Luckily, Week 3 was fairly smooth. There weren't a ton of injuries, most guys performed how they generally should, and most importantly I did well in fantasy. And you did too. Hopefully.
You know the drill: waivers, starts of the week, DFS plays, and I may even toss in a trade column this week because I'm starting to get trade fever (treated by an 8 oz. glass of water, 2 ibuprofen, and a no-brainer acquisition of Brandin Cooks). Check back later in the week to see if you're the lucky winner.
1. Carson Wentz: I mentioned last week that the kid looks good, and he went into Pittsburgh and truly proved that he's a pro ready to make things happen. I know QB is deep, but you should give him a look if you're having inconsistency issues (and there have been plenty at the position).
2. Trevor Siemian: Siemian was nothing more than a game manager to me (and many others) before Sunday, but he showed some downfield aggression that paid dividends for the defending Super Bowl champs. His upcoming matchups are Tampa Bay (allowing 33.7 points per game; just made the Rams look like the Saints), Atlanta (allowing 30.3 points per game), and San Diego (allowing a modest 24.3 per game). The near future looks promising for Siemian.
1. Jordan Howard: Well looky here. Last week I told you to consider stashing Howard because he was likely going to take Howard's job. Langford gets hurt (out for a few weeks), Howard has a solid performance, and suddenly he's the number one RB pickup. Who would've thought?
2. Orleans Darkwa: Intimidating opponents with his Sci-Fi movie antagonist name, Darkwa is an easy number two option at RB this week. Rashad Jennings is banged up but may play (and continues to be, uh, not good), and Shane Vereen is out for anywhere from eight weeks until the end of the season. Keep an eye on Paul Perkins as well in deeper leagues.
3. Wendell Smallwood: The Eagles RB situation is a mess right now, as Darren Sproles is seemingly leading the charge with Smallwood spelling him often while Ryan Mathews randomly sits on the sideline and plays Backgammon, probably. Apparently Mathews is dealing with a leg injury, but I'd be a little wary of him going forward until this mess is cleaned up. Consider adding Smallwood in deeper leagues especially if you have Mathews.
1. Kevin White: There's a chance that White was dropped in your league. He's a physical freak and had 14 targets on Sunday. The Bears may be playing from behind often, so White will be accumulating plenty of garbage time production.
2. Michael Thomas: Thomas's value is dependent on the health of Willie Snead, but Drew Brees seemed to love him on Monday night, as Thomas accumulated 71 yards and a TD on seven catches. With how much this offense spreads the ball around, Thomas should have several bright games down the stretch.
3. Adam Humphries: Who? Humphries finished second for the Bucs (yes, that's who he plays for) with nine receptions for 100 yards. Jameis Winston threw the ball 58 times, so don't necessarily expect that kind of production week in and week out. He should be on your radar, though.
None. They're all awful.
1. Hunter Henry: Just kidding. Henry stepped in for Antonio Gates and performed admirably with five catches for 76 yards. Obviously his value will have a lot to do with Antonio Gates, but Gates isn't the healthiest guy I've ever met (or seen on television, same thing).
2. Cameron Brate: Another Buccaneer? Again, this had a lot do with Winston's volume, but two red-zone TDs for Brate are worth something, especially with the departure of Austin Sefarian-Jenkins.
This might as well be a "Who plays Cleveland and Chicago?" section.
1. Cleveland's opponent - Washington
2. Chicago's opponent - Detroit
3. Houston - Actual writing content! Houston is playing Tennessee, and while I've been a fan of Tennessee's offense so far, they tend to spin their wheels when Delanie Walker isn't on the field. Monitor Walker's health, and, if he's out again, plug in Houston with confidence.
Trade Targets: Buy and Sell
Trade fever is upon me. I haven't pulled the trigger yet, but I have the itch. Here are some guys I would try to buy while their value is low or sell while their value is high.
FYI: The position ranks that I use are for a 0.5 PPR league. Yours may be slightly different.
Carson Palmer: Palmer let down his owners last week by throwing four picks and zero touchdowns. I wouldn't advise paying a lot for him, but if you have QB problems and can get him cheaply, go for it. He had five touchdowns and zero interceptions prior to Sunday.
Matt Ryan: I like Matt Ryan this year, and I'm not saying he will suddenly be awful for the rest of the year, but he plays Carolina, Denver, and Seattle the next three weeks. If you can get someone to buy him as the best fantasy quarterback in the league, have at it.
Lamar Miller: Miller is currently ranked RB18, but that's mostly because he hasn't scored. He has over 20 carries in all three games this season, and that's enough for me. He'll be fine, so grab him if you can.
Eddie Lacy: I've noticed that a lot of people who own Eddie Lacy actually hate Eddie Lacy. He's definitely a headache, and he's currently RB28. I see Lacy as more of a RB12-15 kind of guy, so if you can get him for a bag of peanuts, go for it.
