Week 3 Use ‘Em Lose ‘Em

Use ‘Em


Matt Ryan– He’s the #1 player in fantasy football through two weeks and gets to play New Orleans on Monday night. New Orleans played better on defense against the Giants, but still allowed Eli Manning to throw for 368 yards. I think is the last week of elite production you’re going to sell Ryan now would be the time to sell. After what should be at least another top 10 week against the Saints he has Carolina, Denver and Seattle consecutively.

Phillip Rivers- The Colts defense got shredded by Matthew Stafford in week 1 and let Trevor Siemian throw for 266 against them. Rivers is coming in hot after torching the Jags for 4 TD’s last week and should have another top 10 week here.

Blake Bortles- He had an acceptable fantasy day against the Chargers, but the Jaguars were blown out in the game. Baltimore hasn’t been tested in the secondary by a good passing team yet(Bills, Browns) and Bortles will be a top 10 play this week.

Sam Bradford- A sneaky deep league option for this week. The Panthers let the 49ers hang around and score 27 points against them. Blaine Gabbert of all crappy QB’s, was QB10 in fantasy last week against the Panthers. Bradford will finish as a top 15 QB and continue his connection with Stefon Diggs and the new Vikings offense.


Melvin Gordon- I guess he’s earned starter status. He’s RB4 through two weeks and gets and easy match-up against the Colts, don’t think twice about it.

Charles Sims/Theo Riddick- They are both going to see a bump in usage now that they are the primary RB’s on their respective teams. Both have value in PPR and will finish as top 15 PPR backs this week.


Stefon Diggs- It’s not a fluke. Get him in your line-ups.

Willie Snead, Brandin Cooks- Last week Snead proved his is legit, having a good fantasy day on what was overall a bad game for the Saints offense. He scored the lone TD for the Saints last week and caught 5 of his 8 targets for 54 yards. Snead will finish as a top 10 fantasy wideout this year and is a must start, especially against a Falcons defense giving up 7 passing TD’s in two weeks. Cooks had a down game against the Giants but should bounce back against at home, where he has been a much better player so far in his career. Cooks is 16 catches, 371 yards and 7 touchdowns better at home for his career, and should have a nice bounce back against the Falcons.

Travis Benjamin, Tyrell Williams- They are the two receivers Phillip Rivers has left after Keenan Allen tore his ACL in week 1 and Danny Woodhead tore his in week 2. Benjamin and Williams have 25 of Phillip Rivers 60 total targets through two weeks. If you take away the targets that went to Allen and Woodhead, then of active players Williams and Benjamin have 25 out of 45 available targets, which is over 50%. The Colts are bad and their defense is really bad.

Victor Cruz, Sterling Shepard and Odell Beckham Jr.- Eli Manning has thrown 43 of his 69 passes to one of these three receivers through two weeks. I think they are all usable in fantasy this year and should be able to have success against Washington this week. Beckham still leads the bunch in targets(19 to Cruz and Shepard’s 12 targets) but I don’t think he is a top 5 auto-start player this year. The ball is going to get spread around and they could all be usable, like they were last week.

Larry Fitzgerald- The Bills defense is floundering and Fitzgerald is off to another hot start this year. He is the 4th best fantasy WR through the first two games and should be a must start here and going forward. Michael Floyd and John Brown are both inconsistent and droppable players. It looks like the bulk of the fantasy value will be Palmer, David Johnson and Fitz this year.

Jarvis Landry- Cleveland is a bad team, and Landry is coming off a good garbage time stat line from last week. With Arian Foster out Landry and DeVante Parker will see more passes their way, as the Dolphins will platoon Jay Ajayi and Kenyan Drake at RB. The Browns have given up two TD’s to opposing wideouts in each of the first two games and I think Landry scores in this game

Mike Wallace- Keep the touchdowns coming! He has three TD’s in the first two games and he’ll find the end zone again against the Jaguars.


Kyle Rudolph- Bradford connected with Rudolph for a TD against the Packers and seemed to have the most chemistry with Rudolph after Stefon Diggs. Vance McDonald just torched the Panthers for a 75 yard TD so I imagine Rudolph will find some success.

