You can breathe now. The horrible injury-riddled week two of the NFL season is over. Did you make it out alright or are you packed to the gills with injuries? We’ve got you covered for week three, so let’s hope for better outings from some of our star players.
Ryan Tannehill – Last week, Ryan Tannehill threw for over 230 yards and four touchdowns. He also has not yet thrown an interception in 2020. I don’t see that happening in week three when the Titans face off against the Vikings, who have just been abysmal to begin the year. Their defense isn’t going to be able to stop Derrick Henry, which will open up Tannehill, A.J. Brown, and the Titans’ offense to get rolling.
Gardner Minshew II – How does 512 yards and six touchdowns in two weeks sound to you? Good, I’m glad we’re on the same page here. Thursday Night Football is never a great option when we’re talking about fantasy points — unless you played Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb in last week’s Battle for Ohio. However, I’m setting Gardner Minshew II as my starting quarterback this week and I’m going to enjoy watching the fantasy points come hot off the press when the Jaguars take on the pitiful Miami Dolphins.
Kirk Cousins – In most leagues, Kirk Cousins posted negative fantasy points last week. His atrocious 113 yards, three picks, and no touchdowns made for one of the worst showings he’s ever had under center.
No Kirk, I don’t like that because it’s going to continue this week against Tennessee. I don’t believe that Minnesota will be this dreadful throughout the rest of the season, but I also don’t believe this is the week they get it all together. The Titans’ defense may not be stellar but their pass rush is solid enough to cause havoc for Cousins and speed up his internal clock. He’ll make a bad decision or two.
Teddy Bridgewater – The loss of Christian McCaffrey obviously both helps and hurts the stock of just about everyone on the Panthers’ offense. This means the rock-solid Chargers’ defense will have a field day with causing mayhem in the backfield and jamming the Panthers’ receivers at the line of scrimmage. I doubt the Panthers will be in this game for very long, which should mean Bridgewater will be throwing an awful lot just like last week. However, the Los Angeles pass rush will be too much for them to handle.
Running Back Starts
Kenyan Drake – The Detroit Lions gave up 149 yards rushing to the Bears in week one and a monstrous 259 yards on the ground to Green Bay last week. If you add in Kyler Murray being able to use his legs as well as hit DeAndre Hopkins downfield, this one is a no-brainer. Set Kenyan Drake and forget. This should be his big breakout game.
David Montgomery – The Bears face an Atlanta Falcons team that just suffered one of the worst losses in
franchise league history. Their defense could not stop Dallas from coming back in the fourth quarter and it’s not going to improve much in one week. Matt Nagy has backed up his claims to commit to the run game and David Montgomery will see another heavy workload. If Dan Quinn wants to keep his job then he’ll play plenty of zone defense against Mitchell Trubisky, heeding the majority of the Bears’ offense to work through Montgomery and the ground-and-pound attack.
Running Back Sits
Devin Singletary – Having yet to score a touchdown this season, Devin Singletary is bound to continue splitting reps with Zack Moss in the Buffalo backfield. I’ve thought quite highly of the Bills this season and if you’ve been following along, you’ll know I like Josh Allen a lot. However, I think this week is a large step up in competition from what the Bills have faced so far and I don’t foresee Singletary booming for anything more than a graze above double-digit fantasy points. Explore other options here if you can afford to.
J.K. Dobbins – It’s clear that Mark Ingram II is the primary back for Baltimore, but that doesn’t necessarily make J.K. Dobbins a sit. Unless you’re hurting from the plethora of injuries that occurred last Sunday or you have a flex spot that isn’t occupied by anyone worthwhile, then sit Dobbins. It’s too risky of a boom or bust here with the running back tandem for the Ravens. They face the Chiefs, who we know can explode for points at any given moment, which could totally negate the opposing run game.
Wide Receiver Starts
Julian Edelman – I admit I missed big time on this one last week. My trust in Cam Newton was shaky at best, and boy did he prove me wrong.
It’s abundantly clear that Julian Edelman and Cam Newton have built up a nice rapport together to create another dynamic QB1 to WR1 combo like we’re used to seeing with members of the Patriots offense. Will he go off for another 179 yards like last week in Seattle? Who knows with this current Patriots offense, but it’s worth the play every week as long as Newton stays in rhythm.
Tyler Boyd – I’m basing this pick solely off the eye test and Tyler Boyd just seems to be on the same page as Joe Burrow more than A.J. Green has been. Oh, his seven catches for 72 yards and a score definitely help out with the decision as well. This could be another season of people wondering why A.J. Green isn’t the same guy he used to be. Instead, what they should be doing is starting Boyd over Green every week until proven otherwise. Start Boyd and enjoy the eight or nine targets per game.
Wide Receiver Sits
Robby Anderson – This is another tough one because Robby Anderson isn’t necessarily a sit for me, but he’s definitely demoted to a flex option at best. Going up against the Chargers’ tough defense is going to be a difficult task for the Panthers overall and losing McCaffrey to injury will definitely, in theory, increase Anderson’s usage. However, I’d stay away from him this week unless I have no other options at the flex position.
Jarvis Landry – What the heck is going on with Jarvis Landry? I’m not sure, but I do know the Browns’ run game has been firing on all cylinders and the running backs are getting more involved in the passing game as well. Last week, Washington gave up 278 yards in the air to Arizona, which speaks for itself, but Cleveland does not have a receiver on par with Nuk. When the Browns and Washington Football Team go head-to-head this Sunday, I’m not expecting much from Landry. If any receiver can build off recent success, it’ll be Odell Beckham Jr.
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