Todd Gurley: Make sure you trade him for the right price (which is a lot). Gurley finally produced for his fantasy owners in Week 3, but you should be concerned. The Rams passing offense is generally just awful, and that means Gurley probably has to face 13 men in the box (11 defenders plus the defensive coordinator and the water boy). Gurley is averaging a very poor 2.9 yards per carry. I'd be shopping him.
Latavius Murray: Murray is currently RB16, but his future is looking bleak. He has games with 14, 8, and 10 carries and was only on the field for 48% of the team's snaps. He's scored in every game, but I'd look to deal him ASAP.
Julio Jones: He's still Julio Jones. Currently WR28. It's like someone gave you a 70% off coupon. Get busy.
Brandin Cooks: It wouldn't be one of my articles if I couldn't talk about Cooks. He posted a weak two-catch effort in a shootout against the Falcons on Monday night, but it's okay. Cooks still had eight targets. He'll get his share, I guarantee it.
Alshon Jeffery: Sooner or later, the Bears will realize that they need to feed Jeffery to have any chance of winning a football game. He doesn't have less than 70 yards in any games yet this season, but also hasn't scored so he's a wee bit more affordable.
Stefon Diggs: Diggs erupted to start the season, and he's currently WR6. I'm not convinced that Sam Bradford can keep this up, so if someone sees him as a top 12 WR talent, sell him like a 10 year old at a yard sale with his summer reading books.
Larry Fitzgerald: Fitz is really in the same boat as Diggs. He's WR8, but this offense spreads the ball so much that a two catch, 25 yard game wouldn't surprise me in the least. Be prepared to sell for the right price.
Rob Gronkowski: His owners are probably a little grumpy. If their team is faltering after losing their likely first pick, they may be more willing to trade. Entertain them.
Kyle Rudolph: Currently TE2, Rudolph has not convinced me of anything. He's never had more than 495 yards in a season, and I can't just disregard that. Also he cost me a shot at the playoffs in 2012 and I haven't forgiven him yet.
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1. Cam Newton - $7800: Typically I try not to pay up at quarterback unless there's a stack that I need (usually Brees-Cooks, surprise). This week, however, I have no problem using Cam against the team giving up the second most DK points to QBs.
2. Philip Rivers - $6900: (Insert QB playing the Saints here). As a result of his matchup, Rivers' ownership may be higher than you'd like. Just an FYI.
3. Trevor Siemian - $5400: Siemian more or less exploded onto the scene last week, throwing for 312 yards and 4 TDs against the Bengals. Now he gets the Bucs, who have given up 32 points per game. He's an excellent value play this week.
1. Le'Veon Bell - $7500: Honestly, I just want to use him because I can. Some people may hesitate as a result of being rusty or getting up to game speed or DeAngelo Williams cutting into his work. Meh. I'm using him anyway.
2. Devonta Freeman - $5500: Can you tell this price was set before last week's Monday night explosion? Freeman had over 200 scrimmage yards last week, and while the Panthers D is much better than the Saints excuse for a defense, Freeman will still be involved. At the price it's hard to say no.
3. Carlos Hyde - $4200: I rarely use or endorse using Carlos Hyde in any format, but at a meager $4200, you could do much worse against an often-shaky Dallas defense. Besides, what are they gonna do? Let Blaine Gabbert throw it?
1. Brandin Cooks - $7400: I really have no shame when it comes to Cooks. Clearly. Anecdotally, I think Cooks and T.Y. Hilton (Eugene for short...or long I guess) are similar players. They're not big guys (Cooks is 5'10, Hilton is 5'9), they're both blazing fast (Cooks often races cheetahs, Hilton, antelopes), and they both play in the slot and on the outside. Hilton had eight catches for 174 yards and a TD last week against the Chargers. Here's to hoping for the same from Cooks in San Diego this week.
2. Demaryius Thomas/Emmanuel Sanders - $6700/$6400: This obviously goes hand in hand with Siemian, but these guys each had long touchdowns last week, and I expect more of the same.
3. Steve Smith - $4500: I mentioned this last week, but Smith will go bananas soon. He had a very solid eight catches for 87 yards last week. Oakland has given up an incredible 340 passing yards per game over the first three weeks. Let's see if the Ravens can keep it going.
1. Greg Olsen - $6000: The Falcons gave up seven catches for 109 yards and a TD last week to Coby "I catch balls when I feel like it sometimes" Fleener. Now they play arguably the most productive TE in the league. I'm paying up for him.
2. Zach Miller - $2700: He's so cheap, so he'll be highly owned, but I don't know how much I care. There are two things I'm sure of in this life: Brandin Cooks is a legend and Detroit is awful against tight ends. Can't go wrong here.
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