Yay or Nay Week 3:
Week 3 is upon us so let’s get right into it!
QB’s I say Yay to Week 3:
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles: Wentz has thrown for over 300 yards in his past two games and although his pass percentage may not be out of this world, he is taking care of the football and getting the ball into the end zone. The Giants defense has been exposed by both Matthew Stafford and Dak Prescott and have shown no signs of progress so I would not be surprised if Wentz throws for 300 yards again.
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys: Coming off the arguable worst performance in his NFL career against the toughest defense in the league, I think that Dak bounces back against a struggling Cardinals defense. The Cardinals defense has been nowhere near expected so I believe that the Cowboys will be able to run the ball easily which will open the passing game for Dak. Although I do not like Dez who will most likely be shadowed by Peterson, I think Dak exposes the rest of that defense that has been performing below expectation.
QB’s I say Nay to Week 2:
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks: The Seattle Seahawks offense, has been struggling to begin the NFL season. They have got one touchdown in 8 quarters of play and it was off a broken play where Wilson scrambled and found Paul Richardson (WHO?) for an 8-yard touchdown. He has always been a slow starter but now he is playing a Tennessee defense that isn’t great but also isn’t bad. In addition to playing a good defense, Wilson is losing weapons in the passing game. Graham is injured and listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, Jermaine Kearse was traded, and Doug Baldwin has struggled. I think that the Seahawks will continue to struggle until at least the end of September.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburg Steelers: Just in case people haven’t caught on, Ben Roethlisberger is nowhere near as good on the road as he is at home. He could barely get it done against the Browns in Cleveland which makes me nervous as he heads into Soldier Field where the Bears are not as bad as people think at home. Their pass defense is strong and I do not think that Big Ben will be anywhere near productive as he is at Heinz Field.
RB’s I say Yay to Week 3:
Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks: He has been the most effective back in Seattle. He has clearly won the starting job over the likes of Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls. With the passing game struggling I would expect him to get a heavy workload against the Titans. The Titans rank 15th against the run so I expect him to be able to have a consistent day with the heavy workload he is lined up to get.
Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers: While Christian McCaffrey get all the news in Carolina, Jonathan Stewart has quietly been doing his work. He is splitting carries with McCaffrey and he gets the goal line work. Against a New Orleans team that will likely give up lots of points I expect Stewart to find his way into the end zone at least once this week.
RB’s I say Nay to Week 3:
LeGarrette Blount, Philadelphia Eagles: Guess how many touches he got in week 2? 1. Guess how many runs he got in week 2? Zero. It is clear he is not the guy in Philadelphia. I don’t think he should be on any rosters unless it is a 16-team league. That is a team that cannot run the football and Blount should not be owned.
DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans: Murray is listed as questionable going up against a tough Seattle front seven. I think that the Titans will split the workload between Murray and Henry. Even in that circumstance I like Henry more than Murray. Murray has not looked like the same running back that fantasy owners loved last year.
WR I say Yay to Week 3:
Odell Beckham Jr, New York Giants: A healthier Odell Beckham Jr. is looking likely to play against the Philadelphia Eagles. That secondary has been very beat up, but even when it isn’t it is not very good. The rest of the New York offense has shown an inability to move the chains without Odell, so I expect Odell to go off in Philadelphia.
Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars: While the Jaguars might not be relative during the first 3 quarters of a game, they do make an impact in garbage time. Bortles had just 41 yards in the first half against the Titans, but by the fourth quarter when the game had gotten out of hand he started getting things going. While garbage time means nothing in the NFL it can me lots of points for receivers like Lee and Hurns. I believe that the Jaguars will be down big again against the Ravens and Lee will have a serviceable day.
WR I say Nay to Week 3:
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys: Dez will most likely be shadowed by Patrick Peterson, one of the best corners in the league. Since Peterson has been one of the few bright spots in the Cardinals defense so far, I think that Dak will look the other way to different receivers like Cole Beasley and Bryce Butler.
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Minnesota defense is not nearly as formidable as it was last season but Xavier Rhodes is still one of the best Cornerbacks in the league. Rhodes held Antonio Brown to just 62 yards in Week 2 and held Michael Thomas to 45 yards in Week 1. I think that Rhodes is a true lockdown corner that will follow Evans all over the field. I think this will be a big game for DeSean Jackson, who they did look for in a couple of deep shots last week that did not connect. I wouldn’t expect Evans to be out of the equation completely but I would expect him to be slowed down in a big way.
TE’s I say Yay to Week 3:
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys: Witten has been a big part of the passing game, in a game against the Broncos where the receivers were locked up for the most part, Witten caught 10 for 97 yards and a touchdown. Since I expect Dez Bryant to struggle I think that Dak will look to Jason Witten for this game. I think the legendary tight end will be a usable tight end for the rest of the year.
Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints: It looks like Fleener and Brees have finally gotten on the same page as Fleener has caught a touchdown in back to back weeks. I think that Fleener again has a chance to fall into the end zone behind that high-powered offense. I think Brees will continue to look Fleener’s way in goal to go situations, especially this week since it is Willie Snead’s last game suspended.
TE’s I say Nay to Week 2:
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings: Rudolph has proven to fall into the end zone more than most tight ends but I view him no higher than Austin Hooper, Jack Doyle, and Eric Ebron. Tight ends like these are just streamers who you are playing hoping that they will fall into the end zone. Rudolph hasn’t found the end zone this season and if Bradford stays out for an extended period of time I don’t see him finding the end zone.
Cameron Brate/O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Both these tight ends would be good if they were on different teams but the truth is they eat into each-other’s snaps and don’t help anybody. Brate and Howard are both good but one is not significantly better than the other. The Buccs have two good tight ends, resulting in them to have none for fantasy purposes.
Defense streamer of the week: Green Bay Packers