super confident he finishes it.
Brandon Funston doesn't like Martellus Bennett much better in his Sit/Start piece at Yahoo.com:
Ok, I have to put at least one Bears player on the sit list so I can use the space to talk about the red light designation for all parts of the Chicago passing game in a Jimmy Clausen world. Seattle is a two touchdown favorite in this game, the kind of spread you rarely see in the NFL. I expect Chicago to try its best to run the ball and, when not running the ball, it's going to be almost all dink-n-dunk in the passing game. With Clausen likely to finish in the 150-175 yards passing range, Matt Forte is probably the only Bears player I'd be considering this week, because he could end up being Clausen's leading receiver, too.