Dennis Pitta- If he’s going to as involved as he was against the Browns(9 catches on 12 targets for 102 yards) going forward, he’s a must start player.

Clive Walford- If he’s involved in the passing game he’ll make plays. Playing third fiddle to Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper caps his ceiling but he’s a good deeper league play and will finish top 15 this week.

Eric Ebron- The Packers have allowed a TD to Julius Thomas and above mentioned Kyle Rudolph and the 4th best match-up for fantasy TE’s. Ebron had a score taken away from him last week but could find himself back in the end zone this Sunday.

Special Teams

Nick Folk/Cairo Santos- I expect a lot of field goals in this game. The Chiefs offense fell stagnant against the Texans and the Jets offense is going to take a step back from the juggernaut it looked against Buffalo.

49ers D/ST- The Seahawks have scored 15 points this season and are having major issues along the offensive line. The 49ers shut out the Rams, who just held the Seahawks to 3 points. Russell Wilson is hurt and if the Seahawks can’t find any success running the ball they won’t sniff 20 points this week.

Ravens/Dolphins D/ST- Start your defenses against the Browns/Jaguars right? The Browns are giving up the 3rd most points to opposing defenses through two weeks and the Jaguars just let San Diego’s atrocious defense score double digit fantasy points against them.

Broncos D/ST- They are still an auto-start defense and this week against a good Cincinnati team is no different.

Raiders D/ST- They have struggled mightily this year but the Titans are dead last in points allowed to opposing fantasy defenses.

Buccaneers D/ST- They are looking to bounce back against the Rams after getting throttled by the Cardinals. They get a Rams offense that is yet to score a TD through two games this year. They are a good streaming flier or deep league play.

Lose ‘Em


Andy Dalton- Not against the Broncos defense. He’s been solid so far but the Broncos defense makes him a no go this week

Russell Wilson- This is exactly the kind of Boom or Bust play I thought we would see out of Wilson this year. He started off really slow last year and it’s happening again here. I can’t trust him in my line-up until I see him deliver on the field at this point.

Blaine Gabbert- Don’t get cute. Just because he had a good garbage time game against the Panthers doesn’t mean he’s a fantasy relevant QB. He finishes outside the top 20 this week.


Carlos Hyde- He struggled against the Panthers last week and Seattle isn’t any easier a match-up. Seattle is giving up the 4th least amount of fantasy points to opposing RB’s. The road gets easier for Hyde going forward though.

Eddy Lacy- Another prove it guy. He hasn’t done anything noteworthy yet this year and should be out of your line-ups until he does.

Jeremy Hill- A TD dependent player who I don’t think scores this week.

Matt Jones- The Giants have quietly allowed the 5th fewest fantasy points to opposing RB’s so far this year. Jones hasn’t looked quite right since coming back from injury and I expect more passing than running for Washington this week.


Golden Tate/John Brown- Neither guy should be in your line-up until they can prove they are a bigger part of the offense. Stafford is spreading the ball to Riddick, Ebron, Marvin Jones, Anquan Boldin and Tate and their isn’t enough around to make him a fantasy commodity. The workload some thought he would receive after Calvin Johnson left isn’t there. Brown meanwhile is MIA the first two weeks of the year. He has been outscored by Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and even Jaron Brown. He’s not worth the roster spot right now.

DeVante Parker- He did nothing in week 1 and had a good junk time stat line in week 2. I’m not buying anyone other than the PPR machine, Jarvis Landry, on the Dolphins.

Randall Cobb- Let me know when he does something worth mentioning. The Packers offense is struggling right now and both Cobb and Davante Adams are not fantasy relevant right now. Jordy Nelson is fine, but a clear WR2 for me.


Gary Barnidge- Not fantasy relevant, should not be owned.

Special Teams

Time to drop your crappy Kickers! Anyone ranked below 15th should not be rostered.

Packers D/ST- Detroit could win this game and the Packers benefitted from a bad Vikings O-line last week.

Dallas- Don’t get cute because Cutler is out. This is still a talent deficient group and I don’t see a big game here.


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